PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – There is nothing better than mid-week races and tonight there are two races that you can enjoy. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is at Lincoln Speedway for the Gettysburg Clash and the NASCAR Cup Series is at Kansas Speedway for the Super Start Batteries 400.
Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz rolls into Lincoln Speedway hot off his 4th win in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and 9th overall at Lernerville Speedway this past Tuesday. The victory allowed Schatz to take a four point lead over Brad Sweet in the Championship standings. Schatz tasted victory at Lincoln in 2016.
Sweet has yet to win at Lincoln Speedway or Williams Grove Speedway but had top-five and top-10 runs at both tracks in 2019.
Kyle Larson will not be at Lincoln tonight. The rest of the field may be rejoicing because in his last 38-starts in Sprint Cars and Midgets “yung money” has 21-wins, 31-podiums and 33-top 5’s.
Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying starts at 7:00 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR Cup Series races tonight at Kansas Speedway. Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick drew the pole position with Team Penske’s Joey Logano starting second.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch will start 9th in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro and Matt Kenseth will start 14th in the No. 42 McDelivery Chevrolet Camaro.
Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018) and Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015) are tied for the in wins among active drivers with three. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Kenseth each have two victories. Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman all have one win at Kansas.
Johnson enters the race in the 16th and final playoff spot, 2-points ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron and 14-points ahead of 18th place Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing.
This is the 80th time the NASCAR Cup Series has competed on a Thursday but only the third time in NASCAR’s Modern Era (1972-Present). Prior to the Modern Era, mid-week racing was quite common.
Tonight’s race starts at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the race on NBCSN and hear the race on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
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.
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.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
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.
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.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
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.
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.