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Kyle Larson Wins 1st Night of Driven2SaveLives BC 39 At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson is the latest to “spin and win” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Larson prevailed in a last-lap, last-corner battle to emerge victorious in the Stoops Pursuit race at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night of the Driven2Save Lives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.  Michael Pickens finished second and Justin Grant rounded out the podium.

“That was wild,” said Larson.  “This track is so racy that sliders are easy to throw, and Mike (Pickens) was throwing everything he had a me.”

Larson, Pickens and Grant were the final three competitors remaining from the field of 24 for the final five-lap segment of the elimination-style format.

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The trio traded all three positions and when the white flag flew Pickens dove low, Grant went high and Larson was stuck in the middle.  Disaster struck for Pickens when he flipped in Turn 3 after he struck a rut.  Grant took evasive action but backed his car into the wall and flipped.  Larson spun a 360 to miss Pickens and somehow kept it running to cross the finish line to take the checkered flag.

“He (Pickens) was trying to park it on the bottom,” said Larson, who drives for Chip Ganassi in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  “We made contact there on the backstretch.  For an off night (from NASCAR) like that, that was a ton of fun.  That’s probably one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in a race car.”

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink continues tonight with a full night action on The Dirt Track at IMS.

Tickets and information are available at IMS.com.

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All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.

The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29.  The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.

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On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.

“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”

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Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022

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SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.

The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!

The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.

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The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.

Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.

 

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Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022.  The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.

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Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.

Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.

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