SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series makes their final appearance of the 2019 season tonight at Lernerville Speedway for the Commonwealth Clash.
The season-long points battle is ultra-tight as Brad Sweet holds a slim 4-point lead over Donny Schatz. Sweet has visited victory lane 15-times this season, has 41 Top-5’s and 57 Top-10’s in 63-races. Sweet is the defending WoO fall winner at Lernerville. Schatz has 9-wins, 42 Top-5’s and 58 Top-10’s in 63-races in 2019 and has visited Terry Bowser victory lane 7-times:
Sweet took the points lead after finishing sixth last night at Eldora, earning the KSE Hard Charger award after starting 17th. Schatz had a disappointing night, starting 24th and finishing 17th.
Logan Schuchart (pictured above) comes into Lernerville with momentum after a dominating performance last night at Eldora. Everything went right for Schuchart as he set Quick Time, won his Drydene Heat race, drew the pole position for the DIRTvision Fast Pass Dash and then went out and won it. Schuchart didn’t stop there, he led all 30-laps in the feature to grab his eighth win of the season. The victory left Schuchart fifth in points, eight points behind 4th place Daryn Pittman.
“This is definitely one, coming to Eldora, is one I always look forward to,” Schuchart said. “It’s been really good to us. We just haven’t been able to win one. So, to end our season at Eldora and win one is cool. Especially since I’ve had so many good runs and haven’t won one since 2017. It’s cool to win at this place any chance you get.”
Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup winner David Gravel sits in third place in the points standings, 110-points behind Sweet. Gravel held off Kyle Larson to take home the $25,000 Grand Prize this past July. Sweet finished fourth with Schatz finishing fifth, which should make for an intense battle tonight at The Action Track.
One driver looking to get his first win at Lernerville is Myerstown, PA native Brent Marks. Marks made the Dash in July but settled for a 14th place finish in the feature.
“I think I raced there about 15 times and I finished probably five races,” Marks said. “It’s just one of those places, it bites me every time. I’ve got to conquer that place one day and I will. Hopefully it’s [this] week.”
There have been six races on a 4/10-mille track, so far, this season: Gravel’s win in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. Giovanni Scelzi took home the checkered flag on May 24th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with Schuchart picking up the victory the following night May 25th. Two of Sweet’s wins came at the Jackson Motorplex on June 27th and June 29th. Carson Macedo prevented a Sweet sweep by winning on June 28th.
The Allegheny Sprint Tour RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars are also on tonight’s schedule.
Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with hot laps starting at 6 p.m. Time trials start at 7:15 p.m. Opening ceremonies and heat races begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for students ages 11-17, Children 10 and under are free. Tickets and information are available at www.lernerville.com.
The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007
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!
Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more
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.
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.
Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund
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!”
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.