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Zach Morrow, Chas Wolbert, Christian Schneider and Dave McManus Take Opening Night Wins At PPMS

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The green flag finally dropped on Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway‘s 2020 season Saturday night with seven divisions of racing taking place on “Dirts Monster Half Mile”.

Zach Morrow took the checkered flag in the RUSH Sprint Car feature.  Morrow started second in the feature alongside pole-sitter Jeremy Weaver and picked up where he left off last season, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag and checking out on a fast track surface.

“I was looking over at his (Weaver) car and I thought he was going to take off so I took off,” said Morrow.  “I let off so it didn’t look like I jumped the start and got back in it and slid down into turn one and never saw him again.”

Morrow knew he had a fast car in his heat race when he turned a lap of 20.890-seconds, which beat his own RUSH Sprint track record of 21.319 set in 2019.

“It’s the kind of race track that I like,” said Morrow.  “The fast lane was about half-a-car off the wall and I think what it does is it makes people uncomfortable to run up there and that’s where I feel most comfortable.  A couple of times it got hairy.  One time going into Turn One I thought, ‘oh crap I think I drove it in too hard’ but it stuck.  I’ve got to thank Alternative Power Sources, Consumer Law 365, Generational Dental, FK Rod Ends, Precise Racing Products, Woods Rod & Customs and Frankland Racing Supply for their support.”

Chas Wolbert picked up the win in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature.  Wolbert started last in the 16-car field and was the hard-charger of the night, passing 15-competitors to park it in victory lane.  Kole Holden started 2nd and finished 2nd.  Garrett Krummert finished third after starting 8th in the field.

Christian Schneider was victorious in the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series feature.  Schneider started on the pole and held off stiff challenges from second-place starter John Mollick along with Garrett Paugh, who started sixth and Daryl Charlier, who started eighth.

Dave McManus picked up the victory in the PPMS Pro Stock feature.  McManus started third and held off pole-sitter and Jake Simmons to capture the checkered flag.

Stephen Shelpman was victorious in the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks feature.  Bill Tennant won the Four Cylinder feature and Noah Bubek won the Young Guns feature.

Next up at PPMS is the Herb Scott Memorial, a RUSH Late Model Dirt Series Touring event on Saturday, July 4, 2020.  Joining the RUSH Late Models will be the RUSH Sprint Car Series, the RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, the PPMS Pro Stocks, the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks, the Four Cylinders, and the Young Guns. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m., and the racing will start at 7 p.m.

RUSH Sprint Car Series Feature (15) Laps

Finishing spot – starting spot – driver name (car number) – hometown

1 – 2 – Zach Morrow (27M) – Gibsonia
2 – 1 – Jeremy Weaver (41) – Stoneboro
3 – 3 – Andy Feil (9J) – Youngstown, OH
4 – 5 – Brian Hartzell (69) – Oil City
5 – 4 – Greg Beach (33X) – Chicora
6 – 6 – Steve Pedley (21) – Seneca
7 – 7 – AJ MacQuarrie (69X)

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RUSH Sportsman Modifieds Feature (15) – Laps

1 – 16 – Chas Wolbert (C3) – Howland, OH
2 – 2 – Kole Holden (2) – Tiona
3 – 8 – Garrett Krummert (10S) – Ellwood City
4 – 12 – Eric Gabany (4S) – Mercer
5 – 7 – Chelsie Kriegisch (10) – Ellwood City
6 – 1 – David Kalb Jr. (11J) – Aurora, OH
7 – 14 – Jessica Kriegisch (63) – Ellwood City
8 – 3 – Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) – New Castle
9 – 15 – Brian Sadler (5) – Apollo
10 – 6 – Kyle Martel (8M) – Rootstown, OH
11 – 9 – Joe Gibson (119)
12 – 10 – Jacob Jordan (28J) – Aliquippa
13 – 11 – Nathan McDowell (11G) – Greenville
14 – 4 – Ayden Cipriano (5C)
15 – 5 – Tony Tatgenhorst (63T) – Columbiana, OH
16 – 13 – Brandon Richie (17)

