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AJ Flick Pads Points Lead and Shingledecker Makes it 2-in-a-Row at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – AJ Flick passed Russ Sansosti on lap 8 and never looked back to pick up the People’s Natural Gas 410 Sprint Car victory last night at Lernerville Speedway.

Zach Morrow led the field to the green but was passed by Sansosti, who led the first 7-laps.  Flick got by Sansosti and the battle was over for lead, but not for the podium.  Sansosti hung on for second followed by Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman Jr. and Jimmy Morris.

In the Diehl Toyota Big Block Modified feature, Jeremiah Shingledecker picked up his second straight win at The Action Track.  Dave Murdick started on pole and looked strong throughout the race but Shingledecker got by Murdick on lap 22 en route to his third win of the season.  Murdick finished second followed by Garrett Krummert, Brian Swartzlander and John Mollick.

The Precise Racing Late Model feature saw Colton Flinner pick up his first victory of the season. Kelvin Kohan, who has shown speed all season, led the field to the green flag but Tommy Beck grabbed the early lead. Jared Miley took the lead on lap 6 but it was short lived as he spun on lap 7 to bring out the caution.  Flinner took the lead after that and put his car in Terry Bowser Victory Lane.  Miley recovered to finish second followed by points leader Ken Schaltenbrand, Mike Pegher Jr. and Tyler Dietz.

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Dietz visited lane in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks division.  Mike Bordt led the race early, but Dietz took the lead after a caution on lap 8 that involved Joey Zambotti and Ryan Moyer.  Corey McPherson made a late charge to finish second, Bordt finished third followed by Butch Lambert and Moyer.

Peoples Natural Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (2) A.J. Flick
  2. (23s) Russ Sansosti
  3. (11) Carl Bowser
  4. (23jr) Jack Sodeman, Jr
  5. (4N) Jimmy Morris
  6. (250) Jared McFarland
  7. (55) Gary Kriess Jr
  8. (76) Davey Jones
  9. (12) Darin Gallagher
  10. (14) Jeremy Hill
  11. (27) Zach Morrow
  12. (4k) Bill Kiley
  13. (6) Todd Burgard
  14. (91) Sadie Siegel

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modified Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker
  2. (61) Dave Murdick
  3. (29) Garrett Krummert
  4. (83) Brian Swartzlander
  5. (4J) John Mollick
  6. (18) Colton Walters
  7. (75) Jeff Miller
  8. (25) Chris Rudolph
  9. (13) Rick Regalski
  10. (71) Randy Chronister
  11. (65) Rex King
  12. (45) Steve Feder
  13. (27R) Dave Reges
  14. (165) Rex King Jr
  15. (A51) Bill Barr

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (48) Colton Flinner
  2. (10) Jared Miley
  3. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand
  4. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr
  5. (77) Tyler Dietz
  6. (81) Mike G. Miller
  7. (28c) Clate Copeman
  8. (B1D) Brandon Groters
  9. (B1) Brandon Wearing
  10. (41) Collin Burke
  11. (92) Jayme Beck
  12. (14r) Clay Ruffo
  13. (55) Chris Schneider
  14. (9) Clayton Kennedy
  15. (91T) Tommy Beck
  16. (15*) Kelvin Kohan

Millerstown Pic-A-Part RUSH/DIRTcar Pro Stocks Feature: (20 Laps)

  1. (27) Tyler Dietz
  2. (C33) Corey McPherson
  3. (26) Mike Bordt
  4. (10) Butch Lambert
  5. (13x) Ryan Moyer
  6. (17) Sam Eichelberger
  7. (66) Joe Kelley
  8. (28y) Terry Young
  9. (25) Brett McDonald
  10. (35b) Jake Dietz
  11. (22j) Chase Lambert
  12. (29B) Scott Byers
  13. (310) Dale Tuche
  14. (948) Joey Zambotti

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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday.  DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.

The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.

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“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.

“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten.  My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”

Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.

Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
  2. $2,000;
  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
  6. $700;
  7. $600;
  8. $550;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

16-24: $

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.

“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh.  “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”

MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.

“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.

The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.

MINIS are no stranger to the race track.  In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.

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John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year.  Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events.  Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.

Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.

Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.

For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.

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