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410 Sprints Highlight Saturday Action At Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A full slate of action is on tap Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway as the 410 Sprint Cars take center stage on dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’.

In addition to the Sprint Cars, Saturday night’s racing card will also feature the RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series as well as the Hobby Stocks, 4-Cylinders and Young Guns.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with hot laps starting at 6 p.m., and the racing action beginning will at 7 p.m.

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For more information fans can visit the tracks website, www.ppms.com.

Last weekend, Monongahela’s Todd Weldon took home the checkered flag in the Wee Willie White Memorial in an intense battle with Nick Kocuba.

Cole Petrelle picked up his first career win in the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series. Petrelle passed Colton Flinner on lap six and survived a couple of late restarts to take home the checkered flag.

Kayla McManus also was a first time winner, grabbing the victory in the Hobby Stocks feature.

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Alex Ferree, Sye Lynch, Rex King Jr and Andrew Gordon claim wins at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (September 3, 2021; Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Alex Ferree took the lead from the start and survived a late restart to pick up the win in Friday night’s Precise Racing Products Late Model Feature at Lernerville Speedway.

Ferree built up a lead of over 5-seconds when the caution flag flew on lap 23 due to a spin by Clayton Kennedy.  On the restart Colton Flinner tried to get the jump on Ferree but jumped the start three times and was moved back a row.  Logan Zarin moved up to the front row but did not have enough for Ferree, who picked up his second feature win at ‘The Action Track’.  Zarin finished second followed by Flinner.

“It’s tough racing here and the restarts can always throw a little wrench at you,” said Ferree. “Colton (Flinner) tried a couple different times and went a little early there, it just worked out in my favor at the end.”

Sye Lynch made it back-to-back wins at Lernerville after taking the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint feature.  Lynch started on the pole position led the first eleven laps.  On lap 12 A.J. Flick passed Lynch for the lead off turn two but two laps later Lynch’s slide job in turn 4 put him back out front.  Lap traffic thwarted Flick’s chance to get back around Lynch before the checkered flag.

“(A.J.) Flick drove a great race and got around me,” explained Lynch.  “I knew I had to run harder, it was one of those deals where you’re battling for the lead and working through lapped traffic, you just never know when is too hard or not hard enough.  It was a very tricky race, but the car was great all night long, we’ve been trying a bunch of things and it’s just clicking.”

Rex King Jr. came out victorious in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modified feature.  Steve Feder led early while a furious battle was taking place behind him between King, Brian Swartzlander and Jeremiah Shingledecker.  The trio eventually caught Feder to make it a 4-car battle for the lead.  King was able to pass Feder for the lead on lap 18 and Shingledecker was able to grab 2nd on lap 22.

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“That was the most fun racing I’ve had here in a long time,” said King, Jr. “The only other time was when me and my dad (Rex King, Sr.) were battling here earlier in the year, and it was slick like that. The track was good, I think it was pretty racy, I seen Shingledecker passed a bunch of cars, I think dad passed a couple, it was a good race.”

Andrew Gordon started up front and held on following a late restart to win the Penn/Ohio Pro Stocks Feature.  Gordon was comfortably out front when the caution flag flew on lap 23 for Bobby Whitling, whose car slowed on front stretch.  Gordon got a great restart as Chase Lambert and Daryl Charlier battled for second place with Lambert prevailing when the checkered flag flew.

“This win is for my grandma up in the stands, she makes it to all the races, she’s been sick but on the (road to) recovery so, this one is for her,” said Gordon.

Precise Racing Products Feature: (1C) Alex Ferree, (1Z) Logan Zarin, (48) Colton Flinner, (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, (10) Gary Lyle, (91) Tommy Beck, (66) Todd Bachman, (9) Levi Yetter, (9K) Clayton Kennedy, (B1) Brandon Wearing, (26) Shawn Schaltenbrand, (11) Joshua Powell, (81) Mike Miller, (77) Tyler Dietz, (41) Tony Burke, (15*) Kelvin Kohan- Did Not Start

Peoples Natural Gas Feature: (42) Sye Lynch, (2) AJ Flick, (11) Carl Bowser, (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr., (46) Michael Bauer, (08) Dan Kuriger, (11J) David Kalb Jr., (12) Darin Gallagher, (40) George Hobaugh, (13) Brandon Matus, (33) Brent Matus, (55*) Matt Sherlock, (4K) Bill Kiley, (13B) Steve Bright, (29M) Logan McCandless- Did Not Start, (250) Jared McFarland- Did Not Start

Lernerville TV 35 – Diehl Automotive Feature: (165) Rex King Jr., (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, (45) Steve Feder, (83) Brian Swartzlander, (61) Dave Murdick, (29) Garrett Krummert, (18) Colton Walters, (65) Rex King Sr., (4J) John Mollick, (32R) Chris Rudolph, (10) Chelsie Kriegisch, (35) Steve Slater, (22) Kevin Long, (56M) Jacob McElravy, (88) Shawn Fleeger, (64) Rodney Beltz- Did Not Start

