Auto Racers for Kids Benefit Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 8/19/2015 10:37:17 PM

For Immediate Release     

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


Auto Racers for Kids Benefit Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park


Mercer, PA (August 18. 2015):  Mercer Raceway Park will host the sixth running of the Auto Racers for Kids charity event this Saturday, August 22. The program was postponed from June 13 due to inclement weather. The list of previous winners reads like a who's who in the 410 Sprint Car World, and the current edition promises to be bigger and better than before. All of the regular classes that comprise the Saturday Night Live! racing card will be on hand, and the racers can all go for broke because the finishes will not affect the season point championship contests. Those will be decided next week on Meet Your Heroes Night, presented by Herr's.


The Auto Racers for Kids foundation was founded by Erie-area businessmen to benefit disadvantaged children and youth in the region. Since then, it has come under the leadership of Fairview, PA's Scott Bonnell. Bonnell remains active in the sport despite suffering career-ending injuries in a crash at another regional speedway. Yet, he proudly supports several race cars, and he is the title sponsor of racing divisions at the Park and at Eriez Speedway, another facility that also presents an Auto Racers for Kids program. 


All of the proceeds from this event, and the companion program for Late Models held annually at Eriez, benefit disadvantaged children and youths in Northwestern PA.


In 2010, the Auto Racers for Kids presented three Sprint Car races, one of which was presented at Mercer. The winner that night was Jack Sodeman, Jr., who donated his entire earnings to the cause! Other winners that first year were current World of Outlaws star Daryn Pittman and Danny Mumaw. Since then, there has been but one Sprint Car race held, and it has been an annual affair at the Park. Brian Ellenberger scored in 2011, current All Stars racer Danny Holtgraver prevailed in 2012, Rod George took the honors in 2013, and Ed Lynch, Jr. topped the 2014 edition. Who will it be in 2015?     


A hidden stat is that C.J. Jones has won the last two contests of the charity race for the Outlaw Sprint Warrior division. Jeff Teeters has done the same in the Modified Lite class.


In addition to the two classes of Sprint Cars, and the Mod Lites, the 358 Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks will also be on hand.


The 410 Sprint Car portion of the program will pay $3,000 to the winner, while a cool grand awaits each of the winners in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors and 358 Modifieds. The happiest Stock Car pilot will grab $500. Should Teeters get his third Mod Lite win in a row, it would be worth $375. The Minis will chase after $200.      

The gates will open at 5, practice will start at 6:30, and racing will commence at 7. Please come out early, as a large crowd is expected for this popular event.     

Another reason to get to the track early is the auctions that will take place behind the grandstands. 

There will be silent auctions and Chinese auctions. Racing memorabilia and other exciting prizes will be available. Fans and racers wishing to donate merchandise should come early and bring their items to the rear of the main grandstands.

The adult admission for this charity inspired event will be $15. Seniors (60+) will be admitted for $13, students (9-15) for $7, and children (8 and under) will be free.  The Family Pass will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age.  That will be $35. Pit Passes will also be $35.

If you cannot make it to the track for this one, please remember that the Season Championships will be held on Saturday, August 29. Double points will be on the line. That will also be Meet Your Heroes Night, and that will be presented by Herr's, the official snack food sponsor at Mercer Raceway Park.


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,, click on the icon for, 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,, or


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