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Sweet Start to World of Outlaws Eastern Swing

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(Abbottstown, PA May 12, 2021): Brad Sweet kicked off the World of Outlaws eastern swing with a win in the Gettysburg Clash held at the fabulous Lincoln Speedway. It was the first win of his career at the racy oval located in south central Pennsylvania. To score the win, Sweet capitalized upon an unexpected opportunity when leader Brent Marks encountered a slower car in the high groove in the third turn, In the chaos, Sweet went from third to first. Then he held off a charge by Anthony Macri in the final laps.

“Marks was the car to beat, he could move around. We got lucky,” Sweet admitted. “It’s good to rebound to get the win, it gives us confidence heading into Williams Grove.”

The dash winner, Donnie Schatz, started on the pole with Sweet by his side. Lance Dewease and Anthony Macri made up an all Posse second row. Then came James McFadden and Paul McMahan. Aaron Reutzel and Carson Macedo were in the fourth row, with David Gravel and Devon Borden in the fifth. Several of the track favorites were scattered through the field. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. started fourteenth, Chad Trout sixteenth, Danny Dietrich twentieth, and points leader Alan Krimes twenty-fifth.

Schatz blasted to the lead at the drop of the green, with Sweet, Dewease, Macri, and McFadden following. Before the action could intensify, Trout flipped hard in turn one. He was unhurt, but the car was a loss, his second of the season.

Schatz and Sweet led the way again on the restart, and Macri rode the rim to pass Dewease for third. McFadden, Macedo, and Reutzel battled for fifth.

On lap six, Dewease made a strong inside move to retake third. He immediately closed in on Sweet, but smoke began to billow from the left bank of the engine. Soon after he drove up next to Sweet Dewease stopped in the middle of the backstretch.

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On the restart, Macedo took over third. But, Marks made a surprise move and gained two positions, shifting Macri and Macedo back. However, a quick caution negated these passes and Macri regained the third spot for the next restart.

The remainder of the race went non-stop and the action was intense. Schatz continued to lead Sweet, but now Marks was in the mix. He stayed close to the leaders and looked for an opening. He finally found it on the inside line. He took second away from Sweet with 24 laps complete. Schatz was having some difficulty with the heavy lapped traffic and Marks closed in on him, grabbing the lead on the next trip around the speedway.

Marks began to pull away and it looked like the Posse would get the win. However, it was not to be. While Marks was sailing in the high line, he came upon cars racing for position. One of them, Danny Dietrich, was also using the high line. Dietrich jumped the cushion in turn three and got sideways. He corrected and brought his car back into the racing groove. Marks checked up and the other contenders had to do the same. Sweet emerged form the mad scramble with the lead and Macri was no in second. Marks fell back to third, and Gravel was challenging him.

As the racers settled down, it became a two-car battle for the lead. Sweet maintained control, but Macri was searching for an opening. Marks shook free form Gravel and came storming back, but the laps ran out on him.

At the checkers, it was Sweet over Macri and Marks. Gravel crossed in fourth, followed by Schatz, Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, McFadden, Reutzel, and T.J. Stutts.

The four heats winners were McFadden, Macedo, Sweet, and Schatz. The C Main went to Justin Peck. Robbie Kendall won the B Main. Macri was the evening’s fastest qualifier, topping Group A with a time of 13.133 seconds. McMahan was best in Group B at 13.437 seconds.

Lincoln Speedway will have a 410 and 358 Sprint Car doubleheader on May 22, along with Big Wheel races for the children. May 29 will be the Hank Gentzler Memorial, with the two Sprint classes joined by the Central PA Legends.

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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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