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Krummert, Miley, Brandon Matus, and Daughtery Win at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (August 20, 2021): Garrett Krummert took advantage of a restart with nineteen laps complete to overhaul Big Block Modified points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker, who had led from lap three. The win narrowed the gap to three points for the track championship, with a pair of points races left in the season.

Also getting wins this night were Jared Miley in the Late Models, Brandon Matus (pictured above) in the 410 Sprints, and Brian Daugherty in the Pro Stocks.

“I came in first, but I beat the $h!t out of it,” Krummert said. He was concerned that he may need to send the shocks out for rebuilding due to the track conditions. Turning more diplomatic, Krummert added, “I appreciate everything that Lernerville did. They put a lot of work into it.” Before the features, the track crew did spend considerable time attempting to remedy the roughness that had developed in the middle of the track during the heat races.

The Big Block Modified twenty-five lapper had Krummert and Dave Murdick paired up on the front row. Brian Swartzlander and Shingledecker were in row two, with Rex King, Jr. and John Mollick in the third.

Krummert took off at the drop of the green, but Shingledecker was hounding him for the opening lap. Shingledecker rolled the top in turns one and two with two laps complete to grab the lead before they crossed for lap three.

Shingledecker led through the only caution of the race, on lap nineteen, when Rex King, Sr. stopped in turn two. Shingledecker took the inside line for the restart, even though he had been running the top to maintain his lead. The decision proved to be pivotal, as Krummert raced into turn one on the top to grab the lead away from his main adversary.

Krummert led the remaining six laps without difficulty. Rex King, Jr. slipped into third on the restart and chased down Shingledecker. King Jr. did take second briefly, but Shingledecker rallied on the final round to regain the second spot and minimize the point loss to Krummert.

Krummert, Shingledecker, King Jr., Swartzlander, and Murdick completed the top five. The drivers in the next quintet were Mollick, Steve Slater, King Sr., Colton Waters and Kevin Long.

A pair of heats for the Big Block Modifieds went to Brian Swartzlander and John Mollick. There was no B Main.

Jared Miley and Ken Schaltenbrand were on the front row for the Late Model twenty-five lapper. Levi Yetter started third after receiving his 2020 Western PA Rookie of the Year award. His partner was veteran Gary Lyle. Tommy Beck matched up with Kyle Lukon. Then came Andrew Wylie and Kelvin Kohan in row four.

Miley swept into the early lead, followed by Ken Schaltenbrand, Yetter, Lyle, and Lukon. Miley led the first ten laps despite a couple of cautions that kept the two-time defending champion close in second.

Schaltenbrand got several other chances to restart beside Miley in the middle stage of the race. The final restart, which happened before the halfway mark, proved to be Shaltenbrand’s undoing. He went to the bottom to try to get a run on Miley and, instead he was freight-trained by several other drivers.

Miley remained out front and built a substantial lead over Tommy Beck. In the final laps, Colton Flinner went by for the second position. Beck was third at the finish, with Alex Ferree and Kyle Knapp completing the top five.

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Ken Schaltenbrand faded to sixth, followed by Lyle, Shawn Schaltenbrand, Joshua Powell, and Kohan taking the rest of the top ten.

In the Late Model ranks, a couple of heats were held, with Jared Miley and Kelvin Kohan taking the wins. There was no B Main.

Brandon Matus had the pole in his quest for the feature win and his first track championship at Lernerville Speedway. Next to him was Matt Sherlock. Row two had Carl Bowser and Dan Kuriger. Row three belonged to Matt Farnham and Jack Sodeman, Jr. George Hobaugh paired off with A.J. Flick, who entered the night just four points from Brandon Matus. Pete Landrum and Darin Gallagher rolled off from row five and Mike Lutz, Jr. and Bryan Salisbury in row six.

Brandon Matus took off at the drop of the green, followed by Bowser, Farnham, Sherlock, and Kuriger. Brandon Matus poured on the coals and built a commanding lead while Bowser and Farnham fought for the second position. Farnham took it for several laps, but Bowser regained the position.

Late in the race, Brandon Matus had his pace slowed somewhat by lapped traffic, and that enabled Bowser to close in. However, the lapped traffic proved to be even more difficult for Bowser, who made contact with the slower car of Sherlock. Bowser tumbled hard into turn one, ending his night.  He was okay.

Brandon Matus completed the remaining four laps without incident. Sodeman climbed into second, with Sye Lynch also getting past Farnham, who was fourth in the final run-down. Fifth went to Kuriger.

Flick finished sixth, a position that he held for most of the race. That allowed Brandon Matus to gain a little breathing room heading into the final weeks of the season. David Kalb, Darin Gallagher, Hobaugh, and Brent Matus completed the top ten.

In the 410 Sprint division, preliminaries belonged to Darin Gallagher and Matt Farnham. There was no B Main.

The Pro Stocks went to the post for their twenty-lap finale. Brett Hutira took the early lead, but former Late Model crew chief Brian Daugherty chased him down after several laps. Daugherty took the lead coming through turn four and held control the rest of the way.

Taking second was Mike Miller, followed by Corey McPherson, Nick Kocuba, and Mike Bordt. Sixth through tenth went to Jake Dietz, Jason Fosnaught, Brett McDonald, Chase Lambert, and Hutira.

The Pro Stocks contested two heat races as well. The top drivers were Chris Schneider and Mike Miller. There was no B Main.

Next week, Lernerville Speedway will present its annual Sprint Spectacular. Joining the 410 Sprints will be the 305 Sprints and the RUSH non-wing Sprints. September 3 will be a Fab Four program, which will be repeated on championship night, September 17.

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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;

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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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