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Lynch and Shingledecker top Sprint and 358 Modified Races at Tri-City Raceway Park; Bish and Bailey in pro Stocks and Mini Stocks

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FRANKLIN, PA (July 4, 2021): On Big Dog RC night at Tri-City Raceway Park, Sye Lynch scored his first of the season and second career win in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Car class at a track with strong family ties. Grandfather Ed Sr., and father Ed Jr. were big winners over the years, and grandmother Jean was a former promoter of the track.

Joining him in victory lane were Jeremiah Shingledecker for the third time in a row and fourth overall in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds. Taking the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks was Curtis J. Bish. Justin Bailey snapped the three-race win streak of Dalton Speer in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.

“We’ve been fast here at Tri-City, but we don’t have the results to show for it,” Lynch said. Lady luck did not ride with him until this night. “We were finally able to put a whole night together,” he noted.

Clay Riney sat on the pole for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Car A Main. Rolling off second was Lynch. Bob Felmlee and Jeremy Weaver were in the second row, with Carl Bowser and Brandon Spitahler next in line. Dan Kuruger made his first Tri-City start from the seventh position, with last week’s winner, Brandon Matus next to him. Darin Gallagher lined up next to his mentor, Jack Sodeman, Jr. in row six.

Lynch blasted out to a commanding lead at the drop of the green flag for the 410 Sprint Cars. Felmlee settled into second, followed by Spithaler, Riney, Weaver, and Sodeman. The man in the move early, however, was Brandon Matus, who took third on lap three and second on the next round of the big half mile. By then, Lynch was way out front.

A caution on lap four for a spin by Francis Sesco brought Lynch back to the rest of the field, but it did not take him long to move away again from the second place car of Brandon Matus. Spithaler’s car stumbled on the restart, and Riney drove by, but he was flagged for jumping the start and penalized when the next restart took place.

That would come on lap 22. The race was stopped due to a crash by Rod Jones between turns one and two. Jones was unhurt, but his night was done.

On the restart, Lynch led the way, followed by Brandon Matus. They finished in that order. Felmlee, Bowser, and Sodeman completed the top five. Gallagher made a charge on the outside, picking up a few spots, but he was stuck on the outside and faded back at the finish. Brent Matus snuck by him for sixth on the final lap. Spithaler, Riney, and Bob McMillin rounded out the top ten.

Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat race wins in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint division went to Clay Riney and Bob Felmlee.

There was no B Main.

Kyle Inman made the tow down from Western New York and started on the pole in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds. Lonny Riggs was on his flank. Eric Beggs and Kevin Hoffman were in the second row. Kyle Fink, the defending track champion, lined up in fifth, with another New Yorker, Greg Martin, next to him. Jimmy Holden and Jeremiah Shingledecker, the winner of the last two events, were in row four. Behind them were Tom Holden and Max Smoker. Todd Gabriel made his season’s debut in the eleventh position, and Ryan Riffe started on his outside.

Inman took the early lead with Martin, Shingledecker, Riggs, and Beggs following. The New York contingent was looking strong, as Inman held control for the first eight laps before handing the baton off to Martin.

Martin remained out front for several laps but Shingledecker, who worked his way up from eighth on the grid, began to flex some muscle after the halfway mark. He took second by getting a nose under Inman coming off turn four. A lap or two later, he went to the outside to drive by Martin in turns one and two to take the lead.

Shingledecker withstood a pair of late race restarts that put Martin on his inside. Inman challenged Martin but he could not get the grip on the outside for second.

Kevin Hoffman was fourth and Travis Shingledecker came home fifth. His crew needed commendation for fixing the car after it caught fire in the heat race.

Taking Sixth was Beggs, with Riggs, Jimmy Holden, Max Smoker, and Ayden Cipriano in tenth. This was Cipriano’s first drive in a 358 Modified.

“We are all learning,” Shingledecker said. “I have plenty of laps on the track in a Big Block Modified and these cars are different.” Shingledecker went on to state that he was having problems hooking up the car in the heat race, but they made a number of changes for the feature and hit on a good set-up.

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In the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modified ranks, the heat race winners were Kyle Fink and Jimmy Holden. There was no B Main.

