PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway in Sarver and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) in Oakdale are getting closer to reopening after being shut down due to State of Pennsylvania restrictions regarding COVID-19.
Lernerville announced in a statement that “in the interest of acting in compliance with government limitations for the green phase of re-opening, the Tomson Family is excited to announce that The Action Track will be lit-up for the first time in 2020 with a Test & Tune session this Friday”.
No spectators will be permitted at the venue and race teams will be limited to 5-members, including the driver. Additionally drivers and crew members will be required to wear a mask outside the hauler and in common areas. Haulers will be spaced 12-feet apart in the pits and all drivers and crew will be required to submit a COVID-19 waiver, which is available on the track’s website, www.lernerville.com.
Let's get it! Test and Tune this Friday night!
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— Lernerville Speedway (@Lernerville) June 10, 2020
PPMS will be open on Saturday for a three-hour practice session from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., which is open to all divisions. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. Pit road and the pit ticket booth will be open.
The main entrance is not to be used and the grandstand area will be locked down for practice.
Additional details around the COVID-19 process to be followed at PPMS will be released soon.
PPMS PRACTICE A GO for Saturday afternoon June 13! | Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) https://t.co/XjdJ0SAJOE
— PPMS 🏁 (@PAMotorSpeedway) June 10, 2020
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.