The Patriot Sprint Tour will bring their popular and exciting brand of 360 Sprints to the Park. Sammy Reakes, of Palermo, NY used a pair of wins to jump into the lead of the American Conference, and he will be looking to pad the advantage over Kyle Drum, and Scott Kreutter. Over 20 visitors are expected for this event, including several names familiar to the Mercer fans. Jared Zimbardi has been an infrequent competitor with the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprints that regularly headline the action. Dr. Steve Collins usually makes a few cameo appearances as well. Jeff Cook was a regular at the Park a few years back. And veterans George Suprick and Dave Wickham always look forward to racing on the tricky oval.
Do not be surprised if a couple of local favorites join the Patriot fun. Jack Sodeman, Jr. recently entered a Patriots event in C.J. Jones’ 360 machine. Dennis Wagner has also tested the waters with the touring drivers, as did Smokin’ Joe McEwen.
Although there has been a number of Sprint Car races at the Park this month, there is still a log jam at the top of the standings of the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels championship. Just a handful of points separate four drivers. Brandon Matus is at the head of the class, even though last week’s triumph against the Mo Vaughn Transport B.O.S.S. non-wing racers did not enhance his total. Defending champion Eric Williams comes next, with Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Adam Kekich within easy striking distance. Add in other talented pilots like Rod George, Scott Priester, Dan Kuriger, A.J. Flick, Jimmy Morris, Brent Matus, and many more, and you can understand why the fans rave about the racing at the Park.
The third class of winged sprints will be the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. George Hobaugh has a slim three point margin over last week’s winner, Cody Bova. Evan Kornbau keeps improving week after week, and Darin Gallagher is racing like a veteran, instead of a rookie in this class. Mark Rossey, Alex Paden, C.J. Jones, Darren Pifer, Mike Marano, II, and Devin Litwiler, and others make this one of the most competitive divisions at the track.
Ageless Tommy Kristyak sits atop the points in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, and he has been in the hunt every time out. But J.R. McGinley has put in two consecutive impressive performances, grabbing a win and a second place finish. His spectacular wheel-banging style makes him a fan favorite, for sure. Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, Franke Guidace, Kyle Fink, Sid Unversagt, Jr., and Richard Whitney are just a few of the racers that will be on hand.
The Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites return after a week away from the speedway. Mark Marcucci should be behind the wheel of his potent little machine. His father filled in for him once, and that performance has helped keep Mark in a tie for the points lead with Aaron Meister. But, just five points behind sit Jacob Bova and Keith Smith. Shane Webb, Glenn Teeters, Mike Flockerzi, Bill Stivason, Jason Darocha, and Josh Christopher round out the top ten.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., practice will start at 6:30, and racing begins at 7:00. Come out early to pick your favorite seats.
Special event ticket pricing will apply. Adults will be admitted for just $15, seniors (60+) for $13, and students (9-15) for $7. Children will be free, as always. The Family Pass will be $35 for this program, and that will apply to two adults and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $30.
If you cannot make it to the track for this Sprint Car trifecta, plan to attend the Crate Late Model program on June 6. Also on the card that night will be the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modofieds, the Precise Racing Products STock Cars, the Rock Concrete Suppply Modified Lites, and the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.
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.