SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Hobby Stocks will be making their first appearance at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night, joining the People’s Gas Sprint Cars, the Precise Racing Products Late Models and the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.
The Hobby Stocks will be taking the place of the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks, who have the night off. The Hobby Stocks are weekly participants on Saturday night’s at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Lernerville will utilize PPMS rules for the event.
In Fab4 action, A.J. Flick leads the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Car standings on the strength of five wins at ‘The Action Track’. Sye Lynch sits second, 30-points back. Darin Gallagher, Brandon Matus and Carl Bowser sit third through fifth and are separated by a mere 7-points.
John Garvin and Alex Ferree are tied atop the Precise Racing Products Late Model standings. Colton Flinner sits 23-points back in third with Jared Miley lurking in fourth, 31-points back. Logan Zarin rounds out the Top 5, 40-points back.
Jeremiah Shingledecker leads the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds by 14-points over Dave Murdick. Garrett Krummert sits in third place, 28-points back with Brian Swartzlander 3-points behind Krummert.
Pit gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6:50 and racing to begin at 7:30 p.m. Children 10 and under, as always are admitted FREE with General Admission set at $15 for all ages 11 and up. Pit passes for all will continue to be $30. For more information visit www.lernerville.com.
Verstappen, Alonso quickest in wet at Canadian GP qualifying, Haas manage fifth and sixth
MONTREAL, CANADA — Red Bull driver Max Verstappen conquered the wet conditions on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, comfortably taking pole position by over six tenths of a second. It is the points leader’s second pole of the season and fifteenth of his career.
Alpine driver Fernando Alonso put together his best qualifying effort of the season, capturing second position in the tricky conditions at Montreal. He bested Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz by just over a tenth of a second.
Alonso looked strong in practice earlier in the week but acknowledged that good practice performances haven’t translated into pace on Saturday and Sunday so far this year. He credited the rain and the fans for being the difference makers in Canada.
“It was an unbelievable weekend so far for us, being competitive in practice and normally we are on Friday, but on Saturday we seem to lose a little bit of pace,” Alonso said. “Thanks to the wet conditions today the car was mega. I was so comfortable driving this car and I think the fans also pushed me to make an extra push.”
Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes in fourth for Sunday’s Grand Prix seeming to overcome consistent issues he’s had with the car this week. He went so far as to call the W13 “a disaster” after practice on Friday.
Haas looked remarkably strong on Saturday, with drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher qualifying fifth and sixth respectively. Sixth is Schumacher’s best career qualifying result and he will look to score his first career points in F1 on Sunday. The American outfit currently sits eighth in the Constructor Championship standings, now finding themselves in a position to score massive points in the race.
Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris both failed to set a time in Q2. Norris, who had been complaining of power issues, was called into the garage by his engineer, meaning he will start fourteenth on Sunday. Leclerc will start in last on Sunday despite qualifying fifteenth due to a power unit change.
Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin were especially disappointed following Saturday’s qualifying. Both cars failed to make it out of Q1 despite Vettel recording top-five times in two practice sessions. Both AlphaTauri cars also failed to make it into Q2.
Sunday’s race in Montreal will start at 2 p.m. eastern and will air on ABC.
Charles Leclerc wins pole position for Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix
MIAMI GARDENS, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc lead a front row sweep for the prancing horse in Sunday’s Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix.
Leclerc edged his teammate Carlos Sainz by just 0.19-seconds with a fast lap of 1m 28.796s around the 5.41Km around the Miami International Autodrome, which runs around the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium.
“I feel at ease with the car, it feels great to drive,” said Leclerc. “Tomorrow will be a tight race and it is good to have Carlos by my side. The pace is there for both our cars so hopefully we can keep our positions until the end tomorrow to bring home a strong result for our team.”
Max Verstappen set the fastest time of the session in his first run but made a mistake in his second attempt and had to settle for third on the grid. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez qualified fourth to lock out the second row for the team.
Valtterri Bottas qualified fifth in his Alfa Romeo with 7-Time World Champion Lewis Hamilton on the outside of the third row in sixth.
A capacity crowd was on hand for qualifying and Leclerc was quick to thank the Miami crowd for their support.
“It’s incredible to be here in the US and to see how much the sport has grown over the past few years and to see so many people in the grandstand — it definitely motivates us,” said Leclerc. “And there are also a lot of Ferrari fans, so it’s amazing.”
