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Larson Wins Again; Macri Redeems Himself in URC Feature

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PORT ROYAL, PA (June 30, 2021): Kyle Larson became the second driver to double up during Pennsylvania Speedweek. He took round six held at Port Royal Speedway. It wasn’t easy. Larson battled his way into second, but he still had to catch and pass the leader, Lucas Wolfe. But, as he did so, Lance Dewease entered the picture. Dewease had one shot at Larson, making a low entry into turn one on the final lao, but Larson had the momentum in the high groove and he powered away from Dewease to seal the deal.

“That was wild, I ran my ass off there,” said the happy winner. Larson commented that his car started off good, but as the race progressed the car got worse instead of better. He speculated that he may have had the wing back too far. Then, “I saw Lance and I knew that I had to get my momentum going.” Once he did that, he added, “I knew that I had to throw some big bombs at Lucas.” In the final analysis, though, Larson prevailed despite any misgivings that he may have had about his car.

Larson’s concerns about his machine were minimal compared to those of his good friend, Lance Dewease, who was surprised by his competitive run. After his heat race, the team encountered a mechanical problem. They attempted a repair, but they could not re-fire the car. They thrashed through the B Mains to get ready. “They had half of the cars on the track and we still did not have a mag(neto) in. They had to dump some fuel and put on some tires, but they got me pushed out.” His crew were unable to make any other adjustments to the car. Dewease said confidently, “we’ve got the little things buttoned up, so we should be ready for Friday and Saturday.”

Anthony Macri pulled the pole position for the thirty lap main event. Danny Dietrich was on the outside. Lucas Wolfe and Jeff Halligan were in row two. Rico Abreu and Logan Wagner were in the third. Larson was paired with Speedweek points leader, Brent Marks, in row four. Mike Wagner and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in the fifth row, Lance Dewease answered the bell in time to start in his assigned row six position, with Mike Walters next to him.

Macri took off at the drop of the green and led Dietrich, Wolfe, Halligan, Abreu and Larson. Wolfe was showing some muscle and he grabbed second in the early going. However, Macri was pulling away with ease.

Brent Marks came to a stop on the second trip around the big half mile oval. He pitted for repairs and was able to rejoin the field. However, his problem surfaced again and he retired after just a few laps, putting his point lead into doubt.

Meanwhile, Macri was amassing a substantial lead again. His domination came to a sudden stop in turn one with seven laps complete. A.J. Flick spun in the high groove and was facing traffic. Macri sailed into turn one, checked up, and swerved in an attempt to avoid Flick’s car. However, the maneuver failed and Macri hit the right rear of Flick’s car. Macri turned over. The resulting damage was enough to sideline both drivers.

On the restart, Wolfe pulled away from Dietrich. Soon there was a contest for second between Dietrich and Halligan. Halligan took the spot, but he was unable to close in on Wolfe, who was having his best run of the week.

In the middle stage of the race. Larson and Dewease were moving forward. Larson began mixing things up with Dietrich. At the halfway mark, Larson was in third, but he was still some distance back from Wolfe and Halligan. Abreu joined the battle for a top five position.

Dewease kept plugging away on the bottom, and he worked his way past Abreu and Dietrich. With ten to go, he was in fourth and closing in on Larson. Dewease did nose ahead of him and was challenging Halligan for second, but the top line was still too racy. Both Halligan and Larson were able to drive back around him.

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The final ten laps of the race were well worth the price of admission. Wolfe continued to lead, but Halligan was starting to fade. Larson moved into second, Dietrich and Dewease moved ahead of Halligan, while they continued their own battle.

As the laps clicked off, Wolfe’s margin continued to dwindle. With just two to go, Wolfe still led, but a bobble in turn two opened the door for Larson to go by. By then, Dewease had wrestled third away from Dietrich and now he was closing quickly on Larson.

Dewease made his bid for the lead in turn one on the final lap, but he came up short. Larson had the better line and his momentum allowed him to maintain the lead. Dietrich was now using that line and he pulled alongside Dewease. He turned under Dewease coming off turn two and led him into three. Dewease fought back and got under Dietrich coming through turn four and Dewease won the race to the scoring loop which is located down toward turn one.

Larson got the checkers ahead of Dewease. Dietrich, Wolfe, and Abreu rounded out the top five. Halligan was a creditable sixth. Mike Wagner, Rahmer, Paul McMahan, and Logan Wagner were the next racers across the line.

The four heat wins belonged to Wolfe, Dietrich, Larson, and Marks. Ryan Smith won the B Main. Logan Wagner was the night’s fastest qualifier. His lap time was 16.582 seconds.

In the twenty-five lapper for the 360 Sprints of the United Racing Club, Anthony Macri gained a bit of redemption. Although he had a huge lead at the end, Macri said that the win was not as easy as it looked. “It took a while for me to find a place where the car was comfortable” and he had to adjust the wing during the race.

