Danny Holtgraver ready for a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina
By Tracy Fry
Pittsburgh, PA) Danny Holtgraver picked up a ‘410’ sprint car victory this past weekend at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and former Lernerville Speedway Track Champion earned the win from the outside front-row starting position, and would pace the field during the entire 25 lap main event to grab his first win of the 2012 season!
“It feels awesome to finally get one!” said Danny Holtgraver about his win Friday night at Lernerville Speedway, “We have been close so many times this year at Lernerville and everywhere else we have been…it just feels good to get to victory lane; especially in front of our home track fans and friends!”
Holtgraver, who drove the Kargo Quality Cars and Trucks ‘CIII’ on Friday night to help keep fellow Fully Injected teammate, Rod George, in the Lernerville Speedway points chase while he recovers from a recent injury, has been near victory all season long; earning multiple runner-up finishes among some tough company. The Pittsburgh based race team has been second with the All-Star Circuit of Champions twice on recent occasions; including at the Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway a few weeks back. But Friday night, Holtgraver returned back to his winning ways, and built some much needed momentum along the way for the busy Memorial Day weekend that sits ahead. The Alternative Power Sources ‘D4’ will kick things off in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday, May 25th, and end their upcoming holiday weekend in Fremont, Ohio on Sunday, May 27th!
“The win helps us a lot heading into next weekend” explained Holtgraver, “We are going to kick things off in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday and finish up at Fremont Speedway…We want to put up some impressive finishes all weekend long especially during theses big money races…hopefully we can use this momentum and get back in victory lane soon!”
The ‘D4’ operation will race with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Friday, May 25th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. After a night with ‘The Greatest Show On Dirt’ in North Carolina, Holtgraver will pack up and head north to Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio for two nights of All-Star Circuit of Champions ‘Ohio Region’ action on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th! Saturday night’s event at Fremont Speedway will pay $3,000-to-win; leaving the Sunday night finale with a $10,000-to-win share! Holtgraver currently sits third in the All-Star Circuit of Champions ‘Ohio Region’ standings, roughly 60 points out of the top spot, as he continues to chase the 2012 ‘Ohio Region’ championship!
For more information on this weekend’s events, check out www.worldofoutlaws.com / or www.allstarsprint.com!
Lernerville Speedway Finish 5/18/12
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
1. (CIII) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
2. (23Jr) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
3. (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
4. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
5. (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
6. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
7. (O) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
8. (7) Eric Williams, Greenville
9. (20E) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
10. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
11. (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
12. (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
13. (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
14. (66) Chris Best, Mercer
15. (76) Davey Jones, Baden
16. (5) Bob McMillin, Wampum
17. (1R) Gale Ruth Sr., Pleasantville
18. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
19. (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew
20. (49) Bobby Howard, State College
Danny Holtgraver would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Kargo Sales and Storage, Alternative Power Source, DKW Transport, PPI, Spinneweber Auto Sales, Bastin Truck Parts, West View Motors, Bagleys Auto Service, Frankland Rearends, Dan Taylor Racing, VRP Shocks, Kistler Engines, J&J Chassis, Butlerbuilt Seats, Zerowraps, www.fullyinjected.com.