Jones, Guidace, Blazak, Moore and Bova also Score
Mercer, PA (May 18, 2013): Cowboy Brian Steinman stole the show at Mercer Raceway Park when he received his motorized all-terrain wheelchair, which was built especially for him by Trac Fabrication of nearby Volant, PA. Steinman’s chair was made possible by a grant from the Steven King Foundation and the generosity of the racing community. In a show of love and support, the racers and their crews joined him on the frontstretch for the presentation during the intermission.
Scott Priester scored the victory for Martha Dionise in the 410 Sprints, sponsored by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors. Earlier in the evening, when Priester pulled his pill for heat races, it was number 24. “I just had that feeling that we would win that one for Cowboy,” said the veteran car owner. It was her first win since 2009, when Mike Lutz took the purple and white colors to victory lane. Priester was greeted by Steinman when he came across the track to do his post-race interview. He dedicated the win to his friend.
C.J. Jones conquered the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Frankie Guidace topped his arch rival, Jimmy Holden, in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Pete Blazak returned to victory lane in the Mini Stocks, which are now racing for Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Rusty Moore benefitted from a late-race restart to pass Curtis Bish for the lead and the win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. The final go went to Cody Bova, who was substituting for his brother Jacob in the Modified Lites racing for Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete.
Riggs, Batcher, Schwartzmiller, Frankenberry and Scoville also Victorious
Mercer, PA (May 4, 2013): Pittsburgh’s Danny Holtgraver won the tune-up for next week’s UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car event at Mercer Raceway Park.
The Tugboat, Lonny Riggs, docked in victory lane for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Jerry Batcher made his first appearance of the season a memorable one, capturing his heat and the feature in the Mini Stocks, now sponsored by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Bob Schwartzmiller also doubled up in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Fourteen-year-old Tyler Frankenberry blew past STARS Modified Lite National Champion Josh May on his way to the win in the Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete promoted class. Taking the final checkers of the night, in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, was Jason Scoville.
“We needed that one big time,” Holtgraver gushed after his victory. He was shut out after taking the checkers in the Ronald Laney Memorial at East Bay Raceway Park, back in February. Holtgraver, who was exceptionally good in traffic, noted “when Eric (Williams) was leading, I could get to him and stay right with him, but it could have gone either way.” After Holtgraver took the lead with just a few laps remaining, he was glad that he did not encounter too much traffic, as fellow All Star Cap Henry was on the march.
Smoker, Moore, Bova, Bauer and Lee also Win
Mercer, PA (April 27, 2013): Under warm and sunny skies, Mercer Raceway Park opened the gates for the first Saturday Night Live! program of the 2013 racing season. Brandon Spithaler made a daring move entering turn one on the last lap to garner his third straight opening event for the 410 Sprint Cars presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors.
Gary Smoker returned to victory lane after a long hiatus in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Rusty Moore began his march to a third straight track championship in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Cody Bova held off a last lap challenge from Shane Pfeuffer to claim his first win in the Modified Lites sponsored by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Michael Bauer took his new colors into victory lane in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Jamy Lee scored the win in the finale for the Mini Stocks, now racing for Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
“We’re three for three, I love opening night,” exclaimed Spithaler after exiting the car. He had to work hard, especially on the last lap, to gain the victory. “I thought that I was faster, but I didn’t know if I would be able to get by without a little help from the lapped traffic.” He got the break that he needed on the last lap, as he managed to scoot between a lapped car and leader Scott Priester. Spithaler then got a scare on the final circuit when his wing came apart entering turn three. The sound of the air coming off the damaged wing caused him to think that he was blowing some fluid from the engine, but he was relieved to see that the side of the car was clean.
Brian ‘Cowboy’ Steinman needs a new wheelchair, and we are going to be raising money to help him get it.
For the next few weeks, for a donation, you can sign a Sprint Car front wing. On May 11 we will have a soon-to-be-announced Sprint Car driver mount this wing on the front of his car for that night, racing in honor of Cowboy.
Thank you in advance for your support! It is always a blessing to see the racing family come together to take care of it’s own!
If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, feel free to contact Mercer Raceway Park Kids Club via our Facebook page. Any other questions regarding other donations, please contact Bill Beck.
Check out Steve King Foundation (www.stevekingfoundation.org) for more info regarding Brian’s new chair!
Mercer, PA (April 10, 2013): Mercer Raceway Park will allow a three-race burn off period for 410 Sprint Car racers to use up their old Goodyear tires. To be legal, all 410 Sprints must be on EITHER the 2012 Goodyear OR the 2013 Hoosier APPROVED tires. This is NOT an open tire rule.