PORT ROYAL, PA (July 31, 2021): Brent Marks and Logan Wagner split the feature wins in the 410 Sprint division at Port Royal Speedway on Living Legends Night, and Gregg Satterlee took the top honors in the Super Late Model ranks.
Marks, who earned $10,000 for his victory, lived up to his nickname, “the Myerstown Missle” as he blasted away on the high side of the speedway. “The car was really good on the top, it was on a rail. That was a lot of fun.”
Lance Dewease and the defending track champion, Logan Wagner, had the front row. Danny Dietrich and Marks were in the second row, with Pat Cannon and Anthony Macri in row three. Jeff Halligan danced with Phil Walter in row four, and A.J. Flick was paired off with Mike Wagner in row five. Lucas Wolfe and Tyler Reeser were in row six.
Dewease rolled into turn one with the lead, but Dietrich, Macri, and Logan Wagner were all within striking distance. However, a quick caution led to a single file restart with just one lap in the books. That would prove to be the only stoppage of the race.
When the green light came on again, it remained for twenty-nine laps. Marks shot into second and he started trading sliders with Dewease for the lead. As they were doing that, Dietrich and Macri were likewise trading sliders for third.
Eventually, Marks asserted control and Dewease fell to second. Macri dispatched Dietrich, who then lost fourth to Logan Wagner.
As the laps clicked away, the leaders began to separate. The action was intense in the middle of the pack, though, with Dylan Cisney making the most headway.
In the final five laps, Macri put on a charge. He made a bold pass of Dewease for second in the first turn on the last lap of the race. Halligan also picked off Dietrich in the closing laps.
At the checkers, it was Marks, Macri, Dewease, Logan Wagner, Halligan, and Dietrich. Then came Mike Wagner, Walter, Cisney, and Flick.
In the Super Late Model go, Kyle Lee and Ross Robinson led the field to the green flag. Colton Flinner and Gary Stuhler were in the second row, and Satterlee was beside Dylan Yoder, the current point leader, in the third. Andrew Yoder and Marvin Winters lined up in row four, followed by Jim Bernheisel and Brett Schadel. Dillan Stake and Andy Haus started in row six.
Robinson took charge atthe drop of the green, with Lee, Flinner, Satterlee, and Stuhler following. The first caution came with two complete, and the races would reel off 18 laps under the green when racing resumed.
Robinson continued to lead over Lee, but Satterlee moved into third. On lap four, he took second and then he set his sights on Robinson. It took him just two more rounds to grab the lead.
While Satterlee and Robinson ran ahead of the others, Stuhler, Flinner, and Dylan Yoder put on a show worthy of the fans’ full attention. Stuhler would grab third and hold it through the second caution.
In the final five laps, Dylan Yoder put on a charge, but the crafty veteran, Stuhler, was able to retain the position at the finish.
It was Satterlee, Robinson, Stuhler, Dylan Yoder, and Flinner for the first five. The next quintet consisted of Winters, Trevor Feathers, Lee, Jeff Rine, and Hayes Mattern.
Heat winners for the Super Late Models were Lee, Robinson, Stuhler, and Satterlee. The B Main belonged to Jason Schmidt. The fastest qualifier was Robinson, with a lap of 18.392 seconds.
In the 410 Sprint Car nightcap, the starting line-up was based on the finish of the first feature, subject to an inversion of nine. That put Dylan Cisney on the pole, with Phil Walter beside him. Mike Wagner and Danny Dietrich were in row two. Jeff Halligan and Logan Wagner were in row three. Lance Dewease and Anthony Macri were in row four. Brent Marks and A.J. Flick had row five covered. Pat Cannon and Tyler Reeser were in row six.
Cisney bolted to the lead, with Walter and Logan Wagner battling for second. They tangled on the second lap, and Walter crashed hard in turn one. Logan Wagner kept his car moving and he restarted in the second spot. Dietrich narrowly missed the wreck, and he restarted in third.
The incident did not affect Logan Wagner’s car one bit, and he took the lead from Cisney on lap three. Dietrich began to pressure Cisney for second and he would gain the position on lap seven.
Halligan was gaining speed, but his race to the front ended with a spectacular crash in turn one with nine laps in the books. He was not hurt, but the car was heavily damaged.
When racing resumed, Dietrich began to throw sliders at Logan Wagner in an attempt to gain the lead. Wagner was up to the challenge, though, and soon he began to pull away from Dietrich.
In the middle stage of the race, Dewease caught Dietrich and they battled hard for the second spot. Dewease took control on lap 16, just before the final caution was displayed.
Dewease stayed close to Logan Wagner the rest of the way, but he never had a shot at the lead. Cisney came back to life in the stretch run, and he held third briefly. However, Dietrich would regain the position before the checkers flew.
Cisney finished fourth, with Blane Heimbach chasing him across the line. Marks was sixth after racing as high as fourth at one point in the race. Macri, Mike Wagner, Flick, and Wolfe completed the top ten.
The Sprint Car heat winners were Dietrich, Marks, Cannon, and Halligan, each earning $327 for their efforts. The B Main winner was Dave Blaney. Macri was the night;s fastest qualifier with a lap of 16.506 seconds.
Port Royal will host the 410 and 305 Sprints on August 7, along with the Super Late Models. There will be no racing on August 14 in consideration of the Knoxville Nationals. Racing will return on August 21 with Open Wheel Madness III. Winged fans will enjoy the 410 and 305 Sprints, and the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints will delight the non-wing aficionados. Late Models will take center stage at the end of the month with three days reserved for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series on August 26-28.
Marlar two-for-two at Lernerville
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.
“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.”
Macri Takes Speedweek Opener; Brehm Breaks Through
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.
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.
Tri-City Raceway Prepares for Holiday Spectacular
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.
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 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.