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Jeremiah Shingledecker and Brandon Matus WIn Big at Tri-City Raceway Park; Whitling, Speer, and Myers also Score

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FRANKLIN, PA (June 27, 2021): Jeremiah Shingledecker became the first three-time winner in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modified division at Tri-City Raceway Park. Breaking through with his first victory in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars was Brandon, “the Wheelman,” Matus.

Also scoring wins were Bobby Whitling (Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks), Dalton Speer (4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks), and David Myers (Vintage Modifieds).

Shingledecker was worried when he pulled the pills for the starting lineup for the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds. The track uses a modified re-draw system based on heat finishes. “I put the two fastest cars on the front row,” he said. And, to make matters worse, he lined up in eighth as the last feature winner in the class. But, his concerns went for naught.

J.R. McGinley started from the pole position in his first appearance of the season at Tri-City Raceway Park. On his flank was Jimmy Holden. Kyle Fink and D.J. Schrader were in row two, with Travis Shingledecker and Kevin Hoffman in the third stanza. Steve Barr was lined up inside Shingledecker, who also happens to be the points leader in the division. Then came Tom Holden and Curt Bish, Jr. Lonny Riggs and Max Smoker were in the sixth row.

McGinley took the early lead, but Jimmy Holden was nipping on his heels. Fink slid into third, with Schrader, Travis Shingledecker, and Steve Barr fighting for position. Soon, they were joined by Jeremiah Shingledecker.

McGinley held control through the first five laps. After a caution for Nathan McDowell, Holden stayed close enough on the restart to nose ahead in turns one and two. However, a caution for Travis Shingledecker’s bout with the water barrels lining the wall in turns one and two negated the pass for the lead.

On the ensuing restart, McGinley got into turn one a bit too hot. He slid up out of the groove, opening the door for Holden. Holden ducked under him to take the lead.

A series of restarts over the next couple of laps enabled Jeremiah Shingledecker to climb through the ranks. As he was doing so, McGinley started to slide back through the field.

Jeremiah Shingledecker stalked Jimmy Holden for eight laps during a longer green flag session. Coming through turn four with fifteen laps completed, Shingledecker got his nose under Holden, who continued to use the high side through the race. Shingledecker powered off the corner with the lead. Holden fought back, but he was unable to overtake Shingledecker.

Over the final laps in the race, Shingledecker stretched his advantage. Holden was second, followed by Fink, Riggs, and McGinley. Kevin Hoffman crossed in sixth, followed by Travis Shingledecker, the winner’s brother, D.J. Schrader, Curt Bish, and Ryan Riffe.

In the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races for the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, the victories went to Jeremiah Shingledecker and Jimmy Holden. There was no B Main.

Brandon Matus said after the feature that he felt badly about an hour before the green flag dropped for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars. He had experimented in his heat race and the new set-up did not work. “We went back to what I know will make the car go straight,” he said. It went straight as an arrow, and it was fast.

Leyton Wagner and Brandon Matus were third generation drivers leading the way in the Sprint Car feature event. They were followed by Brandon Spithaler. Chase Metheny was slated to start in fourth, but he opted for the tail, so that moved Bob Felmlee into row two. Darin Gallageher and Jack Sodeman, Jr. became the new third row. Sodeman rolled out an old favorite car for Sunday night action after crashing the night before at another area speedway. Then came Brent Matus and Ken Rossey. Bob McMillin and Logan McCandless made up row five. Bryan Salisbury made his first Tri-City start of the season from row six, with Francis Sesco returning to action after several years lay-off.

Brandon Matus wasted no time sailing into the lead. Wagner and Felmlee followed. Things were shaping up for a three-way battle for the lead when a red flag was thrown due to the violent crash of Ken Rossey on the third trip around the big half mile. Rossey was not hurt.

When the race resumed, Matus had the point, followed by Felmlee, Wagner, Spithaler, Gallagher, Sodeman, and Brent Matus.

Brandon Matus and Felmlee flew out front by themselves for almost the entire race. Matus was able to stretch his lead even after he encountered the slower cars. Quite a distance behind them was Wagner, who went on to log his best finish ever at Tri-City Raceway Park. Taking fourth was Gallagher. Spithaler was fifth.

