ATTENTION ALL STOCK CAR DRIVERS

AttentionThis Saturday, July 11, the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars WILL BE added to the show. Points WILL BE awarded for this event. For any questions, please contact Frank Benic at 724-662-1310.

Flyin’ Ryan Smith Victorious in All Stars at Mercer Raceway Park

Also winning were Mark Rossey, Ryan Moyer, and JR McGinley

Ryan Smith

Photo courtesy of DB3 Imaging

Ryan Smith flew to victory on the second night of UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions at Mercer Raceway, Park. It was his first career win at the tricky oval, and second All Stars triumph of the season for the Kunkeltown Kid.

Since rolling out a new car, Smith has been getting faster each outing. “We caught some breaks there in the heat race, we timed good, and the car was good right out of the box.” Then, he noted, “the track came to me with the water, the top came in.”

Smith had to fend off the All Stars kingpin, Dale Blaney, in the closing laps. “If we could have stayed in traffic a little longer, I might have had a chance,” Blaney said. “But he was running the same line that I was down there in one and two, and I started to work the bottom a little bit in three and four, but I just couldn’t get going after the yellow.”

Another Ryan, Moyer that is, was the first-time winner in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. He capitalized upon some late rate skirmishes to move to the front in the closing laps. Mark Rossey also earned his first career score in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Rossey regained the the lead when Mike Miller tangled with a lapped car before the halfway mark in the contest. J.R. McGinley was a thousand dollars richer after the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature. He out dueled Lonny Riggs and Kyle Fink after a lap 11 restart to grab the lead.

Lee Jacobs hoped that lightning would strike again at the Park, as he led the opening lap of the feature event. However, Parker Price-Miller had another idea. He drove by Jacobs on the second lap and he immediately opened up a lead of several car lengths. Ryan Smith worked his way into third, with Bale Blaney and Andrew Palker in tow.

With Price-Miller out front, Smith moved into second on lap six, and he began to close in on the leader while they sliced through traffic.Jacobs continued to hold the third position, ahead of Blaney, Palker, and Greg Wilson.

Blaney then flexed some muscle, taking the third spot with a dozen laps in the books. As Price-Miller and Smith wove through traffic, Blaney started to reel them in. At the halfway mark, Price-Miller’s lead was vanishing, and Blaney was eating into Smith’s advantage as well.

Smith assumed command just past the halfway mark, and now Blaney was hounding the teen from Kokomo, IN. On lap 19, Price-Miller’s impressive run came to an end, as he pulled above the cushion and stopped in turn two. That put Blaney on the tail of Smith. Cody Darrah was on the move before the caution, and he lined up in third for the final restart of the event.

Smith got away cleanly, and led the last seven laps without incident. Blaney held off Darrah for the second spot. Wilson slipped by Jacobs in the final rounds. Palker crossed in sixth, with Chad Kemenah, Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Holtgraver, and Jack Sodeman, Jr. completing the top ten. Haudenschild was awarded the hard charger for the night.

The evening’s fastest qualifier was Caleb Helms, who turned the speedway in 13.728 seconds. Heat wins went to Dale Blaney, Greg Wilson, Parker Price-Miller, and Andy McKisson. McKisson blew his engine as he crossed the finish line, so he was a scratch for the feature event. Lee Jacobs won the dash. Tim Shaffer captured the B Main.

In the Bonnel’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Mark Rossey grabbed the initial lead despite heavy challenges from Mike Marano, II, and Mike Miller on the opening lap. Rossey raced out to a comfortable lead, but Miller quickly cut into it as the laps clicked off. Miller made his move inside turn one to grab the lead with six laps completed. Miller then began to pull away from Rossey, but misfortune struck just a few circuits later. Miller tangled with a lapper between turns three and four, and his night was over. That put Rossey back on the point for the restart, and he held control the rest of the way. Marano held off a furious charge by Jake Gomola in the closing laps to maintain the second spot. George Hobaugh was fourth, and Evan Kornbau fifth. Darin Gallagher, Greg Dobrosky, Andy Feil, George Englert, and Darren Pifer rounded out the top ten. Gallagher, Dobrosky, and Kornbau copped the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Ryan Moyer drove to victory in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. The early stages of the race were dominated by Tim Burns, who started on the pole. Leigh Wheeler ran second until he lost the engine in his machine bringing out the first caution. That moved Curtis J. Bish to the front row, along with Burns. The pair tangled as they raced through the first turn on the restart. Bish spun, collecting two others in the process, and Burns pitted for repairs. They both resumed racing at the rear of the field. That put Pat Fielding out front, but he soon surrendered the lead to Moyer. Meanwhile, Burns and Bish were moving forward, but on the final lap of the contest, Bish turned Burns as they fought for position on the backstretch. The race concluded with Moyer taking the win, ahead of Gary Miller, Jr., Fielding, Joe Stajnrajh, and Burns. Jesse Brock, Charlie Baptiste, Dennis Clark, Wheeler, and Andy Thompson. Bish was disqualified for his part in the incident on the final lap. Pat Fielding and Tim Burns controlled the qualifiers. There was no B Main.

