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Fab 4 Racing Tonight At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mother Nature may have won out last weekend but the chase for track Championships continue tonight as Fab4 Racing returns to The Action Track.

The tightest battle is in the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified Division where six drivers are separated by a mere 32-points.  Brian Swartzlander, an seven-time track Champion, sits in the top spot, 13-points ahead of Rex King Jr. with Rex King Sr. right behind the pair.  Garrett Krummert is in fourth sport, 22-points behind Swartzlander and 9-points ahead of Dave Murdick.  Jeremiah Shingledecker is right there as well, 2-points behind Murdick and 32-points out of first.

Diehl Automotive Big Block Modified Standings:

  1. Brian Swartzlander – 288
  2. Rex King Jr. – 275
  3. Rex King Sr. – 273
  4. Garrett Krummert – 266
  5. Dave Murdick – 257
  6. Jeremiah Shingledecker – 255

Equally tight is the battle in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks Division where Corey McPherson holds a seven point lead over Tyler Dietz.  Joey Zambotti is in third place 14-points out of the lead and seven points behind Dietz.  Ryan Moyer is in fourth place, eight points behind Zambotti and 22-points behind McPherson.

Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks Standings:

  1. Corey McPherson – 289
  2. Tyler Dietz – 282
  3. Joey Zambotti – 275
  4. Ryan Moyer – 267

The Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints division has three drivers who have distanced themselves from the rest of the field.  AJ Flick come to The Action Track with some momentum after winning the Living Legends Dream race last weekend at Port Royal Speedway.  Flick sits 16-points ahead of second-place Jack Sodeman Jr.  Carl Bowser is carrying some momentum as well.  Bowser is coming off a second-place finish last Saturday at Sharon Speedway.  Bowser trails Sodeman by 6-points and is only 22-points out of the top spot.  Sye Lynch sits in fourth followed by Jimmy Morris and Ralph Spithaler.  That trio is only separated by 5-points.

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Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints Standings:

  1. AJ Flick – 269
  2. Jack Sodeman Jr. – 253
  3. Carl Bowser – 247
  4. Sye Lynch – 197
  5. Jimmy Morris – 194
  6. Ralph Spithaler – 192

In the Precise Racing Products Late Model division Ken Schaltenbrand has a healthy 28-point lead on second place Jared Miley.  Kelvin Kohan has a 1-point lead on Chuck Miller and a three-point lead on Tyler Dietz in fifth place.  Colton Flinner is in sixth, 5-points out of fifth and eight points out of third.

Precise Racing Products Late Model Standings:

  1. Ken Schaltenbrand – 253
  2. Jared Miley – 225
  3. Kelvin Kohan – 196
  4. Mike Miller – 195
  5. Tyler Dietz – 193
  6. Colton Flinner – 188

Pits open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m.  Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Adult general admission is $15, $12 for seniors, $10 for students ages 11-17 and children 10 and under get in for free.

For more information visit www.lernerville.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;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

16-24: $

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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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