Putsy Kekich Memorial on Tap at Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 8/5/2015 11:18:24 PM

For Immediate Release

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


Putsy Kekich Memorial on Tap at Mercer Raceway Park


Mercer, PA (August 5, 2105):  Mercer Raceway Park will honor the late Paul "Putsy" Kekich, one of the most beloved racers in the history of the speedway. This Saturday, August 8 will be the second annual memorial for the patriarch of the Kekich racing family, wich includes former racers Mike and Doug Kekich, and current star Adam Kekich. The winner of this regional classic will have 4,000 reasons to celebrate. This special program is made possible by Sunburst Environmental and Bonnell's Rod Shop.


The memorial race will be the first of four final points nights at Mercer Raceway Park, so the racers will be fighting tooth and nail for every position as they vie for the coveted track championships.


Brandon Matus won the 2014 edition,  which was the first memorial. His pal, Adam Kekich, earned an emotional win soon after his grandfather's passing in 2013. He would like nothing more than to put his name on the official list of winners of this event.


Joining Matus and Kekich in the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars will be current points leader, and former champ, Jack Sodeman, as well as former champ Eric Williams. Michael Bauer just scored a second place finish, his best since moving up from the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Last week's winner, Scott Priester, will be back with the Martha Dionise machine. Throw in Brent Matus, Jimmy Morris, A.J. Flick, and a host of others, and you have the makings of a highly competitive and exciting race!


Once again, the Putsy Kekich Memorial will include time trials and a Dash to setthe feature lineup. The other five divisions that make up the Saturday Night Live! card will have conventional racing, but they will compete for an enhanced purse.


Jimmy Holden now has a 32 point margin over last week's winner, Lonny Riggs, in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Kyle Fink will be looking to get the elusive win, while J.R. McGinley and Tommy Kristyak will be trying to add to their win totals. Sid Uncverzagt, Jr. hangs tough in his first full season at the Park, while the younger generation of Schaffers, Jeff Jr. and Brian, carry on the family tradition in this division. Shayne Izzo and Rich Whitney need to be looking over their shoulders, as young Kyle Holden is sneaking up on them. Another good run could see this teen enter the top ten!


The rivalry between Gearge Hobaugh, Jr. and Cody Bova continues to grow in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, and Hobaugh currently has the upper hand. But don't count out Darin Gallagher. He has two wins now, one at the Park, and he could be a factor before the season is done. More than a dozen other pilots could get the win on any given night, so this division has plenty of firepower.


The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars continue to be a fan favorite. Ryan Moyer is going for his first title, but he still has Gary Miller, Jr. and Curtis J. Bish within striking distance. Tim Burns, Andy Thompson, Pat Fielding, and many more provide guaranteed thrills.


What more can you say about Mark Marcucci? He now leads the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites by 142 points! But that will not deter Shayne Webb, Jacob Bova, and Bill Stivason from doing their best to whittle that advantage down.


Similarly, Michael Thompson has a stranglehold on the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Three generations of Longwells, Steve Sr. and Jr. and young Karlee, will be in action, along with Tyler Fulton, Rudy Troples, Ed Haylett, and others. Who will be behind the wheel of the Grossman Garage team car to Thompson is a question on everybody's mind. Former champ Mike McConnell has been in the seat lately, and he has taken the car to victory.


The spectator areas will open at 5 p.m., but the racers can assemble at 4. Practice will commence at 6:30, with the heat racing going green at 7.


Special event pricing will apply for the Second Annual Putsy Kekich Memorial. Adult admission will be $17, with seniors (60+) coming in at $15, and students (9-15) at $7. Children (8 and under) will be free. The family Pass will be just $35, which is good for mom, dad, and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will also be $35.


The following week, August 15, will feature the Big Block Modifieds of the BRP Modified Tour. The ground pounders have been drawing great fields and providing exciting  wherever they go. But, only at Mercer Raceway Park will they be challenged by the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds! Come out to see the annual Smackdown! and see who gets the bragging rights.


Remember 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.

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