Sodeman rode old reliable to the sixth spot. McCandless, Brent Matus, Salisbury and Davey Jones completed the top ten

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Taking the checkers in the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heats for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars were Bob Felmlee and Brandon Spithaler. There was no B Main.

Josh Seippel and Rod Laskey made up the front row for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock A Main. Tyler Wyant and Jason Johns were in the second row, with Curtis J. Bish and Bobby Whitling in the third row, Darr Diegelman and Pat Fielding were in row four with Doug Iorio, II and points leader WIlliam Hurrelbrink behind them.

The feature was like a flashback to a golden age of Pro Stock racing at Tri-City Raceway Park. Three well-known racers positioned themselves at the front of the pack, and they had a private contest to see who would earn the bragging rights.

For most of the race, it appeared as though Laskey would take the checkers. However, Whitling was able to cool down his tires when there was a caution with twelve of the fifteen laps completed. That was just enough to allow him to surge ahead of Laskey when the green light flashed on for the final time. Johns stayed close to the leaders, but he was never able to get his nose into the middle of the action. Following those three veterans across the line was Josh Seippel, who was a relative newcomer when the others ruled the roost. Tyler Wyant, who was not even born yet when Whitling, Laskey, and Johns were in their prime, crossed in the fifth spot.

Taking sixth was Curtis J. Bish, followed by Fielding, Hurrelbrink, Iorio, and Diegelman.

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks had two Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races. The winners were Rod Laskey and Bobby Whitling, familiar names to Pro Stock fans at Tri-City. There was no B Main.

Evan Sobieski and Kevin Watson paced the field for the start of the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stock feature. Pat Hanlonand D.J. Macrae were in row two, with Levi Maskal and Brody McClintock were in row three.

Dalton Speer started in eighth but he raced his way to the front. He got the win, with Austin Fedder finishing second. He was subbing for Chad Greeley. Justin Bailey was third, with Sobieski in fourth. Fifth went to Hemi Kinneston. Positions six through ten went to Patrick Lane, Kevin Watson, Michael Barr, Joanne WIlson, and Kevin Wice.

The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks presented a pair of Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races as well. The successful drivers in that division were D.J. Macrae and Dalton Speer. There was no B Main. Brayden Seippel flipped his Mini Stock during the heat race in a three-car incident in turn one. He was not injured in the tumble.

An added class for the evening was the Vintage Modifieds. Taking the win was David Myers, followed by his father, ageless Les Myers. Tim Natalino, Dale Zimmer, and Jeff Manners rounded out the top five. Fred Hildenbrand, Paul St. John, Dave Phillips, Don Swingle, and Tom Warburton followed. The heat race wins belonged to David Myers and Tim Natalino. The preliminaries were presented by the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group.

Next week, Tri-City Raceway Park will celebrate the July 4 holiday with another Sunday Thunder race program presented by Big Dog RC. Added to the card will be a fabulous fireworks display. Remember that there will be no racing at Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday, July 11. Racing will resume on July 18 with a Sprint Spectacular, faturing the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprints, the Junior Sprints, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.

Further information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mailing the office at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. Or, you can check the web at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township.

Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Jimmy Holden, Kyle Fink, Lonny Riggs, J.R. McGinley, Kevin Hoffman, Travis Shingledecker, D.J. Schrader, Curt Bish, Jr., Ryan Riffe, Tom Holden, Dillon Barr, Kevin Green, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Max Smoker, Nathan McDowell, Steve Barr, Tyler Clark.

Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints: Brandon Matus, Bob Felmlee, Leyton Wagner, Darin Gallagher, Brandon Spithaler, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Logan McCandless, Brent Matius, Bryan Salisbury, Davey Jones, Kyle Colwell, Randy Wyant, Bob McMillin, Steven Bright, Francis Sesco, Ken Rossye, Chase Metheny.

Hovis Truck & Auto Supply Pro Stocks: Bobby Whitling, Rod Laskey, Jason Johns, Josh Seippel, Tyler Wyant, Curtis J. Bish, Patrick Fielding, William Hurrelbrink, Doug Iorio, II, Darr Diegelman, Matt Bernard, Charlie McMillen, Josh Blum.