J.R. McGinley prevailed in the nightcap for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Following a lap 11 restart, he took the lead away from Lonny Riggs, who led from the outset. Riggs kept Kyle Fink at bay. However, late in the race, Jimmy Holden began to move ahead. He worked past Fink and Riggs in the final rounds. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. turned in a creditable run for the fifth spot. Shayne Izzo, Rob Curtis, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Kyle Holden, and Brian Schaffer were the next five finishers. Unverzagt and McGinley topped the heats. There was no B Main.

All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars: Ryan Smith, Dale Blaney, Cody Darrah, Greg Wilson, Lee Jacobs, Andrew Palker, Chad Kemenah, Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Holtgraver, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Caleb Helms, Tim Shaffer, Adam Kekich, Dan Kuriger, Rod George, A.J. Flick, Carl Bowser, Dan Shetler, Sye Lynch, Parker Price-Miller, Brandon Matus, Travis Philo, Scott Priester, Dennis Wagner.

Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: J.R. McGinley, Jimmy Holden, Lonnny Riggs, Kyle Fink, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Shayne Izzo, Rob Curtis, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Kyle Holden, Brian Schaffer, Clyde Gumpp, Josh Deems, Richard Whitney, Tommy Krystyak, Max Smoker, Terry Young, Kevin Green.

Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Mark Rossey, Mike Marano, II, Jake Gomola, George Hobaugh, Evan Kornbau, Darin Gallagher, Greg Dobrosky, Andy Feil, George Englert, Darren Pifer, Alex Paden, Joe McEwen, Terry Young, Cody Bova, Devin Litwiler, Kyle Colwell, Jacob Bova, Ken Rossey, Bobby Siegel, Mike Miller, Jeff Taylor, Mike Lutz (DNS).

Precise Racing Products Stock Cars: Ryan Moyer, Gary Miller, Jr., Pat Fielding, Joe Stajnrajh, Tim Burns, Jesse Brock, Charlie Baptiste, Dennis Clark, Leigh Wheeler, Andy Thompson, Shawn Smith, David Rice, Bill Bannick, Jr., Curtis J. Bish (DQ).

Jacobs Beats the Rain and All Stars at Mercer Raceway Park

Englert, Schwartzmiller, and Fink also claim checkers

Lee Jacobs

Photo courtesy of DB3 Imaging

Lee Jacobs beat the rain and a stout field of UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars on night number one at Mercer Raceway Park. Before a red flag for Caleb Helms’ flip in turn one, Jacobs used the high line through turns one and two to take second. On the restart, he used the same maneuver to pass Sheldon Haudenschild for the lead. Jacobs then held off a fast-closing Chad Kemenah for his third career win with the series.

George Englert, last year’s Rock Concrete Modified Lite champion, scored his career first win in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He survived a rain delay and a second red flag for a flip by fourth place runner Cody Bova to earn the victory. Bob Schwartzmiller wired the field in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Kyle Fink did the same in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds.

“I was kinda struggling, missing spots on the track,” Jacobs lamented about his recent performances. “Tonight, I don’t know if I found my balls or what I did, but I put it back on the high side, where I need to be, and it really hooked up.” Jacobs was appreciative of car owner Johnny Lewis sticking by him through the rough times, but he was especially happy for his cousins, as three of them were turning wrenches for him this night. “We haven’t had a great year, but it was really neat to win with them helping out tonight.”

Rod George led Kody Kinser on the first lap, with Jacobs, track points leader Brandon Matus, and series points leader Dale Blaney in tow. George held sway for the first five laps of the contest, but Sheldon Haudenschild soon cracked the top five and he was closing in on the leaders. By the fifth lap, he was second, and the fans were starting to wonder if the “Mild Child” would carry his success from the recent Ohio Sprint Speedweek over the border to the Keystone State. They got their answer, as he swept by George on the backstretch to take the lead with six rounds in the books.

