Martinsville’s Don O’Neal led all 100 laps in winning the 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 on Saturday at Pennsylvania Motor Speedway just outside of Pittsburgh in Imperial.
O’Neal, who drives for NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer, made a clean sweep of the weekend. He set a track record and dominated his heat race in the Oct. 6 preliminaries.
The win was the first for O’Neal in one the East’s biggest dirt late models races. The race paid $20,000 to win.
O’Neal’s teammate, Darrell Lanigan, finished second. He was followed by Josh Richards, Earl Pearson Jr. and Jimmy Owens.
Tim McCreadie, who finished in sixth, leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship points standings with one race remaining on the schedule. McCreadie leads Richards by 40 points and defending series champion Scott Bloomquist by 75 points heading into the $100,000-to-win Dirt Track World Championship Race at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Oct. 20 and 21.
Eldora season concludes Saturday
Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will conduct its season finale Saturday night with the running of the #lastcallformethanol featuring the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, NRA sprint invaders and non-wing sprints. For more inf, visit eldoraspeedway.com.
Last weekend, Eldora hosted the season finale for the UMP late models and modifieds. Jeep VanWormer captured the late models main event over Bobby Pierce. Kent Robinson finished in third, with Jon Henry and Jacob Hawkins completing the top five.
With his third-place finish in the feature race, Robinson earned his first career Eldora title. Henry clinched the Sunoco American Late Model series points.
Modifieds action over the three days of racing saw Dean Hoffman win two feature events. Other mod winners were Kyle Strickler, David Mielke and Josh Rice.
Brownstown championship rained out
The season championship points race at Brownstown Speedway was rained out Saturday. It was scheduled to be the final points race of the season.
The weekly division final points standings are now complete, with the following champions determined: Devin Gilpin of Columbus (super late models), Marty O’Neal of Spencer (Indiana Pro late models), Matt Boknecht of Seymour (modifieds), Jamey Wilson of Seymour (super stocks), Tim Rivers of Salem (pure stocks) and Donnie Modesty of Seymour (hornets).
Brownstown will conclude its racing season this weekend with the Annual Fun Fest for several divisions of racing. Action got underway Thursday night with a special open practice session. For the complete weekend schedule go to brownstownspeedway.com.
USAC closes Midwest season tonight
The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car will close out the Midwest portion of its 2017 racing schedule tonight at Terre Haute Action Track. The series will next head west on Nov. 3 and 4 to race at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. For more info, visit usacracing.com.
Twin Cities season complete
After being rained out Saturday night, the 2017 racing season at Twin Cities Raceway in Vernon is now complete. There will be new clay added to the 3/8-mile oval, and Tim Keithley will return as the promoter in 2018.
The season champions in each division were announced and they are Brad Erwin of Crothersville (crate late models), Danny Hupp of Scipio (super stocks), Troy Clark of North Vernon (pure stock), Cody Perry of North Vernon (hornet) and Jeremy Owens of North Vernon (modifieds).
Stewart racers finish 1-2 in UMRA
Tony Stewart Racing teammates Ron Combs of Greensburg and Callie Wolsiffer-Hewitt of New Palestine officially finished first and second in the UMRA King of the TQ Midget points standings.
The final points race of the season was to have taken place last Saturday night at U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport, but it was rained out. This weekend the series holds a non-points race during Fun Fest at Brownstown Speedway.
Landrum wins final race of career
Steve Landrum, a six-time late models track champion at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, ended his racing career in style on Saturday when he won the feature event.
Landrum earlier this season announced that the 2017 season would be his last behind the wheel of a racecar. His son Trevor finished second in the feature event and clinched the late models track title for the first time.
Trailing the Landrum father-son duo across the line were Robby Hensley, Roger Williams and Jesse Lay.
Joey Kramer of Hanover won the modifieds main event over Rick Corbin, J.T. Ayers, Shawn Brown and Larry Pickleheimer, Jr.
Florence Speedway will conclude its racing season in two weeks Oct. 28 with the Annual Fall 50 for late models and modifieds. For more info, visit florencespeedway.com.
This week in racing history
From 50 years ago in 1967, Ken “Hillbilly” Ogle won the track championship at Twin Cities Speedway in Vernon.
From 40 years ago in 1977, Ira Bastin won the late models track championship at Brownstown Speedway. Bastin won nine feature events during the season to capture the title over Paul Crockett, Bob Fleetwood, John Davis, Ray Godsey, Dennis Boknecht, Steve Trabue, Lump Colwell, Jim Curry and Terrence Johnson. Steve Wilhite of Edinburgh won the rookie of the year trophy.
In the final hobby stocks points from 1977 at Brownstown, Dusty Chapman won the track championship over Darrell Smallwood of Columbus, Theron Straley, Scott Taskey of Columbus, Tony Moore, Roger Hehman, Stan Wiggam, Mack Pace, Rick Haven and Herman Burton of Columbus.