FRANKLIN, PA – Carl Bowser picked up his career first victory and $2,000 at Tri-City Raceway Park in the Summer Sizzler. Bowser spent the weekend off from the All Stars Circuit of Champions racing locally. The race was the second round of the Born 2 Run Lubricants series, presented by Hovis Auto Supply. The event was also run in favor of Auto Racers for Kids Charity.
Also taking wins were Garrett Krummert in the RUSH Modifieds, Andrew Gordon in the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks, and Chad Ruhlman in the RUSH Sprints.
“I’ve given up a lot here,” Bowser said. “I started running here in 2005 and it’s taken me this long to finally win here. So it feels really good.” Bowser admitted that Tri-City Raceway Park was a difficult track for him to learn how to handle. “It’s definately unique. It is a big track but sometimes it races like a small track, and some times it runs like a big track. Tonight, it ran like a pretty big race track.” Bowser noted that he was concerned after his heat whether or not the track would develop two grooves. “I don’t know if it got that way, but it got nice and wide.” He then remembered how he saw Jarod Larson and Ed Lynch, Jr. “battle around here and it was always up around the top, so it was pretty cool.”
Donovan & Bauer Auto Group backed the 410 Sprint Cars this night. Starting up front were All Stars racers John Garvin and Carl Bowser. Row two belonged to Dan Kuriger and Michael Bauer. Row three had Brandon Matus and Sye Lynch. It took two tries to get the race officially started, but Bowser was ready to go, and go he did.
Bowser led Garvin. Bauer, Brandon Matus, and Jack Sodeman, Jr., who came from the fourth row. On the second trip around the big half mile, Bauer drove around Garvin. As Bauer began his chase of Bowser, Sodeman continued to charge. He reached third in just a few more laps, and it looked as though he would challenge for his second win of the weekend.
However, Sodeman spun from contention on lap seven. His car sustained front end damage, and he was towed from the speedway. That moved Lynch into the third position, followed by Garvin and Brandon Matus.
Bowser completed the final 18 rounds without interruption. While he pulled away from Bauer, Lynch moved in to contest the second spot. Meanwhile there was a ferocious four-car battle for fourth involving Brandon Matus, Garvin, Danny Smith, and Dan Kuriger.
Bowser had no difficulty navigating lapped traffic. Neither did Bauer, who used the slower cars to get some breathing space over Lynch. Meanwhile, Brandon Matus and Smith seized the remaining positions in the top five.
At the checkers, it was Bowser, Bauer, Lynch, Brandon Matus, and Smith. Kuriger was sixth. George Hobaugh, Jr. returned to action after crashing out the night before, earning seventh place money. Jared McFarland, Brent Matus, and Australian Kayla Green completed the top ten.
A pair of heats were contested for the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 410 Sprint Cars. The winners were Sye Lynch and Brandon Matus.
The Bonnell’s Rod Shop RUSH Modifieds, Garrett Krummert took the early lead, followed by Justin Shea, Brandon Ritchey, Kyle Martel, and Chas Wolbert. Krummert’s pace was slowed on lap 6 for a spin by Steve Slater. Krummert then reeled off fourteen laps without substantial challenge to book the win.
“We weren’t very good when we unloaded and they kept giving us the heat and the dash and we kept working on it and working on it and there we were pretty close. It helped making the dash, we had a couple of extra laps to try som,ething.” Krummert admitted that they changed springs and bars, and lots of things to make the car handle better.
While Shea continued in second. Chas Wolbert climbed into the third position. Taking fourth was Martel. Fifth went to Ritchey. Kole Holden was a steady sixth, with Josh Deems chasing him to the checkers. Brian Shaffer, Darin Gallagher, and Blaze Myers rounded out the top ten.
Justin Shea was the evening’s fastest qualifier, at 20.761 seconds, he was also the first heat race winner, and he dominated the RUSH Modified dash. Brandon Ritchey captured the second heat. There was no B Main.
In the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks, presented by R & R Enterprises, Andrew Gordon withstood several stiff challenges from Cris Schneider to capture the win worth $2,011. Gordon was particularly pleased, he said, “becasue it seems like every time we come here it’s a struggle and we’re fighting the car, and fighting with each other.” He added that it was nice to have a good run here, after being beaten up quite a bit.
While Gordon and Shneider distanced themselves from the other drivers, Todd Weldon, Rob Shook, and Bobby Whitling, among others, were fighting for positions in the top five.
