Monday, May 14, 2018

The 2018 Pennsylvania Super Late Model Power Rankings: Week 7

Hey there race fans, time for me to update the rankings for this week.

Mother Nature played havoc on the racing yet again this past weekend, as all of Saturday's tracks that had super late models scheduled were rained out. This seems to be a prevailing scenario this season. This coming weekend looks terrible again. This is terribly frustrating for everybody involved, from fans to racers and everybody in between. Hopefully we can get a nice weekend soon that allows everybody to get their racing fix as regularly scheduled.

Speaking of regularly scheduled, I made an error last week in my scoring. I have pledged to score every super late model race in the state these days, and I missed one track. McKean County Raceway added a super program kinda last minute to their already scheduled opener, which was to be headlined by crate late models. I had forgotten this in my scoring, so the point totals were off by that show. I have added those points into the poll and adjusted the scores accordingly. I apologize for the error.

Another issue that came up this week was the show at Dog Hollow. They advertised a 3k purse, which would have made it a special under my scoring system. However, the payout for said race was sliding based on car count with the cutoff at 19 cars. Less than 19 cars brought it all the way down to 1500 to win, which is effectively just a regular show. They failed to get 19+ cars, so it was scored as regular show. This will apply with all sliding scale payout shows going into the future. The race will be scored on whatever payout is actually paid.

That said, let's get to this week's top 10.

1. Jeff Rine**, 33 points. Jeff ran second at Bedford Friday.

2. Andy Haus*, 20 points. Andy picked up the win at Bedford Friday.

3. Dylan Yoder**, 14 Points. Dylan failed to score any points this week.

3. Max Blair*, 14 points. Max was one of the beneficiaries of my scoring error. He got the win last week at Mckean. This past weekend, he got fifth at Dog Hollow Friday.

5. Jared Miley*, 13 points. Jared got the win at Lernerville Friday.

5. Gene Knaub, 13 points. Gene took an 0fer this weekend.

7.  Michael Maresca*, 12 points. Michael went scoreless this week.

8. Michael Norris*, 11 points. Michael came home second at Lernerville Friday.

8. Mike Pegher Jr. , 11 points. Mike was fourth at Lernerville Friday. 

10. Dave Troutman**, Scott Bloomquist*, Coleby Frye. None of the three managed to score any points this week.

 And that's the top ten for this week. Check back next Monday for updated results after this coming weekend's action. However, if the weekend is a total wash and nobody gets any shows in, then I'll just forgo the pictures of rain and whining and I'll see ya in two weeks. Let's hope that's not the case, though.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Story From Tyler County- Miley Finishes Weekend Sweep With Earl Hill Memorial Victory

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*Courtesy of Kyle Symons; Photos by Patrick Miller Photography

All goes well so far for "The Jet", Jared Miley early on in his 2018 campaign and if this weekend was any indication of what is to come, it could be a very lucrative one for him and his new owner Joe Corrado. Miley managed to drive away from the field Friday night at Lernerville Speedway and on Saturday night, he left The Bullring at Tyler, County, West Virginia with a one point lead in the early Ultimate Northeast Late Model point standings as he found Victory lane in the $5,000 to win Earl Hill Memorial for the third time in his career. 

Patrick Miller Photo

Miley, of Pittsburgh, Pa., picked up his second career Ultimate Northeast Super Late Model Series victory in the 30th annual Earl Hill Memorial at Tyler County Speedway.
The veteran wheel man passed early race leader Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., just as the two were entering lapped traffic early in the event. After several attempts to overtake Carpenter for the lead early in the event were overcome by Carpenter, lapped traffic proved to be just what the doctor ordered as Miley began to pull away from the field over the rest of the distance and was dominant once in clean air. 

Patrick Miller Photo

The event was slowed by just one caution flag for Cody Rogers who slowed to a stop in turn four around the halfway mark. After the yellow, Miley was able to pull away from Derek Doll and the third running Carpenter the rest of the distance, winning the feature by over a straightaway. Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., was the hard charger of the event advancing from his ninth starting position to finish in fourth.

