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“Steel City Stampede” This Weekend At Lernerville Speedway

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The 2020 local racing season is coming to a close this weekend with the 12th Annual DIRTcar Roundup Steel City Stampede at Lernerville Speedway.

The schedule is packed full of divisions including DIRTcar Sprints, DIRTcar Super Late Models, DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Pro Stocks, UMP E-Mods, Elite Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Super6 Late Models, 4-Cylinders, 270cc Micro Sprints, Enduro 100’s and three RUSH Racing Series divisions.

Matt Lux is the all-time wins leader in the Late Model division, grabbing checkered flags in 2009, 2015 & 2017.  Russ King will be looking to tie Lux.  King is the defending winner and also grabbed a victory in 2014.

Carl Bowser will be looking to tie Dale Blaney for the most 410 Sprint Car victories at the “Stampede”.  Blaney won three-in-a-row from 2010-2012.  Bowser took home back-to-back victories in 2018 & 2019.

Chris Schneider is the heavy favorite in the Pro Stocks division.  Schneider is the defending winner and has 5-victories in the “Stampede” including going back-to-back twice (2013 & 2014; 2018 & 2019).  Corey McPherson is the only other driver to go back-to-back in the division (2015 & 2016).

Three RUSH Racing Series divisions are also on the schedule including the RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and the RUSH Sprint Cars.

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“This is always a great way to end our season,” says Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director. “Our Late Model racers are always excited to get the chance to compete at Lernerville. The car counts have always been strong and the racing at Lernerville is always some of the best of the season.”

Jeremy Wonderling leads the RUSH Late Model Touring Series Championship standings by 33-points over Joe Martin and 42-points over Josh Ferry with Michael Duritsky Jr. only 2-points behind Ferry.  Wonderling is looking for his first tour win in 2020 but hasn’t finished worse than sixth in any Tour race this year.  Max Blair is the only 2-time RUSH Late Model “Stampede” winner at Lernerville (2012 & 2019).

The RUSH Sportsman Mods have made one visit to “The Action Track” this year.  Chas Wolbert took home the victory in the “RUSH Summer Showcase” on July 24. Wolbert has already clinched his first Hovis Weekly Series title. Rob Kristyak, who won the Wedge Motorsports “Route 7 Rumble” Series title, has locked up second in points.  There have been six different winners in the six years the RUSH Mods have been part of the event.  Will 2020 make it 7-different winners in 7-years?

The RUSH Sprints will wrap up their third season this weekend. In their two prior Lernerville appearances this year, Jeremy Weaver won on July 24 and Jack Sodeman, Jr. won on October 2 in his RUSH Sprint Car debut. Weaver has already clinched the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series point championship in the Hull Racing #41.  Zach Morrow sits second in points after his win last weekend at PPMS. Morrow has won twice at Lernerville each of the past two seasons and would love to end 2020 victorious to clinch the runner-up spot in points for the second straight year.

“Lernerville was a very important part of getting our RUSH Sprint division off the ground in 2018, and their races this year at the track have been tremendous,” said Emig.

Test and tune for all divisions begins Thursday night with heat races for all divisions on Friday night.  Saturday’s program will consist of Last Chance Showdowns and Features for all divisions.  Grandstands on Saturday open at 3 p.m. with Showdowns starting at 4 p.m.

Thursday’s admission is free.  2-day adult tickets are $40, $30 for students.  Single day tickets on Friday are $20 for adults, $15 for students.  Saturday single day tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students.  Children 10 & under are always free and there is free parking.  For more information visit www.lernerville.com.

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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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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.

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“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.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(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.

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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.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
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  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
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  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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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.

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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.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

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.

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