Jack Sodeman, Jr. Brutally Fast In 2012
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N. Jackson, Ohio (12-6-2012) – North Jackson, Ohio native and Western Pennsylvania ‘410’ sprint car regular, Jack Sodeman, Jr., displayed a large amount of consistency in 2012, and looks forward to continuing that display in the seasons to come. Although suffering from a great deal of injury in a near career-ending sprint car accident last Independence Day, the second generation driver was able to persevere, and rebound, for what was a ‘career season’ in ‘410’ sprint car competition in 2012.
“I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to get back up to speed after that crash last year” explained Sodeman, “But, after taking in all the hard work my family had done for me, and all the hard work my sponsors and fans had done for me, I wasn’t about to let anybody down…just a great feeling to be racing again…and winning!”
Celebrating a win at PPMS – Rick Rarer Photo
The Eastern Ohio native spent most of his weekends racing in Western Pennsylvania during the 2012 season; entering weekly events at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania; and the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The pilot of the Glassmere Fuel Services no. 23JR ‘410’ sprinter also participated in a number of Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) series events, and All-Star Circuit of Champions events, during the most recent racing season; actually kicking-off his summer in Sylvania, Georgia with the All-Stars back in February. Jack Sodeman, Jr. managed to finish inside the top ten in all but two starts during the 2012 season; equaling 33 top ten finishes out of 35 total starts. Included in those 33 top ten finishes were 23 top five finishes, and five (5) victories. Three (3) winged ‘410’ sprint car wins, as well as two (2) non-wing ‘410’ sprint car wins, made up Sodeman’s victory column during the summer months. Statistically speaking, it was Jack Sodeman, Jr.’s most accomplished year, by far, behind the wheel of a ‘410’ sprint car.
“Things started to fall back into place after we got our first win this year” explained Sodeman, “This was my best year on paper by far…we have won more races in a single season in the past…but we were never this consistent…just feels really good to be back in a race car…can’t thank my family, friends, and supporters enough!”
B.O.S.S. action at PPMS – Rick Rarer Photo
After kicking-off his 2012 season in Sylvania, Georgia with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, Sodeman would return home to the ‘Buckeye State’ and begin racing in a more familiar territory. The Glassmere Fuel Services ’23JR’ team found victory lane for the first time in 2012 at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania in late May; winning the 25 lap, Fab Four ,’410′ sprint car main event in dominating fashion. The win was recorded on May 25th and capped-off a five-race podium streak in Western Pennsylvania. Sodeman would record five (5) victories total in 2012; including a few non-wing victories with the regionally based Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.). The B.O.S.S. series focuses on traditional, non-wing, ‘410’ sprint car racing in, and around, parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. The former Sharon Speedway sprint car track champion would record two (2) B.O.S.S. victories in 2012; one at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, and the other at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Pittsburgh, PA. Sodeman would find victory lane at the Lernerville Speedway twice during ‘Fab Four’ action in 2012, while earning his third and final winged victory of the season at the big half-mile at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Sodeman’s final winged win of the season came during the annual ‘Tri-Star Pittsburgher’ weekend at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, and was worth $3,000.
Although, not entirely focused on earning any particular track championship in 2012, Sodeman’s relentless consistency landed him top five finishes in two different track championship standings. The Glassmere Fuel Services team ended their Lernerville Speedway campaign fifth in the final standings; while capitalizing on multiple podium finishes at the Mercer Raceway Park to end the 2012 season fifth in their final standings. Although win-less at the Mercer 3/8’s mile oval in 2012, Sodeman has been victorious at the Mercer County bullring in the past; winning the $3,000 Auto Racers for Kids charity event in 2010.
“It definitely was an amazing year the more I think about it” explained Sodeman, “I’m glad to be back in a race car…my family, friends, and supporters stuck behind me the entire time…we are going to move forward and hopefully things unfold the right way for us next year…we have some big things planned…hopefully everything works out!”
Jack Sodeman, Jr.’s 2013 plans are still in the works. The team plans to reveal their upcoming season plans as soon as possible. Stay tuned right here at www.fullyinjected.com for continuing updates on Jack Sodeman.