Ultimate Northeast officials pushed the show along with the threat of weather imminent throughout the day and were able to get the entire show in without a hitch. 

Patrick Miller Photo
The Ultimate Super Late Model Series Northeast Region will be back in action again on Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th as the Series will travel to Port Royal, Pennsylvania to Port Royal Speedway for two events. Saturday's event will pay $3,000 to win while Sunday's event will pay $5,000 to win. 

Official FInish- $5,000 to win Earl Hill Memorial- Tyler County Speedway

1. Jared Miley
2. Derek Doll
3. Tyler Carpenter
4. Zack Dohm
5. Mike Benedum
6. Eddie Carrier Jr.
7. Matt Cosner
8. Ryan Montgomery
9. Mike Maresca
10. Kyle Thomas
11. Ross Robinson
12. Jeromy Misel
13. Travis Brown
14. Michael Lake
15. Brian Baumberger
16. Cody Rogers
17. Steve Weigle (DNS)

Fast Qualifier - Steve Weigle - 12.548
Heat Winners - Jared Miley, Tyler Carpenter

For Patrick Miller's Photo Gallery from this race night Click Here

Official Ulitmate NE Late Model Series Point Standings (Top 5)

1. Jared Miley- 64
2. Matt Cosner- 63
3. Ross Robinson- 46
4. Ryan Montgomery- 46
5. Trever Feathers- 35

Series Wins: 

1- Trever Feathers (Hagerstown, MD, March 24)
1- Jared Miley (Tyler County, WV, May 12) 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Story From Lernerville- Miley Tops Field in Frank Choura Memorial; Conley Cruises; King Jr. Wires Modifieds; Dietz Dazzles In Pro Stocks

Howie Balis Photo

Sarver, PA (May 11, 2018) The Fab4 Fueled by Turners Premium Iced Tea graced the clay at The Action Track for the second time in 2018 with sunshine on the track and a pit area stocked with 83 cars ready to do battle. And when the the final checkered flag waved, three new winners found Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane while Tyler Dietz made his second appearance.

Jared Miley left no doubt in the inaugural Frank Choura Memorial for the Precise Racing Products as he led from start to finish en route to a $2525 victory. In the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Rex King Jr. looked dominant early on and held off a late charge from Jim Weller to take his first Lernerville victory of 2018.

In the Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints, several members of Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Sprints were on hand and one of them came up with a fast and smooth 25 laps while splitting lapped traffic twice in the waning laps to secure his first career Lernerville victory. And in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks, a feeling of deja vu swept over the crowd on hand as the trio of Noah Brunell, Tyler Dietz and Corey McPherson found themselves running within inches of each other coming out of turn four on the last lap. And for the second week in a row. Dietz edged the competition in a thrilling battle that was decided by a fraction of a second.

Howie Balis Photo

Conley Cruises

With a mixed field of regular weekly drivers, combined with a few All Stars and a pair of Patriot Sprint drivers who decided to pay a visit, the Peoples Gas Sprint field had a little something for everyone on Friday night. Fresh off a very encouraging performance at Sharon Speedway, former track champion Carl Bowser found himself battling for yet another Lernerville win and nearly earned it had it not been for a near perfect performance from visiting All Star Cale Conley.

Brandon Matus started on the pole and within two laps found himself looking at the tail tank of Conley who assumed the early lead. Following a caution for debris three laps in, Conley stretched out to a sizable lead while behind him, Bowser,  AJ Flick, George Hobaugh and Brent Matus found themselves in position battles all over the speedway.

Bowser started to run down Conley past the halfway point as lapped traffic started appearing in front of the leader. However, Conley made his way through in very decisive fashion, dispatching one piece of lapped traffic after another while Bowser would become hung up behind two cars as the laps wound down. He would make his way trough them, but the gap up front was too much to overcome with too few laps remaining as Conley cruised to victory lane.

