The smell of oil, sweat, and gasoline fill the air on a cool Friday night. The ground begins to rumble as the racers rev their engines. The vehicles crawl from the pit area to their respective starting positions. Soon the freshly watered, grated and manicured dirt track will become slick as ice as the crowds hold their breath in anticipation of the Fab 4 races. The drivers of the 410 Sprint Cars, Late Models, Big Block Modifieds and Stock Cars pick their lines and begin to slide around the corners jockeying for position.
Where is all this fun taking place? None other than Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway!
In October 1967, Lernerville officially opened by running two sub-par races. Today, fans are thankful for Don Martin who helped turn an old amusement park into one of the top tracks in the country. Lernerville has the distinction of being the only track that offers three top paying divisions weekly. This includes the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprints; Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models; Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds; plus, the ever-popular Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman/Stock.
Tomson Scrap Metal has been busy making changes to assist in enhancing the fan experience. Since 2016, renovations have been made to the bleacher boards, grandstands, concession stands and efficiency of the track. A live podcast was also added two years ago. Thanks to closed circuit television feeds, fans can grab a drink at either the Front Stretch or Finish Line Bars without missing a moment of the racing action. Closed circuit feeds are also available at the pit concession stand, two main concession stands and by the pizza stand.
If you are looking for something to pique your children’s interest in racing, Lernerville offers a free Kids Club from 6:30pm to 7:20pm before every Fab4 racing event. The children participate in an arts/crafts, games, and have an opportunity to hang out with the drivers. The Kids Club is open to children ages 0 to 12 years old. Every year at the annual Kids Club Bike Raffle the drivers, owners and sponsors donate bikes that are given to club members. When a child attends a Fab4 event, they are given a raffle ticket and an entry into the bike drawing. Children who do not receive a bike are given a t-shirt, so every child receives something.
The 2019 racing season will wrap up at Lernerville with the 11th Annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede which occurs on October 17-19. On Thursday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm fans will enjoy a free night of hot laps for all divisions. Friday night heats up with intense heat races and LM qualifying laps at 7:00pm. Saturday night promises to get your adrenaline pumping with B-Mains, A-Mains and Enduro 100s. The festivities will conclude with a huge bonfire including the burning of a boat. You don’t want to miss it!
Plan Your Trip
Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway is located at 313 North Pike Road in Sarver, PA, and the season runs from April through October. To learn more and stay connected to the events and action at Lernerville, visit lernerville.com and follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/Lernerville.