Smoker, Moore, Bova, Bauer and Lee also Win
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.