Boyd and Fulton Victors in Winter Speedfest at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (January 5, 2014): After dominating most of the Jack Frost 150 at Mercer Raceway Park, Fredonia’s Ron Boyd, Jr. needed a little luck to overtake his teammate, Ryan Boyd, and capture the big win. Tyler Fulton turned in the performance of his life, lapping the entire field in the Snowflake 25 for the Mini Stock division.

The Boyds started deep in the 54 car field. Winner Ron was 38th on the grid, and Ryan was in 40th. At the drop of the green, Ron went to the outside of the track, and he methodically worked his way past the heavy traffic.

While the Boyds were working their way forward, there was a tight battle for the lead. The early laps of the event were led by Aaron Hill, who grabbed the point from his second starting spot. Skip Lindemuth came from twelfth and challenged Hill. Brian Sprague was also in the mix. Indeed, he took the lead away from Hill after a dozen laps were completed. Lindemuth snuck past him on lap fifteen, but he could not open any distance on his rivals. Sprague rallied back to regain the lead. He brought Hill to the fore, and Hill passed Sprague after two more circuits.

By now, the high-flying Boyd, Ron that is, was ready to make his move. He seized control of the event on lap 20, with Hill and Milbert running close behind. Sprague fell to fourth, and enduro meister Tim Gillette ran in fifth. Gillette advanced as far front as third, before dropping out of the race.

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Chrysler Survives One Lap Dash for the Cash in Little Guy Nationals

Bauer, Hay, Schneider, Koffler, Haefke, Michael, and Bish also Win

Mercer, PA (September 22, 2013): Randy Chrysler saw his half lap lead evaporate when the caution flag came down instead of the checkers that he anticipated at Mercer Raceway Park. That gave J.R. McGinley one last shot at the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 14th Annual Little Guy Nationals, but Chrysler was up to the task on the green-checker finish. The event attracted 197 cars for the second night of competition, presented by American Racer Tire, Ben Bissett Chevrolet, Rock Concrete, and East Penn Carriers.

MIchael Bauer put the capper on an outstanding season in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors feature event. The victory ensured Bauer’s championship in the Cavalcade points to go along with two track titles. Mikey Hay scored the big win in the Bilstein Modified Lite STARS National Championship event, which was also presented by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Chris Schneider made a bold last turn pass to steal the win away from Rusty Martz in the first of two Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car features. The other went to Curtis J. Bish.

Paul Koffler, Jr. grabbed the lead from Shane Smith on lap three of the Mini Stock feature offered by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Jeff Haefke celebrated his birthday in fine style, taking the checkers in the Micro Sprint feature. Rich Michael, Jr. scored his second win of the weekend in the E-Mod feature.

Randy ChryslerAfter reaching victory lane, Randy Chrysler let out a big whoop of joy. It was a difficult weekend for him. “We were running second on Friday night, and we started losing power, we thought it was the tranny, but it may have been the engine.” He continued, “so, my two crew guys went back to Niagara Falls to get the back-up car and they didn’t make it back until five in the morning.” With Saturday’s rain-out, however, they were able to catch up on their sleep and get the other car ready for battle.
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Gabany Tops 358 Modifieds on Night One of Little Guy Nationals

Morris, Meadows, Moore, Furney, Pyle, and Michael also Triumph

Mercer, PA (September 20, 2013): Over 180 cars, 183 to be exact, registered to compete in night number one of the Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park, presented by American Racer Tires. Taking the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds was Eric Gabany with a dominant performance. The hometown driver was back on familiar turf, after spending most of the season racing his potent 358 Modified against the Big Blocks at a neighboring speedway.

The luck was with Jimmy Morris in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He used a borrowed engine, but his big break came on a lap three restart when the leaders tangled and he managed to avoid getting collected in the melee.

Kenny Meadows won the Bilstein STARS Modified Lite National event, which was shortened three laps due to the expiration of the time limit. Rusty Moore, the three-time divisional champion, scored in the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks.

D.J. Furney outdistanced the competition in the Micro Sprints. Cody Pyle racked up the win in the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. Rich Michael, Jr. wired the field in the E-Mods.

Eric GabanyA few weeks ago, Eric Gabany returned to the Mercer Raceway Park for a bit of a refresher. He explained that he learned a lot racing against the more powerful cars elsewhere, but he was glad to be home for this big double-header weekend. Once again, he had the outside groove mastered, so it was like he had never been away. “I knew that the outside would be hard to beat, but I was really worried about my weight.” He continued, “with all those cautions, I ended up being about twelve pounds over, so it was pretty close.”

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