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Eliason Romps to Overtime Win at Port Royal Speedway



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PORT ROYAL, PA (September 10, 2020): Cory Eliason dominated the opening night of the Tuscarora 50 weekend at the Port Royal Speedway. It was his second win at the track this season and third with the All Stars Circuit of Champions. Besides banking $6,000, Eliason punched his ticket into the big show on Saturday night.

“They don’t call this the Speed Palace for nothing,” said the driver from Visalia, CA. “We got to rip around the top. It was my first time here that we could do that. It’s kind of my forte from California.”

Tony Stewart and Brian Brown had the front row by virtue of their dash victories. Eliason lined up third with the evening’s fastest qualifier, Kerry Madsen, next to him. Lance Dewease was the only Posse representative in the fist seven rows and he had Tyler Courtney as his dancing partner. Gio Scelzi and Rico Abreu were in row four, with Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson in row five. Row six belonged to Aaron Reutzel and James McFadden.

It took three tries to get the A Main going. The first two attempts were called back because of flips between turns three and four. The fist victim was McFadden and the second was Kyle Larson. When the laps began to count, it was Tony Stewart leading Brown, Madsen, Eliason, and Dewease. Eliason quickly dispatched Brown, and he set out after Stewart.

Eliason began to reel in Tony Stewart and did pass him on lap six. However, a caution nullified that and Stewart was able to regain the point for the restart. He continued to lead Elaison for six more rounds.

When Eliason made the move that counted, he got a big run off turn four and swooped down into turn one before drifting up ahead of the leader. “I was in the right place at the right time.” Eliason continued, “I saw the curb and I could drive in a little harder than Tony.”

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Eliason was brought back to the rest of the racers by another red flag. This time, it was track points leader and new father Logan Wagner who tossed his car in turn two. Stewart was able to maintain second, but Kerry Madsen was starting to make some noise. Dewease soldiered on in fourth despite showing occasional puffs of smoke from the left bank of his engine. Courtney and Scelzi were on the prowl and soon they passed Dewease.

It looked as though Eliason would cruise to an easy win. However, the final caution slowed his pace with one lap remaining. That set up a gree-white-checkered finish. In the final two lap dash, Madsen overhauled Stewart for second. The Aussie had nothing for Eliason, however. “Cory had a pretty good car and he got to run in the clean air,” Madsen said.

At the finish, it was Eliason over Kerry Madesn, and Stewart. “The car held on longer than the driver did,” Stewart said. “It’s been hard for me to get into a rhythm.” Nonetheless, he was pleased to end the night with a podium finish.

Placing fourth was Scelzi. Fifth went to Courtney in his first Winged Sprint start at Port Royal. Reutzel and teammate Ian Madsen were next across the line. Macri, who has been the man to beat at Port Royal this season, was the first member of the home team to finish. Brent Marks and Dewease rounded out the top ten. Marks received a $500 bonus for being the hard charger, as he was plus 14 on the night.

The five heat winners were Scelzi, Eliason, Brown, Stewart, and Bell. The C Main went to Mike Wagner. The B belonged to Freddie Rahmer, Jr.

Round two of the Tuscarora 50 preliminaries will be held Friday night. Another guaranteed starting spot will be up for grabs. Joining the fun will be the Super Late Models. The big finale on Saturday will be a Sprint Car only event.

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [1]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [7]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [6]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11]; 7. 17-Ian Madsen [24]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [16]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [21]; 10. 69K-Lance Dewease [5]; 11. 13-Paul McMahan [13]; 12. 5C-Dylan Cisney [23]; 13. 70-Cale Thomas [20]; 14. 11T-TJ Stutts [18]; 15. 25-Tyler Bear [26]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 18. 72-Shane Stewart [17]; 19. 1-Logan Wagner [14]; 20. 39-Spencer Bayston [22]; 21. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [15]; 22. 21B-Christopher Bell [9]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 24. 57-Kyle Larson [10]; 25. 9-James McFadden [12]; 26. 51-Freddie Rahmer [25] Lap Leaders: Tony Stewart (1-12), Cory Eliason (13-30)

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Sye Lynch Partnering With Baughman Motorsports



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



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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