Fan's can get a great view of the event by purchasing general admission tickets. To gain unlimited access to the event a pit pass purchase is required. A pit pass will grant access to the pit area as well as parking in the infield for an up close and personal view of the pulling event. Infield parking is on a first come, first served basis.
General admission prices are as follows:
Students 8-14 $7
7 and Under FREE
Senior 60+ $13.
For anyone interested in more specific details on the pulling divisions please visit: www.fullpullproductions.com
Great weather is forecasted, however in the event that changes the events rain date is Sunday Sept 17th.
Watson's Inc. is the areas leading Massey Ferguson dealer and will be providing support for this event. Located on US Route 62 in between Mercer and Hermitage be sure to visit them for all your tractor and implement needs.
Jordan Thomas and Steve Collins have won the two most recent races in the Patriot series, but Jared Zimbardi, of Bradford, leads the way with five victories. That has staked him to a 26 point advantage over Collins in the quest for the crown. They will be on hand, along with over twenty other racers. The Patriot Sprints have 360 cubic inch powerplants in the cars, and they will fly around the tricky Mercer oval. This appearance is made possible by Bonnell's Rod Shop, of Fairview.
In the track's customary Saturday Night Live! racing, the drivers will earn their final points of the season. After the racing is done, the champions will be recognized. Some of the contests are close, so the competition will be intense.
Jack Sodeman, Jr. is looking to repeat in the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars. He has only 14 points to his credit over Michael Bauer, who is trying for his first title in the top class at the speedway. A position here or a position there on the track could make all of the difference. George Hobaugh, Jr. has a 40 point margin over Rod George for third, but Hobaugh wants that first victory in the 410 Sprints. He had a great run going the last time out, but faded in the final laps of the Summer Shootout, which was won by Danny Holtgraver. If Hobaugh can pull it off this week, he will take home $2,000. Plenty of other drivers will have their say, including Dan Kuriger, Jimmy Morris, Mike Miller, and Gary Kriess, Jr.
The Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprints will make it a Sprint Car triple header! Darin Gallagher has an insurmountable lead, but don't count out Gregg McCandless, Andy Priest, or Mike Marano, II, as they will fight for the win and the $600 check that will be awarded to the victor.
Likewise, Jimmy Holden seemingly has control of the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds. He got a boost from an unlikely source last week when rival Kyle Fink drove the Holden machine to a win over Lonny Riggs. Fink is expected to return to his own car, so Holden will have to fend him off as well. Sid Unverzagt, Jr. would like to register his first win at the speedway, too. Veterans Tommy Kristyak, J.R. McGinley, and Kevin Green will be among the other challengers for the $800 prize.
In the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, $400 will be on the line for the win. Mark Marcucci picked up the loot last week, and the win gave him enough points to overtake Shane Webb in the season standings. But if Webb, or one of the other pilots, can defeat Marcucci, there will be an extra $250 added to the purse, courtesy of J.S. Bova Excavating of Struthers, OH. The bounty brought out some extra cars, and more are expected this week to try and dethrone Marcucci.
And, last but not least, those Mini Stocks will thrill the fans with their exciting wheel to wheel action as they fight for a winner's share of $200. Bill Fuchs has stretched his lead over Tim Callahan in the points battle and it appears as though Fuchs will claim the title offered by Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking. Shane Shook, Isaac Paden, Tyler Fulton, and Ed Haylett will want to end the regular season on a high note if they can.
Herr's Snack Foods will sponsor the popular Meet Your Heroes session at the intermission. The drivers will bring their cars from the pit area and park them behind the grandstand, so the spectators can mix and mingle with them. This is a fun time for fans of all ages to talk with their favorite racers, take pictures, or get autographs.
The fun will continue after the racing is finished, too. For the first time, the speedway will host a championship party in the pits. The divisional champions will be announced, and everyone can partake in the tasty Pig Roast thanks to Thoma's Meat Market. There will also be a DJ and other entertainment. All fans are welcome to participate!
