WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (June 18, 2021): When Lance Dewease notched win number 100 at Williams Grove Speedway, he said that they were only just beginning. Well, it did not take him very long to build upon his stellar achievement and he did so in supreme fashion. And, he warned his competitors that he’s looking for win 102 next week when his 87-year-old crew chief, Davey Brown, gets his accolades.
Taking the top honors in USAC Silver Crown competition was Shane Cockrum.
“The car was free, I would have liked it a little tighter,” Dewease said. “I usually slow down once I have the lead, but I wanted to show how fast we could be.” Dewease, who is not known to talk smack, added, “we got 100 out of the way and next week I want to win for him.” Dewease was referring, of course, to Brown, who will be honored with a tribute night. The original ceremony was rained out, so speedway management moved it to the first night of PA Speedweek for the 410 Sprint Cars.
By winning his heat race, Dewease locked up a front row starting position. On the pole was Robbie Kendall and behind him was the third heat winner, Devon Borden, who was making his first start for Mike Heffner. Next to Borden was Chad Trout. Jeff Halligan and Dylan Norris were in row three, followed by Doug Hammaker and Steve Buckwalter. Row five had Alan Krimes paired up with Lucas Wolfe. Anthony Macri and Kyle Moody were next in line.
Kendall got the jump on Dewease, with Borden settling into third. Trout, Halligan, Krimes, Hammaker and Norris followed. With three laps completed, Dewease dipped inside of Kendall coming through turn four and easily drove past to take the lead. On the next circuit, rookie Gordon Smith, III spun in turn four and gave Kendall a chance to see if he could overtake the leading feature winner in speedway history.
However, Dewease would have none of that. He pulled away from Kendall, who was being hounded by the upstart Borden. Borden swept into second on lap seven and the fans began to ponder whether the teenager from Washington could chase down Dewease.
A caution on lap twelve for the disabled car of B Main winner Ricky Dieva put the youngster on Dewease’s rear nerf bar for the final restart of the race. Once again, Dewease powered into the lead, but Borden stayed within shooting distance for several laps.
Soon thereafter, another 27, this time the Smith entry driven by Alan Krimes, slipped into second. Borden then began slipping down the running order.
Dewease led the remaining 18 laps and stretched his lead over Krimes. Anthony Macri made progress over the last ten laps of the race cracking into the top five. He wound up third at the finish. Kendall held on for fourth, followed by Borden. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was sixth, with Buckwalter, Hammaker, Brandon Rahmer, and Trout completing the top ten.
In the century grind for the USAC Silver Crown division, Jason McDougal had the pole as a result of his new track record in qualifications. Next to him was Kyle Robbins. Shane Cottle and Chris Windom were in the second row, with defending race champion Brady Bacon and defending series champion Justin Grant in the third row. Shane Cocrum and Logan Seavy were next. Robert Ballou and Matt Westfall had row five and Casey Buckman and Austin Nemire were in the sixth row.
McDougal and Robbins led the field into turn one, with Cottle, Grant, and Windom following. Grant picked off Robbins within the first several laps, and Seavy was into third by lap five. Cottle and Bacon were fighting for fourth.
By lap ten, Seavy was into second and he set his sights on McDougal, who had built up a nice lead. Seavy narrowed the margin as the laps clicked away. He made his move to the front on lap 22, and he began to separate himself from McDougal and the rest of the thundering herd.
As Seavy built up his advantage, McDougal ran in second. Grant, Cottle, and Bacon were running in a tight pack for the third position.
Seavy’s domination ended on lap 42. He broke a steering arm and brought his car to a stop in turn two. That gave the lead back to McDougal for the restart.
But, when the green light came on again, Grant seized the opportunity to challenge the leader. He managed to work inside of him in turn one and he powered off turn two with the lead. Bacon soon followed him into second. Cottle then moved ahead of McDougal, who seemed to be struggling a bit.
Cockrum then began to move forward. On lap 53, he took over second. Later on that lap, he dove into turn three to take the lead, but he could not hold the line. He slid up out of the groove, giving the lead back to Grant.
Cockrum stalked Grant for almost twenty laps. He slipped under Grant in turn one tio take the lead on lap 72 and Bacon followed him into the second position.
Cockrum had a scare on lap 81 when he locked wheels with a lapped car going through turns three and four. Both cars slid high before separating. Both cars were able to keep moving. Fortunately for Cockrum, his lead was still intact when he came off turn four.
