Little Guys Nationals Returns to Mercer Raceway Park

Date: 9/24/2015 9:44:48 PM

For Immediate Release

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


Little Guys Nationals Returns to Mercer Raceway Park


Mercer, PA (September 23, 2015): The final weekend of action on the tricky one-third mile oval at Mercer Raceway Park will feature the 16th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Complete racing programs will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. The event will pay tribute to the support divisions that make up the backbone of the Saturday Night Live! contests. And, there will be extra divisions added to make these extra special.


The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds will have center stage and a banner field is expected. Track champion Jimmy Holden will lead the way, but his tough competitors, like Lonnie Riggs, J.R. McGinley, Tommy Kristyak, Kyle Fink, and many more, will be on hand. Former track champion Rob Curtis has submitted his entry form, and several New York invaders are expected. Among them will be Shayne Pierce and Ron Cartwright, Jr., both of whom have turned in impressive performances in prior editions of the Little Guys Nationals. Former Little Guys Nationals victor Randy Chrysler may be teamed up with sensational Erick Rudolph for this one. This will be the one for all the marbles. You don't want to miss it!


The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will again be part of the fun. Michael Bauer and Jimmy Morris will not be in the mix, both having graduated to the track's 410 Sprint Car class, but there is a bunch of fresh new faces who want to stake their claims to a share of the glory. Racers like Cody Bova, Darin Gallagher, and George Englert moved up from the Modified Lites, and Alex Paden came up from the Mini Stocks. Throw in fellows like George Hobaugh, Jr., Mike Marano, II, Devin Litwiler, Darren Pipher, and Mark and Ken Rossey, and you have the makings of a fantastic show. Veteran Andy Priest recently came back to the division in a Ted Hull machine, so don't count him out. And, what about the ringers? 410 standouts like Brandon Matus, Adam Kekich, and Brandon Spithaler have all taken turns behind the wheels of Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Will they get the nods to strap in for the Little Guys Nationals?


The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars will compete under the Open Stock rules, so divisional champion Ryan Moyer will have his hands full. Curtis J. Bish, Tim Burns, Pat Fielding another regulars may have to fight off the challenges of outsiders like Brent Johnson, Rusty Martz, Bob Schwartzmiller, and Chris Schneider. And, trusty Rusty Moore, the owner of multiple Mercer titles in this class, is expected back for this one!


Mark Marcucci will try to continue his domination of the Rock Concrete Modified Lites, but competition will come from Jacob Bova and a host of others. Several drivers from north of the border will try to take the loot back to Canada, eh.


Can Michael Thompson match Marcucci's pace? Since jumping into one of the Grossman's Garage Mini Stocks, he has been nearly unbeatable. But, former champ Mike McConnell is now his teammate, and trooper Tim Callahan is back in the fold after a brief stint in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Popular veterans like Rudy Troples, Ed Haylett will join the Longwell trio-Steve Sr., Jr., and Karlee-and newcomer Isaac Paden to make the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks an exciting part of the program.


But, wait, there's more! The Micro Sprints will make their only appearances at the Park this weekend, and a flock of them are expected to enter the fray. The growing Econo Mod division will also be on hand, and over a dozen drivers have already submitted their entries. And, making their first ever start at the track will be the Junior Sprints. Come watch the next generation take to the historic Mercer Raceway Park.


The weather forecast is excellent, so come out early to get your favorite seats for all this racing fun.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, with front gates swinging open at 5. Practice will commence at 6:30, with heat races following at 7. Saturday, pit gates will open at 1 p.m., with front gates opening again at 5. Practice will be at 6:30 and racing at 7 for the finale. Please note that Saturday starting times may be adjusted if necessary to accommodate the large filed of cars anticipated. Information about any schedule changes can be obtained by calling the track office, at 724-662-1310, or checking the website, Announcements will also be made on the track's social media feeds and on if necessary.


Special event ticket pricing will apply. Friday's adult admission will be $15, seniors (60+) will be $13, and students (9-15) will be $7. The Family Pass, good for two adults and up to four minors of any age, will be just $32, and Pit Passes will be $30. Saturday pricing will be $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for students. The Family Pass will be $35, as will the Pit Passes. Children (8 and under) will be admitted free of charge both nights.


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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