SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The green flag finally gets a chance to fly as Lernerville Speedway opens Friday night after being unable to open due to State restrictions related to COVID-19.
Friday night’s events will be the first Fab4 Revved up with Marburger Farm Dairy program of 2020, which features The Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints, Precise Racing DIRTcar Late Models, Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks.
Jack Sodeman Jr., is the defending Champion in the Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprint division. Sodeman beat out Carl Bowser and A.J. Flick in 2019 to pick-up his second track Championship. A couple of other drivers to watch in 2020 include 3rd generation racer Sye Lynch of Apollo; Jimmy Morris, who finished fourth in the standings in 2019 as well as Ralph Spithaler and Brandon Spithaler, who picked up the victory Sunday night at Tri-City.
Ken Schaltenbrand is the defending Champion in the Precise Racing DIRTcar Late Models. Schaltenbrand was the runaway winner in 2019 leaving Tyler Dietz, Jared Miley, Colton Flinner and Mike Miller to battle it out for spots 2 thru 5 in the final standings. Two-time Lernerville track Champion Michael Norris will certainly be a factor all season. Norris ran a limited amount of races at Lernerville in 2019 because Clint Bowyer Racing tabbed Norris to fill-in for the injured Don O’Neal.
Brain Swartzlander is the defending Champion in the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds. The Hall-of-Famer held off Rex King Jr to win his eighth track Championship in 2019. Rex King was not far behind that duo with Dave Murdick and the elder King fighting it out for third and fourth place. Keep an eye out for Garrett Krummert and Jeremiah Shingledecker who are also expected to be in the mix in 2020.
Tyler Dietz is the defending Champion in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks division. Dietz and Corey McPherson staged an epic battle that went down to the wire in 2019. Joey Zambotti finished third in the standing in 2019 and is hoping to improve by two spots in 2020.
Fans will be permitted into the Lernerville grandstands but the must fill-out and sign the COVID-19 waiver, which can be found on the tracks website, www.lernerville.com. The Speedway encourages all fans to print-out the waiver at home and bring it to the track to expedite the process of entering the facility. All fans will be required to wear masks to enter the speedway and fans will need to maintain social distancing as part of the tracks COVID-19 safety plan.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Adult general admission is $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students ages 11-17. Children 10-and-under are free.
Fans that can’t make it to the track can now take advantage and watch the action on Lernerville.TV. The speedway has partnered with SPEED SPORT TV to bring Fab4 action into homes and onto mobile devices for 2020.
Cale Conley Wins Lou Blaney Memorial At Sharon Speedway
HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Cale Conley led wire-to-wire to win Saturday’s Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions “Lou Blaney Memorial” at Sharon Speedway.
The victory was a family affair as Conley is married to Blaney’s granddaughter Emma. The win was also Conley’s first All Star victory.
“It took us a while, but I’m so happy to win here during the Lou Blaney Memorial,” said Conley. “It’s such a special night for my wife’s family. Our little boy’s name is Louie, so this is really cool. To get my first All Star win in front of such an awesome crowd is cool.”
Cory Eliason finished second followed by Rico Abreu and Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer. Danny Dietrich rounded out the Top 5.
Erick Rudolph picked up third straight BRP Modified Tour win. Rudolph started 11th and held off challenges from Garrett Krummert and Brian Swartzlander. Rex King Jr. finished fourth and Brad Rapp completed the Top 5.
Sharon will return to action tonight with Justin Snyder’s “Salute to the Troops” paying $6,000 to-win for the All Star Sprints in the finale of Ohio Speedweek. The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars will also be on the card racing for $600 to-win.
Gates open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and racing at 7. General admission for those 14 and over is $25, which includes the infield fan zone. All veterans of war receive $10 off general admission. Kids 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.
Freddie Rahmer, Jr. Wins Again at Lincoln Speedway
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (July 11, 2020 Pittsburgh Racing Now): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. captured his third victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway, Rahmer charged to the front from his ninth place start to grab the lead with just eight laps in the books. Brian Montieth also moved forward quickly, but his advance stalled out in third. Montieth never challenged Rahmer, though, as his car came to a halt with ten to go.
“We’re pretty good right now,” Rahmer said modestly. “We’re right there, but we need to be better for the next few races. I let the guys down in Speedweek. We had a couple of chances to win, but I didn’t come through.” Rahmer came through this night, however.
Billy Dietrich had the pole under the track handicapping system which is based upon earnings average. Dylan Norris was next to him. Tim Glatfelter and Matt Campbell were in the second row. Brandon Rahmer and Troy Wagaman were in row three. Then came the heavy hitters in the field, Chad Trout and Montieth in row four, and Rahmer in row five. His dancing partner was Adam Wilt. Alan Krimes and Jimmy Siegel had row six.
