ALLSTAR: Lernerville preview

SARVER, PA -- America's Series, the Haulmark All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars make their only appearance of the season at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway Friday night Aug. 29. The 16th annual Earl and David Bauman Memorial race will be...

SARVER, PA -- America's Series, the Haulmark All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars make their only appearance of the season at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway Friday night Aug. 29. The 16th annual Earl and David Bauman Memorial race will be sponsored by Commercial Truck and Trailer from Girard, OH. The 35-lap Sprint Car Classic pays $6,000 to win and $500 to start. First place usually pays $5,000, but Commercial Truck and Trailer's Orren Zook has added $1,000 to first place and another $500 to the rest of the purse. The feature will pay $400 to start. A 20-lap Dingbat's Restaurant Pure Stock Invitational, awarding $500 to the victor, will also share the racing card. Commercial Truck and Trailer has also added $500 to the Pure Stock purse.

The All Stars feature a traveling group of top sprint car drivers that includes points leader Chad Kemenah (Findlay, OH), Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA), Dean Jacobs (Wooster, OH), Greg Wilson (Benton Ridge, OH), Ryan Coniam (Burlington, ON, Canada), Bill Rose (Plainfield, IN), Jeff Shepard (Upperco, MD), Kelly Kinser (Bloomington, IN), Barry Ruble (Burton, OH), Dale Blaney (Hartford, OH), Bruce Robenalt (Tiffin, OH), Kenny Jacobs (Holmesville, OH), Byron Reed (Monclova, OH), Rob Chaney (Wooster, OH) and Ed Neumeister (Upper Sandusky, OH). Ready to do battle with the All Star sprint invaders from across the USA, will be the strong-running Lernerville regulars such as point leader Ed Lynch Jr., Rod George, Chad Hill, Kevin Schaeffer, Roger Bennett, Dan Shetler, Gary Kriess Jr., Ralph Spithaler, Brent Matus, Eric Smith and many others.

Close to 50 cars are expected with a complete show of time trials, qualifying heats, a dash and a C, B and A-Main feature.

Jack and "Pete" Lewis will present $500 to the sprint driver leading lap 18, In memory of their late son, Spanky Lewis who drove sprint car #18.

This special race honors Lernerville's assistant promoter Earl Bauman who passed away in 1985. In 1998 the Earl Bauman Memorial Race was renamed the Earl and David Bauman Memorial Sprint Classic. Earl's son David, one of the Lernerville's three co-promoters, was killed in a tragic accident January 1, 1998. The Bauman family continues to be an important part of Lernerville Speedway.

Since 1989 the All Stars have raced 19 times at Lernerville Speedway with 13 different race winners. Past All Star feature winners at Lernerville include Robbie Stanley, Bobby Allen (2), Sammy Swindell, Keith Kauffman (3), Fred Rahmer, Ed Lynch, Jr., Mark Kinser (2), Dale Blaney, Tyler Walker, Jeff Shepard, Dean Jacobs (2), Kasey Kahne and Chad Kemenah (2).

Last year Shane Stewart captured a thrilling career first Lernerville feature event in the 43-car field. He narrowly defeated Johnny Herrera at the checkered flag. Mother Nature checkered the 2001 race. Chad Kemenah garnered the big win in 2000, after passing Brian Ellenberger with three laps to go. In 1999 victory lane, Kasey Kahne said, "We got lucky tonight!" Kahne's first All Star win came when race-long leader Dean Jacobs blew his engine as he took the white flag in the 35-lap event. A very happy Dean Jacobs warded off his brother Kenny to appear in victory lane in 1998. In 1997 the exuberant Tyler Walker did a double backhand spring and then kissed his dog, Wrecks, after defeating the hard charging Jamie Smith. Competition has been keen in the previous years and there have been only two repeat winners in fifteen shows. A delighted veteran, Bobby "Scuffy" Allen rode the inside line to victory lane defeating Ed Lynch Jr. in 1996. Allen also won the "action packed" event in 1990 when he defeated Dave Blaney, who had worked his way through the C-Main, B-Main and started at the back of the A-Feature. One of the hottest chauffeur's around, Mark Kinser took his first and second All Star main events at Lernerville in 1994 and 1995. Mother Nature connected with the checker in 1993. Keith Kaufman defeated Bobby Davis Jr. in 1992. Sammy Swindell nipped Kenny Jacobs in 1989. In 1988 it was Jack Hewitt who cleaned house. Dave Blaney was victorious in 1987 and Doug Wolfgang scored in the initial 1986 show.

"America's Series, The Haulmark All Star Circuit of Champions" will present a slate of 50 sprint car race dates in 2003 from February to October in action at 31 speedways in 17 states. America's favorite dirt track series is in its' 23rd year and has presented fans with the largest average car count and greatest number of different race winners in the United States over the past two decades.

For more information visit www.allstarsprint.com or call 217-352-9221. Lernerville Speedway is located at 278 N. Pike Road in Sarver and the track telephone is (724) 353-1511 or visit www.lernerville.com. Time trials begin at 7:30 p.m. with racing action at 8:00 p.m. Pit gates open at 4:00 pm and the grandstands at 5:00.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mark Kinser , Kasey Kahne , Jack Hewitt , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Dean Jacobs , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Greg Wil , Bill Rose , David Baum , Johnny Herrera , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson