Just received the sad news Vern Hawley passed away. Vern was a former promoter at Hickory and Mercer Raceway & also father of Jimmy Hawley.
Williams, Holden, Morris, Moore, Englert and McConnell are Kings
Mercer, PA (September 6, 3024): Due to wet grounds and rain in the forecast, the racing at Mercer Raceway Park was canceled. Because there will be no make-up date for this event, the 2014 track champions are now determined. Racing will resume on September 26-27 with the fifteenth annual Little Guy Nationals. Registrations are available from the track office, 724-662-1310, as well as the track website, www.mercerracewaypark.com. Get them in now to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Taking the honors in the 410 Sprint Car class was Eric “Turkey” Williams, of Greenville. It was his second crown offered by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. Finishing second was the Kittanning Comet, Rod George. Adam Kekich edged out Brandon Matus for third. Defending champ Jack Sodeman, Jr. held on for fifth despite missing several shows due to an injury. Completing the top ten were Scott Priester, Dan Kiriger, rookie A.J. Flick, Brent Matus, and Francis Sesco.
Mercer, PA (August 24, 2014): The Steel City Outlaw, Tim Shaffer, is the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Champion. He earned the honor in the 25th running of the event at Mercer Raceway Park, which is minutes from his home in Aliquippa, PA. The four-time champ of the All Stars Circuit of Champions held off his protege, Danny Holtgraver, and The Wild Child, Jac Haudenschild. It was the second straight night that a local All Star made it to victory lane. The two-day event was presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop, and it included a party with live music, a hog roast, and other activities to entertain the fans and to raise money for the injured driver relief fund.
Tyler Denochick, of Morrisdale, PA, quickly figured out the fast way around Mercer Raceway Park. He held off Michael Bauer to claim the win in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors in just his second appearance at the track. Frankie Guidace made a three-wide pass of leader Shawn Fleeger and a lapped car to take the top spot in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The nightcap for the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series belonged to Shaun Fawcett, who inherited the lead after a spectacular tangle between the leaders, Curtis J. Bish and Randy Wyant on what would have been the final lap of the contest.
Jones, McGinley, and Wyant also Win
Mercer, PA (August 23, 2014): Dale Blaney threw the monkey off his back. He won his first career Sprint Car race at Mercer Raceway Park, and it came against the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series. The win came on the first night of the 25th Annual Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championship presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. To get it, the nation’s winningest Sprint Car driver had to fight off the challenges of Jac Haudenschild.
C.J. Jones won his second straight race, and fourth of the season, in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. After missing several events, J.R. McGinley returned to the Park and earned his second feature win of the season in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The silver bullet, Randy Wyant, prevailed in the finale for the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, operating under the Open Stock rules.
Holden, Moore, Jones, Englert, and Longwell, Jr. also Prevail
Mercer, PA (August 16, 2014): Andy McKisson took advantage of a miscue by divisional rookie A.J. Flick to take the lead on lap 12, and then held off the youngster in the final laps to claim victory at Mercer Raceway Park in the 410 Sprints presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. It was the veteran’s first win of the season after getting a late start on the action. The evening’s events, including bicycle races for the children, was made possible by Approved Toilet Rentals and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
Jimmy Holden overtook the point leader, Kyle Fink, with three laps in the books, and went on to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature. The win propelled Holden into the points lead by just four counters, with the double-point finale on September 6 looming on the horizon. In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Rusty Moore cruised to his sixth win of the season in his quest for a fourth straight point championship. C.J. Jones ran out front through the entire contest for the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. George Englert captured his fifth feature win in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Steve Longwell, Jr. wore the nightcap for the Mini Stocks running under the twin banners of Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.