PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Outlaws to take on “The Pittsburgher”
“The race is utilizing a new two-day two-race format as opposed to the old Sunday afternoon race format which is exciting for the fans,” remarked
The event is being sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time ever, but the track is no stranger to several members of the Dirty Dozen. Chub Frank and Mike Balzano have both run every Pittsburgher since its inaugural event in 1989. Chub in the #1* Lester Buildings / Corry Rubber/Allstar Performance / Nystrom's Auto Sales / Draime Racing Engines / Rocket Chassis / Pierotti Motorsports / Slavic Custom T-Shirts / Farr MotorSports / Corry Laser Chevrolet Monte Carlo came away from the event with a win in 2001 while Balzano and his #E1 Smoker Friendly / Biscotti’s Restaurant / Eddie’s Auto Parts / Hoosier Tire / West Virginia Motor Speedway / Rocket Chassis Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished second in 1998 and finished in fourth place in last year’s event.
The event is no stranger to Dirty Dozen drivers Scott Bloomquist and Rick Aukland either. Both drivers have won multiple Pittsburghers over the years. Scott Bloomquist drove his #0 Miller Brothers Coal / Hawkeye Trucking / Custom Race Engines / Allstar Performance / Hoosier Tire / Sweet Manufacturing Ford Taurus to victory lane in 1989, 1993, and 1995. Of all of the Dirty Dozen members, Rick Aukland is the most recent Pittsburgher winner having won the feature in 1997 and 2002. Aukland will try to use his track success to drive the #12 Ostrom Painting & Sandblasting / Malcuit Engines Dodge Intrepid to his first win of the season with the World of Outlaws.
In addition to battling local competition, the fight to gain championship points will be foremost on the minds of the Dirty Dozen and Rookie of the Year candidates. With only seven races remaining in the series season and only 176 points separating the top five, every point counts.
Along with Frank, Balzano, Bloomquist and Aukland the Dirty Dozen includes:
Rick Eckert #24 Raye Vest Excavating / J&J Steel / Hoosier Tire / Afco Race Products / Cornett Race Engines / Rocket Chassis Ford Taurus
Steve Francis #15 Valvoline / Mopar /
Bart Hartman #75 Seubert Calf Ranches / Imler's Poultry/ MCB Motorsports / Cornett Engine / Hoosier Tire / Rocket Chassis Gran Prix
Darrell Lanigan #29 Lanigan Autosports / Accutex Signs / Cornett / AFCO / GottaRace / Hoosier Tire / Rocket Chassis Ford Taurus
Dale McDowell #17M Larry Shaw Race Cars / S&H Motorsports /
Billy Moyer #21 J&J Steel / Hawkeye Trucksales.com / Mcarthy One Hour Heating and Air / Banner Valley Hauling Chevrolet
Dan Schlieper #9 Miller Brothers Coal / Hawkeye Trucking / Pro Power / Rayburn Chevrolet
Clint Smith #44 JP Drilling / CSR Aluminum Fabrication / Rocket Chassis Chevrolet
General admission gates for the Pittsburgher will open at on Friday with time trials scheduled to begin at p.m. Gates will open Saturday at . and time trials begin at Ticket information can be found on