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Williams Grove, PA (September 24, 2021): After years of trying, “Blackjack” Brian Brown finally scored a win at Williams Grove Speedway. The driver from Grain Valley, MO has racked up quite a resume throughout the midwest, especially at Knoxville Raceway, where he is a multi-time champion in both the 360 and 410 Sprint Car divisions. With the backing of one of his sponsors, he has relocated to the mid-state area for the months of September and October each of the last few seasons in search of an elusive win at Williams Grove Speedway. Well, now he has added his name to one of the most prestigious winner’s lists in the world of Sprint Car racing.
“I’ll tell you what, when you start racing Sprint Cars, there are three tracks where you want to win. One is Knoxville, Iowa, and we’ve had a lot of success there; one is Eldora, and we’ve been close there; and the other is Williams Grove, and we got it tonight.” For Brown, it did not matter that this was a “just a weekly” show, “we can put this (the commemorative checkered flag) in our shop forever.” Actually, Brown understated his accomplishment, as the race was part of the track’s Diamond Series, which uses time trials to set the line-ups and pays an enhanced purse.
Brown admitted that his car was not best this night, but it certainly was good enough. “I think that I got a little bit lucky with Brent (Marks) falling out. I wasn’t that far behind him when we got to traffic. We took back off and it felt like my left rear tire was flat, so I took it easy.” But, then the “Daredevil,” Devon Borden, slid by an unsuspecting Brown in turn three inside five to go, and Brown said “I knew that I had to get going.”
The Outlaws style format put Dash winner Marks on the front row, with Borden on his flank. Brown and Lucas Wolfe were in the second row, with Giovanni Scelzi paired up with now seven-time track champion Lance Dewease in the third. Anthony Macri and Aaron Bollinger made up row four, followed by Robbie Kendall and Danny Dietrich. Row six had Chase Dietz and Landon Myers.
As anticipated, Marks bolted into the lead, followed by Borden, Brown and Scelzi. Wolfe kept Dewease at bay and Macri and Dietrich were close behind fighting for an advantage.
Marks was separating himself from the pack when Brown moved into second on lap two. Marks had a comfortable lead when he caught the slower cars, but Brown began to close in.
While Marks was working his way through the back markers, something broke and his car suddenly slowed. He coasted to a stop between turns one and two and that gave the lead to Brown for the restart.
Brown got away cleanly on the green, and Macri began to challenge Dewease for fourth. He made the slider work in turn three, one of Dewease’s favorite moves, and Macri took over the position. He then set his sights on Scelzi, who was chasing Borden at the time. The three young drivers did get nose to tail briefly in traffic, but when they got to a clear space, they began to separate from each other.
By lap twenty, Borden caught Brown. On the next round, Borden dove low into turn three and slid up in front of the leader. Borden came off turn four with a slight advantage and was scored as the new leader. His time out front was short, though. Brown charged back at him. With Borden on the cushion, Brown went low into turn one. He drew up beside Borden and they went through turn two dead even. Brown powered off the corner and had a car length on Borden as they entered turn three.
The brief attack by Borden seemed to light a fire under Brown. He began to pull away in the closing laps and had a margin of victory of 0.794 seconds.
Following Brown and Borden were Scelzi, Macri, and Dewease. Dietrich climbed up to sixth, followed by Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Wolfe, Matt Campbell, and Justin Whittal.
“This is a tough track,” Brown noted, “and we’re getting better.” He was worried that he might be wearing out his crew chief, his uncle, Danny Lasoski. He explained that he kept complaining about his car every time that he came off the track, but Lasoski “kept making it better.” Brown also gave props to his engine builder, Charlie Garrett. “This is Charlie Garrett country, and I am glad to get one here for him.”
The heat wins went to Brown, Dewease, and Wolfe, who were the top three qualifiers as well. Brown’s time was 16.417, earning him the bonus money for the second week in a row. There was no B Main.
Derek Locke made some history in the 358 Sprint Car feature. He took his eighth of the season. In fact, including the final 358 race of 2020, Lock has been undefeated in nine consecutive events.
Locke noted that his crew deserved all of the credit. “They worked hard all winter to get ready and they’ve worked hard all season long.” The work has not ended, however. Locke announced that he has already started to build a 410 Sprint Car for a partial season in 2022. Locke plans to defend his 358 title at Williams Grove, but the team will run some programs at the Grove with the 410 and at other area speedways when there will be no conflict.
Colby Womer and Steve Wilbur led the 358 Sprints to the green, with Tyler Brehm and John Stehman in row two. Locke and Rich Eichelberger made up row three.
Womer grabbed the lead but an incident in turn three led to a complete restart. Womer repeated his maneuver and Wilbur settled into second. Then Brehm moved by Wilbur and Locke also moved up to third. Locke took over the second spot on lap two and he chased Brehm for the next ten laps.
Locke moved to the inside in turns three and four and pinned Brehm behind a lapped car. Locke scooted by at the flagstand to take the lead.
Soon thereafter, Womer surrendered his spot in the top five when he limped off the track on just three wheels.
After the checkers flew for Locke, Brehm crossed in second, with Justin Foster, Stehman, and Brett Wanner earning top five finishes. Wilbur, Matt Findley, Cody Fletcher, Eichelberger, and Mark VanVorst completed the top ten.
Heat winners for the 358 Sprints were Womer and Wilbur. There was no B Main.
Williams Grove Speedway will return to action October 1 and 2 for the 59th running of the National Open. This World of Outlaws event will pay $75,000 to the winner, making it the fourth highest paying race of the 2021 season behind the two King’s Royal races and the Knoxville Nationals. The National Open will conclude the season at Williams Grove Speedway.
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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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