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Mike Hopkins Wins Motor Mountain Masters At Jennerstown

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JENNERSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mike Hopkins survived a late-race restart to win the 3rd annual “Motor Mountain Masters” Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway.

Hopkins held off Josh Brock, Carson Hocevar, Travis Braden and Derek Griffith on the final restart of the race after a caution flag on lap 147 of the 150-lap race.

Hopkins, of Hermon Maine, took the early lead from pole starter Albert Francis when lap one was officially scored. On lap 7, Francis passed Hopkins for the top spot. At lap 30, Francis held a commanding lead but a spin by ARCA Series superstar Travis Braden, of West Virginia, slowed the action at lap 33, which led to the scheduled five minute race break on lap 40.

Hopkins grabbed the lead again at the start of segment two with Francis falling back to third spot after being passed by World Series of Asphalt Racing Champion Derek Griffith. Griffith’s hold on second place didn’t last long as Josh Brock took over the runner-up spot on lap 56. On lap 62, Cale Gale moved into fourth place passing Griffith but immediately after the pass, Gale slowed with mechanical problems.

Hopkins chose the outside lane for the double-file restart for the final 60-lap segment.  Hopkins maintained the lead as Griffith regained second place with a bold move to pass two cars.  Francis didn’t let him hold that spot long as raced back into the runner up spot but on lap 111, Francis made contact with a lapped car and spun with damage.

Hopkins, Griffith, Hocevar, and Brock were the top four when the green flag was displayed on lap 115. Hopkins maintained the top spot but the racing action was slowed again on lap 120 when a three-car crash eliminated 2020 Jennerstown winner, Garry Wiltrout.

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The restart with 25 laps to go gave Griffith, Hocevar and Brock another opportunity to steal the lead from Hopkins but they couldn’t pull it off. The final caution flag on lap 147 made for some drama but Hopkins ended it by taking the checkered flag and the $10,000 grand prize.

Brock finished second with Hocevar coming home in third.  Braden rallied for a fourth place finish and Griffith settled for a top 5.

Rick Sibila captured the checkered flag in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds 30-lap feature. Sibila joined his father Bob, the legendary ASA Series and Late Model racer, as a visitor to Stoney’s victory lane at Jennerstown.

Next Saturday, August 15th, Jennerstown Speedway presents five division racing on Autograph Night. Before the racing begins, fans will be invited onto the front straightaway of the oval, to meet the drivers, touch the cars, and take photos. For more information visit, www.Jennerstown.org.

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Position – Start – Driver – Hometown – Car No.

  1. 2 – Mike Hopkins – Hermon, ME – #15H
  2. 7 – Josh Brock – Corbin, KY – #17
  3. 8 – Carson Hocevar – Portage, MI – #14H
  4. 12 – Travis Braden – Wheeling, WV – #26
  5. 3 – Derek Griffith – Hudson, NH – #12G
  6. 1 – Albert Francis – Painesville, OH – #33F
  7. 18 – Devin O’Connell – Madison, CT – #85
  8. 13 – Cory Casagrande – Stafford Springs, CT – #7CT
  9. 26 – Bryan Shipp – Scottdale, PA – #40
  10. 23 – Brandan Marhefka – Windber, PA – #13
  11. 16 – Nate Walton – Hudsonville, MI – #66
  12. 27 – Mike Sweeney – Nesquehoning, PA – #D11
  13. 14 – Jimmy Tucker – Mount Clemens, MI – #98
  14. 10 – Eldon King – Freedom, NY – #0
  15. 15 – Evan Shotko – Coopersville, MI – #22
  16. 22 – Chad Pendleton – Plain City, OH – #22P
  17. 25 – Jeremy Shaffer – Derry, PA – #16
  18. 32 – Scott Wylie – Blasdell, NY – #92W
  19. 20 – Zane Ferrell – Ruffs Dale, PA – #14
  20. 34 – Lauren Butler – West Mifflin, PA – #53
  21. 11 – Jarred Barclay – Somerset, PA – #92
  22. 17 – Garry Wiltrout – Somerset, PA – #95
  23. 33 – Todd Price – Bedford, PA – #96
  24. 35 – Patrick Waugh – New Florence, PA – #21
  25. 19 – Barry Awtey – Jenners, PA – #75
  26. 21 – Joe Maruca – Slickville, PA – #90
  27. 5 – Cale Gale – Winston-Salem, NC – #44
  28. 4 – Weston Griffith – Crown Port, IN – #33G
  29. 31 – Chola Shay – Matamoras, PA – #2
  30. 6 – Jerick Johnson – Mooresville, NC – #76
  31. 30 – Mike Hemminger – Stoystown, PA – #72
  32. 9 – Brian Campbell – Wyoming, MI – #47
  33. 24 – Teddy Gibala – Coulter, PA – #3
  34. 28 – Glenn Gault – Hubbard, OH – #40G
  35. 29 – Gerry Shepard – Comstock Park, MI – #77
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Sye Lynch Partnering With Baughman Motorsports

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APOLLO, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Sprint Car driver Sye Lynch is partnering with Baughman Motorsports for the 2021 racing season.

Lynch, the third generation 410 Sprint Car driver, and his team plan to enter around 80-events as part of this partnership with Josh Baughman and Baughman Motorsports.  Longtime Lynch partner Mosites Motorsports joins new marketing partners Fischer Body Shop of Missouri and Hollywood Blasting and Coating of Odessa, Texas as part of the arrangement.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Lynch. “To have Fischer Body Shop and Baughman Motorsports join our efforts at Sye Lynch Racing is pretty special. We’ve been working on these plans for over four months. I’m not sure how we were able to keep it a secret this long, but it’s out there now. I’m ready to get started.”