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon did not make a qualifying attempt after the Frenchman crashed in the tight Turn 13/14 section in the morning’s third free practice forcing repairs to the left side of his car.
Big Weekend Of Local Racing In Western PA
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This weekend presents a couple of different options for local race fans both on dirt & asphalt. Fans can have their pick of the action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what’s going on:
Fab 4 Friday at Lernerville Speedway:
- It’s a Fab 4 Friday at “The Action Track” with the Peoples Natural Gas 410 Sprints, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks on the schedule. Carl Bowser holds a nine-point lead over A.J. Flick in the Sprints standings. Flick comes into the race having won three-in-a-row. Colton Flinner holds a 14-point lead over Tyler Dietz in the Late Model standings. Garrett Krummert holds an 11-point lead over John Mollick in the Modifieds standings with Rex King Jr. one point behind Mollick. Tyler Dietz holds a four point lead over Corey McPherson in the Pro Stocks. For more information visit www.lernerville.com and if you can’t go watch it on www.lernerville.tv.
7 Divisions Saturday at PPMS:
- Seven divisions of racing will take to “Dirt’s Monster Half Mile” as the Winged 410 Sprint Cars, RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Late Models, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns and 4-Cylinders visit Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. This will be the first appearance of the winged sprint cars at PPMS this season. Zach Morrow leads Jeremy Weaver by 2-points in the RUSH Sprint track standings with Andy Feil one point back in third. Ben Policz holds a 6-point lead over John Mollick in the RUSH Late Model standings. Dave McManus holds a three-point lead over Ryan Moyer in the Pro Stocks standings. Stephen Shelpman holds a 19-point lead over Karlee Kovacs in the Hobby Stocks standings. In the Young Guns division Philip Bubeck sits 54-points ahead of Eric Reynolds and Noah Bubeck is 25-points ahead of Cameron Hollister in the 4-cylinder standings. For more information visit www.ppms.com.
Whelen Modified Tour Visits Jennerstown on Saturday:
- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its second appearance at Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday night for the Laurel Highlands 150. Justin Bonsginore won the Wade Cole Memorial 133 two months ago going wire-to-wire from the pole position. Craig Lutz finished second followed by John McKennedy in third. Matt Hirschman and Calvin Carroll rounded out the top 5. Saturday’s race distance is longer and there will be live pit stops instead of a half-way break. For more information visit, www.jennerstown.org.
Mercer Raceway To Honor Hawkins On Saturday:
- Michael’s Mercer Raceway is planning on honoring the late Brandon Hawkins on Saturday night with the $2727 to win, $227 to start “Big Mav Classic”. Hawkins tragically lost his life at age 26 on July 20 at a construction accident. Hawkins is survived by his son Maverick, his parents Dave and Chrissy and his girlfriend Ashley. Hawkins 27H car will be driven by Kyle Colwell and start 27th. Every car that finishes behind the 27H will donate and extra $50 to start the race back to Maverick Hawkins. For more information visit www.mercerracewaypark.com.
Two-Sprint Shows and Mid-Atlantic Modifieds At Lincoln:
- Lincoln Speedway on Saturday will feature a double-dose of sprint car action with the 410-Sprints and 358-Sprints on the schedule. In addition to the sprint cars Lincoln will feature the Mid-Atlantic Modifieds and a make up feature from August 1st. For more information visit www.lincolnspeedway.com.
5-Features In 1-Night At Port Royal:
- Thanks to Mother Nature Port Royal Speedway is using this weekend to make up some feature events so fans will get nights of feature action in one night. Saturday night will feature a full program for the 410 Sprint Cars to go along with two make-up features, plus the regularly scheduled PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Car event and the USAC East Coast wingless 360 series event. For more information visit www.portroyalspeedway.com.
Tri-City and RUSH Sprints To Honor Hawkins On Sunday:
- Tri-City Raceway Park and the RUSH Sprint Car Series will pay tribute Hawkins, a former Micro Sprint standout, moved to the RUSH Sprint Cars when the class debuted in 2018 along with his brother Scott and father Dave. The trio also competed together in 2019 as well before Brandon made the move to the “305” Sprints where he won his first feature on July 17 at Bedford Speedway, just days before his passing. Jeremy Weaver leads the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points by 31 over Zach Morrow. For more information visit www.tricityracewaypark.com.