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Carl Bowser takes 410 Sprint Car Win At Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Carl Bowser picked up the victory in the Falconi Moon Township Automotive 410 Sprint feature Saturday night at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

Bowser’s late-race pass of Dan Kuriger, who led the most laps, secured the victory.  Kuriger grabbed the early lead with Jack Sodeman in second and Bowser settling in third place.  Bowser passed Sodeman for second place on lap 8.  Lap 15 saw Bowser get by Kuriger and lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Kuriger finished second and Sodeman finished third.

  1. Carl Bowser (11) – Freeport
  2. Dan Kuriger (08) – New Brighton
  3. Jack Sodeman Jr (91) – North Jackson, OH
  4. Brandon Spithaler (22)
  5. Brandon Matus (13) – Wampum
  6. Darin Gallagher (12) – Butler
  7. Henry Malcuit (70)
  8. Brent Matus (33) – Wampum
  9. James Morris iii (4N) – Fowler, OH
  10. Frankie Nervo (21N) – Stow, OH
  11. Eric Williams (4W) – New Waterford, OH
  12. Steve Haefke Jr. (12X)
  13. Gerald Harrhogan (23C)
  14. Russ Sanscsti (23)

Connor King was victorious in the RUSH Modified 20-lap feature.  King started on outside of the front row and took the early lead with Kole Holden and pole-sitter Rob Kristyak giving chase.  King led wire-to-wire to pick up his first career PPMS RUSH Modified victory.  Holden finished second and Kristyak finished third.

  1. Connor King (19) – Morgantown
  2. Kole Holden (2) – Tiona
  3. Rob Kristyak (00) – Bristolville, OH
  4. Garrett Krummert (10S) – Ellwood City
  5. Chas Wolbert (C3) – Howland, OH
  6. Eric Gabany (4S) – Mercer
  7. Joshua Alan Deems (9D)
  8. Jessica Kriegisch (63) – Ellwood City
  9. Jim Bryce (44) – Harmony
  10. Cameron Nastasi (615) – Hubbard, OH
  11. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T) – Columbiana, OH
  12. Jacob Jordan (28J) – Aliquippa
  13. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) – Ellwood City
  14. Clayton Deans (55)
  15. Joe Gibson (19G)
  16. Greg Porter (25) – Bristolville, OH
  17. Gage Priester (71)
  18. Nathan McDowell (11G) – Greenville
  19. DNS Teddy Williams ii (818)
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John Mollick picked up his third PPMS RUSH Late Model Dirt Series victory going wire-to-wire. Mollick started on the pole with two-time defending champion Justin Lamb on the outside of the front row.  Mollick was challenged early by Ron Hall and Tommy Schirnhofer.  Midpoint found Christian Schneider and Ben Policz working their way into the top 4 but Mollick was too strong and held off all challengers to take home the checkered flag. Lamb finished second and Policz rounded out the podium.

  1. John Mollick (60M) – Toronto, OH
  2. Justin Lamb (93X) – Findlay Township
  3. Ben Policz (14B) – Rices Landing
  4. Christian Schneider (1ST) – Warren, OH
  5. Ron Hall (01) – Hookstown
  6. Bobby Springer (42S) – Clinton
  7. Josh Stoica (22J) – New Cumberland, WV
  8. Paul Jablonski (3J) – Carnegie
  9. Nico Dabecco (F1) – Verona
  10. Brandon Lott (47) – Plum
  11. Eric Hamilton (33)
  12. Tommy Schirnhofer (8S) – Dormont
  13. Bill Kessler (09) – Freedom
  14. DNS D.J. Nakutis (31) – Beallsville
  15. DNS Bryan Hoffman (15H) – Imperial

A.J. Poljack started on the pole and took home the victory in the PPMS Pro Stock feature, his first PPMS win of the season.  Josh Langer finished second and Joel Johns finished third.  The race was slowed by an early caution when Mike Harris lost control coming off turn four and collected Danny Rich.  Nobody was hurt.

  1. A.J. Poljak (36) – Baldwin
  2. Josh Langer (11) – Imperial
  3. Joel Johns (M5) – Murrysville
  4. Heath Close (77) – Shaler
  5. Mike Harris (18) – Bridgeville
  6. Danny Rich (67X) – Imperial

Next Saturday at PPMS the RUSH Sprint Cars Series takes center stage along with the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, the PPMS ProStocks, the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks, the Four Cylinders, and the Young Guns. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m., and the racing starts at 7 p.m.

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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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