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.
Gabany, Bish, Jones, Fulton, and Bauer also Score
Mercer, PA (April 26, 2014): Jack Sodeman, Jr. grabbed win in the 410 Sprint feature presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply at Mercer Raceway Park. Sodeman had to hold off a furious charge by Eric “Turkey” WIlliams in the final six laps. The victory, coupled with the failure of points leader Carl Bowser to start the event, propelled the defending champion to the top of the standings. “It’s way too early to be worried about the points,” Sodeman quipped.
Eric Gabany scored his first Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature since last Fall’s Little Guys Nationals preliminary night feature. Curtis J. Bish was declared the winner in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars when apparent winner Leigh Wheeler came up 20 pounds light at the scales. Rod Jones raced to the win in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Tyler Fulton made a last-lap pass of points leader Mike McConnell to earn the checkers in the Mini Stocks offered by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. The finale for the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors went to Michael Bauer.