The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup returns to Lernerville Speedway Tuesday, and it should be a race to remember.
Steve Kinser, the "King of the Outlaws," is competing in his final season as a full-time driver with the STP World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.
Kinser, a 20-time champion of the World of Outlaws, has 577 feature wins and 12 Knoxville Nationals wins. Kinser has 17 wins at Lernerville, including two Silver Cups and one win in the inaugural World of Outlaws race in 1979.
Ed Lynch Jr. has won more races than anyone at Lernerville driving a sprint car. Lynch is one of the few drivers who is not a member of WoO to win the Silver Cup. Lynch has raced against Kinser many times and sometimes had the best seat in the house to watch the "King" perform against stiff competition.
"Younger sprint car fans are more aware of the present-day rivalries like Donny Schatz and, let's say, Daryn Pittman," Lynch said. "But back in the day, Steve raced hard against veterans like Doug Wolfgang and Sammy Swindell; those were some great rivalries."
This STP WoO Sprint Car season has been dubbed "The Salute to the King Tour" as a tribute to Kinser. But the King's tour has been dominated by Schatz, a five-time WoO champion, current points leader and Kinser's Tony Stewart Racing teammate.
While there is a new crop of racers on the WoO tour, Schatz is a name that always comes up when the discussion turns to the Silver Cup. Schatz has won four Silver Cups, two since the format changed to the twin 30-lap events in 2009. Schatz won the overall event in 2013 by winning the first 30-lap feature and finishing seventh in the second 30 laps.
Schatz has eight wins this season and leads Pittman (nine wins) by 70 points going into an event tonight at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio. Paul McMahan is third, 90 points behind Schatz.
The 23rd Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30s is Tuesday with time trials at 7:15 p.m. and heat races slated for 8.
IHRA Pro-Am at PRP
Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, Pa., will be the host of a Pro-Am for the IHRA's Patriot (Division 1) and Northstar (Division 3) today through Sunday. Today is a test and tune day while Saturday and Sunday are separate events. Brent Darroch, from Monaca, Beaver County, has a commanding points lead in the Stock class in Division 3. At the conclusion of the Pro-Am Saturday, PRP will feature the American Race Cars' 64 Car Shootout. The winner gets a new American Race Car dragster and the runner-up earns $1,000.
Lernerville Speedway is the host of Autism Speaks Night today. All four divisions will be featured. ... Motordrome Speedway will host Family Night with half-priced reserved and general admission tickets. ... Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway added the winged 410 Sprint Cars for a 20-lap, $2,000-prize feature and the RUSH Late Model Series Tour to the regular program at 7 p.m. Saturday. ... Mercer Raceway Park will host two rounds of Modified Madness featuring the BRP Tour and the 358 Modifieds at 7 p.m. Saturday along with all divisions except for the 410 Sprint Cars. ... The Historic Cars of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix return to Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Beaver County today through Sunday. The Flashlight Drags will be held Saturday on the front straightaway of the North Course.
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