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Lynch’s schedule is still being finalized but highlights include some of sprint car racing’s premier showcases like the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (July 15 & July 17) and the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (August 11-14).

“We are still working out the logistics side of things,” said Lynch. “I hope to have a complete plan of attack released in the coming weeks. I just want to thank all of my partners for their dedication and support. Our goal is to go out every night and put on a show. I’m confident we have what it takes to do that.”

Baughman is stepping back from full-time competition in 2021 but plans to run 10-15 events in 2021.

“We are excited about this new venture with Sye Lynch,” said Baughman. “He’s a talented kid with the hunger to win and we’re proud to be affiliated. I think it’s safe to say that we are all anxious to get the year underway.”

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Schatz Scores Jean Lynch Classic Win at East Bay

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GIBSONTON, FL (February 2, 2021): Donny Schatz scored an impressive win over the Madsen brothers, Ian and Kerry, in the second running of the Jean Lynch Classic for the All Star Circuit of Champions at East Bay Raceway Park. The All Stars’ visit to the ‘Clay by the Bay’ was cut to one night due to heavy rain that hit the track Sunday and continued into Monday. The speedway looked more like the fish farm that Jimmy Mingo and others converted into a racy oval over four decades ago. A substantial pond remained inside turn one on Tuesday but, fortunately, no Sprint Cars made a detour into that area.

“It’s been a long time since I was at East Bay,” Schatz said. He estimated that his last appearance at the track was in the early ’90s. “It’s really neat, tricky; it has some slick spots, some shiny spots.” Nonetheless, Schatz had no difficulty mastering the unfamiliar surface.

Ian Madsen and Cory Eliason paced the field for the 30 lap feature event named for the lady who was a former co-owner of the series and track manager at East Bay. Schatz lined up third, with Justin Peck beside him. Tony Stewart and Anthony Macri were in the third row, and Steve Buckwalter and Tyler Courtney in the fourth. The final dash participants, Kyle Reinhardt and Tim Shaffer, made up row five. Then came Jamie Myers and Gio Scelzi.

Eliason assumed command on the opening lap and he began to distance himself from Schatz, Ian Madsen, Peck, and Macri. However, just five laps into the race, Eliason collided with a slower car driven by Chris Windom. Eliason got a flat right front tire, but there was no other apparent damage to his car, so he was able to resume the race at the rear of the field.

Peck, who had slipped by Schatz on the last completed lap, took off at the drop of the green. Schatz raced along in second, followed by Ian Madsen, Courtney, Shaffer, and Macri. The man on the move, though, was Kerry Madsen, who was up to seventh from 17th on the starting grid.

A caution bunched things up at lap eleven. While the front runners did not change, Kerry Madsen made some aggressive moves to enter the top five.

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With fourteen laps in the books, Schatz was hounding Peck for the lead. He got a strong run off of turn two, but Peck moved up a lane to block his advance. Schatz deftly turned under Peck halfway down the back stretch and he was the new leader entering turn three. Peck no longer had the steam to race with the leaders and he slowly started to drift back in the running order after that.

The final caution was displayed on lap 17. Schatz continued to lead over Ian Madsen when racing resumed, but now the battle was for third. Courtney and Kerry Madsen were the contestants, with Shaffer looking for an opening. Madsen wrestled the spot away from Cortney in a few laps, and he set out after his brother.

The sibling rivalry intensified as the pair of Aussies picked their way through lapped traffic. “I didn’t know it was him,” Ian said of the driver pressing him for second. “I knew that he started pretty far back.” For his part, Kerry Madsen had to wonder how things would have played out differently if he had started closer to the front. “It was a great run, I had a great car and could go anywhere I wanted.”

Schatz maintained his lead to the finish. Ian held off his older brother for second. Courtney was fourth and Scelzi benefitted from a miscue by Shaffer on the final lap to gain the fifth spot. Shaffer, Peck, Stewart, Brent Marks, and Hunter Schuerenberg completed the top ten.

Kerry Madsen was the hard charger, advancing 14 positions.

Ian Madsen was the fastest qualifier of the night, turning in a lap of 12.680 seconds. Buckwalter, Courtney, Shaffer, and Schatz scored heat wins. The dashes belonged to Ian Madsen and Eliason. Terry McCarl captured the B Main.

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Western PA Sprint Speedweek Adds Another Sponsor

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SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Sprint Speedweek is adding another partner to the growing list of companies stepping up to support the five-race series this June.

J.S. Bova Excavating LLC has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of this summer’s upcoming five-race speedweek, scheduled to run from Wednesday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 6th.

J.S. Bova is a family-owned excavating company and general contractor known for its outstanding service, extensive expertise, steadfast reliability, and commitment to safety. J.S. Bova proudly serves the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area out of their central Struthers, Ohio location.

“We’re excited to get behind the revival of Western PA Speedweek” said owner Joe Bova. “We believe the area sprint car competition and racetracks are underrated and on the upswing, and we want to be associated with the excitement that this event brings.”

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Joe and Sherri Bova founded their business in 2013 and worked together to build their organization from the ground up. In less than a decade they have expanded their portfolio to offer a wide range of services and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants signed on to be the title sponsor of Western PA Sprint Speedweek last week.

Western PA Sprint Speedweek returns from a 20-year hiatus June 2nd-6th. Western Pennsylvania’s ‘410 Sprint Cars’ will compete for five straight nights with each show featuring a strong $3,000-to-win, $250-to-start purse.

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants Western PA Sprint Speedweek presented by J.S. Bova Excavating Schedule:

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