Meadville Tribune


August 13, 2013

THE PIT PASS: Crawford County trio leads FASTRAK Series stop at Raceway 7


MEADVILLE — Speaking of Sprint cars ...

That takes me to Saturday’s 410 Sprint feature at Mercer. There were a full field of Sprints with 24 cars starting the event. Sodeman showed he can still put the pedal down. He started 11th and, yes, he was on a mission as he started moving up positions. By lap 15, Sodeman was third and moving toward the leaders. But Adam “The Bomb” Kekich of Hermitage, driving the 5L sprinter, started on the front row and kept complete control, crossing the checkered flag to a standing crowd.

There wasn’t a dry eye at the raceway for Kekich, who won this race for his grandfather, Paul Kekich. The elder Kekich was a driver that raced around the region in his day and passed away earlier this year.

Back at Raceway 7...

SARVER — There was another first time winner at Raceway 7 on Friday night as Sherman, N.Y.’s Mark Ramsey, making his first visit to the track, won the Street Stocks feature.

Another New Yorker, Rich Michael Jr., continued his winning ways as he grabbed the victory in the E-Mods, his second in a row at 7.

It was another newbie taking a checkered flag in the Mini Stocks as “The Trooper” Tim Callahan, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, was first across the finish line.

In the Econo Mods, Brain Hathaway of Bristolville, Ohio, continues to impress, picking up his fifth feature win of the year.

King Sr., Lunger, Eucker collect wins at Sharon

HARTFORD, Ohio — With Lernerville Speedway canceling due to weather this past weekend, we move to Sharon Speedway Saturday night where Bristolville, Ohio’s Rex King Sr. snatched up his fourth feature win of the year by passing Jim Weller Jr. in the late laps of the DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature

In the RUSH Late Models, Dennis Lunger of Albion won his fourth feature of the year — his first since May 4. He leads the point standings for the class.

In the E-Mods, Scott Stiffler, of Farmdale, Ohio, won his first feature of the year after a caution filled race. Stiffler is the 11th different driver to win an E-Mod feature at Sharon this season — and Sharon has held 15 races.

In the Street Stocks, Greenville’s Tim Burns won his first feature of the year, shooting him up to second in the class standings.

Jacob” The Kid” Eucker, a 12-year-old out of Hartford, Ohio, won his fourth feature of the year in the Econo Mods, winning by just .554 seconds over Jeremy Double, who barreled out of the 12th spot to take runner-up by a heartbeat. Those two young men have put on some great shows for the crowds this year at Sharon.

Finally, in the Mini Stocks, Warren, Ohio driver and points leader Scott Gilliland claimed victory No. 6 on the season, solidifying his status as the division’s points leader.

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