MECHANICSBURG, PA – Anthony Macri won the opening night of Pennsylvania Speedweek at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, scoring a $7,001 victory for his second win of the season at the track.
Elsewhere, Tyler Brehm scored the first career win of his Williams Grove career in the 358 sprint car division.
Macri and Justin Peck started the 30-lap speedweek main on the front row with Macri beating Peck into the first turn by the narrowest of margins.
Peck went in to Macri’s outside but Macri made the car wide enough to prevent a Peck sweep into the lead.
Dylan Cisney then slowed for the first caution flag of the race with three laps completed.
By lap eight Macri had a 1.6 second lead over Peck and Brent Marks however he soon came upon the backmarkers by lap 10.
In dirty air, Macri’s speed was held back as Peck and Marks battled for second with Marks taking his first swipe at the spot on lap 13 only to see Peck regain it.
A lap later Marks tried it again in the first turn but again Peck prevailed before Marks took the spot at the halfway point to begin chasing down the leader.
The pair of Marks and Peck was challenging Macri for control as the trio ran through traffic on lap 18 when Danny Dietrich slowed just enough to bring out the caution before again firing off after the yellow unfurled.
The caution flag broke up a thrilling race at the front as clean air gave Macri new life when action resumed.
Peck took a shot at Marks for second on the restart as Macri again got away to a 1.6 second lead with five laps to go.
Traffic again came into play during the final few laps but by then it was too late for Marks to close as he instead crossed the finish line .959 seconds behind.
Peck rode home third followed by Lance Dewease and TJ Stutts.
Sixth through 10th went to Dylan Norris, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Lucas Wolfe and Chase Dietz.
Heats went to Stutts, Wolfe and Marks with Robbie Kendall taking the consolation race.
Macri set fast time with a lap of 16.842 seconds.
It was the Dillsburg driver’s fifth career sprint car win at Williams Grove.
“As soon as we got into traffic, the car got extremely tight,” Macri said.
“I had to keep playing with the wing. Luckily, I found a position with the wing that was kind of okay. We still weren’t perfect when we got to lapped traffic.”
After polesitter Chad Criswell slowed on the first lap of the 20-lap 358 sprint car feature, the event would go non-stop.
Devon Adams took the lead on the first lap with Tyler Brehm giving chase.
Brehm took his first shot for the lead with an inside turn three move on the fourth lap but Adams was up to that challenge.
However a lap later Brehm made the move stick to drive into control.
The leader entered the backmarkers with nine laps to go while Kody Hartlaub raced into the second spot shortly after.
Brehm worked his way through traffic to take the checkers with style by 2.152 seconds over Hartlaub.
Derek Locke was third followed by Adams and Doug Hammaker.
Sixth through 10th went to Frankie Herr, Kyle Denmyer, Steve Owings, Cameron Smith and Steve Wilbur.
Heats went to Kyle Keen, Criswell and Adams with Cody Fletcher taking the consolation race.
PA Dyno Hard Chargers were Ryan Smith in the 410 sprints and Derek Locke in the 358 sprints.
410 sprint cars, 30 laps: 1. 1. Anthony Macri. 2. Brent Marks. 3. Justin Peck. 4. Lance Dewease. 5. TJ Stutts. 6. Dylan Norris. 7. Freddie Rahmer. 8. Devon Borden. 9. Lucas Wolfe. 10. Chase Dietz. 11. Ryan Smith. 12. Kyle Moody. 13. Matt Campbell. 14. Chad Trout. 15. Robbie Kendall. 16. Jeff Halligan. 17. Zach Hampton. 18. Danny Dietrich. 19. Mike Wagner. 20. Logan Wagner. 21. Justin Whittall. 22. Austin Bishop. 23. Kyle Reinhardt. 24. Dylan Cisney
DNQ: Billy Dietrich, Tyler Bear, Tyler Reeser, Steve Buckwalter, Eddie Lumbar.
358 sprint cars, 20 laps: 1. Tyler Brehm, 2. Kody Hartlaub, 3. Derek Locke, 4. Devin Adams, 5. Doug Hammaker, 6. Frannkie Herr, 7. Kyle Denmyer, 8. Steve Owings, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Steve Wilbur, 11. Brett Strickler, 12. Chris Frank, 13. Scott Fisher, 14. Cody Fletcher, 15. Jayden Wolfe, 16. Matt Findley, 17. Wyatt Hinkle, 18. Gregg Foster, 19. Tyler Templin, 20. Nat Tuckey, 21. Shane Yost, 22. Kyle Keen, 23. Zach Cool, 24. Chad Criswell
DNQ: Cody Phillips, Brett Wanner, Steve Kisamore, Dave Holler, Andrew Hake, Denny Gross,