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.

The 410 Sprint Cars also completed their preliminaries before the rains came. Winning drivers were Lee Jacobs and Carl Bowser. There were sixteen cars on hand. The class is presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. Defending track champion, Jack Sodeman, Jr., was watching the program from his passenger car parked along the back stretch. Sodeman was wearing a cast on his fractured right leg, but his spirits were high. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds were on the speedway for their first heat race when the rain started falling hard enough to call a halt to the action. There were eighteen machines in attendance.

Waiting to take to the track were the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.

Fans will be allowed to use their rain checks and competitors can use their pit passes on August 2 or August 16.

The Sunday portion of the doubleheader weekend was postponed due to the rains continuing into Sunday. That event was to feature the second round of Smackdown!, the confrontation between the track’s nimble 358 Modifieds and the powerful Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour. Lonny Riggs scored the upset victory for the home team when round one was contested on July 12. He will now have to wait until Sunday, August 10, to see if he can outrun the touring series again.

Racing will resume at the Park on August 2, with a Saturday Night Live! program. In addition, there will be bike racing for the children. The bike races are presented courtesy of Approved Toilet Rentals and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Remember, that all children must have helmets in order to participate.

Remember, too, that you can get alerts regarding any postponement of racing action at Mercer Raceway Park through Rainedout.com. You can sign up for this free service by clicking on the icon at the track’s website and following the simple steps.

About Mercer Raceway Park: Mercer Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile dirt track located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented weekly from late March through late September. For more information, check out www.mercerracewaypark.com, www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.

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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).

MRO has taught us to be available, visible, and approachable to everyone we meet, whether it is a big budget race team or a fan in the stands!

If you would like to financially support the MRP Kids Club here is how:
Make Checks Payable to Motor Racing Outreach (write Don Kennedy on the memo line, so that your donation will be credited to our Kids Club Account! )
And send to
Smith Tower, Suite 405
5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027

Visit www.go2mro.com to learn more about Motor Racing Outreach Association!!!

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Riggs’ 358 Mod Upsets the BRP Big Blocks at the Park

Mercer, PA (July 12, 2014): Lonny Riggs, affectionately called the “Tugboat,” docked his Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified in victory lane in round one of the Smackdown! at Mercer Raceway Park. It marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that a Mercer-legal 358 defeated the Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour! During the event, Riggs turned the fastest official lap for a Modified of any sort at the Park, 17.100. As Riggs circled the speedway, fireworks could be seen over the backstretch from a bicentennial display on the town square.

George Englert got his third victory of the season in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Jimmy

Morris inherited the lead when C.J. Jones pitted during a red flag stoppage in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Morris went on to gain his third triumph of the year. Rusty Moore did it again in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, coming from last on the grid. It was his fifth visit to victory lane at the Park.

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Williams Wins Week before Wedding

Fink, Feil, Moore, Longwell Jr., and Jones also Score

Mercer, PA (July 5, 2014): Eric “Turkey” Williams registered a dominant performance in the nonstop 410 Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden’s Heating & Supply. It was his first triumph of the season and it came just a week before he will tie the knot with Dayna Gainor.

In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Kyle Fink grabbed the lead on a lap six restart and he held command the rest of the way. The win moved him back to the top of the points standings by seven points over runnerup Jimmy Holden. Andy Feil took his third win of the season in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Trusty Rusty Moore captured his third straight victory, and fourth overall, in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Steve Longwell, Jr. returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. The nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites was worn by Rod Jones.

“You should win when you start up front like that,” Williams said with a sigh of relief. “I had to run hard the whole way because I had no idea who was behind me or where they were.” But, Williams did admit that be backed things down a bit with about five laps remaining when he saw the temperature gauge creeping up. “It got a little hotter than I’d like, and I was fortunate that I had such a big lead at the time,” he explained.

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