Sodeman Claims Mercer Mid-Season Crown
MERCER, Pa. – Jack Sodeman Jr. stormed to victory in the Mid-Season Championship for the 410 sprint cars Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park.
The win unofficially put him into the lead in the season’s standings.
“We had a good starting spot and we figured that we had to capitalize,” said Sodeman. “We’ve been struggling, and we sure could use that to get our confidence up a bit before Speedweek.”
Sodeman was not phased by the fact that his win catapulted him into the points lead.
“Even though you win the Mid-Season Championship, its still a little too early to look at points; you just try to win every race you can,”Sodeman said.
The high points drivers occupied the front rows for the feature events this evening. That put Brandon Matus on the pole and Sodeman in second for the start of the 410 sprint main. Eric Williams lined up third, with Rod George in fourth. At the drop of the green, it seemed as though Sodeman was shot out of a cannon. He opened up a full second lead in just one lap. Williams followed him into second, and the two good friends would eventually battle for the lead.
Sodeman opened up an advantage of several car lengths, but once he got into lapped traffic, Williams began hacking into his lead. On lap 18, Williams could see that he was closing in on Sodeman. However, as Williams entered turn three with a head of steam, he encountered the slower machine of Lance Moss. Williams swerved to avoid him, but clipped his right rear tire, sending Moss around. Williams went airborne briefly, but managed to keep his car moving when he hit the ground. Remarkably, Williams also stayed off the unforgiving concrete wall that is outside turn four.