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Racing Notebook – Thursday, April 9: Dale Jr. To Drive In INDYCAR iRacing Challenge; World of Outlaws Cancels Brushcreek Event

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to be racing this weekend in the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge plus the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series is forced to cancel another event due to COVID19.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Going INDYCAR Racing:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked for, and received, an invitation to this Saturday’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from virtual Michigan International Speedway.  Earnhardt Jr. will be joining the IndyCar Series regulars along with Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, who competed in the last event at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.  Earnhardt Jr. will be carrying a familiar sponsor along for the ride:
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World of Outlaws Late Models Put Brakes on Kentucky/Ohio Weekend:

  • The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is putting the brakes on their Kentucky/Ohio Weekend due to COVID-19.  The event at Richmond Raceway in Kentucky, originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, is being postponed in an effort to potentially find a new date once the COVID-19 outlook becomes more clear.  The race at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex set for Saturday, April 25, has been canceled.  Brushcreek staff will refund tickets purchased.  Fans can call the track at 937-544-3344  and visit the track’s website, www.brushcreekmotorsports.com.

Docuseries To Feature Ross Chastain:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing development driver Ross Chastain is the subject of a new docuseries.  Nutrien Ag Solutions announced today the premier episode launch of “Two-Track Mind,” an online docuseries featuring NASCAR’s busiest driver, Ross Chastain. The documentary, which premiered on NASCAR’s YouTube channel, navigates Chastain’s journey as an eighth-generation watermelon farmer and professional NASCAR driver. This series captures the passions, emotions, successes and hardships that Chastain endures in the field and at the track.

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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 8: Lernerville Postpones Opening Night again, plus PA Red-Flags Selinsgrove and more.

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway has canceled their season opener…again and Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to reopen gets the red flag from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “Stay-at-home” order plus the World of Outlaws gets ready for some invitation-only fun in Knoxville.

Lernerville Postpones Opening Night…..again:

  • Lernerville Speedway has postponed opening night, again, due to COVID-19.  The original opening night of April 24th was pushed back to May 8, but Butler County was not on Governor Wolf’s initial list of counties scheduled to “reopen” under the State’s “Yellow” designation and series of protocols. Lernerville remains committed to starting the 2020 season as soon as the Governor reopens the County and allows the track to safely provide for the drivers, teams and track employees.  Opening night at Lernerville could take place as early as Friday, May 15.  The Tomson family and Phil DiLucente are deferring “Pad the Purse” monies from April 24 and May 8 to special Fab4 events on the 2020 schedule including Opening Night, the Mid-Season Championships, Christmas in July and Championship Night.

Selinsgrove Speedway Shown The Red Flag:

  • Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to re-open this weekend was quashed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office.  The track went about their business about hosting an event without fans but even that caught the attention of Harrisburg.  Here’s what the tracks Twitter account had to say Friday afternoon.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Roll Into Knoxville:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into Knoxville this afternoon for the World of Outlaws’ official “Return to Racing” with a “Behind Closed Doors” event at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” The $10,000-to-win Invitational presented by McKay Insurance will see 48 of the most elite Sprint Car drivers in the world, including reigning Series champion Brad Sweet, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel as well as team owners Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.

 

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Racing Notebook – Tuesday, May 5: All Stars Postpone More Races Due To COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions postpones more events due to COVID-19 plus the Tire Rack Road-to-Indy iRacing Series starts tomorrow and more in Tuesday’s Racing Notebook.

All Stars Postpone Indiana and Michigan Events:

  • The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 are postponing event in Indiana and Michigan because of COVID-19.  Visits to I-96 Speedway, Gas City Speedway and Kokomo Speedway scheduled for May 15-17 have been postponed.  Series and track officials are working together to find suitable make-up dates.  All Star and track officials will continue to monitor the federal and state recommendations surrounding the phased reopening of the economy.
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Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Starts Tomorrow:

  • The Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries kicks off tomorrow at virtual World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. A pair of 20-minute races at the unique, egg-shaped 1.25-mile oval will form the first of five events to comprise the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires. The green flag for Race One will fly at 7:00 pm EDT.  The new title-chase will feature a mix of ovals and road courses. Each event will include a pair of sprint races, once again employing identically set-up Pro Mazda cars. The grid for Race One will be established during a brief qualifying session, with only the fastest 28 cars making the cut, while the top 10 race finishers will then be reversed prior to the start of Race Two.

Gordon Grabs World of Outlaws Volusia iRacing Victory:

  • Corey Gordon held on to grab the checkered flag in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models iRacing event from virtual Volusia Speedway Park.  The victory was Gordon’s third of the series.  Ashton Winger grabbed second place from Nick Stroupe, who came home third. The iRacing action continues Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network with the “World of Outlaws: eDirt Racing Shootout” featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in another doubleheader hour of power at virtual Volusia Speedway Park.
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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 1: INDYCAR Gets Ready For Final iRacing Event plus Extreme E Update

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge wraps up this weekend at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus Extreme E takes the lead on gender equality in motorsports and

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Final INDYCAR iRacing Event Saturday At IMS:

  • The final INDYCAR iRacing Challenge series takes place on Saturday at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  33-drivers will take to the track in the 70-lap event including eight Indianapolis 500 winners: Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves and Takuma Sato.  Three of the drivers in the 33-car field have not started an event on the real Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval: Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin, Formula One standout Lando Norris (last week’s winner at Circuit of the Americas) and NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Alex Palou.  The Indianapolis Fire Department’s Voices of IFD will sing the National Anthem and New York City first responders will give the command to start the engines at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The event will be televised by NBCSN.

Extreme E Promoting Gender Equality:

  • The electric off-road racing series Extreme E will see teams field both a male and female driver in its races – promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.  Teams will be composed of a male and a female driver, competing together in every two-lap race as driver and co-driver. Each will complete one lap behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 electric-SUV, with a changeover incorporated into the race format.  Extreme E drivers will compete wheel-to-wheel on the same stages, in the same 550 horsepower E-SUVs, using the same bespoke all-terrain Continental tires in heats, semis and finals, taking place across the series’ five formidable environments in some of the most remote regions on the planet.
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