UNOH All Stars Set to Rock MRP Holiday

Cowboy Run and Walk and Pig Roast also on tap

cowboy runThe new look All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars roll into Mercer Raceway Park this Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, for two complete programs. Sandwiched in between are some fun-filled events on Saturday afternoon. Track management also announced a schedule change: the Patriot Sprint Tour, recently added to the July 11 program, has been removed, and efforts are underway to find a suitable date to make up that event.

Dale Blaney, of nearby Hartford, OH, stretched his All Stars points lead with an impressive showing during the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. He had three wins to show for the effort. He will be joined by other local drivers who now compete regularly with the All Stars, Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer, and Pittsburgh’s Danny Holtgraver.

Greg Wilson picked up a pair of Speedweek wins, as did up and coming racer Sheldon Haudenschild. They, too, will carry plenty of momentum into this event.

Chad Kemenah was shut out of the win column during Speedweek, but he was the winner the last time the All Stars came to the Park. Turning in an impressive run that night was Cody Darrah, who is in his first season competing with the All Stars. A win this week would make it a memorable season for the young racer from Red Lion, PA. And, don’t forget the Kunkeltown Kid, Ryan Smith. He loves the bullrings, so Mercer Raceway Park could be his oyster.

The local contingent of 410 Sprint Car racers will try to uphold the honors for divisional sponsors 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. Jack Sodeman, Jr. cracked the top five in May, and he could easily improve upon that performance. Eric Williams was challenging for the lead when he spun out in turn four, so he will try to redeem himself this weekend. Brandon Matus, the current points leader, and Adam Kekich, another leading contender, should also be in the thick of things.

There will be no points on the line for the 410 Sprint Cars this weekend, so Brandon Matus will still head the standings regardless of the outcome of these programs.

The Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, and Precise Racing Products Stock Cars will round out the racing card each night. Points will be awarded to them only for the Saturday night show.

But, there will be plenty of more fun at the Park next weekend. The Cowboy Run and a fun walk will be just two of the added attractions. They will be held at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Then, at noon, there will be a hog roast. All proceeds will go to the Steve King Foundation. The foundation assisted our own Cowboy, Brian Steinman, in his time of need, and many others as well. The foundation is dedicated to helping racers and racing families heal.

The gates will swing open each night at 4 p.m. Practice will begin at 6:30, and All Stars qualifications will commence at 7. Racing will follow immediately thereafter.

There will be no combination ticket packages for these special events. Rather, separate ticketing will apply. Adults will be admitted each night for $25, seniors (60+) for $23, and students (9-15) for $9. Children (8 and under) will be free, as always. The Family Pass will be $52, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $35.

If you cannot make it to the track for these All Stars races, please remember that there has been a schedule change for July 11. The Patriot Sprint Tour will NOT be part of the program. Rather, the open wheel fanatics will enjoy the ARDC Midgets and the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks will also compete on July 11.

“We regret the inconvenience to all brought about by these schedule changes,” said track manager Frank Benic. “It is difficult to find make-up dates that do not create schedule conflicts for the racers and the race fans when you have so many postponements, but we are working hard with the series officials and our sponsors to find a new date that works for all interested parties and we hope to have an announcement soon,” he added.

Remember that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track’s website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.

About Mercer Raceway Park: Mercer Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile dirt track located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented weekly from late March through late September. For more information, check out www.mercerracewaypark.com, www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.

The Cowboy Run to Benefit the Steve King Foundation

5K Run/1 Mile Walk and a Pig Roast open to all highlight Steve King Foundation fund-raising

cowboy runPut on your cowboy hats and come run! A 5K and 1 Mile fun walk will be held over the 2 day event All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Car show on July 4th at Mercer Raceway Park. This isn’t any typical 5K…we’ve added a little something extra to make it fun!

A provisional will be given to the top finishing sprint car driver in the 5K only for Saturday nights feature All Star race! So drivers, crew, fans, and families gear up for a different kind of race!

All proceeds will benefit the Steve King Foundation, a non profit organization helping injured race car drivers and their families.

Registration is available online through a secure site, and also available as a mail-in form. Both can be found on www.runhigh.com with access to forms on their event calendar. Also, check out www.stevekingfoundation.org to learn more about how they’ve helped our racing community.

Event will take place rain or shine.

