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4th annual Western Pa sprint speedweek set to kickoff at Michaels Mercer raceway 
By Jim Balentine
The 4th annual Schaeffers Specialized Lubricants western Pa sprint speedweek presented by J.S. Bova excavating is set to kickoff Wednesday night May 29th at the historic Michaels Mercer raceway which will be presented by 724 media at Mercer. The event will pay $3,500 to win and $300 to start.
The FASTRAK crate modifieds( Mercer rules) and the mini stocks (Mercer rules) will also be in competition on a non point night.
Hopefully, the third time will be a charm as Mercer has not been able to complete a speed week show since the reincarnation because of weather.
Pits will open at 4 pm
Grandstands open at 5 pm. 
No one will will be permitted inside the gates until they open at 5 o’clock. Please get there early to get your best seat as no seats will be reserved. 
Qualifying for the sprints at 6:15 and racing at 7 pm.
Concessions will be open but outside food and drink are permitted inside. Coolers must fit between the bleachers with no glass. Alcohol is permitted. Lawn chair seating is permitted in the grassy area by the fence. We are a cash  or credit card facility at all ticket booths and concessions.
Camping is permitted at no charge with No hook ups available. Please park your campers along the tree line by the pits and also behind the grandstand as well. Please park perpendicular to the tree line to allow as many campers as possible. 
We will have an open practice for any car from any track on Tuesday night, May 29 beginning at 5 pm. The grandstand will be closed and the pits will open at 4 PM.
For more information on Mercer please visit our Facebook page or our website: www.MichaelsMercerracewaydotcom You can also contact the track at 724-662-1310 or on Facebook  messenger.
The last west pa speedweek show at Mercer was on 6/7/2000 when Mark Keegan took the win over Brian Ellenberger and Chad Kemenah.
Speed week coverage by Tyler Beichner
The sponsor of the evening, 724 Media, is a locally owned digital media company ready to help with your photography, videography and editing needs. From senior pictures to social media management, and everything in between, 724 Media is ready to serve you. Give their page a like and visit www.724media.net for more information.
Over $100,000 in cash, bonus prizes, contingency awards, and product giveaways will be distributed during this summer’s five-race miniseries slated to take place from Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd. A point fund payout of $13,500, and added bonuses highlight the destination week of racing that is remarkably ready to commence on its fourth consecutive year.
Additionally, all five nights of Western PA Speedweek will include extra money on the line through various awards, bonuses and giveaways detailed further below.
A huge thank you goes out to Foxs Pizza Den- Mercer, PA for contributing an extra $100 to the 2nd place prize money each night.
For a second consecutive year the Western PA Speedweek point fund will pay out a total of $13,500 with $3,000 going to the champion. As has become customary, the point fund is fully guaranteed as long as three or more races are completed.
SPEEDWEEK POINT FUND ($13,500 total): 1st-$3,000; 2nd-$2,500; 3rd-$2,000; 4th-$1,500; 5th-$1,000; 6th-$900; 7th-$800; 8th-$700; 9th-$600; 10th-$500
A plethora of nightly awards and giveaways are also on the card each night. As we’ve done each of the past three years, the quick time and hard charger awards will pay a “minimum” nightly amount with $1,000 allotted for each over the course of the week. The final nightly award will be that $1,000 amount divided by the number of races completed. The hard luck award will split $250 across the number of finished races.
$200 QUICK TIME award presented by Knox Bakery
$200 HARD CHARGER award presented by Rustler Sales & Service
$50 HARD LUCK award presented by Pittsburgh Racing Now
New to Western PA Speedweek in 2024 will be the nightly McCandless Ford ‘BONUS BUCKS’ drawing presented by Bill Mccandless Ford/McCandless Ford Meadville. A random draw will take place in victory lane each night with a whopping $500 being sent home with one lucky driver. All feature finishers from 6th place through 24th place on that given night will be eligible for the draw.
Our good friends from Lockhart Raceway will again be offering the ‘JACKPOT AWARD’ paying $100 each night to the highest finisher that has the track logo displayed on their top wing. Decals will be available for pickup each night at pill draw.
Western PA Speedweek on behalf of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic will be awarding one certificate each night for a free Hoosier tire. This random draw will take place during the driver’s meeting, and all teams maintaining perfect attendance up through that evening will be eligible.
The Dirt Network has graciously returned as sponsor of the ‘WEEK LONG HARD CHARGER’ award paying $500 to the persevering driver that passes the most cars during feature racing over the course of the week.
2024 Western PA Speedweek Schedule
- Wednesday, May 29th @ Michaels Mercer Raceway
- Thursday, May 30th @ Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway
- Friday, May 31st @ Lernerville Speedway
- Saturday, June 1st @ Sharon Speedway
- Sunday, June 2nd @ Tri City Raceway Park
Speedweek Point Fund ($13,500 total)
1-$3,000; 2-$2,500; 3-$2,000; 4-$1,500; 5-$1,000; 6-$900; 7-$800; 8-$700; 9-$600; 10-$500
Friday Night Payout
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$1,500; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$425; 12-$400; 13-$375; 14-$375; 15-$375; 16-$350; 17-$350; 18-$350; 19-350; 20-$350; 21-$350; 22-$350; 23-$350; 24-$350; Tow-$100
Wednesday Payout
1-$3,500; 2-$1,600; 3-$1,200; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$420; 12-$400; 13-$370; 14-$360; 15-$350; 16-$340; 17-$330; 18-$320; 19-310; 20-$300; 21-$300; 22-$300; 23-$300; 24-$300; Tow-$100
Western PA Speedweek is brought to you by Schaeffers Specialized Lubricants together with J.S Bova Excavating along with the support of Bill Mccandless Ford, Bowl O Drome, Classic Ink USA LLC, Hobaughs Auto Parts, Kistler Engines & Racing Products, Knox Bakery, Lockhart Raceway, McClung Auto Body, Mobile Bail Bonds, Rustler Sales & Service, Superior Interiors Dustless Hardwood Refinishing, Rod Squad Fishing Charters, Pittsburgh Racing Now, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, The Dirt Network, Foxs Pizza Den- Mercer, PA, 724 Media, and the A-Main Podcast.
For additional information pertaining to driver questions or interested sponsors, please contact Tyler Beichner by call or text at (814) 221-1712 or email at westernpaspeedweek@gmail.com.