At the checkers, it was Gordon, over Schneider, Weldon, Whitling, and Jason Fosnaught. Rob Shook, Bill Hurrelbrink, Luke Rutsky, Leigh Wheeler, and Andy Buckley.
The heat winners were Randy Weyant, Jason Fosnaught, Chris Schneider, and Todd Weldon. The B Mains went to Hunter Exley, and Paul Davis. Curtis J. Bish won the dash in honor of his late sponsor, Ray Virgile. The other dash for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks went to Rob Shook.
The Pro Stock non-qualifier’s race went to Rod Laskey. Curt Bish, Pat Fielding, Joe Stajnrajh, and Danny Rich followed him to the finish.
The RUSH Sprint Cars went to the post for Sheetz, the racers’ favorite convenience stores. Chad Ruhlman dominated the action, but behind him, the positions were hotly contested. Arnie Kent dug and dug on the inside and finally made a last lap pass to take the second spot by .001 over Zach Morrow. Brandon Hawkins was in the mix, too, finishing fourth. Gale Ruth, Jr. was a close fifth. Joe McEwen, Tyler Powell, Dave Hawkins, Scott Hawkins, and Brad Blackshear completed the top ten.
“The track is always how I remember Tri-City being,” Ruhlman said. “I don’t know why there isn’t twice the number of cars here. It was a little choppy, but you had a rubbered up lane on the bottom and you had cushion on the top. So, you could run all over it.” Ruhlman admitted that he didn’t even know how to start a Sprint Car until his first RUSH series race at Bradford Speedway. He’s learned a lot since then, as he now has multiple wins.
Chad Ruhlman and Zach Morrow prevailed in the preliminaries for the RUSH Sprint Cars. There was no B Main.
Tri-City Raceway Park will finish out the 2018 season on Sunday, August 19, with the End of Summer Show Down featuring the 410 Sprint Cars in their finale for the Born 2 Run Lubricants series. Born 2 Run Lubricants is a division of Hovis Auto Supply. Also on the card will be the RUSH Late Models, with their annual Manufacturers Night, when thousands of dollars worth of racing equipment and merchandise will be given away to the lucky drivers. Nobody will go home empty handed! The e-Mods and Vintage Modifieds will provide further action in support of these popular classes. The event will carry a raindate of Sunday, September 2.
410 Sprint Cars: Carl Bowser, Michael Bauer, Sye Lynch, Brandon Matus, Danny Smith, Dan Kuriger, George Hobaugh, Jr., Jared McFarland, Brent Matus, Kayla Green, Ken Rossey, Vincent Daugherty, Gale Ruth, Jr., Mike Flynn, John Garvin, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Darin Gallagher (DNS).
RUSH Modifieds: Garrett Krummert, Justin Shea, Chas Wolbert, Kyle Martel, Brandon Ritchey, Kole Holden, Josh Deems, Brian Shaffer, Darin Gallagher, Blaze Myers, Rob Eyler, Jeremy Weaver, Steve Slater, Jordan Ehrenberg.
Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks: Andrew Gordon, Chris Schneider, Todd Weldon, Bobby Whitling, Jason Fosnaught. Rob Shook, Bill Hurrelbrink, Luke Rutsky, Leigh Wheeler, Andy Buckley, Chris McGuire, Jeff Broniszewski, Paul Davis, Tim Bish, Chris Withers, Rusty Martz, Sonny Baker, Hunter Exley, Nick Kocuba, Jackson Humanic, Ryan Newman, Randy Wyant, Darr Diegelman, Curtis J. Bish, Tyler Thompson.
Penn-Ohio Non-Qualifiers Race: Rod Laskey, Curt Bish, Pat Fielding, Joe Stejnrajh, Danny Rich.
DNQ: Bob Heim, Dave McManus, Russ Coyne, Rusty Moore, Terry Wheeler, Sr., Jamie Duncan.
RUSH Sprint Cars: Chad Ruhlman, Arnie Kent, Zach Morrow, Brandon Hawkins, Gale Ruth, Jr., Joe McEwen, Tyler Powell, Dave Hawkins, Scott Hawkins, Brad Blackshear, Steve Cousins, Shawn Smith.
Tri City Raceway Park is located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin Pennsylvania. Information about Tri City is always available at tricityracewaypark.com.
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