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Rick Rarer

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In Topic: Tri City Speedway

10 August 2020 - 10:38 AM

Mad Max Stambaugh and Pair of New Yorkers Wins At Tri-City Raceway Park
(Franklin, PA)   Former All-Star Circuit of Champions touring series Rookie of the Year, “Mad Max” Stambaugh was victorious in round number six of “Sunday Thunder” at the Tri-City Raceway Park, in the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Car division of racing, on August 9th, 2020.  New Yorkers Greg Martin (Modifieds), and Kevin Ruhlman (Crate Engine Wingless Sprints) were also divisional winners, celebrating in victory lane.  Mark Lawrence won for the second time in the 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stock division of racing, and Vivian Jones scored a win in Mod Lite division racing.
Preliminary heat races for the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Cars were won by Dan Kuriger, Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Max Stambaugh early in the evening.  When the 25-lap feature race commenced, Stambaugh was on the pole position.  Stambaugh, now a resident of Lima, OH, grabbed the early lead in his first visit to Tri-City.  In the first five laps, “Mad Max” was challenged repeatedly by Dan Shetler.  Shetler started third, and passed Sodeman immediately, for the runner up spot. As the lead duo approached lapped traffic, Stambaugh extended his lead slightly – occasionally racing three wide with cars at the back of the field.  After a single file restart near the midpoint of the race, Shetler challenged again.  On lap 12, Stambaugh and Shetler crossed the scoring line in a virtual dead heat, fighting for the lead.  Shetler had two more restart opportunities later in the event, and was within striking distance of Stambaugh several times.  At one point, Stambaugh’s lead was officially timed as .001 seconds – as narrow a lead as mathematically possible.  Lapped cars worked to the leader’s advantage, and in the closing laps Stambaugh pulled away slightly.  Recent winner Carl Bowser surged late in the event.  After starting in tenth place, Bowser passed Sodeman, previous event winner A.J. Flick, and others to join a three car fight for second place.  New York ace Justin Barger, started seventh and had a thrilling fight with Boswer and Shetler for the runner up position in the final three laps. When the checkered flag waved, Stambaugh steered the Seeling Motorsports #97 car to his first win on the Tri-City oval.  Former Lernerville Speeday Champion, Bowser, placed second, and earned the Big Daddy’s Rolling Smoke BBQ Hard Charger award for gaining eight positions during the race.  Shetler, the former Sharon Speedway Champion, claimed third place and Barger finished fourth in his first visit of the year.  Flick crossed the finish line in fifth place. 
Local favorite Kevin Hoffman led the first six laps of the Modified division’s 20 lap feature race.  The veteran has competed in multiple divisions at his home track through the years, and was seeking a first win of the season.  On lap six, Greg Martin made a pass for the lead.  Martin, one of several New York invaders, is a former Champion of the Ransomville Speedway in the Empire State.  Martin, making his second run of the year at Tri-City, put several car lengths between himself and Hoffman in the middle stages of the event.  Multiple crashes and caution flags gave Hoffman several opportunities to lineup alongside leader Martin.  But each time, Martin chose the outside lane and used the top of the surface perfectly.  Former Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker started the race in 18th position, and raced into the top five, with half of the event complete.  Once as high as fourth in the order, Shingledecker whipped the crowd into a frenzy, before dropping back, late in the race.  Shingledecker still earned the Big Daddy’s Hard Charger award finishing sixth, with a gain of twelve positions.  At the finish line, Martin scored his first Tri-City win, with Hoffman earning second place.  Division point standings leader Tom Holden started sixth and climbed late in the race, finishing third.   Opening night winner Kyle Fink placed fourth, and New York’s Steven Lewis, Jr. claimed fifth place.  Martin and Hoffman also won the heat races.
The first ever Non-Wing Crate Engine Sprint Car race at Tri-City Racway Park was a crowd-pleasing success.  Presented by Bruce Smith Construction, the 15 lap contest was completed without a caution flag.  Shawn Smith, a former stock car racer at Tri-City, took the lead from a pole position starting berth.  Smith ran away from a four car battle for second place early in the event.  Nolan Groves, Gale Ruth, Jr., Arnie Kent, and Kevin Ruhlman diced for positions for several laps.  After winning his heat race, Smith held a comfortable lead for most of the race.  Ruhlman, a resident of Bemus Point, NY, is the son of one the division’s leading winners in the region, Chad Ruhlman.  The Ruhlman prodigy separated himself from the other drivers vying for top five spots, when he pulled away in sole possession of second place.  In the closing laps, Ruhlman gained on leader Smith, and pulled right up to the rear of Smith’s car on lap 13.  Smith went to the outside groove in turn three, and Ruhlman went low.  Making the winning pass in turn four, Ruhlman led only the white flag and checkered flag laps to claim his first Tri-City win, which was also the 17-year-old’s first career racing victory.  Smith placed second, with heat race winner Ruth crossing the finish line third.  Dave Hawkins started sixth and advanced late to place fourth, while former Tri-City winged Sprint Car Champ Kent finished fifth.
For the second week in a row Mark Lawrence won his heat and the 12-lap feature race for the 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stock division.  Point standings leader Dillon Speer was in first place on lap eight, when his car suffered a mechanical problem, ending his race.  Lawrence inherited the lead, and completed a three-night weekend sweep, winning all three races he entered at three different speedways.  After several cars dropped out of the event, Dalton Speer claimed second place, with J.R. Shaner recovering from a caution flag incident to finish third.  James Buchanan placed fourth and Chad Greeley drove a new car to the fifth position.  Jesse Armstrong was also a heat race winner.
The second and final visit of the Mod Lite race cars to Tri-City in 2020, began with Vivian Jones winning her heat race.  Starting from the pole position, Jones then led all 15 laps of the feature race.  The former Mercer Raceway Champion made a Jones family sweep of the Tri-City races this season, as her younger brother was victorious in the first Mod Lite event of 2020.  Vivin Jones held off Shane Webb the entire race, even after double file restarts.  Webb finished second with Roman Jones claiming third place.  Jason Gracey and Jeremy Paden completed the top five finishers.
Sunday, August 16th, Tri-City Raceway Park’s “Sunday Thunder” will include the Penn Ohio Pro-Stock Touring Series, as part of four division racing, along with the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Cars, Modifieds, and 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stocks.  Gates open at 4pm with racing at 6pm.  For more information visit www.TriCityRacewayPark.com
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In Topic: Tri City Results