Following the Cowboy Run, there will be a Pig Roast at noon, open to anyone who wishes to attend. Pig will be provided by Thoma Meat Market. Cost will be $10 per plate with your choice of 3 sides. All proceeds from the Pig Roast will also go to the Steve King Foundation.

Holden Scores Again in 358 Modifieds, Lunger Best in Crate Lates

Jones, Thompson, Wagner, and Marcucci also Triumph

Jimmy Holden battles Frank GuidaceDefending track champion Jimmy Holden scored his second win of the season in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds at Mercer Raceway Park. He used a lapped car to maximum advantage as he raced by Lonny Riggs in turns three and four on lap 17 and then he held off Riggs in a two lap run to the checkers.

Dennis Lunger cruised to the $1,500 win in the unsanctioned Crate Late Model go, while C.J. Jones prevailed in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors.

Mike Thompson led the way in the Mini Stocks, presented by Epertherner’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Bryan Wagner topped the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, and Mark Marcucci won the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites.

Holden explained his winning move on Riggs, made with the assistance of a lapped car. “It would have been close, I think we were catching him, but as far as the timing went, its tough to say (if he would have been able to make the pass).” Holden was convinced that he had the better car. “Things just went our way tonight.”

Riggs blasted out from the pole position to build a commanding lead. Young Kyle Holden, making his first start of the season, was impressive in the runner-up spot. Cousin Jimmy raced along in third, with Frankie Guidace and Kyle Fink rounding out the top five.

Jimmy Holden took second away from Kyle by lap 10, and he immediately went after Riggs. He steadily cut into the margin, and by lap 15, he was nipping on Riggs’ heels. Holden made the winning move two laps later with a little help from a lapped car.

With Jimmy Holden out front, and Riggs in second, it looked as though the racers might make it all the way to the finish without any interruption. It was not to be, however, as the cars racing in positions three, four, and five, tangled with two lapped cars in the second corner. That ended the outstanding effort of Kyle Holden. Also eliminated was Frankie Guidace, who has had nothing but bad luck so far in 2015. The other top five car involved, Kyle Fink, was able to resume the action.

Jimmy Holden selected the inside line for the restart. While Riggs raced hard into turn one, he was unable to get his nose ahead again. Holden pulled away coming off turn two and led the rest of the way. Riggs was second, but veteran Tommy Kristyak used the restart to pick up valuable points in his quest for a track championship. Rob Curtis placed fourth. Last week’s winner, J.R. McGinley was fifth.

Fink rebounded to sixth. JeffSchaffer, Jr. edged out Brian Schaffer for seventh. Sid Unversagt, Jr. was ninth, and Shayne Izzo was tenth, despite spinning in turn three on the final lap.

Rich Whitney and Frankie Guidace scored in their respective heat races. There was no B Main.

Lunger was happy to get the win, but disappointed that more of his brethren did not support the show. “We really love this place, we wish they had the Crate cars more often, but we understand that we won’t get the chances to race here if the racers will not support the show.” Lunger talked the race up the night before at another area track. “I tried to get cars, and I think we got a couple of them to come down,” he said.

Bobby Whitling set the pace in the Crate Late Model feature event, with Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Alan Dellinger, and Joe Long holding spots in the top five. Dellinger tangled with Russ Byler in turn two on lap four, and both competitors were out of the race.

On the restart, Whitling rode the cushion, but he got a bit too wide in turn four, and that left the middle open for Lunger. Lunger drove by, and never looked back. One brief caution did bring him back to the rest of the field, but nobody could keep up with him over the remaining laps.

At the checkers, it was Lunger ahead of Matt Latta, Whitling, Khole Wanzer, and Long. Breyton Santee was the final finisher. Byler and Dellinger were scored in seventh and eighth based on laps completed.

Russ Byler topped the preliminary for the Crate Late Models. There was no B Main.

C.J. Jones was the surprise winner in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He was racing in fifth when an unusual set of events eliminated the first four cars on lap 14. Mark Rossey, Cody Bova, and Jeff Taylor were collected by a lapped car in turn four. Meanwhile, the leader, George Hobaugh, Jr., got together with another lapped car in turn three. That moved Jones to the front, and he delivered the win from there.

Mike Miller, Darin Gallagher, and Jake Gomola, other racers who benefited from the shuffles, were second through fourth. Bova made a daring run back through the field in the final six laps to take fifth.

