SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Modifieds took center stage Friday night at Lernerville Speedway on a perfect summer night for racing.
Rex King started on the pole position of the BRP Modified Tour feature and was leading when the first caution flag flew on lap 13 with Phil Vigneri in second place followed by Dave Murdick in third and Garrett Krummert in fourth.
Disaster struck for Krummert when he stopped on the track on lap 19 bringing out the caution flag with King still out front.
King dropped the hammer on the restart with Brian Swartzlander moving into second place with 15-laps to go. King managed to hold Swartzlander off and led all 35-laps to put his car Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane. Swartzlander finished second followed by John Mollick in third. Rex King Jr. finished fourth followed by Dave Murdick, who rounded out the top 5.
In the UMP E-Modifieds feature, Dennis Lunder Jr. took the checkered flag followed by Chris Basich in second and Carl McKinney in third. Jonathan Taylor brought it homme in fourth and Butch Lambert rounded out the top 5.
In the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds feature, Blaze Myers was leading when the first caution flag flew on lap 6 with Josh Deems right behind in second place.
Deems took the lead away from Myers and was out front when the second caution flag flew on lap 13 with Rob Kristyak, Myers and Krummert the top 4.
Kristyak took the lead on 14 after the restart but the caution quickly flew the next lap with Krummert now in second place. Krummert made a charge on the restart but Kristyak was able to hold him off for the victory.
In the Elite E-Modified feature, Alan Dellinger started on the pole, but Ty Rhoades got a great start and led lap one. Dellinger and Rhoades went at it the entire feature, but Rhoades was able to hold him off and make the trip to Victory Lane. Chris Schneider finished third followed by Dustin Demattia in fourth and Jeremy Double rounded out the top 5.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.