RUSH Late Model Dirt Series Feature (20) – Laps

1 – 1 – Christian Schneider (1ST) – Warren, OH
2 – 2 – John Mollick (60M) – Toronto, OH
3 – 6 – Garret Paugh (03) – Elkins, WV
4 – 8 – Daryl Charlier (10) – Midway
5 – 3 – Ben Policz (14B) – Rices Landing
6 – 16 – Justin Lamb (93X) – Findlay Township
7 – 7 – Mike Duritsky (90J) – Masontown
8 – 12 – Nico Dabecco (42) – Verona
9 – 9 – Bob Schwartzmiller (28S) – Pittsburgh
10 – 10 – Colby Beighey (36B) – Taylor, MI
11 – 13 – Bill Kessler (09) – Freedom
12 – 18 – Zach Gunn (17G) – McDonald
13 – 4 – Bryan Hoffman (15H) – Imperial
14 – 11 – D.J. Nakutis (31) – Beallsville
15 – 20 – Dan Lepro (2L) – Midway
16 – 15 – Jake Gunn (14G) – McDonald
17 – 19 – Eric Hamilton (33X) – Pittsburgh
18 – 17 – Brandon Lott (47) – Plum
19 – 14 – John Boring (58B) – Valley Grove, WV
20 – 5 – Cole Petrelle (184) – Weirton, WV

PPMS Pro Stock Feature (15) – Laps

1 – 3 – Dave McManus (114) – Elizabeth
2 – 1 – Ryan Moyer (13X) – Portersville
3 – 2 – Jake Simmons (69X) – Beaver Falls
4 – 4 – Jacob Billyk (4) – New Castle
5 – 6 – Bill Slade (A22) – Bethel Park
6 – 5 – Eric Piotrowski (7) – Evans City
7 – 7 – Mike Harris (18) – Bridgeville

Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock Feature (12) – Laps

1 – 13 – Stephen Shelpman (17S) – Pleasant Hills
2 – 12 – Frank Magill (05) – Jefferson Hills
3 – 7 – Cody Koteles (1K) – Stockdale
4 – 5 – Karlee Kovacs (221K) – Carnegie
5 – 2 – Marcus Simmons (68X) – Beaver Falls
6 – 4 – Kayla McManus (00K) – Elizabeth
7 – 6 – Andrew Sutton (16A) – Monaca
8 – 3 – Matt Bernard (15B) – Oakdale
9 – 9 – Ben Anton (13) – Jefferson Hills
10 – 8 – John Cain (06)
11 – 1 – Tony Magill (5) – Jefferson Hills
12 – 15 – Tom Anton (64) – Jefferson Hills
13 – 11 – Jon Koteles (2K) – Stockdale
14 – 10 – Mike Tropeck (47T)
15 – 14 – Richard Ours (70)
16 – 16 – Robert Betz (22) – South Heights
DNS – AJ Poljak (17P) – Baldwin
DNS – Adam Ferree (29) – Jefferson Hills

Four Cylinder Feature (12) – Laps

1 – 3 – Bill Tennant – Colliers, WV
2 – 5 – Kyle Janas – Coraopolis
3 – 7 – (55)
4 – 2 – John Gill (19G) – Burgettstown
5 – 6 – Bob Quaigg (16)
6 – 8 – Tanya Charlier (21) – Midway
7 – 9 – (93)
8 – 1 – Andy Garlinger (R88) – Hopedale, OH
9 – 4 – Philip Bubeck (2L) – Washington

DNS – April Tennant (95) – Colliers, WV
DNS – Jason Romine (71)

Young Guns Feature (3) – Laps

1 – 2 – Noah Bubeck (2) – Washington
2 – 1 – Cameron Hollister (44) – McDonald

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Sye Lynch Partnering With Baughman Motorsports

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APOLLO, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Sprint Car driver Sye Lynch is partnering with Baughman Motorsports for the 2021 racing season.

Lynch, the third generation 410 Sprint Car driver, and his team plan to enter around 80-events as part of this partnership with Josh Baughman and Baughman Motorsports.  Longtime Lynch partner Mosites Motorsports joins new marketing partners Fischer Body Shop of Missouri and Hollywood Blasting and Coating of Odessa, Texas as part of the arrangement.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Lynch. “To have Fischer Body Shop and Baughman Motorsports join our efforts at Sye Lynch Racing is pretty special. We’ve been working on these plans for over four months. I’m not sure how we were able to keep it a secret this long, but it’s out there now. I’m ready to get started.”

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Lynch’s schedule is still being finalized but highlights include some of sprint car racing’s premier showcases like the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (July 15 & July 17) and the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (August 11-14).

“We are still working out the logistics side of things,” said Lynch. “I hope to have a complete plan of attack released in the coming weeks. I just want to thank all of my partners for their dedication and support. Our goal is to go out every night and put on a show. I’m confident we have what it takes to do that.”

Baughman is stepping back from full-time competition in 2021 but plans to run 10-15 events in 2021.

“We are excited about this new venture with Sye Lynch,” said Baughman. “He’s a talented kid with the hunger to win and we’re proud to be affiliated. I think it’s safe to say that we are all anxious to get the year underway.”

