Rick’s Racing Roundup: Lanigan Dominates Firecracker 100 Weekend

| June 30, 2014

Darrell Lanigan dominated this year's Firecracker weekend at Lernerville. Photo by Rick Rarer.

The biggest weekend of the year at Lernerville Speedway is in the books and it was Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky who came out the big winner at the Firecracker 100.

Lanigan’s win, worth thirty thousand dollars, came over one of the all time greats, Scott Bloomquist, who many favored to win this show and most any he enters. However, it was a bridesmaid weekend for Bloomquist who finished second all three nights. Lanigan also scored the opening night win Thursday worth an additional six thousand dollars. Friday saw Jimmy Owens visit victory lane and take home six thousand dollars for his efforts.

This Friday will be another special attraction as the BOSS wingless sprints invade Lernerville Speedway for their only visit of the year. Joining the sprint cars will be a double dose of crates featuring crate late models and modifieds. The BOSS series will move to America’s Motorsports Park (formally Gamblers) in Clearfield on Saturday for the first time ever.

There was plenty of action at Mercer Raceway Park Saturday where familiar faces Rod George and Frank Guidace scored wins with the sprints and modifieds. There were some new faces in victory lane too though. Cody Bova, an up and coming rookie with the limited sprints, scored his first ever win in a full size sprint car.

Cody Bova scored his first career sprint car win Saturday at Mercer Raceway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

The vintage modifieds were also on the card Saturday and the “Reno Rocket” Les Myers scored the win in his modified coupe. This Saturday Mercer will feature fireworks and veterans with I.D. and scouts in uniform will be admitted free of charge.

Pittsburgh racer Danny Holtgraver struggled during Ohio Speedweek after winning the opener at Eldora Speedway last week but he finished strong by winning the sprint special at Pittsburgh Motor Speedway last night over Lernerville point leader Carl Bowser. The sprint cars will return to the monster half mile for another special on Saturday July 12th. This Saturday it will be autograph night for fans and also Twin State Club night.

Although Sharon Speedway lost their Ohio Speedweek show to rain this past Tuesday, they were back in action Saturday with a regular show. No surprises at the Hartford oval where it was Rex King Jr. in victory lane once again. The win was King’s fourth of the season at the track continuing his great season. This Saturday will be the Bill Emig Memorial at Sharon, highlighted by the crate late models.

Sportsman’s Speedway in Knox lost their show Sunday to rain and hopes to be back in action this coming Sunday with another five division show featuring the 305 sprints and 358 modifies.


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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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