Macri started third, but Adam Carberry grabbed the lead from his pole position. Ryan Kissinger moved into second When Pat Cannon faltered on the opening lap. Mark Smith moved up from eighth into the top five early in the race, but he could not move in on the leaders.

Carberry led until lap 18, when Macri made his move to the front. Smith followed along into second, but he was no match for Macri.
At the checkers, it was Macri, Smith, Jason Schultz, Carberry, and Ryan Smith. Derek Locke was sixth, followed by Cannon, Kissinger, Tyan Taylor, and Dallas Schott.

There were three heats, topped by Macri, Taylor, and Cannon. Ryan Smith won the B Main.

Port Royal Speedway will have its second race of Speedweek on Saturday, July 3, the Greg Hodnett Classic. Ten thousand dollars will await the winner of the event. The Super Late Models will also be on the card. The first Hodnett Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to a student.

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Marks Makes Posse Proud

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 24, 2021): Brent Marks declared his allegiance to the Pennsylvania Posse in victory lane at Williams Grove, much to the delight of the substantial crowd on hand for the finale of the 20th Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, The fans were in a forgiving mood because, regardless of affiliation, he was the first Pennsylvania driver to defeat the World of Outlaws at the Grove in over two years.

Marks was a bona fide member of the Posse before leaving to spend a couple of seasons with the Outlaws. For 2021, his plan was to follow the All Stars Circuit of Champions aboard the CJB Motorsports entry. However, the driver from Myersdale, PA is back in his family-owned Sprint after parting company with the CJB team earlier this season. While Marks spends most of his time racing locally, he does wander off on occasion, such as his recent journey to Eldora Speedway for the King’s Royal events last week.

“The track was very tricky tonight,” Marks said. “We had a lot of trouble with lapped cars,” he added. He also acknowledged his good luck, as he twice lost the lead to last night’s winner, Sheldon Haudenschild. The two lead changes occurred well before the scoring loop and neither was counted as official. On one occasion, Marks was bailed out by a caution for one of those troublesome lapped cars and, on the other, Haudenschild popped a wheelie going down the back stretch after taking the green and Marks gathered himself back up to drive past while Haudenschild fought to regain control.

Haudenschild positioned himself for a repeat performance, starting the thirty lapper on the pole. Donny Schatz was on his flank. Lance Dewease got to start seven rows closer to the front this night, and Marks was lined up next to him. David Gravel was in the third row, along with Carson Macedo. Anthony Macri and Lucas Wolfe had row four, and Aaron Reutzel was matched with Troy Wagaman, Jr. Devon Borden and James McFadden were in row six.

Schatz got the early advantage over Haudenschild, Marks, Dewease, and Macedo. By the time the field got to the scoring loop, though, Marks was into second, and Macedo moved ahead of Dewease.

Schatz reached lapped traffic quickly, catching the backmarkers on lap six. Soon thereafter, Marks was on his tail. Marks took a run at the leader, but could not make the pass. He came back in turn one on lap eight, but he got up over the cushion, and he lost second to Haudenschild briefly. Marks rallied back in turn two and regained second heading down the back stretch.

A couple of laps later, Macedo took a look to the inside of Haudenschild for third. Macedo could not make the pass in turn four and Haudenschild scooted away.

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The top six got into single file formation as they worked through traffic. Schatz was the leader, followed by Marks, Haudenschild, Macedo, and Dewease. Gravel and Mcfadden were battling for sixth, with Macri lurking close behind them.

Marks made a bid for the lead in turn one with twenty laps completed. He slid up ahead of Schatz to a thunderous ovation. Haudenschild repeated the maneuver two laps later to take second.

Haudenschild began to catch Marks, who was having his share of troubles with the slower cars he encountered. Haudenschild dove low into turn one and made a slide job to get past Marks. Unfortunately, Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was up on the cushion, and Haudenschild could not clear him. There was contact and Rahmer got into the heavy dirt above the groove. As he came to a stop on the outside of turn two, Haudenschild darted toward turn three.

The resulting caution put Marks back on the point for the restart, but Haudenschild was not quite done yet. When racing resumed, he tried another slider on Marks, but he could not complete the pass. He got a good run off the inside of turn two and surged ahead. As he was doing so, the front wheels raised up and Haudenschild had to struggle to maintain control. He did, but Marks was able to motor by him heading toward turn three.

While that action was going on up front, Dewease dropped to the inside and he tried to pick off Macedo in turn one. He got alongside, but lost his momentum. Macedo pulled away, and now Dewease was under attack from McFadden and Gravel. The cluster of three came off turn four and Dewease was stuck in the middle, fighting to save his position in the top five. He was successful, but he could not catch Macedo in the remaining laps to attempt another pass.

Marks made the appointed rounds without further challenge from Haudenschild. Third went to Schatz, followed by Macedo and Dewease. Macri grabbed sixth in the final laps. McFadden was seventh, then came Gravel, Reutzel, and Wolfe.

