Rick’s Racing Roundup: Racing Community Mourns the Death of Sprint-Car Driver Kevin Ward Jr.

Kevin Ward Jr., who lost his life over the weekend, in action earlier this season.

Kevin Ward Jr., who lost his life over the weekend, in action earlier this season.

SARVER, Pa. (EYT) – As area point battles wind down there was plenty of action over the weekend.

Things got started Friday at Lernerville Speedway where Brandon Matus out-dueled point leader Carl Bowser for his second win of 2014. In the big block modified feature, point leader Rex King Jr. also settled for a second place finish behind winner Brian Swartzlander. Davey Johnson won a caution filled late model feature while Jim Fosnaught won the sportsman night cap.

This Friday will be another Fab Four program as the point battles come down to the wire with just two point nights left.

After three consecutive rain outs, the big block modifieds took center stage at Sharon Speedway this past Saturday for the first annual Johnny Zdelar Memorial. Modified veteran, Jim Weller, took home the win worth $3,000.

This Saturday will be another regular show and Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway where all fans will be admitted to the grandstands for just $5.

It was a busy weekend at Mercer Raceway Park where the weather allowed for racing both Saturday and Sunday, featuring the Putsy Kekich Memorial Saturday and the BRP Modified Tour on Sunday.

It was a big night for Brandon Matus as he scored his first career Mercer win worth $4,000. Last year’s winner and Putsy’s grandson, Adam Kekich, gave Matus all he could handle but would have to settle for the runner-up spot.

Brandon Matus swept Lernerville and Mercer over the weekend, taking home over $5,000.

Brandon Matus swept Lernerville and Mercer over the weekend, taking home over $5,000.

Sunday found a strong field of big block modifieds in the Mercer pits and the King family adding to their win total for 2014 as Rex King Sr. scored the win after a great battle with Dave Murdick, who would end up second at the checker.

The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series was also in action and saw Chris Schneider score the win.

Mercer Raceway Park will be back in action this Saturday with a regular show along with bike races for the kids.

Sportsman’s Speedway was back in action Sunday and saw Jake Gomola take the 305 sprint win then, load up and head west to Mercer Raceway Park where he started on the tail and raced up to seventh, not a bad double for the Seneca driver.

Sportsman’s will be back in action this weekend where only three Sunday races remain on the 2014 schedule.

On the national scene, it was the biggest sprint car race of the year that had everyone talking this week. The Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa started Wednesday and finished Saturday with Donny Schatz scoring an unprecedented eighth win in nine years. Schatz’s win was worth $150,000 for the World of Outlaw point leader.

In closing, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of sprint car driver, Kevin Ward Jr., who lost his life Saturday night after an on-track altercation with NASCAR star, Tony Stewart, at an ESS sprint race in New York.


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About Rick

Rick Rarer, a Franklin resident, is the owner of Racestud.com and SprintCarNews.com. He has been covering racing for 17 years, taking racing photos for 12 years, and has covered races at over 100 tracks in 15 states. Most recently, Rick won the Bill Steinbach Media Award at the Lernerville Speedway Annual Awards Banquet.

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