Midseason Championships on Tap July 18 at Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 7/16/2015 5:33:30 PM

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Lou Long (412-760-9755)


Midseason Championships on Tap July 18 at Mercer Raceway Park


Mercer, PA (July 16, 2015):  Mercer Raceway Park will present the Midseason Championships on Saturday, July 18. In addition, the event will be the annual Race for the Cure Night, presented by the American Cancer Society. All cancer survivors will be admitted free of charge.


Each division that makes up the Saturday Night Live! racing program will crown a Midseason Champion. And, because double points will be on the line, a strong showing could propel the winners toward the coveted points title. Or, conversely, a bad run could frustrate a racer's efforts in the title chase.


In the Midseason Championships, the top drivers will get to start near the front of the field. The twelve top qualifiers will line-up according to their current rankings. So, if the points leader makes the cut, he will get the pole position.


In several of the classes, the Midseason Championships could have a big impact on the quest for the season's title. 


The 410 Sprint Car division, presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels, is one such class. Brandon Matus currently leads the way, but he has three others nipping at his heels. Eric Williams, the defending champion, is just one point behind. Jack Sodeman, Jr., a former title holder himself, is two points back. Adam Kekich, who won the season opener and who is looking for his first crown, trails his good buddy, Matus, by three markers. Rod George, is still within shooting distance as well. George, too, is a former kingpin in the Sprint Car ranks.


Scott Priester will be looking for his first win of the season, and red hot Dan Kuriger will try to carry over his recent successes to Mercer Raceway Park. A.J. Flick has been consistent in his sophomore season, and divisional rookie, Jim Morris, are others who want to make their marks. And, don't forget Brent Matus, Francis Sesco, Davey Jones, and many more!


In the Mini Stock class, there is another heated contest. The duo of Caleb Hickok and Michael Thompson have driven to a three point advantage over Tyler Fulton. A pair of Longwells, Steve Sr. and Jr., hold down the third and fourth positions, and Shane Shook hovers in fifth. These racers, and more, will want to cash in on their opportunities to snare the crown offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.


George Hobaugh, Jr. finds himself back atop the standings in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He was marching to the front when he flipped his Lockhart Motorsports machine in turn one. Hobaugh will be back with a repaired car this weekend. Cody Bova rides comfortably in second, but last week's winner, Mike Marano, II, has a slim margin over Darin Gallagher and Evan Kornbau. The Outlaw Sprint Warriors put on a fantastic show every time they go to the post, and new winners have come forth in each of the last two weeks.


Jimmy Holden's win, coupled with the mechanical woes on the part of J.R. McGinley, produced a new points leader in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. In fact, McGinley needs to rebound, lest Lonny Riggs, of Kyle Fink, or Tommy Kristyak supplant him in the points chase. Just eleven points separate them. Sid Unvarzagt, jr. has made an impression in his first full year of action at the Park, and he could crack into the top five with a little luck on his side.


A pair of wins has moved Ryan Moyer to the top of the chart in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Gary Miller, Jr. and Pat Fielding also jumped over Curtis J. Bish, who recently served some time in the penalty box after an on-track incident involving Tim Burns. Sandwiched between them, for now at least, is Andy Thompson. The Stock Cars provide plenty of action, so you will want to pay close attention whenever they are on the track.


Meanwhile, the Mark Marcucci juggernaut continues. He now has a seemingly insurmountable lead in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lite rankings. But, on the track, where the races are won and lost, Shane Webb, Glenn Teeters, Jacob Bova, and Bill Stavason are just a few racers who could give Marcucci a run of the money at any time.


Don't forget that there is a change in the time that the front gates will open. Spectators can enter the track at 5 p.m. The competitors still can get into the pits at 4. The action on the track will begin with practice at 6:30, and heat racing at 7.


All of this racing action can be seen for just $13 by any adult. Seniors (60+) can join the fun for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) will be admitted free of charge, as usual at the Park. The Family Passes will be honored. So, for $28, mom, dad, and up to four minors of any age will attend. Pit Passes will be $30.


If you cannot make it to the track this weekend, remember that the speedway will soon celebrate Christmas in July. The racers will benefit from lap sponsorships. Sheidemantle Motors stepped up in a big way to help in that regard, and lots of other local businesses and numerous individuals have also pitched in. And, there will be a little something extra for the good little boys and girls who come out to the track. It promises to be a fun event for all ages, so mark your racing calendars to join us on July 25.


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, wwwitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.


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