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Rahmer and Emory Race to Williams Grove Victories

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Williams Grove Speedway

MECHANICSBURG, PA (March 22, 2024): Defending champions refined supreme at Williams Grove Speedway. Track champ in the 410 Sprint Car ranks, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., drove past Danny Dietrich early in the second half of the contest to earn his first win of the 2024 season. Tyler Emory, the defending champion in the ULMS Late Model Series redeemed himself after a spin in turn one on the original start. Restored to the pole for the restart, Emory took a more conservative approach to the first corner and then he romped to the win in the non-stop finale.

Rahmer commended his crew for building a new car during the short week after Sunday’s opener in addition to performing the usual maintenance. He destroyed the car designated for Lincoln Speedway last Saturday. “Last week we wrecked a car and the guys did a good job to get one done.” Car owner Rich Eichelberger quipped that “we’re down one car, but we still have plenty left in the shop.”

Rahmer acknowledged that “we didn’t have a good start,” but he noted that the car got better as the race progressed. “I could maintain pace in clean air, and I knew we had a chance to run him (Danny Dietrich) down.”

Rahmer also poked the bear when he chided Dietrich for prompting a rule change–at Lincoln Speedway–after a controversial call at Williams Grove last week may have determined the outcome of the opener, which was won by Anthony Macri.

Rahmer and Dietrich paced the field for the start of the twenty-five lapper. Kyle Moody and Cory Eliason were in row two. Justin Peck and Dylan Cisney started in the third row. Macri and Austin Bishop had row four, with Brandon Spithaler and Ryan Wilson were scheduled for row five, but Wilson opted to tag the tail for the start. That moved Lynton Jeffrey into the tenth spot. Chase Dietz and Devon Borden moved into row six, as Ryan Taylor was penalized to the rear of the field for staging too late for the A Main.

Dietrich got the advantage over Rahmer entering turn one and he used the cushion to move ahead on the opening lap. Rahmer rode along in second, followed by Eliason, Moody, Peck, Cisney, Spithaler. Macri, Jeffrey, and Bishop. The top five remained unchanged as the field began to string out. But Spithaler moved into sixth, bringing Macri to seventh.

Borden stopped along the backstretch on lap seven. On the ensuing restart, Cisney got a good jump and he climbed from eighth to sixth. In his wake, several racers were fighting for positions. Jeffrey tried to slip to the inside of Spithaler as they thundered down the front stretch to complete lap eight. But there was contact, possibly with Macri, and Jeffrey spun wildly into the inside guardrail. Fortunately, no other racers struck Jeffrey’s mount as it caromed off the fence. Spithaler pitted under the red, and did not return to action.

Dietrich resumed control on the restart, but Rahmer stayed close, particularly coming off turn two. Eliason, Moody, and Peck continued in the top five. Cisney got shuffled back several spots, as Macri, Dylan Norris, and Dietz moved ahead.

Things did not change for several laps. Inside ten to go, Rahmer charged into the lead. Dietrich stayed in second, but Eliason closed in to make a contest as the laps clicked away. The High Roller could not pull off the pass, though.

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At the finish, it was Rahmer over Dietrich, Eliason, Moody, and Peck, Macri, Norris, Dietz, Cisney, and T.J. Stutts completed the top ten.

There were three heats for the twenty-one car field. The wins went to Cisney, DIetrich, and Spithaler. There was no B Main.

The Late Model feature was shortened to twenty laps due to the low car count. Emery and Drake Troutman occupied the front row, with Matt Sponaugle and Justin Weaver in row two. Bryan Bernheisel and Ryan Montgomery made up row three. The fourth belonged to Rick Eckert and Dylan Lewis. Chris Casner and Dave Stamm were in row five. Dylan Fenton and Michael Lake completed the field. Logan Zarin broke in hot laps and scratched for the night.
Troutman grabbed the lead and Emory spun in turn one, collecting Montgomery and Lewis. Under ULMS rules, all three were returned to their starting positions.

On the second attempt, Emory kept his car tight on the inside and he emerged from the first turn with a slight lead over Weaver. Sponaugle was third and Troutman fell to fourth. Montgomery and Eckert followed.

