Rick’s Racing Roundup: Weather Again Dampens Local Racing – Shook Wins At Thunder Mountain

Corey McPherson was back in victory lane Friday winning his second feature of the season at Lernerville
Like clockwork, it was another weekend of local race promoters battling Mother Nature to get their racing programs completed. For the second week in a row Friday was the day for racing as rain and colder weather moved to the area on Saturday.

(Photo: Corey McPherson was back in victory lane Friday winning his second feature of the season at Lernerville. Photo by Rick Rarer)

For the second consecutive week Lernerville Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway were the lone tracks to present racing programs this past weekend. At Thunder Mountain Speedway the stock cars took center stage with a huge 2,500 to win show featuring the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series. Rob Shook was the big winner besting a field of over forty stock cars.

This Friday the 305 sprint cars will return to the card at Thunder Mountain along with the late models, street stocks, and semi-lates. Racing gets underway on the Brookville oval at 7:30.

It was another exciting night of action at Lernerville Friday where it was also a good night for last year’s track champions as three of four visited victory lane. AJ Flick returned to victory lane for the first time this season in the sprint car feature while Canada’s Mat Williamson made a last lap pass to win a thrilling big block modified feature.

Last year’s sportsman champion Corey McPherson held off the charges of Bob Egley for his second win of the season while Jared Miley survived a caution plagued late model feature for his 24th career Lernerville win. This Friday Lernerville will present another Fab 4 racing program with racing getting underway at 7:30pm.

AJ Flick got back to victory lane Friday at Lernerville for his first win of 2016. Photo by Rick Rarer

AJ Flick got back to victory lane Friday at Lernerville for his first win of 2016. Photo by Rick Rarer

For the fourth time this season Sharon Speedway lost their racing program to rain. The Fan appreciation night scheduled with Free admission for fans will be rescheduled for a later date (to be announced). This Saturday another regular six division show is on tap headlined by the big block modifieds with racing scheduled for 7:00pm.

For Mercer Raceway Park it was their fourth consecutive cancellation as rains fell Saturday. This Saturday the 410 sprint cars will be replaced by the BOSS wingless series as they invade the track for their only visit of 2016. The BOSS series always brings a group of competitive cars which make for exciting close racing.

Mercer’s other regular six divisions will also be in action Saturday. On Sunday May 29, the All American Spring Nationals will invade the track. It will be the opening event for the Truck and Tractor
Pulling enthusiasts. The Full Pull Production will be presented by Ritenour Equipment Co., of Butler.

Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions headed west over the weekend with races in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sheldon Haudenschild backed up his win at Lernerville Friday with another win at Lincoln Speedway in Illinois.

On Saturday it was former Lernerville track champion Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh winning a thriller at Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin. This weekend the All-Stars return to Ohio with shows at Attica Raceway Park on Friday and Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio on Saturday.


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