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Peterson Perfect In Tri-City Sprint Opener

FRANKLIN, Pa. — Ricky Peterson opened the season at Tri-City Raceway Park with a dominant performance in the 410 Sprint Cars.

Defending track champion A.J. Flick had the pole for the race with Ohio pilot Ricky Peterson by his side. 

Peterson wasted no time heading the field. Flick challenged him for the lead over the first two laps, but Peterson retained control. From that point on, he built upon his lead.

Jack Sodeman Jr. held third through the only caution of the event, on lap eleven, when Blaze Myers did a 360-degree spin in turn three. Although he continued, the caution was called for safety reasons.

On the restart, Flick switched to the high line in turn four in an attempt to pass Peterson. The move backfired, and Flick lost considerable ground. He did not lose any positions on the track though.

Soon after the caution, Brandon Spithaler overtook Sodeman for the final podium position. He began to reel in Flick and the two went at it for several laps. However, Flick emerged with second at the finish.

Spithaler, Sodeman and Jeremy Weaver completed the top five. 

Also scoring wins were Ayden Cipriano (358 Modifieds), Chad Ruhlman (RUSH Sprints), Tyler Wyant (Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks) and Matt Urey (4 Your Car Connection Four Cylinder Mini Stocks).