28 July 2020 - 07:28 PM

Flick and Rudolph Score First 2020 Wins at Tri-City Raceway Park

(Franklin, PA)   Third generation race car driver A.J. Flick started in seventh position, and drove to his first win of the year in the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Cars, during round number five of “Sunday Thunder” at the all new Tri-City Raceway Park.  Also on Sunday, July 26th, New York superstar Erik Rudolph won a special event for the “Outlawed Small Block Modified Tour,” which was the series’ season opening event.  Curtis J. Bish was victorious in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock division of racing, and Mark Lawernce won in his first visit to Tri-City in the 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stock division.
Veteran Gary Kreiss, Jr. started the on the pole position for the 25-lap Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Car feature race.  A winner in three different levels of Sprint Car racing, Kriess swapped the lead with Dan Kuriger on the first lap.  Kuriger, who has had two very impressive drives at Tri-City this season, launched from the outside of row number one.  Kriess maintained the lead with Kuriger in striking distance during the early stages of the race.  A.J. Flick, a three-time Lernerville Speedway Champion, started the event in the seventh position, but climbed into third place early on.  With lapped traffic as a factor all race long, Flick grabbed second position, as Kriess was extending his margin to a comfortable lead.  After a mid-race restart, Kriess again accelerated to a lead of several car lengths over Flick.  When lapped traffic was again present, Flick made a thrilling move, positioning himself three-wide with Kriess and a lapped car in turn three.  Using the lapped car as a “pick” in turn four, Flick stole the lead while Kriess made contact with the outside wall on the front straight, and continued.  Sye Lynch started the race in tenth place, but surged in the later laps, passing Kuriger for third, and Kriess for second.  During the final two laps, Lynch was able to close the gap to leader Flick, and provide late race drama.  When the checkered flag was displayed, Flick won for the first time in his career at Tri-City; his first overall win of the 2020 season.  Lynch placed a close second, with the previous event winner Carl Bowser claiming third position after gaining spots in the closing laps.  The top three finishers started the race in seventh, tenth, and eighth positions respectively.  Kriess crossed the finish line in fourth spot, after leading the most laps.  Point standings leader Brandon Spithaler, the only repeat winner in the Sprint Car division this year, placed fifth.  In victory lane Flick, of Apollo, PA, praised the track crew for the smooth racing surface and admitted: “It’s great to cross Tri-City off my bucket list,” (as he has won at several speedways across Pennsylvania and Ohio).   Jeremy Kornbau, Leyton Wagner, and Spithaler won the preliminary heat races earlier in the evening.  Jack Sodeman, Jr. was the Big Daddy’s Roll & Smoke BBQ Hard Charger of the race, as he started in 17th position and finished seventh.
“The Outlawed Small Block Modified Tour” visited Tri-City for the series’ 2020 season opener on Sunday; a 20-lap race with increased prize money on the line.  The winner of Tri-City’s opening night Modified race, Kyle Fink started the race from the pole position.  Former Tri-City Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker was alongside Fink on row one, when the green flag was displayed.  Shingledecker, also a Champion in Modified touring series racing, grabbed the early lead and pulled away from the field.  Among the New York invaders in competition, was Erik Rudolph, a nationally renowned driver who wins in several different forms of racing each year.  Rudolph started in seventh position, and passed heat race winner Lonnie Riggs, Tri-City point standings leader Tom Holden, and Fink, among others, to advance to second position before the midpoint of the race.   Shingledecker was enjoying considerable distance between himself and all other competitors, when Rudolph began to gain.  