MECHANISCBURG, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer held off David Gravel to win Round 1 of the 2019 World of Outlaws Summer Nationals Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Shaffer started from the pole had built a lead of 3.870-seconds when the first caution flag flew with 11-laps to go for Daryn Pittman. Donny Schatz was in second place after a fierce battle with Gravel and Freddie Rahmer.
Shaffer chose the inside line for the restart with Schatz outside and Gravel in third position. Shaffer hammered the throttle on the restart and quickly moved up to the top side with Gravel moving up on the inside of Schatz to take second place.
The caution flag flew again on lap 16 for Ian Madsen, who had come to a stop on the track. On the single-file restart, Shaffer again went to the top and Gravel made his move to the bottom with Shaffer ahead down the backstretch.
Gravel got a great run off turn two on the next to the last lap and dove underneath Shaffer as the pair entered turn three.
Shaffer kept his foot in it off turn four as Gravel used every inch of race track in an attempt to slide up in front of the “Steel City Outlaw” but Gravel got loose and Shaffer held onto the lead, beating Gravel by .731-seconds to pick up his first win at Williams Grove since 2000.
“It was a close one, but we made it through,” said Shaffer. “I had my eyes closed.”
Shaffer’s win was just the third win by an independent driver in 208-World of Outlaws races at Williams Grove Speedway since the series began racing at the track in the late 1970’s.
Schatz held on for third with Rahmer in fourth. Danny Dietrich 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.