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Campbell Claims Grove Win; Locke Doubles in 358s

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 30, 2021) – Matt Campbell held off the heavy hitters to score his second career 410 Sprint Car victory at Williams Grove Speedway. Although he was scored as the leader for all 25 laps, he had to survive the attacks by Danny Dietrich a third of the way through the race and then he had to fend off Lance Dewease in the closing laps. It was Campbell’s first win since taking over the reins of Jerry Parrish’s car following the retirement of his long-time driver, Brain Montieth.

“I was watching the track to see if the rubber was coming in,” Campbell said. After he had trouble passing a lapped car, he knew that it was time to move down in the rubber. On the final two restarts, Campbell had Dewease right behind him. So, Campbell had to keep the car pinned to the inside. “I heard Lance try to roll the top on me, but I just stayed in the rubber.”

Campbell and Dewease were on the front row by virtue of their heat race wins. Third place starter, Danny Dietrich, was also a heat winner. Next to him was Anthony Macri. Jared Esh and Aaron Bollinger were in the third row, with T.J. Stutts and Alan Krimes in the fourth. The fifth row featured Devon Borden and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. The sixth row paired Lucas Wolfe with Dylan Norris.

Campbell jumped out to the lead, but Dewease got a poor start, losing several positions on the opening lap. That put Macri and Dietrich ahead of him, with Bollinger, Rahmer, Esh, Stutts, Borden, and Wolfe fanned out behind him.

With Campbell leading Dietrich, it took Dewease several laps to get rolling. He worked into third, passing Macri with eight in the books. Around that same time, Dietrich caught up to Campbell and he started throwing slide jobs at the leader. Although Dietrich did draw up alongside Campbell a few times, he was never able to slide up in front of him to take the lead away.

“Danny definitely raced me clean,” Campbell noted. “I could see him half way through the corner and I knew if I got on the gas I would pull him off the corner.” The strategy worked for Campbell, and he was able to retain the lead despite the thrusts by Dietrich.
After Dietrich’s bids for the lead failed, he started falling back to Dewease. Dewease chased him through the middle stage of the race before overtaking him with seven laps remaining.

Dewease started to close in on Campbell, and cautions on laps 20 and 22 erased the margin completely. On the first restart, Dewease tried to poke his nose inside of Campbell entering turn one, but Campbell pinched down and did not give Dewease an opening. On the second restart, Campbell committed to the inside line and Dewease went high to try to drive around him. But, Campbell’s car was good in the rubber and he was able to put a couple of car lengths between them.

Campbell went on to the win, besting Dewease by 0.512 seconds. Dietrich was third, followed by Rahmer, Stuttsm Wolfe, Chase Dietz, Macri, Mark Smith, and Bollinger. Macri gave up his top five position when he had to pit to replace a flat right rear tire during one of the final restarts.

The B Main winner was Chris Arnold.

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Derek Locke had a much easier time of it, especially in the non-stop nightcap for the 358 Sprints. That one he led wire-to-wire. He patiently worked his way to the front in the opening feature, which was a make-up event from a rained out race a couple of weeks ago. The pair of wins were his fifth and sixth of the season at Williams Grove, and he is undefeated in feature event competition. His winnings for the night were $4,000, better than all but Campbell.

“I was a little tight early, and I had to figure out how to drive teh track,” Locke said after his win in the make-up race. “About halfway through, I knew that I had a good car.” As for the second feature, Locke said that it was a matter of luck because he drew the pole. However, his strategy was to save the tires, and he was never seriously challenged, lapping all the way up to the seventh place car. “I could pass in the rubber,” he explained.

In the opener, Brett Wanner and Cody Fletcher were on the front row, with Rich Eichelberger and Nat Tuckey in the second. Kody Hartlaub and Steve Owings were in the third row, with Travis Scott and Chad Criswell in row four. Matt Findley and Locke were in row five. Row six paired up Tyler Brehm and Devin Adams.

