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Retired Late Model and Modified driver Blackie Watt will be "back in the saddle" this Friday night at Lernerville Speedway. Watt will be behind the wheel of the orange and black Pitkavish Late Model #1in the Friedmans Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model events. "I am honored that Jimmy Pitkavish asked me to drive his Late Model" said veteran Watt. "It will be a very special evening, since it is the night of the Joe Pitkavish Memorial Modified race." Last night, Co-Manager Gary Risch Jr and Sarver Landscaping upped the anti donating $100 to first place so that it now will pay $1,400 to win Friday night the competition will be intense as the Modified Class will be vying for a possible $2,650 to win. The race will pay $1,400; Todd Bachman Trucking has added $400 to the top positions. In addition to this $1,250 in lap money has been collected and the leader of each lap will receive $50 for the 25-lap 4th Annual Joe Pitkavish Memorial Race for the Ferrante Motor Cars Modifieds.
Jim Pitkavish / Blackie Watt
"There was nothing like the sound of a Hemi," said last year's winner, Brian Swartzlander. "When you were going down the straight-away, you didn't have to look back because when you heard the sound of that motor, you knew who was coming!" Pitkavish was a true believer in Chrysler engines, running and winning with this power plant under the hood for over 25 years with Watt as his driver. It is estimated that cars owned by Pitkavish won over 200 races in the western Pennsylvania area from the 1950's through 1986. Watt is still 3rd on the Lernerville Modified All-Time Win Chart with 61 victories. He is tied with Bob Wearing Jr in fourth place with 23 feature victories on the Late Model All Time Win List.
Helgart Racing engines will give a $100 Hard Luck Award. Nick Patrician of Nick Chevrolet/ Pontiac is not only donating the trophy for the top three finishers of this event but also for the Commercial Truck and Trailer Sprints, Friedman's Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Models, and Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks victor. Anyone that would like to donate monies or gift certificates to this event in memory of Pitkavish may call Jim Pitkavish at 724-226-2899 or talk to Jimmy Pitkavish in the evening at 724-224-4757.
Bolland has four wins at Lernerville this season but he has never won a Pitkavish Memorial Race. Tom Winkle, (2003 Pitkavish Memorial victor) and Dave Murdick (2002 Pitkavish Modified winner) each have two and Rex King checkered one.
"There is a possibility that "Blackie" could run this race car in the World of Outlaws Late Model "Summer Sizzler" Showdown next week, (August 4th), said Jimmy Pitkavish. The 50-lap race will pay $10,000 to the winner. After hot lapping the Late Model last week, Watt said, "I didn't want to get off the track after four laps!" This might test the endurance of a man that looks like he's found the "fountain of youth!" WoO "hot shoes" Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer, Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Dale McDowell, Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, Clint Smith, Shane Clanton, John Blankenship, and Eric Jacobsen will be dueling for the top prize. Add Lernerville's Budweiser point leader Lynn Geisler to the mix, along with Sam Stile, Gary Lyle, Matt Lux, Ken Schaltenbrand, Alex Ferree, Mike Blose, Bob Wearing Jr, John Flinner, Tony Burke, Chuck Kennedy, Chris Schneider, Jared Miley, John Mollick, Dutch Davies, and you know that the "Showdown in Sarver-town" will be another crowd pleaser.
Along with the WoO Late Models, the UMP Modified class will be racing a 20-lap event fort the top prize of 1,000 to win, the highest 1st place money ever awarded to this class. Time trials will begin at 7:15 and racing is at 8:00. For reserved seating tickets, call 724.353.1511.