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Dietrich Defends the Home Turf



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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – June 27, 2020): While the fastest cars started in the front of the field at Lincoln Speedway, the die hard fans were nonetheless treated to an outstanding display of dirt track wizardry in the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial. Grabbing the win in round two of the 30th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek was Danny Dietrich, who hails from nearby Gettysburg, PA. Dietrich fought hard with Kyle Larson and Lance Dewease to earn $9,200.

“It feels good (to win),” Dietrich said. “Kyle’s the best, and we beat the best,” he added confidently. “As the race kept going, the car just got better and better,” he added. But Dietrich still had to drive the car hard, explaining that after his little shunt with Larson in turn four the damage to his nose wing made the car push. “It wanted to go straight to the wall a couple of times.” Of the incident with Larsen, Dietrich noted that the two had traded vicious sliders several times, all while negotiating through lapped traffic. “It got close there, I thought that I was either going to win it or land in my favorite place there in turn four.”

Freddie Rahmer, Jr., the winner of two straight at Lincoln Speedway, drew the pole position, and Larson was next to him for the start. Dietrich lined up third, with Lance Dewease in fourth. Row three had Lucas Wolfe paired up with Rico Abreu. Then came Ryan Smith and Brock Zearfoss. Brian Montieth, who nearly stole the show the week before, was next to Sammy Swindell in row five for the 30 lapper.

On the original start, Rahmer bolted out to an early lead over Larson. Dietrich had a narrow advantage over Dewease, but a flip by Kyle Reinhardt and Jeff Halliagn in turn two stopped the action. On the second try, Rahmer led Larson off turn four, but Larson dove low into turn one and drifted up ahead of Rahmer to take the early lead. Again, Dietrich was ahead of Dewease, Abreu and Wolfe.

Dewease showed some early speed taking over the second position with two laps in the books. But Larson had already built up a considerable lead and it took the veteran quite some time to chase him down. Dewease did so as the race neared the halfway mark, but Dietrich was also giving chase. Soon, it was a three-car battle for the lead!

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Dietrich moved into second again on lap 18 and set his sights on Larson. This time Dietrich chased him down with Dewease lurking in third. Dewease dropped to the inside and picked off Dietrich. He challenged Larson briefly before getting hung up by a slower car on the inside line. Larson and Dietrich got away and the remaining laps turned into a two-car race for the win.

As the laps counted down, Dietrich and Larson went at it intensely taking turns sliding the adversary and lapped cars. As mentioned, they did make some contact in turn four but they regained control of their mounts. Dietrich made the last move count on lap 27. He was able to maintain the lead for the final three laps much to the delight of the large crowd on hand.

At the finish, it was Dietrich by 1.013 seconds over Larson. Dewease held off a fast-closing Freddie Rahmer, Jr. for third. Abreu was fifth. Positions six through ten went to Zearfoss, Brent Marks, Smith, Wolfe, and Alan Krimes.

Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Zearfoss, Abreu, and Wolfe won their respective heat races. Bobby Howard captured the C Main and Cale Thomas topped the B Main. Dewease was the night’s fastest qualifier, leading Group A with a lap of 13.438 seconds. Dietrich was quickest in Group B at 13.784 seconds.

Lincoln Speedway will host round four of Speedweek on Monday night. It will be a Sprints only program. It will also be in action next Saturday with the 358 Sprint Cars holding their first Summer Series event. Support classes will also participate. Speedweek will continue with night three being held at the Selinsgrove Speedway for the annual Jan Opperman and Dick Bogar Memorial.

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Sye Lynch Partnering With Baughman Motorsports



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



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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