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.
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.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
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.
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.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
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.
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.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
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.
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.