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Wagaman and Brenneman Top Williams Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (April 26, 2024): Troy Wagaman. Jr. scored his first 410 Sprint Car win at Williams Grove Speedway, and third in his career. Trent Brenneman then fulfilled a lifelong dream when he swept the Topless 25 for the Limited Late Models at Williams Grove Speedway.

Wagaman, who brought out a new car for this event, explained that he had been struggling at Williams Grove so far this season. He took the lead away from early leader, Lucas Wolfe on lap five. “I went across Lucas’ nose down there (pointing toward turn four), and he got back by me, but I was able to roll around him in turn one.”

Justin Whittal and Wolfe brought the field to the green flag for the start of the twenty-five lapper. Behind them were Wagaman and Ryan Taylor. Devon Borden and Chase Dietz paired up in row three. Cameron Smith and Dylan Norris made youthful row four. They were followed by Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Ryan Wilson. T.J. Stutts and Danny Dietrich made up row six. Steve Buckwalter, Matt Campbell, and Dylan Cisney were sprinkled through the second half of the field. The Williams Grove point leader, and winner of two features so far, Anthony Macri, was buried in row twelve.

The first attempt at a start was waived off when Wilson spun coming off turn four. Fortunately, no others were caught up in the incident.

The second try produced a good start, especially for Wolfe, who sailed into turn one with several car lengths on Whittal. Wagaman dropped to the inside coming off turn two to take second from Whittal. Taylor, Dietz, Borden, and Norris followed.

Wolfe maintained control through the first four laps, but Wagaman was pressing him for the lead. Wagaman drove through the middle of turn one to take the top spot from Wolfe. Wolfe stayed close through lap seven, when the first caution was displayed for Campbell’s spin at the entry to turn two.

Wagaman continued to lead Wolfe when the race resumed. Whittal was holding third, ahead of Taylor and Borden. Rahmer was working his way toward the front, with Dietrich following in his wake.

The running order did not change significantly during a green flag run that lasted for fifteen laps. Things changed somewhat with twenty-two laps completed. Whittal spun between turns three and four. Borden was caught up in it as well, but he somehow managed to keep his car moving, so he was allowed to rejoin the field in position three for the restart.

Wagaman and Wolfe got away cleanly when the green light came on again. Rahmer and Dietz moved ahead of Borden in the closing laps.

Dietrich was running in the top five on the final lap, but he crashed between turns three and four just as Wagaman was taking the checkers.

Wagaman, Wolfe, Rahmer, Dietz, and Borden made up the top five. Next across the scoring loop were Taylor, Buckwalter, Macri, Norris, and Cisney.

Heat wins were chalked up by Borden, Smith, Whittal, and Dietz. Aussie Cullam Williamson captured the B Main in his first appearance at Williams Grove Speedway. Macri set the fast time of the night, with a lap of 16.401 seconds, but he dropped out of his heat necessitating a run through the B Main to make the show.

“I really wanted that one,” Trent Brenneman said. He joined his late grandfather, Butch Renninger, as a winner at the venerable speedway. Renninger visited victory lane at the track four times in his illustrious career.

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Brenneman said that he did not get any sleep the night before the big race. “I haven’t run here since 2017, and I was worrying what gear to run.” He obviously made the right choice, as he was the fastest qualifier, he won his heat race, and led every lap of the feature.

The main event was not an easy one for Brenneman, though. First, he had to wrestle the lead away from Andrew Yoder, and then he had to withstand a couple of late race challenges from D.J. Myers. “D.J. got into second, and he was breathing down my neck,” Brenneman noted.

Brenneman earned $2,500 for the win, which is top dollar for the Limited Late Model division. “I want to thank everybody for putting together this weekend of extra paying events,” he added. The troupe will have bigger than normal purses on the line at Selinsgrove Speedway, on Saturday, and at Port Royal Speedway, on Sunday, when the class will provide support to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Brenneman and Yoder made up the front row after the pole sitter, Wes Bonebrake, was sent to the tail for stopping on the track during pace laps. Ryan Zook and Chad Earnst occupied row two, with Devin Hart and Myers in row three. The fourth row had Jed Latshaw and Rodney Walls. Behind them were Dalton Bigler and Lane Snook. Dan Zechman and Taylor Farling were matched up in row six.

Brenneman lost the race to turn one. But Yoder was up on the cushion, leaving the inside line open for Brenneman to make a charge. Brenneman took advantage of the opening, and he powered ahead on the first trip down the back stretch. He had several car lengths on Yoder when they got to the scoring loop.

Zook, Earnst, and Hart tucked in behind Yoder.

As Brenneman stretched his lead, Yoder and Zook put on an entertaining battle for the second spot. Yoder had control through the halfway mark, but Myers was on the move. He took over third and he came after Yoder with a vengeance.

