Rick’s Racing Roundup: Area Tracks Hope to Push Through Weather on Opening Weekends

Despite the cold and wet weather this past weekend, several area tracks will try to get their seasons started this weekend with the hopes of better weather ahead.

(Pictured above: The RUSH wingless sprint cars will debut this Saturday at Pittsburgh. Photo by Rick Rarer.)

This Friday Lernerville Speedway will host a test & tune before opening the season on Saturday, April 6, with the Steel City Stampede reboot, which will be the completion of the 2023 Stampede that fell victim to rain.

The big block modifieds, pro stocks, RUSH modifieds, UEMS Modifieds, and mini stocks will all reconvene for their feature events. An enduro will close out the event. Lernerville will present another test & tune on Friday, April 12, before opening their regular Fab 4 season on Friday, April 19.

Michaels Mercer Raceway will look to open their 2024 season with their annual Little Guy Nationals this Saturday, April 6. This year the 410 sprint cars will headline the show along with the traditional super late models and mini stocks.

This will be the only chance this year for fans can see the super late models at the Mercer oval.

410 sprint cars and Late Models will headline the card at Mercer this Saturday. Photo by Rick Rarer.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is also scheduled for action this weekend after their highly successful Pot of Gold 75 back in mid-March that opened the local season. Along with an action-packed regular show featuring the RUSH late models, pro stocks, hobby stocks, young guns, and mini stocks, the RUSH wingless sprint cars will make their season debut this Saturday at Pittsburgh Motor Speedway.

If you are headed to a race track this weekend, be sure to check ahead as some tracks may move their start times up to combat the colder temperatures.

New ownership continues to make improvements at Tri-City Raceway Park to prepare for the 2024 season. The track will open for the first time this season on Saturday, April 13, for an enduro, demolition derby doubleheader. The enduro is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:00 p.m. with the derby to follow.

Good news from Sharon Speedway finds a boost to the sprint car purse for 2024 thanks to new sponsor, Bala Management. Each regular 410 event will now pay a minimum of $4,000 to win and $400 to-start making it the highest paying track in the area. The first Hovis Auto 410 Sprint Car event of 2024 part of the Bala Management “Super Series” will take place on Saturday, May 11, part of the 95th anniversary season opener.

Attica Raceway Park in central Ohio got their season opener in the books on their third try this past Friday. Bryce Lucius scored his first career 410 sprint car win over an impressive thirty-eight-car field.

Two local drivers made the tow west where local favorite Brandon Spithaler would finish 14th in the feature and Cody Bova would miss qualifying for the feature by one spot.

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