Jason Johns rolled off first for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock division. Andy Buckley was on his right. Behind them were Doug Iorio, II and points leader William Hurrelbrink. Matt Bernard was set to start in fifth, but he did not drive in the heat race due to personal commitments, so he took the tail for the start of the A Main. That moved Curtis J. Bish, Jr. over to the inside and Curt Bish next to him. Then came last week’s winner, Bobby WHitling and Alan Dellinger, subbing for Rod Laskey. Darr Diegelman and Josh Seippel started in row five and Chase Lambert and Larry Kugel were in row six.

Curtis J. Bish led at the beginning of the race, Whitling moved into second and gave chase for a handful of laps before moving into the lead. Meanwhile, the action was intense throughout the top ten.

Whitling took the lead and held command in the middle stage of the event. Dellinger took over second and was closing in as the laps wound down.

Things took an unusual turn in the final laps. Whitling made contact with a lapped car. On the ensuing restart, Curtis J. Bish overhauled Dellinger.

Curtis J. Bish led the final two laps for the win, with Dellinger in second. Curt Bish, brother of the winner, crossed in third. Fourth went to Tyler Wyant, who started in the final row. He was named the Fisher and Father NAPA Auto Parts Hard Charger, at plus fourteen. Fifth belonged to Larry Kugel.

Positions six through ten went to Andy Buckley, Matt Bernard, Hurrelbrink, Seippel, and Chase Lambert.

Taking the qualifiers in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply heat races, presented by Donovan & Bauer Auto Group, were William Hurrelbrink and Bobby Whitling. There was no B Main.

Todd Hanlon and Bodey McClintock paced the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Jesse Armstrong and Justin Bailey had row two in their hands, with Chad Greeley and Levi Maskal in row three. Row four belonged to Evan Sobieski and Jamie Tasker. Row five had Bill McCollins and D.J. Macrae, while row six was inhabited by Hemi Kineston and Shalyn Kelsey.

Hanlon was the early leader, but Justin Bailey was on a mission. He had an opportunity to rack up some points in his battle with Dalton Speer for the track championship.

Hanlon made contact with a lapped car, sustained a flat tire, and handed the lead over to Bailey. Meanwhile, Speer was coming from the back. He made it to the top five before his car broke down with just a couple of laps remaining.

Bailey went on to the win, followed by steady Chad Greeley. McRae, Bodey McClintock, and Maskal completed the top five. Kevin Watson, Steven Campbell, Evan Sobieski, Michael Barr, and Jamie Tasker were sixth through tenth.

The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks contested three heat races under the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group banner. The winners were Justin Bailey, Todd Hanlon, and Levi Maskal. There was no B Main.

Remember that Tri-City Raceway Park will be dark for a Summer Break on July 11. Racing will resume the following week, July 18, with the Sprint Spectacular, featuring the 410 Sprints under the auspices of Shawgo Real Estate LLC. The RUSH Sprints will be back with the endorsement of Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House. Junior Sprints will also be on the card. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks will have a tune-up for the big Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship round coming up on July 25. The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks will also compete.

Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars: Sye Lynch, Brandon Matus, Bob Felmlee, Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Brent Matus, Darin Gallagher, Brandon Spithaler, Clay Riney, Bob McMillin, Davey Jones, Randy Wyant, Rod Jones, Leyton Wagner, Francis Sesco, Kyle Colwell, Jeremy Weaver, Gale Ruth, Sr., Dan Kuriger (DNS).

Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Greg Martin, Kyle Inman, Kevin Hoffman, Travis Shingledecker, Eric Beggs, Lonny Riggs, Jimmy Holden, Max Smoker, Ayden Cipriano, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., D.J. Schrader, Nathan McDowell, Kyle Fink, Tyler Clark, Todd Gabriel, Ryan Riffe, Tom Holden, Curt Bish (DNS).

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks: Curtis J. Bish, Alan Dellinger, Curt Bish, Tyler Wyant, Larry Kugel, Andy Buckley, Matt Bernard, William Hurrelbrink, Josh Seippel, Chase Lambert, Darr Diegelman, Pat Fielding, Josh Blum, Jason Johns, Bobby Whitling, Doug Iorio, II, Charlie McMillen (DNS), Jesse Brock (DNS).

