Rick’s Racing Roundup: Fleming Becoming Driver to Beat at Thunder Mountain

Will Fleming is becoming the driver to beat at Thunder Mountain Speedway collecting another win Friday night
Despite scattered showers along with the hottest temperatures of the season there was plenty of racing action to choose from in western Pennsylvania over the holiday weekend. Several new faces visited victory lane along with some first time winners this season.

(Photo: Will Fleming is becoming the driver to beat at Thunder Mountain Speedway collecting another win Friday night. Photo by Rick Rarer)

It was business as usual Friday evening at Lernerville Speedway where another Fab 4 show was completed despite a passing shower. Fifteen year old Michael Lake of Uniontown scored his first career win in the late model feature by holding of Matt Lux of Franklin. With the win Lake made history by becoming the youngest Fab 4 winner in the track’s nearly fifty year history.

Mat Williamson made it back to back wins in the big block modified feature while Joe Zambotti also scored his second win of the season in the sportsman feature. Jack Sodeman Jr would score his first win of the season by dominating the sprint car feature. This Friday will be another Fab 4 show at Lernerville and will also be Twin State night for club members.

It looks like second year 305 sprint racer Will Fleming has Thunder Mountain Speedway figured out. Fleming was back in victory lane this past Friday and tied his own track record in the process. Other winners at the Brookville oval included Fuzzy Fields, John Weaver, and Charles Powell Jr.

Good news for sprint car drivers that race at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The track has decided to add to the sprint car purse this Friday. To show their appreciation for the support from local teams this Friday the track has added fifty dollars to every finishing spot of the sprint car feature. Management is hoping to do this for other classes throughout the season.

Jimmy Weller of Hubbard, Ohio has spent the last several seasons focusing on asphalt racing along with racing in the NASCAR Truck Series. This season he has returned to dirt full time and just missed his first feature win last Friday at Lernerville when he was passed on the final lap of the big block modified feature.

Jimmy Weller returned to victory lane this past week at Sharon Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

Jimmy Weller returned to victory lane this past week at Sharon Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

This past Saturday Weller would redeem himself at Sharon Speedway by scoring his first win of the 2016 season. He did it by holding of defending big block modified track champion Rex King. For Weller it was his third career modified win at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

In addition to a regular six division race program this Saturday at Sharon Speedway the track will also host another Summer Jam & BBQ event on Friday. The featured entertainment will be a
Rascal Flats Tribute Band with Gates opening at 6pm and admission is just 10 dollars each night.

The Buckeye Outlaw Wingless Sprint Series made their way to Mercer Raceway Park where young Cooper Clouse made it two wins in two races with the traveling series. This Saturday Mercer will return to regular racing action with a seven division show. It will also be Twin State Auto Racing Fan Club Night, with all members in good standing gaining free grandstand admission.


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