Danny Holtgraver in action at Lernerville Speedway – Rick Rarer Photo
Danny Holtgraver On A Roll – Ready For ‘Ohio Sprint Speedweek’
By Tracy Fry
Pittsburgh, PA – 6/18/12 ] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and current All-Star Circuit of Champions ‘Ohio Region’ title contender, Danny Holtgraver, has been on a roll in ‘410’ sprint car competition in the recent weeks. The former Lernerville Speedway sprint car track champion now has three wins in his last four starts in Western Pennsylvania; including a win Saturday night, June 16th, at Mercer Raceway Park during the annual ‘Auto Racers For Kids’ charity event worth $3,000. Holtgraver swept action in Western Pennsylvania last Friday and Saturday; winning at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, and Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The Kargo Quality Cars and Trucks ‘D4’ nearly swept action at the two tracks again this weekend; finishing third at Lernerville Speedway on Friday, June 15th, and earning the $3,000 charity win on Saturday, June 16th. Holtgraver and the entire team then decided to donate $500 of the $3,000 pay day back to the ‘Auto Racers For Kids’ charity so that it may benefit the organization.
“Feels awesome!” explained Danny Holtgraver about his recent weekend in Western Pennsylvania, “We had a pretty good run at Lernerville on Friday to finish third…then to turn around and win the charity deal is a great feeling…we wanted to give something back so we decided to donate $500 to the ‘Auto Racers For Kids’ charity…just a really great weekend!”
As far as Holtgraver’s upcoming schedule is concerned, it is about to get busy. Holtgraver and the entire Kargo Quality Cars/Alternative Power Sources ‘D4’ operation will hit the road for 10 straight days of ‘410’ sprint car action across Ohio and Pennsylvania, with all but one taking place in the ‘Buckeye State.’ The 30th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek is about to take off on Friday, June 22nd, and will not come to a rest until the following Saturday, June 30th! Nine straight days of All-Star Circuit of Champions ‘Ohio Sprint Speedweek’ action will engulf Holtgraver’s upcoming schedule; with the 10th day of action coming at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 1st! Some of the best sprint car teams in the country will travel the entire speedweek circuit; including all of the All-Star regulars and Ohio based teams.
“We are really excited to get this Ohio Sprint Speedweek started!” said Holtgraver, “We are looking to go out there and put up some good runs and hopefully snag a few wins…the next few days are going to be extremely busy getting things ready for next week…we are excited about it and hopefully we can represent all of our sponsors and supporters well and earn some good finishes!”
With ‘Ohio Sprint Speedweek’ being sanctioned as All-Star Circuit of Champions ‘Ohio Region’ events, the nine straight days of competition will hopefully allow Holtgraver to gain some ground in the current championship standings. Dale Blaney leads the current All-Star ‘Ohio Region’ point standings over defending All-Star Circuit of Champions’ champion, Tim Shaffer; and second year ‘Ohio Region’ traveler, Danny Holtgraver. The ‘D4’ finds itself just 121 markers out of the top spot in the current ‘Ohio Region’ standings, as well as sitting comfortably inside the top 12 in the All-Star ‘National’ standings.
When speedweek comes to a close on Saturday, June 30th, Holtgraver and the rest of the team will venture back to familiar territory for an event at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near Imperial, Pennsylvania. ‘Dirt’s Monster Half Mile’ will host Midwest All-Star sprint car action on Sunday, July 1st, with a full program of weekly divisions also scheduled on the evening card. Holtgraver has a number of wins at the big half mile, and looks to add another to his resume and keep his Western Pennsylvania dominance alive.
Holtgraver Motorsports Upcoming Schedule
22-Jun Friday Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH Ohio $5,000
23-Jun Saturday Waynesfield Raceway Park Waynesfield, OH Ohio $5,000
24-Jun Sunday Cannonball Motor Speedway St. Clairsville, OH Ohio $5,000
25-Jun Monday Wayne County Speedway Orrville, OH Ohio $5,000
26-Jun Tuesday Sharon Speedway Hartford, OH Ohio $5,000
27-Jun Wednesday Fremont Speedway Fremont, OH Ohio $5,000
28-Jun Thursday Hilltop Speedway Millersburg, OH Ohio $5,000
29-Jun Friday Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, OH Ohio $5,000
30-Jun Saturday Fremont Speedway Fremont, OH Ohio $10,000
1-July Sunday Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Pittsburgh, PA $3,000
“We are going to head out on the road with a positive attitude…we want to win some races and have some fun!”
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.