Shaffer Tops All Stars; Knepper and Wagner Surpise Winners; Moore Ties Record

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Mercer, PA (August 27, 2011): It was a splendid homecoming for the two-time and defending champion of the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Tim Shaffer. The native of Aliquippa, PA, was just fifty minutes from his home when he was standing in victory lane. Surprise wins went to Alan Knepper in the Big Daddy’s Speed Center Modified Lites and to Dennis Wagner in the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Meanwhile, Rusty Moore tied a track record by capturing his thirteenth win of the season in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars.

“Boy, they sure made me work for that one, huh,” said Shaffer after scoring the popular win. He had to search out a different line while hew was giving chase to early leader Daryn Pittman. We were pretty good there early, and I kept telling myself that we needed to find something different.” Shaffer explained, “if you follow the guy and run the same line he is, it makes it hard to get past.”

For his part, Pittman was disappointed. “We just got beat,” he said. “The car was probably good enough, but I started making mistakes.” He made no excuses, though. “You just don’t lead that many laps and fall back to third and blame anybody but yourself,” he said.
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Felmlee Scores on Sprint Car Appreciation Night

Guidace, Moore, Marcucci, Haylett and Shannon Win; Wagner Doubles

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Mercer, PA (August 23, 2011): On Sprint Car Appreciation Night, Bob Felmlee took the win in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, while Frank Guidace held the checkers in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Meanwhile, Trusty Rusty Moore notched his twelfth win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Dennis Wagner scooped up a pair of wins in the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Marc Marcucci defeated the Big Daddy Speed Center Modified Lites and Ed Haylett and John Shannon split the features for the Big Dog R/C Center Mini Stocks.

A full field of Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars were on hand to claim Goodyear Tire certificates, as the track tire supplier stepped up to show its appreciation to the racers who have so strongly supported Mercer Raceway Park thus far in the 2011 season. Each and every car that started the A Main got some free rubber, a value in excess of $200. Plus, the track still provided its five tire certificates, so several drivers got a pair of free tires.
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King Jr. Tops Dad for First Modified Tour Victory; Spithaler, Bauer, Moore and Kineston Also Win

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Mercer, Pa (August 13, 2011):  Mercer Raceway Park celebrated its 60th Anniversary Saturday night, and the track paid respects to the late Debbie Oyler, but the date will long be remembered for a first, Rex King, Jr.’s first BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour victory.  Joining him in victory lane were Brandon Spithaler in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature.  Dillon Kineston in the Big Dog R/C Center Mini Stocks feature, and Michael Bauer picked in the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors.  Meanwhile, Trusty Rusty Moore continued his dominance in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars.

The BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour race was named in honor of Debbie Oyler, a former Board Member and former track employee.  She passed before the 2011 season got underway.

With many of her friends and family looking on, Rex “Cooter” King, Jr. and Kevin Bolland led the 27 car starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Debbie Oyler Memorial Modified Tour event.  At the drop of the green flag, Cooter King jumped into the lead with his father, Rex King, Sr., right on his rear bumper.
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George, Holden and Eperthener Take Sprints and Mods

Marcucci Doubles in Mod Lites; Griffin and Haylet Win Again; Byler Upsets Moore in Stocks

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Mercer, Pa (August 7, 2011):  The action on the speedway was hotter than the mid-summer tempratures Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park.  Rod George survived a “Flip Fest” in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature, while Jimmy Holden and Ron Eperthener split the two Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified finals. Ed Haylett won his second consecutive Big Dog R/C Center Mini Stocks feature ever, and Guy Griffin picked up the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors main event.  Mark Marcucci did the double, taking both features in the Big Daddy’s Speed Center Modified Lites. Meanwhile, Russ Byler pulled off the upset by winning the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars.

The eight feature program started with two make-up features from the rain-shortened July 23 event.  Two more feature remain to be completed, and that will happen on August 20, when the Big Dog R/C Center Minis Stocks and the ti22 Outlaw Sprint Warriors will double down.

In Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature, it was looking as though the 1G of Frank on the Gas Guidace was going to run away and hide.  That was until Dan Fink broke down the front stretch, leaving Guidace nowhere to go. After Giudace hit Fink’s disabled racer, he relinquished the lead to Ron Eperthener. The jovial Eperthener went on to claim his first win of the season at the Park. Rounding out the top five was Kyle Fink, Eric Gabany, Lonnie the Tugboat Riggs, and new points leader Jimmy the Jet Holden.
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Sprint Car Appreciation Night Coming Soon

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Mercer, PA (August 6, 2011):  Mercer Raceway Park and Goodyear Racing are pleased to announce the Sprint Car Appreciation Night, August 20, 2011.  Since taking the reins of the speedway in 2010, Bill Altman wanted to make Mercer Raceway Park the place to race Sprint Cars in Western PA/Eastern OH.  Sprint Car teams have responded well, and Goodyear Racing, the track’s tire supplier, has taken notice.  So, in recognition of the support the racers have provided, the speedway and the tire giant have combined resources to thank the racers.  Thus, every car that qualifies for the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature event on August 20 will receive a free Goodyear tire certificate!!

Because Mercer Raceway Park pays $225 to start the feature event, the additional tire certificate will boost each qualified racer’s take-home to be approximately $443.

To be eligible for the free Goodyear tire certificate, the car must have Goodyear tires at all four corners.

Racers that have not previously competed in a Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car program at Mercer Raceway Park in 2011 are eligible, so don’t be surprised if some new faces are in the line-up on August 20 to try for the bonus certificates.

Additional prizes may also be awarded!

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.