FRANKLIN, PA (August 10, 2021): Like a heavyweight title match that has come down to the final round, the regular season championships at Tri-City Raceway Park have come down to the last night of racing. Three of the four divisions are still in doubt and the action will be intense. You will want to be there to see who comes out on top when the checkered flags fall.
Fittingly, the closest match will be in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars. Jack Sodeman, Jr., the defending champ from North Jackson, OH, started out the season strong. But, he saw his points lead evaporate when he had a rough stretch in the middle of the season. In fact, his rival, Brandon Matus of Wampum, PA, took the lead for one week. However, Sodeman has outpaced the younger Matus in recent weeks and he has regained the lead. Just eight points will separate them when the final night of racing starts. Sodeman and Matus can earn points in the heat races and the feature, so every time one of them hits the track the pressure will be on.
Most other positions through the top ten in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint rankings are fairly stable and not much change is anticipated there. However, those racers will be seeking the satisfaction and hefty payoff that a win will provide. So, expect to see the likes of Bob Felmlee, Brent Matus, Darin Gallagher, Brandon Spithaler, Logan McCandless, and Leyton Wagner giving it their all. Kyle Colwell, who has missed several weeks of action, may fall from the top ten if Carl Bowser, Bob McMillin, or Ken Rossey have strong showings.
In the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, it will be experience versus youth in the championship battle. But, this time, it will be three drivers contending for the top spot! Veteran Curtis J. Bish leads teenager Tyler Wyant by eight points as well. And close behind them is veteran Josh Seippel who is only seventeen points out of first place. All three of these drivers have scored wins this season and it just may take another victory for one of them to seal the deal.
But there will be plenty of other racers who will contend for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock win. Darr Diegelman has been consistent. William Hurrelbrink was at the top of the standings earlier in the season before some bad luck caused him to drop back. Patrick Fielding will be looking for his first win of the season, as will Curt Bish, Doug Iorio, II, and Josh Blum. Bobby Whitling has a couple of wins to his credit, and could move ahead with another good showing, but his early season absences hampered his overall performance.
Three drivers may also have a shot at the championship in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Justin Bailey has control, with a twenty-four point margin over Dalton Speer. It seems like it was yesterday that the two were fighting tooth and nail for the top spot, but Speer lost ground when he started to have mechanical problems with his car. Chad Greeley, with two recent wins, is closing in from the third position. He is thirty-five points behind the leader and he could move up if he scores another win and if Bailey and Speer have misfortunes.
The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks have been one of the strongest classes at the track all season, so don’t be surprised if there are two dozen or more competitors on Sunday evening.
The Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modified class has been dominated of late by Jeremiah Shingledecker. He won four in a row, and five overall, to build up a sixty-eight point advantage over Jimmy Holden. Shingledecker will be looking to rebound this week after having his winning streak ended. Many others will try to score the prestigious win, including Sid Unverzagt, Jr., who just had his best Tri-City finish ever, a second to New York invader Erick Rudolph. Kevin Hoffman, Kyle Fink, Lonnie Riggs, Max Smoker, Ryan Riffe, and many more local talents will be there to take on other New Yorkers like Nick Joy and Kyle Inman.
The racing will start at 6 p.m. Pit gates will open at 2 and spectator gates will open at 4. Come out early to get your favorite spots to see all the action.
This will be the final Sunday Thunder program of the season, so regular event ticket pricing will apply. Adult admission, for those ages 16 to 62, will be $15. Seniors, ages 62 and up, will be admitted for $13. Student tickets will be $10 for those ages 10 to 16. The children, ages 10 and under, will be admitted for free. Family passes will be $45 and they will benefit two adults of any age and two students. Pit passes will be $30.
There will be no oval track action for the remainder of August. However, there will be a Renegade Monster Truck Show on Saturday, yes, Saturday, August 28. Racing will resume on Labor Day weekend with a night of practice followed by two nights of competition. That will be September 3-5. There will also be a bonfire and music after the races on Sunday night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS
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.”
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).
Macedo Makes History at the Grove
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.
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.
Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS
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.
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).