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Dalton Speer, Austin Fedder, Justin Bailey, Evan Sobieski, Hemi Kinneston, Patrick Lane, Kevin Watson, Michael Barr, Joanne Wilson, Kevin Wice, Brody McClintock, D.J. Macrae, Levi Maskal, Diezel Marvin, Pat Hanlon, Matt Dougherty, Jeremy Winslow, Nick Steiger, Brayden Seippel, Jamie Tasker, Howard Garlick.

Vintage Modifieds: David Myers, Les Myers, Tim Natalino, Dale Zimmer, Jeff Manners, Fred Hildenbrand, Paul St. John, David Phillips, Don Swingle, Tom Warburton.

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Marks Surprise Winner of Morgan Cup at Williams Grove

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (May 14, 2022): Brent Marks has a knack for winning big money races. But he needed a little luck to get the job done at Williams Grove Speedway. He inherited the lead when Jacob Allen’s mount ran out of fuel following a lap 28 restart. The victory in the Morgan Cup was Marks’ second of the season with the World of Outlaws and they happened to be the two highest paying events to date on the 2022 tour. “The high paying races are very meaningful, especially for a team like mine,” Marks said. He will bank $17,500 for this one.

Marks, of Myerstown, made sure that the perpetual trophy would return to the track office at Williams Grove Speedway for the next year.

He now has scored wins in the three big races staged at Williams Grove, the National Open, the Summer Nationals, and the Morgan Cup.

“We just got lucky there,” he said. Marks commented that he tried to conserve fuel because the cooler temperatures and tacky surface meant that the cars burned off an excessive amount of fuel. “We tried to save as much fuel as we could, we leaned it out under the caution.” But fuel management was not his only concern. He also lost the brakes in his machine. “We lost our brakes with three to go. The car had a vibration.” He explained that, at first, he thought that he had a driveline problem, but then he realized that part of the rear inboard brake came loose.

With those difficulties, Marks explained that he wanted the lapped traffic. “I didn’t want to race the car too hard and get caught up on the cushion.” Instead, he got a late race caution that may have clinched the win for him.

Jacob Allen had the pole and he was gunning for his second victory of the week. He was paired up with Sheldon Haudenschild for the start of the thirty lapper. Rico Abreu and Marks had row two, with Carson Macedo and Matt Campbell in row three. The other two dash competitors, David Gravel and Donny Schatz, made up row five. Logan Schuchart and Brad Sweet made up the rest of first half of the starting field. Track favorites were further back in the line-up. Anthony Macri rolled away in fifteenth, Lance Dewease in seventeenth, and Danny Dietrich in twenty-fourth.

Allen seized control at the drop of the green, with Haudeschild following. Macedo was up to third, then came Marks, Gravel, and Abreu. Allen, racing mostly in the middle and the low groove, maintained the advantage despite cautions on laps eight and nine. A second caution on the lap nine restart gave him a single file restart that allowed him to pull away slightly from Haudenschild.

By lap seventeen, the leader caught the rear of the field and he had to switch lines to put some of the slower cars a lap down. That enabled Haudenschild to close in. Unfortunately, the lapped traffic also cost Haudenschild second place.

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“I made one mistake racing behind Jacob,” he said. “He threw a slider on a lapped car and boxed me in and Brent (Marks) got by.” Marks did dip inside of Haudenschild in turns one and two to grab the position.

Nonetheless, Jacob Allen was firmly in control and it appeared as though he would take his first career win at another track where his famous father, Bobby, enjoyed much success. However, things changed after Campbell’s car slowed to a stop off turn two.

The field realigned with Allen on the point, Marks in second, Haudenschild third, Macedo fourth, and Abreu fifth. When the green flag was displayed, Allen’s car sputtered and Marks had to swerve to the outside to avoid running over him. Allen picked up some speed when his car reached turn one and he was able to hold Marks off. But coming off turn two, Allen faltered again and Marks drove by to take the lead. Other divers had to take evasive maneuvers this time. Allen limped along and slid his car into the pit exit at turn one.

Meanwhile Marks completed his rounds and sailed under the checkers.

Macedo was second, but he lost the position at the scales, as his car came up light due no doubt to fuel consumption. Macedo’s misfortune also stripped him of points that would have moved him ahead of Sweet in the current Outlaws championship standings.

Macedo’s disqualification moved Haudenschild up to second in the final rundown. Abreu was credited with third. Fourtha and fifth were Schatz and Schuchart.

