PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The resurgence of auto racing continues in the mid-state region, as Selinsgrove Speedway and BAPS Speedway joined Lincoln Speedway in hosting events. All three will be in action again this weekend, with double headers slated for Selinsgrove and BAPS.
After spending Friday and Saturday competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Kyle Reinhardt made the 15 hour drive from Missouri to finish the weekend at Selinsgrove Speedway. But, he didn’t just finish the race, he dominated it! Reinhardt, who relocated to Hanover from New Jersey last season, took command on lap 6 and led the rest of the way.
Third-generation driver Freddie Rahmer started on the pole and led the first five rounds at the big, fast half mile. Reinhardt was close, especially following a lap two restart when he threw a slide job at Rahmer in turn one. Reinhardt repeated the maneuver, on the lap five restart, but both times Rahmer rallied to regain the lead. So, Reinhardt tried again at the other end of the track. A slider in three did not stick, but Reinhardt came back in turn four and that proved to be the winning move.
Rahmer continued in second, but he was soon facing pressure from Steve Buckwalter and Logan Wagner. Buckwalter did take second, but in the final laps of the race, Ryan Smith came to life. He charged into second in the final rounds. Also coming on at the end of the race was Selinsgrove’s own Blaine Heimbach. He made it up to fourth at the finish. Chad Layton rounded out the top five.
Wagner was sixth. Rahmer fell back to seventh in the final tally. Dylan Cisney, Kyle Moody, and Lucas Wolfe completed the top ten.
Three heats were held for the 26 410-Sprinters. Reinhardt, Buckwalter, and Smith prevailed. Rahmer was the fastest qualifier on the night, as just two cars broke into the sixteen second bracket.
Curtis Lawton was declared the winner in the Roadrunners when Will Brunson was disqualified in post-race tech. Brunson had led the entire race. Scored in second was Dustin Snook, followed by Jake Jones, John Schreffler, and Scott Dunham.
The night before, Selinsgrove got its first Super Late Model race into the books. The “dork from York,” Rick Eckert, led Gregg Satterlee to the checkers. Jim Yoder, Jeff Rine, and Alex Ferree were in the top five. Jared Miley, Matt Lux, Coleby Frye, Dave Brouse, Jr. and Chris Casner were sixth through tenth. A banner filed of PASS 305s were on hand as well. Christian Rumsey topped Landon price, Dave Graber, Kassidy Kreitz, and Devin Adams. Western PA 305 racers Jacob Gomola (seventh), Chase Metheny (ninth), and Kyle Colwell (eightteenth) were also on hand.
Selinsgrove will host the 410 Sprints and Limited Late Models this Friday, with racing starting at 8 p.m. The Saturday card will mark the season debut in the northeast for the 360 Sprint Cars contesting the Joe Whitcomb Memorial. The Patriot Sprint Tour will be in for the event, so there will be plenty of 360 talent on the grounds. Also in action will be the Pennsylvania Sprint Series 305 Sprints and Roadruners. Racing Saturday will begin at 7 p.m.
Trout, No Doubt
Lincoln Speedway had its first 410/358 program on Saturday. Chad Trout, of Dover, PA, romped to the win in the 410 Sprints, and Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. did likewise against his 358 Sprint foes.
Trout jumped into the early lead with Brandon Rahmer and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. trailing. They were both eliminated following a restart on lap 20. They got together between turns one and two and their cars tipped over. Ironically, that restart was required when seven-time track champion Brian Montieth flipped in turn four. None of the drivers were injured.
Freddie Rahmer inherited the second spot, which he maintained to the finish. Tim Wagaman, Chase Dietz, and Tim Glatfelter were thrird through fifth. Positions six through ten went to Steve Buckwalter, Lucas Wolfe, Billy Dietrich, Alan Krimes, and Tyler Bear. Dan Shetler (twelfth) and A.J. Flick (fourteenth) carried the colors for Western PA.
Heat wins for the 46 car in attendance went to Dietz, McIntyre, Trout, and Glatfelter. Todd Gracey copped the C Main, and Robert Ballou was best in the B. Tyler Walton was the night’s fastest qualifier, He turned in a lap of 15.395 seconds. Freddie Rahmer was tops in the B group, at 15.793.
In the 358 Sprints, Rittenhouse led Steve Ownings to the checkers. Brett Wanner challenged early for the lead, but faded to third. Ashley Cappetta and Tyler Ross were fourth and fifth. Heat winners were Wanner, Scott Fisher, and Ross. There were 30 358 Sprints registered for the race.
Lincoln will race again this Saturday, starting at 7:30. It will be the first full point events since the shutdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BAPS Speedway, located near York, will host the Greg Hodnett Foundation race this Thursday. The race honors the memory of the Hall of Fame driver who lost his life at the speedway. The 410 Sprints will race along with the Super Sportsmen. Gates will open at 5 and racing will be at 7. Saturday, BAPS will have the 358 Modifieds with the same times in effect.
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.