The battle between Yoder and Myers for second did not last very long, though. As the duo came upon a lapper entering turn three, Yoder made contact with the slower car and he spun up into the wall, ending his run with fifteen laps in the books.

Yoder’s misfortune put Myers into second for the restart. Zook was his dance partner for the Delaware double file restart. Hart and Earnst were right behind. Myers got a good run into turn one, but Brenneman rolled off turn two with the lead.

Another caution just two laps later gave Myers another shot at the leader. He made the same move to the inside entering turn one, and he drew up beside Brenneman. However, two cars tangled in the middle of the pack, so Myers had to try again.

Brenneman was better prepared for Myers’ inside attack on the final restart of the contest. He got the jump on Myers, and he completed the final eight rounds without incident.

While Brenneman led Myers to the checkers, Hart worked his way around Zook for third. Zechman was fifth, followed by Devin Frey, Shawn Shoemaker, Farling, Walls, and Bonebrake.

The three heat winners were Hart, Brenneman, and Zook. Michael Walls took the B Main.

Williams Grove Speedway will get ready for the invasion of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series next week with a Sprint Car double header. The 358 Sprints will join the 410s. May 10 and 11 will be the first trips to the speedway for the touring series. May 17 will be another 410 and 358 doubleheader.

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PPMS, Latrobe and Lervnerville Cancel Saturday Events

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 25, 2024) A forecast calling for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with gusty winds and possible hail throughout areas of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday is forcing local tracks to cancel their Saturday nights events.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway made the decision early to cancel their Choice for Change Action Event with the RUSH Sprint Cars.  All tickets purchased for the event are eligible for a full refund.  Next up at PPMS is the Western PA Speedweek event on Thursday with UEMS Racing Series.

Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series and Latrobe Speedway officials are also postponing the tour’s season-opener because of Mother Nature.  The good news is the delay is only one week.

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“Despite the unfortunate weather forecast that canceled our fourth race in a row, we have a silver lining,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “Thankfully, we were able to reschedule the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Tour for the following Saturday, June 1. Providing a new opportunity for our stakeholders to enjoy a modified six-division event. Most Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock touring teams have more than a two-hour drive to the speedway, so it made sense to postpone the race.”

The modified six-division show will also include the K2 Engineering FASTrak Pro Late Models, Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders, and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks.

The grim forecast is also causing Overdrive Monster Truck and Lernerville Speedway officials to postpone tonight’s event. The show will now take place on Sunday, May 26 with VIP gates opening at 2 p.m.  The grandstands will open at 2:30 p.m. with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Red-Hot Spithaler Continues His Winning Ways At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (May 24, 2024) There its not a hotter driver in the local 410 Sprint Car ranks than Brandon Spithaler.  One week after finishing fourth in the World of Outlaws A Main at Attica Raceway Park, Spithaler picked up the checkered flag in the People’s Natural Gas feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Spithaler started eighth in the 19-car field and held off Bradon Matus and Michael Bauer to pick up the win.  AJ Flick finished fourth and hard-charger Dan Kuriger rounded out the Top 5 after starting 18th.

Flick remains atop the Championship standing followed by Carl Bowser, who trails flick by 16-points.  Bauer and Matus each sit 19-points back of Flick with Baurer holding down third in the standings by virtue of his 2-Top 5 finished.  The victory moves Spithaler to sixth, 29-points back despite participating in only 2-events.

Tyler Dietz started on the front row and took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Colton Flinner finished second followed by Michael Norris and John Garvin Jr.

Norris remains atop the Championship standings with Flinner in second, 1-point behind.  Garvin is 7-points behind in third and Dietz’ victory leaves him sitting in fourth, 13-points behind.

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Garrett Krummert is your winner in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.  Krummert started seventh and expertly worked traffic to get past second-place starter and finisher Rex King Jr.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third followed by Will Thomas in fourth.  Ayden Cipriano rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 4 finishers are your Top 4 in the Championship standings with King Jr 5-points behind Krummert.  Shingledecker sits third, 16-points back and Thomas is only one point back of third, 17-points behind Krummert.

Pole sitter Chris Schneider held off a hard-charging Dietz to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Christian Schneider came home third after starting sixth followed by Corey McPherson in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth.

Dietz and Christian Schneider are tied atop the Championship standings with 113 points each.  Chris Schneider is third 9-points back in a battle that is bound to go down to the final weekend.

Saturday night’s Overdrive Monster Trucks event has been postponed to Sunday due to the forecast.  VIP Gates will open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  The event will start at 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Dietrich Does It At The Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24, 2024): Danny Dietrich got a break at the start of the John Trone Tribute A Main at Williams Grove Speedway, and he made the most of it. Dietrich fell in behind Lucas Wolfe on the initial green, but a multi-car crash before the entire field crossed for lap one necessitated a complete restart. Dietrich was better prepared for the second try, and he was able to keep Wolfe behind him motoring down the long straightaway. Still, Dietrich had to fend Wolfe off once or twice during the contest to ensure the $10,039 win. Wolfe slid out of the rubber once in the late going, and Spencer Bayston scooted by for second.

