Mercer Raceway Park Mourns Loss of Paul Kekich

Paul "Putsy" Kekich

photo courtesy of Ken Potter

Mercer, PA (July 16, 2013): Mercer Raceway Park mourns the loss of Paul “Putsy” Kekich. The former racer suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this week. He was the father of former racers Doug Kekich and Mike Kekich and the grandfather of current driver Adam Kekich. We extend our sincere condolences to the entire Kekich family.

Sodeman Dedicates Sprint Win to His Mother on American Cancer Society Night

Fink, Smith, Jones, Johnston, C. Bova and Cohan are also Winners

Mercer, PA (July 13, 2013): Jack Sodeman, Jr. powered his 410 Sprint Car to the win in the Race for the Cure, presented at Mercer Raceway Park by the American Cancer Society. The North Jackson, OH driver dedicated the win to his mother, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kyle Fink worked the cushion like a master as he roared to his second straight win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Shane Smith won his first career feature in the Mini Stocks, sponsored by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. C.J. Jones won a thriller over Michael Bauer in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Dillon Kinneston was the apparent winner of the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, but he was 13 pounds too light. Consequently, the win was awarded to Brandon Johnston, his career first. Cody Bova raced to the win in the Modified Lites, running under the banners of Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Kelvin Cohan copped the exhibition race for the 3/4 Late Models.

Jack Sodeman JrSodeman lost the lead in traffic, but, ultimately, it was the lapped cars that put him into position to win the event. “We got tied up a little bit there in lapped traffic, and Andy (McKisson) was running a great race and he got underneath me there.” Sodeman continued, “I thought that it was going to be a pretty good shootout between the top three, and then, unfortunately, they (McKisson and Carl Bowser) just got tagged up there.”

Andy McKisson, who was making just his second start of the season, looked strong in the early goiong in the feature event, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New WIlmington Motors and Ralph Butch, Inc. McKisson was the first car to reach lapped traffic, which would eventually play a major role in the outcome of the race.
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Holtgraver Dominates All Stars Go at Mercer Raceway Park

Miller, Wheeler and Paden also Score Wins

Mercer, PA (July 6, 2013): Danny Holtgraver returned to victory lane at the Mercer Raceway Park. The win with the All Stars Circuit of Champions was his fourth of the season at the tricky oval.

Mike Miller romped to the win in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Leigh Wheeler picked up the victory in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, snapping Rusty Moore’s five race skein. Alex Paden scored his third straight win in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.

Danny Holtgraver“It’s nice to come home, you know, it means a lot to see friendly faces in the pits and then to win a big race at your home track,” Holtgraver noted. He knew that somebody would come after him in traffic, but he wasn’t sure who it would be. “I was waiting for somebody, and there he was,” he said as he gestured towards second place finisher Cap Henry. Holtgraver was able to sneak by him again in traffic, and then he was able to race in clean air the rest of the way.

Henry concurred. “We just needed more traffic, he was definitely faster than us in the clean air and we were able to reel him in traffic.”

Third place runner Tim Shaffer explained that his right rear tire sealed over during a red flag.

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