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Dewease Scores in Speedweek Opener at Williams Grove

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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.

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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.

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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;

16-24: $

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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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