Johnson: All-star drivers in the area this weekend

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The All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars returns to Western Pennsylvania tonight at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver before the traveling series heads north Saturday to Mercer Raceway Park.

Veterans Cap Henry and Danny Holtgraver split wins last weekend at Lernerville and Mercer as a warm-up to the events this weekend.

While Dale Blaney and Tim Shaffer are the names fans are accustomed to talking about when it comes to dominating the All Star Circuit, Henry, who is third in All Star National points and Holtgraver, a fan favorite in Western Pennsylvania, are sure to give Blaney and Shaffer a battle this weekend.

Blaney is on top of the All Star universe leading the National, Eastern and Ohio regions in points going into the action tonight at Lernerville. Blaney picked up one win earlier this season to bring his All Star career total to 94.

Like Blaney and Holtgraver, Shaffer is a former Lernerville champion and a four-time All Star champion with 51 wins in the series.

Shaffer is winless on the tour this year but had some impressive runs, including a second-place finish Sunday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

The All Stars will have their hands full when Lernerville and Mercer regulars Jack Sodeman Jr., Eric Williams, Brian Ellenberger, Brent and Brandon Matus and others take to the track to defend their turf.

Qualifying for the sprint cars begins at 7:15 p.m. today at Lernerville and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mercer.

One Lap update

Brock Yates' One Lap of America returns to Western Pennsylvania today at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (formally BeaveRun) in Wampum, Beaver County.

Three-time consecutive winners and defending OLOA champions Douglas Wilks of Alpharetta, Ga., and Leh Keen from Charleston, S.C., led by 145 points over Steve Loudin and Tom Drewer going into the action Thursday at Virginia International Raceway.

All 61 teams in this year's OLOA will converge on Pittsburgh International Race Complex on State Route 18 just north of the PA Turnpike at exit 13 today for the scheduled 8:30 a.m. start.

Go to www.onelapofamerica.com for completed results or www.pittrace.com for more information.

New winner at PPMS

Kyle Lukon of Burgettstown notched his first career win Saturday in the Super Dirt Late Models at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway.

While Lukon has been pulling double-duty driving the Super Late Model and Pro-Late Model at PPMS for several years, Saturday's convincing win was a first for the Duquesne University graduate in the Super Late Model.

"If this wasn't my biggest win ever, it had to have been really close," Lukon said. "My dad [Phil] always put winners out there and it was a big deal to get a win in the Super Late Model."

Lugnuts

Along with the sprint cars, the new RUSH Late Model Series will make its debut at Lernerville Speedway where they will be featured three times this season. ... Motordrome Speedway along Interstate 70 in Smithton opened last Friday with a familiar face in Victory Lane as defending late model champion Neal Brown won the 40-lap event. Other winners on opening night at Motordrome included Matt Smith, Shawn Phillips, Anthony Aiello and Kyle Komarinski. Motordrome will be back in action at 8 p.m. today with five divisions in action. ... PPMS will be back in action Saturday with five divisions including a special 20-lap event for the Sportsman Late Models.

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DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com


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