Haudenschild began to open a lead, but a spin by Andrew Palker brought him back to the rest of the field. George still ran second, but now he had Jacobs right on his tail. Blaney had advanced to fourth, and Kemenah was fifth at the stoppage.

When racing resumed, Haudenschild jumped out front, with George a ways back in second. A three-car battle for third heated up amongst Jacobs, Blaney, and Kemenah. Behind them, Danny Holtgraver was fighting off Tim Shaffer, who came from fifteenth on the grid.

Another caution slowed the pace, due to A.J. Flick’s car coming to a halt at the turn three exit from the speedway. In the brief interlude before the two-car crash involving Helms and Travis Philo, Jacobs mad his move into second.

While the racers were waiting for the clean-up to finish, Haudenschild’s left rear tire began to lose some air. He was able to restart, and he tried valiantly to maintain his advantage. But, Jacobs was not to be denied. He pulled even with Haudenschild as they raced through the first two turns, and he pulled ahead as they ran down the back chute.

With Jacobs out front, Haudenschild began to fade. His night came to an end two laps shy of the checkers, when the left rear tire finally let go. That put George back into second, but he was unable to hold that spot. Kemenah blasted by on the restart, and he took off after Jacobs. Kemenah was able to cut the margin to a car length or two, but he did not have enough time to mount a serious challenge for the win.

At the finish, it was Jacobs over Kemenah. George was the top local driver, in third. Tim Shaffer came all the way up to fourth. Darrah was fifth. Holtgraver, Blaney, Ryan Smith, Brandon Matus, and Greg Wilson completed the top ten.

Shaffer was the hard charger. Holtgraver turned the evening’s fastest time trial, 13.556. The heat winners were Brandon Matus, Helms, Haudenschild, and Kemenah. George took the dash, and Parker Price-Miller led the way in the B Main.

Big George Englert topped the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors for the first time since moving up from the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. He led the entire 20 lap distance, although his run to victory was punctuated by two red flags. Evan Kornbau turned in am impressive run, taking second. After missing several weeks of action, Joe McEwen returned to finish third in his crate engined racer. Fourth went to Alex Paden, and fifth to Darin Gallagher.

Sixth through tenth belonged to Tyler Denochick, Mike Marano, II, Darren Pifer, Kotie Kirkbride, and Jacob Bova, in his Warriors debut. The heat winners were Cody Bova and Kornbau. There was no B Main.

Bob Schwartzmiller led the entire fifteen laps in the Precise Racing Products Sock Cars. It was just his third start of the season. Taking second was Tim Burns, who flew American flags on the roof of his machine in celebration of Independence Day. Third went to Curtis J. Bish, fourth to Andy Thompson, and fifth to Rob Shook. In positions six through ten, it was Gary Miller, Jr., Andy Buckley, Ryan Newman, Mark Peck, Jr., and Charlie Baptiste. The final runner was Leigh Wheeler. Heats went to Burns and Buckley. There was no B Main.

Kyle Fink dominated the Approved Toilet Rentals finale for the 358 Modifieds. Jimmy Holden ran second most of the way, but blew his engine on the final lap. That moved J.R. McGinley into second. Brian Schaffer had a career best third. Rich Whitney recovered from an early spin to get fourth, ahead of high school student Kyle Holden. Shane Izzo placed sixth. Max Smoker, Clyde Gumpp, Jimmy Holden (based on laps completed), and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. completed the top ten. Preliminaries went to Jimmy Holden and Whitney. There was no B Main.

All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars: Lee Jacobs, Chad Kemenah, Rod George, Tim Shaffer, Cody Darrah, Danny Holtgraver, Dale Blaney, Ryan Smith, Brandon Matus, Greg Wilson, Adam Kekich, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Kody Kinser, Brent Matus, Carl Bowser, Dan Shetler, Sheldon Haudenschild, Travis Philo, Caleb Helms, Andrew Palker, A.J. Flick, Scott Priester, Parker Price-Miller, Danny Smith. DNQ: John McCracken, Jr., Michael Bauer, Andy McKisson, Dennis Wagner, Dan Kuriger, Eric Williams, Francis Sesco, Jimmy Morris, Sye Lynch.

Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: George Englert, Evan Kornbau, Joe McEwen, Alex Paden, Darin Gallagher, Tyler Denochick, Mike Marano, II, Darren Pifer, Kotie Kirkbride, Jacob Bova, Greg Dobrosky.

