PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This weekend presents a couple of different options for local race fans both on dirt & asphalt. Fans can have their pick of the action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what’s going on:
Fab 4 Friday at Lernerville Speedway:
- It’s a Fab 4 Friday at “The Action Track” with the Peoples Natural Gas 410 Sprints, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks on the schedule. Carl Bowser holds a nine-point lead over A.J. Flick in the Sprints standings. Flick comes into the race having won three-in-a-row. Colton Flinner holds a 14-point lead over Tyler Dietz in the Late Model standings. Garrett Krummert holds an 11-point lead over John Mollick in the Modifieds standings with Rex King Jr. one point behind Mollick. Tyler Dietz holds a four point lead over Corey McPherson in the Pro Stocks. For more information visit www.lernerville.com and if you can’t go watch it on www.lernerville.tv.
7 Divisions Saturday at PPMS:
- Seven divisions of racing will take to “Dirt’s Monster Half Mile” as the Winged 410 Sprint Cars, RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Late Models, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns and 4-Cylinders visit Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. This will be the first appearance of the winged sprint cars at PPMS this season. Zach Morrow leads Jeremy Weaver by 2-points in the RUSH Sprint track standings with Andy Feil one point back in third. Ben Policz holds a 6-point lead over John Mollick in the RUSH Late Model standings. Dave McManus holds a three-point lead over Ryan Moyer in the Pro Stocks standings. Stephen Shelpman holds a 19-point lead over Karlee Kovacs in the Hobby Stocks standings. In the Young Guns division Philip Bubeck sits 54-points ahead of Eric Reynolds and Noah Bubeck is 25-points ahead of Cameron Hollister in the 4-cylinder standings. For more information visit www.ppms.com.
Whelen Modified Tour Visits Jennerstown on Saturday:
- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its second appearance at Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday night for the Laurel Highlands 150. Justin Bonsginore won the Wade Cole Memorial 133 two months ago going wire-to-wire from the pole position. Craig Lutz finished second followed by John McKennedy in third. Matt Hirschman and Calvin Carroll rounded out the top 5. Saturday’s race distance is longer and there will be live pit stops instead of a half-way break. For more information visit, www.jennerstown.org.
Mercer Raceway To Honor Hawkins On Saturday:
- Michael’s Mercer Raceway is planning on honoring the late Brandon Hawkins on Saturday night with the $2727 to win, $227 to start “Big Mav Classic”. Hawkins tragically lost his life at age 26 on July 20 at a construction accident. Hawkins is survived by his son Maverick, his parents Dave and Chrissy and his girlfriend Ashley. Hawkins 27H car will be driven by Kyle Colwell and start 27th. Every car that finishes behind the 27H will donate and extra $50 to start the race back to Maverick Hawkins. For more information visit www.mercerracewaypark.com.
Two-Sprint Shows and Mid-Atlantic Modifieds At Lincoln:
- Lincoln Speedway on Saturday will feature a double-dose of sprint car action with the 410-Sprints and 358-Sprints on the schedule. In addition to the sprint cars Lincoln will feature the Mid-Atlantic Modifieds and a make up feature from August 1st. For more information visit www.lincolnspeedway.com.
5-Features In 1-Night At Port Royal:
- Thanks to Mother Nature Port Royal Speedway is using this weekend to make up some feature events so fans will get nights of feature action in one night. Saturday night will feature a full program for the 410 Sprint Cars to go along with two make-up features, plus the regularly scheduled PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Car event and the USAC East Coast wingless 360 series event. For more information visit www.portroyalspeedway.com.
Tri-City and RUSH Sprints To Honor Hawkins On Sunday:
- Tri-City Raceway Park and the RUSH Sprint Car Series will pay tribute Hawkins, a former Micro Sprint standout, moved to the RUSH Sprint Cars when the class debuted in 2018 along with his brother Scott and father Dave. The trio also competed together in 2019 as well before Brandon made the move to the “305” Sprints where he won his first feature on July 17 at Bedford Speedway, just days before his passing. Jeremy Weaver leads the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points by 31 over Zach Morrow. For more information visit www.tricityracewaypark.com.
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.