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Justin Bailey, Chad Greeley, D.J. Mcrae, Bodey McClintock, Levi Maskal, Kevin Watson, Steven Campbell, Evan Sobieski, Michael Barr, Jamie Tasker, Howard Garlick, Alex Claypoole, Dalton Speer, William McCollins, Shalyn Kelsey, Todd Hanlon, Jesse Armstrong, Charles McClintock, Hemi Kinneston, Jordan Reges, Trevin Shaffer (DNS).

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PPMS, Latrobe and Lervnerville Cancel Saturday Events

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 25, 2024) A forecast calling for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with gusty winds and possible hail throughout areas of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday is forcing local tracks to cancel their Saturday nights events.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway made the decision early to cancel their Choice for Change Action Event with the RUSH Sprint Cars.  All tickets purchased for the event are eligible for a full refund.  Next up at PPMS is the Western PA Speedweek event on Thursday with UEMS Racing Series.

Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series and Latrobe Speedway officials are also postponing the tour’s season-opener because of Mother Nature.  The good news is the delay is only one week.

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“Despite the unfortunate weather forecast that canceled our fourth race in a row, we have a silver lining,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “Thankfully, we were able to reschedule the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Tour for the following Saturday, June 1. Providing a new opportunity for our stakeholders to enjoy a modified six-division event. Most Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock touring teams have more than a two-hour drive to the speedway, so it made sense to postpone the race.”

The modified six-division show will also include the K2 Engineering FASTrak Pro Late Models, Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders, and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks.

The grim forecast is also causing Overdrive Monster Truck and Lernerville Speedway officials to postpone tonight’s event. The show will now take place on Sunday, May 26 with VIP gates opening at 2 p.m.  The grandstands will open at 2:30 p.m. with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Red-Hot Spithaler Continues His Winning Ways At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (May 24, 2024) There its not a hotter driver in the local 410 Sprint Car ranks than Brandon Spithaler.  One week after finishing fourth in the World of Outlaws A Main at Attica Raceway Park, Spithaler picked up the checkered flag in the People’s Natural Gas feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Spithaler started eighth in the 19-car field and held off Bradon Matus and Michael Bauer to pick up the win.  AJ Flick finished fourth and hard-charger Dan Kuriger rounded out the Top 5 after starting 18th.

Flick remains atop the Championship standing followed by Carl Bowser, who trails flick by 16-points.  Bauer and Matus each sit 19-points back of Flick with Baurer holding down third in the standings by virtue of his 2-Top 5 finished.  The victory moves Spithaler to sixth, 29-points back despite participating in only 2-events.

Tyler Dietz started on the front row and took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Colton Flinner finished second followed by Michael Norris and John Garvin Jr.

Norris remains atop the Championship standings with Flinner in second, 1-point behind.  Garvin is 7-points behind in third and Dietz’ victory leaves him sitting in fourth, 13-points behind.

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Garrett Krummert is your winner in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.  Krummert started seventh and expertly worked traffic to get past second-place starter and finisher Rex King Jr.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third followed by Will Thomas in fourth.  Ayden Cipriano rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 4 finishers are your Top 4 in the Championship standings with King Jr 5-points behind Krummert.  Shingledecker sits third, 16-points back and Thomas is only one point back of third, 17-points behind Krummert.

Pole sitter Chris Schneider held off a hard-charging Dietz to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Christian Schneider came home third after starting sixth followed by Corey McPherson in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth.

Dietz and Christian Schneider are tied atop the Championship standings with 113 points each.  Chris Schneider is third 9-points back in a battle that is bound to go down to the final weekend.

Saturday night’s Overdrive Monster Trucks event has been postponed to Sunday due to the forecast.  VIP Gates will open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  The event will start at 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Dietrich Does It At The Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24, 2024): Danny Dietrich got a break at the start of the John Trone Tribute A Main at Williams Grove Speedway, and he made the most of it. Dietrich fell in behind Lucas Wolfe on the initial green, but a multi-car crash before the entire field crossed for lap one necessitated a complete restart. Dietrich was better prepared for the second try, and he was able to keep Wolfe behind him motoring down the long straightaway. Still, Dietrich had to fend Wolfe off once or twice during the contest to ensure the $10,039 win. Wolfe slid out of the rubber once in the late going, and Spencer Bayston scooted by for second.

Also grabbing a win was Logan Spahr in the PASS IMCA 305 Sprint undercard.

