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Championship Sunday Coming at Tri-City Raceway Park

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FRANKLIN, PA (August 10, 2021): Like a heavyweight title match that has come down to the final round, the regular season championships at Tri-City Raceway Park have come down to the last night of racing. Three of the four divisions are still in doubt and the action will be intense. You will want to be there to see who comes out on top when the checkered flags fall.

Fittingly, the closest match will be in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars. Jack Sodeman, Jr., the defending champ from North Jackson, OH, started out the season strong. But, he saw his points lead evaporate when he had a rough stretch in the middle of the season. In fact, his rival, Brandon Matus of Wampum, PA, took the lead for one week. However, Sodeman has outpaced the younger Matus in recent weeks and he has regained the lead. Just eight points will separate them when the final night of racing starts. Sodeman and Matus can earn points in the heat races and the feature, so every time one of them hits the track the pressure will be on.

Most other positions through the top ten in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint rankings are fairly stable and not much change is anticipated there. However, those racers will be seeking the satisfaction and hefty payoff that a win will provide. So, expect to see the likes of Bob Felmlee, Brent Matus, Darin Gallagher, Brandon Spithaler, Logan McCandless, and Leyton Wagner giving it their all. Kyle Colwell, who has missed several weeks of action, may fall from the top ten if Carl Bowser, Bob McMillin, or Ken Rossey have strong showings.

In the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, it will be experience versus youth in the championship battle. But, this time, it will be three drivers contending for the top spot! Veteran Curtis J. Bish leads teenager Tyler Wyant by eight points as well. And close behind them is veteran Josh Seippel who is only seventeen points out of first place. All three of these drivers have scored wins this season and it just may take another victory for one of them to seal the deal.

But there will be plenty of other racers who will contend for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock win. Darr Diegelman has been consistent. William Hurrelbrink was at the top of the standings earlier in the season before some bad luck caused him to drop back. Patrick Fielding will be looking for his first win of the season, as will Curt Bish, Doug Iorio, II, and Josh Blum. Bobby Whitling has a couple of wins to his credit, and could move ahead with another good showing, but his early season absences hampered his overall performance.

Three drivers may also have a shot at the championship in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Justin Bailey has control, with a twenty-four point margin over Dalton Speer. It seems like it was yesterday that the two were fighting tooth and nail for the top spot, but Speer lost ground when he started to have mechanical problems with his car. Chad Greeley, with two recent wins, is closing in from the third position. He is thirty-five points behind the leader and he could move up if he scores another win and if Bailey and Speer have misfortunes.

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The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks have been one of the strongest classes at the track all season, so don’t be surprised if there are two dozen or more competitors on Sunday evening.

The Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modified class has been dominated of late by Jeremiah Shingledecker. He won four in a row, and five overall, to build up a sixty-eight point advantage over Jimmy Holden. Shingledecker will be looking to rebound this week after having his winning streak ended. Many others will try to score the prestigious win, including Sid Unverzagt, Jr., who just had his best Tri-City finish ever, a second to New York invader Erick Rudolph. Kevin Hoffman, Kyle Fink, Lonnie Riggs, Max Smoker, Ryan Riffe, and many more local talents will be there to take on other New Yorkers like Nick Joy and Kyle Inman.

The racing will start at 6 p.m. Pit gates will open at 2 and spectator gates will open at 4. Come out early to get your favorite spots to see all the action.

This will be the final Sunday Thunder program of the season, so regular event ticket pricing will apply. Adult admission, for those ages 16 to 62, will be $15. Seniors, ages 62 and up, will be admitted for $13. Student tickets will be $10 for those ages 10 to 16. The children, ages 10 and under, will be admitted for free. Family passes will be $45 and they will benefit two adults of any age and two students. Pit passes will be $30.

There will be no oval track action for the remainder of August. However, there will be a Renegade Monster Truck Show on Saturday, yes, Saturday, August 28. Racing will resume on Labor Day weekend with a night of practice followed by two nights of competition. That will be September 3-5. There will also be a bonfire and music after the races on Sunday night.

Further information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mailing the office at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. Or, you can check the web at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township.

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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday.  DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.

The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.

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“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.

“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten.  My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”

Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.

Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
  2. $2,000;
  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
  6. $700;
  7. $600;
  8. $550;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

16-24: $

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.

“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh.  “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”

MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.

“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.

The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.

MINIS are no stranger to the race track.  In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.

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John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year.  Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events.  Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.

Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.

Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.

For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.

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