Mercer, Pa (September 26, 2012): With the 2012 racing season now complete at Mercer Raceway Park and completing soon at other area speedways, this is the perfect time for racers to think about cleaning out their trailers and garages and getting restocked for 2013. To help in that endeavor, Mercer Raceway Park and the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will join forces once again to present the 6th Annual High Performance Swap Meet and Racer's Flea Market. The event will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 13.
Please note that the date for the event was erroneously listed on the Mercer Raceway Park website and printed schedule as Sunday, October 14. We apologize for any inconvenience in that regard.
Gates will open at 7 a.m. for vendors to enter and set up their displays. For buyers, the gates will open at 9 a.m. The Swap Meet and Flea Market is scheduled to go until 3 p.m., but you will want to get there early to get the best possible buys on the widest selection of merchandise.
New and used racing parts will be available for all types of cars and go-karts. Drag racers, motorcycle enthusiasts, hot rodders and vintage racers will even find things of interest. Trucks, trailers, campers and more will be on sale.
You might even find that new jalopy to take to the tracks in 2013!
You can also get a jump start on Christmas shopping for your friends and family, as apparel and collectibles will be on sale.
Vendor's spots will be $20, which includes two general admission tickets. Bake sale tables are just $10, but you will need to supply your own table. General admission will be just $3.
Proceeds help to support the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour, which is a non-profit organization run by volunteers dedicated to the betterment of Big Block Modified racing in the region.
For additional information, or to register, you can contact Pam Baker at 814-229-3837, or check out the websites, www.themodifiedtourinc.com or www.mercerracewaypark,com.
Mercer, PA (September 23, 2012): Despite two interruptions for rain, the staff at Mercer Raceway Park held tough and completed the 13th Annual Little Guy Nationals Sunday night. A record field of 213 cars were on hand through the weekend of racing.
Jimmy Holden used a late-race restart to overtake invader Shayne Peirce for the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Then, Holden donated half of his $2,000 prize to the Cowboy Brian Steinman recovery fund.
Josh May, from Iowa, earned the STARS Modified Lite National points championship with his win in the race presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete.
Jimmy Morris dominated the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature. Similarly, Chris Kennedy led wire to wire in the Micro Sprints.
The first of two Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car features went to Rusty Martz, while Rusty Moore took the nightcap.
The final Mini Stock race of the season belonged to Paul Koffler, Jr.
Jeremiah Shingledecker took the early lead in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. However, Kevin Hoffman drove by in Ted Hull's 41 on lap 5, just before the yellow was displayed. The field had trouble getting started again, but when the racing did resume, Peirce took the lead away.
Peirce showed no signs of unfamiliarity with the tricky oval, as he led through numerous cautions. Meanwhile, Hoffman ran in second and Shingeldecker in third. When Shingledecker got caught up in a yellow, he surrendered his position.
Mercer, PA (September 22, 2012): D.J. Furney (Micro Sprints) and Tim Callahan (Mini Stocks) took the make-up features to complete day one of the Little Guy Nationals.Day two started with heat races, but the rains came after three of the six divisions hit the track. The balance of the program will be completed Sunday, with gates opening at noon and racing at 2 p.m.
The evening started off with a pair of features carried over from the rain-shortened program on night number one of the 13th Annual Little Guy Nationals.
First up were the Micro Sprints, going 20 laps for $500. George Hobaugh led the first six laps until he retired from the race, giving the lead to D,J. Furney. Richie Hartman raced his way up to second, followed by Steve Dunmire, Will Fleming and Robert Garvey.
Furney led the rest of the way, which wasn't easy, as Dunmire was strong on the restarts that interrupted the rest of the race. However, Furney's mount got stronger each lap thereafter.
Mercer, PA (September 21, 2012): With 179 car crammed into the pits, four of the six features on night number one of the Little Guy Nationals were completed before the rains came. Frank Guidace took top honors in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Tommy Fox won the first of four features of the weekend for the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars.
Michael Bauer won the rain-shortened race for the Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Rod Jones copped the STARS Modified Lite feature presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete.
The Micro Sprint and Mini Stock features were postponed due to the rain.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Frank Guidace jumped out front, but Jimmy Holden pressed him hard for the first six laps of the event. Point champion Rob Curtis worked his way up to third in the early going, with J.R. McGinley nipping on his heels.
Mercer, PA (September 12, 2012): The September 8 racing program, lost to rain, will not be made up, so the points chase at Mercer Raceway Park is over. Congratulations to the six divisional champions: Eric Williams (Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars); Rob Curtis (Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds); Joe McEwen (Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors); Rusty Moore (Precise Racing Products Stock Cars); Mark Marcucci (Big Daddy's Speed Center/Rock Concrete Modified Lites); and Steve Longwell, Jr. (Mini Stocks).