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Rahmer Romps at Williams Grove

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(Williams Grove, PA July 16, 2021): Freedie Rahmer, Jr. benefited from a crash by the early race leader, Dylan Cisney, and romped to his second win of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. The victory snapped a three-race winning streak of points leader, Lance Dewease, and cut into the margin separating the two drivers in the battle for the season championship.

Cisney had the pole position for the twenty-five lapper and he was looking to complete the clean sweep of 410 Sprint Car racing at the venerable old track. Cisney set fast time, won his heat race, and claimed the dash. Rahmer started next to him in both the dash and the feature event. T.J. Stutts started third in his return to his own equipment after a short term assignment with the Michael Barshinger team. Lucas Wolfe started fourth. Then came Skylar Gee and Dewease. Alan Krimes and Aaron Bollinger started in row four. This was Bollinger’s first night out in John Westbrook’s car. Chad Trout and Devon Borden were in row five, with Justin Whittal and Matt Campbell lining up in row six.

Cisney took the lead at the drop of the green with Rahmer several car lengths back. This start was waived off, however, due to a flip by Robbie Kendall between turns three and four. Several other cars were involved, sustaining lesser amounts of damage. Only Dweight Leppo was able to return to action.

The second try looked much the same as the first, with the exception that there was no crash in the back of the field. Once again, it was Cisney, followed by Rahmer, Wolfe, Stutts, Dewease, and Gee. They ran in formation until three laps were completed. Unexpectedly, Cisney bounced through turn one and lost control, striking the outer guard rail. He sustained a broken front axle and other damage that prevented his return to the race.

That gave Rahmer the point for the restart, with Wolfe, Stutts, Dewease, Gee, and Krimes in tow. Within a lap or two, Dewease ducked to the inside of Stutts coming through turn four to nailed down the third position. But Rahmer and Wolfe were separating themselves from the pack.

The racers reeled off sixteen laps without interruption. During this time, Rahmer stretched his advantage over Wolfe, and Dewease started to close in on the second place car. Stutts had a comfortable margin over Gee. Behind them, positions were changing hands between Krimes, Borden, Bollinger, Trout, and Chase Dietz.

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On lap nineteen, Borden coasted to a stop on the front stretch, causing the final stoppage.

Rahmer completed the remaining six laps without any complications. His margin of victory was 2.567 seconds over Wolfe. Dewease was third, with Stutts and Krimes completing the top five. Gee crossed in sixth, followed by Dietz, Trout, Tyler Ross, and Campbell.
In addition to Cisney, heat victories went to Gee and Wolfe. There was no B Main. Cisney’s time was 16.936 seconds in the twenty-five car field.

The companion 358 Sprint Car race was not completed due to rain that came in while track crews were cleaning up the front stretch after a spectacular two-car flip sequence on the initial start. The cars of John Stehman and Justin Foster were heavily damaged, but both drivers emerged unscathed.

Heat wins in the 358 Sprint division went to Steve Wilbur, Derek Locke, and Brett Wanner. There was no B Main.

The 358 race will be made-up on July 30 and there will be complete shows for both the 410 and 358 Sprints that night.

Coming up on July 23 and 24 will be the Summer Nationals, pitting the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars against the PA Posse. The Outlaws have taken the measure of the local racers in several recent bouts at Williams Grove Speedway, but the extra pay-off for the finale on Saturday night will give the local favorites plenty of incentive to step up their game. Williams Grove Speedway will close out the month of July with the aforesaid 410 and double 358 program.

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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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