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Donny Schatz Wins 4th Don Martin Memorial At Lernerville in Thrilling Fashion

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz passed leader Brad Sweet on the last lap and held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson to win the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway Tuesday night.

Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, was leading as the white flag waved with Schatz and Larson battling for second.  Entering turn one Sweet took the high line and Schatz dove to the bottom and took the shorter way around and slid up in front of Sweet as Larson was getting a run off turn two.

Sweet dove low going into turns 3 and 4 trying to slide up in front of Schatz coming to the start/finish line but Larson went event lower and all three had a chance but it was Schatz who was first to take the checkered flag.

“It’s fun to race like that,” said Schatz.  “We came out on the right end of that one but those guys are good.  What won us that race was figuring out how to run the race track early in the race. It’s awesome to win the Silver Cup. At one point I thought ‘man I’m going end up running third here’ and we snuck away with a win.”

Larson wound up second and Sweet settled for third.

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“It was an exciting race,” said Larson.  “The track changed a ton. They watered it right before and it went through a lot of changes.  Hard to keep up with it.  Put together some good laps to get by Donny but he got back by me with two to go and then got by Brad.”

“I was kind of holding on there at the end,” said Sweet.  “I wasn’t getting into (turn) one fast enough.  My car wasn’t getting off (turn) two.  I just think I need to do a little better job protecting there.”

The victory was Schatz’s fourth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup triumph and ninth overall victory at “The Action Track”.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues their trek through the Keystone State with the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, July 23.

Fab 4 Racing continues Friday night at Lernerville.

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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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