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Macri is the Man on Labor Day at Port Royal

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PORT ROYAL, PA (September 7, 2020): Port Royal Speedway ran its 69th Annual Labor Day Classic during the 166th Annual Juniata County Fair. Taking the win, his sixth of the season at the track, was Anthony Macri, the twenty-year-old from Dillsburg, PA. Joining Macri in celebration were Todd Snook in the Limited Late Models, and Billy Brian, Jr. and Joey Biasi in the Wingless Super Sportsmen.

“I saw the 17 car (Ian Madsen) blow a right rear and I got a little worried becasue we had a softer tire on. I used it up,” said Macri. The daytime surface was hard on tires and Macri added “you gotta calm yourself down. I got worried becasue the tire was starting to rattle.”

Macri drew the pole for the 25 lapper. He was flanked by Jeff Halligan. T.J. Stutts and recent father Logan Wagner had row two. Brock Zearfoss and Rod Stroup were in row three. A.J. Flick and Tyler Bear were in row four. Then came Justin Peck and Mike Wagner. Danny Dietrich and Brent Marks, both of whom tasted victory racing on Saturday night were in row six. Cory Eliason and Lucas Wolfe were in row six. Buried deeper in the pack were invaders Cory Eliason (row six), Brian Brown (row ten) and Aaron Reutzel (row eleven).

Macri took the initial lead, but Halligan raced in his shadow. Halligan made a move for the lead on lap four, but Macri regained the top spot with a deft move in turn one on lap eight. The next time around, Zearfoss made a similar pass on Halligan for second. Meanwhile, Stutts, Logan Wagner, and Danny Dietrich were fighting for the remaining spots in the top five.

Ian Madsen popped the right rear tire, which worried Macri, on lap eleven. Another caution one lap later slowed the pace. Two more stoppages saved Macri from racing in heavy traffic.

Those interruptions gave Macri a clean track and he was able to set his own pace to control tire wear. Zearfoss took up the challenge and he was able to close in on Macri but he could not pull off the pass. “I tried the low side on the restarts,” Zearfoss commented, but it wasn’t clean enough down there,” as he gestured toward turn four. “To come from fifth to second was pretty good on a rubber down track.”

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The top five consisted of Macri, Zearfoss, Logan Wagner, Halligan, and Dietrich. Stutts was sixth, Mike Wagner was seventh, followed by Flick, Cisney, and Peck. Zach Newlin passed ten cars on the difficult surface and earned the hard charger award and an extra $400.

The Heat victories went to Stutts, Halligan, and Macri. Kyle Reinhardt topped the B Main.

The Limited Late Model feature was essentially a three-car contest between Todd Snook, Dillan Stake, and Devin Hart. The three ran nose to tail through most of the race, with Snook maintaining control. Donnie Farling held off a stiff challenge from Andrew Yoder for fourth. Danny Snyder, Derrick Quade Randy Burkholder, Shawn Shoemaker,a nd Cah Myers completed the top ten.

Dillan Stake, Ryan Zook, and Hart were heat race winners. there was no B Main.

The Wingless Super Sportsmen raced a pair of features on the holiday card. Billy Brian, Jr. took the first victory. His last win at the speedway was in 1989, in a Limited Late Model. Kevin Gutshall, Joey Biasi, Craig Perigo, and Cliff Brian rounded out the top five. Biasi had the measure of the field in the second race. Eric Jennings, Steve Wilbur, Steve Whary, and Brian Hartzell were second through fifth in the make-up feature.

Craig Perigo, Biasi, Wilbur, and Jennings took the checkers in the heat races. Michael Smith won the
B Main.

Port Royal Speedway will embark upon its biggest race of the season, the Tuscarora 50. The action starts on Thursday with an All Stars Circuit of Champions race. Another tune-up will be held on Friday, again under the All Stars banner. The big event is Saturday and that will pay a whopping $53,000 to the winner.

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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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