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.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday. DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.
The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.
“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.
Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway
(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.
“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten. My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”
Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.
Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. 2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.
“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh. “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”
MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.
“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.
The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.
MINIS are no stranger to the race track. In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.
John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.
MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year. Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events. Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.
Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.
Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.
For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.