For those who want to kick back and take it easy after the races, there will be plenty of free camping available.
The gates will swing open at 4 p.m. Hot laps and qualifications will start at 6 p.m., with heat racing to follow.
Adult admission for this great event will be just $15. Seniors (60+) will be admitted for $13, and students (9-15) for $7. The youngsters (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Passes will be available for the low price of $35. That will apply to two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will also be $35.
Remember that there are no races scheduled for the oval during the month of September. The Fall Finals for the USA East Regional Truck and Tractor pullers will take over the speedway on September 16. The Eighteenth Annual LIttle Guys Nationals will round out the action on October 6 and 7. Watch the website or your favorite media outlets for details on that can't miss event.
Remember, too, 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.
Marketing partners of Mercer Raceway Park for 2107 include Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants, Scheidemantle Motors, Greenhill Farms Equipment, Inc., the Normandy Banquet Center of Hickory VFW Post 6166, Ritenour Equipment Center, Pizza Joe's, AMSOIL, Noga Ambulance Service, Inc., Pyrotechnico, Watson's, Inc., Big Dog Indoor Racing & Hobby, Herr's Foods, the American Cancer Society, Sunburst Environmental, and Lias Tires. 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.
Danny Holtgraver returned to familiar territory, the victory lane at Mercer Raceway Park, when he captured the Summer Shootout presented by J.S. Bova Excavating. It was his second Mercer victory of the season despite racing just a part-time schedule. The race was a battle for bragging rights between the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprints and the potent FAST Sprints from the Fremont Attica Sprint Tour. While Holtgraver has considerable experience racing in Western Ohio with the All Stars, he cut his teeth on the tricky Mercer oval.
Also getting wins on this special night were Cody Bova in the FAST and Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprint challenge, Kyle Fink in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, Shane Shook in the Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks, and Mark Marcucci in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites.
Regarding his limited appearances this season, Holtgraver has a remarkable winning percentage. "This is working out pretty good," he said. "Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and that was the situation right there, you know, a couple of guys dropped out." But Holtgraver was being humble, for he was also good, quite good, when it counted. "Once I got the wing back a little bit and found the cushion, it was on the edge, and once I found it, I just ran the he!! out of it."
Adam Kekich and George Hobaugh, Jr. had the front row for the start of the thirty lapper. Holtgraver and the defending Mercer track champion, Jack Sodeman, Jr. had the second row, with Broc Martin and Chris Andrew in the third. At the drop of the green, Kekich led Hobaugh into the first corner, and Holtgraver maneuvered past Sodeman for third. Sodeman slipped past Holtgraver by the time the first lap was completed, however.
Kekich led through the first caution, which occurred on lap four when Jimmy Morris stopped on the back chute. Kekich was able to lead only one more lap, though. His car slowed in turn one with five complete, and he drove into the infield coming off the second corner. That gave the lead over to Hobaugh, who was gunning for his first ever 410 victory at Mercer Raceway Park.
Hobaugh control of the race, but Sodeman was beginning to reel him in as they approached lapped traffic. With thirteen laps completed, the race took a dramatic turn. Hobaugh bobbled between turns one and two, losing some of his momentum. Sodeman saw an opportunity and he dove inside Hobaugh as they both tried to sort through the slower cars. They were side by side coming off turn two, and touched wheels. Both cars spun, but Hobaugh was able to keep moving. Miraculously, he also kept the lead. Sodeman was not so fortunate, as he spun to a halt midway down the back stretch.
Hobaugh kept the point for the restart, but now he had Holtgraver on his tail. Andrews tried to sneak past Holtgraver coming off turn four when the race resumed, but Holtgraver had the better line through one and two to keep the second position. Meanwhile, Martin and Dan Kuriger were fighting for fourth.
Vincent Doughtery slowed the pace four laps later when he stopped in turn two. Hobaugh still had the when things went green again, but Holtgraver was busy searching for a faster line. He found something on the outside of turns three and four and he began to mount a serious challenge for the lead. With 22 complete, he and Hobaugh were wheel to wheel coming off turn four, but Hobaugh was not ready to give up the lead. The next time around, he had no choice, as Holtgraver made a powerful move coming through three and four to take the lead.
