Anthony Macri Opens Port Royal’s Tuscarora Weekend With $8,000 All Star Prelim Score

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – PORT ROYAL, PA – Dillsburg’s Anthony Macri remains perfect with the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 at Port Royal Speedway in 2022, adding Thursday’s Tuscarora 50 preliminary event to his list of victories that already includes the Keith Kauffman Classic, as well as each night of the Bob Weikert Memorial.

Thursday’s triumph, resulting in an $8,000 payday, was accomplished from the front row, battling by the “North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog on lap eight and never looking back.

The non-stop 30-lapper would give little trouble to the now seven-time All Star winner this season, weaving through waves of traffic with ease while keeping eventual runner-up, Danny Dietrich, at bay.

Fading to third just after the initial start, then getting by Dietrich on lap five, Macri’s eventual winning move occurred through corners one and two, diving below Balog as the pair entered the corner then pulling ahead of the Anderson’s Maple Syrup No. 17 at the midpoint of the backstretch. Dietrich would actually follow Macri’s lead, also scooting by Balog just two circuits later.

Dietrich did all he could to keep up with Macri’s pace, but his efforts fell short, falling to a margin of nearly four seconds.

“I kinda wanted to play the beginning of that race a little calm and cool. Balog and Dietrich go out there pretty far…I figured they’re going for it, so I may as well go for it, too,” Macri said, driver of the J&S Classics, C&D Rigging, Valley Supply, No. 39M. “I pushed the issue a little bit harder…still driving smart and not blowing the tires off of it…here we are.”

Tuscarora 50 competition will resume on Friday evening, September 9, with the annual Night Before the Tuscarora 50 awarding $10,000-to-win. The weekend’s headline event – the 55th running of the Tuscarora 50 – will go 50 laps in distance on Saturday night and will award a $60,000 payday. Originally paying $55,000, J&S Classics boosted the winner’s share to $60,000.

 

Contingency Awards/Results: Port Royal Speedway | September 8, 2022:
Tuscarora 50 | Thursday Prelim | $8,000-to-win
Kistler Racing Products Pill Draw | Entries: 49
Nunzi’s Advertising Hot Laps: Jeff Halligan | 16.850
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney | 16.371
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #1 Winner: Bill Balog
Competition Suspension Inc Heat #2 Winner: Cory Eliason
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #3 Winner: Lucas Wolfe
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Danny Dietrich
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5 Winner: Jeff Halligan
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash Winner: Bill Balog
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting and Embroidery B-Main Winner: Tyler Courtney
Rayce Rudeen Foundation Contingency Award: Zeb Wise
Tezos A-Main Winner: Anthony Macri (7)
Hercules Tires A-Main Hard Charger: Rico Abreu (+10)
Carquest Perseverance Award: Kyle Reinhardt

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 18-Gio Scelzi, 16.487; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.559; 3. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.560; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 16.609; 5. 2-AJ Flick, 16.947; 6. 19-Chris Windom, 16.956; 7. 11A-Austin Bishop, 17.103; 8. 73-Scotty Thiel, 17.226; 9. 12w-Troy Fraker, 18.782; 10. 7-Tim Buckwalter, 99.999

Group (B)
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 16.371; 2. 11-Cory Eliason, 16.448; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.489; 4. 19M-Brent Marks, 16.643; 5. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.668; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.702; 7. 33-Derek Hauck, 17.146; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.234; 9. 1M-Landon Myers, 17.330; 10. 14T-Tyler Walton, 17.395

Group (C)
1. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.383; 2. 23-Devon Borden, 16.650; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 16.750; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.830; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.917; 6. 77-Ryan Taylor, 17.057; 7. 26-Zeb Wise, 17.124; 8. M1-Mark Smith, 17.126; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne, 17.130; 10. 17-Tyler Reeser, 17.244

Group (D)
1. 13-Justin Peck, 16.599; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.777; 3. 8-Freddie Rahmer, 16.967; 4. 42-Sye Lynch, 16.972; 5. 98-Tyler Bear, 17.124; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 17.124; 7. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.173; 8. 4-Cap Henry, 17.184; 9. 39-Chase Dietz, 17.337; 10. 33R-Riley Emig, 17.883

