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Abreu Wins Hard Knox Friday

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KNOXVILLE, IA (August 13, 2021): Rico Abreu was the popular winner on Friday night during the Knoxville Nationals. His third career win at the track was, surprisingly, just his first of the season. The victory provided him with a guaranteed starting spot for the 60th running of the Nationals. Also locking in for the big show were Anthony Macri, Shane Stewart, and Brock Zearfoss.

Abreu was relieved to get his first score of the season in such an important program. “My guys worked so hard, we all believe in one another. It was just a matter of time before things started clicking,” he added. Abreu noted that he has raced at Knoxville four times this season and he has yet to finish outside the top five. He will have his work cut out for him Saturday, however, as he will start twenty-first in the A Main.

Abreu was excited to start this race on the front row next to his teammate, Jac Haudenschild. “It was pretty special to have both cars on the front row. As a team owner running two cars, with Jac, and seeing all of the important memories that he’s been creating this year, Jac’s been so good for so long, it was great to give him the opportunity to drive a car that is only associated with him.” Abreu was referring, of course, to the iconic yellow machine backed by Haudenschild’s most famous sponsor, Pennzoil.

Haudenschild sat on the pole and Abreu was beside him. Macri and Kyle Reinhardt were in the second row, Zearfoss and Lynton Jeffrey were in the third, followed by Bill Balog and Hunter Schuerenberg. Ayrton Gennetton and Shane Golobic were in row five. Then came Stewart and McKenna Haase.

Haudenschild got the crowd fired up when he took the lead at the drop of the green. Abreu followed along in second, searching high and low for a place to get by. Reinhardt tucked into third, with Macri, Zearfoss, and Balog following.

Abreu finally got a run on Haudenschild coming through turn four to complete lap six. Macri made his move around Haudenschild coming off the second corner on the next lap.

The whole trio of Abreu, Macri and Haudenchild seemed to have things under control, there was a spirited battle for the fourth and final transfer spot involving Reinhardt, Zearfoss, and Shane Stewart. Scott Bogucki was close behind them, looking for an opening to join the fun.

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The only caution of the race came on lap eleven for Gennetton, who stopped on the backstretch.

The caution was well-timed for two of the competitors, Stewart and Zearfoss. They were both able to climb past Reinhardt, and, now, the three car battle was on for third. Haudenschild held on for several laps, despite heavy pressure from both Stewart and Zearfoss.

Stewart got some momentum and he surged ahead of Haudenschild on lap 21. Zearfoss also passed Haudenschild with two laps remaining, disappointing many fans who wanted to see the bright yellow colors made the cut to the A Main.

Meanwhile, Stewart continued his charge and he moved into second with two laps remaining. Macri regained the position on the final lap.
Abreu, Macri, Stewart, and Zearfoss were the first four to cross the line and they punched their tickets to the big dance. Bogucki was fifth, which will put him into row six for the B Main on Saturday night. Joining him in that row will be Haudenschild, who was sixth this night. Seventh through tenth were Golobic, Balog, Reinhardt, and Jeffrey. They, too, will move to the middle of the B Main on Saturday.

Six heats were held, with wins going to Stewart, Balog, Josh Schneiderman, Haase, Wayne Johnson, and Davey Heskin. The twin B Mains were shared by Daryn Pittman and Sammy Swindell. Pittman topped all of the qualifiers in Group A and overall, at 15.583 seconds. Abreu was the best in Group B with a lap of 15.874 seconds.

Hard Knox A Main: Rico Abreu, Anthony Macri, Shane Stewart, Brock Zearfoss, Scott Bogucki, Jac Haudenschild, Shane Golobic, Bill Balog, Kyle Reinhardt, Lynton Jeffrey, Josh Schneiderman, Davey Heskin, Daryn Pittman, Sammy Swindell, Wayne Johnson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Harli White, Tim Schaffer, Roger Crockett, A.J. Moeller, Carson McCarl, McKenna Haase, Ayrton Gennetton, Clint Garner.

DNQ: Matt Juhl, Colby Copeland, Tasker Phillips, Terry McCarl, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Dobmeier, Scotty Thiel, Chad Kemenah, Skylar Gee, Lucas Wolfe, Robbie Kendall, Derek Hagar, Greg Wilson, Don Droud, Jr., Riley Goodno, Jason Sides, John Carney, II, Dylan Cisney, Tori Knutson, Tyler Esh, Logan Wagner, Austin McCarl, Matt Moro, Sawyer Phillips, Mike Wagner, Tim Kaeding, Tanner Carrick, zeb Wise, Jack Dover, Dustin Selvage, Jesse Attard, Chris Martin, Noah Gass, Jordan Goldesberry, Jake Bubak, Ryan Roberts, Jeff Swindell, T.J. Stutts, Austin Miller, Joe Simbro, Jacob Allen, Bobby Mincer, Kevin Ingle, Ryan Giles, Skylar Prochaska.

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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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