Rick’s Racing Roundup: Powell Grabs Another Win at Thunder Mountain

A capacity crowd enjoys the action at Lernerville Speedway Friday evening
For only the second time this season weather was not a factor for area tracks this past weekend. Despite mid-week forecasts of storms the front expected to bring the rain quickly fizzled out making for a dry but hot weekend with plenty of racing at area tracks.

(Photo of a capacity crowd enjoys the action at Lernerville Speedway Friday evening. Photo by Rick Rarer)

The biggest crowd of the season turned out at Lernerville Speedway Sunday for Fab 4 racing and a spectacular fireworks display. No one left disappointed as the racing on the track was as good as ever. A new winner visited victory lane in the sprint car feature as Ohio invader Danny Mumaw held off defending track champ AJ Flick for his first career win at the Sarver oval.

Steve Feder (Shown here racing with JR McGinley from Clarion) went on to pick up his first career Lernerville win

Steve Feder (Shown here racing with JR McGinley from Clarion ) went on to pick up his first career Lernerville win. Photo by Rick Rarer.

The big block modified feature also saw a new winner holding the checkers at the end as Steve Feder scored his first career Lernerville win in a thriller that saw him make a last-lap pass for the win. In victory lane Feder expressed his excitement.

“It’s so amazing, it’s been such a long time and we’ve been coming here a lot of years and we’ve been so close before. Right there at the end, I thought I almost lost it and it was just like, I can’t let this go. I just figured checkers or wreckers, let’s go like hell on top.”

In other action, Alex Ferree won his second consecutive late model feature while Corey McPherson dominated the sportsman feature. Fab 4 racing takes center stage again this Friday at Lernerville as all four classes will compete in their Mid-Season Championships.

Thunder Mountain Speedway in Brookville continued their streak of shows and another new winner visited victory lane this past Friday. Youngster Tyler Denochick recorded his first win of the season. The late model feature was a good one that saw Charles Powell Jr. come from the back of the pack to score another victory.

Great racing at Thunder Mountain has been the norm this season and car counts have been growing as the season progresses. This Friday the track will present Modified Madness. The 358 Modifieds will make their first visit to the track along with the RUSH crate Modifieds, Warrior Sprints, Street Stocks, and Semi-Late Models. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

Sharon Speedway took advantage of the sunny skies on Saturday as they presented another six division show at the Hartford, Ohio oval. Jimmy Weller was back in victory lane winning the big block modified feature again Saturday. Weller, who had two career Sharon wins coming into the 2016 season, has now doubled that.

Sharon Speedway will return to action this Saturday with another six division show. Highlighting the card will be the big block modifieds along with the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series with a special 1,000 to win race for the stock cars.

The following Tuesday, June 21, Sharon Speedway will present one of their biggest shows of the season as Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions will invade the track. The show will be part of the 34th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Hometown favorite and current All-Star champion Dale Blaney will lead the All-Stars into action fresh off a win in Butler, Michigan this past Saturday.

Speedweek will kick off this Friday at Attica Raceway Park and showcase seven races in eight days ending at Eldora Speedway with a big 10,000 to win finale.

“This is the week we’ve all been waiting for,” explained former NASCAR champion and series owner Tony Stewart. “This is perhaps the most exciting tradition in all of sprint car racing. It’s a grueling week comprised of intense travel and fierce competition that our racers live for each and every June. We are all very excited to get started.”


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