Wanner took the early lead, with Owings, Eichelberger, Fletcher, Tuckey and Hartlaub trailing. Wanner’s lead did not last for long, as his car slowed after just a couple of rounds. Owings inherited the lead, with Eichelberger, Fletcher, and Tuckey fighting for the next few positions.

Meanwhile, Locke was carefully moving forward. He reached sixth by lap seven and he was into the top five at lap ten. By the halfway mark, he was fourth, and he climbed to third on lap 14. A restart bunched the field up for him, and he took over second on lap 17. On the next circuit, he was in the lead.

Locke completed the remaining laps without any difficulty. Owings held on for second, followed by Eichelberger, Fletcher, Scott, Criswell, Tuckey, Chris Frank, Findley, and Hartlaub.

In the nightcap, Locke was on the pole and Findley was next to him. Zachary Cool and John Stehman were in the second row, followed by Justin Foster and Devin Adams. Tuckey and Criswell were in row four, with Frank and Scott next. Eichelberger rolled off in eleventh, and Owings made it an even dozen.

Locke bolted to the lead on the initial start and he was never headed. The field got strung out, with Findley holding second for most of the contest. Later, he gave way to Frank. Findley crossed in third, with Stehman and Foster following. Tuckey and Scott were the last two drivers on the lead lap. Criswell, Owings, and Cool completed the top ten.

The 358 Sprint heat winners were Eichelberger and Locke. There was no B Main.

Next week, Williams Grove Speedway will present the Billy Kimmel Memorial for teh 410 Sprints and the Super Late Models. On the 13th, no racing is presently scheduled due to the Knoxville Nationals. August 20, racing will resume with the 410 Sprints paired up with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. The All Star Circuit of Champions will be in on August 27 for the Jack Gunn Memorial Twin 20s.

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Marlar two-for-two at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mike Marlar is looking like the man to beat for Saturday night’s $50,000 Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel after winning Friday night’s preliminary feature at Lernerville Speedway, giving Marlar back-to-back wins at The Action Track.

Marlar held off a hard-charging Tim McCreadie at the checkers after grabbing the lead from Ricky Thornton, Jr. on lap 14.  Thornton started from the pole position and led the first 13-laps.

“He (Thornton) had the bottom and he wasn’t going to move,” said Marlar.  “I was just waiting on that brown ring on the bottom to wear out. It was getting thinner and thinner so then on that one restart I found some crumbs out here kind of in the middle leaving four, so I got on the outside and it worked for me, I barely got by him.”

Halfway through the feature as Marlar was leading the field, McCreadie was working his way through the field from his ninth starting spot and set his sights on the leader but needed just a little more to the final spot.

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“To come home second to Mikey, he’s really good,” said McCreadie, the reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion and 2019 Firecracker 100 winner. “I need some help over in one and two. I can’t get where I want the car to be activated. We need a little more we will just keep working hard it’s all we can do.”

“I saw him (McCreadie) flash under me in one and two, after about four or five laps my tires would get a little hotter and they’d give up some grip, so I think he preserved his tires a little better,” said Marlar.

Thornton held on for third and was content, for now. “He (Marlar) was really good through the middle just like T-Mac was. I felt like we had a really good car. We’ll take a third, it should set us up in good position for tomorrow’s heat races.”

Saturday is what everyone in the field wants to win and it looks like they are going to have to beat Marlar to do it and Marlar knows he and his team have some work to do.

“It’s definitely been a good weekend so far,” said Marlar. “The trip is paid for and tomorrow will be the cherry on top. It will be tough. You know we have a good 30-40 lap car; it slides around on me once the tires get warm. So tomorrow we will get a harder tire and see if that helps the situation too.”