Emory stretched his lead over Weaver. However, soon after the midpoint of the race, Troutman moved ahead of Sponaugle for third. Sponaugle lost another position in the waning laps.

At the checkers, it was Emory, Weaver, Troutman, Montgomery, and Sponaugle. Bernheisel worked past Eckert for sixth in the final laps. Lake, Casner and Lewis completed the top ten.

“That was a disaster,” Emory said of the original start. “Drake (Troutman) came down and took the air off the car and I went around. I was lucky and got my spot back and I kept the car down on the restart.”

Emory added that he was glad that the race was cut short by ten laps because his injured back was bothering him as the race went on.

Weaver and Sponaugle split the heat race wins. There was no B Main.

Williams Grove Speedway will close out the month of March with an Easter special for the children. The 410 and 358 Sprints will provide the on track action. Then, on April 5, the 410s will headline the show, with a challenge race between the URC 360s and the track 358 Sprints. April 12 will be a big triple header, with the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints and the PASS 305 Sprints backing up the 410s.

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Borden Thrills at Port Royal; Robinson, Covert, and Hart also Score

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PORT ROYAL, PA (April 13, 2024): Defending track champion, Devon Borden, battled Danny Dietrich in the final laps of the 410 Sprint Car race at Port Royal Speedway, bringing fans to their feet. Borden’s first win of the season came by 1.219 seconds over Dietrich, who won the season opener. Borden earned $5,800 for the effort.

“I just knew that I was going to have to go where they weren’t and drive the $h!+ out of it,” Borden said as he struggled to catch his breath. Starting twelfth, Borden knew that he had to make a big push early to get to the front with several heavy hitters starting ahead of him. “I had to make the top work before it went away.” He was able to charge to third in just nine laps and it only took him three more to reach second. Getting that final position was quite a bit harder to accomplish. “The last three laps were pretty hectic, and things had to play out in our favor.”

Borden gave props to his crew chief, Chris Shuttlesworth. “We didn’t start out very good, but now we have it going.”

A modified version of the PA Speedweek format was used for this program. The only deviation was the use of group time trials to set heat race line-ups. In the Speedweek format, each driver times against the whole field; whereas, the group approach only pits the racers against the same cars that will run in the same heat race. The heat race winners and the fastest car to qualify draw for starting positions at the front of the field. The remainder are seeded by their heat race finishes. B Main transfers make up the final rows.

The luck racers were Lucas Wolfe and Steve Buckwalter. Behind them were Dietrich and Logan Wagner. Dylan Cisney, the Mayor of Port Royal was paired up with Jeff Halligan in row three. The fourth row belonged to Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and Jake Karklin. Mike Wagner and Blane Heimbach claimed row five. T.J. Stutts was inside Borden in row six.

Buckwalter sailed into turn one on the outside and began to pull away from his pursuers. Dietrich settled into second, with Logan Wagner a close third. Wolfe fell back to fourth, followed by Karklin, Halligan, Cisney, Heimbach, Borden, and McIntyre. Buckwalter held control for the first six rounds. However, Dietrich closed in on him when Buckwalter encountered lapped traffic.

Dietrich became more aggressive on lap seven, sliding ahead of Buckwalter in turn three. Buckwalter turned back under him in turn four to regain the lead as they thundered down the long front stretch. Dietrich fought back through turns one and two, coming off the bottom of turn two with the lead. This time around, it was Buckwalter’s turn to slide for the lead in turn three. Dietrich crossed over in four to assume command as they completed lap eight. Meanwhile, Borden was making steady progress to the third position, but he was a good distance behind the lead duo.

When Kassidy Kreitz slowed to a stop on the back stretch on lap later, that eliminated the deficit for Borden. He got to start right behind Dietrich and Buckwalter. Borden took advantage of the opportunity, picking up the second spot just three laps after the race resumed.

It took Borden a few more laps to close the gap on the leader. Dietrich began picking his way through the slower cars, and Borden closed in. However, he could not make a move for the lead, as he seemed to have poor timing when approaching the lapped cars.