Meanwhile, Bacon and Cottle were fighting for second.
The lead pack tightened up and it looked as though there would be a real dogfight over the final twenty laps. However, the caution came out on lap 85 and the field had to go single file.
The race went green again with ten laps to go. Several racers were in conservation mode at that point, as tire wear was a factor. One driver that had some extra rubber was Carmen Perigo, Jr., who picked up several positions in the final laps.
Cockrum took the checkers, his first victory in about six years. “It’s been too damn long,” Cockrum quipped. “We got there in in 2015 and started racking up some wins, and then we had a dry spell.” Cockrum said that a new fitness plan made him feel better in the car. “I am 39 years old, I got to bicycle, and lost 40 pounds.”
Cottle chased Cockrum across the finish line. Chris Windom moved up to third, followed by Bacon, Robbins, and McDougal. Perigo, Grant, and Ballou completed the top ten.
McDougal’s fast time was 20.354 seconds. Ronnie Wuerdeman had a spectacular crash, leaving the speedway between turns three and four on his first timed lap. He was not hurt, but the car was a total loss.
Williams Grove will return to action on June 25 for the opening night of PA Speedweek. The 358 Sprints will also be on hand. There will be fireworks and the Davey Brown tribute. The Mitch Smith Memorial will be the second show of Speedweek at Williams Grove, on July 2. The 410s and 358s will supply the speed and fireworks will fill the air. July 9 will be fan appreciation night, with the United Racing Club 360 Sprints joining the 410s.
Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Michael Norris doesn’t race every week at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway but ‘The Crusher Kid’ may want to add a few more visits to dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’ in 2022 after winning the feature in night 2 of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
Norris’ victory was his 2nd straight RUSH Late Model Touring Series win at PPMS and third in four events. Norris also won the ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’ in August and in 2020.
“Kyle (Lukon) got out there and was setting a pretty good pace,” said Norris. “I kind of got in line behind him and didn’t know if I had anything for him in clean air, but I figured once we got to lapped traffic we’d see what we’re both made of.”
Norris made his move on lap 11 and passed Lukon for the lead. Norris masterfully worked lap traffic over the remaining laps to capture the checkered flag and another win in a signature local event.
“It means a lot to win these memorials,” said Norris. “Any memorial means the person was pretty significant and were pioneers in the sport. I appreciate you guys putting this on, and I just love coming here any chance I get- I’ll run lawnmowers around here I don’t care.”
Kyle Hardy, Friday night’s winner, tried chasing down Norris over the final 17-laps but settled for second place and the RUSH Late Model Touring points lead.
“I didn’t have anything for Michael,” said Hardy. “We would have liked to have won tonight, but always have the big picture in the back of our minds. Not a bad weekend at all.”
Joe Martin was third for the second straight night. It was Martin’s fifth straight Tour podium finish, 10th straight top six, and 13th top six in the last 14 events as he maintains runner-up in the standings.
“Bill Hendren Memorial” Night 2 (30 laps, $3200 to-win): 1. MICHAEL NORRIS (51) 2. Kyle Hardy (99) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 5. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 6. Logan Zarin (1z) 7. Levi Crowl (5) 8. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 9. Jacob Gunn (14G) 10. Garret Paugh (03) 11. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 12. Bud Watson (225) 13. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 14. Zach Gunn (17G) 15. Tom Klein (77) 16. Tom Duratz (55D) 17. Ryan Frazee (11F) 18. Bill Kessler (09) 19. Kassidy Kamicker (72B) 20. Zach Kane (10) 21. Dan Lepro (2L) 22. Kyle Lukon (184) 23. Cole Petrelle (84) 24. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X).
Non-Qualifier (6 laps, $500 to-win): 1. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 2. Dave Goble (20G). DNS: Nick Love (38), Jeremy Wonderling (3J), Grant Garrison (1), Zach Morrow (Bentz 60), Tim Shaffer (45), Andrew Squatriglia (115).
Macedo Makes History at the Grove
WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (October 2, 2021): Carson Macedo earned his biggest career win in the 59th National Open held at Williams Grove Sppedway. He picked up $75,000, the largest payday ever doled out at the historic venue.
“This is the biggest win of my career,” Macedo said. “This is really cool. When I started coming here, I couldn’t get ahold of this place.” Well, Macedo grabbed control of the race on lap 36 and he did not let go. That was when he made the winning move in turn one, sliding past leader Logan Schuchart. “The lapped cars were holding up Logan. I just drove really hard. I slid across and the wing held me.”
