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.
Mercer, PA (January 6, 2013): Brent Johnson, one of the region's top Stock Car talents, was the surprise winner of the Jack Frost 150 held at Mercer Raceway Park. Johnson was several laps down when William Henney pulled into the infield with 13 laps left in the enduro. Tim Callahan, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, passed Joel Wisser with five laps to go and then held him off in a one lap dash for the cash in Mini Stock Snowflake 25.
Driving a Toyota wagon instead of his trusty Corolla, enduro-meister Tim Gillette bolted out to an early lead in the headline event. However, by lap ten in the grind, William Henney drove from nineteenth on the grid to take the lead away. Henney's Mazda Protege ran like a clock for more than a hundred laps. However, his car began to slow as the race entered its final stages. Many thought that Henney may have been pacing himself, for he had lapped the field sever times over. But, Henney suddenly pulled to the infield with just 13 laps remaining.
Henney's misfortune gave the lead to Johnson, who was in a nip and tuck battle with Brian Sprague throughout most of the race. Johnson took second near the halfway mark, but he could never get much separation from the pesky Sprague.
Trailing Johnson and Sprague at the finish were Aaron Hill, Gillette and Ray Soos.