Johnson: Vintage racing returns to area

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Vintage racers from as far as Fremont, Calif., will descend on Western Pennsylvania for the first of two weekends of vintage car racing.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum kick off the racing portion of the Grand Prix today with practice. The first set of races will be Saturday and Sunday.

Vintage racing continues July 20-21 with the 31st Grand Prix at Schenley Park.

The number of entries at both events seems to be on the rise, according to race director Bill Haus.

"The actual car count is about 150 for the Historic Races at Pitt-Race, which may be a record for the highest car count ever at Pitt-Race," Haus said.

Of the 10 different race groups scheduled to compete, six have 20 or more entries and four groups have at least 34.

While many drivers compete in more than one group, Haus said the racing will be intense.

"Most drivers like the bigger groups and the reality is, it's better racing," Haus said.

One of the weekend's special events is a race Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Formula Vee, an open-wheel race vehicle.

The Flashlights Drags return at 6:15 p.m. Saturday with 1/8-mile, street-legal drag racing on the front straightaway at the Pitt-Race complex with a flashlight start and electronic timing.

Each year, the Grand Prix honors a vehicle, and this year the Ford Mustang was selected as the Marque of the Year.

The 2013 Mustang is celebrating its 50th year as an iconic, American-made muscle car.

Special events for Mustang owners will take place at Pitt-Race and Schenley Park.

Tickets are $15 and the proceeds go to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.

Go to www.pvgp.org or www.pittrace.com for more information.

PENNational at PPMS

Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway switches to a special format for the PENNational race at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The ULMS Late Model Series, which consists of Super Late Model competitors from Ohio, New York and northern Pennsylvania, will challenge PPMS regulars for the 30-lap, $3000-to-win feature event.

Also scheduled to appear will be the UEMS E-Mod Series and the RUSH Pro-Late Model Series.

Outlaws at Lernerville

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns Tuesday to Lernerville Speedway for the 22nd Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30-lap features.

Last year's battle for the Silver Cup included former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Outlaws regular Craig Dollansky, with Dollansky taking the title with the best average finish of both 30-lap events.

Danny Holtgraver was the local driver with the highest average finish and finished second to Stewart in the second race.

Time trials are slated for 7:15 p.m. with racing action at 8 p.m.

Lugnuts

It's back to Fab Four racing at 7:30 p.m. today at Lernerville with all four divisions in action. Jack Sodeman Jr. won the BOSS wingless sprint car event July 5 for his second win in a row at Lernerville. ... Motordrome Speedway today will be the host of the Trupar Late Model 100-lap event with time trials for the Super Late Models starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by feature events for all other divisions.

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DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com.


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