ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – July 23, 2020): Sheldon Haudenschild inked his name in the record books of Lincoln Speedway for the very first time. The second generation driver scored the win in the Gettysburg Clash. The Thursday night special was the first round of action between the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse.
For Haudenschild, it was the first win of a season that has been disrupted and changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, to make matters worse on the racing scene, Haudenschild struggled to get into winning form. “I kept telling my guys ‘don’t take it personal; keep busting your ass.’ They’ve worked really hard. It’s all a team effort.” That hard work has started to pay dividends, as Haudenschild has been getting faster and more effective in the racecar. “We’re having a lot of fun and I hope we can string together some wins.” That would be perfect because the World of Outlaws tour is in the midst of what would normally be the month of money. While some of the bigger paying events were postponed due to the pandemic, there are still some hefty paydays in the weeks ahead.
Haudenschild positioned himself for the win by earning the pole in the night’s dash. Next to him was Parker Price-Miller. But in the second row was Jacob Allen who was looking to get his first career series win on the track located minutes from his home. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. lined up in fourth. Then came David Gravel and Jeff Halligan. Lucas Wolfe and Logan Schuchart, the other half of Bobby Allen’s hometown Outlaws team, were in row four.. Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz had row five covered.
While Haudenschild did take the early lead, it was Allen riding the rim in turns one and two to take command. He went on to lead the first 15 laps of the race although Haudenschild remained within striking distance throughout. There were two minor stoppages that put Haudenschild beside Allen, but neither restart proved to be eventful.
Lapped traffic provided the opportunity that Haudenschild needed. Allen was able to handle the slower cars at first, but as the race went on, Haudenschild’s experience gave him the edge. “I got by Jacob in traffic. He was really running good,” the Mild Child noted.
While the sons played out a ritual that their fathers did so often in their storied careers, the action through the field was hot and heavy. Rahmer was holding off Gravel and Price-Miller. Schuchart and Schatz were moving up, and so was Danny Dietrich, who started fourteenth on the grid. Pittman eliminated himself from contention at the halfway mark when he got upside down in turn two. He was unhurt and repairs were made so he could rejoin the race.
With a clear track ahead of him, Haudenschild was able to build a comfortable lead. Rahmer was starting to press Allen for second, but Gravel joined the fun and, now, it was his turn to torment the younger opponent.
Another caution set up a restart that proved to be contentious. While the leaders got away cleanly, there was heavy contact a couple of rows behind. Dietrich tried to make an opening that was not there, and Rahmer was forced up the track into the path of another car. Brock Zearfoss was collected. Both Rahmer and Zearfoss were finished and Dietrich continued with wing damage.
Things evened themselves out somewhat when Dietrich rapped the turn four wall with two laps remaining. he was riding in fifth at the time. The fans were quick to react to his misfortune.
While Haudenschild led the final two laps, all eyes were on the team racers, Allen and Schuchart, as they battled for second. Schuchart got the better of it. Gravel was a distant fourth, followed by Carson Macedo. Price-Miller, Schatz, Brad Sweet, Brent Marks, and Anthony Macri completed the top ten.
Allen enjoyed the run, even though he was relegated to third at the finish. “It was a lot of fun. I feel really good, mentally and physically. It was fun racing with Sheldon and then with Logan at the end.” Schuchart was disappointed that he did not get another restart in the closing laps. “I was looking for a restart. I could get a run on the bottom. I loved racing here seven or eight years ago. It’s been a long climb, but we are gaining on it.” Schuchart currently sits third in WoO standings an a hometown win would have gotten him back into the thick of things in the season tally.
Heat wins were scored by Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Gravel, Halligan, and Price-Miller. The B Main had a pair of Wagamans out front, with Tim ahead of Troy. Adam Wilt was best in the C Main. Anthony Macri was the top qualifier overall with lap of 13.483 seconds in Group A. Halligan started his night off well with the quick time in Group B, at 13.579.
Lincoln will feature a truck and tractor pull this Saturday, as the Sprints will be in action in nearby Williams Grove. Next week, there will be another mid-week special, the Drydene 40, paying $10,000 to the winner. That event will be on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway.
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.