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Macri Takes Speedweek Opener; Brehm Breaks Through

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (June 24, 2022): Anthony Macri, the winningest 410 Sprint Car driver in the country, notched another victory in the opening round of Pennsylvania Speedweek at Williams Grove Speedway. He set the stage for the win by turning in the fastest lap in qualifying, transferring out of his heat, and picking the pole for the feature event.

Joining him in celebrating success was Tyler Brehm, who got his first career win at Williams Grove Speedway in the 358 Sprint Car division.

“As soon as we hit dirty air, we got extremely tight,” Macri said. “I started playing with the wing and we had trouble with the lapped cars.” Part of the problem was driver error, Macri said. “I made some mistakes not knowing where the lapped cars were going.” He reiterated that the car was “extremely tight” in traffic and that he also had “to play with the brake pedal.”

Despite this difficulty, Macri finished just a tad shy of one second ahead of Brent Marks, another highly successful racer.

Beside Macri on the front row for the thirty lapper was Justin Peck. Marks and Lucas Wolfe were paired on row two. T.J. Stutts lined up inside of Dylan Cisney in row three. Then came Danny Dietrich and Lance Dewease. Chad Trout and Matt Campbell made up row five. The sixth row belonged to Dylan Norris and Freddie Rahmer, Jr.

Macri led the charge into turn one. Peck was close, but Macri slid up the track to block the visitor from the All Star Circuit of Champions. Marks nestled into third, ahead of Stutts, Dietrich, Wolfe, Norris, Dewease, Campbell, and Rahmer. Cisney was struggling and he slowed his car to a stop on lap three for the first caution of the event.

Macri resumed control on the restart, but a spin by a backmarker waived that off. On the second try, Macri again took command. But Peck and Marks were engaged in a torrid battle for the second position. Lap after lap they traded the spot, but Marks took it for good by the halfway mark.

Stutts continued in fourth, but he was under attack from Dietrich. That contest did not last very long, though, as Dietrich suddenly slowed coming off turn four with seventeen laps down, By the time that he stopped, Macri had completed lap eighteen.

Macri completed the final dozen laps without a hitch. Marks began to close in when Macri had his troubles with the slower cars ahead of him. But Marks could not get close enough to mount a challenge for the lead.

After that last caution, Dewease was one of the faster cars in the race. He ahd reached fifth by the time of the caution, and he raced his way past Stutts on lap 21. Dewease was closing on Peck for third but he ran out of laps.

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The finish was Macri, Marks, Peck, Dewease, and Stutts. Norris, Rahmer, Devon Borden, Wolfe, and Chase Dietz rounded out the top ten. Ryan Smith, the eleventh place finisher, was the hard charger, advancing nine positions.

Three heats were presented, with the wins going to Stutts, Wolfe, and Marks. Robbie Kendall collected the B Main victory. Macri was the fastest car of the 28 racers to take time. His best lap was 16.842. Macri saved the car from hittingthe turn four wall on his second qualifying attempt. He said that he was just being too aggressive.

After his win, Tyler Brehm said excitedly, “this was a five-year-old kid’s dream.” He explained that he cut his teeth in racing working with Steve Buckwalter and that the win “was a long time coming.”

Brehm took the green flag from the fourth position. Chad Criswell had darted out to the early lead from the pole, but his car stopped unexpectedly in turn four on the opening lap. Devin Adams rode over Criswell’s right rear, but Adams regained control before getting out to the fence.

Adams moved to the pole for the restart and he took the lead over Brehm, Kyle Denmyer, Kody Hartlaub, and Derek Locke.

Brehm went low in turn four to pass Adams several laps into the contest. Brehm built up his lead in the race that went caution free after the initial stoppage for Criswell.

Hartlaub chased Brehm home. Locke worked his way to third in the second half of the race. Adams held on for fourth, just a notch ahead of Doug Hammaker.

Frankie Herr, Denmyer, Steve Owings, Cameron Smith, and Steve Wilbur completed the top ten.

