Williams Grove, PA (June 4, 2021): For the second week in a row, history was made at Williams Grove Speedway. Nobody challenged Lance Dewease’s 100 wins. Instead, it was Justin Whittall notching his first ever at the celebrated speedway.
“This is a dream come true,” said the twenty-year-old pilot from Medford, NJ. Whittall, who trashed a car last week, pulled out a back-up car and put in the same old set-up he was running, and it worked like a charm. Whittall led wire to wire and was never threatened in the twenty-five lap feature.
“I figured Danny (Dietrich) and Kyle (Moody) and Lance (Dewease) may catch me. I tried to save my tires.”
Whittall had the pole position. Scheduled to start to his right was Brett Shearer, but when he was unable to fire, that moved Dylan Norris up to the front row. Moody then paired up with Steve Buckwalter in row two. Doug Hammaker and and Brandon Rahmer were in row three, with Dietrich and T.J. Stutts in row four. Then came Alan Krimes and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. Buried atthe back of the field were Dewease and Lucas Wolfe, both of whom encountered problems in their respective heat races.
Whittall took the green flag and never looked back. Moody trailed him, with Hammaker, Norris, and Dietrich close behind. Dietrich moved up to fourth by lap five and still was riding there when the first caution came out, on lap eight, when Norris had his top wing collapse in turn four while racing in fifth spot.
The man on the move in the first eight laps was Dewease. He climbed from fifteenth to eighth.
Whittall led the field to the next green flag and he immediately opened a six or seven car length advantage. He was able to maintain that through most of the remaining laps. However, when Whittall caught up to lapped traffic late in the race, his lead began to dwindle.
Moody closed to within three car lengths or so, but he could not make a bid for the lead. Dietrich, who reached third by the half-way signal, was nipping on Moody’s heels in the final laps.
At the checkers, it was Whittall, Moody, Dietrich, Buckwalter, and Krimes. Dewease was sixth. Hammaker slipped back to seventh. Then came Brandon and Freddie Rahmer. Stutts completed the top ten.
Whittall and Shearer scored heat race wins. There was no B Main.
The USAC East Coast Sprint Cars put on a thrilling race in the nightcap. Carmen Perigo, Jr. led from the start, but Steve Drevicki quickly moved into the second spot. He chased Perigo for almost twenty laps before he was able to make his move into the lead. That came while he and Perigo were slicing through some heavy traffic.
Briggs Danner came on in the final five laps to grab second, bringing Alex Bright with him. Perigo crossed in fourth. Kenny Miller, III, who ran with the lead pack the entire race, lost his top five on the final lap when his front end collapsed between turns three and four. That gave the spot to Tommy Kunsman.
Ed Aikin, Christian Bruno, Bruce Buckwalter, Steve Buckwalter, and Nash Ely were the next five finishers.
Perigo, Steve Buckwalter, and Kunsman took checkers in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.
Next week, Williams Grove Speedway will celebrate fan appreciation night on June 11. All ticket holders will be allowed into the pits for free before the races so they can mingle with their favorite 410 and 358 Sprint Car drivers. Plus, general admission will be just $15. On June 18, the USAC Silver Crown series will return to the speedway and they will be joined by the 410 Sprint Cars. The Davey Brown Tribute will close out the month of June. That will also be the first round of Central PA Speedweek featuring the 410 and 358 Sprints.
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.