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Dietrich Does It at Williams Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (Williams Grove Speedway July 31, 2020): Danny Dietrich capitalized upon a late race restart to earn his fist victory of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. The win marked the tenth consecutive season that the Gettysburg driver has taken the laurels at the historic venue.

“We haven’t been very good since we got back from Texas,” Dietrich said. “We have had some speed, but there were nights that things broke or I wasn’t very good.” But, Dietrich was both lucky and good this night. He explained, “I hit the bottom very good coming off two and Anthony (Macri) rolled into three on the high side. I guess he thought that he had enough of a lead, but I hit the inside really hard and I slid him. I have a lot of respect for Anthony, and it’s mutual. I was in a situation myself where Brock (Zearfoss) could have fenced me but he showed me some respect. It’s mutual. We’re all friends.”

Tyler Ross and Macri occupied the front row by virtue of their heat race wins. Behind them were Dietrich and points leader Justin Marks. Row three had Lucas Wolfe paired with Zearfoss. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Adrian Schaffer were in row four, followed by Ryan Smith and Jason Solwold.

Ross jumped out to the early lead, but Macri was not to be denied. He blew by Ross in turns three and four to lead the field to the scoring loop for lap two. From there, Macri built up a substantial lead. Over the next 16 laps or so, the battle was for second between Ross and Dietrich, while Marks, Rahmer, and Wolfe fought for positions in the top five.

Dietrich took over second with 18 laps in the books. Soon thereafter, Ross came to a stop in turn four wiping out Macri’s huge lead.

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While the field was pacing under the caution, Dietrich drove up beside Macri. We will never know if the tactic rattled the younger driver, but this much we do know. Dietrich hung tough on the restart and, as he said, he got a good run at the leader coming off turn two. Dietrich completed the maneuver by sliding by Macri entering turn three.

Macri lost another position to Marks a lap later. Things could have been worse for Macri, as he made contact with Marks’ car coming off turn four after the pass. Fortunately, both drivers were able to gather it up and keep their cars moving forward without further incidents.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich over Marks by 2.616 seconds. Macri held on for third. Zearfoss and Wolfe completed the top five. Smith passed a faltering Rahmer for sixth. After Rahmer came Solwold, Chase Dietz, and Matt Campbell.

There was no B Main due to the short field.

Derek Locke scored his first career win in the 358 Sprints, leading the entire distance. Brett Wanner had a couple of shots at him on restarts, but Wanner could not get the nose ahead of the leader on either occasion. Dylan Norris, Jordan Strickler, and Scott Fisher completed the top five. Kevin Nouse was going for his third consecutive win of the season at the Grove, but he crashed between turns three and four on the opening lap. Nouse was fighting for second at the moment of impact.

Williams Grove will have 410 Sprints and Super Late Models next Friday, August 7. August 14 will be a Sprint Car triple header as the 410s and 358s will be joined by the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints. They race sans wings, so there will be a little something for everybody that night. That show was added to the schedule after the Knoxville Nationals were postponed due to the COVID-19 limitations.

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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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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.

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“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.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(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.

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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.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
  2. $2,000;
  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
  6. $700;
  7. $600;
  8. $550;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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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.

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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.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

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.

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