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Colton Flinner, Dallas Hewitt, John Mollick, and Dave McManus Grab Wins At PPMS

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(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.

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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.

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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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