Holgraver's journey to the checkers was interrupted once more for another stopped car in the second corner. This time, it was D.J. Foos, who had charged from deep in the field to make a bid for a top five finish.
Holtgraver showed Hobaugh his heels over the final six laps. During that time, the battle on the track was for the fourth spot, involving Andrews and Kuriger. Kuriger did get a nose under Andrews once, between three and four, but Andrews rallied to keep the position.
At the checkers, it was Holtgraver by over 2.7 seconds. Hobaugh maintained second, his best finish at the Park. Martin, Andrews, and Kuriger were next across the finish line. Brian Lay was sixth, ahead of Michael Bauer, Duane Zablocki, Tyler Gunn, and Shawn Valenti.
The evening's fastest qualifier in the FAST and Precise Racing Products 410 Sprints was Danny Holtgraver. He turned in a time of 14.089 seconds. The heat wins were scored by Michael Bauer, Dan Kuriger, and Jimmy Morris. There was no B Main.
Cody Bova fought off a persistent Paul Weaver to earn his tenth victory in 305 Sprint Car racing at the Park. For the former 305 Sprint car champion , it was his fist victory on the tough FAST 305 circuit.
Bova was especially pleased with the outcome, as his family's business was the sponsor for the night. "This one is huge, I don't know if it's soaked in yet," he said. "To come out here and win at my home track, and win my first FAST race, man, this is awesome." It wasn't easy, though. "There were a lot of close calls there, especially once Paul (Weaver) passed me, I wasn't giving it up that easy, so to pass him in lapped traffic and have some close calls like that, it's pretty special."
Bova led from the start, but Weaver and Nate Dussel were battling for second in the early going. Once Weaver took control of the position, he began to chase down the leader. Weaver tried the high side, and then the low side, but he was unable to get past Bova. Finally, he swept around Bova coming through turn four. Bova immediately began to plan his counterattack.
Bova stayed close as the leaders approached lapped traffic. He dipped low in the first corner and regained the lead on lap 14. Bova would continue to lead the rest of the 25 lap distance, but he knew that Weaver was constantly close.
When the checkers flew, Bova had a slim margin of .582 seconds over the veteran Weaver. Dussel crossed in third. Andy Priest was fourth, and Kyle Capodice was fifth. Steven Rando, Seth Schneider, Landon LaLonde, Chase Dunham, and Mike Marano, II completed the top ten.
The FAST and Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprints did not take time this evening. Their heat winners were Seth Schneider, Nate Dussel, and Bobby Clark.
Kyle Fink was aboard Jimmy Holden's car for this night of racing. He brought the car to victory lane for the eighth time of the season in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modified division. For Fink it was win number four, with the three previous triumphs being in his own machine. "I knew I had to win in that car. If I didn't win in that car, people were going to talk."
When asked to compare the Holden car to his own, Fink said "I like this. That motor is better than what I got." He added, "I can't thank Dean Holden enough for letting me run his car tonight. I've chased those guys for a looong time and for them to say 'hey, drive our car, that's great, really good.'"
Lonny Riggs chased Fink the entire way, but could not get close enough to make a move for the win. Kyle Holden scored his best finish at the track, a third, followed by J.R. McGinley and Tommy Kristyak. Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jason Sines, Richard Whitney, Kevin Green, and Jerry Bowser were the remaining finishers.
In the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, Lonnie Riggs topped the speed chart, at 17.125 seconds. Tommy Kristyak and Sid Unverzagt, Jr. prevailed in their respective heat races.
Isaac Paden bolted out front at the start of the Mini Stock feature presented by Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking. Paden held off Tyler Fulton in the early going, and later Bill Fuchs and Shane Shook. But, lady luck was not on Paden's side, as a mechanical problem knocked him from the lead. Shook was in position to pick up the slack and led the final five laps. Fuchs was second, with Fulton third. Tim Callahan and Mike Porterfield were fourth and fifth. Ed Haylett, Summer Pitts, Pat Hanlon, Karlee Longwell, and WIlliam Haylett completed the top ten.
