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Lernerville Speedway Racing Preview: July 19, 2019

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Championship battles are as hot as it is outside as the Fab 4 Racing revved up with Marburger’s divisions take to the dirt tonight at Lernerville Speedway.

It doesn’t get any tighter than the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds division with Brian Swartzlander and Rex King Jr. tied atop the standings.  Swartzlander has 2-wins on the season and King Jr has one.  Rex King sits in third place a mere 7-points out of the lead.  Garrett Krummert sits 23-points back and Jeremiah Shingledecker is in the hunt as well.  Shingledecker, who also has 2-wins, is 30-points out of the top spot.  The battle for this title could come down to the final weekend.

Brian Swartzlander – 230
Rex King Jr. – 230
Rex King – 223 (-7)
Garrett Krummert – 207 (-16, -23)
Jeremiah Shingledecker – 200 (-7, -30)

The Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks division is ultra-tight with just 3-points separating Joey Zambotti and second place Corey McPherson.  Tyler Dietz is also in the hunt, 7-points behind McPherson and 10-points behind Zambotti.  All three drivers have two wins on the year.  Ryan Moyer is in striking distance as well, 20-points out of first place.  This division is another one that could come down to the last race of the year.

Joey Zambotti – 255
Corey McPherson – 252 (-3)
Tyler Dietz – 245 (-7, -10)
Ryan Moyer – 235 (-10, -20)

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The Peoples Natural Gas Sprints division is just as competitive as ever.  AJ Flick sits atop the standings with Jack Sodeman Jr a mere 13-points out of the top spot.  Don’t count out Carl Bowser who sits in third, 20-points behind Flick.  Sye Lynch and Ralph Spithaler are also in the hunt with Lynch 35-points out and Spithaler 40-points out of the first place.  Sodeman Jr. and Lynch each have 2-wins on the year and Bowser has one.

AJ Flick – 232
Jack Sodeman Jr – 219 (-13)
Carl Bowser – 212 (-7, -20)
Sye Lynch – 197 (-15, -35)
Ralph Spithaler – 192 (-5, -40)

The Precise Racing Late Model division is not as tight for the top spot but the battle from 2nd through 8th is very tight.  Ken Schaltenbrand is the leader going into tonight.  Schaltenbrand leads 2nd place Jared Miley by 32-points.  Right behind Miley is Kelvin Kohan, who is 10-points behind Miley.  Michael Norris sits in third place but since he is running for Clint Bowyer Racing in the Midwest, Norris will not be in the field tonight so the standings will definitely see changes.  Mike Miller and Tyler Dietz are separated by only one point and are 4 and 5-points out of Norris’ spot.  Colton Flinner is 19-points behind Miller and Dietz, with Clayton Kennedy four points behind Flinner.  Schaltenbrand and Miley have each visited Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane this season.

Ken Schaltenbrand – 220
Jared Miley – 188 (-32)
Kelvin Kohan – 178 (-10, -42)
Michael Norris – 171 (-49)
Mike Miller – 167 (-4, -53)
Tyler Dietz – 166 (-1, -54)
Colton Flinner – 148 (-18, -72)
Clayton Kennedy – 144 (-4, -76)

Pits open at 4 p.m., Grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.  Adult general admission is $15, $12 for Seniors and $10 for students ages 11-17.

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This week on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, we talk with W Series and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Sabré Cook, who is also an engineer.  We also talk with 3-time Lernerville 410-Sprint Car division Champion A.J. Flick.  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Formula One and the World of Outlaws are the latest sanctioning bodies to postpone races because of the coronavirus outbreak.  The RUSH Sprint Car Series gets a new points fund sponsor and “Super Tex” taking care of his employees during a difficult time.

Formula One Postpones Monaco Grand Prix:

  • Formula One has postponed three additional races because of the coronavirus pandemic including the Monaco Grand Prix.  Also postponed were the Dutch and Spanish GP’s.  The first seven races of the F1 season have now been postponed. The next race on the calendar is in Azerbaijan on June 7.  F1 has moved the mid-season break from August to March and April and has extended the break from 14 to 21 consecutive days. The F1 season is scheduled to end with the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29, but could be extended to fit in some of the postponed races.
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World of Outlaws Postpones Races:

  • The World of Outlaws has postponed all NOS Energy Sprint Car and Morton Building Late Model races through March. The sanctioning body hopes to reschedule the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races originally planned for Friday, March 27th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Saturday, March 28th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.

A.J. Foyt Racing To Pay Employees During COVID-19 Shutdown:

  • A.J. Foyt Racing is continuing to pay their employees despite temporarily shutting down their race shops in Texas and Indianapolis due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our biggest concern is for the health of our communities and our employees, so we are closing the race shops for the time being,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. “I want to thank our partners and sponsors for their support and understanding during these extraordinary times. Many people will face some difficult challenges in the coming days. A.J. and I wish everyone the best, and we look forward to going racing again when the time is right.”

The RUSH Sprint Car Series Gets A New Points Fund Sponsor:

  • The RUSH Racing Series announced that Equipment Rental Options are stepping up to be the sponsor of the RUSH Sprint Car Series weekly championship points fund, replacing original points fund sponsor Bonnell’s Rod Shop.  The RUSH Sprint Car Series opens their 2020 season May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Read our complete story here.
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Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund

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PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series has announced the Equipment Rental Options has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Championship Points Fund for the RUSH Sprint Car Series.

The 2020 Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Championship will feature 30 RUSH Sprint Car events concluding with the “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway on October 17.

Equipment Rental Options is co-owned by current RUSH Sprint Car racer, Arnie Kent.  Kent, who got his start in Micro Sprints before moving up the Sprint Car ladder, won the division’s first ever race in 2018 at Lernerville.

“We’re very thankful Arnie has stepped up with his Equipment Rental Options so we can maintain the lucrative point fund,” said Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director.  “Arnie has been a longtime friend of both Mike (Leone, RUSH Director) and myself as well as many of our racers, and we’re really looking forward to being able to promote his growing business!”

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Equipment Rental Options currently has two locations in western Pennsylvania; one in Hermitage and another in New Castle; Equipment Rental Options will be moving into a larger facility at 3587 Clover Lane just off Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle this summer.

Bonnell’s Rod Shop had been the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship during the first two years of the division’s inception. In fact, their sponsorship allowed the point fund to grow to more than $20,000 after the program was originally announced back in 2017.

“We have to thank Scott Bonnell for his unwavering support of the RUSH Sprint Cars,” said Emig. “Scott was behind the concept from day one, had a car in the Series, and offered financial support to grow the point fund without us even approaching him. We know he will remain a strong proponent of the Series.”

The RUSH Sprint Car Series Season Opener is scheduled for May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

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