PORT ROYAL, PA (July 31, 2021): Brent Marks and Logan Wagner split the feature wins in the 410 Sprint division at Port Royal Speedway on Living Legends Night, and Gregg Satterlee took the top honors in the Super Late Model ranks.
Marks, who earned $10,000 for his victory, lived up to his nickname, “the Myerstown Missle” as he blasted away on the high side of the speedway. “The car was really good on the top, it was on a rail. That was a lot of fun.”
Lance Dewease and the defending track champion, Logan Wagner, had the front row. Danny Dietrich and Marks were in the second row, with Pat Cannon and Anthony Macri in row three. Jeff Halligan danced with Phil Walter in row four, and A.J. Flick was paired off with Mike Wagner in row five. Lucas Wolfe and Tyler Reeser were in row six.
Dewease rolled into turn one with the lead, but Dietrich, Macri, and Logan Wagner were all within striking distance. However, a quick caution led to a single file restart with just one lap in the books. That would prove to be the only stoppage of the race.
When the green light came on again, it remained for twenty-nine laps. Marks shot into second and he started trading sliders with Dewease for the lead. As they were doing that, Dietrich and Macri were likewise trading sliders for third.
Eventually, Marks asserted control and Dewease fell to second. Macri dispatched Dietrich, who then lost fourth to Logan Wagner.
As the laps clicked away, the leaders began to separate. The action was intense in the middle of the pack, though, with Dylan Cisney making the most headway.
In the final five laps, Macri put on a charge. He made a bold pass of Dewease for second in the first turn on the last lap of the race. Halligan also picked off Dietrich in the closing laps.
At the checkers, it was Marks, Macri, Dewease, Logan Wagner, Halligan, and Dietrich. Then came Mike Wagner, Walter, Cisney, and Flick.
In the Super Late Model go, Kyle Lee and Ross Robinson led the field to the green flag. Colton Flinner and Gary Stuhler were in the second row, and Satterlee was beside Dylan Yoder, the current point leader, in the third. Andrew Yoder and Marvin Winters lined up in row four, followed by Jim Bernheisel and Brett Schadel. Dillan Stake and Andy Haus started in row six.
Robinson took charge atthe drop of the green, with Lee, Flinner, Satterlee, and Stuhler following. The first caution came with two complete, and the races would reel off 18 laps under the green when racing resumed.
Robinson continued to lead over Lee, but Satterlee moved into third. On lap four, he took second and then he set his sights on Robinson. It took him just two more rounds to grab the lead.
While Satterlee and Robinson ran ahead of the others, Stuhler, Flinner, and Dylan Yoder put on a show worthy of the fans’ full attention. Stuhler would grab third and hold it through the second caution.
In the final five laps, Dylan Yoder put on a charge, but the crafty veteran, Stuhler, was able to retain the position at the finish.
It was Satterlee, Robinson, Stuhler, Dylan Yoder, and Flinner for the first five. The next quintet consisted of Winters, Trevor Feathers, Lee, Jeff Rine, and Hayes Mattern.
Heat winners for the Super Late Models were Lee, Robinson, Stuhler, and Satterlee. The B Main belonged to Jason Schmidt. The fastest qualifier was Robinson, with a lap of 18.392 seconds.
In the 410 Sprint Car nightcap, the starting line-up was based on the finish of the first feature, subject to an inversion of nine. That put Dylan Cisney on the pole, with Phil Walter beside him. Mike Wagner and Danny Dietrich were in row two. Jeff Halligan and Logan Wagner were in row three. Lance Dewease and Anthony Macri were in row four. Brent Marks and A.J. Flick had row five covered. Pat Cannon and Tyler Reeser were in row six.
Cisney bolted to the lead, with Walter and Logan Wagner battling for second. They tangled on the second lap, and Walter crashed hard in turn one. Logan Wagner kept his car moving and he restarted in the second spot. Dietrich narrowly missed the wreck, and he restarted in third.
The incident did not affect Logan Wagner’s car one bit, and he took the lead from Cisney on lap three. Dietrich began to pressure Cisney for second and he would gain the position on lap seven.
Halligan was gaining speed, but his race to the front ended with a spectacular crash in turn one with nine laps in the books. He was not hurt, but the car was heavily damaged.
When racing resumed, Dietrich began to throw sliders at Logan Wagner in an attempt to gain the lead. Wagner was up to the challenge, though, and soon he began to pull away from Dietrich.
In the middle stage of the race, Dewease caught Dietrich and they battled hard for the second spot. Dewease took control on lap 16, just before the final caution was displayed.
Dewease stayed close to Logan Wagner the rest of the way, but he never had a shot at the lead. Cisney came back to life in the stretch run, and he held third briefly. However, Dietrich would regain the position before the checkers flew.
Cisney finished fourth, with Blane Heimbach chasing him across the line. Marks was sixth after racing as high as fourth at one point in the race. Macri, Mike Wagner, Flick, and Wolfe completed the top ten.
The Sprint Car heat winners were Dietrich, Marks, Cannon, and Halligan, each earning $327 for their efforts. The B Main winner was Dave Blaney. Macri was the night;s fastest qualifier with a lap of 16.506 seconds.
Port Royal will host the 410 and 305 Sprints on August 7, along with the Super Late Models. There will be no racing on August 14 in consideration of the Knoxville Nationals. Racing will return on August 21 with Open Wheel Madness III. Winged fans will enjoy the 410 and 305 Sprints, and the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints will delight the non-wing aficionados. Late Models will take center stage at the end of the month with three days reserved for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series on August 26-28.
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.