Three heat winners were Criswell, Denmyer, and Kyle Keen. Cody Fletcher prevailed in the B Main.

Williams Grove Speedway will present its next Speedweek event, the Mitch Smith Memorial, on July 1. That show will be for the 410 Srpints only. July 8 will have the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints joining the 410s. The make-up date for the Randy Wolfe Tribute race will fall on July 15. The 358 Sprints will be on the dance card that night with the 410s.

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Tri-City Raceway Prepares for Holiday Spectacular

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FRANKLIN, PA (June 23, 2022): The staff and management of Tri-City Raceway Park have another Sunday Thunder event, on June 26, to get ready before the big blow-out over the July 4 holiday weekend. “Just like the racers, we want to keep the momentum going,” said track owner, Merle Black. “We had two great races, Western PA Speedweek and a regular show, and now we have one more race to work out the details before the big holiday extravaganza,” he added.

With a pair of Shawgo Real Estate, LLC Sprint Car races in the books, A.J. Flick finds himself on top of the early championship rankings. Flick has a win and a second place finish so far, and he hopes to score again this Sunday. Sitting six points back is young Chase Metheney. Veterans Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Carl Bowser are third and fourth, Versatile Rod Jones, who has raced in several different classes over the years, holds down the fifth place.

Defending track champion, Brandon Matus, was unable to start last week’s event, so he is way down in the standings. Watch for him to start the long climb back this weekend.

Bob Felmlee also has to recover from tough luck last week. He crashed in turn four and did not finish that race. He will be ready to compete for the win!

Many other top runners will be on hand, including Brent Matus, Jeremy Weaver, Logan McCandless, and Leyton Wagner. Will the Ohio racer, Ricky Peterson, be back? He scored his first career win in dominating fashion last Sunday.

Jimmy Holden used his first win of the season to catapult into the points lead in the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 358 Modified ranks. Kevin Hoffman trails by four markers, and New Yorker Nick Joy is five behind Holden. Jeremiah Singledecker and Mike Kinney are also within striking distance. Further back are Kyle Fink, Travis Shingledecker, Eric Beggs, and Kevin Green. Will Lonnie Riggs be back? Mechanical problems sidelined him last week and he will be looking to rebound soon.

Jason Johns and Chris Schneider are tied atop the standings in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks after one round of action. Pat Fielding, Josh Seippel, Rod Laskey, Curtis J. Bish, and Charlie McMillen can all move up with a good finish this week.

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Levi Maskal has staked himself to a double digit lead in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Maskal is two for two so far, which is no mean feat considering the tough competition in this affordable class. More than two dozen racers have already tried their luck on the big, fast half mile oval.

Racing will begin at 6 p.m., with practice commencing at approximately 5:15. The Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Spectators can gain admission to the grounds at 4 p.m. to get their favorite seats.

Regular event ticket pricing will apply. So, adults (ages 16 to 62) will be admitted for $15, and seniors (ages 62 and up) will be admitted for $13. Student tickets (for those aged 10 to 16) will be $10. Children (up to age 10) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be $45, and that will be good for two adults of any age and two students. Pit Passes will be $30.

If you cannot make it to Tri-City Raceway Park this weekend, remember that there will be three nights of action, and more, over the Independence Day holiday. Friday, July 1, will be reserved as a practice session for all classes. There will be free grandstand admission that night. Competition will begin on Saturday night, July 2, with the Shawgo Real Estate, LLC 410 Sprints, the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 358 Modifieds, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.

There will also be qualifying for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks. Sunday, July 3, will see the return of the ground pounding Big Block Modifieds from the BRP Tour. The Shawgo Real Estate, LLC 410 Sprints will be back, along with the RUSH Sprint Cars. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks will race, as will the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. The Junior Sprints will also be on hand. There will be celebratory fireworks during the Sunday program, and, after this fabulous show, there will be a big bonfire. There will be free camping on the grounds throughout the weekend.

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 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.

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