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Schatz Scores Jean Lynch Classic Win at East Bay

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GIBSONTON, FL (February 2, 2021): Donny Schatz scored an impressive win over the Madsen brothers, Ian and Kerry, in the second running of the Jean Lynch Classic for the All Star Circuit of Champions at East Bay Raceway Park. The All Stars’ visit to the ‘Clay by the Bay’ was cut to one night due to heavy rain that hit the track Sunday and continued into Monday. The speedway looked more like the fish farm that Jimmy Mingo and others converted into a racy oval over four decades ago. A substantial pond remained inside turn one on Tuesday but, fortunately, no Sprint Cars made a detour into that area.

“It’s been a long time since I was at East Bay,” Schatz said. He estimated that his last appearance at the track was in the early ’90s. “It’s really neat, tricky; it has some slick spots, some shiny spots.” Nonetheless, Schatz had no difficulty mastering the unfamiliar surface.

Ian Madsen and Cory Eliason paced the field for the 30 lap feature event named for the lady who was a former co-owner of the series and track manager at East Bay. Schatz lined up third, with Justin Peck beside him. Tony Stewart and Anthony Macri were in the third row, and Steve Buckwalter and Tyler Courtney in the fourth. The final dash participants, Kyle Reinhardt and Tim Shaffer, made up row five. Then came Jamie Myers and Gio Scelzi.

Eliason assumed command on the opening lap and he began to distance himself from Schatz, Ian Madsen, Peck, and Macri. However, just five laps into the race, Eliason collided with a slower car driven by Chris Windom. Eliason got a flat right front tire, but there was no other apparent damage to his car, so he was able to resume the race at the rear of the field.

Peck, who had slipped by Schatz on the last completed lap, took off at the drop of the green. Schatz raced along in second, followed by Ian Madsen, Courtney, Shaffer, and Macri. The man on the move, though, was Kerry Madsen, who was up to seventh from 17th on the starting grid.

A caution bunched things up at lap eleven. While the front runners did not change, Kerry Madsen made some aggressive moves to enter the top five.

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With fourteen laps in the books, Schatz was hounding Peck for the lead. He got a strong run off of turn two, but Peck moved up a lane to block his advance. Schatz deftly turned under Peck halfway down the back stretch and he was the new leader entering turn three. Peck no longer had the steam to race with the leaders and he slowly started to drift back in the running order after that.

The final caution was displayed on lap 17. Schatz continued to lead over Ian Madsen when racing resumed, but now the battle was for third. Courtney and Kerry Madsen were the contestants, with Shaffer looking for an opening. Madsen wrestled the spot away from Cortney in a few laps, and he set out after his brother.

The sibling rivalry intensified as the pair of Aussies picked their way through lapped traffic. “I didn’t know it was him,” Ian said of the driver pressing him for second. “I knew that he started pretty far back.” For his part, Kerry Madsen had to wonder how things would have played out differently if he had started closer to the front. “It was a great run, I had a great car and could go anywhere I wanted.”

Schatz maintained his lead to the finish. Ian held off his older brother for second. Courtney was fourth and Scelzi benefitted from a miscue by Shaffer on the final lap to gain the fifth spot. Shaffer, Peck, Stewart, Brent Marks, and Hunter Schuerenberg completed the top ten.

Kerry Madsen was the hard charger, advancing 14 positions.

Ian Madsen was the fastest qualifier of the night, turning in a lap of 12.680 seconds. Buckwalter, Courtney, Shaffer, and Schatz scored heat wins. The dashes belonged to Ian Madsen and Eliason. Terry McCarl captured the B Main.

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Western PA Sprint Speedweek Adds Another Sponsor

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SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Sprint Speedweek is adding another partner to the growing list of companies stepping up to support the five-race series this June.

J.S. Bova Excavating LLC has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of this summer’s upcoming five-race speedweek, scheduled to run from Wednesday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 6th.

J.S. Bova is a family-owned excavating company and general contractor known for its outstanding service, extensive expertise, steadfast reliability, and commitment to safety. J.S. Bova proudly serves the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area out of their central Struthers, Ohio location.

“We’re excited to get behind the revival of Western PA Speedweek” said owner Joe Bova. “We believe the area sprint car competition and racetracks are underrated and on the upswing, and we want to be associated with the excitement that this event brings.”

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Joe and Sherri Bova founded their business in 2013 and worked together to build their organization from the ground up. In less than a decade they have expanded their portfolio to offer a wide range of services and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants signed on to be the title sponsor of Western PA Sprint Speedweek last week.

Western PA Sprint Speedweek returns from a 20-year hiatus June 2nd-6th. Western Pennsylvania’s ‘410 Sprint Cars’ will compete for five straight nights with each show featuring a strong $3,000-to-win, $250-to-start purse.

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants Western PA Sprint Speedweek presented by J.S. Bova Excavating Schedule:

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