Mercer, PA (September 4, 2013): Point championships will be on the line this Saturday, September 7, at Mercer Raceway Park. And, in two of the divisions, the outcome is in doubt. To help get the racers ready for this important contest, the speedway will host an open practice session tonight.
Gates will open at 3 and the practice session will run until dusk. The session is open to all classes of cars. A pit fee of $20 will apply. Due to insurance regulations, the spectator viewing areas will not be open to the public.
The big question entering Saturday night’s action is who will wear the crown in the 410 Sprint division? Eric Williams, the defending champ from Greenville, leads North Jackson, OH’s Jack Sodeman, Jr. by only two points! With double points at stake, you know that they will be fighting for every position. The winner will get the accolades and the largest share of the pie at the annual banquet. The award will be furnished, of course, by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New Wilmington Motors, and Ralph Butch, Inc.
Similarly, in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Michael Bauer, of Clarion, is going for his first career title at the Park. Bauer has already clinched one championship at another area speedway, so he will be the odds-on favorite to claim the honors. Jimmy Morris is till within shooting distance, though, so Bauer will have to race hard to ensure a victory.
Frank Guidace is the favorite to regain the title in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Shane Pfeuffer is on track to earn his first championship in the Modified Lites, presented by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Rusty Moore is looking to salt away his third consecutive award. Jamey Lee should also earn his first trophy for the Mini Stocks, sponsored by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectables.
Saturday will also be Meet Your Heroes Night, presented by Herr’s. That means that all fans will get the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite drivers on the front stretch during intermission. So, the fans can offer words of encouragement to the drivers before they enter those pivotal final events.
The gates will open at 4 and practice will start at 6:30 on Saturday evening. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.
Regular event ticket prices will prevail for Saturday’s program. So, for just $13 adults will gain admission. Seniors (60+) will be admitted for $11, and students (ages 9-15) for $5. Children (ages 8 and under) will be admitted for free. Once again, the track will offer the Family Pass for $28, and that is good for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $25.
Remember, that there will be no racing on the oval the following weekend. Instead, the action will be in the pulling pit. The USA East Region Fall Finals Pulling Event will be held at the track on September 14.
Remember, too, that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track’s website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.
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.