SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A great night for Brad Sweet as he picked up the victory in Saturday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series “Commonwealth Clash” at Lernerville Speedway.
“We just want to get wins,” said Sweet in Terry Bowser Victory Lane. “We keep showing up and getting wins it’s our championship to lose.”
Sweet, the series points leader, started on the pole position with his closest championship pursuer Donny Schatz on the outside of the front row.
Sweet grabbed the lead off the green flag with Schatz in tow and led the first lap but caution came out quickly as Clay Riney suffered steering failure and slid off the track in turn one. AJ Flick went to the infield to change a right rear tire that was flat.
Sweet chose the bottom line on the restart with Schatz on the outside lane. Sweet took the high side through turns one and two and was lead with 2-laps complete when the caution came out for AJ Flick, who flipped over the cushion in turns 1 and 2. Flick climbed from his car uninjured to survey the damage and climbed back in and was pushed to the pits for a ??rd place finish.
Sweet chose the high side on the restart with Schatz to the outside followed by Shane Stewart in third and began to take control of the race. Sweet first encountered lap traffic on lap-10 but managed to work his was through as Schatz continued to give chase.
Schatz was gaining ground when his car slowed suddenly on lap 20 to bring out the races third caution. Schatz took his car to the infield as his Tony Stewart Racing team and crews from other teams, including Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team, took a look under the hood. Schatz’ car re-fired he rejoined the action at the rear of the field.
Sweet chose the inside on the front row with Stewart on the outside. Stewart took a look on the inside of turns 3 and 4 but couldn’t make the pass as Schatz returned to the infield. David Gravel was in third with Sheldon Haudenschild in fourth.
Sweet kept building his advantage on the final 10-laps as the battle for second and fourth heated up. Gravel took a look inside Stewart with 2 laps to go but the slide job did not work.
Meanwhile behind those three, Haudenshield was three-wide with Ian Madsen and Daryn Pittman.
Sweet took the checkered flag followed by Stewart and Gravel as Madsen and Pittman rounded out the Top-5 at the line.
“Strong finish,” said Stewart. “I felt like we had pretty good pace all night. Hopefully we can continue this momentum through Charlotte and finish on a high note.”
“I don’t think anybody had anything for Brad tonight,” said Gravel. “I felt like in clean air we had a pretty good car. I was following Shane (Stewart) and was just trying to run where he didn’t. I think we had a second-place car and finished third.”
Schatz was credited with an 18th place finish, extending Sweet’s points lead to 40 as the series heads to Williams Grove.
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.