Ed Lynch Sr., 83

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APOLLO, Pa. — Pennsylvania racer Ed Lynch Sr. died Tuesday. He was 83.

Lynch began his driving career in the late 1950s and quickly became a top contender on the Penn-Western racing circuit, winning races at tracks such as Jennerstown Speedway and Windber. He eventually graduated to the sprint car class.

He won 27 sprint car features during his career, while also earning 113 modified victories.

During his years in the modifieds, Lynch won at nine different race tracks, including Lernerville Speedway, Sharon Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park.

Racing was front and center in the Lynch family. Lynch’s wife, Jean, became a legend in motorsports as a scorer, promoter, righter, wife and mom. She was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

As well, Lynch’s son, Ed Jr., who is now retired from driving, is the winningest driver in the history of Lernerville Speedway. His two sons also race sprint cars.

Ed Lynch Sr. was inducted into the Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame in 2005.

Arrangements for Ed Lynch Sr. are pending.