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Larson Wins Again; Macri Redeems Himself in URC Feature

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PORT ROYAL, PA (June 30, 2021): Kyle Larson became the second driver to double up during Pennsylvania Speedweek. He took round six held at Port Royal Speedway. It wasn’t easy. Larson battled his way into second, but he still had to catch and pass the leader, Lucas Wolfe. But, as he did so, Lance Dewease entered the picture. Dewease had one shot at Larson, making a low entry into turn one on the final lao, but Larson had the momentum in the high groove and he powered away from Dewease to seal the deal.

“That was wild, I ran my ass off there,” said the happy winner. Larson commented that his car started off good, but as the race progressed the car got worse instead of better. He speculated that he may have had the wing back too far. Then, “I saw Lance and I knew that I had to get my momentum going.” Once he did that, he added, “I knew that I had to throw some big bombs at Lucas.” In the final analysis, though, Larson prevailed despite any misgivings that he may have had about his car.

Larson’s concerns about his machine were minimal compared to those of his good friend, Lance Dewease, who was surprised by his competitive run. After his heat race, the team encountered a mechanical problem. They attempted a repair, but they could not re-fire the car. They thrashed through the B Mains to get ready. “They had half of the cars on the track and we still did not have a mag(neto) in. They had to dump some fuel and put on some tires, but they got me pushed out.” His crew were unable to make any other adjustments to the car. Dewease said confidently, “we’ve got the little things buttoned up, so we should be ready for Friday and Saturday.”

Anthony Macri pulled the pole position for the thirty lap main event. Danny Dietrich was on the outside. Lucas Wolfe and Jeff Halligan were in row two. Rico Abreu and Logan Wagner were in the third. Larson was paired with Speedweek points leader, Brent Marks, in row four. Mike Wagner and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in the fifth row, Lance Dewease answered the bell in time to start in his assigned row six position, with Mike Walters next to him.

Macri took off at the drop of the green and led Dietrich, Wolfe, Halligan, Abreu and Larson. Wolfe was showing some muscle and he grabbed second in the early going. However, Macri was pulling away with ease.

Brent Marks came to a stop on the second trip around the big half mile oval. He pitted for repairs and was able to rejoin the field. However, his problem surfaced again and he retired after just a few laps, putting his point lead into doubt.

Meanwhile, Macri was amassing a substantial lead again. His domination came to a sudden stop in turn one with seven laps complete. A.J. Flick spun in the high groove and was facing traffic. Macri sailed into turn one, checked up, and swerved in an attempt to avoid Flick’s car. However, the maneuver failed and Macri hit the right rear of Flick’s car. Macri turned over. The resulting damage was enough to sideline both drivers.

On the restart, Wolfe pulled away from Dietrich. Soon there was a contest for second between Dietrich and Halligan. Halligan took the spot, but he was unable to close in on Wolfe, who was having his best run of the week.

In the middle stage of the race. Larson and Dewease were moving forward. Larson began mixing things up with Dietrich. At the halfway mark, Larson was in third, but he was still some distance back from Wolfe and Halligan. Abreu joined the battle for a top five position.

Dewease kept plugging away on the bottom, and he worked his way past Abreu and Dietrich. With ten to go, he was in fourth and closing in on Larson. Dewease did nose ahead of him and was challenging Halligan for second, but the top line was still too racy. Both Halligan and Larson were able to drive back around him.

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The final ten laps of the race were well worth the price of admission. Wolfe continued to lead, but Halligan was starting to fade. Larson moved into second, Dietrich and Dewease moved ahead of Halligan, while they continued their own battle.

As the laps clicked off, Wolfe’s margin continued to dwindle. With just two to go, Wolfe still led, but a bobble in turn two opened the door for Larson to go by. By then, Dewease had wrestled third away from Dietrich and now he was closing quickly on Larson.

Dewease made his bid for the lead in turn one on the final lap, but he came up short. Larson had the better line and his momentum allowed him to maintain the lead. Dietrich was now using that line and he pulled alongside Dewease. He turned under Dewease coming off turn two and led him into three. Dewease fought back and got under Dietrich coming through turn four and Dewease won the race to the scoring loop which is located down toward turn one.

Larson got the checkers ahead of Dewease. Dietrich, Wolfe, and Abreu rounded out the top five. Halligan was a creditable sixth. Mike Wagner, Rahmer, Paul McMahan, and Logan Wagner were the next racers across the line.

The four heat wins belonged to Wolfe, Dietrich, Larson, and Marks. Ryan Smith won the B Main. Logan Wagner was the night’s fastest qualifier. His lap time was 16.582 seconds.

In the twenty-five lapper for the 360 Sprints of the United Racing Club, Anthony Macri gained a bit of redemption. Although he had a huge lead at the end, Macri said that the win was not as easy as it looked. “It took a while for me to find a place where the car was comfortable” and he had to adjust the wing during the race.

Macri started third, but Adam Carberry grabbed the lead from his pole position. Ryan Kissinger moved into second When Pat Cannon faltered on the opening lap. Mark Smith moved up from eighth into the top five early in the race, but he could not move in on the leaders.

Carberry led until lap 18, when Macri made his move to the front. Smith followed along into second, but he was no match for Macri.
At the checkers, it was Macri, Smith, Jason Schultz, Carberry, and Ryan Smith. Derek Locke was sixth, followed by Cannon, Kissinger, Tyan Taylor, and Dallas Schott.

There were three heats, topped by Macri, Taylor, and Cannon. Ryan Smith won the B Main.

Port Royal Speedway will have its second race of Speedweek on Saturday, July 3, the Greg Hodnett Classic. Ten thousand dollars will await the winner of the event. The Super Late Models will also be on the card. The first Hodnett Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to a student.

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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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