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O’Neal in Winternationals Opener

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(Gibsonton, FL January 25, 2021):  The 45th running of the WInternationals started at East Bay Raceway Park with a 30 lapper for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Grabbing the win was twenty-year-old Hudson O’Neal, of Martinsville, IN. His father, Don (the Real Deal), dominated the Clay by the Bay in years gone by. The New Deal’s win was his first with car owner Roger Sellers and his Double Down Motorsports racing team.
O’Neal was both lucky and good in this event. He ran with the lead pack the whole distance and once nosed ahead of local favorite Kyle Bronson to score a lap in the early going. However,
O’Neal’s big moment came in the second half of the race. Tyler Erb assumed command of the race on lap eight and seemed to have things well under control. That is, until he lost the handle of his car between turns one and two on lap 19. That put O’Neal on the point for the restart.
O’Neal led the remaining eleven laps, but he got a late-race challenge from Brandon Sheppard.  Things were getting interesting as the laps counted down. Sheppard and Brandon Overton reeled him in and it seemed as though there would be a three-car battle to the finish. However, a caution with two to go set up a dash for the cash. While Sheppard did hound O’Neal for the last rounds, he was unable to displace the leader. Overton had the best seat in the house to observe that battle.
O’Neal took the win, followed by Sheppard, Overton, Devin Moran, and Earl Pearson, Jr. Tony Jackson, Jr. was sixth. Erb rebounded for seventh. Tanner English, Mike Marlar, and Jeff Matthews completed the top ten.
O’Neal made the best tire choice of the night, as the track slowed considerably during the main event. “We went with a different tire choice than everybody else. I was hoping that the track would slow down enough that the tire would work.”
Seventy-six cars registered for the race, which made this the biggest opening night in years. Setting the fast times were Bronson (Group A, 14.479) and Overton (Group B and overall, 14.375). Heat wins went to Bronson, Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Overton, O’Neal, and English. Dennis Erb, Jr. and Jimmy Owens shared the glory in the B Mains. A Strawberry Dash win earned the final transfer spot for Frank Heckenast, Jr. Five other provisionals allowed for a thirty-car field.
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All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial

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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.

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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.”

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Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022

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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.

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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.

 

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Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022

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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.

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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.

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