IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The 10th Annual ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ and the ‘Pittsburgher 100’ take center stage this weekend at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS).
The two-day event weekend starts Friday night with the ‘Prelude to the Pittsburgher’ with all weekly divisions that compete at PPMS taking part in feature races that will be capped off with the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ for the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series.
The 10th annual edition will feature a $3,100 to-win, $275 to-start events on both Friday and Saturday night. Friday night will also include the third annual ‘One to Remember’ Non-Winners race presented by Pace Performance paying a record $1,000 to-win, $75 to-start, while Saturday night will conclude with the $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier.
“It’s truly unbelievable to see this event continue to grow,” said Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director. “In 2017 this was a $2,500 to-win event spread over two nights and to see where it’s come in three short years is amazing. The Miley Family continues their effort of showcasing the RUSH Late Models as their weekly headlining division with excellent car counts and was willing to do four Tour events during this difficult season. They had an idea to change things up this year and when we all put our heads together, the RUSH racers will now be showcased each night in full Tour events as part of the ‘Pittsburgher’ in addition to the Non-Winners and Non-Qualifier events.”
“Miley Motor Sports has been thrilled with the RUSH Late Model Series racing this season at PPMS,” said Matt Miley. “The 2020 season has been reminiscent of the Late Model racing of days past; intense, competitive, high car counts, and lots of great side-by-side racing. Weekly Late Model racing is back at PPMS – RUSH style. The ‘Herb Scott’, ‘Jook George’, ‘Red Miley’ and the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’, which is now not one but two Tour events, these men made racing what it is today; competitors, car owners, businessmen who never let the sport we love down. They were great men on and off the track and in their respective communities.”
The 32nd edition of the ‘Pittsburgher 100’ takes center stage Saturday night. The single-day event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series includes a complete program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains – highlighted by a 100-lap, $20,000-to-win feature event.
The second night of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ for the RUSH Late Models will also be on the schedule.
The pit gates will be open all day, general admission gates are set to open at 3:00 PM, with on-track action at 6:00 PM. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit: www.PPMS.com.
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.