Who could blame track manager Frank Benic and B.O.S.S.-man Aaron Fry if they sing a duet of “Rain, Rain, Go Away” Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park? Both the speedway and the region’s premiere non-wing sanctioning body have been hard hit by inclement weather so far in 2015. But, the extended forecast for the holiday weekend is looking favorable for the first of two consecutive Sprint Car specials. And, were that not enough to appease any motorsport enthusiast, Sunday evening the track will host the All American Spring Nationals Pulling Event presented by the All American “Smoker Series” on May 24. The pull will have a rain date of May 25, if needed.
The Mo Vaughn Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series has yet to complete a program this season. So, the event at Mercer Raceway Park will be the first to go in the record books. Will the winner be one of Fry’s touring racers, of will it be a Mercer regular? Regardless who gets the bragging rights, the fans will see one spectacular show.
The B.O.S.S. tour boasts up to 20 drivers who are committed the the wild and wooly back ’em in style of Sprint Cars without wings. But many of the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Car competitors are equally adept at racing without that massive wing overhead. And, you know that Superman, Arnie Kent, will be in the house for this one!
Joining the fun will be the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, and the Eperthener’s auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., with practice starting at 6:30, and racing at 7.
Remember, too, that this will be Scrappers Night, so come out early for all of the special promotions involving the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Baseball Club.
There will be special event ticket prices in effect on Saturday. Adult admission will be $15, seniors (60+) will be $13, and students (9-15) will be $7. Children (8 and under) will be free. The Family Pass will be available for $32, and that will cover mom, dad, and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $30.
Then, Sunday, the earth will shake when the powerful trucks and tractors of the All American “Smoker Series” assault the pulling pit. The gates will open at 4 p.m., with the first pull set for 6:30.
The ticket pricing for the pull will be as follows. Adult admission will be $15, seniors (60+) will be $13, and students (9-15) will be $7. Children (8 and under) will be free. The Family Pass will be available for $35, and that will cover mom, dad, and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $25.
If you cannot make it to the track for either of these special programs, the merry month of May will
conclude with a Sprint Car spectacular courtesy of Bonnell’s Rod Shop. The Patriot Sprint Tour will bring in their 360 powered machines to join the 410 Sprints presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels and the Outlaw Sprint Warriors sponsored by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites will round out the card.
Remember that y ou 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.