2bbl Econo Mods Note for Little Guys Nationals

We will accept Sharon or Raceway 7 rules, so your car MUST be legal under one of those track rules.

Transponders WILL BE Required. If you don’t have a transponder, they will be available to rent from Precise.

It will be two complete shows for the Econo Mods – $275 to win on Friday, and $500 to win on Saturday.

If you have any further questions, please call the track office at 724-662-1310.

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Fall Fun Coming at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (August 27, 2014): After crowning Tim Shaffer as the 25th Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Champion, the management and staff of Mercer Raceway Park are taking a short break to catch their breaths and to prepare themselves for the final stretch run in the 2014 racing season.

Last weekend, the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series was in town for a pair of thrilling events.

In Saturday’s preliminary feature, Dale Blaney, of nearby Fowler, OH, scored his first career win at the speedway that has created many fond memories for his celebrated racing family. Brother Dave scored his very first Sprint Car victory there on his way to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the ranks of NASCAR. Father Lou was one of the most successful and beloved racers in the history of the track. He earned over 85 wins in the Sprint Car and Modified divisions as he built a resume that put him into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame. Dale, a four-time All Stars Champion and the current points leader is making his case for induction, and it seems only fitting that he would grace victory lane at the Park in one of his most successful seasons behind the wheel of a winged Sprinter. Blaney battled another Hall of Famer, Jac Haudenschild, to the finish.
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Shaffer Snares Western PA Sprint Championship at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (August 24, 2014): The Steel City Outlaw, Tim Shaffer, is the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Champion. He earned the honor in the 25th running of the event at Mercer Raceway Park, which is minutes from his home in Aliquippa, PA. The four-time champ of the All Stars Circuit of Champions held off his protege, Danny Holtgraver, and The Wild Child, Jac Haudenschild. It was the second straight night that a local All Star made it to victory lane. The two-day event was presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop, and it included a party with live music, a hog roast, and other activities to entertain the fans and to raise money for the injured driver relief fund.

Tyler Denochick, of Morrisdale, PA, quickly figured out the fast way around Mercer Raceway Park. He held off Michael Bauer to claim the win in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors in just his second appearance at the track. Frankie Guidace made a three-wide pass of leader Shawn Fleeger and a lapped car to take the top spot in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The nightcap for the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series belonged to Shaun Fawcett, who inherited the lead after a spectacular tangle between the leaders, Curtis J. Bish and Randy Wyant on what would have been the final lap of the contest.
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Blaney Tops All Stars for First Mercer Win

Jones, McGinley, and Wyant also Win

Mercer, PA (August 23, 2014): Dale Blaney threw the monkey off his back. He won his first career Sprint Car race at Mercer Raceway Park, and it came against the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series. The win came on the first night of the 25th Annual Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championship presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. To get it, the nation’s winningest Sprint Car driver had to fight off the challenges of Jac Haudenschild.

C.J. Jones won his second straight race, and fourth of the season, in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. After missing several events, J.R. McGinley returned to the Park and earned his second feature win of the season in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The silver bullet, Randy Wyant, prevailed in the finale for the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, operating under the Open Stock rules.

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McKisson Scores at Mercer Raceway Park

Holden, Moore, Jones, Englert, and Longwell, Jr. also Prevail

Mercer, PA (August 16, 2014): Andy McKisson took advantage of a miscue by divisional rookie A.J. Flick to take the lead on lap 12, and then held off the youngster in the final laps to claim victory at Mercer Raceway Park in the 410 Sprints presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. It was the veteran’s first win of the season after getting a late start on the action. The evening’s events, including bicycle races for the children, was made possible by Approved Toilet Rentals and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.

