The 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.