Lernerville Speedway Becomes DIRT NorthEast Facility
Norman, OK -- Jan. 12, 2006 -- Lernerville Speedway is one of the premier weekly dirt racing facilities in the United States, and beginning with the 2006 season it will be run by long-time Lernerville racers and supporters Gary Risch Sr. and Gary Risch Jr.
Rather than continue leasing the DIRT-owned facility in Sarver, Pa., it will now become part of the DIRT NorthEast operations under General Manager Tonya Moschell with Jean Lynch working as an advisor. Lynch is a past recipient of the North American Sprint Car Poll's Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award.
The Risches, who have diverse professional backgrounds in addition to their years of dirt track experience, will oversee the traditional weekly program at Lernerville, which will continue to run on Friday nights.
In addition, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series also will compete at the facility about 31 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
This shift brings Lernerville in line with the other DIRT MotorSports facilities, including Volusia Speedway Park, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and Cayuga County Fair Speedway. DIRT MotorSports completed its purchase of Lernerville in 2005 from the Martin family.
DIRT MotorSports also will pay the 2005 point fund for Lernerville's weekly competitors. The weekly champions were Ed Lynch Jr. (sprints), John Flinner (late models), Dave Murdick (modifieds) and Butch Lambert (pure stocks).
"I'm very excited to be able to carry on the Lernerville tradition," said Moschell, who helped to promote DIRT MotorSports events in 2005 at the 4/10-mile oval. "Bringing Lernerville into the DIRT NorthEast will help us to accomplish many of the goals we set forward when DIRT purchased the track in 2005. The Risches have so many good ideas it will be a challenge to keep up with them."
The Risches are very proud to carry on the legacy of legendary promoter Don Martin, who helped to build Lernerville into one of the best dirt tracks in the world for fans and racers alike. Martin, who passed away in 1993, was a former Promoter of the Year and is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
"I've been involved with the Martin family since I was 8 years old," said Gary Risch Sr. "I've been going to Lernerville since it opened in the late '60s. The Martins were like family with me before they sold it to DIRT MotorSports and we're just looking forward to making racing better here and do more for the racing people. We love racing.
"We're going to run every Friday night like we always did. We're going to try to have the MACS shows, the BRP Tour I hope will be there, the DIRT Modifieds, the Outlaws sprints and late models.
"We love Lernerville. The seating is good, the lighting is good. We're going to try to make racing even better. We're going to run transponders and the one-way radios with the drivers to help speed the program along. We have some ideas to try to make the concessions work better. I'm in the grocery business and we have a beer distributor and my son is in the landscape business so we've been working with people for a long time. We want to make it more people friendly and try to make it better for our fans. And we're sure looking forward to working with Tonya. She's a super person. I got to know her last season when she was working here and she really impressed me."
A time and date is being secured for the annual banquet, which is tentatively scheduled like usual in late March.