With just a few laps remaining, though, the front two cars broke free of the slower cars. With no traffic separating himself from the leader, Borden was able to press for the lead.

Over the final three laps, Dietrich and Borden swapped the lead several times, much to the delight of the fans. Borden took the lead for good entering turn three on the final lap. Dietrich dove low while Borden kept his momentum up on the cushion. Dietrich scrubbed off some speed coming through turn four, and Borden scooted ahead for the win.

Buckwalter turned in a creditable performance for third. Chase Dietz came on in the final laps to get fourth. Logan Wagner slipped to fifth in the final tally. Wolfe, Halligan, Karklin, Cisney, and Heimbach completed the top ten.

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Dietrich, Buckwalter, Wolfe, and Cisney chalked up the heat wins. Justin Whittal prevailed in the B Main. Dietrich was fastest in Group one and overall, with a time of 17.113 seconds.

In the Super Late Models, Dillan Stake and Chad Myers brought the field to the green. Jeff Rine and Ross Robinson were right behind them. Shaun Jones and Colton Flinner were in row three, ahead of Brian Bernheisel and Dylan Yoder. Row five matched Tyler Emory and Chris Casner. Tim Wilson and Matt Cosner completed the top twelve.

Myers grabbed the early lead, with Robinson hot on his heels. Stake, Rine, Flinner, and Yoder followed in close formation. Myers rode along in the middle groove, and Robinson searched high and low for a place to try to make a pass. Robinson finally settled in on the inside, and he began to chip away at Myers’ lead.

Robinson came off the bottom of turn two and powered ahead of Myers just before the halfway point in the contest. Robinson started to draw away from Myers, but a caution on lap fourteen wiped out his advantage. Myers could not get a run on the Delaware racer when the action resumed. Instead, Myers was under attack from Flinner, Eckert, Stake, and Rine.

Flinner worked his way into second, bringing Eckert along into third. Myers continued on fourth with Stake on his tail.

At the checkers, it was Robinson ahead of Flinner by 3.806 seconds. Eckert, Myers, and Stake completed the top five. Next to cross were Rine, Yoder, Cosner, Jones, and Jason Covert.

The four heat winners were Robinson, Rine, Myers, and Stake. Gregg Satterlee won the B Main.

Robinson was relived to capture the win, his first at the Speed Palace. “We got lucky with the pill draws,” he said. Robinson said that he changed his set-up after hot laps, reverting to the combination that brought him a win recently at his hometown track, the Georgetown Speedway.

The top ten racers from the A Main were inverted for an Australian pursuit immediately following the A Main. Covert, who raced hard just to make it to the tenth spot in the A Main, earned the pole for the pursuit, which paid $1,000 to the winner. He was able to stay out front for the entire ten laps. “It just goes to show how even we all are,” he said. “We were inverted and the clean air on my nose made all the difference. I could come off the corners wherever I wanted.” Jones, Cosner, Yoder, and Rine were the balance of the top five. Eckert and Robinson were the other finishers. Flinner, Myers, and Stake were the drivers eliminated in the race.

Devin Hart went wire to wire in the twenty lap Limited Late Model nightcap. Tommy Slanker ran second in the early going before fading to fifth at the finish. Jared Fulkroad, Trent Brenneman and Shawn Shoemaker were the racers who moved ahead of him. Kenny Yoder, Ryan Zook, Casey Steinhoff, Lane Snook, and Jaxton Garman rounded out the top ten.

The pair of heats went to Brenneman and Zook. There was no B Main.

A three division program will be held next weekend, with the 305 Sprints joining the 410 Sprints and Super Late Models. The Keith Kauffman Classic for the 410 Sprints will be on April 27, with support coming from the USAC East Coast Sprints and the Wingless Sportsmen. Then, on Sunday, April 28, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirst Series will invade the speedway. Limited Late Models will also be on the card.

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Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway Cancels Saturday Program; Pivots To Flood Relief Drive

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IMPERIAL, PA (April 13, 2024) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is pivoting to flood relief instead of racing Saturday night after torrential rains the past few days caused flooding all over Western Pennsylvania.  PPMS is working with the UEMS Racing Series to find a suitable date for both parties to make up the event.

