Mercer, PA (August 28, 2012): Mercer Raceway Park will host its final Sprint Car special of the 2012 season this Saturday, September 1, when the Patriot Sprint Tour comes to town! The program will include the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Big Daddy's Speed Center/Rock Concrete Modified Lites and Mini Stocks. This unique event will be presented courtesy of Bonnell's Collision Center and Bonnell's Auto Sales. Fans will remember that Scott Bonnell was a track regular and a proponent of 360 Sprint Car racing before suffering career-ending injuries in an accident at a New York track.
Mercer Raceway Park will be the southern-most stopping point for the Patriot Sprint Tour, which is based in the Empire State of New York. Nonetheless, plenty of travelers are expected, as the series will be making another Keystone State appearance before heading back across the border.
Bryan Howland, a four-time Patriot champion, currently leads the series standings. Behind him, there is a close battle for second involving Scott Kreutter and Tim Kelly. Tom Wickham and George Suprick round out the top five. They will all battle tooth and nail for precious points!
Dr. Steve Collins is expected to have his car repaired and ready for action after taking a spill in last week's Western Pennsylvania Championship, which was won by Daryn Pittman. Plus, the most recent series winner, Justin Barger, should be on hand.
Mike Lutz, the popular pilot of Jim Chappell's 410 Sprint, will bring his own 360 Sprint in an effort to defend the home turf. Everything that he earns with that machine is used to support Autism research and to bring awareness to Autism.
In addition, Adam Anderson, of Meadville, will also be racing against the touring drivers. He is also graciously making his shop available for the Patriot drivers in case they need to make repairs before their next event.
Jimmy Morris, hot off his win in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors, will be looking to narrow the gap in the championship points even further. He currently sits behind leader Joe McEwen and Rob Felix. Another top finish will set him up nicely for the double points event coming up on September 8.
Rusty Moore will look to pad his points lead in his quest for a second title in the highly competitive Stock Car class. Rob Curtis, Mark Marcucci and Steve Longwell, Jr. will also be trying to do the same in the 358 Modifieds, Modified Lites and Mini Stocks, respectively.
The Kids Bike races will take place on Spetember 1, courtesy of Ray's Racing Collectibles and Approved Toilet Rentals. All children must have helmets to be able to compete. All children will get free milk, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess. Plus, Coca-Cola will presnt a free bicycle to a lucky child in the stands.
Were that not enough, the first 100 fans passing through the gates will all get a free mug, courtesy of Pizza Joe’s and Mercer Raceway Park!
The gates will open at 4 p.m., and racing will start at 7 p.m.
The special event ticket pricing will be in effect for this program. Adult admission will be $15, seniors $13, and students $7. Children ages 8 and under are free, as always. A family can enjoy this holiday race for $32. Their pass will be good for two adults and up to four minors. Pit passes will be $30.
If you cannot make it to the track this weekend, the Park will present Saturday Night Live! racing on September 8. There will be double points that night in all six divisions, and the track championships WILL be decided that night. You won't want to miss the thrilling climax to regular season action. There will be plenty of other promotions as well, including American Cancer Society night, and the annual Meet Your Heroes meet and greet session! A special guest is also expected. Cowboy Brian Steinman will be back at the track for the first time since his accident at another area speedway.
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.
Mercer, PA (August 25, 2012): Daryn Pittman led wire-to wire to capture the 23rd Western Pennsylvania Championship sanctioned by the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions.
Jimmy Morris romped home with the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature, while invader Tommy Fox dropped in to take the Open Stock tune-up for the season-ending Little Guys Nationals, coming up on September 21-22. Steve Longwell, Sr. scored the Mini Stock win.
"We've been struggling in Central PA, so it's just good to come out here and get a win," said Pittman. He was ready to get to victory lane a little sooner than the officials would allow, however. He had miscounted the laps and was surprised to see 28 on the scoreboard when he thought the checkers should have fallen.
It took three attempts to get the 30 lapper under way. The initial start was nullified by a flip by Dr. Steve Collins in turn four. The second was set aside because Brandon Matus came to a halt on the backstretch.
Mercer, PA (August 20, 2012): With the number of available weekends for racing shrinking, management of Mercer Raceway Park announced another schedule change brought about by the inclement weather. The Kids Bike Races have been moved to Saturday, September 1, joining the Patriot Sprint Series program, which is presented by Bonnell's Collision and Bonnell's Auto Sales.
The Kids Bike Races will be presented by Ray's Racing Collectibles and Approved Toilet Rentals. Remember, please, that all children must have helmets to be able to compete.
Keeping with the bicycle theme, Coca Cola will present a bicycle to a lucky child selected from the fans in attendance on September 1.
The Pennsylvania Dairy Princess will also be on hand September 1, and she will be distributing free milk to all of the children participating in the bike races.
Were that not enough, the first 100 fans passing through the gates will all get a free mug, courtesy of Pizza Joe's and Mercer Raceway Park!
Mercer, PA (August 18, 2012): Dave Murdick topped an outstanding field of 41 BRP/Hoosier Tire Modifieds at Mercer Raceway Park, taking advantage of a miscue to squeeze by leader J.R. McGinley with 27 laps completed. The event was the annual Smackdown!, which pits the touring Big Blocks against the track's own Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds.
Taking the top honors in teh Modified Lites, presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete, was first-time winner, Cody Bova. The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars went to Andy Thompson, while C.J. Jones got his first triumph in the Ti22 Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Steve Longwell, Jr. was the winner in the Mini Stocks.
The Modified Tour's handicapping system worked to the advantage of several track regulars. J.R. McGinley and Rob Curtis occupied row number one, with Klye Fink and Eric Gabany in row two. Jimmy Holden, the defending track champ, lined up in row three. Frank Guidace was in row five, with Lonny Riggs in row six.
Mercer, PA (August 3, 2012): Management of Mercer Raceway Park announced that an addition has been made to the annual Meet Your Heroes Night. The program, which was moved to September 8 due to inclement weather, will now include a tribute to Cowboy Brian Steinman. He was injured in a Sprint Car accident at Lernerville Speedway and he has been hospitalized for treatment of burns and broken bones since the night of the accident.
"This gives us a chance to recognize Cowboy's contributions to the sport," said track owner Bill Altman. "He is a popular driver with the fans and his fellow competitors, so it is appropriate for us to recognize Cowboy on this night that is dedicated to fan interaction." Prior to his accident, Steinman was a regular in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car ranks.
In addition to the usual meet and greet session held on the front stretch, fans will get the opportunity to purchase special tribute T-shirts. The shirts will be on sale at Mercer Raceway Park and Lernerville Speedway. They can also be obtained by contacting Rev. Bill Beck.