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Miley Wins Late Model Feature At Lernerville But Schaltenbrand Wins Championship

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Fab4 racing took center stage Friday night as the battle for track championships continued at Lernerville Speedway.

The Precise Racing Products Late Models feature had trouble getting going as the yellow flag flew after one lap was in the books.  Tommy Beck was leading followed by points-leader Ken Schaltenbrand and Chris Schneider and Colton Flinner.  Disaster struck for Flinner two laps later when he shredded a rear tire while Jayme Beck and Brandon Wearing went off the back of track in turn three.

Schaltenbrand led Tommy Back, Schneider and Tyler Dietz when the racing resumed on lap 5.  Jared Miley, who started 13th, moved into the Top 5 on lap 7 behind Schaltenbrand and Beck.

Miley passed Beck on lap 10 to move into the second spot and set his sights on Schaltenbrand.  Miley caught Schaltenbrand on lap 17 and took the lead but Schaltenbrand took it right back when the caution flag flew for Jon Myers.

Schaltenbrand led the field back to green followed by Miley, Andrew Wiley and Clayton Kennedy.  The lead was short lived as Miley took the lead with 7-laps to go and never looked back, finishing 4.052-seconds ahead of Schaltenbrand for the victory.  Schaltenbrand’s second place finish guaranteed him the 2019 track Championship, his first career Lernerville Championship!  Wyllie came home in third place to round out the podium.

Apollo’s Sye Lynch led the Peoples Natural Gas Sprints field to the green flag and led the first four laps when the caution flag came out for Clay Riney, who slid off the track in turn two while running second.  AJ Flick was in second place followed by Brandon Spithaler in third.

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Lynch led the field to the green flag again and two laps later the caution was back out for Gale Ruth, who slowed in turn two.  Flick and Spithaler continued to follow with points-leader Jack Sodeman Jr. moving into fourth from his tenth starting position.

The restart saw Lynch and Flick racing side-by-side with Flick making his way around Lynch with seven laps in the books.  Sodeman moved into third place at the midway point of the feature followed by Carl Bowser, who had worked his way up from his seventh starting spot.

Flick continued his charge through the field and lapped traffic while Bowser got around Sodeman and set his sights on Lynch.  Bowser passed Lynch with 5-laps to go and set his sights on Flick.  Flick by that point pulled out to a full straightway lead and cruised to a 6.2-second victory over Bowser.  Sodeman finished third to maintain his points lead.

The Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds feature saw Dave Murdick pick up the victory, his first visit to Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane since 2014.  Points leader Brian Swartzlander looked like he was going to take the checkered flag but contact with the front stretch wall and a shredded tire ended those hopes.  Swartzlander managed to return to the track and finished sixth, leaving him tied with Rex King Jr for the season championship.  King Jr finished third as the Modified track Championship will be decided next week.

Joey Zambotti captured the checkered flag in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock feature passing leader Tyler Dietz with three laps remaining.  Dietz finished second to take the points lead over Corey McPherson, who finished fifth.

Three of the four track championships remain up for grabs heading into next week’s Championship Night.

Tickets and information are available at www.lernerville.com.

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Sye Lynch Partnering With Baughman Motorsports

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APOLLO, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Sprint Car driver Sye Lynch is partnering with Baughman Motorsports for the 2021 racing season.

Lynch, the third generation 410 Sprint Car driver, and his team plan to enter around 80-events as part of this partnership with Josh Baughman and Baughman Motorsports.  Longtime Lynch partner Mosites Motorsports joins new marketing partners Fischer Body Shop of Missouri and Hollywood Blasting and Coating of Odessa, Texas as part of the arrangement.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Lynch. “To have Fischer Body Shop and Baughman Motorsports join our efforts at Sye Lynch Racing is pretty special. We’ve been working on these plans for over four months. I’m not sure how we were able to keep it a secret this long, but it’s out there now. I’m ready to get started.”

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Lynch’s schedule is still being finalized but highlights include some of sprint car racing’s premier showcases like the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (July 15 & July 17) and the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (August 11-14).

“We are still working out the logistics side of things,” said Lynch. “I hope to have a complete plan of attack released in the coming weeks. I just want to thank all of my partners for their dedication and support. Our goal is to go out every night and put on a show. I’m confident we have what it takes to do that.”

Baughman is stepping back from full-time competition in 2021 but plans to run 10-15 events in 2021.

“We are excited about this new venture with Sye Lynch,” said Baughman. “He’s a talented kid with the hunger to win and we’re proud to be affiliated. I think it’s safe to say that we are all anxious to get the year underway.”

