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.
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).
Marks Takes Third Win of Speedweek
HAGERSTOWN, MD (June 30, 2022): Brent Marks was the first driver to gather three checkered flags during the Pennsylvania Speedweek. He chased down leader Kyle Larson during the long green flag run that lasted until lap twenty-eight of the thirty scheduled laps. The win fortifioed his points lead over Anthony Macri and Justin Peck, both of whom finished in the top ten.
“I never expected the track to get like that,” Marks said. “I thought that it (the moisture applied just before feature time) would last about ten laps and that everybody would go to the bottom. But it stayed good up top.” Indeed, the groove that Marks and Larson preferred was way up top, just inches from the fences at both ends of the speedway.
Marks explained how he was able to pass Larson for the lead. “Kyle threw a slider (on the lapped car of Freddie Rahmer, Jr.) and scrubbed a lot of speed off and I could stay up top and I could get a run on him into (turn) one.” Marks used a slider of his own to get past Larson and then he proceeded to pull away.
Larson got another shot at Marks after the lap twenty-eight caution, but Marks was in full defensive mode. “I was just trying to block him the last two laps,” Marks admitted candidly. “I could hear him but I didn’t know where he was. I couldn’t go to the top on the restart, I had to build my momentum to get up there,” he explained.
Larson felt that he was a little short. “Brent was really good, for sure. I couldn’t clear Rahmer and I knew that a run was coming,” Larson noted. As for the restart, Larson said that he was running the middle and that Marks “closed it off.”
Larson teased Marks by suggesting that he should go on the road more often and “beat up on guys like Gravel, and Sweet, and Macedo, so I can get a few more wins when I come here.” Larson added that he plans to be back in Pennsylvania in a couple of weeks, presumably for the World of Outlaws appearances at Port Royal Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.
Macri, who was the hard charger and third place finisher, noted that his car was not good at the beginning of the night and that “it took a while for us to get the car better.” When asked if he thought that he couple capitalize on the restart, he thought that he could maybe get by Larson, but then he realized that his tires got too cold and they sealed over under the caution. “So, I got defensive and went for the points.”
Tanner Thorson and Larson brought the field to the green flag. Marks and Rico Abreu were in the second row. Devon Borden had his best starting spot of the week, fifth, with Peck beside him. Ryan Smith and Dylan Cisney had the final pill draw positions. Then came Rahmer and R.J. Stutts. Row six belonged to Danny Dietrich and Sye Lynch.
Although Thorson reached turn one first, he was never scored as the leader of the eveny. Larson rode the rim to take the lead comining off turn two and Marks followed him into second. Smith also got by the defending Chili Bowl champion on the opening lap. Abreu and Dietrich followed him.
During the long green flag run, Larson and Marks disappeared from the other racers. Smith and Thorson battled with Abreu for third, with each of them holding it at various times.
Macri was on the march. He advanced from thirteenth on the grid to the top ten within the first five laps. By lap fifteen, he was into the top five. He was running third at lap twenty-five, but he was very far behind the leaders.
Larson and Marks had lapped all the way up to the eighth position by the time that the caution came out. Rahmer, who was solidly in the top ten, was one of the lapped cars and he broke Larson’s momentum, enabling Marks to make the pass for the lead with twenty-two laps in the books.
When the green flag waived for the final two-lap dash, Marks got awya cleanly and Larson stayed close, hoping for a mistake. Macri did take a peek inside of Larson coming off turn four, but he spun the tires and Larson got away.
At the finish, it was Marks, Larson, Macri, Dietrich, and Smith. Abreu got shuffled back to sixth. Borden, Lucas Wolfe, Chase Dietz, and Rahmer completed the top ten.
Thirty-six Sprints registered for the race. The four heats went to Thorson, Larson, Abreu, and Borden. The B Main winner was Ryan Timms. The evening’s fastest qualifier was Smith, who turned a lap of 15.824 seconds.
Marks leads Macri by 62 points and Peck by 130 heading into the Mitch Smith Memorial at WIlliams Grove Speedway. Wolfe and Stutts are fourth and fifth. Dietrich is sixth, followed by Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Dietz, Larson, and Ryan Smith.
Macri Makes it Two in Speedweek
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 25, 2022): Anthony Macri dominated round two of Pennsylvania Speedweek held at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. It was a similar script for him: he was the fastest qualifier, he transferred from his heat, he picked the pole for the feature, and he led wire-to-wire. His second win of the season in the Pigeon Hills was also his fourteenth at all venues. This one was worth $9200 in honor of the late Kevin Gobrecht. What is more, the win turned out to be a 39th Wedding Anniversary for his parents.
“We started on the pole and we set a pretty good pace, but we still had to pass the lapped cars,” Macri observed. While he had difficulty with that Friday night, it was an easier task on this occasion. Then he turned introspective. “That was win number fourteen. We started six years ago and I never thought that we would be where we are. We’re having a hell of a year. It’s nice to be here.”
