PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Persistent rain showers and cold weather is throwing the red flag on racing activities throughout Western and Central PA this weekend. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway has pulled the plug on their Saturday night program for tonight. The Ed Laboon Memorial is next up for dirt’s “Monster Half Mile”.
PPMS CANCELLED SAT MAY 29, 10th Ed Laboon Memorial up next! | Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) https://t.co/ms0KIJT799
— PPMS 🏁 (@PAMotorSpeedway) May 28, 2021
Port Royal has cancelled Saturday night’s All Star Circuit of Champions program but hopes to get Sunday in if Mother Nature cooperates.
— All Star Circuit of Champions (@ASCoC) May 29, 2021
Jennerstown is still planning to host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Saturday night but if the weather does not cooperate the make-up date will be Sunday.
Add Sharon Speedway to the list of tracks who have cancelled for Saturday night.
Due to saturated grounds from all day rain on Friday coupled w/ rain showers predicted throughout the day & night along w/ unseasonably cold weather, Saturday's (5/29) show has been cancelled. See you on June 5 for @WesternPASpdwk plus @RUSHSprints, @RUSHSportMods & Econo Mods
— Sharon Speedway (@SharonSpdwy) May 28, 2021
Friday night Lernerville was forced to cancel but used their social media channels to fill the void.
Tonight's racing program featuring the Fab4 Revved up with Marburger Farm Dairy has been canceled due to rain in the area which is forecasted to plague us the rest of the evening.
— Lernerville Speedway (@Lernerville) May 28, 2021
While we wait to see if the weather cooperates, check out these LernervilleTV highlights from last Friday’s Fab4 Racing Revved Up with Marburger FARM Dairy! https://t.co/5yVlZ7Fvg4
— LernervilleTV (@LernervilleTV) May 28, 2021
The loss of track time will affect Sprint Car drivers hoping to fine tune their cars before next week’s Western Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek. That even kicks off Wednesday night at Michael’s Mercer Raceway.
Friday night Williams Grove was also forced to cancel the Davey Brown Tribute with the makeup date coming June 25th during the opener of Pennsylvania Speedweek Series.
Due to rain, Williams Grove Speedway has made the decision to cancel tonight’s racing program. The Davey Brown Tribute will now be apart of the Pennsylvania Speedweek Opener on June 25th.
We will be back in action next Friday, June 4th for H&N Landscaping School’s Out Night. pic.twitter.com/QFAq0vQglP
— Williams Grove (@WilliamsGrove) May 28, 2021
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.