Mercer, PA (April 27, 2013): Under warm and sunny skies, Mercer Raceway Park opened the gates for the first Saturday Night Live! program of the 2013 racing season. Brandon Spithaler made a daring move entering turn one on the last lap to garner his third straight opening event for the 410 Sprint Cars presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors.
Gary Smoker returned to victory lane after a long hiatus in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Rusty Moore began his march to a third straight track championship in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Cody Bova held off a last lap challenge from Shane Pfeuffer to claim his first win in the Modified Lites sponsored by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Michael Bauer took his new colors into victory lane in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Jamy Lee scored the win in the finale for the Mini Stocks, now racing for Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
"We're three for three, I love opening night," exclaimed Spithaler after exiting the car. He had to work hard, especially on the last lap, to gain the victory. "I thought that I was faster, but I didn't know if I would be able to get by without a little help from the lapped traffic." He got the break that he needed on the last lap, as he managed to scoot between a lapped car and leader Scott Priester. Spithaler then got a scare on the final circuit when his wing came apart entering turn three. The sound of the air coming off the damaged wing caused him to think that he was blowing some fluid from the engine, but he was relieved to see that the side of the car was clean.
Brian 'Cowboy' Steinman needs a new wheelchair, and we are going to be raising money to help him get it.
For the next few weeks, for a donation, you can sign a Sprint Car front wing. On May 11 we will have a soon-to-be-announced Sprint Car driver mount this wing on the front of his car for that night, racing in honor of Cowboy.
Thank you in advance for your support! It is always a blessing to see the racing family come together to take care of it's own!
If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, feel free to contact Mercer Raceway Park Kids Club via our Facebook page. Any other questions regarding other donations, please contact Bill Beck.
Check out Steve King Foundation (www.stevekingfoundation.org) for more info regarding Brian's new chair!
Mercer, PA (April 10, 2013): Mercer Raceway Park will allow a three-race burn off period for 410 Sprint Car racers to use up their old Goodyear tires. To be legal, all 410 Sprints must be on EITHER the 2012 Goodyear OR the 2013 Hoosier APPROVED tires. This is NOTan open tire rule.
Mercer, PA (April 9, 2013): After a successful Chiller Thriller, Mercer Raceway Park will host its first Saturday Night Live! event of the 2013 racing season on April 13. And, to add to the excitement, the points chase will begin immediately for all six of the classes. All but one of the reigning champions are expected to be on hand to begin their title defenses.
Eric Williams, of Greenville, will look to build upon a remarkable 2012 racing season. In addition to snaring his first championship at Mercer Raceway Park, "Turkey" was a top five finisher at Lernerville Speedway last year. He will go to the post in his familiar number 7 Sprint Car. He will get plenty of competition from Scott Priester, pilot of the Martha Dionise number 15. Although he did not pick up a feature win, Priester was one of the most consistent runners at the speedway. The father and son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus, and many more, will be on hand. The 410 Sprint Car division will be presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors in 2013.
The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified class will be up for grabs in 2013, as Greenville's Rob Curtis is likely to miss the opening event. His car owner, Larry Riffe, reported last week that the team has yet to secure some needed financial support for the campaign. There will be no shortage of talent, though. Former champions Jimmy Holden and Frankie Guidace are ready. Mix in veterans like Lonnie Riggs, Matt Reeher, Ron Eperthener, and Kyle Fink, and young drivers like Max Smoker and Makayla Guidace, and you have the makings of a pretty stout field.
Mercer, PA (April 6, 2013): Robbie Blair held on for the win in the Chiller Thriller for the NDRL's ULMS Late Models in the season's opening event at Mercer Raceway Park. Veteran David Scott dominated the FASTRAK Northeast Series race, while invader Kevin Morehouse did likewise in the NDRL UEMS Modifieds. Chris Schneider survived the Open Stock feature to earn a cool grand.
"With a couple of laps to go there, I got into extra lapped cars and I didn't know whether to try to pass them or just follow them around," Blair said. He watched for an opening, but when he got it, it was big enough to allow the second place runner, Mike Knight, and third place man, Dave Hess, Jr., to follow. That set up an amazing three lap run to the checkers. Knight tried the inside coming off turn two on the final lap, and Hess worked the outside, but Blair had just enough steam to hold them both off.
Robbie Blair and John Garvin paced the the 30 lap feature event. At the drop of the green, Blair surged ahead, with Garvin holding off Mike Knight, Keith Barbara and Dave Hess, Jr.