Terry Young, subbing for his niece, Kotie Kirkbride, was sixth. Mike Marano, II was seventh. Hobaugh came back to eighth without the nose wing of his machine. Ninth belonged to Chris Matthews. George Englert was tenth.

Heat winners were Cody Bova and C.J. Jones. There was no B Main.

Mike Thompson was a last minute driver change in one of the Grossman’s Garage Mini Stocks, but he made the most of the opportunity to drive the machine. He romped to the victory over Steve Longwell, Sr., Tyler Fulton, and Shane Shook. Steve Longwell, Jr. was fifth.

Ed Haylett made his return to the speedway a successful one, taking the sixth spot. Caleb Hickok, in the other Grossman car, was seventh. Rudy Troples was eighth after missing a few recent contests. Jordan Ehrenberg was ninth. Todd Kougher was unable to start the event.

Caleb Hickok was the Mini meister in the heat race. There was no B Main.

Bryan Wagner was the second substitute driver to go to victory lane this night. He was aboard the car normally driven Ryan Moyer. Wagner adapted quickly to the unfamiliar machine. He fought off an early challenge from Gary Miller, Jr. But, over the second half of the race, William Hurrelbrink was applying the pressure to Wagner.

Wagner kept his cool and drove to the win. Following Hurrelbrink to the finish was Tim Burns. Curtis J. Bish raced from twelfth to fourth. Rob Shook was fifth. Invader Jim Fosnaught was sixth. Miller took seventh. Mark Sander, Joe Stajnrajh and Leigh Wheeler completed the top ten.

Curtis J. Bish and Mark Sanders went green to checkers in their qualification runs. There was no B Main.

Mark Marcucci regained the winning ways in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. He was over a second ahead of Shane Pfeuffer at the finish. Bill Stivason turned in his best finish ever at the Park, a third, while early leader Shane Webb was fourth. Jacob Bova led Mike Flockerzi, Jason Johnson, and Glenn Teeters to the stripe.

Mark Marcucci loped to the win in his opening event. There was no B Main.

Next week will feature the Auto Racers for Kids charity event. Each of the Saturday Night Live! classes will race for extra cash and bragging rights. This event is made possible by Bonnell’s Collision Center. All proceeds benefit disadvantaged youth in the region. Come out early, as there will be an auction of racing memorabilia held behind the stands to help raise funds for the needy children.

Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, Tommy Kristyak, Rob Curtis, J.R. McGinley, Kyle Fink, JeffSchaffer, Jr., Brian Schaffer, Sid Unversagt, Jr., Shayne Izzo, Kevin Green, Makayla Guidace, Kyle Holden, Frank Guidace, Rich Whitney, Clyde Gumpp (DNS).
Crate Late Models: Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Bobby Whitling, Khole Wanzer, Joe Long, Breyton Santee, Russ Byler, Alan Dellinger.

Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: C.J. Jones, Mike Miller, Darin Gallagher, Jake Gomola, Terry Young, Mike Marano, II, George Hobaugh, Jr., Chris Matthews, George Englert, Devin Litwiler, Tim Callahan, Mark Rossey, Jeff Taylor, Darren Pifer, Andy Feil, Andrew Fescemyer, Alex Paden (DNS).

Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Minis Stocks: Mike Thompson, Steve Longwell, Sr., Tyler Fulton, Shane Shook, Steve Longwell, Jr., Ed Haylett, Caleb Hickok, Rudy Troples, Jordan Ehrenberg, Todd Kougher (DNS).

Precise Racing Products Stock Cars: Bryan Wagner, William Hurrelbrink, Tim Burns, Curtis J. Bish, Rob Shook, Jim Fosnaught, Gary Miller, Jr., Mark Sanders, Joe Stajnrajh, Leigh Wheeler, Garrett Calvert, Dillon Kineston, Andy Thompson, Dennis Clark (DNS), Pat Fielding (DNS).

Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites: Mark Marcucci, Shane Pfeuffer, Bill Stivason, Shane Webb, Jacob Bova, Mike Flockerzi, Jason Johnson, Glenn Teeters.

Meet The Patriots – Steve Glover

9th in PST points is Steve Glover.

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Driver: Steve Glover No Profile Image Available
Car: #121
Age: 45
Hometown: Ontario, NY
Years Racing: 2
Chassis: mach 1
Engine: luckys rod shop
Favorite Track: Rolling Wheels
Sponsors: elab smokers boutique,dan willmes ent.,luckys rod shop,