Big Blocks Invade Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 6/14/2010 9:47:59 PM

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Big Blocks Invade Mercer Raceway Park
Starting with a pair of Kings, the new management at Mercer Raceway Park is hoping to draw a full house when the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour roars back into action this Saturday, June 19.  The race marks the first of five appearances by the ground-pounding Big Block Modifieds at the racy oval now owned by Bill Altman.
Rex King, Jr. leads the point standings as a result of top five finishes in both Modified Tour races held in 2010.  He hopes to stretch his one point margin over his father, Rex King, Sr., by getting his first career win at the track where the King Brothers racers have been highly successful.  It won't be easy, though, as Senior dominated the 2009 Modified Tour opener at the Park in his return to the local racing scene.  King Sr. had hip replacement surgery curtail his 2008 effort.  In his absence, his older son, Russell (now a full-time traveler with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series), took a Modified Tour win at the track.  Senior, of course, is a three-time and defending Modified Tour champion.
Jeremiah Shingledecker sits in third in the Modified Tour standings.  After starting the season off with five total wins, including Round Two of the Tour, Shingledecker has cooled off a bit.  He still leads the DIRTcar Western Regional points, but he would like to double up on the Tour, so that he can contend for his first ever Tour championship. 
Another racer who could dethrone the Kings is Del Rougeux, Jr.  In 2009, Rougeux finally figured out the tricky Mercer oval and scored in non-sanctioned competition there.  Rougeux climbed into the top five in Modified Tour seasonal points by finishing second to Shingledecker at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway back on May 29.
Dave Murdick, the 2001 Tour champion and a Mercer favorite, is riding a recent wave of success.  After taking the Modified Tour opener at Lernerville, he has scored two more wins in the region. 
Locked in a three-way tie with Rougeux and Murdick for fourth in the Modified Tour points is Mike Turner.  You could start calling Mike "Mr. Consistency," as he had a long string of top ten finishes to open the 2010 season.  Mike looks to regain his form at Mercer, as crash damage at Sharon Speedway last weekend ended his fine run. 
J.R. McGinley is the top ranking Tour driver using a Small Block engine in his Modified.  The tight configuration of ther Mercer oval will help to level the playing field for those sporting 358 engines.  There will be extra money on the line for McGinley and the tough contingent of Mercer regulars who must always use the smaller powerplants.
Brad Rapp, the college boy, recovered from his disapponting run at PPMS by scoring a win last weekend at Sharon Speedway with a Big Block under the hood of his father's Modified.  Rapp looked to be a first-time winner at PPMS before an oil leak sent him to the pits.  Rapp has numerous Small Block wins to his credit at the Park, so he knows how to get the job done there. 
Kevin Hoffman and Gary Smoker will also be in the hunt at the Park,  Both of them have been Mercer regulars in the past, but now they look primarily to the Modified Tour to fill their racing needs.
Other Tour regulars expected to be in action include Dean Pearson, Jeremy Paup, Mark Frankhouser, Steve Feder, Mike and Jeff Miller, Carl Murdick and Ron Eperthener, Jr.  Newcomers to the Tour, Chris Haines and Joe Kubiniec, should also be on hand.
Frankie Guidace and young Jimmy Holden will try to defend the honor of Mercer's Small Block racers.  Holden is coming off a win at the Park and Guidace will be looking to rebound from a sub-ppar performance last weekend.  Lonnie Riggs and Rick Hall, past winners with the Tour, are also expected.  
The Modified Tour, Inc. would like to thank the 2010 series sponsors:  Bicknell Racing Products; Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.; Sunoco Racing Fuel - Bazell Oil Co., Inc.; World Racing Group - DIRTcar; Approved Toilet Rentals, Inc.; Behrent’s Speed Center, Inc.; Bert Transmission; Big Daddy's Speed Center Inc.; Engles Trucking Services, Inc.; Bilstein Shocks – Fastline Performance; Fast Axle, LLC; Frankland Racing Supply; ISC Racers Tape; Hall's Safety Equipment Corp.; Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG); Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Inc.; King Brothers; Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc.; Landrum Spring; McCool's Signs and Graphics; Motorsports World; Oyler Photos & More; Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Preist Enterprises, Inc.; Pro Shocks; RaceQuip; Ray's Racing Collectibles; Red Bear Hand Cleaner; Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants; Slippery Rock Sportswear; Smokey's; SpeedBear Fasteners; Turbo Start Batteries; Ultra-Shield Race Products; Valken Wheels; Wedge Motorsports, LLC; Winters Performance Products Inc.; and Wrisco Industries Inc.

The Modified Tour, Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established in 1998 to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania area the opportunity to compete for higher purses and for a seasonal point fund.  It has had great success at bringing the local cars together at tracks throughout the tri-state area and in expanding the profile for this exciting brand of motorsports.

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