Schuchart, who suffered perhaps the biggest disappointment of his budding career, was philosophical about the outcome. “All in all, two, second place finishes this weekend are pretty good for me. I’ve got a lot of years ahead of me. Carson ran a great race. I thought I could maybe rip the top on him.” But Schuchart’s attempted counter attack never materialized.
Brent Marks had the pole for the 40 lap affair. Schuchart was on his right. Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel were in row two. Anthony Macri and Carson Macedo continued the youth movement by starting in row three. Six-time Open champion, Donny Schatz and Justin Peck were in row four. Kasey Kahne and Lance Dewease started in row five, with James McFadden and Brian Brown in the sixth row.
Marks blasted into the lead, followed by Schuchart, Gravel, Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Schatz. Before Marks could build upon his early advantage, a red flag stopped the race after just two laps. Brian Brown spun and collected Daryn Pittman, who turned over from the contact. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. was also involved in the melee. No drivers were injured, but all three were eliminated from the contest.
Marks assumed control again when the race resumed. He began to pull away from Schuchart as the laps clicked off. Marks’ bid for a second win in the Open ended when he got into a lapped car and spun in turn two. He was able to restart the race, but his quest for the victory was over.
That handed the lead to Schuchart. He was able to maintain control for the next twenty-three laps despite a second red flag on lap 12. Robbie Kendall flipped after he tangled with T.J. Stutts between turns one and two. Again, neither driver was hurt, but Kendall was done for the night.
While Schuchart led Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel, the battle was for the sixth spot. Schatz and Dewease were mixing things up until lap 27, when Schatz took the position once and for all.
Schuchart got into traffic and kept his advantage over Macedo. However, in the final ten laps, Macedo began to close on the leader. He made his winning move on lap 35, and led the final four laps. Schuchart made a desperate bid in the final corners, but came up a tad short.
Following Macedo and Schuchart were Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel. Schatz was sixth. Then came Dewease, Kyle Larson, McFadden, and Brad Sweet.
Macri received a $1,000 bonus for the highest finishing PA Posse driver. Sweet grabbed $559 as the hard charger. He advanced nine positions during the race.
The heat wins were chalked up by Schatz, Macedo, Gravel, and Haudenschild. Dewease set the fast time again, this time topping Group B with a lap of 16.774 seconds. He failed to lock into the dash when Macri swept by him in turn one following a restart with two laps to go in the third heat. The B Main winner was Jacob Allen, and Devon Borden took the checkers in the C Main.
Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Hardy picked up his first win at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway by grabbing the feature victory in night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
“What a race- it was super fun out there,” said Hardy. “I can’t thank my crew to get this car so good to where I could steer across the middle of the race track. What a car we’ve had all year.”
Hardy held off PPMS track Champion Daryl Charlier in a thrilling side-by-side battle for several laps around dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’.
“If you had a camera or mirror on me you’d have seen how freaked out I was just trying to get where I needed to be to win this thing,” said Hardy.
The victory was not a surprise as Hardy was the runner up when the RUSH Late Model Touring Series visited PPMS twice earlier this season for the ‘Herb Scott Memorial’ and ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’.
Charlier brought it home in second place and earned $1,500 for his efforts.
“If I’m going to finish second I guess I’ll finish second to Kyle Hardy- he’s the top dog in the crates and especially the RUSH Series,” said Charlier.
RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Bill Hendren Memorial” (30 laps, $3000 to-win): 1. KYLE HARDY (99) 2. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X) 5. Jeremy Wonderling (3J) 6. Jacob Gunn (14G) 7. Bud Watson (225) 8. Garret Paugh (03) 9. Logan Zarin (1z) 10. Levi Crowl (5) 11. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 12. Zach Kane (10) 13. Michael Reft (9R) 14. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 15. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 16. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 17. Zach Gunn (17G) 18. Kyle Lukon (184) 19. Ryan Frazee (11F) 20. Zach Morrow (Bentz 60) 21. Bill Kessler (09) 22. Justin Kann (66) 23. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 24. Tim Shaffer (45).
DNQ: Dan Lepro (2L), Tom Duratz (55D), Grant Garrison (1), Kassidy Kamicker (72B), Tom Klein (77), Rob Coffaro (24), Dave Goble (20G), Nick Love (38), Noah Brunell (31), Zach Crawford (c4), Ben Policz (14B).