Group (E)
1. 55W-Mike Wagner, 16.773; 2. 45-Jeff Halligan, 16.816; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 16.891; 4. 33W-Michael Walter, 16.936; 5. 11T-TJ Stutts, 16.958; 6. 33M-Gerard McIntyre, 17.079; 7. 6-Ryan Smith, 17.149; 8. 12-Blane Heimbach, 17.479; 9. 36D-Devin Brenneman, 17.536

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 67-Justin Whittall [2]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [4]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [3]; 5. 2-AJ Flick [5]; 6. 19-Chris Windom [6]; 7. 11A-Austin Bishop [7]; 8. 73-Scotty Thiel [8]; 9. 12w-Troy Fraker [9]; 10. 7-Tim Buckwalter [10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 11-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [6]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 6. 5C-Dylan Cisney [5]; 7. 1M-Landon Myers [9]; 8. 33-Derek Hauck [7]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]; 10. 14T-Tyler Walton [10]

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 2. 1-Logan Wagner [4]; 3. 23-Devon Borden [1]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 5. 26-Zeb Wise [7]; 6. 77-Ryan Taylor [6]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 8. 17-Tyler Reeser [10]; 9. M1-Mark Smith [8]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne [9]

Heat 4 (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 8-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 3. 42-Sye Lynch [3]; 4. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 5. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 6. 39-Chase Dietz [9]; 7. 4-Cap Henry [8]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton [7]; 9. 98-Tyler Bear [5]; 10. 33R-Riley Emig [10]

Heat 5 (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 45-Jeff Halligan [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 55W-Mike Wagner [4]; 4. 33M-Gerard McIntyre [6]; 5. 33W-Michael Walter [3]; 6. 11T-TJ Stutts [5]; 7. 6-Ryan Smith [7]; 8. 12-Blane Heimbach [8]; 9. 36D-Devin Brenneman [9]

Dash (6 Laps)
1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [7]; 5. 18-Gio Scelzi [2]; 6. 55W-Mike Wagner [9]; 7. 45-Jeff Halligan [6]; 8. 1-Logan Wagner [5]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 10. 11-Cory Eliason [10]

C-main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 35-Zach Hampton [2]; 2. 17-Tyler Reeser [4]; 3. 33-Derek Hauck [1]; 4. 73-Scotty Thiel [3]; 5. 12-Blane Heimbach [5]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [11]; 7. 33R-Riley Emig [13]; 8. 98-Tyler Bear [6]; 9. 7-Tim Buckwalter [14]; 10. 12w-Troy Fraker [10]

B-main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1]; 2. 5C-Dylan Cisney [2]; 3. 33W-Michael Walter [3]; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 5. 26-Zeb Wise [5]; 6. 19-Chris Windom [7]; 7. 11T-TJ Stutts [8]; 8. 77-Ryan Taylor [9]; 9. 39-Chase Dietz [10]; 10. 1M-Landon Myers [15]; 11. 11A-Austin Bishop [12]; 12. 6-Ryan Smith [13]; 13. 17-Tyler Reeser [17]; 14. 35-Zach Hampton [16]; 15. 4-Cap Henry [14]; 16. 2-AJ Flick [4]; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [11]

A-main (30 Laps)
1. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 3. 1-Logan Wagner [7]; 4. 13-Justin Peck [3]; 5. 55W-Mike Wagner [6]; 6. 67-Justin Whittall [10]; 7. 18-Gio Scelzi [5]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [18]; 9. 69K-Lance Dewease [17]; 10. 19M-Brent Marks [13]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 12. 5C-Dylan Cisney [21]; 13. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [20]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [11]; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 16. 8-Freddie Rahmer [12]; 17. 11-Cory Eliason [9]; 18. 23-Devon Borden [14]; 19. 33M-Gerard McIntyre [19]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16]; 21. 12-Blane Heimbach [25]; 22. 33W-Michael Walter [22]; 23. 42-Sye Lynch [15]; 24. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [23]; 25. 4-Cap Henry [24]; 26. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [26]; 27. 45-Jeff Halligan [27] Lap Leaders: Bill Balog (1-7), Anthony Macri (8-30)

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