Anthony Shetter was unhurt when he flipped his car in a turn four crash during the feature.
The Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks had a pair of heats, won by Tyler Fulton and Isaac Paden.
Mark Marcucci captured his eighth feature win in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Marcucci had a $200 bounty on his head, but nobody could collect the extra cash. Marcucci methodically worked his way to the front and took the lead on lap nine. Alan Dellinger and Doug Stanley, both of whom have graced victory lane at the track this season, were no match for Marcucci this night. They were second and third. Fourth went to Cole Petrelle. Joey Zambotti was fifth. Jacob Bova, Brandon Shaw, Vivian Jones, Chris Logan, and Bob Boano were the next five across the line.
Mark Marcucci qualified the best in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, at 18.852 seconds. Preliminaries belonged to Kenny Meadows, Rod Jones, and Joey Zambotti.
Next week, August 26, will be the regular season finale. There will be racing for all five Saturday Night Live! divisions, and it will be the final night of points. Season championships will be determined. Before the feature events, all fans will get the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite drivers, as it will be a Herr's Meet Your Heroes Night as well. But, there is more! The Patriot Sprint Tour will be in, courtesy of Bonnell's Rod Shop, to make up for the rainout earlier in the season. Watch the website for details of some other fun activities to be added to the card.
Remember that the only action set for the speedway during the month of September will be the Final Fall Nationals for the USA East Region. The sound and the fury of the trucks and tractors will be presented by Watson's Inc.
Mercer Raceway Park will host the final racing on the oval on October 6 and 7, when the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals will be presented by American Racer Tires.
FAST/Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars: Danny Holtgraver, George Hobaugh, Jr., Broc Martin, Chris Andrews, Dan Kuriger, Brian Lay, Michael Bauer, Duane Zablocki, Tyler Gunn, Shawn Valenti, Bryan Saulsbery, Mike Miller, Vincent Dougherty, Joe Lockhart, Eric L. WIlliams, D.J. Foos, Gary Kriess, Jr., Jack Sodeman, Jr., Adam Kekich, Jim Morris, Dennis Wagner (DNS), Jeremy Hill (DQ). FAST/Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprint Cars: Cody Bova, Paul Weaver, Nate Dussel, Andy Priest, Kyle Capodice, Steven Rando, Seth Schneider, Landon LaLonde, Chase Dunham, Mike Marano, II, Jason Keckler, Kelsey Ivy, Dustin Rall, Bobby Clark, Tyler Street, Darin Gallagher, Gregg McCandless, Bob McMillin, Jeremy Kornbau, Mike Miller, George Englert (DNS). Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds: Kyle Fink, Lonny Riggs, Kyle Holden, J.R. McGinley, Tommy Kristyak, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jason Sines, Richard Whitney, Kevin Green, Jerry Bowser, Shawn Fleeger. Ray's Racing Collectibles/Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks: Shane Shook, Bill Fuchs, Tyler Fulton, Tim Callahan, Mike Porterfield, Ed Haylett, Summer Pitts, Pat Hanlon, Karlee Longwell, WIlliam Haylett, Nick Steiger, Isaac Paden, Justin Bailey, J.R. Shaner, Anthony Shetter, Joe Campbell, Josh McCracken (DNS). Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites: Mark Marcucci, Alan Dellinger, Doug Stanley, Cole Petrelle. Joey Zambotti, Jacob Bova, Brandon Shaw, Vivian Jones, Chris Logan, Bob Boano, Jason Johnston, Jacob Eakin, A.J. Barris, Dusty Frantz, Justin Eddy, Chris Robinson, Ed Murdick, Kenny Meadows, Shane Webb, Rod Jones, Doug Jones, Jay Dye (DNS), Tyler Parnell (DNS).