SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A pair of first-time feature winners highlighted Fab 4 Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.
Will Thomas survived a late restart to win his first Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Model Feature at The Action Track. A late race caution flag with four laps to go set-up the restart with Thomas leading and Tyler Dietz, Gary Lyle and Kenny Schaltenbrand are hungry for the checkered flag. Dietz tried a slide job in the waning laps but Thomas was able maintain point and drove to his first Super Late Model win at Lernerville.
“I’ve got a lot of laps around Lernerville, but I don’t have a lot of laps in a Super Late Model,” said Thomas. “I’m not the best a running a technical cushion. You’ve to run this cushion so hard and Tyler Dietz does a great job. I saw him next to me I knew we’d have a clean restart and then I saw him a little bit more, more than what I wanted to in three and four and I missed my entry in one and two a little bit but we were able to get a good run off of four and hold him off for a couple of laps.”
Max Stambaugh took home the checkered flag in the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Car feature. Stambaugh started on the outside pole and was out front when Brandon Spithaler spun coming off turn two collecting Carl Bowser in the process. Stambaugh remained out front when racing resumed and held off A.J. Flick and Jack Sodeman Jr. to take home the win.
“We were kind of good here all night,” said Stambaugh. “We started up front and did our job. This is a good group of people here, everybody like to have fun.”
Erick Rudolph held off John Mollick and Brian Swartzlander to win the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modified main event. Rudolph started sixth and worked his way up to third place behind Garrett Krummert and Mollick when the caution flag flew for Kevin Long 10-laps into the main event. Rudolph got a great restart and was able to navigate through lap traffic while Swartzlander and Mollick gave chase but Rudolph beat them to the checkered flag for his 12th feature win of the year.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Rudolph. “But as the laps clicked off the car got quicker and quicker and that’s a tribute to the fine piece we brought here today.”
Jason Fosnaught passed Rusty Martz on a late restart and prevailed on another to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stock feature. Tyler Dietz rounded out the podium with a third place finish.
“I always have this theory that you should restart on the bottom if you’re the leader, even if you have a choice,” said Fosnaught. “There was a ton of grip down here and when he gave me the bottom on the restart I knew as long as I got to that tacky patch I was going to beat him to the corner. Once I had him cleared, just take the line from him and go.”
Next up at The Action Track is the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Commonwealth Clash on Saturday, September 25.
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.