Mercer, PA (April 23, 2014): Mercer Raceway Park will present another exciting Saturday Night Live! program on April 26. All six of the track’s regular racing divisions will be in action. Gates will open at 4 p.m., and racing will begin at 7 p.m.
In the 410 Sprint class, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Cooling, Carl Bowser will be looking to expand upon his slim one-point margin in the chase for the championship. Defending champ Jack Sodeman, Jr. is second, and the winner of the first race, Rod George, rides in third, just six points behind Bowser. Brandon Matus and Eric Williams round out the top five. Cole Duncan, Brandon Spithaler, Brent Matus, Arnie Kent, and Jimmy Seger complete the top ten. Popular drivers like Scott Priester, Dennis Wagner, Adam Kekich, and Dan Kuriger are currently outside the top ten, but a strong finish by any one of them could shake up the standings.
With a win and a top five finish to his credit, Kyle Fink sits atop the rankings in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified division. Shawn Fleeger, the only other competitor to have a pair of top five finishes in the early going, is 32 points behind the leader. Frankie Guidace climbed all the way up to third after his impressive victory last week. Jimmy Holden is up to fourth, and Lonny Riggs is now fifth after an early departure in his last outing. Makayla Guidace is currently sixth in her sophomore season. The Schaffer family, represented by Brian and Jeff, Jr., are seventh and eighth. They are in their their first year of competition! Eric Gabany and J.R. McGinley are also in the top ten.
Jimmy Morris is the new points leader in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. His consistency has put him just two points ahead of defending titleholder Michael Bauer. Last week’s winner, Andy Feil, is now third in the championship hunt. Mike Miller trails him by just three counters, and Mod Lite graduate Cody Bova is within striking distance of the leaders. George Hobaugh, Jr., a veteran of the Micro Sprint class but a rookie in the full-sized winged machines, holds down sixth. Speedy C.J. Jones, and Eric L. Williams are next in the rankings. Mike Marano, III, who turned over the reins to Brandon Matus while he recovers from burns suffered on the first night of racing, is ninth. Under track rules, the points are awarded to the car. Another newcomer to the class, Evan Kornbau, is tenth in the rankings.
In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Leigh Wheeler leads three time and defending champion Rusty Moore by only three markers. Pat Fielding sits in third, just ten points back from the leader.Ryan Moyer and William Hurrelbrink complete the top five.
With a win in the opener, Shane Pfeuffer tops the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Mark Marcucci, Chad Shearer, Darrin Gallagher, and Keith Smith trail the defending champion. The class will be back in action after having a week off due to the Sprint Car special held last week. So, you can be sure that the Modified Lite drivers will have a lot of pent up energy to unleash when they hit the speedway.
In the Mini Stock class, Mike McConnell has established himself as one of the top competitors, as he has a pair of top five finishes. Tyler Fulton picked up the win, his second of the season, and veteran Ed Haylett is looking to improve on his third place run just a week ago. Haylett recently announced that he will move up to the 358 Modified class this summer, so he would like to chalk up another win or two before he leaves his beloved Mini Stocks. Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles are the proud sponsors of this entertaining class.
Regular event ticket pricing will apply for this fun-filled program. That means that adults will enter the stands for just $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) are always free. The economical Family Pass will be $28, and that is good for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $25.
If you cannot make it to the track this week, the Park will present another Saturday Night Live! event on May 3. Remember that the All Stars Circuit of Champions will make their first of three appearances at the Park on May 10. Can Danny Holtgraver bag another Sprint Car special at his favorite track? Circle that date on your racing calendars, for you do not want to miss that one!
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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.