IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) Late race caution flags were a bit of a theme Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Dave McManus beat Ryan Moyer on a late race restart to win the PPMS Pro Stocks Feature. McManus was trailing Moyer when the caution flag flew setting up a green-white-checkered. Moyer chose the low side for the restart and who could blame him as he found grip on the low side to get to the lead. McManus was left to the high side, which he was running all race to work his way up to the second spot. McManus go the jump on the restart, drove hard into turn one and used the momentum off turn two and down the back stretch to take the lead, beating Moyer to the checkered flag by 0.886-seconds.
“I feel really bad for Ryan that was his race, he deserves it,” said a humble McManus in victory lane. “I knew I had a chance once that caution came out. I figured he’d pick the low line and I figured I would just let it sail and see if it sticks. I wish could be half as good as him on the low line. The high side is where I live and die at. The car was just fantastic. Fortunate caution for us.”
The caution was just as fortunate for Chas Wolbert in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature and unfortunate for Garrett Krummert. Krummert had built up a 7-second lead and was en route to a dominating win the caution flag flew setting up a shootout for the win. Wolbert dove low in turns one and two and as he was sliding up toward the outside wall on the backstretch, Krummert was blasting off turn two with the momentum. Wolbert made slight contact with Krummert, which scrubbed just enough speed off the 10S to give Wolbert the advantage going into the last two turns. Wolbert carried enough momentum to claim a 0.276 victory.
“I got into Garrett a bit coming off two and I apologize for that,” said Wolbert. “I knew I had to get beside him to have a chance. I can’t thank everybody enough who helps out, what a win.”
The late race caution flags continued in the RUSH Late Model feature. Ben Policz was out front headed for the white flag when the caution flag came out instead. Policz held off a John Mollick and a hard-charging Tommy Schirnhofer on a green-white-checkered to earn a 2.068-win.
“They were telling me I had a good lead and we’ve been screwed before on those last-lap cautions and I saw that come out and I was like ‘man not again’,” said Policz. “I knew Mollick lined up on the outside, I looked up at the screen and I saw the 60 and he’s the fastest guy here it seems like and I knew it was going to be a drag race. I just had to hit my marks.”
Tyler Fox ended Steven Shelpman’s dominance in the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks make-up feature, which ended due to curfew the previous weekend. Fox beat Shelpman to the checkered flag by 0.642-seconds.
Shelpman couldn’t be denied in this week’s feature beating Fox by 2.999-seconds for his third win in four tries in 2020 at PPMS.
“I had bad spark plug wire in the first race,” said Shelpman, a three-time track Champion. “I was running on 7-cylinders towards the end there. We got it fixed in time for this race and the car was great.”
The Open 4-Cylinders also had a make-up feature where Phillip Bubeck took the victory over Bill Tennant and John Gill. The positions were reversed in this week’s feature as Tennant beat Bubeck and April Tennant to the checkered flag.
In the Young Guns feature, Noah Bubeck split Cameron Hollister and Cameron Lamber going into turn one to take the lead and eventually with victory.
“I didn’t want to waste any time getting the front,” said Bubeck of the three-wide move going into turn one. “I saw a gap and I went for it.”
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.