Life in the fast lane
Macri claims his 5th straight feature victory
PORT ROYAL — Anthony Macri’s domination of Port Royal Speedway continued Wednesday night as he won the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek main event for his fourth straight win at the track.
Macri wasn’t done. In the main event for the United Racing Club 360 sprints, Macri took the lead on lap 20 and went on to sweep the night pushing his streak to five.
The 21-year-old from Dillsburg earned $7,000 for his first career win in Speedweek competition.
He’s the first sprint car driver to win five straight features in more than 10 years at the speedway.
“I’m sure this isn’t going to sink in until tomorrow morning,” Macri said. “My guys do a great job during the week, especially this week. It’s one of the most grueling weeks we go through. They keep chugging along even though some of our results haven’t been the best.”
It had been a rough week for Macri until this point.
“We’ve been struggling at the small tracks,” he said. “We tore that car apart and got a fresh one out for Grandview, and that seemed to operate a little bit better.”
The Speedweek fields have been stacked with talent all week long.
“Whether Christopher Bell was in the race or not, the field we had tonight was absolutely no slouches,” Macri said. “The top eight, in my opinion, was an Outlaw show.”
Bell was scheduled to start on the pole of the 30-lap main event, but pitted as the field was lining up because his engine lost oil pressure.
This moved Brock Zearfoss to the pole alongside two-time speedway champion Logan Wagner.
Cory Eliason, who won the Port Royal opener in March, spun in turn one on the initial start. Robbie Kendall had nowhere to go slamming into Eliason’s disabled car. Both drivers were reported as OK.
Wagner shot into the lead as Zearfoss and Macri split Lance Dewease off turn two.
By lap five, Wagner had a comfortable lead. Dewease was back up to second with Aaron Reutzel and Macri following.
As Wagner tried to hold back Dewease for the lead, Macri passed Zearfoss for third.
Marci used the narrow outside groove racing off turn two to pass Dewease and take over second.
The yellow flag flew with 13 laps completed when Tyler Bear slowed on the frontstretch.
Wagner and Macri swapped the lead on the restart. Reutzel took third from Dewease. The top four were close, racing for the lead as Speedweek point leaders Danny Dietrich and Kyle Larson battled for fifth.
Macri secured the lead from Wagner and began pulling away from the battle for second through fifth.
“I played it cool the first half and saved my tires and then I pounced in lapped traffic when I could,” he said. “With two laps to go, I was having trouble with lapped traffic and I saw somebody poke their nose down there. I just pushed the gas a little harder.”
Reutzel and Dewease were up to second and third and were closing on Macri, who continued racing along the fence as the others worked the bottom.
They were inside of the leader, but his momentum off the top kept him out front over the final laps. A pass of a lapped car and a great run off the second turn secured his win by almost a second.
Dewease got by Reutzel on the final lap finishing second. Reutzel, Speedweek point leader Larson and Wagner completed the top five.
“Anthony has been really good lately,” Dewease said. “We’ll have to get the car better Saturday.”
“We were on the verge of being really, really good,” Reutzel said. “I ran him back down in clean air, but I was lacking on exit. We have to fix one little thing.”
Danny Dietrich finished sixth. He came into the night 28 points behind Larson. Ryan Smith, Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, and Zearfoss rounded out the top 10.
The 40-car field was split into two flights for qualifying. Kyle Larson set quick time in the first flight at 16.246. Anthony Macri set quick time in the second at 16.495.
Dewease, Logan Wagner, Zearfoss and Bell won the heat races. Alan Krimes won the B-main.
Speedweek heads to Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway Thursday night for a 30-lap, $5,000 to win main event. Williams Grove Speedway hosts the Mitch Smith Memorial Friday night paying $15,000 to win and Speedweek concludes Saturday night at Port Royal with the Greg Hodnett Classic paying $10,027 to win.
Sprint Car Feature (30 laps): 1. Anthony Macri. 2. Lance Dewease. 3.
Aaron Reutzel. 4. Kyle Larson. 5. Logan Wagner. 6. Danny Dietrich. 7.
Ryan Smith. 8. Brent Marks. 9. Freddie Rahmer. 10. Brock Zearfoss. 11.
Rico Abreu. 12. Mike Wagner. 13. Lucas Wolfe 14. Alan Krimes. 15. Kody
Lehman. 16. Kyle Reinhardt. 17. Sammy Swindell. 18. AJ Flick. 19.
Tyler Walton. 20. TJ Stutts. 21. Tyler Beard. 22. Cory Eliason. 23.
Robbie Kendall. 24. Christopher Bell
DNQ: Dylan Cisney, Kyle Moody, Blane Heimbach, Bill Dietrich, Chase
Dietz, Tony Fiore, Justin Whittall, Steve Buckwalter, Ryan Taylor,
Jeff Halligan, Chad Trout, Robert Ballou, Jared Esh, Tyler Reeser
DNS: Drew Ritchey, Brie Hershey.