(IMPERIAL, PA) – Dallas Hewitt is celebrating after winning Saturday night’s BOSS Sprints feature Saturday at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Hewitt started fourth after the redraw for the top six starting spots, which awarded Carmen Perigo and series points leader Matt Westfall the front row starting spots. Kory Crabtree started third.
Perigo grabbed the lead at the start with Hewitt getting by Westfall for second place. Perigo stayed out front for the first nine laps before encountering lap traffic, which allowed Hewitt to get by him for the lead on lap 10.
The caution flag flew on the next lap for Rick Holley, who was running fourth at the time. On the restart Hewitt jumped back out front and rode the high groove to a 7.004-second victory. Perigo finished second followed by Westfall in third. Cody Gardner and Kory Crabtree rounded out the Top 5.
In the RUSH Sprints feature, John Mollick and Zach Morrow started on the front row with Bryan Woodhall and David Hawkins in the second row. Mollick jumped out front when the green flag waved and was cruising when the caution flag flew on lap 10 for Bradley Blackshear, who was running fourth when he slowed on the front stretch.
Mollick jumped back out front on the restart but was not able to shake Morrow this time. The race stayed green with Mollick grabbing his first win in a Sprint at the track. Morrow finished second, 1.607-seconds behind. Woodhall finished third with Jeremy Weaver and Brandon Hawkins round out the Top 5.
In the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Models, Colton Flinner grabbed the checkered flag after a battle with Michael Duritsky Jr in a race that was marred by 5-caution flags, one red flag and two false starts.
In the Pro Stocks feature Dave McManus picked up his first victory of the season by 6.463-seconds over Nick Kocuba. McManus started on the front row and survived a race restart, after pole-sitter Justin Lamb spun in turn 2 on the opening lap, and a lap 1 caution for points leader Danny Rich after his spin in turn 4. Corey McPherson finished third with Ryan Moyer in fourth and Rich in fifth.
In the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock feature, Stephen Shelpman won his third feature of the year beating Casey Grumling to the checkered flag. Marcus Simmons finished third with pole-sitter Frank Magill coming home in fourth. Matt Bernard rounded out the Top 5. Shelpman donated his winner share to Hobby Stock driver Randy DeBerardinis, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Teams and fans collected over $2300 for DeBerardinis and his family.
Susie Randolph picked up her fifth feature win of the year in the Young Gun feature. Kyle Janas finished second with Tony Magill, Cameron Lambert and Cameron Hollister rounding out the Top 5.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
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.
“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.
Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway
(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.
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.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year
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.
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.
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.