Mercer, PA (May 26, 2012): Jimmy Light claimed his first career 410 winged Sprint Car victory at Mercer Raceway Park. That came in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car division. The "Tugboat," Lonny Riggs, docked his Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified in victory lane.
Mark Marcucci won his third straight in the Modified Lites presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete, while Pete Blazak regained his winning form in the Mini Stocks. Curtis J. Bish topped the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars and Justin Whitesell was victorious in the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors.
In the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint cars, the "Wheelman," Brandon Matus, jumped into the lead and he immediately began to pull away from the field. Matus had a close call when lapping John McCracken in turn four. McCracken spun, and Matus barely avoided contact.
Mercer, PA (May 19, 2012): Brandon Spithaler thrilled a partisan crowd at Mercer Raceway Park by leading all 25 laps to capture the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series' debut in the Keystone State. Jack Sodeman, Jr. also did the Mercer faithful proud by taking second in the final two-lap dash. The first visitor across the stripe was Dustin Smith.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Jimmy the Jet Holden rebounded from successive weeks of engine failures to score his first win of the season. The Precise Racing Products Stock Car winner was Rusty Moore, who survived a lap seven skirmish with the leader, Dan Lewis.
Jimmy Morris took his first career win at Mercer in the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors. The win in the Modified Lites presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete belonged to Mark Marcicci. The Mini Stock feature winner was Jerry Batcher.
Mercer, PA (May 12, 2012): All that it took for UNOH All Stars Champion Tim Shaffer to score a much needed victory was a little home cooking. The veteran from Aliquippa, PA was the first of four Western Pennsylvania drivers across the finish line. The triumph was his first without his former crew chief, Brian Kemenah, with whom he shared much success.
Smokin' Joe McEwen took the the 20 lap feature for the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors, while Andy Buckley and Pete Blazak prevailed in the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks and the Mini Stocks, respectively.
Shaffer admitted that it has been a tough year so far, but he put himself in position by earning the pole position for the race. Still, he was concerned that his run of bad luck may continue. "When you start on the pole like that, you kinda worry what's going to happen tonight." What happened, though, was a dominant performance by the reigning king of the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions.
When the green flag waived, Shaffer pulled a wheelie that ran the length of the front stretch. Nonetheless, he entered turn one with the lead. Ed Lynch, Jr., making a rare appearance, followed him into the corner and gave chase for the first third of the race. Lynch could not reel in Shaffer, who was earnestly trying to open up some breathing room.
Mercer, PA (Revised May 12, 2102): Track management announces this clarification of the policy regarding points awarded for racing in 2012 at Mercer Raceway Park. This clarification is being made because of the number of questions raised and some misinformation that has been circulating throughout the racing community. The clarification supersedes the post of May 11, 2012, and it is effective immediately.
Points WILL be awarded at ALL races this year UNLESS a division is racing under special rules or outside sanction. There will be NO points awarded when a class is running under special rules of under an outside sanction. However, other classes running under Mercer track rules on that night WILL get their normal points.
Example: On May 12th the All-Stars Sprints are at Mercer. As a result of the outside sanction, the Sprints will not be point racing. The Sprints will NOT receive show up points. The Stocks are running under Mercer's Open Stock rules, not our regular rules, so no points will be awarded to them. The Outlaw Sprint Warriors and Mini Stocks WILL be running for points as there are no changes from normal racing for their divisions.
On May 19, the Sprints are running under B.O.S.S. wingless rules. No points will be awarded for the Sprints. Sprints will NOT receive show up points. The 358 Modifieds, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks are all running under Mercer Raceway Park rules and those divisions WILL be point racing.
One last example, on August 18th the BRP Modified Tour will be racing at Mercer. Because of the outside sanction the 358 Modifieds will not point race that night. The 358 Modifieds will NOT receive show up points. All other divisions will be point racing that night.
These are just a few examples for clarification, and are not intended to be an all encompassing list of events.
Again if a division is racing with an outside sanctioning body, or under special rules, NO points will be awarded. All other divisions on those nights racing under regular Mercer Raceway Park rules WILL be point racing.
Additionally as stated on the schedule June 23rd, and September 8th are double points nights for all divisions.
We apologize for any confusion that this revision of policy may have caused.