The four heat winners were Haudenschild, Marks, Macri, and Macedo. The dash victor was Haudenschild who also set the fastest time in qualifying, at 17.262 seconds. The B Main winner was Logan Schchart, who also garnered the hard charger award. He advanced nine positions in the A Main.

Williams Grove Speedway will return to action on July 30, with a Sprint Car Doubleheader. The 410s will be joined by the 358s on York Racing Club night. The Billy Kimmel Memorial will be held on August 6, featuring the 410 Sprints and the Super Late Models.

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Chappel, Duritsky, Ruhlman and Wolbert winners on Friday at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Issac Chappel passed Carmen Perigo on Lap 6 and never looked back to take the win in the BOSS Wingless Sprint Car Series 25-lap main event.  The win was the fifth in-a-row for Chappel in the BOSS Series.

Mike Duritsky picked up his first career win at ‘The Action Track’ by holding off Will Thomas and Logan Zarin to capture the RUSH Late Model Series feature.  Daryl Charlier and Joe Martin rounded out the Top 5.

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Chad Ruhlman fought off Blaze Myers to pick up the win in the RUSH Sprint Car Series feature.  John Mollick was third followed by Gale Ruth and one of several drivers pulling double-duty, Zach Morrow.

Chas Wolbert collected his 40th career feature victory going wire-to-wire in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature.  Ben Easler was second.  Justin Shea rounded out the podium.

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Li’l Haud Happy at the Grove

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 23, 2021): Sheldon Haudenschild took his career first checkered flag at Williams Grove Speedway on the opening night of the Summer Nationals. While the driver from Wooster, OH gladly took the $10,000 purse, current Williams Grove points leader, Lance Dewease, won the hearts of the Pennsylvania faithful with a remarkably strong run from seventeenth to second.

Haudenschild, who joined his father, Jac, as a World of Outlaws victor at the Grove, expressed relief that he was finally able to get a win at the speedway. “I feel like I have a lot of laps around this place, but I could never get that win. We’ve been close, but it feels great to finally pull one off. Makes it sweeter that the 69 (Dewease) was behind us.”

Haudenschild had the pole for the twenty-five lap preliminary feature. Anthony Macri had the local contingent stoked with his second place starting spot. James McFadden lined up third, with David Gravel in fourth. Chad Trout rolled off in fifth, with Donny Schatz next to him. Aaron Reutzel and T.J. Stutts made up row four, with Brent Marks and Kraig Kinser in row five. The sixth row belonged to Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart.

Haudenschild blasted off turn four into the lead, while Macri had some difficulty getting up to speed. Gravel and McFadden got by him by the first corner and Schatz and Stutts were hounding him. A quick caution for Jeff Halligan facing the wrong way in turn two caused a realignment, but Haudenschild again got away cleanly.

Macri lost another position in the early going, this one to Schatz, but his misfortunes continued. By lap five, he dropped to seventh. But things would get worse for the driver seeking his first 410 win at the Grove. Aaron Reutzel got sideways coming through turn four and Macri clipped him as he went by. Macri spun to the inside and his car was struck by Stutts, who did a slow roll bringing out the red. None of the drivers were injured and both Reutzel and Macri were able to return after making some hasty repairs.

That stoppage proved to be the last of the contest. But it was significant for another reason. It moved Lance Dewease into the eighth position for the restart and it brought the rest of the field back to him.

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When the green light came on again, Haudenschild resumed his lead and he continued to ride the cushion. McFadden stayed within striking distance, while Gravel was keeping Schatz at bay.

But all eyes were glued on the blue machine of Dewease. Using his customary low line, Dewease was making some progress until he reached the car of Carson Macedo. Macedo was using the low line as well and it took Dewease several laps to get by him. However, once he completed the pass, there was no stopping Dewease.

Dewease reached the top five on lap 18, and the best was yet to come. He caught and passed Schatz with two to go and he did the same to McFadden on the white flag lap. While Dewease was closing in on Hadenschild, the Posse fans were hoping for a caution that would set up a dash for the cash.

Their hopes were not fulfilled and Haudenschild streaked under the checkered flag for the win. Dewease crossed in second, making the fans wonder what might have been had he started closer to the front.

“The driver put us behind in qualifying,” Dewease confessed. “We were able to pass cars; we’ve been able to pass cars all year here. But, it was twenty-five laps, that’s all that matters, and Sheldon won it.” Dewease noted that he had some difficulty getting by Macedo and Schatz, both of whom were using his preferred line, but he was pleased to make his charge from the ninth row to second. He received a $250 bonus for beingthe hard charger. Dewease was grateful, but he proclaimed that he did not want that award again on Saturday night.

McFadden claimed the other podium spot, followed by Schatz and Marks. Positions six through ten went to Gravel, Macedo, Sweet, Schuchart, and Danny Dietrich.

The four heat wins went to Schatz, Trout, Stutts, and Macri. Haudenschild won the Dash and Wayne Johnson took the B Main. Haudenschild also set the fastest time of the night, 17.104 seconds. Trout was second, followed by Stutts and Macri.

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