Dietrich jumped out to the early lead, followed by Norris, Glatfelter, Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer. Montieth was on the move and he cracked the top five with just three laps down. Rahmer soon followed suit.
With Dietrch still out front, Montieth continued the charge. He took second on lap seven, but Rahmer had other plans. He passed Montieth on lap eight in turns three and four, and then he swept by Dietrich at the other end of the track.
Rahmer stretched out his lead in traffic. He had a margin of more than two seconds over Dietrich when the caution light flashed on for the first time due to Bradley Howard stopping at the flag stand.
Rahmer got away cleanly and he built up another commanding lead. The battle was for second, as Montieth was hounding Dietrich. However, he could not pull off the pass. Montieth’s effort ended when his car coasted to a stop on the frontstretch with ten to go. At that time, Rahmer’s lead was three and a half seconds over Dietrich.
Rahmer and Dietrich led the way again, with Campbell, Norris, and Brandon Rahmer fighting for third. That contest only lasted for two laps. Norris crashed hard in turn two after making contact with the outer wall. He was not injured.
Rahmer buzzed off the last eight laps without incident. Dietrich was second. Brandon Rahmer grabbed the final podium spot. Campbell crossed in fourth. Chase Dietz came on for fifth in the closing laps. Glatfelter, Krimes, Troy Wagaman, Siegel, and Wilt completed the top ten.
Heat wins were scored by Campbell, Brandon Rahmer, and Dietrich. There was no B Main.
In the 358 Sprint Car ranks, Tyler Ross led wire to wire for the win. he withstood a couple of cautions and two reds. One of the reds eliminated Brett Strickler and Doug Hammaker, who were running second and third at the time of the incident. Scott Fisher inherited second and last week’s victor, Brett Wanner, was third. Kody Hartlaub and Cody Fletcher completed the top five. Points leader Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. mustered sixth. Chrs Frank , Chris Arnold, Dave Brown, and Ashley Capetta were seventh through tenth. Heat winners were Hammaker, Frank, and Ross. there was no B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will have a tune-up for the World of Outlaws next week. The race will pay $10,000 to the winner. The Outlaws will invade for the Gettysburg Clash on July 23.
Friday Racing Recap: Larson and Cindric Win Again; Mother Nature Wins At Lernerville
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Friday night sees two of the hottest drivers in racing visit victory lane again; Mother Nature Wins at Lernerville and Steve Buckwalter takes the checkered flag at Williams Grove.
Larson Wins Dean Knittel Memorial:
- Kyle Larson led wire-to-wire to win The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions main event, the Dean Knittel Memorial, at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Aaron Reutzel finished second and Brock Zearfoss finished third. The victory was Larson’s second Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory in four tries. The All Stars move on to Sharon Speedway Saturday for the Lou Blaney Memorial and Sunday for Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops.
Austin Cindric Takes 2nd Straight Xfinity Win:
- Austin Cindric dominated the Alsco 300 leading 130 laps at Kentucky Speedway to capture his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) victory of the 2020 season Friday night and his fourth career NXS victory. Cindric started the 200-lap event from the 15th position after the top-15 finishers from Thursday’s race at Kentucky were inverted. The driver of the No. 22 Snap-on Ford Mustang sits third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 33 markers behind leader Chase Briscoe.
Frost, Petrov Share Indy Pro 2000 Honors at Road America:
- Singapore’s Danial Frost and Russian Artem Petrov each scored a victory in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires season openers at Road America. Frost came from last to first in his victory in race one with Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco in second. Colin Kaminski, who is the University of Pittsburgh’s Hockey Goalie, rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish. In race two Petrov drafted past Frost to take the lead and ultimately the win. Braden Eves finished second followed by Frost.
Steve Buckwalter and Anthony Macri Win At Williams Grove:
- Steve Buckwalter captured the 410 Sprint Car feature Friday night at Williams Grove. Matt Campbell finished second followed by Kyle Reinhardt. Anthony Macri won the United Racing Club’s 360 Sprint Cars feature. The victory was Macri’s first career feature win of any sort at the famed half mile. Buckwalter finished second followed by Tyler Ross in third. Check out Lou Long’s story here.
Mother Nature Wins At Lernerville:
- A heavy rain storm late Friday afternoon wiped out Friday night’s schedule at Lernerville Speedway. Fans who were sent home thanks to Mother Nature can have their ticket stubs used for entry for either of the next two Fab 4 Friday nights.
Unfortunately, heavy rains now and forecasted over the track have forced us to cancel. Ticket stubs will be honored for the next two fab four Friday night racing programs. Thanks for coming out tonight..sorry Mother Nature was not a race fan tonight. pic.twitter.com/DakNxXl5iE
— Lernerville Speedway (@Lernerville) July 10, 2020