Schatz savors Silver Cup

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Donny Schatz was exhausted Tuesday after winning his fourth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup event at Lernerville Speedway ... no, make that Wednesday morning.

Rain at 4 p.m. set plans back for more than 90 minutes, which made it difficult for the World of Outlaws organization and the track to run the show on time.

Schatz, from Fargo, N.D., was declared the overall winner of the Silver Cup by taking the first of two features and finishing seventh in the second.

Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Okla., won the second race but finished 14th in the first to give up ground to Schatz in the points chase.

In the first of the 30-lap twin features, Schatz started third, then took the lead on lap 20 after a restart and never looked back, finishing one full second ahead of Jac Haudenschild.

Schatz said too many changes in the second prevented him from contending for the win.

"We changed a lot of stuff [on the car] for the second race, the track changed a little bit, but we tried something different," Schatz said.

While Schatz wasn't a factor in the second race, Kyle Larson, 20, from Elk Grove, Calif., was. The NASCAR Nationwide Series driver making his first appearance at Lernerville Speedway, came from last in the 26 car-field to finish second to Pittman.

"I've seen a lot of video's [of Lernerville] and, as often as I race, I can adapt pretty quick," Larson said. "If I can only qualify better, we might be able to start up front and win one of these races."

Ed Lynch Jr., of Apollo, set the fastest time in the qualifications, a bright spot for local competitors. Lynch had problems in the first feature, finishing 18th, but he bounced back in the nightcap to finish ninth.

Pittsburgh's Danny Holtgraver, finished seventh in the first feature, but had problems in the second when the rear axle broke. He finished 17th.

PVGP at Schenley Park

After record-setting car counts at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, vintage car racing moves to Schenley Park in Oakland for the 31st Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this weekend.

The 2.33-mile course has 22 turns and 17 elevation changes lined by stone walls that will make for interesting viewing. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday with a practice session followed by spectator rides and qualifying races in the afternoon.

Spectators are admitted free both racing days. Visit www.pvgp.org for a detailed schedule on the PVGP, which runs through Sunday.

Lugnuts

It's another special event today at Lernerville as the ULMS Late Model Series visits the Butler County oval along with the UEMS E-Mods and the Sportsman division. ... Motordrome Speedway in Smithton will have all five divisions in action at 8 p.m. today. ... Saturday at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway it's the Topless 20 for the Sportsman, with all divisions on the 7 p.m. card. ... The World Kart Tour event scheduled for the Wilson Circuit at Pitt Race has been postponed, and it has not been rescheduled.

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DJ Johnson can be reached at DJ1360rpm@aol.com.


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