Precise Racing products Stock Cars: Bob Schwartzmiller, Tim Burns, Curtis J. Bish, Andy Thompson, Rob Shook, Gary Miller, Jr., Andy Buckley, Ryan Newman, Mark Peck, Jr., Charlie Baptiste, Leigh Wheeler.

Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Kyle Fink , J.R. McGinley, Brian Schaffer, Rich Whitney, Kyle Holden, Shane Izzo, Max Smoker, Clyde Gumpp, Jimmy Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Kevin Green, Dillon Barr, Sidney Unverzagt, Jr., Lonnie Riggs.

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.

Matus B.O.S.S. at Mercer; McGinley Scores Emotional Win

Bova, Bish, and Fulton Also Victorious

Mercer, PA (May 23, 2015): Brandon Matus, the third generation racer from Wampum, PA, was the Mo Vaughn Transport B.O.S.S. winner at Mercer Raceway Park. He led another Mercer regular, Gale Ruth, Jr. to the finish. Taking third for the invaders was Mike Miller.

Other winners included J.R. McGinley in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. McGinley dedicated the win to the memory of his late mother, Pam, who recently succumbed to brain cancer. In the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Cody Bova scored his second win of the season, holding off points leader George Hobaugh, Jr., in the process. Curtis J. Bish romped to the win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, as did Tyler Fulton in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.


Brandon Matus was unsure whether he was even going to come to the track tonight. He struggled in a winged 410 Sprint show at another area speedway the night before, and “I ran this race last year, and I really $uck*d.” But, he got tips from several friends from other areas of the country where the Sprints regularly race without wings. “Some friends from Indiana gotta get the credit, because they set the car up for me.” Hopefully, Matus saved the notes for next year’s running of this race.

Andy Feil rode the cushion in turns one and two to take the early lead in the B.O.S.S. feature event. He was followed by Brandon Spithaler and Shawn Westerfield. Feil withstood Spithaler’s challenges for the first three laps. However, on lap four, Feil spun in turn four. In the scramble that immediately followed, he collected Westerfield. Aaron Middaugh was also involved in the caution. He and Westerfield were able to continue, but Feil was done for the night.

That put local favorite Brandon Spithaler on the point for the restart, with teenager Cooper Clouse in second, Brandon Matus in third, and Gale Ruth, Jr. and Jack Sodeman, Jr. rounding out the top five. Soon after racing resumed, Matus rode the rim in turns one and two to take second from Clouse. Nonetheless, Spithaler still had a commanding lead.

A pair of cautions slowed the pace, the second one coming when Jack Sodeman spun after being struck from behind by Kirk Jeffries. Sodeman managed to keep his car moving, but several others spun. When the dust finally settled, Arnie Kent was sitting in the corner. His car was hit by Dustin Smith. While the cars were circulating under the yellow, Spithaler parked his car in turn two, the victim of an apparent blown radiator hose.

Matus thus inherited the lead, with Clouse, Ruth, Sodeman, and Miller right behind. Two laps after the green was displayed, Ruth moved into second, and he started to close the gap on Matus. Matus was up to the test, tough. Indeed, he maintained his advantage, despite two more brief interruptions before the checkers flew.

As the laps wound down, it seemed as though there would be a Mercer sweep of the top three positions. But, Sodeman got hung up on the cushion in turns one and two on lap 23, and then he made contact with another car. Sodeman lost valuable ground, but was able to keep moving to the finish.

Behind the home-town drivers, Matus and Ruth, was Miller, Clouse, and Kent Walters. Arnie Kent recovered from two mishaps to earn the sixth position. Chad Wilson led Sodeman to the stripe. Middaugh was ninth, and Bob McMillen tenth.

The heat winners for the B.O.S.S. Sprints were Gale Ruth, Jr., Shawn Westerfield, Brandon Spithaler, and Andy Feil. The B Main belonged to Chad Wilson.

J.R. McGinley registered an emotional win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. McGinley jumped out to a big lead as the racers completed the first 17 laps without interruption. However, two more cautions slowed his trek to victory lane. “I got worried,” he said about the rash of late-race cautions.

Little did he know that we would have to fend off a stiff challenge from Lonny Riggs to score the win. “I fired right here (pointing to turn four) and I could hear him right beside me and I wasn’t going to give it up.” But, on that final restart, Lonny Riggs mustered up the horsepower to move into the lead as he battled side by side with McGinley. McGinley fought back coming off the second corner and there was slight contact between the two as they raced toward turn three. “I thought that I was going to get pushed out of first again,” McGinley explained. He was referring to a similar skirmish that he had with Jimmy Holden the last time out, when Holden went on to victory. Both drivers kept control of their mounts, but Riggs pushed high entering the corner, and McGinley hugged the bottom to take command. “We rode each other fairly hard, and he pushed hard into three and four and that gave me the bottom to get it.”

