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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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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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