A.J. Flick celebrates winning at Tri City Raceway Park. (Paul Arch Photo)

Flick FAST On Dirt At Tri City

FRANKLIN, Pa. — A.J. Flick, the two-time and defending champion in the Krill Recycling LLC 410 Sprint Cars secured his home turf against the invasion of the FAST on Dirt Sprint Car Series on Sunday at Tri City Raceway Park.

The event, which made up for a cancellation the week before, was the first race conducted under new track ownership of Josh and Kyrsten Shiffer. Also taking home wins on the night were Chad Reitz (21st Century Energy Group 358 Modifieds), Chris Schneider (Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks) and Matt Urey (4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks).

 In the FAST Sprint Car feature, Logan McCandless and Flick brought the field to the green flag. Behind them were Matt Farnham and Dale Blaney. In the third row were series points leader Zane DeVault and Dylan Norris. The fourth row consisted of defending FAST champion Brandon Spithaler and Sean Rayhall. The fifth row paired Ricky Peterson and Gale Ruth Jr. The sixth duo was Jack Sodeman Jr. and Bob Felmlee.

A.J. Flick in action at Tri City Raceway Park. (Hein Brothers Photo)

Flick raced into turn one ahead of McCandless, Farnham, DeVault and Spithaler. Before the racers could settle in, there was a caution for a three-car tangle in turn two, which included a flip by Sye Lynch. T.J. Michael and Ruth were also involved, but they were able to make repairs and resume racing.

Flick bolted ahead again on the restart. McCandless raced along in second, ahead of Farnham, DeVault, Spithaler, Blaney, Rayhall, Felmlee and Sodeman.

Michael averted disaster on lap seven when he went over the right rear wheel of Jarrett Cavalet midway down the backstretch. Both drivers were able to keep moving and Michael safely brought his car into the pits. Cavalet stopped at the entrance to turn three to bring out the second caution.

On the ensuing restart, Flick continued to lead over McCandless, Farnham and Norris. There was a good three-car battle for fifth among DeVault, Blaney and Spithaler. That ended several laps later when Spithaler sustained a flat right rear and brought his car to a stop.

The first two remained unchanged when the race went green again, but Norris moved into third ahead of DeVault and Farnham. 

The final 11 laps went off without a hitch. Flick picked up the checkered flag, 0.613 seconds ahead of McCandless. DeVault, Norris and Farnham completed the top five.