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410 Winged Sprints Visit for First of Two Straight Weeks – Schedule Adjustments Made at PPMS

Imperial, PA (May 17) After a successful opening night last Saturday night, Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will return to action on Saturday, May 20. It will be a special event featuring the fastest cars on dirt, the 410 Outlaw Winged Sprints. Also on the card will be point racing for the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, and Sunoco Sportsman. Also as a special guest on this race night will be the RUSH Modifieds, for the first of their six scheduled appearances.

Some schedule adjustments have been made for the remainder of the season, starting on Saturday, May 27. It will still be Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing Night. However, for the May 27 racing program, the 410 Winged Sprints will now return to replace the Super Late Models on this night. The newly christened “Spring Wing Fling” will now have two divisions of Sprints, as the 410 Winged Sprints will be joined by the winged limited sprints of the Alternative Power Sources Allegheny Sprint Tour. There will be regular point racing for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models and Sunoco Sportsman. Also in action, competing in feature events only, will be the Super6 Late Models, Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stocks, Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and CruiseAmerica Open Fours.

With five 410 winged sprint races now on the schedule, points will be kept and a champion will be awarded. The events, in addition to May 20 and May 27, will include June 10, the All Star Sprint event on July 22 which will award show up points only for all in attendance, and the September 2 “Fall Wing Fling.”
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Keith Barbara Wins to Open PPMS Season

Imperial, PA (May 13) Keith Barbara from South Park was the winner of the season opening event at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night. In a battle of two of the speedway’s best, Barbara held off the challenges of Alex Ferree to win the Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature event, his 24th feature win in the division at the track.

It was a busy night as K&N Air Filters presented Hoosier Racing Tire Champions Night, as the top drivers from 2016 were honored. Winners on opening night 2017 included Steve Beatty of Allison Park in a dominant performance in winning the Spring Sizzler for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models. It was his second career feature win, his first coming in 2011. A.J. Poljak from Baldwin took top honors in the Sunoco Sportsman feature, his tenth in the division. The Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stock feature went to Tyler Fox of Pittsburgh, as Justin Clark from Pittsburgh won in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. In the newest regular division, the CruiseAmerica Open Fours, Pittsburgh’s Anthony DiCesaro earned a hard fought victory. Capping off Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night, the visiting Super Six class had Justin Koebler of West Sunbury earn his first career feature win, in his first ever race!

Matt Dobnak and John Mollick led the 25 lap Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature to the green flag with Mollick leading from the start. Sixth starting Keith Barbara was quickly on the move, passing Mollick on lap 2 before the first and only caution period of the event for a spin by Alex Ferree. Barbara led the way over Mollick once racing resumed, but Ferree quickly made his way through the ten car field, taking second on lap 6. The heat race winners would battle for the top spot over the remaining distance, as Ferree made a strong challenge at halfway. Barbara inched away again, as the high flying leaders battled through race traffic over the long green flag segment. Ferree’s strongest challenge came on lap 21 when they were nose to tail on the backstretch. Barbara made the right moves over the closing laps in earning the victory by .696 seconds over Ferree. Mollick was third ahead of John Flinner, Jr. and Jon Hodgkiss.
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PPMS will Try Again on May 13, Schedule Adjustments Made

Imperial, PA (May 10) After losing the first two scheduled events to weather, Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will try again to open the 2017 racing season on Saturday, May 13. K&N Air Filters will present Hoosier Racing Tire Champions Night, as the top drivers from the 2016 season will be honored.

The Diehl Automotive Super Late Models will headline Saturday’s racing program. Also in competition will be the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sunoco Sportsman, Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stocks, Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and CruiseAmerica Open Fours. As an added attraction, the Super 6 Late Models will be in competition.

During intermission, a brief ceremony will take place as the 2016 division champions will be interviewed and receive their championship ring, championship trophies and championship jackets. 2016 division champions were Brandon Burgoon for the second time in the Super Late Models, and first time champions John Mollick in the RUSH Late Models, Dave McManus in the Sportsman, Casey Grumling in the Hobby Stocks, and Ben Anton in the Young Guns. The top ten in points from 2016 will receive trophies for their accomplishments, the top six in the Young Guns, as the drivers must be present. The prestigious “Sportsman of the Year” will also be announced, and all first time feature winners from 2016 will also receive a trophy.
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PPMS Opener Canceled for Second Straight Week

Imperial, PA (May 5) The Saturday night racing program at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway for May 6 has been canceled due to the weather. Continued cold and wet weather and the promise of more for race day forced the cancellation late Friday morning, forcing the opening event of the 2017 season to be canceled for the second straight week. Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing Night has now been moved back on the schedule to May 27.

The season opening event is now scheduled for Saturday, May 13. It will be an “Action Event” as K&N Air Filters will present Hoosier Racing Tire Champions Night. The Diehl Automotive Super Late Models will headline the racing program. Also in competition will be the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours. The top drivers from the 2016 season will be honored during intermission. A brief ceremony will take place as the 2016 division champions will be interviewed and receive their championship ring, championship trophies, and championship jackets. 2016 division champions were Brandon Burgoon for the second time in the Super Late Models, and first time champions John Mollick in the RUSH Late Models, Dave McManus in the Sportsman, Casey Grumling in the Hobby Stocks, and Ben Anton in the Young Guns. The top ten in points from 2016 will receive trophies for their accomplishments, the top six in the Young Guns, as the drivers must be present. The prestigious “Sportsman of the Year” will also be announced, and all first time feature winners from 2016 will also receive a trophy.

For all racing programs, the gates open at 5:00, with warm-ups at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Follow us on Facebook at @PAMotorSpeedway or on Twitter at @PAMotorSpeedway for timely information updates. The Twitter account is used extensively on race nights for live updates from the track. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is located west of the city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363 on race days, or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information including ticket information, please visit the track website at www.ppms.com.

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PPMS to Open on May 6, Weather Permitting

Imperial, PA (May 3) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will attempt to open the 2017 racing season for the second time on Saturday, May 6, after being canceled by rain last Saturday night. Hopefully the weather is a little more cooperative than it was last season, when the track lost its first three scheduled events and four of its first five.

On tap for Saturday’s racing program will be an “Action Event” presented by Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. The Diehl Automotive Super Late Models will headline the racing program. Also in competition will be the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours. As an added attraction, the limited sprints of the Alternative Power Sources Allegheny Sprint Tour will make their first of five visits this season. For more information on presenting sponsor Wahl, please visit their website at www.wahlheatingandcooling.com or call them at 412-276-9245.

This will be the fourth visit by the limited sprints, as the three previous events have produced three different winners. Jake Gomola won their first event in 2015, with Ralph Engel, Jr. winning later that year. Gary Kriess was the winner of their lone event in 2016.

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Weather Wins Red Miley Rumble at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 29) Everything was ready for the start of the 2017 racing season at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, except for the weather. A last rain shower passed through in the early afternoon and it was a little too much, forcing the 2:00 PM postponement of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble, presented by Diehl Automotive. The event will be made up, and the rescheduled date will be determined at a later date.

The opening race of the 2017 season will now take place on Saturday, May 6, as it will be Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing Night. An “Action Event” will take place, featuring the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours. Also on the card will be the first of five scheduled visits in 2017 by the Alternative Power Sources Allegheny Sprint Tour.

For all racing programs, the gates open at 5:00, with warm-ups at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Follow us on Facebook at @PAMotorSpeedway or on Twitter at @PAMotorSpeedway for timely information updates. The Twitter account is used extensively on race nights for live updates from the track. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is located west of the city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363 on race days, or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information including ticket information, please visit the track website at www.ppms.com.

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Red Miley Rumble Opens PPMS Season on Saturday

Imperial, PA (April 26) The beginning of the 2017 racing season is here! Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will open the new season of racing on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble. Presented by Diehl Automotive, the opening night Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series. Though the theme of the Red Miley Rumble is the number 53, the lap count will be 35 laps, or 53 backwards. The winner will earn $3553, with all starters earning at least $353. Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start the season of point competition. Joining the card on Saturday’s program are the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.

Previous winners of the Red Miley Rumble include Josh Richards, who was the inaugural winner in 2007. Steve Baker won the event in 2008, with Bart Hartman winning in 2009. Richards is the only two-time winner of the event, adding a second score in 2010. The 2011 winner was Davey Johnson, with Jared Miley winning in 2012. Gregg Satterlee won the event in 2013, as John Mollick took the victory in 2014. Keith Barbara won the 2015 event, and Michael Norris is the defending event champion.

Besides carrying weekly track points, the Red Miley Rumble is the first race in the four event Diehl Automotive Super Series for Super Late Models. The four events will carry a separate point series using the track’s ultra-competitive point system, designed to reward attendance. The Series champion will be crowned following the fourth and final event, and the highest point car in the Series that does not qualify for the 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 on October 6-7 will receive a guaranteed starting position in the event.

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PPMS Inks Two Ultimate NE Super Late Model Series Races for 2017

CARNESVILLE, GA – Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, PA has agreed to host two ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series North East Region events during the 2017 racing season.  The 40-lap $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start ULTIMATE NE races will be on July 15 and August 26.

The ULTIMATE NE Region is one of four throughout the country.  It was formed this year to sanction super late model racing in Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, and New York.  Due to the lateness of the off-season the region was formed, most tracks had already set their 2017 schedules.  This led series officials to present a non-point, non-points fund paying Introductory Pilot Season.

“We are delighted that a track with the stature of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway under the promotion and management of the Miley Family has agreed to sign two ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series North East Region races for 2017,” ULTIMATE NE Director Rose Compton said.  “It’s an exciting time for ULTIMATE NE and we can’t wait to get started promoting these two events with the Miley’s and the staff of PPMS.”

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Practice Added, 2017 Schedule and Procedure Updates at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 19)  With the beginning of the 2017 racing season quickly approaching at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, the final preparations for the new season are being made.

A “Test and Tune” practice session has been added to the schedule for this Saturday, April 22.  This will allow teams to get some laps on the track to work on their cars, without the pressure of it being a race night.  The gates will open at 1:00, with on track activity running from 2:00 until 6:00.  The grandstands will be open, free of charge.  The pit fee will be $30 per person, except for Hobby Stock, Young Gun, and Open Four drivers which will be $15.  Fuel and tires will be available at the track.

The 2017 Blastoff Season Opener will take place on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble.  Presented by Diehl Automotive, the opening night Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series.  Though the theme of the Red Miley Rumble is the number 53, the lap count will be 35 laps, or 53 backwards.  The winner will earn $3553, with all starters earning at least $353.  Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start the season of point competition for the six weekly divisions, Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.  

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2017 Blastoff Season Opener is Ready to Go at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 12)  The beginning of the 2017 racing season at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is quickly approaching.   The 2017 Blastoff Season Opener will take place on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble.  Presented by DIEHL Automotive, the opening night Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series vs. PPMS own UFO DIEHL Super Late Models.  Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start the season of point competition for the six weekly divisions, DIEHL Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.

The highlight of the 2017 season will be the season ending 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, which will be taped and later be televised.  Also a part of the weekend will be the Bill Hendren Memorial for the Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Series, and the Cruise America PENNational for the Homak Manufacturing Penn/Ohio Pro Stock Series.  This big weekend takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7.

The Super Late Models will be busy this season, as the ULMS will make a second visit for the Fifth Annual DIEHL Automotive Herb Scott Championship on June 17.  These two events will also be ULMS vs. UFO DIEHL challenge races.  Additional UFO DIEHL special events will take place on July 15 and August 26.  A total of 13 point racing events are scheduled for the Super Late Model class as DIEHL Automotive returns as the divisional title sponsor.

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2017 PPMS Schedule Announced with Season Opener April 29

2017 Season Approaching at PPMS

Imperial, PA (March 23)  The official 2017 schedule of events is set at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.   With six divisions racing weekly and six other divisions visiting on selected dates, there is a lot to like for the upcoming season, as the track surface has been reworked after last season’s final event.  It now sits waiting and ready for the new season to begin.
(At right, a look at the track work from the Fall of 2016.)
The opening event for 2017 will take place on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble, presented by DIEHL Automotive.  Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble now will be the start of point competition for the six weekly divisions, the DIEHL Automotive Super Late Models, RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.

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RUSH Bill Hendren Memorial to Mollick in Bentz 60

Track Champ John Mollick Makes a Late Race Pass to Win $2500 “Bill Hendren Memorial” in Rush Late Model Tour Saturday at Pittsburgh; Becomes Season’s 10th Different Winner with His 1st Career Sweeney Tour Victory

Imperial, PA — The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance were part of the 28th annual “Pittsburgh 100” this past weekend at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. After battling sporadic showers Friday night, the opening portion succumbed to Mother Nature after only warm-ups were completed setting up the entire event to be run beginning late Saturday afternoon.

A big field of 39 drivers from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia competed in the “Bill Hendren Memorial”- the fourth event for the late engine builder held in the Northeast. Bill’s son, Steve, and grandson, Alex, made the seven-hour trip up from Rutherfordton, NC to distribute an additional $3,000 in cash and $550 in contingencies to random positions throughout the feature (prize winners list posted below) along with beautiful laser etched plaques to the top three finishers. They look forward to having Pittsburgh host the event again in 2017.

John Mollick won six of the 11 Sweeney Weekly Series events contested this season at Pittsburgh on his way to the track championship. On Saturday night, Mollick benefited from a late race restart and passed Ryan Montgomery with two laps to go to win his first career Sweeney Tour event. The 30-lap “Bill Hendren Memorial” victory was worth $2,500 as he became the Series’ 10th different winner of the season! Mollick was named the Maxima Racing Oil “Maximum Performance” winner, and also received an extra $100 cash as part of the Hendren giveaways plus $50 for his heat and dash event performances.

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Josh Richards wins Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Pittsburgher 100, make plans for 2017, Oct 6&7

IMPERIAL, PA (October 8, 2016) – Josh Richards roared to the lead on lap 25 and never looked back – winning his second career Pittsburgher 100. The victory for his team was worth $20,000 on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Richards took over the point from the early pace-setter and new track record holder, Michael Norris.

Richards’ Mark Richards Racing/Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches/Durham Race Engines/Rocket Chassis house-car captured his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season over Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Don O’Neal, and Jimmy Owens.

Norris was making his first career LOLMDS start and looked strong early on in the race, but Richards went by him on lap 25. O’Neal then got by Norris for second as Bloomquist – who started tenth – began to make his way to the front.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Visit PPMS

WAYCROSS, GA (October 4, 2016) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is en route to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. A band of the nation’s elite dirt late model drivers will tackle the monster half-mile oval in the 28th Annual Pittsburgher 100 – this Friday-Saturday, October 7th-8th.

The 28th Annual Pittsburgher 100 will kick off on Friday, October 7th as the LOLMDS take center stage for Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races. The RUSH Late Models and Sportsman will also compete in their preliminary events on Friday night. Saturday’s activities will include a Dirt Racing Outreach Service from 3:30 – 4:15pm – followed by a Driver Autograph Session from 4:30 – 5:15pm. The on-track action on Saturday night will include B-Mains and the 100-lap, $20,000-to-win main event for the LOLMDS, along with feature events for the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman.

In 2015, Scott Bloomquist became the first five-time winner of the Pittsburgher 100. Bloomquist took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap 85 and then held off Davenport for the $20,000 payday. Trailing Bloomquist and Davenport to the finish line were Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr.

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Diehl Autograph Night Up Next at PPMS, Sprints and Pittsburgher Coming

Imperial, PA (September 21, 2016) Racing action continues at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24 with the running of Diehl Automotive Driver Autograph Night. A favorite night of the race teams, fans will be able to visit and get autographs from their favorites on the front stretch during intermission. It will be K&N Air Filter Racer Appreciation Night with prizes given away to selected race teams that have a K&N decal on their cars. The RUSH Late Models will be racing for $1,000 to win, as the open Sportsman, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders will be on the card.

When weather forced the postponement of last Saturday’s racing program, it was the ninth weather related cancellation of the season. The “Racers Request 20” for the winged 410 Sprints paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start, was rescheduled for Saturday, October 1. Also on the program are the RUSH Late Models racing for $1,000 to win, the open Sportsman, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders. For the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman teams, September 24 and October 1 races will be dubbed as Mini Chase Races, as the driver with the highest point total from those nights that fails to qualify for their events on Pittsburgher weekend will be added to the field as a guaranteed starter. The Sportsman car rules for the two dates will be from the Ed Laboon race that was held back in July. Super Late Model teams are welcome to attend any of the remaining race nights to use as practice sessions.

The Super Late Models will return to end the 2016 season on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, with the running of the 28th Annual Pittsburgher 100. Highlighting Saturday’s card will be the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, as the 100 lap race will pay $20,000 to the winner. Also in competition on Pittsburgher weekend will be the running of the Bill Hendren Memorial Race for the Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Marquee Touring Series paying $2,500 to the winner, and the Wee Willie White Sportsman Showdown paying $2,055 to the winner. Last Chance Qualifying races and Features will run on Saturday’s card, with preliminary qualifying events to be run on Friday night.

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Winged Sprints Added for this Saturday at PPMS

Imperial, PA (September 14, 2016) Racing action continues this Saturday, September 17, at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, as the winged 410 Sprints have been added to the racing program. Also in action will be the RUSH Late Models racing for $1,000 to win, the open Sportsman division, open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Four Cylinders. The Sprint feature will be 20 laps for $2,000 to win and $200 to start, and carries a rain date of October 1.

When last Saturday’s racing program was canceled due to weather, it wiped out the final point race for 2016. Track champions are Brandon Burgoon in the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Dave McManus in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Casey Grumling in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Ben Anton in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. Also a victim of last Saturday’s weather was the Wee Willie White race, but it will now be a part of the 28th Annual Pittsburgher weekend on October 7-8.

Two additional Saturday night racing events are on the schedule for September 24 and October 1. The events will feature the RUSH Late Models racing for $1,000 to win, open Sportsman, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders. For the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman teams, the September 17, September 24, and October 1 races will be dubbed as Mini Chase Races, as the driver with the highest point total from those three nights that fails to qualify for their events on Pittsburgher weekend will be added to the field as a guaranteed starter. The Sportsman car rules for the three dates will be from the Ed Laboon race that was held back in July. September 24 will be K&N Air Filter Night with prizes given away to selected race teams that have a K&N decal on their cars. Super Late Model teams are welcome to attend any of the remaining race nights to use as practice sessions.
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Forecasted Severe Storms Cancel PPMS and End Point Season, Sprint Car Race Added

Imperial, PA (September 10, 2016)  The forecast for severe storms at race time forced the cancellation of the Saturday night racing program Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway scheduled for September 10.

With the final point race of the 2016 racing season having been canceled, point standings are now complete and track champions are as follows.  Brandon Burgoon is the 2016 Diehl Automotive Super Late Model champion, as their point race ended two weeks ago.  John Mollick will be the 2016 Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Model champion, nosing Daryl Charlier by three points for the title.  The 2016 Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman champion will be Dave McManus.  In the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock division, Casey Grumling overtook Dale Tuche for the division lead last week, and earned the 2016 division championship.  Likewise in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, the lead changed hands last week with Ben Anton grabbing the point lead and earning the championship by 14 points over Michael Jackson.

Information on the rescheduling of the Wee Willie White race will be released when it is available.  However, just added to the schedule will be the addition of the winged 410 Sprints to the upcoming program on Saturday, September 17.  The rain date for the Sprint event will be October 1.  They will race for $2,000 to win and $200 to start.  Also on the schedule for the September 17 will be the RUSH Late Models racing for $1,000 to win, Sportsman using Laboon race rules, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders.  Super Late Model teams are welcome to attend any of the remaining race nights to use as practice sessions.  There are also scheduled events on September 24 and October 1 that will feature $1,000 to win RUSH Late Models, Sportsman using Laboon race rules, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders.

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Diehl Automotive Wee Willie White Driver Autograph Night Up Next at PPMS

Imperial, PA (September 8, 2016) Racing action continues at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 10, as Diehl Automotive presents Wee Willie White Autograph Night. It will be the final point race of the 2016 racing season for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. Highlighting the action will be the Wee Willie White race for the Sportsman division, which will pay $2055 to the winner of the special 25 lap event. This will be a sanctioned non-points race for the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks. The open Four Cylinders will also be in competition. Race teams will bring their cars onto the track at intermission, and fans will be able to go onto the track and visit with their favorites. This is a popular night for the race teams, as many have items to give away to their fans. The concession stand special will be French fries for one dollar, at both the Checkered Flag Food Court and at the pit concession.

“Miley Motor Sports is honored to be presenting the memorial event for a great competitor and friend of racing,” said Matt Miley of Miley Motor Sports, speaking about the inaugural Willie White event. “We all miss Willie, and know he will be smiling upon us with the other great racing folks we lost way too early. Stacey White, along with several other contributors, has organized yet another special event for the competitors and fans of PPMS. Fittingly, the race is sanctioned by the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, racers banding together in the best interests of promoting the sport for the pro stock division. Willie would be proud! We are proud to call Willie our friend!”

Three additional Saturday night race nights have been added to the 2016 schedule due to the numerous weather-related cancellations. September 17, September 24, and October 1 will be the dates, and each of these nights will feature a $1,000 to win feature for the RUSH Late Models. The Sportsman division will be in competition each night using Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series rules. The Open Hobby Stocks will be on the card, with the rules adjusted to let other area drivers compete. Also on the card will be the Young Guns and Open Four Cylinders on all three race nights. The RUSH Modifieds will be in competition on September 24 and October 1. For the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman, these three dates have been dubbed as “Mini Chase Races,” as the highest point car from the three nights of racing that does not qualify for the season-ending event on October 8 will be added to the starting field. Super Late Model teams are welcome to attend any of the remaining race nights to use as practice sessions.

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Ferree Survives to Win PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 20, 2016) Alex Ferree of Saxonburg collected his third Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature win of the season on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Other feature winners on Colussy Chevrolet Night were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Jake Simmons in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chris Ketch in the CarSmile Wiper blades “Thunder on the Dirt” Vintage Racing Series, Joe Podolinsky in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Michael Jackson in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Cody Quarrick in the Four Cylinders.

It was a race to survive in the 25 lap feature for the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models. Colton Flinner and John Mollick were on the front row of the starting grid, with ten of the 11 cars on hand taking the green. Flinner and Mollick raced side by side for the first lap with Flinner leading, as the two made contact at the start/finish line as lap 1 was scored. Josh Holtgraver held third before Brandon Burgoon nosed him at the line for the spot on lap 4, by .001 seconds. This became relevant when the first of two caution periods in the race came out when Jon Hodgkiss lost power on the front stretch. Back to green, Flinner regained the top spot with Mollick looking inside to pass, as eighth starting Alex Ferree was now third and closing on the leaders. Ferree threaded the needle to squeeze by Mollick to take second on lap 6, and made an inside pass on Flinner in turn three to take the lead on lap 7. Mollick made contact with the wall in turn one to bring out the final caution period of the race on lap 10. Flinner retired from the race under caution, dropping the nine cars remaining down to seven. As attrition conquered the last 15 laps, Holtgraver left the race on lap 14, third running Tony Musolino pitted on lap 17 with Butch Neubert also pitting, leaving just four cars running. It was clear sailing at the front for Ferree, who went on to win by 5.820 seconds over point leader Brandon Burgoon. Third place went to Christian Schneider. Tommy Schirnhofer earned fourth place, after his crew made repairs to his car after it suffered problems with the transmission in the heat race. Heat winners were Ferree and Mollick.

Michael Reft and Russ Matejka led the 20 lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature event to the green flag with Reft taking command. The first of five caution periods came on lap 2, and Reft continued to lead on the restart over John Mollick and Justin Lamb. Reft also led on a lap 5 restart, but the lap 7 restart was when things started to get interesting. Mollick was able to nose ahead on the restart, but Reft passed him back to regain the lead when lap 8 was scored. Once in front, he was able to pull away from the competition. On lap 10, the red flag waved for a frightening incident on the front stretch where Bryan Goebel rolled his car several times. After several moments, Goebel was thankfully able to exit his heavily damaged car under his own power. When racing resumed, Mollick again gained the lead with Reft able to pass Mollick back to hold on to the race lead. Reft inched away in the top spot, as Ben Policz moved to third and made a challenge to Mollick. The final restart with 17 laps complete changed the outcome of the race. This time, Mollick’s bid for the race lead was successful. Once in front, he went on to collect his fourth feature win of the season. Point leader Daryl Charlier, fourth on the last restart, was able to advance to second, finishing .599 seconds behind the winner. He now leads the point race by nine points over Mollick. Race long leader Reft settled for third, ahead of ninth starting Brandon Burgoon and eighth starting Steve Beatty. Policz, Justin Lamb, Colton Flinner, Matejka, and Scott Schempp completed the top ten. With 22 entries, heat race winners were Flinner, Mollick, and Policz.
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Colussy Chevrolet Nostalgia Night Up Next at PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 17, 2016) After losing last Saturday’s racing program to rain, racing action continues at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 20. It will be Nostalgia Night, presented by Colussy Chevrolet. All five regular divisions will be in competition, with point races for the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. While the Young Gun class is an age limited division competing in Four Cylinder cars, the open Four Cylinder division will be in competition which is open to all drivers. The CarSmile Wiperblades “Thunder on the Dirt” Vintage Racing Series will also be in competition, racing their restored cars of yesteryear. There will be Kids Bike Races, and AAA Members will receive a $5 discount on general admission.

With just four weekly racing events left on the schedule, the month of August will end with the Tenth Annual Red Miley Rumble for the Super Late Models, on August 27. Sanctioned by the UFo Race Championship, the 35 lap main event will pay $3,053 to the winner, as the Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Young Guns will also share the card.

The Super Late Models will not be in competition on Saturday, September 3, but taking their place will be the winged 410 Sprints, the fastest cars in dirt track racing. The Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Young Guns will be on the card, and the RUSH Modifieds will make their third and final appearance of 2016. Highlighting the program on this night will be the RUSH Pro Late Models with the running of the biggest crate late model race in the history of PPMS, the 27th annual Jook George Steel City Fall Classic. The winner of this event will win a whopping $4,050. A strong field of cars is expected as the weekly competitors will feel a challenge from numerous outside invaders from other area tracks that want to take a shot at the large first place money and extra payoff throughout the field. Branden Lockwich and driver Ben Policz are continuing their efforts to raise the payoff through additional sponsorships. Everything that is collected will go into the purse. If anyone individual or team would like to contribute to this event, please contact Brandon at blockwich@gmail.com or if they are at the track, they can see Ben in the pits.
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Weather Cancels PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 13, 2016) The Saturday, August 13 racing program at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway was canceled due to inclement weather. The facility had been saturated by days of rain prior to today’s event, and when morning rains hit with the promise of more bad weather later in the day, the speedway was forced to cancel the evening’s racing card.

Racing continues, weather permitting of course, on Saturday, August 20. It will be Nostalgia Night, presented by Colussy Chevrolet. There will be Kids Bike Races, as AAA Members receive a $5 discount on general admission. The Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Open Four Cylinders will be joined by the CarSmile Wiperblades “Thunder on the Dirt” Vintage Racing Series, racing their restored cars of yesteryear.

Rounding out the month of August 27 will be the Tenth Annual Red Miley Rumble for the Super Late Models, sanctioned by the UFo Race Championship. The 35 lap event will pay $3,053 to the winner, as the Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Young Guns will also share the card.
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Burgoon, Charlier, and Schneider Top  PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 6, 2016)  Point leader Brandon Burgoon of McDonald picked up his first Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature win of the season on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Chris Schneider of Lower Burrell was the winner of the “Cruise America PENNational” for the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, sanctioned by the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series.  Daryl Charlier of Midway padded his point lead with his second victory of the season in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models.  Gary Kriess of Butler earned top honors in the Alternative Power Sources event for the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series RaceSaver 305 Sprints.  Other winners were Danny Rich in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Marc Simmons in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Tom Anton in the Four Cylinders.  Froggy FM 104.3 and Jefferson Hills Lawn and Tractor joined the speedway as guests with the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club.

Brandon Burgoon took off in the lead at the start of the non-stop 25-lap Diehl Super Late Model feature and threatened to turn it into a blowout.  Third starting Christian Schneider took second at the start before second starting Josh Holtgraver regained the spot on lap 10.  Eighth starting John Mollick inched forward and exchanged third with Schneider on lap 12, before finally taking the spot on lap 13.  He likewise exchanged second with Holtgraver with 15 in before taking the spot for good on lap 16, but Burgoon’s lead was a mammoth 11.548 seconds at this point.  Burgoon would cruise home the winner by 6.192 seconds over Mollick.  Defending Pro Late Model champion Holtgraver was third for his best Super Late Model finish.  John Flinner made a lap 22 pass of Schneider to take fourth.  Burgoon also won the heat race.  It was Burgoon’s 15th Super Late Model victory at the track, as his last win was just over one year ago as the track has run 780 Super Late Model features in its history.

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Garrett Krummert Tops Modasaures X at PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 16, 2016) The Modified Tour for Big Block Modifieds visited Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night with Garrett Krummert holding off Jeremiah Shingledecker to win the 35-lap “Modasaures X.” Other winners on the program of racing were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, A.J. Poljak in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chas Wolbert in the visiting RUSH Modifieds, Dave Sheriff in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Marc Simmons in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns.

A strong field of 26 cars assembled for the first visit by the Modified Tour in five years. Rex King, Sr. and Garrett Krummert led the field to the green flag, with Krummert taking the lead at the start of the 35-lap event. King, Dave Murdick, Brian Swartzlander, and Jeremiah Shingledecker settled into the top five in the early laps as the big field of cars raced all over the spaciously wide racing surface. Erick Rudolph was on the move forward from seventh starting position, and passed Shingledecker for fifth on lap 7. Continuing on, he moved to fourth on lap 8, and to third on lap 9. With ten green flag laps scored, Krummert led King, Rudolph, Murdick, and Shingledecker. Rudolph passed King for second on lap 11, with Shingledecker continuing his charge by moving to third before the first caution period of the race slowed the action with 13 laps completed. Krummert, instead of the 6.607 second lead that he had built up, would find Rudolph alongside for the restart. But Krummert regained command once racing returned, leading Rudolph, Shingledecker, King, and Kevin Bolland. The next caution period would be for Rudolph who slowed off turn two with 17 laps complete. Krummert again held control when racing resumed over Shingledecker, Bolland, King, and Swartzlander. King took third from Bolland, with 19th starting Randy Chrysler entering the top five on lap 19. What would be the final caution period of the event came on lap 21 for Dave Murdick’s slowing car. Krummert and Shingledecker would decide the race over the remaining laps. Krummert was not as dominant as he was in the early laps, and Shingledecker’s mount was getting better. The pair raced close through bouts with race traffic on lap 29, and Shingledecker nearly pulled off an inside pass with two laps remaining. He tried one last shot on the final lap, but it was Krummert taking his first victory at the track by .734 seconds over ninth starting Shingledecker. Bolland was third, with Swartzlander fourth. Chrysler was fifth as Rex King, Jr., King, Sr., Brad Rapp, Rudolph back from the tail, and Rick Richner completed the top ten. Bolland, Shingledecker, and Murdick were heat race winners. The staff and management of PPMS thanks the series and their drivers for their great support of the show.

Scott Schempp and John Mollick led the 20-lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature to the green flag with Mollick leading from the start. The first of two caution periods in the event came on lap 2, as Steve Beatty moved to second on the restart, bringing Russ Kolesar with him as they both passed Schempp. Daryl Charlier passed Kolesar for third on lap 7, with the final caution period coming with 8 laps scored. Mollick again controlled the restart, with Charlier moving to second. As the laps ticked by, Charlier slowly moved closer to Mollick in the battle for the lead. On the final lap, Charlier made a hard charge to the inside, but Mollick was able to use his momentum on the outside to win his third feature of the season. Charlier settled for a close second, and remains the division’s point leader. Beatty was third ahead of Ben Policz and Justin Lamb. Heat race winners were Lamb and Michael Reft, as that was the highlight of the night for Reft, as he was unable to start the feature race due to problems that developed with his car.

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Laboon Memorial Up Next at PPMS in Busy Month of July

Imperial, PA (July 7, 2016) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway returns to action on Saturday, July 9, with the thrilling conclusion of the Fifth Annual Ed Laboon Memorial race for the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman. The event, sanctioned by the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series and presented by Brougher’s Machine Shop, was delayed by rain on June 4. On that night, 52 cars were in competition when six qualifying heat races were completed before the rains came. The time trials and heat races that were completed back in June are official, but new entries will be allowed to compete in the B-Main events as drivers will have a chance to join the starting grid for the area’s richest stock car race. The Diehl Automotive Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns will be on the card, and an added attraction will be the first of four visits to PPMS by the RUSH Modifieds.

Coming up on Saturday, July 16, it will be the running of “Modasaures X” featuring the return of the Bicknell Racing Products Modified Tour. The Big Block Modifieds will be making their return to PPMS for the first time since May 26, 2012, when New York driver Randy Chrysler was the winner of a BRP Tour event. There have been 41 Modified races run at the track, the majority of them from 1987 through 1990 when the division was a part of the weekly program. Bob Wearing is the all time leading winner with 13 victories. Among active drivers that are regulars in the division, Dave Murdick is the leader with three feature wins, ahead of Kevin Bolland with two. The RUSH Modifieds will be back, as the Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Young Guns will be on the July 16 card. On Saturday, July 23, the weekly five division program of racing will be joined by the Alternative Power Sources LHSS Race Saver winged Sprints, and the Pro Late Models will be competing in a Summer Sizzler event. Finally, completing the month of July will be the Third Annual Falconi’s Moon Township Automotive “Sprint Monster,” featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions winged 410 sprint cars on Saturday, July 30. The Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models will join that night’s card in a Summer Sizzler event.
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Ferree in Late Models, Dustin Smith is Boss at PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 2, 2016) Alex Ferree from Saxonburg raced to his second victory of the season at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The Diehl Super Late Model of the three-time defending champion was adorned in special trim to honor Bucky Johnson, a longtime supporter of area racing that recently passed away, including Johnson’s number 47. The traditional sprint cars were on hand for a visit, as Dustin Smith earned the victory in the Rick’s Trucks & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series non-winged event. John Mollick from Toronto, OH picked up his second victory of the season in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models. Todd Weldon from Monongahela earned his third victory of the season in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman. In the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Dave Sheriff of Imperial won his first feature of the season. And in his first ever race, Vincent Zymloz won the main event for the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns.

The 25-lap Diehl Automotive Super Late Model main event had Tony Musolino and Scott Gunn on the front row, with heat race winner Musolino taking the lead at the start. Musolino had a challenge from John Mollick in the early laps, with Alex Ferree moving up from sixth starting spot to third in the early going. The first caution period of the event came on lap 8, and Ferree moved to second on the restart. Musolino felt a challenge from Ferree, but was able to hold the top spot until disaster struck on lap 13. Exiting turn two, Musolino’s car, that had been flawless all evening, got out of shape and hit the backstretch wall, as he slid to a stop at the entrance of turn three to end his run. Inheriting the lead at that point, Ferree led the remaining distance for his 21st feature win in the division at the track. Mollick was second, 1.881 seconds behind at the finish, with Brandon Burgoon, Josh Holtgraver, and Christian Schneider filling the top five.

Zack Morrow and Beau Stewart led the 20-lap BOSS Sprint feature to the green flag, and they raced side by side until Morrow nosed ahead to lead lap 1 over Shawn Westerfield, Dustin Smith, and Rick Holley. Working the first lap, Holley caught the wall in turn one and flipped to bring out the red flag. Morrow took off in the lead once racing resumed. Westerfield passed Stewart for second on lap 3, before disaster hit the next lap for leader Morrow, when he entered turn one too hard and hit the outside wall before flipping very hard. Morrow immediately jumped out of the damaged car. Westerfield inherited the lead at this point over Smith, Stewart, Carmen Perigo, and Justin Owen. This would be the final restart of the event, as Westerfield and Smith locked into a battle for the top spot. The pair exchanged the lead on lap 8, but fifth starting Smith made the pass exiting turn four to take over the lead on lap 9. Once in front, Smith raced away to earn the victory by 3.594 seconds over Westerfield. Smith became the 47th different winner in the sprint division at the track, in the 98th all-time sprint car race. Cody Gardner was third, advancing from 13th starting spot. Owen, the BOSS Series winner the night before at Lernerville Speedway, was fourth, with Stewart fifth. Stewart, Smith, and Mike Miller were the heat winners over the 26 car field.
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PPMS April 18 Opening Night Winners

Precise RUSH Late Models

Justin Lamb and Josh Holtgraver put on a fierce battle for the lead until Holtgraver broke loose after several laps of door to door racing. Jared Miley was sneaking up on the duo as they battled, but brought out the first caution when he retired with heating problems. While Lamb & Holtgraver continued their battle up front, Charlier, Reft, and Moats were on the move. Charlier looked quick, but arrived in second a little too late to see if he had anything for Holtgraver. Mike Reft slipped by Lamb late to capture the final podium spot followed by Lamb & Moats. Moats & Holtgraver won the heats over Reft & Miley respectively. Several Precise RUSH Late Model drivers or team owners were roaming the pits, not quite ready to compete, but indicated they would be joining the Precise Late Model action at PPMS soon! Can’t wait…it’s going to be an awesome year of Precise RUSH Late Model racing at DIRTS MONSTER HALF MILE! The Late Model action starts “sizzling” with the first Precise RUSH Late Model Spring Sizzler May 2 featuring extra laps and payoff!

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PPMS Winners

Congratulations to opening night winners Holtgraver, Schneider, Pyeritz, & Huff! Next up: Action Event Sat 4/25.

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Practice Rescheduled to April 11 at PPMS

April 4 PPMS Practice has been rescheduled to Sat April 11, gates open at 2. Opening night planned for April 18.
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