Rick’s Racing Roundup: ULMS Late Model Series Coming to Thunder Mountain Friday

The BOSS Wingless Sprint Series will visit Lernerville Speedway this Friday and Pittsburgh Motor Speedway on Saturday
It was another busy weekend of racing in northwest Pennsylvania, despite the rain Lernerville Speedway managed to complete their biggest race of the season.

(Photo: The BOSS Wingless Sprint Series will visit Lernerville Speedway this Friday and Pittsburgh Motor Speedway on Saturday. Photo by Rick Rarer)

With rain showers in the area Thursday, Lernerville condensed the Firecracker 100 from three days into two. Friday’s show went as planned while Thursday’s show was moved to Saturday afternoon giving fans a ton of action to take in on Saturday.

Josh Richards of Shinnston, W. Va., used a late-race restart to pass leader Brandon Overton and go on to score the win during the Friday portion of the program.

Overton would not be denied, though, as he rebounded Saturday to score his first career World of Outlaws win.

Both drivers earned $6,000 for their preliminary wins.

Saturday night the stage was set for the main even as the 10th annual Firecracker 100 took the green.

When the checkers flew on Saturday’s $30,000 to win feature, it was none other than late-model legend Scott Bloomquist in victory lane. With the win, Bloomquist became the first three-time winner of the event.

This Friday at Lernerville another special will take center stage as the BOSS wingless sprint car series will invade the Sarver oval for their only visit of the season. The series brings a nice mix of travelers and local racers as they take off the wings for the weekend. The series moves to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday. Look for full fields and good racing both nights.

Last year at Sharon Speedway it was the King family dominating the modified action. This year it is the Weller name that has been a staple in the winner’s circle.

Saturday Jimmy Weller scored his third win of the season, doubling his career win total at the track. Jimmy and his dad Jim Weller have now combined for five modified wins at Sharon Speedway this season.

Jack Sodeman Jr put the Jack Sodeman St tribute car into victory lane for the first time this season at Mercer Raceway Saturday

Jack Sodeman Jr put the Jack Sodeman St tribute car into victory lane for the first time this season at Mercer Raceway Saturday. Photo by Rick Rarer.

Sharon Speedway will return to action this Saturday with a regular six division show highlighted by the big-block modifieds. The following Saturday, July 9, will be the “Lou Blaney Memorial” featuring the return of Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars for $10,000 to win plus The Mod Tour featuring the big-block modifieds.

Mercer Raceway Park will have plenty of racing for sprint car fans this Saturday as the Patriot Sprint Tour out of New York will invade the 1/3 oval with their 360 powered sprinters for the Auto Racers for Kids charity race. They will join the 410 and 305 sprints on the card making for a sprint car triple header. The track’s other regular classes will also be on the schedule.

Late model fans will want to head to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Brookville this Friday as the ULMS Late Model Series will invade the speedway for a $3,000 to-win event. The late models will go thirty laps and the 305 sprint cars and semi-lates will also be on the card with racing slated for 7:30 p.m.

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About Rick

Rick Rarer, a Franklin resident, is the owner of Racestud.com and SprintCarNews.com. He has been covering racing for 18 years, taking racing photos for 13 years, and has covered races at over 100 tracks in 15 states. Most recently, Rick won the Bill Steinbach Media Award at the Lernerville Speedway Annual Awards Banquet.


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