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Ross Romps at Lincoln; Strickler Times Two

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (July 9, 2021): Tyler Ross scored the biggest win of his career at Lincoln Speeway. The thirty lap romp was worth $5,000 to the driver from Lincoln University, PA. It was his second of the season and third in his time racing 410 Sprint Cars.

In the companion feature for the 358 Sprints, Brett Strickler wrestled the lead away from his brother, Jordan, and the duo went on to a one-two finish in the non-stop twenty lapper.

“We didn’t have a very good Speedweek, the driver made too many mistakes,” Ross said sheepishly. But, on this night, Ross was flawless. Remarkably, this was just the third race on a new car. “We were pretty good in clean air and the car was great on top.” With his front row starting spot, Ross benefitted from a lot of clean air at the start of the race and he got into turn one first, so he had his pick of lanes. And, when he did get into lapped traffic, a caution on lap 14 gave him another clean track for the start of the second half of the race.

Ross was paired up with Bradley Howard at the head of the field. Jimmy Siegel and Troy Wagaman were in row two. Tim Glatfelter and Brandon Rahmer lined up in row three, with Tim Wagaman and Aaron Bollinger in row four. The fifth line had Alan Krimes and points leader Freddie Rahmer Jr. Kyle Moody and Matt Campbell were in the sixth stanza.

Ross darted into the lead and went to the top of the speedway in turn one. Siegel stayed low and moved into second, with Howard, Troy Wagaman, Glatfelter, Tim Wagaman, Brandon Rahmer and Krimes scapping for positions.

Ross methodically built a lead over Siegel through the first half of the contest. Troy Wagaman moved into third and Tim Wagaman was next, as Howard started to fall back through the field.

Howard brought some excitement to the battle for positions in the top ten when he did a 360 spin in turn four. He kept the car moving and there was no caution for the incident, which took place on round ten.Needless to say, the miscue cost him dearly.

The lone caution came on lap 14, when the Connecticut Yankee, Kurt Conklin, came to a halt on the back stretch. That put Siegel on Ross’ tail for the restart, but he could not take advantage of the opportunity given to him on the restart.

Ross agan reached turn one first and claimed the high road. Siegel moved up top as well, but he continued to lose ground as the race progressed. Troy Wagaman started running the low line after the restart, and he began to challenge Siegel for the second spot. It was a battle that would go on for the rest of the race.

But, the best action on the speedway was the sibling rivalry put forth by the Rahmer brothers. Brandon left the way, and Freddie tried every trick in the book, but he just could not get around his brother. Krimes and Campbell joined in the fun, giving fans quite a treat.

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At the checkers, it was Ross followed by Siegel, Troy and Tim Wagaman, and Brandon Rahmer. Campbell snuck around Freddie Rahmer for sixth. Krimes, Howard, and Moody completed the top ten.

There were a trio of preliminaries, going to Troy Wagaman, Ross, and Siegel. There was no B Main.

“I was on rails,” Brett Strickler exclaimed. He added that his car was the best ever. He may have snookered his brother about the best line to run. “Before the feature, I told him to run the bottom, but I went to the top.”

Jordan had the pole and he dutifully listened to his brother. He raced out front, in the low groove, while his brother used the high line to advance from sixth to second in the course of five laps.

The brothers ran side-by-side through the middle stage of the race before Brett took the lead for good.

Following the Stricklers across the finish line was Zane Rudisill, who was making his return to racing following a spectacular crash several weeks back.Before the racing action started, Rudisill admitted that, during his recuperation, he was unsure if he was ever going to strap into a race car again. But when the doctors gave him the all clear, he resolved to give racing another try. He was rewarded with a heat win and podium finish.

Taking fourth was Matt Findley, with Kody Hartlaub in the fifth spot. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Tyler Esh, Cameron Smith, Wyatt Hinkle, and Zach Cool completed the top ten. Smith’s run was his first ever in a 358 Sprint at the Pigeon Hills oval.

Joining Rudisill as heat race winners were Jordan Strickler and Rohrbaugh. Making a return to racing was Brian Allman who is recovering fom pancreatic cancer. He and his son, Zach, had a special hot lap session together as they never had the opportunity to race together before.

Jimmy Combs, a former racer in the Thunder Car class at the track, won the twenty lapper for the Classic Cars. Roland Brown, Joe Brown, Jim Rost, Sr., and Steve Clemo rounded out the top five.

Next week, Lincoln Speedway has an open wheel triple header! The ARDC Midgets join the 410 and 358 Sprints. There will be a truck and tractor pull on July 24, while the Sprints compete against the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway. Both Sprint divisions return on July 31, along with Big Wheel races for the children.

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Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS

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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.”

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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).

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Macedo Makes History at the Grove

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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.

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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.

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Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS

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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.

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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).

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