Millerstown Pic-A-Part Feature ($3,500 to-win): (25G) Andrew Gordon, (22) Chase Lambert, (114) Daryl Charlier, (C33) Corey McPherson, (55) Chris Schneider, (63) Chris McGuire, (948) Joey Zambotti, (11B) Tim Bish, (45) Todd Weldon, (J19) Jason Fosnaught, (00X) Curt Bish Jr., (27) Jake Dietz, (10) Nick Kocuba, (81) Mike Miller, (0) Larry Kugel, (25) Brett McDonald, (84S) Josh Seippel, (26) Mike Bordt, (983) Zack Gustafson, (44) Jim Challingsworth, (4) Brett Hutira, (7W) Bobby Whitling, (29) Curtis J. Bish, (13J) Jordan Peters

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Sye Lynch Wins Lernerville Speedway Sprint Spectacular

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Sye Lynch survived contact with Tim Shaffer and held on to win Friday night’s $4,000 to-win Peoples Natural Gas Sprints Main Feature as part of Lernerville Speedway’s Sprint Spectacular.

Shaffer, who started 12th, passed Lynch for the lead on lap 28 but Lynch followed Shaffer down the backstretch and made a move to the inside to the lead back when contact sent Shaffer spinning and the caution flag flying.  Shaffer was sent to the rear as the caution car.

Lynch grabbed the lead on the restart and crossed the finish line followed by Carl Bowser in second and Jack Sodeman Jr. in third.

“I look up to him as a driver,” said Lynch. “We raced hard, misjudgment there in (turn) three and I own up to it. All race I drove hard, in a perfect world I would’ve loved to have won the race with no contact.”

Ruhlman Rules RUSH Sprints:

Chad Ruhlman grabbed the lead from the outside of the front row and never looked back taking the checkered flag in the 20-lap RUSH Sprint Car Series feature.  The win was Ruhlman’s 31st RUSH Sprint win.  Pole sitter John Mollick finished second followed by Rod George in third.

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“I love everything about these cars (RUSH Sprints), they’re so much fun,” said Ruhlman. “This track tonight was right in my wheelhouse, I love the cushion right on the edge, it slicks up everywhere else. I just love this place.”

Dobrosky Takes Allegheny Sprint Tour 305’s:

Greg Dobrosky picked up his second Allegheny Sprint Tour win of 2021, holding off Steve Kenawell Jr. in the 305 feature. Kenawall Jr., came home second followed by Justin Clark in third.

“I think we could have run wherever we wanted to, I just tried to keep my momentum up around the top, that’s what you need to do when it’s this slick here,” explained Dobrosky.

Peoples Natural Gas Feature ($4,000 to-win): (42) Sye Lynch, (11) Carl Bowser, (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr., (6) Bob Felmlee, (22) Brandon Spithaler, (35) Jared Zimbardi, (40) George Hobaugh, (12) Darin Gallagher, (46) Michael Bauer, (08) Dan Kuriger, (C1) Clay Riney, (29M) Logan McCandless, (13) Brandon Matus, (33) Brent Matus, (28) Tim Shaffer, (7K) Dan Shetler, (55*) Matt Sherlock, (11J) David Kalb Jr., (2) AJ Flick, (4K) Bill Kiley, (21) Bryan Salisbury, (23) Darren Pifer- Did Not Start

RUSH Sprint Car Feature: (68) Chad Ruhlman, (14) John Mollick, (41) Rod George, (24) Gale Ruth Jr., (18) Arnie Kent, (43JR) Blaze Myers, (12) Ryan Frayley, (57) Tyler Newhart, (9J) Zach Morrow, (25) Nolan Groves, (40) Brad Church, (29) Brandon Shughart, (1T) Ricky Tucker, (62) Brian Cressley, (20) Jeff Metsger

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Car Feature: (88) Greg Dobrosky, (17K) Steve Kenawell Jr., (78) Justin Clark, (4J) Jake Gomola, (5) John Walp, (X7) Andy Cavanaugh, (16) Jim Morris, (21) Rob Felix, (56) Steve Cousins, (26) Ryan Lynn, (21C) Jarrett Cavalet, (20M) Vivian Jones, (25) Jarrett Rosencrance, (4G) Mike Hite, (34) D.J. Cassler, (80JR) Kyle Colwell, (12G) Tommy Jasen, (72) Mike Mathieson, (4B) Walt Tutak Jr., (82M) Roman Jones (DQ)

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Krummert, Miley, Brandon Matus, and Daughtery Win at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (August 20, 2021): Garrett Krummert took advantage of a restart with nineteen laps complete to overhaul Big Block Modified points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker, who had led from lap three. The win narrowed the gap to three points for the track championship, with a pair of points races left in the season.

Also getting wins this night were Jared Miley in the Late Models, Brandon Matus (pictured above) in the 410 Sprints, and Brian Daugherty in the Pro Stocks.

