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Spithaler Strikes At Tri-City

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Brandon Spithaler earned his first Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Car win of the season to highlight the Sunday Thunder racing program at Tri-City Raceway Park.

Spithaler started on the front row, with Brandon Matus by his side. Points leader Jack Sodeman was in the third spot, with his protege, Darin Gallagher next to him. Row three had Logan McCandless and Clay Riney. Veterans George Hobaugh and Bob Felmlee rolled away in row four, with Bryan Salisbury and Brent Matus in row five. Steve Bright and Gale Ruth Sr. started in row six. Ken Rossey, Jr. tagged the tail.          
In search of his third career win at Tri-City, Spithaler took the lead at the start. Sodeman, who was looking to pad his point lead, quickly moved into second, ahead of his championship rival, Brandon Matus. Sodeman provided stiff competition through the first half of the event. His closest challenge came on lap fourteen in traffic, when he was able to pull alongside the leader. But Spithaler was better able to navigate through the slower cars and he pulled out to a comfortable lead.
Spithaler held the top spot to the checkered, completing the 25 laps in less than seven minutes! To be exact, the time of the event was six minutes and 52.292 seconds. Sodeman was second, 3.087 seconds back. Brandon Matus was third. Gallagher crossed in fourth, with Riney taking fifth. Felmlee, Hobaugh, McCandless, Rossey, and Bright completed the top-10.

Empire state veteran Erick Rudolph made his first visit to the track this season a successful one in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds. Teenager Tyler Wyant and Chad Geeley each scored their second feature wins in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, respectively.