Macri wins 410 feature after contact causes rival to crash
PORT ROYAL — Anthony Macri stormed to his sixth Port Royal Speedway sprint car win of the season on Saturday night, and nation-leading 12th overall.
His $5,000 victory didn’t come without a little bit of controversy, however.
After losing the lead to Macri, Mike Wagner tried to take it back as they raced off the fourth corner and down the frontstretch. They made contact with Wagner getting into the wall and spinning across the frontstretch. He was done for the night while Macri continued out front.
Macri, who started eighth, then fought off a challenge from Logan Wagner following the ensuing restart to pick up the win.
He was met with some boos in victory lane and said he expected to be criticized on social media this week.
“Until people on Facebook and in the grandstands get in one of these cars and realize you can’t see somebody beside you, I’ll just keep ignoring them,” Macri said. “We were racing clean the whole way up through there. I lifted for Logan. I lifted for his dad a couple times. I didn’t even see him down the frontstretch. It was a racing deal in my book. People can say what they want. I didn’t know if we had a tire going down or if something was bent or if the car was going to handle the same.
“I found the bottom there before we got together,” Macri said. “I stuck to the bottom the first couple of laps after that restart. I knew judging by the run Logan got on me going down the frontstretch that I probably needed to be on the top of three and four. I switched my lane up and tried to take his air away. Luckily, it paid off.”
Tyler Bear grabbed the lead in the 25-lap feature. Mike Wagner followed him in second as the yellow flew for Blane Heimbach in turn two.
Jeff Halligan and Logan Wagner both passed two cars on the restart moving into third and fourth respectively.
Bear caught traffic with the others closing as Anthony Macri and Mike Walter II swapped fifth
Zach Newlin hit the wall between turns one and two just in front of the lead battle with seven laps completed.
Logan Wagner put a slider on Halligan for third on the restart as his dad went after the lead. Halligan passed Logan back as Mike took the lead from Bear.
The yellow flew again when Devin Adams slowed after the leaders completed lap eight.
Halligan passed Bear off the top of turn two. Macri was on Logan Wagner’s bumper as they raced off turn four.
The red flag stopped the race for a frontstretch crash involving Dylan Cisney. He was OK.
Mike Wagner led Halligan, Bear, Logan Wagner and Macri for the restart with 16 laps to go.
Macri slipped by L. Wagner and Bear on the restart. Logan Wagner also passed Bear. Mike Wagner held a comfortable 1.4-second lead over Halligan with 10 to go.
Halligan and Macri split a slower car as they raced down the frontstretch. Macri grabbed second in turns one and two. Mike Wagner’s momentum was also slowed by traffic allowing Macri to close. A slider in the first and second turns got Macri the top spot.
Mike Wagner tried to come back on Macri as they raced off the fourth turn and down the frontstretch. They made contact sending Wagner into the wall and spinning.
Wagner got by Halligan and went after Macri following the restart with six to go. They were close for a lap or two before Macri pulled away over the final laps. Logan Wagner, Halligan, 16th starter Ryan Taylor and Walter II completed the top five.
Justin Whittall, Bear, Tyler Reeser, Gerard McIntyre Jr., and Dan Shetler rounded out the top 10.
Heat races for the 25 cars were won by Mike Wagner, Jeff Halligan and Logan Wagner.
USAC Sprint Car feature
Logan Seavey said he was really looking forward to the Eastern Storm event at Port Royal Speedway for the USAC Sprint Cars.
It showed Saturday night as Seavey turned in a dominating performance in winning the 30-lap main event.
Seavey earned $6,000 for the victory that came by 5.4 seconds over 16th starter Alex Bright, and Justin Grant, who came from the rear after changing a flat tire.
After battling his way to the front, Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., streaked away from the field and was never challenged again.
“This was the track I was looking forward to the most on the entire schedule,” Seavey said. “Up there hammering the guard rail on a big, fast half-mile is tough to beat. I knew this would be a place I’d pick up quick and enjoy racing at. It was a heck of a race. I love that kind of a race track.
“I had no idea how big of a lead I had. I didn’t feel like I was running that hard because the harder you run the more you hit the cushion and the more it eats you up. I had a different line in three and four. I was looking for any kind of grip. My guys had the car really, really good.”
Brady Bacon and Emerson Axsom completed the top five after a back and forth battle throughout the race. Matt Westfall, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Steve Drevicki and Briggs Danner rounded out the top 10.
Leary set the quick time over the 21-car field with a lap of 18.617. Bacon, Seavey and Mark Smith won the heat races.
Seavey used a last-lap pass to win the 50-lap feature for the USAC Silver Crown cars. Westfall, Bacon, Dallas Hewitt and Leary completed the top five.
USAC Sprint Car Feature (30 laps): 1. Logan Seavey 2. Alex Bright. 3.
Justin Grant. 4. Brady Bacon. 5. Emerson Axsom. 6. Matt Westfall. 7.
Robert Ballou. 8. Chase Stockon. 9. Steve Drevicki. 10. Briggs Danner.
11. Shane Cottle. 12. C.J. Leary. 13. Brian Ruhlman. 14. Brandon
Mattox. 15. Joey Amantea. 16. Dallas Hewitt. 17. Jake Swanson. 18.
Austin Graby. 19. Jadon Rogers. 20. Mark Smith. 21. Charles Davis Jr.
410 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Anthony Macri. 2. Logan Wagner.
3. Jeff Halligan. 4. Ryan Taylor. 5. Michael Walter II. 6. Justin
Whittall. 7. Tyler Bear. 8. Tyler Reeser. 9. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 10.
Dan Shetler. 11. Ryan Smith. 12. Steve Buckwalter. 13. Blane Heimbach.
14. Trenton Sheaffer. 15. Kassidy Kreitz. 16. Brent Shearer. 17. Nick
Sweigart. 18. Ryan Linder. 19. Bill Jones Jr. 20. Jon Stewart. 21.
Mike Wagner. 22. Ron Aurand. 23. Dylan Cisney. 24. Devin Adams. 25.