Clocking lap times of two to three tenths-of- a-second per lap faster than the leader, Rudolph used the lowest available lane of the speedway to complete his ascent to the top.  Diving under Shingledecker to grab the lead, Rudolph cruised to his first Small Block Modified win at Tri-City, with a flawless handling car.  Rudolph had won in Big Block Modified racing at Tri-City in the past, and completed a perfect weekend sweep.  The Empire State superstar won on PA tracks Friday night, Saturday night, and at Tri-City on Sunday.  Rudolph also won his heat race.  Hustling in the final laps of the race, veteran Kevin Hoffman snagged the second position at the finish line, relegating Shingledecker to third place. Fink and Riggs completed the top five.
After a lengthy side-by-side battle with his brother, Curtis J. Bish scored his first Tri-City victory of 2020 in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock division of racing.  The Bish brothers raced door to door, making light contact early in the race, and showing a fierce family competitive gene.  Curt Bish, Jr. started outside of row one, to grab the lead from previous winner Rod Laskey, who launched from the pole position.  During a multi-car battle for third place, two-time winner Josh Seippel spun after contact, hitting the outside wall in turn three, violently.  He was uninjured.  Jackson Humanic started in seventh place, and advanced to second spot in the closing laps.  Humanic threatened Curtis J. Bish’s lead more than once before the conclusion of the event. When the checkered flag waved, Curtis J. Bish was victorious after starting the race in sixth place, and winning his heat race, to start the night.  Humanic finished second, with Curt Bish, Jr. third, heat race winner Laskey fourth, and Blaze Myers the fifth place finisher.  The race served as a tune-up for next Sunday’s Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series event, offering a huge payout for drivers in a highly anticipated special event.
A first time visitor to Tri-City Speedway parked in victory lane after the 12-lap 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stock division feature race.  Mark Lawrence won his heat race earlier in the night, then inherited the lead when Dalton Speer suffered a flat tire in the middle stages of the feature race.  Lawrence held off rookie Hemi Kineston first, and fought off a late race challenge by Chad Greelely to score the win.  Lawrence plans to compete more often at Tri-City after sweeping the heat and feature races. Greely continues to show the speed needed to win, but earned second position at the finish line.  Dalton Speer rallied after the pit stop to place third, ahead of James Buchanan, the fourth place finisher.  Dillon Speer, who entered the night undefeated, with four wins in the four events of 2020, placed a memorable fifth.  Using a backup car, following mechanical problems in his heat race, Speer maintained the top spot in the point standings after his ride caught fire during the feature race.  The flames were extinguished under a “red flag” condition, and Speer continued to race – restarting at the tail of the field.  Speer still earned a “top five” position with his charred machine, after taking the initial green flag in eleventh spot.
Next week, on August 2nd, “Sunday Thunder” round number six will offer four exciting divisions of racing.  The Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Cars, the 358-cubic-inch-engine Modifieds, and the 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stocks will all be in action.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks will battle with the traveling drivers from the region, as the tour known as the “Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series” makes a visit on Sunday.  For more information visit www.TriCityRacewayPark.com

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In Topic: 2020 Cranberry Mall Racers Show with Tri City Speedway

15 March 2020 - 10:02 PM

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In Topic: 2020 Cranberry Mall Racers Show with Tri City Speedway

01 February 2020 - 07:14 PM

Heard the Titusville Tornado may be making a comeback in 2020!