Gravel, Sweet, Spencer Bayston, James McFadden, and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top ten.

The heat winners were Allen, Haudenschild, Abreu, and Schatz. McFadden captured the B Main. Allen was victorious in the Dash. Track provisionals were claimed by Dylan Norris and Devon Borden. Borden advanced from twenty-sixth on the grid to twelfth to earn the hard charger award. Macedo was the evening’s fastest qualifier, topping Group B with a lap of 16.517 seconds. Allen led Group A with a lap of 16.673 seconds. There were 41 cars on hand.

Williams Grove Speedway will be back in action Friday night with a 410 and 358 Sprint Car doubleheader. It will close out the month of May with the All Stars Circuit of Champions paying $10,000 for the Randy Wolfe Tribute Race.

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Allen Wins At Lincoln

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 11, 2022): “Allen wins at Lincoln” is a headline that started more than seventy race reports written about the fabulous Lincoln Speedway. But, this story had a plot twist. The winner was JACOB Allen, son of legendary Bobby Allen.

“This is so amazing” exclaimed the second generation driver from nearby Hanover. “It’s great to look around and see all of these people cheering for me,” he added. Allen, who considered leaving the tough World of Outlaws tour during the off season, said, “‘Never give up,’ that’s the story of my racing career. I could have given up . . .” his voice trailing away. He added that he was encouraged to keep going by his “great family and great supporters” and he has been rewarded with two victories so far this season.

It was not an easy win for Allen, who started fifth in the feature event. Ahead of him were the winningest Sprint Car driver in the country, Anthony Macri, and Justin Peck, who has shown speed in his numerous Central PA outings so far this season. In row two were Spencer Bayston and fan favorite Rico Abreu. Next to Allen in the third row was another hot shoe, Carson Macedo. Behind him were David Gravel and three-time WoO champion Brad Sweet. Row five had Sheldon Haudenschild and Buddy Kofoid paired up. In row six were Allen’s teammate, Logan Schuchart, and Robbie Kendall. Lance Dewease and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in row seven. Sprinkled further back in the field were Brent Marks (seventeenth), four-time Lincoln winner Danny Dietrich (eighteenth), and ten-time WoO kingpin Donny Schatz (twenty-first).

At the drop of the green, Macri assumed control and Peck was giving chase. However, the start was waived off because Marks nosed his car into the inside guardrail on the backstretch. The damage was too severe for repairs to be made, so the field realigned without Marks.

Macri repeated his effort on the second try and Peck again raced along in second. Bayston slipped in front of Allen, and Abreu and Macedo followed.

Macri held control until lap nine. He began to have some difficulty picking his way through lapped traffic, but Peck had no such trouble running the high groove. He swept around the leader and a slower car.

Macri stayed close to the leader, but he could not find a way to get by. He lined up next to him for a restart with eleven in the books, but Macri got too wide coming through turn four and Bayston and Allen both got by him. Macri was able to regain a position before the next caution, which came on lap fifteen.

Peck and Allen led the way when the green light flashed on again. But Macri had trouble once again and lost several positions in the running order. Macedo and Bayston scooted by him and Abreu, Kofoid, and Haudenschild were challenging.

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But the fans were intently watching the lead duo. While Peck flogged the cushion, Allen was working the inside line, much like his famed father would have done. He was closing in on the leader and he made his move in turns three and four to grab the lead on lap twenty-four.

Allen slowly began to build a lead, but a caution with five to go gave Peck one last chance to overtake him. Under series rules, this restart was single file, so Allen was able to get away from his adversary coming off turn four.

Allen led the final five rounds. The capacity crowd was standing as he took the white flag and there was a thunderous ovation when Allen took the checkers.

Fittingly, the car carried a throwback paint scheme resembling the car that Bobby Allen drove to victory in the Knoxville Nationals.
Behind Allen and Peck were Macedo, Bayston, and Macri. Abreu, Gravel, Danny Dietrich, Sweet, and Dewease completed the top ten.

“I thought that I could carry enough speed around the top,” Peck said. “I think that I should have moved around a little bit once we got into traffic.” Peck surmised that Macri had a similar problem, not knowing if there was a faster line available because he too did not search around when he encountered the lapped cars. But, Peck confided that Allen was running a line that he could not have done.