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Schatz Scores Jean Lynch Classic Win at East Bay

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GIBSONTON, FL (February 2, 2021): Donny Schatz scored an impressive win over the Madsen brothers, Ian and Kerry, in the second running of the Jean Lynch Classic for the All Star Circuit of Champions at East Bay Raceway Park. The All Stars’ visit to the ‘Clay by the Bay’ was cut to one night due to heavy rain that hit the track Sunday and continued into Monday. The speedway looked more like the fish farm that Jimmy Mingo and others converted into a racy oval over four decades ago. A substantial pond remained inside turn one on Tuesday but, fortunately, no Sprint Cars made a detour into that area.

“It’s been a long time since I was at East Bay,” Schatz said. He estimated that his last appearance at the track was in the early ’90s. “It’s really neat, tricky; it has some slick spots, some shiny spots.” Nonetheless, Schatz had no difficulty mastering the unfamiliar surface.

Ian Madsen and Cory Eliason paced the field for the 30 lap feature event named for the lady who was a former co-owner of the series and track manager at East Bay. Schatz lined up third, with Justin Peck beside him. Tony Stewart and Anthony Macri were in the third row, and Steve Buckwalter and Tyler Courtney in the fourth. The final dash participants, Kyle Reinhardt and Tim Shaffer, made up row five. Then came Jamie Myers and Gio Scelzi.

Eliason assumed command on the opening lap and he began to distance himself from Schatz, Ian Madsen, Peck, and Macri. However, just five laps into the race, Eliason collided with a slower car driven by Chris Windom. Eliason got a flat right front tire, but there was no other apparent damage to his car, so he was able to resume the race at the rear of the field.

Peck, who had slipped by Schatz on the last completed lap, took off at the drop of the green. Schatz raced along in second, followed by Ian Madsen, Courtney, Shaffer, and Macri. The man on the move, though, was Kerry Madsen, who was up to seventh from 17th on the starting grid.

A caution bunched things up at lap eleven. While the front runners did not change, Kerry Madsen made some aggressive moves to enter the top five.

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With fourteen laps in the books, Schatz was hounding Peck for the lead. He got a strong run off of turn two, but Peck moved up a lane to block his advance. Schatz deftly turned under Peck halfway down the back stretch and he was the new leader entering turn three. Peck no longer had the steam to race with the leaders and he slowly started to drift back in the running order after that.

The final caution was displayed on lap 17. Schatz continued to lead over Ian Madsen when racing resumed, but now the battle was for third. Courtney and Kerry Madsen were the contestants, with Shaffer looking for an opening. Madsen wrestled the spot away from Cortney in a few laps, and he set out after his brother.

The sibling rivalry intensified as the pair of Aussies picked their way through lapped traffic. “I didn’t know it was him,” Ian said of the driver pressing him for second. “I knew that he started pretty far back.” For his part, Kerry Madsen had to wonder how things would have played out differently if he had started closer to the front. “It was a great run, I had a great car and could go anywhere I wanted.”

Schatz maintained his lead to the finish. Ian held off his older brother for second. Courtney was fourth and Scelzi benefitted from a miscue by Shaffer on the final lap to gain the fifth spot. Shaffer, Peck, Stewart, Brent Marks, and Hunter Schuerenberg completed the top ten.

Kerry Madsen was the hard charger, advancing 14 positions.

Ian Madsen was the fastest qualifier of the night, turning in a lap of 12.680 seconds. Buckwalter, Courtney, Shaffer, and Schatz scored heat wins. The dashes belonged to Ian Madsen and Eliason. Terry McCarl captured the B Main.

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Western PA Sprint Speedweek Adds Another Sponsor

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SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Sprint Speedweek is adding another partner to the growing list of companies stepping up to support the five-race series this June.

J.S. Bova Excavating LLC has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of this summer’s upcoming five-race speedweek, scheduled to run from Wednesday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 6th.

J.S. Bova is a family-owned excavating company and general contractor known for its outstanding service, extensive expertise, steadfast reliability, and commitment to safety. J.S. Bova proudly serves the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area out of their central Struthers, Ohio location.

“We’re excited to get behind the revival of Western PA Speedweek” said owner Joe Bova. “We believe the area sprint car competition and racetracks are underrated and on the upswing, and we want to be associated with the excitement that this event brings.”

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Joe and Sherri Bova founded their business in 2013 and worked together to build their organization from the ground up. In less than a decade they have expanded their portfolio to offer a wide range of services and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants signed on to be the title sponsor of Western PA Sprint Speedweek last week.

Western PA Sprint Speedweek returns from a 20-year hiatus June 2nd-6th. Western Pennsylvania’s ‘410 Sprint Cars’ will compete for five straight nights with each show featuring a strong $3,000-to-win, $250-to-start purse.

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants Western PA Sprint Speedweek presented by J.S. Bova Excavating Schedule:

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