Mercer, PA (January 20, 2013): Mercer Raceway Park celebrated the end of its 61st season of racing with the annual banquet and awards ceremony at the Normandy Banquet Center, in nearby Hermitage, PA. Taking the top honors were 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). A number of special awards were also conferred upon C.J. Jones (Rookie of the Year), J.R. McGinley (Most Improved Driver), and Martha Dionise (Special Recognition for Longevity and Dedication to the Sport). In addition, an exciting slate of racing events were announced for the 2013 season.
Toni Carbone has all of the photos from the banquet online now.
When Eric Williams was recognized by emcee Mike Dutko for his award in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, some good natured turkey calls were heard. Williams, whose nickname is Turkey, parlayed one win into his first career track championship. The young electrician from Greenville announced that he will be back to defend his title.