Bauer, Hay, Schneider, Koffler, Haefke, Michael, and Bish also Win
Mercer, PA (September 22, 2013): Randy Chrysler saw his half lap lead evaporate when the caution flag came down instead of the checkers that he anticipated at Mercer Raceway Park. That gave J.R. McGinley one last shot at the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 14th Annual Little Guy Nationals, but Chrysler was up to the task on the green-checker finish. The event attracted 197 cars for the second night of competition, presented by American Racer Tire, Ben Bissett Chevrolet, Rock Concrete, and East Penn Carriers.
MIchael Bauer put the capper on an outstanding season in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors feature event. The victory ensured Bauer's championship in the Cavalcade points to go along with two track titles. Mikey Hay scored the big win in the Bilstein Modified Lite STARS National Championship event, which was also presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Chris Schneider made a bold last turn pass to steal the win away from Rusty Martz in the first of two Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car features. The other went to Curtis J. Bish.
Paul Koffler, Jr. grabbed the lead from Shane Smith on lap three of the Mini Stock feature offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Jeff Haefke celebrated his birthday in fine style, taking the checkers in the Micro Sprint feature. Rich Michael, Jr. scored his second win of the weekend in the E-Mod feature.
After reaching victory lane, Randy Chrysler let out a big whoop of joy. It was a difficult weekend for him. "We were running second on Friday night, and we started losing power, we thought it was the tranny, but it may have been the engine." He continued, "so, my two crew guys went back to Niagara Falls to get the back-up car and they didn't make it back until five in the morning." With Saturday's rain-out, however, they were able to catch up on their sleep and get the other car ready for battle.
Morris, Meadows, Moore, Furney, Pyle, and Michael also Triumph
Mercer, PA (September 20, 2013): Over 180 cars, 183 to be exact, registered to compete in night number one of the Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park, presented by American Racer Tires. Taking the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds was Eric Gabany with a dominant performance. The hometown driver was back on familiar turf, after spending most of the season racing his potent 358 Modified against the Big Blocks at a neighboring speedway.
The luck was with Jimmy Morris in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He used a borrowed engine, but his big break came on a lap three restart when the leaders tangled and he managed to avoid getting collected in the melee.
Kenny Meadows won the Bilstein STARS Modified Lite National event, which was shortened three laps due to the expiration of the time limit. Rusty Moore, the three-time divisional champion, scored in the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks.
D.J. Furney outdistanced the competition in the Micro Sprints. Cody Pyle racked up the win in the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Rich Michael, Jr. wired the field in the E-Mods.
A few weeks ago, Eric Gabany returned to the Mercer Raceway Park for a bit of a refresher. He explained that he learned a lot racing against the more powerful cars elsewhere, but he was glad to be home for this big double-header weekend. Once again, he had the outside groove mastered, so it was like he had never been away. "I knew that the outside would be hard to beat, but I was really worried about my weight." He continued, "with all those cautions, I ended up being about twelve pounds over, so it was pretty close."
Bauer, Guidace, Moore, Cain and Fulton also Victorious
Mercer, PA (September 7, 2013): Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Eric Williams waged a titanic battle for the win and the track championship in the 410 Sprint Car division, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New Wilmington Motors, and Ralph Butch, Inc. Williams, who did lead breifly during the event, came back strong at the end, but was just a two car lengths short at the checkers. Sodeman claimed all of the accolades this night. Not to be outdone, the track's other Sprint Car division, the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, saw the track championship decided by the final race of the night. Michael Bauer won the race and sealed the deal on his first point title as well, topping his friend, Jimmy Morris.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Frankie Guidace returned to championship form, winning the final race for his class heading into the Little Guy Nationals, coming up at the speedway September 20-21.The final run for the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars saw Trusty Rusty Moore salt away the win and his third straight track championship. Tyler Fulton won the battle, but Jamey Lee had already won the war in the Mini Stocks, offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. In the finale for the Modified Lites, sponsored by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete, it was Matt Cain getting the win after point champion Shane Pfeuffer and Alan Knepper tangled while fighting for the win. Knepper spun, and Pfeuffer was sent to the rear for rough driving.
Williams and Sodeman started on the front row for the 410 Sprint feature by virtue of their points entering this night of racing. WIlliams had a two point advantage at the start of the night, but Sodeman's superior heat race performance, coupled with the double points, allowed the pendulum to swing in his favor before feature time.
However, he still had to finish better than Williams in the finale to displace the reigning champion. He did just that.