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Miley Grabs Tri-City Late Model Loot; Gomola and Clark Split 305 Paydays

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FRANKLIN, PA (May 23, 2021): Jared Miley won the rubber match in his personal race with Max Blair. Each had won races earlier in the weekend with the ULMS Late Model tour, with the other driver running second. Well, Miley got the bragging rights as a result of the win on Sunday night at Tri-City Raceway Park. Blair was second.

“Max is pretty good, especially in the area, so running second to him is pretty good, and we can beat him,” Miley noted. When asked what he credits for his recent success, which included a win worth nearly $8,000 at another area speedway, Miley said, “I think that I got my rust knocked off as a driver. I am going pretty good right now.” That, sir, is quite an understatement.

Miley started on the pole as a result of his quick time in the ULMS scramble. Boom Briggs lined up beside him, with Blair and Wyatt Scott in row two.

Miley pulled into the lead and he ran a smooth and consistent pace, mostly in the low groove around the speedway. The battle was for second, with Blair and Briggs swapping the spot several times in the early going. Blair grabbed the position for good by the midpoint of the thirty lapper. While running third, Briggs suffered a mechanical failure on lap 24 and he retired from the race.

Miley was superb on each of the restarts and the final one was no different. He pulled away from Blair with ease and he maintained a safe margin for the rest of the way.

Darrell Bossard, a former Pro Stock champion at Tri-City in the early days of his career, came home third. Ryan Scott was fourth, with Deshawn Gingerich, the youngest driver in the field, getting fifth.

Wayne Weaver was the sixth and final finisher despite pitting twice for new tires. Briggs, Wyatt Scott, Tyler Dietz, and Logan Jaquay rounded out the top ten based on laps completed.

Jaquay was driving a team car to Briggs.

The heat races for the ULMS Late Models went to Blair and Briggs. There was no B Main. The evening’s fastest qualifier was Max Blair, turning a lap of 17.443 seconds around the big half mile. Jared Miley topped the ULMS scramble with a quick time of 18.291 seconds.

In the Allegheny Sprint Tour 305s, the evening started off with a make-up feature carried over from the 2020 season. Jacob Gomola was the winner. However, in the waning laps, his engine soured. While he was able to make repairs to run the second feature, the car was not up to its winning standards.

Gomola started the first fifteen lapper from the pole with Andy Cavanaugh on his right hip. Jimmy Morris and Kyle Colwell were in the second row, with Steve Cousins and Logan McCandless in the third row.

Gomola blasted out to the early lead, but Colwell challenged for second on the opening lap. As the race progressed, Gomola opened up a ten car length advantage over Colwell, whose engine began to falter. Just before the halfway mark, it exploded on the front stretch.

That moved McCandless into the second spot for the restart, and he held that position the rest of the way. Andy Cavanaugh raced in third, with Morris nipping on his heels. Meanwhile, Tommy Jansen and Justin Clark diced for the fifth position.

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At the checkers, it was Gomola, McCandless, Cavanaugh, Morris, and Jansen. Clark and Jared Rosencrance were the two remaining finishers. Colwell, Cousins, and Vivian Jones were scored next on the basis of laps completed.

Of note, it was the first 305 Sprint Car race for Jones, a former track champion in the region in the Modified Lite class. Unfortunately, engine problems sidelined her for the rest of the night.

In the regular feature for the Allegheny Sprint Tour, Andy Cavanaugh had the pole with Justin Clark next to him. Steve Cousins and Logan McCandless were in the second row, with Tom Jansen and Jim Morris in the third.

Clark dashed into the early lead, with Cavanaugh and McCandless giving chase. McCandless was using the high side, but it became his undoing with just three laps in the books. He went into the second corner too hot and spun. He kept going but fell to the rear of the field.

Clark completed the appointed rounds without interruption. Cavanaugh was second, with Morris crossing in third. Jared Rosencrance and Jacob Gomola put on a spirited battle for the fourth position, which changed hands several times in the last few laps. Rosencrance got the nod.

Jansen and McCandless were the final finishers. Cousins was scored in eighth based on laps completed.

In the night’s regular racing for the Allegheny Sprint Tour, the heat race winners were Cavanaugh and Clark. There was no B Main.

Next weekend, Tri-City Raceway Park will present a Sunday Thunder program consisting of the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Then, get ready for the resumption of the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek coming on June 6. The finale for the mini series for the 410 Sprint Cars will be held at the speedway, with support coming from the Krill Recycling 358 Modifieds, Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprints, and 4 Your

Car Connection Mini Stocks. The Western PA Sprint Spoeedweek will be a must see event, for sure!

Remember that you can get information regarding Tri-City Raceway Park by calling the track office, at 724-967-4601, or via e-mail at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. You can also check out the website at www.Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located on State Route 3430 in Oakland Township, which is a short ride outside the City of Franklin.

ULMS Late Models: Jared Miley, Max Blair, Darrell Bossard, Ryan Scott, Deshaun Gingerich, Wayne Weaver, Boom Briggs, Wyatt Scott, Tyler Dietz, Logan Jaquay, Matt Lux.

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Cars (Make-up Feature): Jacob Gomola, Logan McCandless, Andy Cavanaugh, Jim Morris, Thomas Jansen, Justin Clark, Jared Rosencrance, Kyle Colwell, Steve Cousins, Vivian Jones.

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Cars (Regular Feature): Justin Clark, Andy Cavanaugh, Jim Morris, Jared Rosencrance, Jacob Gomola, Thomas Jansen, Logan McCandless, Steve Cousins, Vivian Jones (DNS), Kyle Colwell (DNS).

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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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