The Father’s Day Spectacular was delayed one week by Mother Nature but beautiful weather greeted those in attendance at Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday. Wellsville, NY driver Jeremy Wonderling claimed the $2,000 paycheck in the prestigious Bill Emig Memorial for the RUSH Late Models, while Kyle Martell was the victor in the RUSH Modified portion of the event. Cory Good (410 Sprints) and Dakota Schweikart (Allegheny Sprint Tour Racesaver 305 Sprints) were also victorious.
Dan Kuriger and Cory Good led the 20 car Sprint A-Main to the green flag. Good immediately took command with Kuriger, Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Sye Lynch and A.J. Flick following. Good entered lapped traffic on lap six but was able to maintain the lead. The event’s first caution flew on lap 14 when Gale Ruth, Jr.’s motor expired. When the action resumed Good maintained the top spot while Sodeman, Jr. and Bowser battled for the second position. A caution on the 24th circuit for a Dennis Wagner spin gave Bowser and Sodeman, Jr. one final opportunity to overtake Good but the Smickburg, PA veteran held off their challenges to score the victory. Boswer claimed the second spot followed by Sodeman, Jr., Kuriger and Lynch. Flick, Rod George, John Garvin, Jr., Brandon matus and Michael Bauer rounded out the top ten.
Sodeman, Jr. and Kuriger were the winners in the prelims.
Mike Pegher, Jr. led the first three laps of the RUSH Late Model main event before the caution waved on lap three for Christian Schneider. Pegher, Jr. once again led the pack when the action resumed and held off the challenges of Jeremy Wonderling, Bryce Davis and John Waters. Jason Knowles slowed on the backstretch on lap 14 and while under caution Pegher, Jr. pitted with a flat right rear tire. Pegher, Jr.’s misfortune gave the top spot to Wonderling, who maintained control once the action resumed. Waters, Davis and J.J. Mazur battled for positions two through four with Pegher, Jr. joining them by lap 17. A spin by Tony White on lap 23 once again placed the field on Wonderling’s bumper, but he withstood the challenges to score his first ever win at the Venango County oval. Pegher, Jr., Waters, Davis and Mazur completed the top five with Jamie Wrightsman, Mike Duritsky, Brian Knowles, Kyle Lukon and Schneider completing the top ten.
Davis set the quick time over the 18-car field with a lap of 19.965. Pegher, Jr. and Waters were the heat race winners with Wonderling picking up the win in the RUSH Dash.
Ravenna, OH driver Kyle Martell led the entire distance of the RUSH Sportsman Modified portion of the Bill Emig Memorial to score his first ever Tri-City Raceway Park victory. The 20-lap main event was slowed just once, on the initial start, when Jeremy Weaver, Brandon Michaud, Preston Cope, Gary Haupt, Kole Holden and Jacob Jordan tangled in turn two. The event then went non-stop as Martell withstood the challenges of Chelsie Kriegisch to claim the $600 prize money and his second straight RUSH Modified touring event checkered flag. Rocky Kugel, Nick Ritchey and Chas Wolbert rounded out the top five with Josh Deems, A.J. Gillespie, Brian Schaffer, Brandon Ritchey and Jessica Kriegisch rounding out the top ten.
C. Kriegisch, Kugel and Martell won the RUSH Modified heats with Holden the victor in the B-Main. Steve Slater was the winner of the RUSH Dash.
Youngster Dakota Schweikart scored his career first 305 Racesaver Sprint victory in the evening’s finale. Dakota’s father Dale, led the first six laps before Dakota took command and cruised to the win. Greg Dobrosky claimed the runner-up position over Dale Schweikart, Glenn Noland and Drew Ritchey.
Dakota Schweikart also claimed the win in the lone 305 Sprint prelim.
Tri-City Raceway Park will return to action on Sunday, July 23rd as Tony Stewart’ All-Star Circuit of Champions will headline the racing action. The event is the final leg of the Second Annual I-79 Summer Shootout which will begin on Friday, July 21 at the Eriez Raceway and then travel to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 22nd. In addition to the All-Star Sprints, the RUSH Late Models and the Vintage Modifieds will be in action at the raceway.