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The Speedway instead is holding a relief drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help those affected by the flood.

UPDATE: PPMS was able to split the total collection up between both Sturgeon Vol. Fire Dept. and Oakdale Hose Company. From there, the fire companies will administer the collected items to other organizations or directly to those in need. We were fortunate enough to collect a large volume of just about every necessity. Any items that are not claimed during this process will be stored and administered as needed in the future.

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Dietz Dominates Day Race at Lincoln

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 7, 2024): Chase Dietz returned to his roots to capture his tenth career win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. With the weather changing up the weekend’s racing plans, Dietz was able to race at Lincoln because the show was postponed a day. Dietz, who has long been a regular at the track, will now be concentrating his efforts on Saturdays at the Port Royal Speedway, where he debuted yesterday as the new driver of the famous Zemco number one. He was back in his own machine for this one, and it was like he never left.

“I plan to be back whenever I can,” Dietz said happily. “This is the track where I got my start and I really enjoy racing here.” But, the offer to drive for John and Pee Wee Zemaitis was one that he could not refuse.

Sunny skies and a slight breeze produced a tricky racing surface. “It definitely was unique,” Dietz observed. “It was kinda patchy. Fred (Putney, the masterful track preparer), sprinkled it and that pushed things up.”

Dietz, who started on the pole and went wire-to wire, noted “it was kinda tough, running out front. I was searching around looking for rubber.” He found enough to maintain his advantage over a fast-closing Matt Campbell.

Campbell, who raced his way into second while fighting through some heavy traffic, surprised all by saying that he liked racing on the daytime surface. “It gave me the chance to move around.” He added that he thought that he learned some things that he can carry over to the normal night time racing.

The race was run according to PA Speedweek procedures. So a re-draw shuffled the top eight racers. Dietz and Aaron Bollinger were the fortunate ones to pick front row starting positions. Beyond them were Tyler Ross and Campbell. Emerson Axsom and Kody Hartlaub made up row three. Cameron Smith and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in row four. The fifth belonged to Justin Whittal and Dallas Schott. Chad Trout and Danny Dietrich completed the first half of the field.

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The original start was called back because Aussie Greg Newton took a spectacular spill between turns three and four on what would have been the opening lap. He was unhurt, but could not continue in the event.

On the second try, Dietz again blasted to the front and he planted the right rear tire in the moisture that Putney laid down on the outside line during the intermission. Bollinger did likewise, while Cambell, Ross, Hartlaub, Rahmer, Jr., and Axsom fanned out behind them.

The front three remained unchanged through the first seven laps. Campbell picked off Bollinger in traffic on lap weight, and he would hold onto that position for the remainder of the non-stop thirty lapper.

Bollinger and Ross were putting on a good show for the third spot. Ross assumed control of the position by lap ten, but a new player was in the mix. Danny Dietrich reached the top five by the halfway mark and he was looking to advance. He quickly dispatched Bollinger, but it took him several laps to catch and overtake Ross. He was able to do it with less than five laps in the contest.

Dietz completed his tour in eight minutes and nineteen and a quarter seconds. His margin of victory was 0.845 seconds over Cambell, Danny Dietrich was third. Bollinger got Ross in the waning laps. Positions six through ten went to Devon Borden, Whittal, Rahmer, Jr., Axsom, and Smith.

The four heat winners were Bollinger, Campbell, Axsom, and Ross. The B Main victory went to Reese Nowotarski. Dietz set the fastest time of the day, 13.878 seconds. He edged Rahmer, Jr. by a mere one-thousandth of a second.

Lincoln Speedway will return to its usual Saturday night slot on April 13. Joining the 410 Sprints on Golf Cart Services Night will be the USAC East Coast Sprints. April 20 will be the annual Weldon Sterner Memorial paying a whopping twenty thousand dollars to the winner. The 358 Sprints will provide the support for that one. Another 410 and 358 Sprint doubleheader will close out the month of April. Starting time will be 6 p.m. for each of those events.

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