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All-Stars in the area this weekend

Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions will make a three-day swing through our region this weekend beginning Friday with a stop at Lernerville Speedway just south of Butler, Pa., on Route 356.

The show also will include Lernerville celebrating its 1,000th sprint-car race. Joining the All-Stars will be the RUSH sprints and the Allegheny 305 sprint tour for an all sprint-car show. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45.

The next stop is Saturday at Sharon Speedway for the Buckeye Cup. The Hartford oval will be celebrating its 92nd season of auto racing since 1929. The RUSH Sportsman modifieds will complete the program. The red clay surface has been praised by racers and fans as multi-grooved and smooth. Gates open at 5 with racing at 7.

On Sunday the series goes to Franklin, Pa., and Tri-City Raceway Park, the largest track of the three-day tour. The half-mile oval located in the hills of Venango County has been around since 1954. In the fall of 2019 it was purchased by Merle Black of Mercer, Pa. Many track and facility improvments were made. RUSH sprints will be the support division. Grandstands open at 4 with racing at 6.

The current points leader on the All-Star circuit is Indiana speedster Justin Peck. Australian Ian Madison is second and California driver Cory Eliason, last year’s points runner-up, holds down third. Regional and local drivers will complete with the expected large field of cars with little travel needed in a three-day stop.

In January 2015 Tony Stewart became sole owner of the All-Stars building it to an impressive legacy and a new level of success. As of this writing the All-Stars have 62 events scheduled for the 2021 season.

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