ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (July 18, 2020 – Pittsburgh Racing Now): For the second time this season, World of Outlaws traveler Carson Macedo took advantage of an open date in the tour’s schedule to scoop up the cash in Central Pennsylvania. The first time was opening day at Williams Grove Speedway. The most recent occasion was in the Outlaw Tune-up at Lincoln Speedway. While the driver from Lemoore, CA was celebrating his $10,000 win, his car owner, Kyle Larson, was doing likewise at the Port Royal Speedway after vanquishing the All Stars Circuit of Champions in the first round of the Bob Weikert Memorial. The teammates will clash Sunday night in round two at the Port.
“Towards the end of the race, I was getting a little nervous,” said Macedo. “The lapped cars were keeping a pretty good pace, so I moved down and I was able to get by some of them.” Macedo was appreciative of the opportunity to make a substantial bank deposit for the non-sanctioned win. “A little bit of extra money is really nice,” he said with a laugh. Although Macedo was not facing his usual World of Outlaws foes, he knew that his work was cut out for him. “I have a lot of respect for the Pennsylvania Posse, they are tough.” Macedo will square off against all of those drivers plus his Outlaws opponents on Thursday when Lincoln Speedway hosts the Gettysburg Clash. That race was postponed due to the COVID-19 closure of the speedway earlier in the season.
Macedo started on the pole for the 35 lapper. He was scheduled to start on the outside of row one, after finishing second in the dash. But one of the track’s favorite sons, Brandon Rahmer, suffered an engine problem after grabbing the checkers in the placement event. Joining Macedo up front was track points leader, Freddie Rahmer, Jr. A pair of Outlaws, Daryn Pittmen and Logan Schuchart, were in row two. Then came locals Brain Montieth and Ryan Smith. Matt Campbell and Chase Dietz shared row four. Jacob Allen and Lucas Wolfe were in row five.
Macedo jumped ahead of Rahmer at the drop of the green. But Rahmer took to the outside and nosed ahead of him in turns one and two. Rahmer could not drop down to block Macedo, and he lost the lead on the exit of turn two. Other than a failed slide job after a lap 18 restart, that was the closest that Rahmer would get to Macedo.
Once he grabbed the lead from Rahmer, Macedo moved to the topside, which was clearly the faster line in the early going. Macedo, Rahmer, Schuchart, Smith, Pittman, and Montieth led the way. They ran in that prder until lap 15, when Montieth spun in turn four to end his night. Also collected was Tim Wagaman, but he was able to resume the race after pitting for some minor repairs.
Macedo got away cleanly on the restart and led the next three laps. However, Adam Wilt brought out the second, and last, caution of the race when he stopped on the back stretch.
That gave Rahmer an opportunity to take a run at Macedo. Although Rahmer pulled alongside of him, he could not slide up ahead of Macedo. Macedo deftly rode the rim in turns one and two and he began to pull away. Rahmer, meanwhile, fell back into a three-car battle for second. His rivals were Schuchart and Smith. Nonetheless, Rahmer held control, at least for the next seven laps or so.
Soon thereafter, Smith began his charge. He grabbed second and was closing in on Macedo, who was having some difficulty with the slower cars ahead of him. As noted above, Macedo switched lines, as the inside was getting faster due to the accumulation of rubber down there. After making the switch, Macedo pulled away from Smith.
Schuchart saw what Macedo was ale to do. He took the same approach and found that he could make up time on the bottom. He wrestled second away from Smith on lap 32 and he began to close rapidly on Macedo. Schuchart, who owns a 358 Sprint championship at Lincoln Speedway before turning Outlaw, ran out of time, mucg to the disappointment of the partisan crowd.
Macedo took the win, followed by Schuchart, Smith, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Pittman. Jacob Allen came on in the final laps to take sixth. Dietz, Wolfe, Alan Krimes, and Casey Kahne rouded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Montieth, Pittman, Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer. Brandon Rahmer won the dash before his misfortune. Montieth was the fastest qualifer with a quick time of 13.653 seconds.
Russell Mitten, the builder of RPM Chassis, captured the Super Sportsman Tour 20 lap feature. He started on the pole and led the entire distance. Finishing second was Kenny Edkin, who came from sixth on the grid. Kenny Edkin was undefeated in the first four tour races this year. John Edkin was third, followed by the veteran, Frankie Herr. Scott Dellinger was fifth. Dellinger and Mitten split the heat wins. There was no B Main.
Super Sportsmen resemble Sprint Cars, but there are a number of notable differences. The cars are a vestige of the early Super Modified days in Central PA. While the Super Modifieds dominated the big, fast half miles, older cars with modifications were raced on smaller ovals like Brickerville, Fredericksburg, and Silver Spring Speedways. With the passage of time, the Super Modifieds morphed into Sprint Cars and the Sportsmen followed suit. However, the Sportsmen cars are unique. First, the cars have a 2×4 main rail instead of the round tubing used for the rest of the cars’ chassis construction. Second, the cars are powered by carbureted small blocks, instead of the larger, fuel injected power plants found in the 410 Sprint Car ranks. Third, the cars have starters and transmissions. Fourth, they have 15 square foot top wins instead of the usual 25 square foot wings. Fifth, there is no nose wing. The cars race regularly at BAPS Motor Speedway and there are special touring events held at a number of other area tracks.
The final event of the night was a 20 lapper for the Midgets. Steve Drevicki was the winner. He took the lead following a lap one restart. He dominated the first half of the race. However, Eric Heydenreich came on in the second half to challenge Drevicki for the lead. Their private contest came to an end, though,when Heydenreich pulled in on lap 17. Taking second was Adam Pierson. Kerry Johnson, Zach Curtis, and Steve Craig completed the top five. Preliminaries went to Pierson and Drevicki. There was no B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will host the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Thursday night. There will be no racing Saturday night because the World of Outlaws will be in action at Williams Grove Speedway for the two-day Summer Nationals. Instead, Lincoln Speedway will have a truck and tractor pull featuring the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
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.
“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.
Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway
(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.
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.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year
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.
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.
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.