SELINSGROVE, PA (September 6, 2020): Anthony Macri scored career win number one at Selinsgrove Speedway and locked up a starting position in the Jim Nace Memorial National Open coming up a few weeks hence. At the other end of the spectrum, Jeff Rine notched his 112th career win on the Snyder County oval. The ULMS Late Model score also sealed his championship in the North vs. South Series hosted by Williams Grove and Selinsgrove Speedways.
The top eight drivers in passing points from the Sprint Car heats redrew for starting positions for the thirty lapper. Getting the pole was A.J. Flick. Macri lined up second with Brent Marks and Brian Montieth in row two. The third row was populated by Lucas Wolfe and Brock Zearfoss. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Blaine Heimbach were in row four. The fifth row belonged to Kyle Reinhardt and Brian Brown, teh Missouri invader. Danny Dietrich, fresh off a pair of wins at Lincoln Speedway did not fare well in the passing points game and he rolled off in seventeenth position.
Macri wasted no time blasting into the lead. Marks and Rahmer slipped by Flick, but the red lights flashed on as the field was coming through turns three and four. Justin Peck and Dylan Cisney turned over entering the third corner and George Hobaugh was collected as well. None of them were injured but all were through for the night.
Although Flick was better prepared for the second attempt, he still was unable to keep pace with Macri. “We really got our big track program pretty good,” Macri said in a bit of an understatement. He has scored multiple wins at Port Royal Speedway and has been knocking on the door at Williams Grove as well.
Macri was ripping around the top of this big track, as has become his trademark. Marks fell into second and remained within striking distance through most of the contest. Brock Zearfoss cleared Flick for third six laps into the race and he gave chase to the leaders.
Behind the four lead cars, things were rather interesting. Montieth ran in fifth for the first ten laps, but Brian Brown moved ahead of him near the halfway mark. Rahmer, Wolfe, Heimbach, and Reinhardt were mixing it up, while Dietrich started his march forward.
Marks and Zearfoss started to close in on Macri and there was a spirited three car battle for the lead in the middle stage of the race. Zearfoss lost ground, but Marks kept applying the heat to Macri as the race moved into the third stage. Marks got a good run down the front stretch and slid under Macri entering turn one to take the lead with nine to go.
However, Macri came back to regain the lead entering the third turn. “I was just riding around trying to save my stuff,” Macri said. “Then I realized I had to get going. I heard him coming and after he passed me, I got down and the car stuck in three. I went to the bottom to try to regroup mentally,” he added. After getting the lead back, Macri went upstairs again, but now he was mashing the loud pedal for all that it was worth.
In the final laps, Marks began to fade somewhat. Zearfoss came on to grab second, bringing Brown with him. Dietrich reached fifth in the final lap, taking the hard charger award for the night. He was plus 12. Heimbach and Rahmer also raced past Flick in the final laps. After Flick came Montieth and T.J. Stutts.
The heat victories were scored by Marks, Wolfe, and Heimbach. The B Main winner was Cisney.
In the ULMS Late Model feature, which was also 30 laps in distance, Hayes Matetrn and Jared Miley had the front row. Veteran Jim Bernheisel and Wyatt Scott were in row two, with Kyle Knapp and Max Blair behind them. David Scott and Brett Schadel were in the fourth row. Shaun Jones was paired up with Jeff Rine in row five.
While Miley took the early lead, Bernheisel settled into second. Blair raced along in third until the first restart took place, with seven laps completed. Positioned on the outside of row two for the Delaware double file restart, Blair was able to ride the rim into second in turn one. He set out after Miley and the two Western PA stars staged their own race within the race.
Meanwhile Rine was steadily moving forward from his tenth starting spot. He found the outside groove to his liking and he started to close in on the leaders. Like Blair before him, Rine used the outside line in turns one and two to move into second after a restart. But, unlike Blair, Rine continued to pound the cushion. Two laps after taking second, Rine blasted into the lead.
“I felt pretty good there at the beginning,” Rine said. He continued, “on that restart, Miley and Blair were on the bottom and we got something going on the top. There was a good cushion and it wasn’t up against the fence.” Rine summed things up by saying “that’s the most fun I had in a while.”
Rine led a Western PA trio to the checkers. Second was Miley, then Blair. Fourth went to Gregg Satterlee who also had an outstanding restart once when he passed four cars on a single lap. Taking fifth was Jim Bernheisel. Jim Yoder, Jones, Mike Lupfer, Schadel, and Nathan Long completed the top ten.
Blair, Knapp, and Matter scored preliminary wins. There was no B Main. Blair was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the big half mile in 18.870 seconds.
Selinsgrove Speedway will be off until September 26 when the 410 Sprint Cars return for the 38th running of the National Open. The race will honor former champion Jim Nace who lost his battle with cancer several years ago. The 305 Sprint Cars will also be on the card.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
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.
“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.
Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway
(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.
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.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year
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.
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.
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.