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Norris, Flick, King Jr and Schneider Friday’s Winners At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A couple of familiar names returned to Victory Lane at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night.

Michael Norris took home the checkered flag in the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models parking Todd Cerenzia’s No. 02 I Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane after battling with Colton Flinner over the final few laps.  Norris’ slide job cleared Flinner off turn four securing “The Crusher Kid’s” first feature victory at “The Action Track” in 2020.

AJ Flick put a couple of frustrating days behind him by winning the People’s Naturals Gas DIRTcar Sprint feature.  Flick started fifth and was in the lead by lap three.  Flick was encountering lap traffic as Sye Lynch was marching through the field and it looked like there would be a battle for the win.  Unfortunately for Lynch he caught the outside wall coming out of turn four, sending him flipping.  Lynch was not injured but his night was over.  Carl Bowser continued his strong season climbing from ninth to 2nd and defending track Champion Jack Sodeman Jr rounded out the podium with a run from 11th to 3rd.

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Rex King Jr picked up his first Lernerville win in 2020 by taking the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature.  King got a good jump on a late restart to beat Garrett Krummert, who was victimized by a late caution last Saturday at PPMS after dominating the early part of the feature.  John Mollick raced up from his 9th starting spot to round out the podium.

Chris Schneider survived a caution-filled Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Pro Stock feature.  Chase Lambert and Jacob Billyk brought out the yellow on lap 2 after getting together in Turn 4.  The race was barely back to green when the yellow flew again on lap 4 as there was a spin in four.  The red flag came out on lap 11 when Bob Egley’s car began to shoot fluids and flames out of the No. 30.  Once the race was restarted the yellow flew again on lap 13 when Billyk and Ryan Maglione got together between turns 3 and 4.

Amazingly there has not been a repeat winner in the Super Late Models, the 410-Sprints or Big-Block Modifieds this season.

Fab 4 Racing returns to Lernerville next Friday night.

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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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