WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – June 26, 2020): Lance Dewease started off the 30th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek with a convincing win at Williams Grove Speedway, holding off one of the hottest dirt trackers in the country, Kyle Larson. The $7,000 victory was the 99th in Dewease’s illustrious career and the 29th career Speedweek triumph. He trails the all-time Speedweek champion, Fred Rahmer, Sr. by one tally.
Dewease, who was sporting a brand new powerplant in his potent Don Kreitz Motorsports machine, chased the early leader, Brian Montieth, for the first ten laps of the contest. While Montieth rode the high line, Dewease was searching for an alternative. He eventually found the inside to his liking. Soon after the third stoppage, Dewease powered past Montieth in turn three, pulling the trigger on a textbook slide job. Montieth fought back in turn one but he could not carry enough momentum to return the favor at that end of the track.
While Montieth and Dewease were dicing for the lead, Danny Dietrich was riding in third. However, Larson took the position away from him just before the halfway signal. Larson was chasing down the leaders when Montieth suddenly slowed his pace. Montieth pulled into the pits allowing the race to remain under green flag conditions.
As the laps wound down, Larson continued to cut into Dewease’s advantage. With two to go, Dewease was closing in on Mike Wagner. Dewease had some difficulty putting him a lap down and Larson drew even closer. “I came up on a lapped car and he was kinda where I needed to be,” Dewease explained. However, he was able to make the pass on the inside of turn one on the white flag lap. Larson then encountered the same difficulty getting by Wagner. That enabled Dewease to stretch his lead to almost a full second over the popular California driver.
Dewease took the checkers to a thunderous ovation. Larson trailed him by .931 seconds at the finish. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. worked by Dietrich for third. Ryan Smith came home in fifth. Anthony Macri, Brent Marks, Lucas Wolfe, Jeff Halligan, and Brock Zearfoss rounded out the top ten.
Montieth, Larson, T.J. Stutts, and Dietrich were the winners of the four heat races. Matt Campbell topped the B Main. Rico Abreu was the fastest qualifier for the 38 racers. he toured the speedway in 16.645 seconds.
Kevin Knouse won the 358 Sprint undercard. It was his first win of the year and 23rd career 358 triumph at the track. Knouse has scored at least one victory for the last 25 years!
Williams Grove will be back in action next Friday with round seven of Speedweek. The Mitch Smith Memorial will pay $15,000 to the winner. Speedweek moves on to Lincoln Speedway for the first of two appearances in the Pigeon Hills. The Kevin Gobrecht Memorial will pay $9,200 to the winner.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.