Mercer, PA (May 29, 2011) – Fans came out in droves last night to witness Mercer Raceway Park’s second annual Sprint Car Shootout benefiting Auto Racers for Kids Charities, and they weren’t disappointed by the show!
Thirty sprint cars were on hand to compete for the $5,000 top prize, but at the end of the night it was Brian Ellenberger who stood in victory lane. Frank Guidace also picked up a $1,000 win in the 358 Modifieds with Mike Lutz winning the Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature and Dan Bish the victor in the Mini Stock division.
The night started off well for Ellenberger, who picked up a heat race win, but he earned a seventh place starting position in the front stretch pill draw. Mike Lutz drew the pole position for the second week in a row, and looked to be the car to beat.
Mercer, PA (May 22, 2011) – Mercer Raceway Park locals gave the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions teams a run for their money last night but it was current hot shoe Daryn Pittman that came out the victor, picking up the $5,000 feature win over a strong 46-car field. Pittman is on a streak, having swept the weekend with a victory at Lernerville Speedway on Friday following a World of Outlaws win at Williams Grove last weekend.
Pittman is the second of two drivers to pick up back-to-back victories at Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park, following in the footsteps of Danny Smith who was the winner at Mercer on May 7.
“Right now we’re riding a pretty good high,” Pittman said. “This is three wins in a row so we’ll just try to keep it going while we can. After the [World of Outlaw] win last weekend at Williams Grove, you just have to pinch yourself. Winning three sprint car races in a year is something and winning three in a row in Pennsylvania against this competition is really difficult.”
Mercer, PA (May 13, 2011) – After a beautiful week of sunshine and high temperatures, Mother Nature has taken away another weekend of racing at Mercer Raceway Park as the track has decided to cancel all racing activities for May 14-15 due to the anticipated heavy rains. The All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions program, presented by Bill McCandless Ford and Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, will be rescheduled for next Saturday, May 21.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Sprints will be joined on the racing card by the Stars Mod Lite Touring Series, the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors, and the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Each of these divisions will compete for $500-to-win. The night will not count towards the Mercer Raceway Park point standings.
To reduce the risk that race fans and teams would bear the travel expense to the show only to be rained out, the Mercer Raceway Park management team made an early decision on the program and worked with the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions to choose an alternate date. The May 21st event was chosen from available dates to quickly provide fans and teams the opportunity to attend this exciting show leading into a weekend of special events on Memorial Day weekend!
Blazczak and Griffin Pull Hat-Tricks in the Mini Stocks and Outlaw Sprint Warriors; Holden, Moore and Gallagher Also Victorious
Mercer, PA (May 8, 2011) – Despite a rain-filled afternoon, Mercer Raceway Park was able to pull the track together and put on a great show for the fans with Pete Blazczak, Danny Smith, Jimmy Holden, Guy Griffin, Rusty Moore, and Darin Gallagher posting victories in the 122-car field.
The pits were packed to the gills with 34 sprint cars, and Chillicothe, OH native Danny Smith was the top ride when the checkered flag waved on the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature.
Second-place starter Rod George jumped into the lead, but Eric Williams quickly went to work on the veteran and gained the top position on lap 5. Williams and George battled for the lead while Smith worked his way to the front from his fifth place starting spot. Lapped traffic gave Smith the opportunity to take the lead away from Williams on lap 12 but the red flag waved on lap 16 for last week’s winner Jason Dolick as he took a nasty tumble. It was the last chance for George, who sat in second, to make a run at the former Outlaw, but the Kittanning, PA native faded quickly and Smith walked away the victor.
For All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions Event on May 14
Mercer, PA (May 6, 2011) – Mercer Raceway Park and Bill McCandless Ford are teaming up to offer Mercer Raceway Park regulars the chance to snag some extra prize money at the May 14 All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions event.
Bill McCandless Ford will offer the highest finishing Mercer Raceway Park regular a $500 bonus on top of the already hefty ASCOC purse. To qualify, tams must have run at least one show at Mercer Raceway Park in 2011 and at least two shows at the track in 2010 to be eligible for the prize. Tomorrow’s Saturday Night Live program on May 7 will count as a 2011 appearance.