Local auto racing: Schatz wins his 5th Silver Cup

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The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXIII went the way most observers expected as Donny Schatz came away with his fifth Silver Cup Tuesday at Lernerville Speedway.

Schatz picked up his ninth World of Outlaws feature win of the year and maintained an 80-point lead over defending WoO champion Daryn Pittman.

Ed Lynch Jr. of Apollo started on the outside pole but couldn’t hold off the hard-charging duo of Pittman and Schatz in the first feature, as Schatz took the lead for good on lap 16 and never looked back.

Lynch finished 14th.

Schatz was followed across the stripe by King’s Royal winner Kerry Madsen.

In the second 30-lap feature, Cody Darrah of Red Lion, Pa., started on the pole, alongside Sarver native Carl Bowser. Darrah, who drives for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, captured the lead at lap 11 and held off fellow Pennsylvania driver Danny Dietrich for the win. Bowser finished 13th, two spots ahead of Lynch, who started 4th.

Schatz was declared the overall winner with a seventh-place finish in the second feature.

Silver Cup notes

• Jack Sodeman Jr., a weekly competitor at Lernerville and Mercer broke his leg when he got caught up in a crash with Danny Holtgraver during the first 30-lap event. Holtgraver was uninjured and started the second 30-lap feature in Brent Matus’ No. 33.

• Noticeably absent from the Silver Cup was former Don Martin Memorial winner Sammy Swindell, who reportedly backed off the WoO tour after the King’s Royal at Eldora Speedway last weekend to prepare for the upcoming Knoxville Nationals.

• Steve Kinser, “the King of the Outlaws,” competing in his final season as a full-time driver with the STP WoO Sprint Cars finished second in the Last Chance Showdown losing out to WoO rookie of the year contender Logan Schuchart by 0.070 seconds. Kinser passed 15 cars in the first 30-lap feature to finish eighth, giving him the 10th spot in the second 30-lap feature. He finish 24th after pulling off the track with unexplained mechanical problems.

• Dale Blaney had a third place finish in the first 30-lap event and Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer finished third in the second event.

Lugnuts

Motordrome Speedway, the NASCAR weekly racing series oval in Smithton, Westmoreland County, has joined forces with the Autism Speaks organization and will donate a portion from all online ticket sales. The Stock Car division will be running a 30-lap special event. Go to www.motordrome.com for more information. … Lernerville Speedway returns to action at 7:30 p.m. today with another special event as The Elite 8 Super Late Model Tour presents a 30-lap, $3,000 to-win feature for the late models along with the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, the Rush Tour and the DIRTcar Sportsman. … Dog Hollow Speedway near Indiana, returns to racing today with 5 divisions in action. … Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway will hold the Herb Scott Memorial for the Super Late Models at 7 p.m. Saturday. The 30-lap event will pay $3,000 to-win and is named after legendary driver Herb Scott of the North Hills. Scott finished his career with 520 feature wins and received the Dapper Dan Award three times, 1957, 1960 and 1964. Dave Norris of Sarver is the defending champion of the race. … Mercer Raceway Park will return to action Saturday after rain canceled last weekend’s action. It will be Race for a Cure Night benefiting the American Cancer Society. All cancer survivors will be admitted free of charge. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. in Mercer. … The 32nd Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix continues today through Sunday in Schenley Park. Go to www.pvgp.org for the complete schedule and more information.


DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com.

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