Also grabbing a win was Logan Spahr in the PASS IMCA 305 Sprint undercard.

“We had a good draw, but we had a bad start,” the Gettsysburg pilot observed. “I like racing with Lucas (Wolfe) because he will always race you clean. Lucas got me, but we were better the next time.” Dietrich explained that there was some moisture in the middle of the track, and that was where Wolfe launched at the drop of the green. “I didn’t push him up enough, so the second time I moved up and I got a better run,” Dietrich added.

Dietrich started on the pole carrying the traditional red, white, and blue colors and the historic number 29 that always adorned the Bob Weikert-owned machines over the years. The next generation of Weikerts sponsor Dietrich’s car, owned by Gary Kauffman of Biglerville, and the Kauffman/Dietrich team pay homage to the iconic car and the famous owner over the Memorial Day Weekend. The same livery will be used in the two-day event at the Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe was on Dietrich’s flank for the start of the twenty-five lapper. In the row behind were Devon Borden and Bayston. Row three paired up Chase Dietz and Cory Eliason. Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu made up row four. Next were T.J. Stutts and midwestern star Brian Brown. James McFadden and Kyle Reinhardt occupied row six.

The first lap melee eliminated several cars, including those of current points leader and defending champion Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Lance Dewease.

After the failed attempt to start the race, Dietrich claimed the lead that he would never relinquish. Wolfe stayed close, particularly in the early going. He was followed by Bayston, Borden, Dietz, Eliason, Macri, Abreu, Brown, and Reinhardt. Dietrich had a comfortable margin eliminated on lap eleven when Austin Bishop stopped on the track for the first official caution.

On the restart, Wolfe drove in the middle grove entering turn one. He was able to get along side of Dietrich, but the bottom was the better line due to the accumulated rubber. So Dietrich was able to drive away from his challenger in turn two. Bayston remained in third, with Dietz and Eliason next.

Two laps later, Abreu spun himself out of the top ten. He managed to keep moving, so there was no caution but, now, Abreu was at the tail of the field. Bayston got a good run on Wolfe for second a lap later, but Bayston slid up the track and handed third over to Dietz. Bayston was able to regain the position by lap fifteen, when Abreu and Aaron Bollinger tangled in turn one.

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On the restart, Dietrich continued to lead Wolfe and Bayston. Bayston was pressing Wolfe while Dietrich began to pull away. With just two laps remaining, Wolfe slid up off the rubber in turn one, losing second to Bayston in the process.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich by a wide margin over Bayston, Wolfe, Eliason, and Dietz. Macri, Borden, Reinhardt, Brown, and Stutts completed the top ten.

The four heat wins went to Abreu, Bayston, Wolfe, and Dietrich. Cameron Smith prevailed in the B Main. Eliason was the fastest qualifier this night, topping Group A with a lap of 17.898 seconds. Macri was best in Group B with a time of 18.278 seconds.

Josh Beamer had the pole for the twenty-lap nightcap for the PASS IMCA 305 Sprints. Beside him was Erin Statler. Row two consisted of Jason Roush and Spahr. The third row matched Andrew Boyer with Kenny Heffner. Drew Young shared row four with Mike Alleman. Owen Dimm and Danny Buccafusco raced from row five, and they were trailed by Landon Price and Mike Melair.

Beamer dashed out front, but Spahr was into second in no time at all. Roush, Heffner, Boyer, and Young followed closely. As the lap counter advanced, Beamer and Spahr separated themselves from Heffner, who raced alone in third. Positions four on back were hotly contested.

Spahr assumed the lead on lap eleven, just one round ahead of the lone caution of the race for Croix Beasom.

On the restart, Spahr got a tremendous jump on Beasom. Young lost several positions after the race resumed. Moving ahead of him were Christian Rumsey, Heffner, Melair, Statler, and Buccafusco.

Spahr showed no mercy to his competitors over the final eight laps. Beamer registered a second place finish, ahead of Rumsey, Melair, and Statler. Positions six through ten went to Heffner, Buccafusco, Young, Boyer, and Dimm.

Boyer and Heffner shared the heats. There was no B Main.

Next week, the 358 Sprints will return to support the 410 Sprints. The 358s will go for twenty-five laps with extra purse money on the line. The month of June will commence with the 410s and USAC East Coast Sprints in the Bill Gallagher Memorial. On June 14, the USAC National Sprints will be the added attraction, along with the 410 Sprints. June 21 will be the tune-up for Central PA Speedweek.

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