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Shaffer, Fink, and Seippel Score in Tri-City Opener

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FRANKLIN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Tri-City Raceway Park opened under the new ownership of Merle Black and a fabulous crowd came streaming in to watch four classes of racing. Taking the wins were Tim Shaffer in the 410 Sprints, Kyle Fink in the 358 Modifieds, and Josh Seippel in the Pro Stocks. The Mini Stocks were unable to complete their feature due to an electrical problem. They will race two next week.
Much to the delight of the fans, all 28 410 Sprints were given the green flag for the A Main on the big oval. A.J. Flick took command, and he led the way for the first segment of the race. Lee Jacobs passed Flick near the midpoint of the twenty-five lapper. Jacobs began to pull away from the pack.
Unfortunately, a number of cautions closed the ranks. Eventually,  Shaffer grabbed the lead following a restart. Shaffer drove through the middle of the track in turns one and two while Jacobs hugged the inside. Jacobs got a chance to return the favor, but his car would not stick in the middle, and Shaffer was able to resume control.
Shaffer scooped up the $2,000 purse in his first win after being reunited with a former car owner, Scott Grove. Jacobs was second, followed by Flick, Dan Shetler, and Jack Sodeman, Jr., who recovered from a spin. Gary Kreiss was sixth. Dan Kuriger was the hard charger, finishing eighth after starting 17th. He snagged an extra $200 for the effort.
In the 358 Modifieds, Kyle Fink battled with Jeff Schaffer, Jr. Schaffer had inheritted the lead when Phil Vineri, III, and Eric Beggs tangled. Vigneri and Beggs worked their way back to the top five while Fink ran out front. The empire state driver, Vigneri, came up short though, as Fink took the checkers first. Beggs, Brian Sadler and veteran Kevin Green completed the top five.
One of Franklin’s favorite sons, Josh Seippel, scored a win in the Pro Stocks. While Seipple has experience in other classes of reacers, he admitted to being a Stock Car guy at heart. His new car comes with quite a pedigree as it was purchased from Jackson Humanic over the off-season. Humanic is a former champion at the speedway. Curtis Bish and Todd Weldon placed second and third, after passing Rusty Martz, who earned the fourth spot. Wes McCray finished fifth.
Tri-City Raceway Park will race again this Sunday, June 14. The same classes will be in action, with a pair of Mini Stock features on tap.
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All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial

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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.

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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.”

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Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022

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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.

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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.

 

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Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022

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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.

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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.

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