PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – COVID-19 affects Lernerville’s schedule. NASCAR and INDYCAR get ready for another weekend of iRacing and DIRTVision hosting Hall of Famers tonight.
Lernerville Cancels April Events Due To Coronavirus:
- Lernerville Speedway has cancelled their April schedule as a result of the Coronavirus. Lernerville is abiding by Governor Wolf’s “Stay at home” directive, which runs through April 30. Events affected include the Test & Tune sessions scheduled for April 10th and 17th as well as the 2020 Season opening night on Friday, April 24th. Lernerville is encouraging all fans to support local businesses during this difficult time.
NASCAR and INDYCAR Getting Ready For More iRacing
- INDYCAR and NASCAR are getting ready for another weekend of iRacing. The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge takes place Saturday from virtual Barber Motorsports Park. 29-drivers are entered including 2018 NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the year Robert Wickens, 5-time NTT INDYCAR Series Champion Scott Dixon and 3-time Indianapolis 500 Polesitter Ed Carpenter, three drivers who did not take part in the first event. The event will be televised by NBCSN beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR is gearing up for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational from virtual Bristol Motor Speedway. Fox and FS1 will broadcast the event beginning Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
DIRTVision To Host Hall of Famers Friday Night:
- National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famers Chubb Frank and Rick Eckert will be joined by former crew chief Boom Briggs to recall a $20,000 payday in 2005 at Lernerville Speedway when Frank surged to victory in a wild race. Then, Eckert is joined by future Hall-of-Famer Josh Richards as they remember one of Eckert’s favorite wins during his World of Outlaws run, a race in 2010 at Attica where everything went wrong until it didn’t. The #DVWatchParty with host Dillon Welch begins at 7 pm ET on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.
Racing Notebook: Erik Jones Out At JGR; NASCAR Sets Playoff Schedule and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has news about Erik Jones status at Joe Gibbs Racing plus NASCAR sets the remainder of their schedule for 2020 and local Late Model racers get ready for the Jook George Steel City Classic.
Erik Jones Out At Joe Gibbs Racing Following This Season:
- Multiple media outlets including Fox Sports are reporting that Erik Jones will be out of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after the 2020 season. The 24-year-old has driven the No. 20 Toyota Camry for three seasons and has two career wins (Daytona, Darlington), and made the playoffs in 2018 and ’19. JGR is reportedly moving Christopher Bell into the No. 20 since Leavine Family Racing has been sold.
NASCAR Sets Playoff Schedule:
- NASCAR announced on Thursday that all 10-playoff venues and dates will remain intact from the original 2020 schedule with the postseason kicking off at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 6 on NBCSN. In the Xfinity Series, Talladega Superspeedway has been added as the second race in the opening round on Saturday, October 3. Bristol Motor Speedway moves to the regular season finale on Friday, September 18. The Xfinity Series Playoffs will begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 26.
NASCAR Announces Two Procedural Changes:
- NASCAR announced on Thursday two procedural changes, one goes into effect this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Drivers will have the opportunity to choose their lane for restarts beginning this weekend. The “choose cone” rule was tested at the All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway and was universally applauded by the drivers. The second change is in regard to qualifying and goes into effect next weekend for the road course at Daytona. NASCAR will use a “performance matrix” to determine the starting lineup and pit selection. The matrix includes season-long performance, single-race performance as well as the most recent races finishing position, fastest lap and owners points.
Jook George Steel City Classic This Saturday At PPMS:
- The RUSH Late Model Touring Series is taking on “Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile”, Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway this Saturday. A large field of competitors is expected for the annual “Jook George Steel City Classic”, which will pay a minimum of $6,010-to-win with an additional $1,000 available to the winner if they participate in pumping up the purse. Last year’s winner Kyle Lukon took home $11,010 for the victory.
Racing Notebook: Crew Chief Change On Ganassi’s No. 42; Leavine Sells NASCAR Team;
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has news about a Crew Chief change on Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 plus Bob Levine sells Levine Family Racing
Crew Chief Change On Ganassi’s No. 42:
- Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR program is making a Crew Chief change on the No. 42 Credit One Bank/McDonald’s Camaro. “Phil Surgen has been named crew chief for the No. 42 team at Chip Ganassi Racing beginning this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and for the balance of the 2020 season,” the team posted on its official Twitter account. “Surgen, who is currently a race engineer on the No. 42 team, has been with the team since 2016.” Surgen replaces Chad Johnston, who is no longer with the team.
Update regarding the No. 42. pic.twitter.com/rzf0kOq9cs
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) August 4, 2020
Leavine Family Racing Is Sold:
- Leavine Family Racing and its assets have been sold, team owner Bob Leavine announced. Leavine has fielded cars in the Cup Series since 2011 for various drivers. This year Christopher Bell is behind the wheel of the No. 95 Toyota in an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal is reporting that Spire Sports & Entertainment, who field the Spire Motorsports No. 77, are the purchasers.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) August 4, 2020
Heritage Trophy Up For Grabs At Michigan:
- The top-finishing Manufacturer from the weekend NASCAR Cup Series events will be presented with the Michigan Heritage Trophy, which has been awarded by Michigan International Speedway since 2013. The Heritage Trophy gives well-deserved bragging rights to the winning manufacturer of the Michigan race weekend. This coming weekend a manufacturer must win one or both NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway. If one manufacturer sweeps both races, that manufacturer will be declared the winner of the Heritage Trophy. If different manufacturer’s win on August 8 and 9, then the award will go to the manufacturer with the most points earned by top 10 finishers of both races.
Weekend Racing Notebook
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The weekend winners from around the world of motorsports including Local tracks plus the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions, and IMSA.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions Weekend:
- Cory Eliason picked up his first Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions victory Sunday night at the reopening of Huset Speedway. Dominic Scelzi finished second and Kerry Madsen rounded out the podium.
- Kyle Larson won his seventh straight Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 feature on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, setting a record with the series. Rico Abreu finished second and Gio Scelzi rounded out the podium.
- Larson also picked up the win in Friday night’s feature at 34 Raceway. Eliason finished second and Tucker Klaasmeyer finished third.
Acura, Corvette, Lexus Claim IMSA Wins At Road America:
- Helio Castroneves found traction with his Acura ARX-05 where others could not, as he and his Acura Team Penske co-driver Ricky Taylor prevailed in monsoon-like conditions in the final hour to win in the Daytona Prototype International Class in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America.
- DragonSpeed USA’s Ben Hanley and Henrik Heeman took home the victory in LMP2. Hanley switched from slick tires to rain tires as the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA, which was leading went off course due to the wet conditions. They rallied to finish fourth behind the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA and the No. 18 Era Motorsports ORECA.
- Corvette Racing scored a 1-2 finish at Road America in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The No. 3 Vette with Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia finished first with the No. 4 of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner coming home in second place.
- Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell parked the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus in victory lane in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. The victory was the third straight for the team. Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry finished second in their Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo.
Mother Nature Wins At Tri-City, PPMS, Jennerstown and Port Royal:
- Rains throughout Western Pennsylvania forced several area race tracks to cancel their programs. Tri-City cancelled their Sunday program while Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) and Port Royal had to throw the red flag on their programs Saturday night.
Norris, Flick, King Jr & Schneider Win At Lernerville: