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Steel City Stampede Closes 2015 Lernerville Season

And it comes down to this. One last chance to make an impact on the 2015 season. It’s a huge season ending event, and this year, it’s basically on steroids! The annual Steel City Stampede at Lernerville Speedway is the penultimate end of season experience for fans and drivers alike. There’s literally something for everyone. It’s a final chance to see the fab four do battle one last time. It’s a chance for divisions that don’t get to grace the clay to partake in a special event at the legendary facility and perhaps etch their name on the winners list. And it’s a chance for the extended family otherwise known as DIRT Nation to come together again for one final time before the snow covers the track and the long, harsh, icy grip of winter reduces us to our memories of seasons past.

One could read that last statement and be depressed, but the glass is half full. And if you should find yourself in the stands this weekend, you’ll feast your eyes on the largest Stampede in history as evidenced by the number of divisions on tap due to some carryover action from previous rainouts.

With the cold winter months coming, you’ll be hearing about a way you can help people in need keep warm as 410 sprint and Lernerville Sponsor People’s Gas will be out and about letting you know about  LIHEAP (Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program) which opens on November 1. The program offers need based assistance via a government grant program which can also extend to repair broken furnaces as well as to avoid heat energy service termination.

The Skinny:

Appearing this weekend are the following.

  • Peoples TWP 410 Sprints
  • Diehl Automotive Group Big Block Modifieds
  • Precise Racing Products Super Late Models
  • Millerstown Pic-A-Part Sportsman Stocks
  • UMP E-Modifieds
  • RUSH Late Models
  • RUSH Sportsman Modifieds
  • Buckeye Ohio Sprint Series (Mo Vaughn Trucking/B.O.S.S) Wingless Sprints
  • 4 Cylinders
  • 100 lap endure

When:

Friday October 23: Heats for all divisions plus RUSH Pro Stock Pandemonium and King of the Hill,  racing starts at 7:00 PM

Saturday October 24: Bmains and features for all divisions plus enduro. Action will start closer to 5 PM due to extended events and large car count.

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What To Look For

In the Peoples TWP Sprints, AJ Flick looks to cap a championship season with an exclamation point, but in order to do so he must fend off some stiff resistence from former champion Carl Bowser, perennial contender Jack Sodeman Jr. and a determined Brandon Matus who’d like to get a win this season at Lernerville before the season comes to a close.  The feature will bring about an end to our TDN North East Sprint Car Championships for the Western PA region and the standings coming in are very tight. TDN Western PA Sprint Car Standings

Pat Miller Photo

In the Precise Super Late Models, Alex Ferree is coming off not only another Lernerville title, but some very impressive runs at the World 100 and recently completed Dirt Track World Championships and would have to be considered the prohibitive favorite here. But he’ll be chased by Jared Miley, Michael Norris and perhaps an invader or two. Look for a Russ King to have a say in the matter as well if he’s in attendance.



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The DIEHL Automotive Group Big Block Modifieds should offer up a fantastic $3,000 to win 30 lap battle with some surprises in the house looking to take some money back home.  With the SDS in action at Weedsport, Mat Williamson will most likely miss this one, but there’ll be at least a handful of New York or Canadian invaders to challenge Rex King Jr., Rex King Sr., Brian Swartzlander, Jeremiah Shingledecker and the surprising Garrett Krummert who launched himself into the front runner battle with a breakout 2015 campaign.

Pat Miller Photo

The Millerstown Pic-A-Part Sportsman Stocks are undergoing an offseason filled with questions, anticipation and anxiety with the new engine rules taking effect in 2016, but there’s still one open engine race left to be won at Lernerville and this is it.  Champion Corey McPherson looks to put the field to bed with authority, but it won’t be easy as a huge field of invaders, plus his normal track competition will keep supplying the heat as Mike Miller, Terry Young and others look to help keep the home team in the top five when all is said and done.

The RUSH Late Models partake in the $2,000 to win Gary Knollinger Memorial this weekend which is the final touring series race in 2015. Max Blair has already wrapped up the season championship in convincing fashion and this race should bring about some stout competition in the likes of Ryan Montgomery, Michael Lake, John Waters, Jason Knowles, Kyle Lukon and others look to take the last checkered flag of the season.

Meanwhile, there’s still a battle to the finish to bear witness to in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds as Larry Kugel, Kyle Holden and Jerry Shaffer are separated by a mere 10 points. Last year’s champion Greg Martin will be looking to add another belt buckle to his collection as well. Look for a spirited sprint to the end for these guys!

General Information/Details

For all you’ll need to know including ticket prices, pit pass fees, camping information, rules and other useful info, just click here:  Stampede General Information Page

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