Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Local Driver, Woo a Night to Remember

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Local Driver, Woo a Night to Remember

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When the dust settled Tuesday night after the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30s -- two 30-lap features -- for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minn., was declared the overall champion, finishing with a higher average than NASCAR's Tony Stewart, the winner of the second feature.

Both Dollansky and Stewart collected their first career wins at Lernerville on a night Danny Holtgraver will never forget.

Holtgraver, from Pittsburgh, started 19th in the first feature and finished second to Dollansky after passing friend and mentor, Tim Shaffer, a former Lernerville and two-time defending All Star Sprint Circuit champion, on the last lap.

"Tim [Shaffer] tried to get under Dollansky and didn't hit it the way he wanted to and slid across the track. I saw an opportunity and took it," Holtgraver said.

Shaffer took the chance to commend the other driver.

"The kid's done a great job," he said. "Danny [Holtgraver] has a lot of potential, he pays attention, he's amazing, and he's going to be something down the road."

PVGP at Schenley Park

The 30th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix moves to Schenley Park this weekend after successfully running the historic races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum.

Having occurred for 30 consecutive years -- unmatched in vintage auto racing -- the PVGP would not be as successful if not for the dedication of nearly 1,000 volunteers involved in the two-week event.

The 2.33 mile course has 22 turns and 17 elevation changes lined by stone walls that will make for interesting viewing by the spectators at Schenley Park.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a practice session followed by spectator rides and qualifying races in the afternoon. Spectators are admitted free for the two days of racing.

Since 1983, the Grand Prix has donated $2.95 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. …

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