Peoples Natural DIRTcar 410 Sprint Feature: (25 Laps)

1. (7C) Cale Conley
2. (98) Carl Bowser
3. (13) Brandon Matus
4. (40) George Hobaugh
5. (2) A.J. Flick
6. (33) Brent Matus
7. (35) Jared Zimbardi
8. (51) John Garvin Jr. 
9. (22) Brandon Spithaler
10. (46) Michael Bauer
11. (98T) Joe Trenca
12. (76) Davey Jones
13. (23) Darren Pifer
14. (56) Ralph Spithaler
15. (C1) Clay Riney
16. (4N) Jimmy Morris
17. (4K) Bill Kiley
18. (23) Jack Sodeman Jr. 
19. (55) Gary Kriess Jr. 
20. (7K) Dan Shetler

Miley Leaves No Doubt

It had been quite some time since Jared Miley had dropped in for a weekly show and once he hit the track, he looked as if he hadn't been away at all as he wired the field with authority on Friday night.  Miley started on the pole and quickly bolted out to a commanding lead followed by Alex Ferree, Mike Pegher Jr. and defending champion Michael Norris.

Ferree and Norris managed to battle door handle to door handle for the first half of the race, swapping the second spot more than once in the early going. The battle helped Miley extend his margin up front to the point that fans could only watch the battles behind him for position. Norris was able to make his way around Ferree for the second spot as the laps wound down, but no one had an answer for Miley whether they were in clean air or maneuvering around lapped traffic. Miley collected the $2525 winner's share of the purse while etching his name in the history books as the inaugural event winner of the Frank Choura Memorial.

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)

1. (165) Rex King Jr
2. (31) Jim Weller
3. (61) Dave Murdick
4. (29) Garrett Krummert
5. (37M) Jeremiah Shingledecker
6. (65) Rex King
7. (13) Rick Regalski
8. (83) Brian Swartzlander
9. (66) J.R. McGinley
10. (32) Jim Rasey
11. (123) A.J. Flick
12. (45) Steve Feder
13. (5) Brian Sadler
14. (25) Chris Rudolph
15. (12W) Travis Walsh
16. (18) Colton Walters
17. (69) Tommy Mattocks
18. (3E) Eric Gabany
19. (4J) John Mollick
20. (27R) Dave Reges
21. (89) Erik Bowser
22. (88) Shawn Fleeger

Gary Heeman Photo

King Jr. Checks Out and Holds On

It took double overtime for Rex King Jr. to collect his first Lernerville win of the season as the Ohio native pegged two critical restarts and kept an oncoming Jim Weller at bay en route to the victory.  Eric Gabany started on the pole but saw his hopes to stay out front vanquished by a spin with one lap in the books.  King then took control of the field while the action behind him heated up with position battles surfacing among  Rex King Sr., Garrett Krummert and Brian Swartzlander and Weller

Krummert made his way around King Sr. with nine laps down, working the bottom of the speedway. However, the battle allowed King Jr. to drive away from his pursuers until a caution on lap 14 for Jim Rasey who drove off the top of turn four. On the ensuing restart, Swartzlander spun in turn four in front of the oncoming field causing King Sr., Jeremiah Shingledecker and Rasey to come to a stop on the front stretch.

When action resumed, Weller began pressing Krummert for the second spot and managed to make his way around, using Krummert's preferred line to take the position. Weller then began chasing down King Jr. as Dave Murdick emerged with the third spot and began hunting Weller. All progress was halted with 24 laps down for a Travis Walsh caution, and then once again for Chris Rudolph, making for a second green-white-checkered finish. King Jr. withstood any challenges from the pack behind him the rest of the way while Murdick managed to take second very briefly from Weller, losing the spot a lap later.

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified Feature: (25 Laps)

1. (165) Rex King Jr
2. (31) Jim Weller
3. (61) Dave Murdick
4. (29) Garrett Krummert
5. (37M) Jeremiah Shingledecker
6. (65) Rex King
7. (13) Rick Regalski
8. (83) Brian Swartzlander
9. (66) J.R. McGinley
10. (32) Jim Rasey
11. (123) A.J. Flick
12. (45) Steve Feder
13. (5) Brian Sadler
14. (25) Chris Rudolph
15. (12W) Travis Walsh
16. (18) Colton Walters
17. (69) Tommy Mattocks
18. (3E) Eric Gabany
19. (4J) John Mollick
20. (27R) Dave Reges
21. (89) Erik Bowser
22. (88) Shawn Fleeger

Howie Balis Photo

Dietz Dazzles Once Again In Pro Stocks

Thrilling last lap finishes seem to be the way of it in the early portion of the season as once again, the victory wasn't decided until very late in the 20 lap feature, and on this night, not until the top three cars crossed the start/finish line.

