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Dietrich Doubles at Lincoln

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (September 5, 2020): Danny Dietrich swept both ends of the Twin Twenties comprising the Bob Leiby Memorial at the Lincoln Speedway. The victories raised Dietrich’s career total to 53 at the track. He carried $5,750 dollars back to his Gettysburg home.

“We had a really good car and we set it up for the end of the race,” Dietrich said. “Starting fourteenth, I knew that I had to go. I was able to pick up a row at the start.” Although he met his goal of cracking the top ten quickly (he was ninth after one lap was complete), it took him a bit longer to reach the top five. That milestone was achieved soon after the halfway mark. Dietrich made the most progress in the final five laps, though. He was fourth at lap 15, third on lap 16, second on lap 18, and the leader on lap 19.

Brie Hershey and Brett Michalski paced teh field for the opening round. Scott Fisher and Alan Krimes were in row two, with Gelendon Forsythe and Adam Wilt in row three. Tim Glatfelter and Brian Montieth had row four and Matt Cambell and Aaron Bollinger were in row five. Dietrich was on the outside of row seven. Missing from the field was points leader Freddie Rahmer, Jr. Rahmer crashed in turn one after reaching a transfer spot in his heat race and he was unable to make the call fro the B Main.

Michalski led the way in the early part of the race, with Krimes, Forsythe, and Wilt chasing him. Krimes stayed close through the first half of the contest, but he did not make a bid for the lead. That came with twelve laps in the books when he and Wilt took runs at the leader. Soon, it was a four car battle for the top spot, as Montieth joined the action at the front of the pack.

Michalski held his own for several laps despite the withering pressure. Wilt dropped to the inside to try to pick him off on lap 16, and there was contact. Michalski slowed, but was able to keep moving, but Wilt was stopped sideways in turn four.

That moved Montieth into second and Dietrich into third for the restart. Montieth executed a slider in turn one to grab the lead and Dietrich followed him into second. Michalski was showing signs of damage from the shunt with Wilt, as he was no longer able to maintain pace with the leaders. He lost another position to Campbell by lap 18.

Brandon Rahmer spun in turn two to bring out the final caution. That set up Dietrich to power around the top of turns one and two to assume command on the restart.

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At the checkers, it was Dietrich over Montieth, Campbell , Krimes, and Jimmy Siegel. Michalski held on for sixth. Justin Peck was seventh, followed by Glatfelter, Forsythe, and Billy Dietrich.
In the second feature, the top eight cars were inverted for the start. That gave Glatfelter the pole with Peck beside him. The two heavy hitters, Montieth and Dietrich, were in row four.

Glatfelter took advantage of the great starting position and he led the first seven laps. On the restart, Peck stayed close and he took a shot at the lead with a slider in turn four. However, Glatfelter anticipated the move and turned back under Peck to maintain the lead as they thundered down the front stretch.

Glatfelter maintained control through the middle stage of the race. However, Dietrich was on the charge again. He was in the top five with nine laps complete and third by lap 15. He slid into second with 18 down and still had a way to go to catch Glatfelter.

Glatfelter was slowed by some lapped cars running the top line. But Dietrich saw an opening on the bottom and he went for it. Dietrich was closing fast, The question was would he get to Glatfelter before the checkers. He did, with a masterful slide in turn four to power off the corner to see the finish line first.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it (the win),” Dietrich said. He remarked that he thought that he had gotten as far as he could when he reached third. “But I drove really hard the last two laps. I got a good run on him (Glatfelter) down the back on the last lap. I thought that he would hear me and that he would turn down on me, but he left the bottom open.”

Following Dietrich and Glatfelter were Peck, Siegel, and Campbell. Montieth was sixth, then came Krimes, Billy Dietrich, Tim Wagaman, and Kyle Moody.

Scott Fisher,, Hershey, and Michalski were the winners of the three heat races. Chad Trout captured the B Main.

Lincoln Speedway will host a Super Late Model special next Saturday, allowing the Sprint Cars to journey north to Port Royal Speedway for the Tuscarora 50. However, there will be a pair of Sprint Car events the following week. On Wednesday, September 16, the track will make up the Weldon Sterner Memorial. Then, on Saturday, September 19, it will present Dirt Classic VII, with a whopping $20,000 to the winner. That race will be sanctioned by the All Stars Circuit of Champions.

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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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