SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Rex King Jr put on a dominant performance winning the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds feature in Saturday’s Steel City Stampede at Lernerville. Jeremiah Shingledecker finished second followed by Garrett Krummert and Lernerville track champion Brian Swartzlander. Chad Kemenah held off a hard-charging Carl Bowser to win the Peoples Gas DIRT Car Sprints feature with John Garvin coming home third. Russ King overcame a hard charging Max Blair to take the honors in the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models while Chris Schneider stayed on top of the Open Pro Stocks for 20 laps, collecting his second $1,000 feature win at Lernerville this season.
In RUSH action, Blair bested a strong and deep field of Late Models to collect the $2,000 feature win while Zach Morrow overcame a strong performance from Kevin Ruhlman to collect the victory in the RUSH Sprint Car main event. In RUSH Sportsman Modified action, Eric Gabany found Terry Bowser Victory Lane for his first career Stampede victory.
In UMP Modified racing, Brian Ruhlman ruled the field en route to victory in the 20 lap, $1,000 to win main event. Meanwhile, Ty Rhoades dominated the field of Elite Modifieds on hand. Greg Doborosky managed to take yet another victory in 305 RaceSaver Sprint Car action and in the 4 Cylinder main event, Philip Bubeck pulled of a major upset when he defeated four time winner Eric Boozel with a late race pass to collect his first Stampede victory.
324 cars had participated and 14 belt buckle trophies were awarded as the area racing season came to a close at The Action Track.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
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.
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.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
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.
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.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
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.
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.