John McCann brought the field to the green flag but it would not take long for opening night runner up finisher, Noah Brunell to start taking looks to the inside of early race leader Bob Egley.  With seven laps in the books, Brunell dove under Egley in turn three and came to the stripe with the lead. Meanwhile, Tyler Dietz was making a charge to the front with authority and found himself in the fourth spot at the halfway mark of the race.

Brunell found himself in lapped traffic at the lap 14 mark while Egley and McPherson engaged in a fierce battle for the third spot. With 18 laps in the books, Chase Lambert brought out the caution flag as he spun on the top of the backstretch near turn two. The ensuing restart set the stage as McPherson, Dietz and Brunell made it clear that they would decide the outcome themselves. The three cars came out of turn four on the final lap in a virtual dead heat as Dietz made his way for he finish line despite contact of the hard racing variety from Brunell. Dietz found himself barely edging his two competitors and collected his second viotory in his two Lernerville appearances in 2018 so far.

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks Feature: (20 Laps)

1. (27) Tyler Dietz
2. (31) Noah Brunell
3. (C33) Corey McPherson
4. (30 ) Bob Egley
5. (13X) Ryan Moyer
6. (17) Sam Eichelberger
7. (948) Joey Zambotti
8. (66) Joe Kelley
9. (32) Mark Sanders
10. (28Y) Terry Young
11. (29B) Scott Byers
12. (10) John Hartman
13. (25) Brett McDonald
14. (35B) Jacob Dietz
15. (77) Heath Close
16. (26) Mike Bordt
17. (22J) Chase Lambert
18. (12M) Trevor McCann
19. (310) Dale Tuche

Peoples Natural DIRTcar 410 Sprint Heat 1:

1. (98) Carl Bowser
2. (7K) Dan Shetler
3. (2) AJ Flick
4. (23) Darren Pifer
5. (51) John Garvin
6. (35) Jared Zimbardi
7. (2L) Sye Lynch
8. (98T) Joe Trenca
9. (91) Ethan Siple

Peoples Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint Heat 2:

1. (22) Brandon Spithaler
2. (13) Brandon Matus
3. (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr. 
4. (C1) Clay Riney
5. (4N) Jimmy Morris
6. (46) Michael Bauer
7. (4K) Bill Kiley
8. (24) Jeremy Hill
9. (23c) Jerry Hairhoger

Peoples Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint Heat 3: 

1. (33) Brent Matus
2. (7C) Cale Conley
3. (40) George Hobaugh
4. (56) Ralph Spithaler
5. (55) Gary Kriess
6. (76) Davey Jones
7. (29) Scott Barris
8. (21N) Frankie Nervo
9. (00) Alan Free

Peoples Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint B-Main:

1. (98T) Joe Trenca
2. (35) Jared Zimbardi
3. (76) Davey Jones
4. (46) Micheal Bauer
5. (4K) Bill Kiley
6. (2L) Sye Lynch
7. (29) Scott Barris
8. (21N) Frankie Nervo
9. (91) Sadie Siegel
10. (24) Jeremy Hill
11. (23c) Jerry Hairjoger
12. (00) Alan Free 

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Model Heat 1:

1. (4) Alex Ferree
2. (72) Michael Norris
3. (91T) Tommy Beck
4. (111) Matt Lux
5. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand
6. (14R) Clay Ruffo
7. (19) Weston Phillis
8. (4F) Ed Ferree

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Model Heat 2:

1. (10) Jared Miley
2. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr. 
3. (4T8) John Flinner
4. (9) Clayton Kennedy
5. (10L) Gary Lyle
6. (73) Devin Lewis
7. (411) Bob Moore

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified Heat 1:

