McGinley, Bova, Morris, Stearns and Moore also Collect Wins
Mercer, PA (May 25, 2013): Brandon Spithaler did it again, taking the B.O.S.S. traditional Sprint Car win at Mercer Raceway Park after winning the opener for the winged Sprints presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors. His first win in the car fielded by Tom Burkey propelled him into the points lead for the touring series. Remarkably, Spithaler's winning ride was powered by a 360 motor!
J.R. McGinley led wire to wire in the non-stop feature for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Cody Bova picked up the win in the Big Daddy's Speed Center/Rock Concrete Modified Lites, his second in a row, but this time he was driving his own machine. Jimmy Morris raced home with the win in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Wally Stearns scored in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Rusty Moore made a last lap pass on Bob Schwartzmiller to take the nightcap for the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars.
Spithaler rebounded from a DNF the night before in at B.O.S.S. race at Wayne County Speedway. He ras running a close third that night when a bolt fell out of the steering gear. "It feels like every time I'm in that car, it's ready to win." The key to his success was the maneuverability of the car. "I could drive across the track, almost like a winged car," he explained. Spithaler used that to his advantage to chase down and pass Sheldon Haudenschild, who was riding the rim.
Mercer, PA (May 18, 2013): Cowboy Brian Steinman stole the show at Mercer Raceway Park when he received his motorized all-terrain wheelchair, which was built especially for him by Trac Fabrication of nearby Volant, PA. Steinman’s chair was made possible by a grant from the Steven King Foundation and the generosity of the racing community. In a show of love and support, the racers and their crews joined him on the frontstretch for the presentation during the intermission.
C.J. Jones conquered the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Frankie Guidace topped his arch rival, Jimmy Holden, in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Pete Blazak returned to victory lane in the Mini Stocks, which are now racing for Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Rusty Moore benefitted from a late-race restart to pass Curtis Bish for the lead and the win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. The final go went to Cody Bova, who was substituting for his brother Jacob in the Modified Lites racing for Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete.
Scott Priester scored the victory for Martha Dionise in the 410 Sprints, sponsored by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors. Earlier in the evening, when Priester pulled his pill for heat races, it was number 24. “I just had that feeling that we would win that one for Cowboy,” said the veteran car owner. It was her first win since 2009, when Mike Lutz took the purple and white colors to victory lane. Priester was greeted by Steinman when he came across the track to do his post-race interview. He dedicated the win to his friend.
Riggs, Batcher, Schwartzmiller, Frankenberry and Scoville also Victorious
Mercer, PA (May 4, 2013): Pittsburgh's Danny Holtgraver won the tune-up for next week's UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car event at Mercer Raceway Park.
The Tugboat, Lonny Riggs, docked in victory lane for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Jerry Batcher made his first appearance of the season a memorable one, capturing his heat and the feature in the Mini Stocks, now sponsored by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Bob Schwartzmiller also doubled up in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Fourteen-year-old Tyler Frankenberry blew past STARS Modified Lite National Champion Josh May on his way to the win in the Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete promoted class. Taking the final checkers of the night, in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, was Jason Scoville.
"We needed that one big time," Holtgraver gushed after his victory. He was shut out after taking the checkers in the Ronald Laney Memorial at East Bay Raceway Park, back in February. Holtgraver, who was exceptionally good in traffic, noted "when Eric (Williams) was leading, I could get to him and stay right with him, but it could have gone either way." After Holtgraver took the lead with just a few laps remaining, he was glad that he did not encounter too much traffic, as fellow All Star Cap Henry was on the march.