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Schneider Grabs Laboon Memorial Victory At PPMS; Lynch Wins At Sharon Speedway

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There were some big winners in local racing action this weekend at both Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.

Lower Burrell’s Chris Schneider (pictured above) made it two-in-a-row picking up the victory in the Ed Laboon Memorial. The race resumed with 27-laps remaining after rain stopped the event on June 1st.  Jackson Humanic finished second and Randy Wyant rounded out the podium.

Rusty Martz took home the win in the 4thAnnual “Wee” Willie White Memorial.  Martz held off Hunter Exley in a spirited two-lap battle in a race slowed by caution flags and a red flag.  Jason Fosnaught rounded out the podium.

Saxonburg’s Brent McDonald would capture the checkered flag in the Dobs Non-Qualifier feature, while Bryan Wagner and Gary Koteles would round out the podium.

Daryl Charlier, from Midway, would take the lead with two laps to go in the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series 20-lap feature to pick-up another PPMS Victory.  Christian Schneider of Warren Ohio finished second followed by Nico Dabecco, who finished third.

Jake Simmons grabbed the victory in the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division.  He did it driving his son’s car.

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Andy Garlinger, from Hopedale, Ohio, and Susie Rudolph, from Steubenville, Ohio, continued to dominate in the Four Cylinders and the Young Guns divisions respectively as both scored victories.

Apollo’s Sye Lynch grabbed the victory in the FAST Series “410” Sprint Car feature at Sharon Speedway.  Lynch started third and grabbed the lead on lap one and cruised to a 4.506-second victory over Brandon Matus.  Cole Duncan finished third to round out the podium.

“This car felt so good,” said Lynch.  “We’ve been off a little bit a Sharon this year, but my guys never gave up.”

Dan Davies captured the checkered flag in the Outlaw E Mods “Bickerstaff Cup” Series Race #3.  Brian Ruhlman came in second followed by Randy Hall.

Garrett Krummert win the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds feature.  Kole Holden finished second and Rob Kristyak rounded out the podium.

Chad Ruhlman held off a hard-charging Zach Morrow to win the RUSH Sprint Cars feature.  Morrow was side-by-side with Ruhlman when the caution flag flew, or the results could have been different.  Brian Ruhlman finished third.

Andy Buckley took home the victory in the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods features.  Jeremy Double finished second and Ty Rhoades came home third.

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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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