Mercer, PA (July 9, 2013): Saturday, July 13, will be Racing for the Cure Night at Mercer Raceway Park. This program will be presented by the American Cancer Society, and all cancer survivors will be admitted for free!
The action on the speedway will be a normal Saturday Night Live! program. That’s right, all six of the track’s exciting divisions will compete. The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars have been restored to the card, replacing the FASTRAK Northeast Regional Touring Series for Pro (Crate) Late Models. The Stocks will join the 410 Sprint Cars, performing for Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New Wilmington Motors, and Ralph Butch, Inc.; the 358 Modifieds, endorsed by Approved Toilet Rentals; the Outlaw Sprint Warriors, campaigning for Bonnell’s Collision Center; the Modified Lites, sponsored by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete; and the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
With no points on the line last week due to the appearance of the UNOH All Stars, Eric Williams, of Greenville, still leads the way in the 410 Sprint division. Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Scott Priester are within shooting distance, however. Other contenders include Dan Kuriger, Adam Kekich, Chris Best, Bob McMillin, John McCracken, Jr., Rod George, Gale Ruth, Jr., and many more.
Likewise, Frankie Guidace remains atop the standings in the 358 Modifieds. Kykle Fink, the winner the last time out, inched ahead of Jeff Schaffer, J.R. McGinley, and Jimmy Holden for second. Lonny Riggs is hovering nearby as well. Just 20 points separate Fink from Riggs, so every position on the track will be hotly contested among them. Makayla Guidace, Max Smoker, Shawn Fleeger, and Matt Reeher complete the top ten in the rankings.
Michael Bauer supplanted Joe McEwen as the points leader in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors when Smokin Joe could not start the race last Saturday due to a broken camshaft. McEwen hopes to have the repairs made in time to make it to the speedway again. The last time that he made the same repairs, he raced to victory. Can history repeat itself? Plenty of racers, including Jimmy Morris, C.J. Jones, Andy Feil, Jacob Lagastee, Mike Miller, Thomas Sanders, and Chris Matthews, will try their best to make sure that does not happen. One driver who probably will be watching, rather than racing, is Jacob Gomola. The teenager flipped last week and is recovering from a concussion and bruised lungs.
Rusty Moore’s win streak was snapped at five races, but his second place run last week still stretched his points lead in the Stock Car ranks. Curtis Bish, Andy Thompson, Leigh Wheeler, and many others will try to set him back even further in the finishing order.
Shane Pfeuffer will be back at the track as the leader of the Modified Lite class. Cody and Jacob Bova, Bill Stivason, and Josh Deems will be just a few of the other racers who will vie for the win.
Jamey Lee has built up a commanding lead in the Mini Stock class, despite three consecutive victories by Alex Paden. Tyler Fulton, Rudy Troples, Steve Longwell, Sr. and Pete Blazak are also raring to go.
You can see all of these drivers starting at 7 p.m, when racing will begin. All gates will open at 4, and practice will start at 6:30.
Regular ticket pricing will be in effect. That means that adults will be admitted for $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) are free, as always. The Family Pass will be $28, and that will be good for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $25.
If you cannot attend this week, mark July 20 on your racing calendars. That is when the American Racing Drivers Club Midgets will invade the speedway. With two Sprint Car classes and 358 Modifieds on the card as well, this will be THE must-see show for open wheel enthusiasts. The Stock Cars will carry the colors for the fans of full-fendered cars.
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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.