“I came in first, but I beat the $h!t out of it,” Krummert said. He was concerned that he may need to send the shocks out for rebuilding due to the track conditions. Turning more diplomatic, Krummert added, “I appreciate everything that Lernerville did. They put a lot of work into it.” Before the features, the track crew did spend considerable time attempting to remedy the roughness that had developed in the middle of the track during the heat races.

The Big Block Modified twenty-five lapper had Krummert and Dave Murdick paired up on the front row. Brian Swartzlander and Shingledecker were in row two, with Rex King, Jr. and John Mollick in the third.

Krummert took off at the drop of the green, but Shingledecker was hounding him for the opening lap. Shingledecker rolled the top in turns one and two with two laps complete to grab the lead before they crossed for lap three.

Shingledecker led through the only caution of the race, on lap nineteen, when Rex King, Sr. stopped in turn two. Shingledecker took the inside line for the restart, even though he had been running the top to maintain his lead. The decision proved to be pivotal, as Krummert raced into turn one on the top to grab the lead away from his main adversary.

Krummert led the remaining six laps without difficulty. Rex King, Jr. slipped into third on the restart and chased down Shingledecker. King Jr. did take second briefly, but Shingledecker rallied on the final round to regain the second spot and minimize the point loss to Krummert.

Krummert, Shingledecker, King Jr., Swartzlander, and Murdick completed the top five. The drivers in the next quintet were Mollick, Steve Slater, King Sr., Colton Waters and Kevin Long.

A pair of heats for the Big Block Modifieds went to Brian Swartzlander and John Mollick. There was no B Main.

Jared Miley and Ken Schaltenbrand were on the front row for the Late Model twenty-five lapper. Levi Yetter started third after receiving his 2020 Western PA Rookie of the Year award. His partner was veteran Gary Lyle. Tommy Beck matched up with Kyle Lukon. Then came Andrew Wylie and Kelvin Kohan in row four.

Miley swept into the early lead, followed by Ken Schaltenbrand, Yetter, Lyle, and Lukon. Miley led the first ten laps despite a couple of cautions that kept the two-time defending champion close in second.

Schaltenbrand got several other chances to restart beside Miley in the middle stage of the race. The final restart, which happened before the halfway mark, proved to be Shaltenbrand’s undoing. He went to the bottom to try to get a run on Miley and, instead he was freight-trained by several other drivers.

Miley remained out front and built a substantial lead over Tommy Beck. In the final laps, Colton Flinner went by for the second position. Beck was third at the finish, with Alex Ferree and Kyle Knapp completing the top five.

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Ken Schaltenbrand faded to sixth, followed by Lyle, Shawn Schaltenbrand, Joshua Powell, and Kohan taking the rest of the top ten.

In the Late Model ranks, a couple of heats were held, with Jared Miley and Kelvin Kohan taking the wins. There was no B Main.

Brandon Matus had the pole in his quest for the feature win and his first track championship at Lernerville Speedway. Next to him was Matt Sherlock. Row two had Carl Bowser and Dan Kuriger. Row three belonged to Matt Farnham and Jack Sodeman, Jr. George Hobaugh paired off with A.J. Flick, who entered the night just four points from Brandon Matus. Pete Landrum and Darin Gallagher rolled off from row five and Mike Lutz, Jr. and Bryan Salisbury in row six.

Brandon Matus took off at the drop of the green, followed by Bowser, Farnham, Sherlock, and Kuriger. Brandon Matus poured on the coals and built a commanding lead while Bowser and Farnham fought for the second position. Farnham took it for several laps, but Bowser regained the position.

Late in the race, Brandon Matus had his pace slowed somewhat by lapped traffic, and that enabled Bowser to close in. However, the lapped traffic proved to be even more difficult for Bowser, who made contact with the slower car of Sherlock. Bowser tumbled hard into turn one, ending his night.  He was okay.

Brandon Matus completed the remaining four laps without incident. Sodeman climbed into second, with Sye Lynch also getting past Farnham, who was fourth in the final run-down. Fifth went to Kuriger.

Flick finished sixth, a position that he held for most of the race. That allowed Brandon Matus to gain a little breathing room heading into the final weeks of the season. David Kalb, Darin Gallagher, Hobaugh, and Brent Matus completed the top ten.

In the 410 Sprint division, preliminaries belonged to Darin Gallagher and Matt Farnham. There was no B Main.

The Pro Stocks went to the post for their twenty-lap finale. Brett Hutira took the early lead, but former Late Model crew chief Brian Daugherty chased him down after several laps. Daugherty took the lead coming through turn four and held control the rest of the way.

Taking second was Mike Miller, followed by Corey McPherson, Nick Kocuba, and Mike Bordt. Sixth through tenth went to Jake Dietz, Jason Fosnaught, Brett McDonald, Chase Lambert, and Hutira.

The Pro Stocks contested two heat races as well. The top drivers were Chris Schneider and Mike Miller. There was no B Main.

Next week, Lernerville Speedway will present its annual Sprint Spectacular. Joining the 410 Sprints will be the 305 Sprints and the RUSH non-wing Sprints. September 3 will be a Fab Four program, which will be repeated on championship night, September 17.

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