Third place finisher Macedo thought that he had a good car before the last restart. However, he got hooked up in a battle for position with Bayston after the final green flag and the leaders got away from them.

The four heat winners were Peck, Gravel, Abreu, and Macri. The B Main went to Schatz, and the C to Kyle Reinhardt. The non-qualifiers race belonged to NASCAR racer Alex Bowman. Peck was the fastest qualifier of the night, turning in a lap of 13.027 in Group A. Abreu topped Group B with a lap of 13.220. There were 55 cars on hand, the largest field so far this season for a World of Outlaws event.

Lincoln Speedway will not race on Saturday becasue of the World of Outlaws contest at Williams Grove Speedway. Instead, there will be a Jalopy exhibition held during the day for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Action will resume on May 21 with the 410 and 358 Sprint Cars and Big Wheel races for the children. The Bob Leiby Memorial will close out the month with a Sprint Car doubleheader and the Central PA Legends Cars.

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Two first-time winners at PA Motor Speedway opening night

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) is celebrating two first-time winners after Saturday’s season opener at ‘Dirt’s Monster Half Mile”.

Oakdale’s Matt Bernard held off several challengers to pick up his first career win in the Hobby Stock division.  Bernard started on the outside of the front row along side Jacob Wiser and used the high line to his advantage to take the lead after the drop of the green flag.  Bernard battled Stephen Shelpman when the green dropped but it didn’t last long as the caution flag flew again.  Contact between Shelpman and Gary Koteles sent both cars spinning and the yellow flag flying.  Shelpman expressed his displeasure by hitting Koteles under caution, drawing a black flag from officials.  Shelpman was forced to retire to the pits.  Several cautions slowed the race, which came down to a 2-lap shootout between Bernard and Gary Koteles with Bernard taking the checkered flag followed by Gary Koteles and Cody Koteles.

Lucas Weaver grabbed his first career win in the Four Cylinder division.  Weaver, from California PA, started on the outside of the front row alongside Susie Rudolph, who was making a return to racing following a year off.  Weaver was able to get the jump and beat Rudolph to the checkered flag.

Defending RUSH Late Model track Champion Daryl Charlier picked up in 2022 where he left off in 2021 by picking up his first win of the year.  Zach Morrow started the feature on the pole with Kyle Lukon on the outside of the front row.  The green flag was still waving when Tom Duratz and Eric Hamilton got together as the field raced into Turns 1 & 2.  The restart saw Morrow and Lukon lead the field again until another caution flew on Lap 3.  On the restart Lukon grabbed the lead as Morrow fell off the pace and went to the pits.  Lukon grabbed control until a Lap 9 caution bunched-up the field again with Charlier now in second place.  Charlier made his move on the restart and grabbed the lead from Lukon, opening up a straightaway lead.  Charlier survived a late caution and drove away to take home the checkered flag.

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Justin Shea is your winner in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds division.  Shea stated on the pole position and had Tony Tatgenhorst, who started fifth, in his mirror by lap 2.  Shea expertly navigated traffic and somehow managed to keep Tatgenhorst behind him to pick up his first victory of 2022.  Tatgenhorst finished second with Benjamin Easler coming home in third.

In the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, Chris Schneider picked up his first win of 2022 by holding off AJ Poljak for the victory.  Schneider started fifth in a race that was barely a lap old when the first caution flag flew for contact between Noah Brunell and Nick Kocuba.  Brunell continued but Kocuba had to be towed to the pits.  Schneider grabbed the lead on the restart and survived yet another caution and restart to come home with the victory.

Emmerson Laboon started on out the outside of the front row in the Young Guns division alongside Sadie Snatchko, who was on the pole position.  Laboon got a great start and beat Snatchko to the lead into Turn 1.  Travis Clark managed to get around Snatchko on Lap 2 and the three held those positions for the remaining laps of the race.  The victory was Laboon’s first of 2022 and second of her career.

This Saturday at PPMS will feature a $500 to win Hobby Stock feature as well as the RUSH Sprint Car Series, the RUSH Late Models, the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, the Four-Cylinders, and the Young Guns. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m., and the racing action will begin at 7 p.m.  Information and tickets are available at PPMS.com.

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