Fink, Jones, and Loghan also Triumph
Mercer, PA (May 31, 2014): Jared Zimbardi scored the victory in the ASCS Patriot Sprint Tour event hosted at Mercer Raceway Park by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. The triumph allowed Zimbardi to stretch his lead in the standings for the touring series. He ran third earlier in the season in a 410 Sprint Car race at the track, and said that it was an important learning experience.
Kyle Fink, the points leader in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, captured his second win of the season, after a spirited battle with Lonny Riggs and Jimmy Holden. C.J. Jones copped the Outlaw Sprint Warrior main, presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop. Chris Loghan, the last racer to arrive on the grounds, took the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites.
“It was going to get interesting in lapped traffic,” Zimbardi said. “I was pretty good around one and two on the high side, but I guess he (Steve Collins) made it a little easier for me.” Indeed, Collins clipped a lapped car, spinning both, and that gave Zimbardi control of the event. He almost gave the race away by making an adjustment to his top wing. “I slid the wing back on that last restart and the thing hooked up so much I just about drove over the frontstretch cone.”
Brenda Shanklin from Navarre, Ohio has had a month of May that will be in her memory bank for some time. The eighteen year old Stark County native graduated high school in the month of May of this year to mark a certain milestone in her young life. And then on Sunday evening at Mercer Raceway Park she took another ‘first’ with a victory in the Big Rigs class for USA-EAST Sled Pulling.
Shanklin’s truck, a very unique Dodge Bighorn, is powered by a 3406 CAT engine with an automatic transmission. The combination proved to work just perfectly on the track at Mercer Raceway. “Black Sheep” was built by her father, Lew Shanklin and his crew chief Tim White. The truck had not lived up to its earlier billing in the past two years, but all of the pieces came together at Mercer for the young lady from Navarre.
Holden, Morris, Fielding and Hickok also Score
Mercer, PA (May 24, 2014): Dustin Smith nipped local favorite Brandon Spithaler by .014 seconds to win the Buckeye Machine Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series event at Mercer Raceway Park. Smith’s win snapped at two-race streak for Spithaler at his home track. The evening’s exciting program was presented by R & F Sales.
Jimmy Holden grabbed the early lead and held control throughout the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified event. Jimmy Morris held off three-time winner Michael Bauer in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Pat Fielding claimed his first win of the season in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Caleb Hickok passed Tim Callahan with two rounds left for the win in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
Mercer, PA (May 10, 2014): Just 24 hours earlier, Jac Haudenschild chased Lee Jacobs to the finish of the All Stars Circuit of Champions, but, at Mercer Raceway Park, it was the Wild Child who was humming the refrain from “Catch me if you can” from the drop of the green. While Jacobs turned in another impressive performance, he was unable to close the gap on the streaking white machine wrenched by Scott Benic, son of Mercer’s Track Manager, Frank Benic.
Michael Bauer captured his second straight win in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. It was his third in four tries this season. Tim Bish outdistanced Trusty Rusty Moore to capture the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks. Jeff Teeters took the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites.