PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Firecracker weekend continues Friday night at Lernerville Speedway plus NASCAR rolls into the Pocono Mountains for 5-races in 3-days and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces that the Indy 500 will be run with fans at 50% capacity.
Firecracker Weekend Continues At Lernerville Speedway
- The Firecracker 100 Weekend continues Friday night at Lernerville Speedway as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series continues with qualifying races and the RUSH Late Model Series continues with qualifiers for the Bill Emig Memorial. Max Blair was the winner of the opening round of the Firecracker weekend in a hard-fought battle with Brandon Sheppard.
NASCAR Visits the Pocono Mountains
- All three NASCAR Touring Series are racing at Pocono Raceway this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series Pocono Organics 150 and the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 takes place on Saturday. Johnny Sauter is on the pole position for the Truck race and Aric Almirola is on the pole for the Cup race. Sunday’s events feature the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 225 and the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350. Pocono Saturday Starting Lineup
Indianapolis 500 To Be Run With Fans But At 50% Capacity
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials confirmed June 26 their commitment to welcoming spectators to the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, Aug. 23, with the venue capacity limited to 50 percent attendance. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was postponed from its original date of Sunday, May 24 due to the COVID-19 health crisis. IMS is communicating with existing ticketholders to learn of their intent to use their race tickets. Credits will be available for ticketholders who choose to adjust their order. Individuals in high-risk groups are encouraged to consider staying home and returning in 2021. In close consultation with public health officials, the IMS team is also working diligently to finalize a comprehensive plan of health measures that will be unveiled for spectators in the near future.
Racing Notebook – NASCAR Goes Road Racing at Daytona; Cap Henry Grabs 2nd OH Speedweek win plus INDYCAR Drivers On IMS and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Today’s Racing Notebook includes details on the updated NASCAR schedule, Ohio Speedweek continues plus INDYCAR drivers like what new owner Roger Penske has done with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Jimmie Johnson cleared to drive after COVID-19 and more:
NASCAR Updates Schedule Through Regular Season Finale:
- NASCAR on Wednesday updated their schedule through the regular season finale. The Cup Series will visit Michigan International Speedway August 8-9; Daytona International Speedway August 16 but using the Road Course; Dover August 22-23 and the oval at Daytona on August 29. The Cup Series races this weekend at Kentucky.
NEWS: NASCAR reveals rest of revamped 2020 regular-season schedule.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 8, 2020
Cap Henry Gets 2nd Win Of Ohio Speedweek:
- Cap Henry passed Cole Conley with two laps remaining to win Monday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions feature at Wayne County Speedway. The victory was the 2nd for Henry in Ohio’s Sprint Speedweek as he won Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Ohio Sprint Speedweek continues Wednesday night at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio.
Jimmie Johnson Cleared To Drive at Kentucky:
- Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson has been cleared to resume NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at Kentucky. Johnson missed this past weekend’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Johnson passed NASCAR’s requirements in order to return which included two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms, and medical clearance from a physician.
INDYCAR Drivers Psyched About Penske’s Changes At IMS:
- NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers were impressed at how different the Indianapolis Motor Speedway looked when they arrived at the facility for this past weekend’s GMR Grand Prix, the first under new owner Roger Penske. The improvements include a wide concourse between the front stretch grandstands and Georgetown Road; 30-New LED Video Boards; 5G Wireless Connectivity; 3-acres of new sod; 75-metal frame picnic tables; 5-miles of new fencing; 400,000-square feet of new asphalt; 4,000-gallons of paint; 50-renovated concession stands and 225-updated restrooms with new paint, LED Lighting and hand dryers. “Spotless,” said Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner. “Like his team, his race cars, his trucks. Up to Roger’s standards in every way.”
Kurt Busch to Guest Star on Jay Leno’s Garage:
- Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy/Gearwrench Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro will be one of the featured guests in tonight’s season finale of “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Busch took to his Twitter account to share the news and a sneak peek.
Tonight, 10P ET, check it out!! https://t.co/1b4V4kllQO
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) July 8, 2020
Racing Notebook – Monday, July 5: Weekend Racing Recap and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Monday’s Racing Notebook takes a look back at a historic weekend of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as this weekend’s local action from Lernerville, Jennerstown, PA and OH Sprint Car Speedweek plus President Trump wants an apology from Bubba Wallace:
Harvick Wins 3rd Brickyard 400:
- Kevin Harvick picked up his third Brickyard 400 victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday holding off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth in overtime. Denny Hamlin was also one of the strongest cars at IMS on Sunday until he blew a tire late in the race. Check out our recap here.