1. (165) Rex King 
2. (83) Brian Swartzlander
3. (31) Jim Weller
4. (4J) John Mollick
5. (45) Steve Feder
6. (69) Tommy Mattocks
7. (123) AJ Flick
8. (88) Shawn Fleeger

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified Heat 2:

1. (29) Garrett Krummert
2. (61) Dave Murdick
3. (65) Rex King Jr. 
4. (37M) Jeremiah Shingledecker
5. (13) Rick Regalski
6. (66) J.R. McGinley
7. (27R) Dave Reges

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified Heat 3:

1. (32) Jim Rasey
2. (3E) Eric Gabany
3. (18) Colton Walters
4. (25) Chris Rudolph
5. (12W) Travis Walsh
6. (5) Brian Sadler
7. (89) Erik Bowser

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks Heat 1:

1. (13x) Ryan Moyer
2. (c33) Corey McPherson
3. (948) Joey Zambotti
4. (66) Joe Kelley
5. (32) Mark Sanders
6. (28Y) Joey Zambotti
7. (25) Brett McDonald
8. (26) Mike Bordt
9. (22J) Chase Lambert
10. (29B) Scott Byers

Millerstown Pic-A-Part RUSH/DIRTcar Pro Stocks Heat 2:

1. (27) Tyler Dietz
2. (31) Noah Brunell
3. (10) John Hartman
4. (30) Bob Egley
5. (17) Sam Eichelgerger
6. (12M) Trevor McCann
7. (77) Heath Close
8. (35B) Jacob Dietz
9. (310) Dale Tuche

Car Count Total: 83
Peoples Natural Gas Sprints: 27
Precise Late Models:  84
Diehl Modifieds:  22
Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks: 19

Monday, May 7, 2018

The 2018 Super Late Model Power Rankings: Week 6

Hey there race fans, 'tis Monday and that means it's time to for me to post the updated top ten for these here rankings we keep.

It was rather thin week as far as races go, only three races in the state this week, due mostly to weather concerns. There was regular shows at Hummingbird and Port Royal Saturday and a special at Tri City Sunday, and that was it. Everybody else either didn't have late models scheduled or they rained out. Dog Hollow even managed to rain out twice in the same weekend. How you ask? Friday rain caused them to reschedule their special for Saturday. They got heats in, but Mother Nature couldn't cooperate enough to all ow them to get the feature in.

It's just been a sorry sate of weather affairs this season so far. Pennsylvania seems to be Seattle these days, minus the obnoxious hipsters. Unless, of course, we're talking the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, then its even more obnoxious than Seattle. Seriously though, I'm about over the weather. It's regoddamndicoulous how much rain we get. It's preventing a lot of fans and a lot of tracks from getting their seasons under way

But I digress, you don't read this column for my bitching, you read it for rankings. Let's go ahead and get to those rankings.

1. Jeff Rine**, 29 points. Jeff ran fourth at Port Royal Saturday.

2. Andy Haus, 15 points. Andy didn't score at all this weekend.

3. Dylan Yoder**, 14 points. Dylan got the win at port Royal Saturday.

4. Gene Knaub, 13 points. Gen failed to score any points this weekend.

5. Mike Maresca*, 12 points. Mike got his first ever late model win at Tri City Sunday. 

6. Dave Troutman**, 10 points, Dave had a scoreless weekend.

6. Coleby Frye, 10 points. Coleby took an 0fer this weekend.

6. Scott Bloomquist*, 10 points. Scott also failed to score this week.

9. Josh Richards, 9 points. Josh batted .000 this weekend.

10. Earl Pearson Jr, 8 points. EPJ wasn't able to score this weekend.

10. Max Blair, 8 points. Max came home fourth at Tri City Sunday. 

And that's the top ten this week. heck back next week to see where your favorites end up. There;'s a bunch of specials scheduled in the area this weekend, so we could see some pretty big movement among this poll. Let's hope Mother Nature finally realizes that we aren't Seattle. That would be awesome. A sweet side benefit would be my grass not growing like crazy and I could go a week without cutting it twice.