McGinley thus powered off turn four to the popular triumph. Tommy Kristyak followed him into the second spot. Riggs recovered to take third. Kyle Fink was fourth and Richard Whitney crossed in fifth, after racing second for the first 17 rounds.

Jimmy Holden, Clyde Gumpp, Brian Schaffer, Max Smoker, and Frank Guidace completed the top ten.

Jimmy Holden and Tommy Kristyak prevailed in their respective heats. There was no B Main.

In the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, C.J. Jones raced out front until Cody Bova swept by him just before the halfway mark. Evan Kornbau was turning in an impressive performance until he slipped off the edge of the backstretch with 14 laps completed. A number of other racers checked up, and that caused a four-car tangle in the second corner.

Bova led the rest of the way to earn the win. Hobaugh came back from an early race incident to take the second spot. Jones held on for third. Darren Pifer passed Rob Felix late in the contest for fourth. Kotie Kirkbride was sixth, Mark Rossey, Devin Litwiler, Chris Matthews, and Tim Callahan completed the top ten.

Preliminaries went to George Hobaugh and Darren Pifer. There was no B Main.

In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Curtis J. Bish drove to a convincing win. Along the way, he had to avoid contact with a lapped car, but, other than that, there was no stopping his ride to victory. Ryan Moyer fought off Gary Miller, Jr. for second. Tim Burns and Dillon Kinneston were fourth and fifth.

Andy Thompson, Pat Fielding, Curt Bish, Dennis Clark, and Joe Stajnrajh completed the top ten.

Tim Burns and Curtis J. Bish copped their qualifiers. There was no B Main.

Tyler Fulton was just as dominant in the nightcap for the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks. Steve Longwell, Sr. came through the field for second. Shane Shook, Patrick Hanlon, and Todd Kougher were the remaining finishers. The balance of the field was scored in this order based on laps completed: Roger Wigton, Josh Ehrenberg, Caleb Hickok, and Jordan Ehrenberg. Steve Longwell, Jr. was unable to start the event.

Jordan Ehrenberg scored in the only heat for the Mini Stocks. There was no B Main.

Next week, Mercer Raceway Park will present a triple-header of Sprint Cars. Joining the regular 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprints and the Bonnell’s Rod Shops Outlaw Sprint Warriors will be the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars. Also on the card will be the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites.

B.O.S.S. Sprint Cars: Brandon Matus, Gale Ruth, Jr., Mike Miller, Cooper Clouse, Kent Walters, Arnie Kent, Chad Wilson, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Aaron Middaugh, Bob McMillen, Jake Gomola, Brent Matus, Kirk Jeffries, Michael Fischesser, Cody Gardner, Shawn Westerfield, Justin Owen, Chuck WIlson, Brandon Spithaler, Dustin Smith, Andy Feil, Davey Jones.

Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: J.R. McGinley, Tommy Kristyak, Lonny Riggs, Kyle Fink, Richard Whitney, Jimmy Holden, Clyde Gumpp, Brian Schaffer, Max Smoker, Frank Guidace, Makayla Guidace, Sid Unversagt, Jr., Jeff Schaffer, Tommy Holden, Rob Curtis, Shayne Izzo (DNS

Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Cody Bova, George Hobaugh, Jr., C.J. Jones, Darren Pifer, Rob Felix, Kotie Kirkbride, Mark Rossey, Devin Litwiler, Chris Matthews, Tim Callahan, Evan Kornbau, Mike Marano, II, Greg Dobrosky, Alex Paden, Darin Gallagher, George Englert (DNS), Ken Rossey (DNS).

Precise Racing Products Stock Cars: Curtis J. Bish, Ryan Moyer, Gary Miller, Jr., Tim Burns, Dillon Kinneston, Andy Thompson, Pat Fielding, Curt Bish, Dennis Clark, Joe Stajnrajh, Mark Sanders, Terry Wheeler, Garrett Calvert, Michael Tonkinson (DNS), Jacob Billyk (DNS), David Baker (DNS).

Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks: Tyler Fulton, Steve Longwell, Sr., Shane Shook, Patrick Hanlon, Todd Kougher, Roger Wigton, Josh Ehrenberg, Caleb Hickok, Jordan Ehrenberg, Steve Longwell, Jr. (DNS).