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Kyle Larson Wins Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway

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PORT ROYAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson just keeps winning.  Larson picked up the victory in the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Bob Weikert Memorial Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.

“It’s definitely an honor to win this race,” said Larson. “Port Royal is starting to become one of my favorite tracks. And the atmosphere here is right up there with the Knoxville Nationals. We still have one more night to go, so hopefully we can park back up here in victory lane.”

Larson started seventh in the feature and worked his way into the top 3 after ten laps.  Five laps later Larson passed Logan Wagner for the second spot and set his sights on the leader Brent Marks, who started on the outside of the front row.

Larson caught Marks on lap 17 as Marks encountered lap traffic.  The pair battled for the lead with Larson slingshotting past Marks for the lead on lap 20.  Larson checked out over the last ten laps to pick up his series-leading ninth All Star victory of the year.

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“My car was really, really good,” said Larson. “I saw Brent (Marks) and Logan (Wagner) battling right before the last caution and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get by them. Thankfully, Logan was kinda searching for grip which allowed me to gain some momentum on the top and get around him. Then I was able to track Brent down in traffic. I could run about 80-90% and still take care of my tires. The last time I won here, my tires were pretty beat up because I was spinning them so bad. Tonight I just focused on trying to keep my wheel spin down. I’m glad it paid off.”

Night two of the Bob Weikert Memorial continues Sunday at Port Royal. In addition to a $10,000 top prize, an overall Bob Weikert Memorial champion will be crowned with an additional $5,000 on the line. For more information visit www.portroyalspeedway.com.

Bob Weikert Memorial Results (30 Laps):

  1. 57-Kyle Larson [7];
  2. 5-Brent Marks [2];
  3. 39M-Anthony Macri [11];
  4. 1-Logan Wagner [3];
  5. 69K-Lance Dewease [5];
  6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [21];
  7. 41-David Gravel [9];
  8. 11-Zeb Wise [12];
  9. 5C-Dylan Cisney [26];
  10. 2-AJ Flick [17];
  11. 55-Mike Wagner [18];
  12. 17h-Sheldon Haudenschild [14];
  13. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8];
  14. 39s-Sammy Swindell [10];
  15. W20-Greg Wilson [22];
  16. 98-Kyle Reinhardt [13];
  17. 55K-Robbie Kendall [19];
  18. 13-Paul McMahan [23];
  19. 25-Tyler Bear [1];
  20. 99-Skylar Gee [25];
  21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [20];
  22. 35-Tyler Reeser [27];
  23. 29-Danny Dietrich [4];
  24. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15];
  25. 26-Cory Eliason [16];
  26. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [24];
  27. 11T-TJ Stutts [6]

Lap Leaders: Brent Marks (1-19), Kyle Larson (20-30)

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All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial

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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.

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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.”

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Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022

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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.

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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.

 

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Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022

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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.

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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.

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