Reutzel Leaves No Doubt in Buckeye Cup at Sharon

Rick Rarer Photo

Hartford, OH-For Aaron Ruetzel, the party appears to be just getting started in 2018. And on Saturday night it showed now signs of slowing down. Reutzel left no doubt about who had the fastest car or who the better driver was on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway. It took approximately one and a half turns for the Texas based pilot to take command of the starting field and once in front, he was in his own zip code en route to his first career victory on the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

The win, coupled with a strong second place run in last week's Sprint Car World Championships at Mansfield (OH), and his previous win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at the Tulare Thunderbowl (CA), have cemented his status as not only a rising star, but a driver who's time has seemingly come here and now.

"What can you say about this team, it's unbelievable," Reutzel said in victory lane. "To put this team together like we did on December 20th at the last minute and you come up with a great group of guys....I'm just part of a hell of a team right now and I just can't say how proud and how lucky I am to be in this situation to be driving this race car. We're having a hell of a time, we're just having so much fun right now. I never thought we would have come out of the box and had this much speed. We've been close with the All Stars a few times and with the Outlaws I've been really close a few times. It's been pretty cool to get them both this year so that stress is out of the way and now we've got the rest of the year to enjoy and try to win some more."

Reutzel Wires Field

By virtue of his dash victory Reutzel led the field to the initial green flag and then went to work pulling the field down the back stretch with rookie of the year candidate Carl Bowser working upstairs and Carson Macedo working downstairs behind him. It took Macedo less than three laps to make his way around Bowser for second and just one more lap for fourth starting Tony Stewart to slip past him for the third spot while Reutzel started gaining separation early. Meanwhile, Jac Haudenschild and Parker Price Miller were men on a mission, picking up spots left and right in the early going in a furious charge to the front.

Rick Rarer Photo

All progress was halted with five laps in the books as contact in turn three between several cars including Josh Baughman and Cole Duncan brought out the red flag as the two cars were sent bicycling end over end. When action resumed, Reutzel not only led, he dominated, attacking the surface with precision and speed while maneuvering through heavy lapped traffic without flinching. His decisiveness and delivery of key passes was something to behond and indicated the type of performance normally seen by a driver that is on the verge of potentially great things. Reutzel owned the speedway by checking out to a full straightaway advantage and then some at certain points of the 30 lap main event.

Macedo did his part in making his way though the lapped traffic too, keeping behind Reutzel every step of the way, but he could make up no ground. Meahwhile, Haudenschild was in fact coming forward very quickly, overtaking Stewart for the third spot while behind them all, Danny Holtgraver was making an impressive charge from his 22nd starting spot to 13th.

Rick Rarer Photo

 Haudenschild looked to be reeling in Macedo, but it proved to be a mirage as he settled for third on the podium while out front, Reutzel finished the job, crossing under the checkered flag first for his first career win with the All Stars.

Locals Rise to the Occasion

The Lernerville alumni and currently weekly drivers turned in some strong performances on the night overall. The local contingent from western, PA  acquitted themselves very well on Saturday night, taking heat wins and winning dashes while making up a good portion of the starting field at the same time. Former Lernerville track champion Carl Bowser looked strong early in the night, taking a heat two victory and winning the first dash, placing him on the outside of row one in the main event. Meanwhile, two other former Lernerville track champions made an impact on Saturday night as Brandon Spithaler took the first heat of the night while winding up with a sixth place finish and Holtgraver managed to finish in the 13th spot. Sye Lynch managed to qualify for one of the two dashes on the night and in the biggest surprise of the evening, Lernerville regular George Hobaugh took the heat five victory and came home with an 11th place finish on the night while Dan Shetler wound up 16th. John Garvin Jr. clinched a dash position but was caught up in the lap five red flag situation causing him to record a 24th place run as Jack Sodeman Jr. came home 26th.

