Podium for Sodeman

Podium for Sodeman

With the threat of rain looming once again, track officials decided to roll the dice on what turned out to be a beautiful evening for racing at Dirt's Monster Half Mile as the Ohio Sprint Car Series came to town. Jack Sodeman Jr. (23JR) set the fast time in qualifying with a time of 17.286 but Pittsburgh's own Tim Shaffer (49X) stole the show. The "Steel City Outlaw" started on the pole in the OSCS 25 lap feature with Sodeman on the outside. At the beginning of lap two Sodeman fell to third giving up his starting spot to Andrew Palker (57X), but Sodeman regained the second spot by the end of the second lap with Palker falling back to third, and Brandon Matus (13) fourth, as Shaffer led the pack. Shaffer was a man on a mission, and was already into lapped traffic by the seventh lap. The paced slowed with a caution on lap twelve when Brandon Matus shredded a right rear tire and spun down the front straight. With a single foul restart Shaffer began to pull away from the field once again as Palker moved up to second, Sye Lynch (42) in third, Sodeman fell back to fourth, and A.J. Flick (2AJ) was running fifth. Shaffer began to lap the field again by lap nineteen when the event's second caution slowed the pace once again. On the restart Flick remained in fifth while Lynch and Sodeman battled for the third spot in front of him. As the checkered flag waved the "Million Dollar Man" Tim Shaffer would take the win. Andrew Palker came in second, Sodeman third, Lynch fourth, and A.J. Flick fifth,

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