Rick’s Racing Roundup: Local drivers find Victory Lane this weekend

Rick’s Racing Roundup: Local drivers find Victory Lane this weekend
Rick’s Racing Roundup: Local drivers find Victory Lane this weekend

Blaze Myers, right, with car owner Ted Hull after his third win of 2024. Photo by Scott Goodman.

A gloomy Saturday full of cancellations last weekend was framed by some great racing on Friday and Sunday.

On Friday, the pits at Lernerville Speedway were packed for the first three-wide special, with the 410, 305 Sprints and Pure Stocks all competing in the B-Mains. The Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks took center stage with a $2,500 special race that saw Oil City driver Curtis Bish Jr. take first place, while Seneca’s Chris Schneider and Bobby Whitling rounded out the podium.

“It’s really a blessing to be able to drive this car,” Bish noted in victory lane. “This race is dedicated to my dad; he’s with us, but he’s not here tonight. Chris (Schneider) is definitely one of the best in the division, there’s no getting around that. He’s a very talented driver, chassis builder, setup guy and all-around good guy. You know you can count on him to run a clean race and you know he’s going to be there.”

In the 410 Sprint Car race, it was local hero and 1991 Lernerville Rookie of the Year Dale Blaney who held off defending champion AJ Flick to take his first win at Lernerville since winning the 2015 Don Martin Memorial and the 19th of his career. In the 305 Sprint Car race, another local was in victory lane as Jacob Gomola of Seneca took his second consecutive win at the action track.

Racing continues this Friday in Lernerville with the return of the Fab 4 race, featuring the 410 Sprints, Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models and Pro Stocks with racing at 7:30 p.m.

Curt Bish Jr. on his way to a $2,500 salary on Friday. Photo by Rick Rarer.

On Sunday night, a whopping 29 sprint cars filled the pits at Tri-City Raceway Park, a new modern record for a regular show on the Venango County oval. Despite the fall temperatures, fans also enjoyed the autograph signing during the break. First up was the Modified 358 feature and it was New York’s Erick Rudolph who continued his dominance with his third win of the season.

In the Krill Recycling 410 Sprint Car race, Carl Bowser held off a stubborn Zane Devault to take his first win in two years. Devault, who started eighth, had to settle for second while Brandon Spithaler rounded out the podium. Franklin native Josh Seippel led the race the entire distance and won the Pro Stock race, while fellow Franklin native Blaze Myers took his second consecutive Tri-City win in the RUSH Wingless Sprint Car race.

Next Sunday at Tri-City, three sprint car divisions will compete in four main events. The Krill Recycling 410 Sprints, the Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprints will be double main events and the 4 Your Car Connection RUSH Sprints will be included. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks will round out the schedule while the 358 Modifieds have the evening off.

Sharon Speedway will not be in action this Saturday night, but returns with a two-day show for the World of Outlaw Late Models on July 12 and 13. The World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown features a full show each day.

The RUSH Sprints and Econo Mods round out the map on Friday and the RUSH Mods will be in action on Saturday.

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