This time, Macri had a different wingman, Troy Wagaman, Jr., for the thirty lap finale. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Chase Dietz were in row two. Jeff Halligan and Justin Peck were in the third. Lucas Wolfe and T.J. Stutts were in row four. Brent Marks and Lance Dewease were in row five. Jimmy Siegel and Dylan Norris were in the sixth.
Macri swooped into tun one on the opening lap. Rahmer was close behind, but it did not take long for Macri to begin to stretch his lead. Wagaman held third, with Peck, Dietz, Halligan, and Stutts following. A three-car tangle in turn two claimed Alan Krimes, Justin Whittal, and Landon Myers. That gave Rahmer another shot at Macri, but the Concrete Kid was up to the challenge.
Over the next seventeen laps, Macri ran alone out front, as Rahmer lost sight of the leader. Midway through that run, Peck caught Rahmer and the two put on a spectacular battle for second as they negotiated the slower traffic. Another caution cleared the track for them, but the contest for second continued unabated. Peck eventually grabbed the position and he held it to the finish.
After the final restart, Marks also set Rahmer back another notch. Dietz was coming on as well, but he ran out of time to chase down Rahmer. Wagaman held on for sixth. Dewease picked off a couple of cars in the final run, but he could not reach Wagaman. Stutts, Wolfe, and Devon Borden completed the top ten.
Four heats were run, with wins going to Troy Wagaman, Jr., Halligan, Dietz, and Wolfe. The C Main went to Robbie Kendall. Chad Trout, who was one of the evening’s fastest qualifiers, recovered from a heat race mechanical failure to get the checkers in the B Main. Macri’s overall quick time was set in Group A, at 13.285 seconds. Peck topped Group B with a time of 13.647 seconds.
A broken oil filter on Danny Dietrich’s car on his first time trial lap caused some concern in his pit, but repairs were made and he was able to post a time at the end of his group. He failed to transfer from his heat but did earn a starting spot through the B Main. Dietrich was fourteenth in the feature.
Macri enters round three of Speedweek with a healthy 63 point lead over Peck. Marks, Dewease, and Stutts make up the rest of the top five. Rahmer, Wolfe, Dietz, Norris, and Borden are next.
Hunter Fulton captured the flag in the Extreme Stock undercard. Bob Scott, Jr., Sam Rial, Marshall McMullen, and Justin Yohn rounded out the top five. Fulton and McMullen won the preliminaries.
Lincoln Speedway will host its second Speedweek contest on Monday night, June 27. It will be a Sprint Car only program. The Monster Trucks will invade the speedway on July 2. The Central PA Legends will also be in action. The Sprint Cars, both 410 and 358 varieties, will be back on July 9 and 16. The Super Sportsmen Tour will be added to the card on July 16.
Weather Claims Another Victory at Tri-City Raceway Park
FRANKLIN, PA (June 26, 2022): With a forecast that included mid-afternoon thunderstorms continuing well into the night, Tri-City Raceway Park canceled the racing program set for Sunday, June 26. “We did not want to expose our fans, racers, and staff to any dangerous weather conditions,” said track owner Merle Black. “We want everybody to be safe and ready for the big event coming up over the July 4 holiday weekend.”
Activity will start at the Venango County oval on Friday, July 1, with a practice session for all classes that will be in competition, and there will be lots of those! Grandstand admission will be free on Friday night. Racing will take place on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3.
The Shawgo Real Estate, LLC 410 Sprint Cars will see action on both nights. Complete programs will be presented for the winged warriors each night.
The Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 358 Modifieds will race on Saturday, but many of those racers are expected back for the Sunday showdown with the Big Block Modifieds of the BRP Modified Tour. Many race fans can remember when Gary Smoker turned away the Big Block Mods at Tri-City with his 358 Modified! Will it happen again?
Also doing double duty will be the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Levi Maskal has been unbeatable so far this season. Will his hot streak continue?
The Saturday racing card will also include the qualifying for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks racing under the banner of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply. The 40 lap feature for that class will be held on Sunday night.
And, let’s take a page from the past. On Saturday, the Vintage Modifieds will take to the track. This is not just an exhibition run for these seasoned machines! There will be no holds barred competition.
Sunday’s program will include a look into the future. The Junior Sprints will take to the track. Many of the racers in that class are youngsters getting their first taste of auto racing. Current driver Chase Metheney got his start in this division several years ago and now he sits second in the championship standings for the Shawgo Real Estate, LLC 410 Sprint Cars. Who will be the next budding star to showcase his or her talents?
In addition, the RUSH non-wing Sprints will race on Sunday.
As is customary for July 4 celebrations, there will be Fireworks during Sunday evening. Then, after the races that night, there will be a big bonfire and a DJ will be spinning the tunes.
Camping will be free for the weekend at Tri-City Raceway Park. There will be no hookups provided.
If you cannot make it to the track for the July 4 Weekend Bash, mark your racing calendars for July 10 when Tri-City Raceway Park will present a Sunday Thunder racing program. Double points will be offered that night, so the racing will be intense in all of the track’s regular divisions.
Watch the website and social media platforms for any changes.
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 email@example.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.