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Larson Leads Nationals Opener

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (October 1, 2021): Kyle Larson dug himself out of a hole and took advantage of the opportunities that came to him over the course of the evening. Despite a poor time trial effort that buried him in the seventh starting spot in his heat race, Larson garnered a second place finish that put him into the Dash. Lady Luck smiled upon him in the redraw for starting positions, and he landed on the pole. He led the entire way in the Dash to earn the pole for the A Main. Then, he led all twenty-five laps to take the victory against the World of Outlaws.

Larson did lose the lead briefly on lap 19 of the feature. Logan Schuchart, who chased Larson throughout the race, slid by him in turn one. Larson deftly turned under him in turn two and regained the lead coming off the corner. “I just started spinning my tires and it was getting dusty,” Larson explained. “Logan was pretty good there, and he slid me for the lead.”

Larson is going for a unique hat trick in Sprint Car racing. He has already won two of the biggest races of the year: The King’s Royal and the Knoxville Nationals. If he can back up this preliminary night win in Saturday’s National Open, he will have won the three crown jewels all in the same season. If he can accomplish the feat, it will be in three different machines because the winning cars from Eldora and Knoxville have been retired.

Larson and Schuchart were on the front row for the A Main. Anthony Macri gave the locals something to cheer about, rolling away in third, with the defending and six-time National Open champion, Donny Schatz, next to him. Row three had Brent Marks and Dylan Cisney. Seven-time track champion, Lance Dewease, started next to Justin Henderson in row four. Daryn Pittman and David Gravel started in row five, with Kasey Kahne and Brian Brown in the sixth row.

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Larson sped away from Schuchart at the drop of the green. But a caution for a spin by Brad Sweet in turn one gave Schuchart another shot at the leader. Once again, Larson assumed command, with Schatz falling in line behind Schuchart. Macri rode along in fourth, with Marks in fifth.

While there were no changes in the top five through the first half of the race, positions six through eight were hotly contested. Cisney held sixth through lap fifteen, when Dewease drove by. Henderson was part of that mix until lap twelve, when he pitted under a caution.

In the final half of the race, Freddie Rahmer, Jr. came to life. He had cracked the top ten just ten laps into the race, but he was not done yet. He continued to move forward, and got to seventh by the time that the checkers flew. Remarkably, Rahmer started in position 26, courtesy of a track provisional.

Following Larson and Schuchart were Schatz, Macri, Marks, and Dewease. Rahmer, Danny Dietrich, Pittman, and Carfson Macedo completed the top ten.

Heat victories belonged to Dewease, Cisney, Marks, and Schatz. Dietrich rebounded from a DNF in his heat to capture the B Main. In the interim, Dietrich’s team changed engines. The C Main winner was Chase Dietz. The non-qualifiers race went to Landon Myers. Dewease was the fastest qualifier at 16.733 seconds.

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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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