Lernerville WoO event spiced up

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When the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to Lernerville Speedway Tuesday for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30s -- two 30-lap features -- sparks will fly as a battle for the points lead heats up.

Going to into an event this weekend at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio, Tony Stewart Racing teammates, Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz are tied atop the series point standings.

Only 12 points behind Stewart's duo is longtime Lernerville favorite Sammy Swindell.

Not be counted out of the chase for the title is Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana and Kraig Kinser.

Arguably, the most unique event on the WoO schedule, the Silver Cup gives the drivers two chances at winning $10,000 on the same night.

"It is different and the fans seem to like it, and that's all that counts," Steve Kinser said. "No matter what we do, it's a track we run good at. I've been going there a long time and still enjoy it every time I go there."

Former Lernerville champions, Aliquippa's Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney, split the event in 2011.

Look for Danny Holtgraver, another former Lernerville champ, to make a bid for the top spots as he has been impressive so far in '12.

The action kicks off with a WoO autograph session at 6 p.m., followed by time trials at 7:15 p.m. and racing at 8. Go to www.lernerville.com for ticket information.

PVGP Historic Races

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Races return to Pittsburgh International Race Complex [formally BeaveRun] today through Sunday as part of the PVGP.

Cars such as Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, McLaren, BMW, Porsche and Jaguar take part in a weekend of racing around the 1.6-mile North Track at PIRC.

A test and tune session today at PIRC kicks off a full week of races and car shows. Spectator tickets are available at the Pitt Race gate, $15 per day or $25 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free and all proceeds benefit the PVGP charities.

Go to www.pgvp.org for more information. The event concludes July 22 at Schenley Park.

Raceway receives recognition

Heidelberg Raceway will receive an official honor long after engines stopped and gates closed. On Sunday, a formal dedication ceremony to unveil an official State Historical Marker commemorating the former Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the northeast corner of the former Raceway Property at the intersection of Washington Pike (Route 50) and Greentree Road in Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena opened in 1948, originally constructed for horse racing by then-president of Heidelberg Sports Enterprises, David J. Wright, owner of a local restaurant.

The grounds held car and motorcycle races, thrill shows, circuses, outdoor stage shows and sports games. Heidelberg Raceway played host to four NASCAR races, including the seventh race in the first season of NASCAR's stockcar series.

Heidelberg Raceway closed in 1973 and razed for the present-day shopping center named Raceway Plaza.

Lugnuts

Lernerville Speedway plays host to Nostalgia Night today along with four divisions. ... Motordrome Speedway in Smithton features three divisions tonight plus a 100-lap Enduro. ... Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway is back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday night with six divisions. ... On Sunday, the Second Annual Connor Bobik Memorial for Super Late Models, 410 Sprint Cars and FASTRAK Late Models will be held at Dog Hollow Speedway near Strongstown, Indiana County. Bobik lost a battle at age 5 to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form of childhood brain cancer, in February 2011. The event will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and southern West Virginia.

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DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com.


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