N. Jackson, OH (12/24/2012)- North Jackson, Ohio native and Western Pennsylvania ’410' sprint car regular, Jack Sodeman Jr., has joined forces with Jeff and Bonnie Rudzik’s Rudzik Racing...more
N. Jackson, OH (12/24/2012)- North Jackson, Ohio native and Western Pennsylvania ’410' sprint car regular, Jack Sodeman Jr., has joined forces with Jeff and Bonnie Rudzik’s Rudzik Racing team ’full-time’ for 2013, and will compete regularly with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. Sodeman will pilot the all-new-and-improved Rudzik Excavating/Economy Tooling/Glassmere Fuel Services/PRS Transit/Townsend Gas & Oil/NRP Contractors/Treviscraft no. 94 ’410' sprint car during the 2013 season; with the help of everyone formerly involved with Sodeman’s familiar ’23JR’ operation.
The newly joined Sodeman/Kubic & Rudzik Racing team will kick-off their 2013 campaign with the All-Star Circuit of Champions in Georgia and Florida during the tour’s annual southern swing. The All-Star Georgia/Florida swing will consist of a one night visit to the Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia on Thursday, February 7th; followed by two-full evenings of All-Star Circuit of Champions action at the Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida on Friday and Saturday, February 8th & 9th. Sodeman’s ’94' team will be powered by Gressman Powersports/Butlerbuilt/Keizer Wheels/Frankland Rearends/and Simpson Racing.
“I am really excited to get this deal going!” explained Sodeman, “I can’t thank everybody enough who stepped on board to make this deal happen…this team has a lot of potential so hopefully everything falls into place…I just can’t thank Jeff and Bonnie enough and everybody else who made this all happen…our goal is to make some noise on the road this year so hopefully we can accomplish that and find victory lane!”
The ’94' operation will start the season in Georgia and Florida; hoping to create enough momentum early-on to attempt an entire All-Star national following. When the team is not on the road with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, they will be competing on a local level back in Western Pennsylvania; as well as making appearances at several World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events. Sodeman is no slouch in ’410' sprint car competition, and has proved that over and over again. The Ohio native earned a half-dozen victories in 2012, as well as nearly 30 top-ten finishes in less than 40 starts. Hopefully Sodeman’s momentum from 2012 will carry over into the new season; allowing the North Jackson, Ohio native to create some spark with his new ’94' team early in the new year.
“There will be a lot of familiar faces on the road with me in 2013? said Sodeman, “My dad, Jack Sr., will be back with me…along with Mark Kubic, Cheryl Sodeman, Cat Chong, Taylor Smith, Gary Park, Jeff and Bonnie Rudzik…the list goes on and on but I can’t thank them enough…hopefully Georgia and Florida goes smoothly and we can create some early momentum…it’s going to be a really fun year!”
Photos added to the 2012 album from Lernerville speedway and watch for more to come from many tracks we run in 2012!
After an opening lap accident that saw Gale Ruth Jr. and Brandon Matus get upside down in turn two, Brandon’s dad Brent Matus was on the gas and looking like a legitimate contender to score...more
After an opening lap accident that saw Gale Ruth Jr. and Brandon Matus get upside down in turn two, Brandon’s dad Brent Matus was on the gas and looking like a legitimate contender to score his first feature win in well over a decade, but new father Jack Sodeman Jr., the son of a legendary driver himself, was on Matus’s tail in hot pursuit. Sodeman made his first bid for the lead with a slide job in turns one & two on lap eight only to see Matus cross back under to hold the lead down the back straightaway, but Sodeman jumped on the cushion and launched past Matus exiting turn four to take the lead at the flagstand. Once at the point, Sodeman checked out; by lap 20 he had a half track lead over Budweiser Points leader Kevin Schaeffer and was on the tail tanks of Carl Bowser and Rod George battling for sixth with two laps to go when a caution slowed the race. The ensuing Green-White-Checkered restart only delayed the inevitable as Sodeman raced to the checkers to score his second feature of the year and the first since the birth of his daughter in July.