Lernerville Speedway

Lernerville Speedway

3 Seasons

Sarver, PA) After more than 50 years of racing, Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway is still one of the top tracks in the country. Lernerville has the distinction of being the only track that offers three top paying divisions weekly including the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprints; Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models; Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds; plus the ever popular Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman/Stock.

Long before Don Martin was a track owner and promoter, he was a race fan. His interest dated back to the mid-1940's, after his discharge from the military. In the 1950's, he became involved as a car owner with driver Dick Swartzlander. Later Martin owned a number of cars, ranging from a coupe-bodied Modified to an ex-Indy roadster that ran against the Sprints on Western Pennsylvania tracks in the mid-60's. As a car owner Martin won his share of races, but still referred those days as a financial disaster.

In 1967, Earl Bauman, Dale Hafer, and Bucky Fleming started work on a quarter-mile dirt track at the location of Lernerville Park, which had been a popular amusement park dating back to the 1940's. Martin never planned on owning a track, but the trio needed some help getting things going. So trucking company owner Don Martin joined the group as a partner.

Original plans were to open in the spring of 1968, but an ordinance change set for the beginning of 1968would have kept them from operating. To beat the ordinance, Lernerville Speedway opened for two races in October 1967. Martin freely admitted that the race facility was sub-par for the first two races, and they had to skimp on a lot of things to get the track open early.

But Martin was one of the first promoters to guarantee the purse. The first race was a 100-lapper for Modifieds that brought together the cars of the old Penn-Western Racing Association and the Sportsman cars that raced at Butler, Mercer, Blanket Hill, and Tri-City. The Penn-Western cars were favored, but when the checkered flag waved, it was New Castle's Johnny Axe driving his immaculate number 34 Chevy coupe into victory lane. Ed Lynch Sr. took the only Penn-Western top-three finish over Butler veteran Harry Hein. Other winners that year were Jim Minton and Russ Woolsey.

The first two races were very unsuccessful at the gate forcing Martin to buy out two of the partners a year later. Martin bought out Bauman's interest in 1981 and became sole owner. Bauman continued to help at the track as assistant promoter until he passed away in 1985. Martin continued operating the track as a promoter until his death in 1993. For his contributions to Sprint Car Racing, Martin was posthumously inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The next year, Helen Martin and her daughter Patty Roenigk, designated Dave Bauman, Jim Roenigk, and Albert "Ouch" Roenigk, track co-promoters. Dave Bauman passed away in 1998 and Jim Roenigk left to pursue other opportunities the following year.

Garry "Arch" Hunter joined "Ouch" Roenigk to promote the 1999 and 2000 season. As of 2001 "Ouch" Roenigk was the sole promoter.

In 2004 Barb Bauman Bartley & Tom Roenigk (Lernerville Motorsports) took over as Co-Directors and leased the track from the Martin family; then Bartley & Roenigk leased the track from DIRT Motorsports in 2005.

In 2005 Lernerville Speedway was sold to DIRT Motorsports and they continue to run the weekly racing program under the "World Racing Group" Banner led by General Manager Gary Risch Jr. Joining the prestigious Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in 2007, the Firecracker 100 almost immediately become one of the Crown Jewels of Dirt Late Model Racing and has itself become a destination event. The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede has become the region's final racing weekend with 10 divisions of racing over three nights with car counts between 250 and over 300 cars!

In 2015, the World Racing Group agreed to sell Lernerville Speedway to Tomson Scrap Metal. The Tomson Family will take ownership and management of the speedway for the beginning of the 2016 season; returning the beloved speedway back to the ownership of a local family of entrepreneurs.

Lernerville Speedway may not have been much to see that first October night in 1967, but now it is one of the best-maintained and successful dirt tracks in the country. The track itself has been enlarged three times, from a small quarter to a large quarter, and then to a 3/8-mile, and finally to its current size as a small half mile. Seating has also been increased several times and now there are approximately 12,000 seats.

Lernerville Speedway is a 4/10 mile dirt oval automobile race track located in Sarver, Pennsylvania, USA.

Lernerville Speedway
  • 7.11.23 Lernerville Test and Tune

    Episode 1

    7.11.23 Lernerville Test and Tune

  • 7.7.23 Fab4 Racing

    Episode 2

    Fab4 Racing #RevvedUpwithMarburger returns for Diehl Automotive Night! We're looking forward to an action packed night of racing as the season points battles ramp back up with the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Cars, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds, and Mill...

