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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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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday.  DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.

The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.

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“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.

“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten.  My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”

Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.

Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
  2. $2,000;
  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
  6. $700;
  7. $600;
  8. $550;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.

“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh.  “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”

MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.

“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.

The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.

MINIS are no stranger to the race track.  In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.

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John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year.  Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events.  Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.

Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.

Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.

For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.

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