Auto racing notebook: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup race to be televised
By Thomas Zuck
Published: Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, 12:35 a.m.
Things got back to normal last weekend with some good racing.
And in case you missed the World of Outlaws Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup race from July, this weekend is your chance to see it, provided you have the SPEED network. The Silver Cup will be televised from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday will be broadcast again at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Last week's auction to benefit injured Sprint Car driver Brian Steinman raised $9,500. Anyone who took part in this effort is to be commended. That money, in addition to the more than $4,000 raised a few weeks ago, shows the dedication of the local racing community.
Tonight is Night 3 of the 52nd annual Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
The pilgrimage to Knoxville is one of the most amazing events of the season, with car counts usually more than 100 for the four-day event.
Steve Kinser has won the Nationals 12 times. His last win came in 2002. Donny Schatz has dominated the event in recent years, winning five of the past six. Timmy Shaffer won in 2010.
Baker wins 1st of season at PPMS
Steve Baker, yes, that Steve Baker from Rocket Chassis has been struggling most of the season with an experimental Rocket.
He finally made the switch back to a more reliable — and updated — car and came away with a dominating win Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Lynn Geisler, who won the night before at Lernerville, finished second after Baker took the lead at the start. John Flinner continues his limited running this season at PPMS, and he stormed through the field to finish third. Michael Norris was fourth, and Ben Miley was fifth.
Colton Flinner is heading toward another PPMS FASTRAK Late Model title, but it hasn't been easy. Flinner had trouble last week and had to borrow a car and drove to his first win of the season. Flinner drove Ron Hall's machine, a car that was severely damaged last week to a convincing win. Flinner led every lap of the feature that ran nonstop.
Kyle Lukon, last week's winner, finished second.
Other winners Saturday at PPMS included Alex Bright in the ARDC Midgets, Jake Simmons in Sportsmans, Gary Smith in Hobby-Factory Stocks and Logan Crewl in Compacts.
This week at PPMS, there's a regular show and the Wacky Wheels Figure 8s. The Red Miley Memorial is Aug. 18. That race will feature the 53-lap UFO Super Late Models and the 410 Sprints.
Double features at Sharon
Sharon Speedway fans were treated to a bonus Big-Block Modified feature due to a make-up from earlier this season.
The first was rescheduled from May 27 and was dominated by Dave Murdick, who the night before looked like he would run away with the feature at Lernerville before his engine developed a slight problem.
Murdick inherited the lead on Lap 3 when Tommy Mattocks lost his engine. Murdick then led the final 18 laps without a challenge, with a margin of victory of more than 6 seconds.
Shawn Fleeger had a great run and finished second in front of Jim Rasey. Jimmy Weller was fourth and Eric Gabany was fifth
Rex King Sr. led the second feature from start to finish for his third Sharon win of the season. King had to use Rex Jr.'s car because his car had engine problems in the heat race. Jeremiah Shingledecker finished second.
Other winners Saturday at Sharon included Eric Wilson in FASTRAK Late Models, Joe Gabrielson in E-Mods, Shaun Hooks in Stocks, Steve Burns in Econo Mods and Jim Haefke in Mini Stocks.
Miller dominates at Roaring Knob
Jeremy Miller dominated the Ernie Jones Memorial on Saturday.
He set the fastest time in qualifying, won his heat race, won the Dash and then led all 22 laps of the feature to take home a total of $2,644 for his effort.
Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.
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