  • 6.30.23 BOSS Sprints, Diehl Modifieds, RUSH Modifieds, RUSH Sprints

    Episode 3

    BOSS Sprint Series, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and RUSH Sprint and Sportsman Modifieds: The Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars of the Midwest-based BOSS Series will make the only tour stop of 2023 at Lernerville will co-headline this event with our weekly Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and...

  • 6.23.23 Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel, Night1 Part 2Twin Features

    Episode 4

    3 DAYS. 5 FEATURES. 3 TIMES THE PARTY! BE THERE WHEN THE LUCAS LATE MODELS TAKE ON LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE FIRECRACKER 100 WEEKEND! SEE THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY JUNE 22, 23 AND 24, 2023. WATCH THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE

  • 6.24.23 Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel, Night 3

    Episode 5

    3 DAYS. 5 FEATURES. 3 TIMES THE PARTY! BE THERE WHEN THE LUCAS LATE MODELS TAKE ON LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE FIRECRACKER 100 WEEKEND! SEE THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY JUNE 22, 23 AND 24, 2023. WATCH THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY

  • 6.22.23 Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel, Night 1

    Episode 6

    3 DAYS. 5 FEATURES. 3 TIMES THE PARTY! BE THERE WHEN THE LUCAS LATE MODELS TAKE ON LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE FIRECRACKER 100 WEEKEND! SEE THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY JUNE 22, 23 AND 24, 2023. WATCH THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE

  • 6.23.23 Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel, Night 2

    Episode 7

    3 DAYS. 5 FEATURES. 3 TIMES THE PARTY! BE THERE WHEN THE LUCAS LATE MODELS TAKE ON LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE FIRECRACKER 100 WEEKEND! SEE THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY JUNE 22, 23 AND 24, 2023. WATCH THE LUCAS LATE MODEL SERIES IN ACTION AT LERNERVILLE

  • 6.10.23 Summer Vacation Bus & Kids Bike Races and Enduro 100

    Episode 8

    A great night of family fun and entertainment featuring the popular school bus races, kids bike races, and an exciting 100-lap Enduro race, all presented by WL Roenigk Inc.

  • 6.9.23 Fab4 Racing Fireworks (#1 Cochran Night)

    Episode 9

    Fab4 Racing
    Fireworks (#1 Cochran Night)

  • Fab4 Racing plus Western PA Sprint Speedweek 6.2.23

    Episode 10

    6.2.23 Lernerville Speedway, Fab4 Racing - Western PA Sprint Speedweek

  • Test & Tune 5.23.23 - Part 1

    Episode 11

    Join us for a night for a special evening at The Action Track! We'll have the opening round of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau Mini Stock Series with a full racing program for them plus, it's our third Test and Tune of the season featuring rotating hot laps for all divisions!

  • Fab4 Racing Revved Up with Marburger 5.26.23

    Episode 12

    Fab4 Racing,Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy! 5.26.23 @6:30 PM

  • Test & Tune 5.23.23 - Part 2

    Episode 13

    Join us for a night for a special evening at The Action Track! We'll have the opening round of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau Mini Stock Series with a full racing program for them plus, it's our third Test and Tune of the season featuring rotating hot laps for all divisions!

  • Fab4 Racing Revved Up with Marburger w/ULMS Lates 5.12.23

    Episode 14

    ULMS Late Models including Fab4 Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy May 12th. Great looking lineup of cars headed our way tomorrow night for the first ULMS Late Models appearance of the year PLUS the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Cars, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and Millerstown Pic-a-Part ...

  • Fab4 Racing Revved Up with Marburger 5.5.23

    Episode 15

    Friday night, the Fab4 #RevvedUpwithMarburger make their second appearance of the season at The Action Track as they bring us their thrilling brand of racing action! Don't miss the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Cars, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and the ...

  • Fab4 Racing Revved up with Marburger 4.21.23

    Episode 16

    The green flag waves on a new season of racing at The Action Track this Friday night! The Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Cars, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks are ready to start their season long battles on Fab4 night...

  • Lernerville Fab4 Test and Tune 4.14.23

    Episode 17

    Looking forward to some warm temperatures and thunder on the track as we bring our our second Test & Tune night of the 2023 season! enjoy the night with us watching your favorite drivers prepare for the season ahead!
    Drivers from all divisions are welcome.

  • Lernerville Fab4 Test and Tune 4.7.23

    Episode 18

    This Friday night, we kick off the 2023 season of racing with our first Test & Tune session of the year! Plus, we'll be having a swap meet for all those interested! Feel free to set up in the area behind the turn 4 concourse, completely free (you'll need to bring your own tables).
    Drivers from a...