Jimmy Holden overtook the point leader, Kyle Fink, with three laps in the books, and went on to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature. The win propelled Holden into the points lead by just four counters, with the double-point finale on September 6 looming on the horizon. In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Rusty Moore cruised to his sixth win of the season in his quest for a fourth straight point championship. C.J. Jones ran out front through the entire contest for the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. George Englert captured his fifth feature win in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Steve Longwell, Jr. wore the nightcap for the Mini Stocks running under the twin banners of Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
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King and Schneider Nab Touring Series Wins at Mercer

Feil and Englert also Prevail

Mercer, PA (August 10, 2014): When Rex King, Sr. took part in round one of the Smackdown! at Mercer Raceway Park back on July 12, his night did not go as he had hoped, as his was the first car to exit the race due to a lap one, turn one incident. Sunday night, he gained redemption for that, winning the twice-delayed Smackdown! night 2 event in the BRP Modified Tour feature.

Chris Schneider continued to enjoy his visits to Mercer Raceway Park, scoring the win in the inaugural visit of the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series. Andy Feil took the checkers in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, while George Englert closed out the night with yet another roof-flapping win in the Rock Concrete Mod Lites.

Rex King, Sr. was grateful for the win, and acknowledged that the car was “just hooked up tonight. I could go high or low, it didn’t matter.” And King did use every line on the track to out-duel Dave Murdick for the win, as the two cagey veterans waged battle for the entire race, first for positions as they moved towards the front, and then for the lead over the closing laps of the race.
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“Wheelman” Matus Rolls to Kekich Memorial Victory

Gabany, Bova, Miller and Darocha also Score

Mercer, PA (August 9, 2014): “Wheelman” is one of several nicknames belonging to third generation driver Brandon Matus, and he showed everybody why he claims that moniker. He held off a couple of furious challenges from Adam Kekich and scored his first 410 Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park in the Putsy Kekich Memorial sponsored by Sunburst Environmental & Bonnell’s Rod Shop. It was his second triumph of the weekend and it came just one day after he celebrated his 20th birthday with a win at another local track.

In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Eric Gabany ran a strong race, and benefited from two different leaders breaking while out front, to score his third win of the season. Cody Bova took his second win of the season in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Gary Miller scored an inspirational win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. The nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites was won by Jason Dracocha for his first Mercer Raceway Park victory. Because of the special event status of the program, no points were awarded in any of the divisions.

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Approaching Storms Force Postponement of Action at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (August 2, 2014): Once again, an approaching storm front led to a postponement of the racing at Mercer Raceway Park. The show was to be a Saturday Night Live! program with bicycle races for the children. The younger set will get to compete on August 16, when the rainchecks and wristbands from last week’s cancellation can be used. Coming up next weekend, the speedway will host a doubleheader, weather permitting, of course.
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Rain Halts Mercer Races, Smackdown! Postponed Two Weeks

Mercer, PA (July 26, 2014): Rains cut the Saturday Night Live! racing program short at Mercer Raceway Park and the extended forecast promised more moisture, causing management to postpone the Sunday racing card. Before the storm front moved into the area, the heat races were completed for the two winged Sprint Car divisions.

The Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors were the first class onto the speedway Saturday evening. Twenty-one cars signed in to compete. The victories went to C.J. Jones and Ken Rossey. Making his first start in several weeks was Michael Bauer. Bauer was the division’s point leader before he crashed his potent machine. After it was repaired, Bauer moved up to the 410 Sprint Cars. His new ride is the Lockhart number 58 formerly driven by third-generation driver Sye Lynch.

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MRP Kids Club Now Officially Part of MROA Ministries

MRP Kids Club not part of MROAOver the last few seasons the Kids Club has grown! As the Kids Club Directors (Don & Jess Kennedy) we felt the need to attend Motor Racing Outreach’s Ministry in Motor Sports training seminar in January 2014. By attending the seminar we gained valuable skills and knowledge that allows us to better assist our racing family in a much wider aspect.

After attending the seminar we felt the desire to join MROA (Motor Racing Outreach Association). As much as we don’t want to see it, Tragedy/Crisis situations do arise in motorsports, but we are now ready to assist our local racing community alongside our fellow MROA chaplains: Bill Beck, Tim Thoma ( Lernerville Speedway), Kevin Green and Scott & Judy Huey ( Hummingbird Speedway).
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