Final Results (30-Lap Inaugural Buckeye Cup- $5,000 to win; Sharon Speedway-May 6, 2018)

1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 3G-Carson Macedo [4]; 3. 3-Jac Haudenschild [16]; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller [14]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler [6]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [15]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 9. 98-Carl Bowser [2]; 10. 70-Dave Blaney [17]; 11. 40-George Hobaugh [11]; 12. 13-Paul McMahan [20]; 13. D4-Danny Holtgraver [22]; 14. 45-Trevor Baker [21]; 15. 11-Max McGhee [24]; 16. 29-Dan Shetler [19]; 17. 35Z-Jared Zimbardi [12]; 18. 2L-Sye Lynch [10]; 19. 5T-Travis Philo [23]; 20. 10H-Chad Kemenah [7]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [25]; 22. 17-Caleb Helms [26]; 23. 17B-Josh Baughman [5]; 24. 51-John Garvin [9]; 25. 22C-Cole Duncan [13]; 26. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr

Heat Winners:

Brandon Spithaler
Carl Bowser
Aaron Reutzel
Tony Stewart
George Hobaugh

Quick Time: 

Chad Kemenah- 14.0511

BMain Transfers: Travis Philo, Danny Holtgraver, Trevor Baker, Max McGhee
CMain Transfers: Gary Kreiss, Jim Morris

Dash 1 Winner: Aaron Reutzel
Dash 2 Winner:  Carl Bowser

Thursday, May 3, 2018

All Stars Will Shine at Lernerville and Sharon This Weekend

Rico Abreu will be putting in an appearance in the area this weekend - Rick Rarer Photo

The stars will be coming out this weekend, and they’ll be shining on two legendary facilities as Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars take their tour through the western PA/Eastern OH region making stops at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night followed by a night at Sharon Speedway on Saturday.  The stacked lineup making it’s way to the area includes plenty of firepower and will give fans in attendance their monies worth and then some perhaps as they headline two nights of action with $5,000 on the line each night. 

Shaffer Comes In Hot

The “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer comes into the Friday night red hot on the heels of his recent $100,000 victory last Saturday at the Sprint Car World Championships at Mansfield Motor Speedway and has already collected two All Star wins thus far in 2018. He’ll be joined by series points leader and defending series champion Chad Kemenah and Texas based pilot Aaron Reutzel, who was very close to victory himself last Saturday night as the two swapped the lead in the final laps. Also in attendance will be “The Wild Child”,  Jac Haudenschild who tends to keep fans on the edge of their seats on virtually every lap.

Wagner and Abreu Will Be Ones To Watch

In 2017, it was central Pennsylvania driver Logan Wagner who invaded and took home the $5,000 novelty check as he fended off Danny Holtgraver to take his first career All Star victory at Lernerville. Wagner is set to return for Friday night at The Action Track and joining him will be Rico Abreu who will be racing at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night as well as he makes his way across the country on his current tour. So far Wagner's action has been somewhat limited due to some cold and rainy weather while Abreu has seen his season get off to an uneven start, there's evidence that points to his results taking an uptick as evidenced by a 9th place finish at Mansfield last Saturday.

Former Weekly Stars Look to Use Experience To Open Eyes

Former Lernerville champion Carl Bowser is following the All Stars in 2018 and could be in the mix for a good finish in familiar surroundings and he’ll be joined by tour mate John Garvin Jr who made a Lernerville appearance on opening night last Friday.  Former track champion Danny Holtgraver has had several memorable finishes in high profile touring series races with both the All Stars and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint cars and will be looking to add another podium finish to his collection at Lernerville.

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Locals to Look Out For

AJ Flick took the opening night win in the Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints and will be defending home turf on Friday night. The two time track champion left no doubt as he took command of the 25 lap feature after a mid race caution and never looked back, overcoming a stiff challenge from a strong running George Hobaugh en route to victory. Joining Flick from the home track will be Dan Shetler, Jack Sodeman Jr. and Sye Lynch whom could all be in the mix for a memorable night.


Friday, May 4: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Lernerville
Supporting Divisions: Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprints; RUSH Wingless Sprints
Tickets: $25 adult general admission
Time: Hot Laps scheduled for 6 PM

Saturday May 5: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Sharon Speedway (Buckeye Cup)
Supporting Divisions: Economods
Tickets: $25 adult general admission
Time: Racing starting at 7 PM