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Dewease and Macri Win Semis at Port Royal’s Living Legends Dream Race

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PORT ROYAL, PA (August 1, 2020): Port Royal Speedway paid tribute to a fallen leader Saturday night. The 14th Annual Living Legends Dream Race, one of the highest-paying events on the track schedule, recognized the visions and accomplishments of Don Clark, the former president of the Juniata County Fair Board. During his tenure, Clark fought a courageous battle against cancer, but he never allowed the dreaded disease to interfere with his work on behalf of the facility and its programs. Sadly, Don Clark died before the 2020 season commenced.

The Living Legends Dream Race presented the 410 Sprint Cars in an unusual format. All of the cars participated in time trials which were used to set up a pair of twin semi-features using an odds/evens system. Each 16 lap race paid a purse, with the winner getting $2,000. The top ten finishers transferred to the A Main, which would have paid another $10,000 to the winner. The remaining cars went into a B Main, with the top four finishers advancing to the finale. The Super Late Models ran a more traditional program of time trials, heats, B Main, and an A Main to cap off the festivities. Unfortunately, rains hit the speedway before feature time. In fact, the final Late Model heat race and the pair of B Mains were delayed briefly by a shower, but they were completed. So, the fields are set for the make-up dates.

There were 31 Sprint Cars registered for the contest. Brock Zearfoss was the fastest qualifier, at 16.110 seconds. Logan Wagner was second fastest, at 16.157 seconds.

In the first Semi, Brent Marks jumped out to the early lead, followed by Lance Dewease, Ryan Smith, Brock Zearfoss and Steve Buckwalter. Marks seemed to have things well in hand until he got into lapped traffic. Dewease ran the inside line and began chipping away at the lead. Marks’ pace was slowed on the oputside by a lapped car and that gave Dewease the opportunity to cruise past in turns one and two. Marks was second. Zearfoss ans Buckwalter go by a struggling Smith in the final laps. Ryan Taylor, defending Dream Race winner A.J. Flick, Jeff Miller, Kyle Reinhardt, and Justin Whittal were the other transfers.

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The second Semi was a much more lively affair. Tyler Bear took the lead, but Anthony Macri and Logan Wagner chased him down. The three traded sliders on several laps. Macri made the winning move on Wagner with the laps counting down. then came Wagner, Bear, T.J. Stutts, and Dave Blaney in the Lou Blaney tribute car. Jared Esh made his first start for Tom and Fran Chiappelli pay off with a creditable sixth place finish. Mike Wagner charged ahead to seventh, followed by Blaine Heimbach, Jeff Halligan, and Kody Lehman.

The B Main winner was Dylan Cisney, trailed by Jason Solwold, Kyle Smith, and Paulie Colagiovanni.

Hayes Mattern was the quickest of the full-fendered set. He turned a time of 18.614 seconds. His speed did not carry over to his heat, however. That was won by Mason Zeigler. Max Blair, Michael Norris, and Gregg Satterlee also prevailed in their respective heats. Gene Knaub copped the B Main, which was the last race of the night before the heavier rains. There were 33 Super Lates on hand.

The Sprint Car portion of the Living Legends Dream Race will be made up on August 22, as part of the Open Wheel Madness IV show. That program will now have twin features for the 410 Sprints, plus complete events for the 305 Sprints and the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints (no wings). The Late Model portion will be made up during the 166th Annual Juniata County Fair. It will be paired up with the 17th Annual Butch Renninger Memorial. The 410 Sprints and Limited Late Models will also compete that night.

Next week, August 8, Port Royal Speedway will present the Tribute to Curt Hershey along with the Salute to the Military Night. Hershey was an engine builder of some renown in the area before passing recently. In addition to the racing for the 410 and 305 Sprints and the Super Late Models, there will be a pre-race concert to entertain the fans.

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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;
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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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