ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 26, 2021): Brent Marks went wire-to-wire for the win on night two of Pennsylvania Speedweek. It was his ninth career win at Lincoln Speedway and his second Speedweek triumph. But, this one was worth $9,200 in tribute to the late Kevin Gobrecht.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in victory lane here at Lincoln Speedway,” Marks said. He had a win slip through his fingers in May when the World of Outlaws were at the track, but he went back to his notes from that event to get his car dialed in for this contest. “I had good notes from the Outlaws show and I ran real well that show and I let it get away and I didn’t want that to happen again.”
The luck of the draw put Marks on the pole for the thirty lapper. Next to him was Roendall. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Lance Dewease made up row two. Rico Abreu and Paul McMahan were in the thord row. Danny Dietrich and Justin Peck had the fourth row, with Chad Trout and Matt Campbell lined up behind them. In row six were Lucas Wolfe and Skyler Gee.
At the drop of the green Marks went to the front. Kendall, Hafertepe, Abreu, Dewease, and Dietrich followed. Abreu took over second on the next round of the track and he went after Marks with a vengeance. Within a few laps, Dewease was up to third.
A pair of cautions allowed the pace. But, he maintained control of the race despite the interruptions.
Over the next 18 laps, Marks continued to lead, with Abreu running second for most of them. However, on lap 22, Dewease’s patience on the bottom was rewarded. He passed Abreu and he started to close in on the high-flying Marks. The question was whether there would be enough tome for him to catch the leader.
While Dewease did close in, a caution wiped out the remainder of Marks’ advantage. That made him worried. “I didn’t want to have those yellows because you never know what is goes on behind you, especially with Lance.” But just one lap after the restart, Dewease’s car broke as he came through turn four. The rear end problem sidelined him and put Abreu back into second.
While the first two racers remained unchanged, the final two laps led to a number of positions changing hands. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. wound up in the third spot, fallowed by Dietrich, and McMahan. Cory Haas was sixth, then came Chad Trout, Alan Krimes, Peck, and Kendall.
The winners of the four heat races were Dietrich, Kendall, Abreu, and Dewease. The B Main winner was Ryan Smith. Taking the C Main was Glenndon Forsythe. Marks was the evening;s fastest qualifier. He topped Group A with a lap of 13.273 seconds. Hafertepe topped Group B with a time of 13.863 seconds.
Lincoln returns to action on Monday with round four of Speedweek. There will be no racing on July 3 as the Greg Hodnett Classic will be held at Port Royal Speedway. However, a Monster Truck program will be presented at Lincoln Speedway. Racing will return on July 10, with 410 and 358 Sprints joined by Classic Cars. July 17 will see the ARDC Midgets added to the double dose of Sprint Cars.
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.