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Cory Eliason And Trevor Feathers Take Wins At Port Royal Speedway Opener

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PORT ROYAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Port Royal Speedway swung open the gates for the first time in 2020 this weekend. A banner field of 73 cars checked in, 46 in the 410 Sprint Car division, and another 27 in the Super Late Models. Among the entrants were a number of Western Pennsylvania drivers making their first appearances of the season in the sprints and two others, one in a Sprinter and one in the Late Model, making their first northern starts.

Cory Eliason, from Visalia, CA romped to the win in the Sprint Car ranks. A front row starting spot made life quite a bit easier for him. The same was true for Trevor Feathers, as the Winchester, VA driver dominated the Late Model finale.

Finishing behind Eliason were Brent Marks, Logan Wagner, Lance Dewease, and Anthony Macri. Trailing Feathers were Dan Stone, Jason Covert, Andy Haus, and Ross Robinson.

A.J. Flick, who plans to make Port Royal his Saturday home in 2020, put on an inspired drive in his heat race. Coming from ninth to fourth on a slick daytime surface was really impressive for the third-generation driver from Apollo. Mired deep in the pack for the feature, Flick kept his nose clean and logged a sixteenth place finish.

Chad Kemenah and Johnny Garvin were on hand in the team cars fielded by Liz Matus. Kemenah made the show and was right behind Flick at the finish. Garvin struggled all day, and did not finish his heat or the B Main due to mechanical woes. They will chase the All Stars in 2020.

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George Hobaugh had a prime starting spot for his heat race, but he faded to eighth at the finish. He retired early from the B Main and was given credit for 17th. Hobaugh will also be making the rounds with the All Star Circuit of Champions again in 2020.

Irvona’s Jonathan Jones made his first 410 start at Port Royal. Jones, who spent the last few seasons aboard a 305 Sprint, did not finish the B Main.

The surprise of the day was the return of the 98 fielded by Tom and Fran Chiappelli of Cairnbrook. They had Kyle Reinhardt behind the wheel. Reinhardt survived an incident in his heat, spinning while running fourth, but managed to keep the car going, so he was not charged with the caution. The New Jersey transplant was fifteenth in the feature. Look for this new team to be regulars at Port Royal. Reinhardt will pilot the familiar 91 at other venues.

Colton Flinner was the lone Late Model driver to venture east this weekend. Flinner was caught up in a multi-car jingle in the feature, but kept moving and was given his position back for the restart. He charged hard on the top in the final seven laps in the feature to take sixth.

Port Royal will be back in action Saturday evening with a 4 p.m. start. Sprints and Late Models will be on tap. The following weekend will have the first two-day event at the Speed Palace. Sprints and Late Models go Saturday, along with Limited Lates. Late Models and Modifieds take to the track Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007

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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!

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Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more

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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.
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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.
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Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund

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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!”

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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.

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