“We had a good draw, but we had a bad start,” the Gettsysburg pilot observed. “I like racing with Lucas (Wolfe) because he will always race you clean. Lucas got me, but we were better the next time.” Dietrich explained that there was some moisture in the middle of the track, and that was where Wolfe launched at the drop of the green. “I didn’t push him up enough, so the second time I moved up and I got a better run,” Dietrich added.

Dietrich started on the pole carrying the traditional red, white, and blue colors and the historic number 29 that always adorned the Bob Weikert-owned machines over the years. The next generation of Weikerts sponsor Dietrich’s car, owned by Gary Kauffman of Biglerville, and the Kauffman/Dietrich team pay homage to the iconic car and the famous owner over the Memorial Day Weekend. The same livery will be used in the two-day event at the Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe was on Dietrich’s flank for the start of the twenty-five lapper. In the row behind were Devon Borden and Bayston. Row three paired up Chase Dietz and Cory Eliason. Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu made up row four. Next were T.J. Stutts and midwestern star Brian Brown. James McFadden and Kyle Reinhardt occupied row six.

The first lap melee eliminated several cars, including those of current points leader and defending champion Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Lance Dewease.

After the failed attempt to start the race, Dietrich claimed the lead that he would never relinquish. Wolfe stayed close, particularly in the early going. He was followed by Bayston, Borden, Dietz, Eliason, Macri, Abreu, Brown, and Reinhardt. Dietrich had a comfortable margin eliminated on lap eleven when Austin Bishop stopped on the track for the first official caution.

On the restart, Wolfe drove in the middle grove entering turn one. He was able to get along side of Dietrich, but the bottom was the better line due to the accumulated rubber. So Dietrich was able to drive away from his challenger in turn two. Bayston remained in third, with Dietz and Eliason next.

Two laps later, Abreu spun himself out of the top ten. He managed to keep moving, so there was no caution but, now, Abreu was at the tail of the field. Bayston got a good run on Wolfe for second a lap later, but Bayston slid up the track and handed third over to Dietz. Bayston was able to regain the position by lap fifteen, when Abreu and Aaron Bollinger tangled in turn one.

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On the restart, Dietrich continued to lead Wolfe and Bayston. Bayston was pressing Wolfe while Dietrich began to pull away. With just two laps remaining, Wolfe slid up off the rubber in turn one, losing second to Bayston in the process.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich by a wide margin over Bayston, Wolfe, Eliason, and Dietz. Macri, Borden, Reinhardt, Brown, and Stutts completed the top ten.

The four heat wins went to Abreu, Bayston, Wolfe, and Dietrich. Cameron Smith prevailed in the B Main. Eliason was the fastest qualifier this night, topping Group A with a lap of 17.898 seconds. Macri was best in Group B with a time of 18.278 seconds.

Josh Beamer had the pole for the twenty-lap nightcap for the PASS IMCA 305 Sprints. Beside him was Erin Statler. Row two consisted of Jason Roush and Spahr. The third row matched Andrew Boyer with Kenny Heffner. Drew Young shared row four with Mike Alleman. Owen Dimm and Danny Buccafusco raced from row five, and they were trailed by Landon Price and Mike Melair.

Beamer dashed out front, but Spahr was into second in no time at all. Roush, Heffner, Boyer, and Young followed closely. As the lap counter advanced, Beamer and Spahr separated themselves from Heffner, who raced alone in third. Positions four on back were hotly contested.

Spahr assumed the lead on lap eleven, just one round ahead of the lone caution of the race for Croix Beasom.

On the restart, Spahr got a tremendous jump on Beasom. Young lost several positions after the race resumed. Moving ahead of him were Christian Rumsey, Heffner, Melair, Statler, and Buccafusco.

Spahr showed no mercy to his competitors over the final eight laps. Beamer registered a second place finish, ahead of Rumsey, Melair, and Statler. Positions six through ten went to Heffner, Buccafusco, Young, Boyer, and Dimm.

Boyer and Heffner shared the heats. There was no B Main.

Next week, the 358 Sprints will return to support the 410 Sprints. The 358s will go for twenty-five laps with extra purse money on the line. The month of June will commence with the 410s and USAC East Coast Sprints in the Bill Gallagher Memorial. On June 14, the USAC National Sprints will be the added attraction, along with the 410 Sprints. June 21 will be the tune-up for Central PA Speedweek.

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