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Bollinger bowls ‘em over at Lincoln

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 5, 2021): Aaron Bollinger earned his first career 410 Sprint Car victory at the fabulous Lincoln Speedway. The young driver from Birdsboro, PA scored a clean sweep in the family-owned mount.

Other winners this night were Alex Bright in the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars and Steve Buckwalter in the ARDC Midgets.

“I don’t know what to say,” Bollinger gushed as he tried to catch his breath. “We just won a race with the baddest cars on the planet!” Once he composed himself, Bollinger added, “we’ve been fast all year, but we’ve had a lot of mechanical problems and we’re starting to figure it out.” If they ever do get it figured out completely, watch out!

Bollinger delivered a perfect birthday present to his father. “I told him when I went out ‘I’m going to win this for you.’” The senior Bollinger almost missed the milestone win. Just as the team was getting ready to leave for the track, he had to go out on a job in the family’s septic business. But, he was able to attend to that and still make it to the track in time.

Brie Hershey and Chris Arnold had the front row for the thirty lapper. Scott Fisher and Jordan Givler were in the second row. Bollinger was in the third, along with Troy Wagaman. Matt Campbel lined up in the fourth row and Cory Haas was his dancing partner. Brandon Rahmer and Tim Wagaman had row five. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was in row six, Danny Dietrich in row seven, Alan Krimes in row eight, and T.J. Stutts in row nine. Tyler Ross and Jimmy Siegel were in the tenth row and Kyle Moody was in row eleven.

Hershey took the early lead, with Arnold, Givler, Bollinger and Troy Wagaman falling in behind. While Hershey led the way, Givler pulled off the track, surrendering his spot in the top five. He would be the only racer to retire from the non-stop event.
Hershey continued to lead , but Bollinger was on the move. He took third on lap five, second on lap ten, and he powered past her on lap twelve.

Bollinger stretched his lead over the second half of the race.

Hershey gradually fell back as some of the more prominent racers worked their ways to the front.

Haas made his biggest moves between laps fifteen and twenty. At the halfway mark, he was racing in sixth, but by lap twenty, he was second. However, he could not close in on the fleet Bollinger, whose margin of victory was 2.814 seconds.

Matt Campbell was third. Fredie Rahmer passed his brother, Brandon, in the stretch run to get fourth. Positions six through ten went to Krimes, Danny Dietrich, Hershey, Stutts, and Ross.

The three heat winners were Hershey, Givler, and Bollinger. Ross won the B Main.

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In the USAC East Coast 360 Sprint feature, Steve Drevicki was looking to double up on the weekend. He bolted into the lead at the start of the race, followed by Alex Bright. Soon it became a two-car race, but there was plenty of action throughout the field.

Bright briefly took the lead in turn three after a restart on lap twenty-two. However, Drevicki rallied in turn four and regained the lead before reaching the scoring loop.

Bright was pressing Srevicki as the laps wound down. Coming off turn two with two to go, Bright tapped Drevicki and got him loose. Drevicki’s car wiggled, but he was able to keep the lead. Hoever, when the leaders got to turn one, Drevicki slid out of the groove. Bright was there to pounce. He powered off turn two with the lead. Drevicki tried to slide him in turn three but he did not carry enough speed into the corner and Bright had the momentum on the high side.

Bright was the winner, with Drevicki a close second. Kenny Miller, III, Christian Bruno, and Damon Paul rounded out the top five. Series points leader Briggs Danner led the next contingent to the finish. Ed Aikin, Joey Amantea, Tommy Kunsman, and Steve Wilbur were next to cross.

Chris Allen, Bruno, and Devicki prevailed in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Bright, who did double duty, noted that he was much more comfortable in the USAC non-winged car. “I need more laps in the winged car. I don’t know what I am doing. I have less than one hundred laps in that car.” Bright failed to transfer in the 410 Sprint.

In the nightcap for the ARDC Midgets, Steve Buckwalter too advantage of his front row starting spot to grab a lead that he would not relinquish. Over the twenty lap distance, Tommy Kunsman stayed close but he could not overtake the leader.

Jimmy Glenn was third, followed by Kevin Woody, who overcame a penalty imposed for passing below the cone on a restart. Michael Markey was fifth. Positions six through ten belonged to Zach Curtis, J.R. Booth, Randy Mausteller, Joe Thomas, and Shannon Mausteller.

Heat wins were scored by Steve Buckwalter and Kunsman. There was no B Main.

Before racing began, a memorial announcement was made for Steve Smith, who passed earlier in the day. A pictorial tribute was also displayed during a break in the action. Smith was the second leading winner in the Sprint Car ranks at the speedway.

Next week will be the tenth and final Fallen Firefighters Memorial race run in honor of Brandon Little. The 410 and 358 Sprint Cars will be on the card. Then, on June 19, the 410 Sprints will be joined by the Super Sportsmen Tour and the Super Late Models. Central PA Speedweek events will close out the month of June on the 26th and 28th, respectively.

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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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