SARVER, Pa. — Following a historic week in Ohio, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Pennsylvania for three nights of racing — and two big paydays available as the Month of Money rolls on.
Tuesday night’s stop at Lernerville Speedway brings us Silver Cup XXX, the 30th edition of the Don Martin Memorial with a $25,000 check on the line.
On Friday and Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway renews the Outlaws vs. PA Posse rivalry with the $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals.
It’s been two months since the 2021 edition of the World of Outlaws vs. the PA Posse kicked off back in May. Continuing on their 2020 dominance, which included a complete sweep of the Posse on their own porch, the Outlaws did it again by shutting out the Central PA stars in their first bout this year.
The more impressive part of the Outlaws’ May sweep of the Posse was the fact that it came from three different drivers all winning their first Series race at their respective tracks. Brad Sweet conquered Lincoln Speedway for the first time, then Carson Macedo and Aaron Reutzel split Williams Grove wins.
A host of other worthy Outlaw superstars including David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild & Logan Schuchart all hope to put their names on the scorecard this weekend.
When it comes to the PA Posse’s active drivers, Lance Dewease and Danny Dietrich have defeated the Outlaws more than anyone, and they’re both on a hot streak lately.
When the Outlaws were last in town during May, Dewease was struggling to find that elusive 100th career Williams Grove win. He put it on the podium at both nights of the Morgan Cup and has since rattled off four victories including a $15,000 PA Speedweek triumph at the half-mile. The 103-time Williams Grove winner has earned 14 of his 17 World of Outlaws victories at the track.
For Dietrich, he’s fresh off a $20,000 runner-up run in his first-ever Kings Royal Feature on Saturday. A few weeks back, the 33-year-old dominated a weeklong battle for the PA Speedweek championship, which included two podium runs at Williams Grove. He’s won two of his five-career World of Outlaws victories at the track.
Separated from the hotbed of Central Pennsylvania, Sarver’s stout group of locals is its own story over in Western Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, thanks to a large contingent of fans, the highest finishing Lerenrville regular will receive a huge bonus of more than $1,600 on top of their race winnings.
Among the many contenders is current points leader Sye Lynch. The 23-year-old son of Ed Lynch Jr. will try to join his father, who conquered the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in 2002, as the only father-son champions of the event.
Other notables in contention include A.J. Flick, Brandon Matus, Michael Bauer, Carl Bowser, and Jack Sodeman Jr.
Donny Schatz enters both events this week as the winningest driver at each of them. He’s topped Lernerville’s Silver Cup and Williams Grove’s Summer Nations on seven occasions each.
The 10-time series champion is ranked inside the top-three when it comes to World of Outlaws wins at both tracks. He’s won nine races with 22 top fives in 52 Lernerville starts and owns 21 wins and 66 top fives in 124 Williams Grove appearances.