Reutzel Wins At Fremont Speedway:
- Aaron Reutzel was victorious on Sunday at Fremont Speedway in the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions feature. Paul McMahan finished second and Lee Jacobs finished third. It was the third straight podium finish for Reutzel in Ohio Sprint Speedweek competition.
Scott Dixon Wins GMR Grand Prix at IMS:
- PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon started off the historic INDYCAR/NASCAR tripleheader at IMS on Saturday by capturing the checkered flag in the GMR Grand Prix. Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal was second followed by Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud. Check out our recap here.
Chase Briscoe Wins Xfinity Series Race at IMS:
- Indiana native Chase Briscoe was the winner of the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Justin Haley finished second followed by Noah Gragson. The next race for the Xfinity Series is July 9, 2020 at Kansas Speedway
Kyle Larson Wins at Port Royal to capture PA Speedweek Title:
- Kyle Larson captured the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Championship and did it in style by winning the 410 feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night. Larson held off Brent Marks and Rico Abreu to capture his first win at “The Speed Palace” and his first PA Sprint Car Speedweek title. Check out our recap here.
Bubba Pollard Gets CARS win at Jennerstown; Heim 6th:
- Bubba Pollard won the Inaugural Thomas Automotive American Freedom 300 at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex. It was Pollard’s second win in as many CARS Tour races after claiming the checkered flag at Hickory Motor Speedway in June. Sammy Smith finished second followed by Jake Garcia. Corey Heim, who has relatives in the area and was a guest on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast finished 6th.
Buddy Kofoid Takes Night 2 Of Ohio Sprint Speedweek:
- Buddy Kofoid started on the pole position and led wire-to-wire to capture the checkered flag in the second night Ohio Sprint Car Speedweek. Kofoid was barely challenged except on three restart where he prevailed. Aaron Reutzel finished second followed by Cole Duncan.
Friday Winners From Lernerville:
- Erick Rudolph took home the checkered flag in the BRP Modified Tour main event at Lernerville Speedway coming from the rear of the field to hold off Rex King Sr. and Garrett Krummert. Michael Bauer picked up his first career victory in the Peoples Natural Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint feature. Tyler Dietz beat Daryl Charlier and Corey McPherson to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part RUSH/DIRTcar Pro Stocks main event and Greg Dobrosky won the Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 feature.
Cap Henry Wins Ohio Speedweek Opener:
- Cap Henry opened up Ohio Sprint Speedweek by picking up his second career All Star Circuit of Champions feature win Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Buddy Kofoid finished second followed by Aaron Reutzel.
Trump Says Wallace Should Apologize:
- President Donald Trump thinks NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace should apologize for the noose incident last month at Talladega, calling it a “hoax” in a tweet. See both Trump’s and Wallace’s response below:
Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6, 2020
Racing Notebook – Tuesday, June 30: Rose Mattioli Passes plus Knoxville Nationals Cancelled and NASCAR cancels Champions Week and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Sad news from the Pocono Mountains as the matriarch of Pocono Raceway, Rose Mattioli passes away at the age of 92. COVID-19 forces the cancellation of the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal as well as NASCAR Champions Week in Nashville.
Pocono Raceway Matriarch Dr. Rose Mattioli Passes:
- Dr. Rose Mattioli, the matriarch of Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli family, passed away at her home on Monday at the age of 92. Dr. Rose and her late husband Dr. Joseph Mattioli co-founded Pocono Raceway in 1968. Dr. Mattioli is survived by her daughters Looie and Michele, and son Joseph III. In lieu of flowers her family asks for donations to be sent to any charity of the donors’ choosing. The family also released this statement: “The entire Pocono Raceway family thanks you for your kind words and outreach.”
Knoxville Nationals Cancelled:
- The 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals has been postponed due to COVID-19. The decision was made collaboratively between Knoxville Raceway officials and the Marion County Fair Board. The new date is August 11-14, 2021. Anyone with tickets to the event will automatically have their ticket rolled over for use at next year’s event, where new tickets will be issued. If you can’t make the event next year, you can call the track at 641-842-5431 to return your tickets for a refund.
Eldora Speedway Cancels “Kings Royal”:
- Eldora Speedway has rescheduled the 37th annual Kings Royal Weekend to July 2021. The legendary half-mile dirt oval’s marquee sprint car event was originally slated for July 15-18, but the Ohio Department of Health’s orders restricting mass gatherings and spectator events at large venues remains in effect as a part of the state’s overall response to the COVID-19 health crisis.
NASCAR Cancels “Champions Week” In Nashville:
- The Coronavirus has forced NASCAR to cancel ‘Champions Week’ in Nashville. The sanctioning body released this statement:
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 29, 2020