For local driver, WoO a night to remember
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When the dust settled Tuesday night after the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30s -- two 30-lap features -- for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minn., was declared the overall champion, finishing with a higher average than NASCAR's Tony Stewart, the winner of the second feature.
Both Dollansky and Stewart collected their first career wins at Lernerville on a night Danny Holtgraver will never forget.
Holtgraver, from Pittsburgh, started 19th in the first feature and finished second to Dollansky after passing friend and mentor, Tim Shaffer, a former Lernerville and two-time defending All Star Sprint Circuit champion, on the last lap.
"Tim [Shaffer] tried to get under Dollansky and didn't hit it the way he wanted to and slid across the track. I saw an opportunity and took it," Holtgraver said.
Shaffer took the chance to commend the other driver.
"The kid's done a great job," he said. "Danny [Holtgraver] has a lot of potential, he pays attention, he's amazing, and he's going to be something down the road."
The 30th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix moves to Schenley Park this weekend after successfully running the historic races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum.
Having occurred for 30 consecutive years -- unmatched in vintage auto racing -- the PVGP would not be as successful if not for the dedication of nearly 1,000 volunteers involved in the two-week event.
The 2.33 mile course has 22 turns and 17 elevation changes lined by stone walls that will make for interesting viewing by the spectators at Schenley Park.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a practice session followed by spectator rides and qualifying races in the afternoon. Spectators are admitted free for the two days of racing.
Since 1983, the Grand Prix has donated $2.95 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.
Visit www.pvgp.org for detailed schedule information on the PVGP, which runs through Sunday.
The United Force Race Championship returns to Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway at 7 p.m. Saturday with the UFo Area 51 Topless Tri State Super Series late model event.
The $5,000-to-win event for the super late models features a starting field of up to 32 cars. As an added twist, the super late models will remove their roofs enabling the fans to get a better view of the driver navigating the "Monster Half-Mile."
Keith Barbara and Jared Miley, both residents of South Park, will likely lock horns at PPMS. Barbara has the UFo points lead, while Miley is on a hot streak, recently picking up two wins at Lernerville Speedway and PPMS.
PPMS also added mod lites to Saturday's schedule.
Lernerville Speedway returns to action tonight with a $2,500-to-win for ULMS Late Models, along with UEMS Mods and Sportsman/Stocks. ... Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the IHRA drag racing track in New Alexandria, will see action today with the Night at the Races. On Saturday, Asphalt Wars return, featuring dragsters and Pro Mods. ... Mercer Raceway Park is hosting the ARDC Midgets and their annual Sprint Slug-Out on Saturday. ... After being rained out last Sunday, Dog Hollow Speedway, near Strongstown, will again attempt to hold the 2nd annual Connor Bobik Memorial for Super Late Models, 410 Sprints and FASTRAK Late Models at 7 p.m. Sunday. Connor died from a rare form of childhood brain cancer in February 2011 at the age of 5. The event will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & Southern West Virginia. Before the event was postponed, volunteers and track personnel raised $600 for Make-A-Wish and look to continue their efforts Sunday.
First Published July 20, 2012 12:00 am