Championships on the Line at Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 8/26/2015 12:03:00 AM

For Immediate Release

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Championships on the Line at Mercer Raceway Park


Mercer, PA (August 25, 2015): Saturday night, August 29, at Mercer Raceway Park will be the final night of points, so the divisional champions will be announced at the conclusion of each feature event. The drivers will be going for broke, as each pass on the track will be worth twice as much/ And, before the green flag drops, the fans will get the chance to meet and greet their favorites and provide them with the needed encouragement. The Meet Your Heroes promotion is made possible by Herr's, the official snack food of Mercer Raceway Park.

In the 410 Sprint Car division, the championship contenders are Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Brandon Matus. Sodeman has a 26 point margin going into the event as he is seeking another crown from 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. The younger Matus is gunning for his first track title. The next three positions are also up for grabs. Adam Kekich, the winner of last week's non-point Auto Racers for Kids charity benefit race, has a 26 point lead over second-year Sprint Car driver A.J. Flick, and a 27 point bulge over Scott Priester. Brent Matus and Michael Bauer could switch positions, depending on how they perform this time out, Eric Williams, the defending champion, could join in that mix, too, but only if he brings his trusty number 7 to the track. If he drives the Jim Chappel number 8 instead, the points will go to that machine instead. Divisional rookie Jimmy Morris, John McCracken, Jr., and Gale Ruth, Sr. will fight for the tenth spot in the standings. But, in addition to those talented drivers, a dozen or more of the region's best are expected.

Jimmy Holden must have heaved a sigh of relief when he was towed from the track following a crash in last week's Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified go. If he were to repeat that on Saturday, Lonny Riggs could steal the glory with a decent finish. Kyle Fink, Tommy kristyak, and J.R. McGinley will mix things up for the other spots in the top five. Kristyak may have the edge, coming off a win after getting airborne in the shunt with Holden. But, McGinley will be sporting a fresh powerplant in his car, so he could be a force to be reckoned with, too. Sid Unverzagtt, Jr. has a firm grip on sixth, ahead of the newest generation of Schaffer racers, jeff jr. and Brian. Shayne Izzo wants that first win to move ahead of them in the rankings, as does Rich Whitney. Teenager Kyle Holden could crash the top ten with a little luck.

The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors is another two horse race. Cody Bova is hoping that his 20 point margin will hold up, but George Hobaugh, Jr. could easily unseat him. Darin Gallagher picked up his second win last week, so momentum is on his side as he tries to hold down the third position. Evan Kornbau could sneak ahead if things go his way instead. Mike Marano, II, and Darren Pifer seem firm in fifth and sixth, respectively, but only five points separate George Englert and Kotie Kirkbride. Alex Paden and Devin Litwiler are safely in the top ten.

In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Ryan Moyer will try to snare his first track championship. He has a lead of 136 points over Gary Miller, Jr. Curtis J. Bish and Pat Fielding could flip flop in the order, and Tim Burns could pass Andy Thompson. Garrett Calvert, Joe Stajnrajh, Dennis Clark, and Charlie Baptiste currently fill out the top ten in the standings. However, Terry Wheeler and Bobby Heim could earn invitations to the annual awards banquet with a break here or there.

Mark Marcucci has a commanding lead of nearly 200 points over Shane Webb in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Jacob Bova, Bill Stivason, Glenn Teeters, Dusty Frantz, Levi Spinneweber, Jason Johnson, Keith Smith, and Doug Jones populate the top ten, but Jason Darocha is within shooting distance of the tenth spot.

Michael Thompson also has a substantial advantage over Steve Longwell, Sr. in the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles backed Mini Stock class. Tyler Fulton, Shane Shook, Russ Grossman, Todd Kougher, Steve Longwell, Jr., Rudy Troples, Karlee Longwell, and Jordan Ehrenberg currently are among the top ten, but Ed Haylett and Todd Hanlon are still in contention. Teenager Isaac Paden does not have a shot at them, but, after his remarkable second place run last week, he could challenge for that first career victory!

The fun will start at 7 p.m., but the gates will open at the customary times of 4 p.m. for the pits and 5 p.m. for the grandstand. Practice will commence at 6:15.


Regular event ticket pricing will apply, so adults will experience it all for only $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be available for just $28, and that will apply to mom, dad, and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.

There will be no oval track action planned for the bext tree weekends, but the USA East Regional Final Fall Nationals Truck and Tractor Pull will be held on September 19. Then the Park will convene the 16th Annual Little Guy Nationals on September 25 and 26. You will not want to miss either of these traditional season-ending affairs.

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,, 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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