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Rahmer Holds Off Montieth in Lincoln Thriller

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – June 20, 2020): The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway lived up to its billing on Saturday night when Freddie Rahmer Jr. held off a last-lap challenge from seven-time track champion Brian Montieth. Montieth actually took the lead briefly in turn one, but Rahmer came storming back on the outside of turn two to regain the advantage which he held to the finish line. Lurking right behind the leaders was Danny Dietrich.

Remarkably, all three drivers came from deep in the field to produce one of the most exciting events in the virus-interrupted season. Rahmer, who now has won two in a row at Lincoln and three races overall in 2020, started in 13th. Montieth, a winner at Lincoln this season, started 23rd, and Dietrich, a winner with the All Stars this season, started 17th. Their marches forward were aided by only one caution, that coming on lap 17 of the 30 lap race.

While the superstars produced the late-race excitement, some early highlights were provided by Brent Shearer and Bradley Howard. Shearer jumped out front at the start of the race, with Howard and rookie Aaron Bollinger fighting for second. Kyle Moody picked up a few spots in the early going while Cale Thomas and Brett Michalski were in the mix as well.

Howard took over second and he started to close in on Shearer. Soon, the two were in a side by side battle for the lead. The two nearly collided on the front stretch after popping wheelies coming off turn four! They both maintained control, and the battle royale resumed.

Howard pulled off a slider in turn one to grab the lead on the fifteenth circuit. He slowly started to pull away from Shearer and fans must have wondered whether Howard could pull off the upset.

Things became more difficult for Howard on lap seventeen when Dylan Norris brought out the only caution in the contest. Howard restarted on the point, of course, but now the hounds that were chasing him could see the rabbit out front and there were no lapped cars separating any of them. One contender retired under the caution, as Thomas pitted to get his nose wing retired. That moved Rahmer into the fifth spot and Montieth into ninth. Dietrich was still outside the top ten at this point.

When the green light came on again, Howard still had the lead, but Rahmer picked up a pair of positions. Soon thereafter, Dietrich vaulted into the top five.

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Rahmer reeled in Howard and he was trying different lines to try to gain the advantage. Rahmer made a slider stick in turns one and two on lap 22 to take the lead. Now Bradley was under attack from Moody and Dietrich. While this was happening, Montieth got his momentum up and he started picking off cars. Over the last five laps of the race, he put on a clinic passing lapped cars and contenders with ease.

Montieth reached second as Rahmer got hung up behind a slower car. Montieth dropped to the inside and got a tremendous surge off turn four as the white flag was displayed. He pulled up beside Rahmer and got his nose out front briefly in turn one. But Rahmer rallied and took the lead back in turn two, never to be headed again.

Rahmer crossed ahead of Montieth to pick up another $4,000. Dietrich was a close third. Howard held off Moody for the fourth spot. Point leader Brandon Rahmer was sixth. Alan Krimes, Adam Wilt, Jimmy Siegel, and Chase Dietz followed.

Shearer, Howard, and Michalski led the way in their respective heat races. Dietz was the best in the B Main.

In the Limited Late Models, veteran Alan Sagi picked up the win. It was the fifth decade in which Sagi took a checkered flag. Chad Ernst, who led the fist 13 laps, held on for second. Craig Wagaman, Kurt Zimmerman, and D.J. Mease completed the top five. Wagaman and Mease copped the preliminaries.

Will Walls earned the victory in the Street Stocks on the final lap. He was trailed by Ryan Smith, Greg Diehl, Jasen Geesaman, and Michelle Walls. Heat winners were Geesaman and Will Walls.

Lincoln will host a pair of 410 Sprint events during the Central PA Speedweek. Round two will pay $9,200 to the winner of the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial on Saturday. Two nights later, round four will pay $7,000. Lincoln will have the 358 Sprints take center stage on July 4 as the 410 Sprints will conclude Speedweek at Port Royal Speedway. Joining the 358s will be the 305 Sprints, 600 Xcel Modifieds, and Stocks.

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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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