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Six Divisions of Racing Tonight At Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Race cars and bikes will be taking center stage Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

The RUSH Sprint Car Series will be joined by the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, The PPMS Pro Stocks, the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks, the Four Cylinders and the Young Guns highlight a full night of racing.

The RUSH Sprint Car Series will be racing at PPMS for the second week in-a-row, marking their fourth appearance at PPMS in 2019.

Gibsonia’s Zach Morrow comes into the race atop the track points standings with 292-points.  Morrow finished second last week at PPMS. Apollo’s Bryan Woodhall sits in second place, only 3-points behind Morrow.  John Mollick, last week’s winner at PPMS, is in third place eight points behind Morrow.

In the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Models standings Ben Policz sits atop the points standings with 726-points.  Christian Schneider is in second place, 19-points behind Policz.  Justin Lamb, the two-time defending champion is in third place, 36-points out of the top spot.  Mollick is in fourth place 38-points out of the lead and Nico Dabecco rounds out the top 5.

Danny Rich holds down the top spot in the PPMS Pro Stocks division on the strength of two feature wins this season.  Mike Harris is right behind, 27-points behind Rich.  Harris has one feature win on the season.  Heath Close is in third place with AJ Poljak and Robert Betz rounding out the top 5.

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In the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division, two-time defending Champion Stephen Shelpman is in first place with 739-points.  Marcus Simmons sits in second place 17-points behind Shelpman.  Right behind Simmons is Casey Grumling in third place, 35-points out of first place.  Karlee Kovacs sits fourth and Ed Shelpman rounds out the top 5.

The Four Cylinders division finds a familiar name atop the standings, Andy Garlinger, the 2018 Champion. The “Dominator” has won every 2019 Four Cylinder feature.  The battle for second place finds Craig Rudolph holding a four-point lead over John Gill. Tanya Charlier sits in fourth place and Jason Romine rounds out the top 5.

Susie Rudolph is in first place in the Young Guns division.  Rudolph has five feature wins on the season.  Tony Magill is in second place, 16-points behind Rudolph.  Magill has two feature wins in 2019.  Kyle Janas is right behind, 2-points behind Magill and 18-points out of first place.  Cameron Lambert is back in fourth place and Cameron Hollister rounds out the top 5.

The race cars will be joined by kids of all ages racing their bicycles down the PPMS front stretch, provided they bring a helmet.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m. and the racing action starting at 7 p.m.

Reserved Seating is $20. Adult General Admission tickets are $15, $14 for Seniors ages 60 and over, $14 for Students ages 13-16, $5 for Youth ages 6-12, Children 6 and under get in for Free.  Drive-in viewing parking is $10 and Reserved Parking is $5. For more information visit, www.ppms.com.

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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;
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  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
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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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