Lernerville Speedway returns to action today with a special event featuring the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series and the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series.
The BOSS series is an Ohio-based regional sprint-car group that competes on area tracks, providing fans with wheel-to-wheel action without the top wing.
Johnny Beaber, a familiar face to fans of Lernerville, is scheduled to return to the track where many of his victories took place.
Johnny's son, Tony, won the most recent BOSS event at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway in dramatic fashion after hitting the first-turn wall in the closing laps of the feature.
While Tony Beaber attempts to add a wingless sprint-car win to the family's legacy at Lernerville, Brandon Spithaler and Brandon Matus also will be looking to put their names in the record books.
Additionally, drivers of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will remove their roofs in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
NHRA stars in Ohio
The National Hot Rod Association Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visits Summit Motorsports Park Thursday through Sunday in Norwalk, Ohio, making it the closest NHRA event to Pittsburgh and the best opportunity to see the fastest drag racers on the planet.
The raceway is celebrating 50 years in existence on the grounds that have become arguably one of the best drag-racing facilities anywhere, rivaling the amenities of many big-league venues with personality, outstanding customer service and the only place where you can get a pound of hand-packed ice cream for a dollar.
All Stars return to MRP
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions returns to Mercer Raceway Park Saturday, featuring the top three drivers in points who happen to be veterans of the Western Pennsylvania track.
Dale Blaney holds the top spot on the traveling circuit, 32 points ahead of Tim Shaffer and 74 ahead of Pittsburgh native Danny Holtgraver. The trio will be racing for the $5,000 first-place prize.
MRP has four divisions in action with racing starting at 7 p.m.
Vintage Grand Prix
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Races return to Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum July 12-14. The event at the Beaver County road course kicks off with a test-and-tune session for the vintage racers Friday, followed by a weekend of competition for a variety of pre- and post-1960 machines on the 1.6-mile course.
Josh Richards, 24, of Shinnston, W. Va., swept three World of Outlaws Late Models feature events during the Firecracker 100 weekend at Lernerville Speedway and picked up $42,950 in the process. Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills finished fourth for the highest finish in the Firecracker 100 by a Lernerville regular. ... Motordrome Speedway in Smithton is in action at 8 p.m. today with all five divisions, fireworks, and general admission tickets are 50 percent off. Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway is in action at 7 p.m. Saturday with five divisions, Wacky Wheels Figure Eight racing, along with autograph night. ... Flashlight Drags returns to Greene County Airport Sunday with a PID Reunion Grudge Match Race. Go to www.flashlightdrags.com for details. ... The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30-lap will return to Lernerville July 16.
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