Johnson: Lasky Memorial at Motordrome

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The 6th Annual NAPA Piney Lasky Memorial, a 100-lap feature event for the pavement Super Late Models, will take place today at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Westmoreland County.

Pavement Super Late Model competitors from five states expressed interest in the race to Motordrome Speedway promoter Stan Lasky, son of Piney Lasky, a former promoter of Jennerstown Speedway.

"We are expecting somewhere between 20-24 Super Late Models," Lasky said.

Of the travelers competing in the Lasky Memorial, Texas native Colt James, who now calls Mooresville, N.C., home, is looking to be the first two-time winner of the event after sitting out the 2012 event.

Neal Brown of Acme won the inaugural event in 2008 and Steve Black of Greensburg, the winner in 2012, are the only two local racers to win the Piney Lasky Memorial.

Jason Lasky, Piney's grandson and Stan's son, will be competing in the Piney Lasky Memorial.

Time trials for the NAPA Piney VI Super Late Model 100 begin at 7:30 p.m. and features for the four NASCAR weekly racing series divisions will go green at 8 p.m., followed by the Piney VI, which pays $2,000 to the winner plus lap money.

Nostalgia Night

The annual gathering of former Lernerville Speedway greats and the machines that have stood the test of time will be on display today at the Sarver oval in Butler County.

From the old Ford Coupes to Pinto's, Vega's and AMC Gremlin's, there will be plenty of history on hand for fans to view and relive with drivers that made Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway "The Action Track".

Along with Nostalgia Night will be the Dave Hoffman Memorial for the DIRTcar Late Models.

Hoffman sits eighth overall in the late model standings with 19 feature wins at Lernerville. He amassed 299 feature wins at local speedways.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.


Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway near Imperial will play host to the PA Vintage Modifieds at 7 p.m. Saturday along with five divisions in action and the Wacky Wheels Figure 8 races. Special events will fill the PPMS schedule in upcoming weeks with the Red Miley Rumble for the Super Late Models and Winged Sprint Cars Aug.17, and a visit from the ARDC Midgets Aug.24. ... On Saturday, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the IHRA-sanctioned drag racing facility in New Alexandria, holds points event No. 10 and the 4th Annual Thinking of Nikki & Mark event, celebrating the memories of Nikki Deniker and Mark Brewer Sr. Many activities are planned with the proceeds to benefit the Thinking of Nikki Foundation, helping kids and families deal with pediatric cancer. The Night of Fire returns to PRP Aug 17 with Jet Funny Cars and dragsters along with Pro Mods, Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, dragsters and a Wheel Standing Fire Truck. ... The North American Road Racing Association (NARRA) will make its first appearance at Pittsburgh International Race Complex Aug. 16-18 in Wampum. The series features a variety of high-performance cars such as Corvettes, Porsches, Vipers and more. ... Lernerville DIRTcar Late Model driver Gregg Satterlee, of Rochester Mills, Pa., won his first World of Outlaw Late Model Series event recently at Shawano Speedway in Wisconsin. ... Ed Lynch Jr. of Apollo qualified 27th Wednesday at the 53rd Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa, but could only muster a 20th-place finish in the Last Chance Showdown. Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa and Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh were scheduled to qualify Thursday night.

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