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McManus, Policz, Wolbert Among Feature Winners Saturday Night At Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

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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.

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“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.”

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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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