4th annual Western Pa sprint speedweek set to kickoff at Michaels Mercer raceway
By Jim Balentine

The 4th annual Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants western Pa sprint speedweek presented by J.S. Bova excavating is set to kickoff Wednesday night May 29th at the historic Michaels Mercer raceway which will be presented by 724 media at Mercer. The event will pay $3,500 to win and $300 to start.

The FASTRAK crate modifieds( Mercer rules) and the mini stocks (Mercer rules) will also be in competition on a non point night.

Hopefully, the third time will be a charm as Mercer has not been able to complete a speed week show since the reincarnation because of weather.

Pits will open at 4 pm
Grandstands open at 5 pm.
No one will will be permitted inside the gates until they open at 5 o’clock. Please get there early to get your best seat as no seats will be reserved.

Qualifying for the sprints at 6:15 and racing at 7 pm.

Concessions will be open but outside food and drink are permitted inside. Coolers must fit between the bleachers with no glass. Alcohol is permitted. Lawn chair seating is permitted in the grassy area by the fence. We are a cash or credit card facility at all ticket booths and concessions.

Camping is permitted at no charge with No hook ups available. Please park your campers along the tree line by the pits and also behind the grandstand as well. Please park perpendicular to the tree line to allow as many campers as possible.

We will have an open practice for any car from any track on Tuesday night, May 29 beginning at 5 pm. The grandstand will be closed and the pits will open at 4 PM.

For more information on Mercer please visit our Facebook page or our website: www.MichaelsMercerracewaydotcom You can also contact the track at 724-662-1310 or on Facebook messenger.

The last west pa speedweek show at Mercer was on 6/7/2000 when Mark Keegan took the win over Brian Ellenberger and Chad Kemenah.

Speed week coverage by Tyler Beichner
The sponsor of the evening, 724 Media, is a locally owned digital media company ready to help with your photography, videography and editing needs. From senior pictures to social media management, and everything in between, 724 Media is ready to serve you. Give their page a like and visit www.724media.net for more information.

Over $100,000 in cash, bonus prizes, contingency awards, and product giveaways will be distributed during this summer’s five-race miniseries slated to take place from Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd. A point fund payout of $13,500, and added bonuses highlight the destination week of racing that is remarkably ready to commence on its fourth consecutive year.

Additionally, all five nights of Western PA Speedweek will include extra money on the line through various awards, bonuses and giveaways detailed further below.

A huge thank you goes out to Fox’s Pizza Den- Mercer, PA for contributing an extra $100 to the 2nd place prize money each night.

For a second consecutive year the Western PA Speedweek point fund will pay out a total of $13,500 with $3,000 going to the champion. As has become customary, the point fund is fully guaranteed as long as three or more races are completed.

SPEEDWEEK POINT FUND ($13,500 total): 1st-$3,000; 2nd-$2,500; 3rd-$2,000; 4th-$1,500; 5th-$1,000; 6th-$900; 7th-$800; 8th-$700; 9th-$600; 10th-$500

A plethora of nightly awards and giveaways are also on the card each night. As we’ve done each of the past three years, the quick time and hard charger awards will pay a “minimum” nightly amount with $1,000 allotted for each over the course of the week. The final nightly award will be that $1,000 amount divided by the number of races completed. The hard luck award will split $250 across the number of finished races.

$200 QUICK TIME award presented by Knox Bakery
$200 HARD CHARGER award presented by Rustler Sales & Service
$50 HARD LUCK award presented by Pittsburgh Racing Now

New to Western PA Speedweek in 2024 will be the nightly McCandless Ford ‘BONUS BUCKS’ drawing presented by Bill Mccandless Ford/McCandless Ford Meadville. A random draw will take place in victory lane each night with a whopping $500 being sent home with one lucky driver. All feature finishers from 6th place through 24th place on that given night will be eligible for the draw.

Our good friends from Lockhart Raceway will again be offering the ‘JACKPOT AWARD’ paying $100 each night to the highest finisher that has the track logo displayed on their top wing. Decals will be available for pickup each night at pill draw.

Western PA Speedweek on behalf of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic will be awarding one certificate each night for a free Hoosier tire. This random draw will take place during the driver’s meeting, and all teams maintaining perfect attendance up through that evening will be eligible.

The Dirt Network has graciously returned as sponsor of the ‘WEEK LONG HARD CHARGER’ award paying $500 to the persevering driver that passes the most cars during feature racing over the course of the week.

2024 Western PA Speedweek Schedule
– Wednesday, May 29th @ Michaels Mercer Raceway
– Thursday, May 30th @ Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway
– Friday, May 31st @ Lernerville Speedway
– Saturday, June 1st @ Sharon Speedway
– Sunday, June 2nd @ Tri City Raceway Park

Speedweek Point Fund ($13,500 total)
1-$3,000; 2-$2,500; 3-$2,000; 4-$1,500; 5-$1,000; 6-$900; 7-$800; 8-$700; 9-$600; 10-$500

Friday Night Payout
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$1,500; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$425; 12-$400; 13-$375; 14-$375; 15-$375; 16-$350; 17-$350; 18-$350; 19-350; 20-$350; 21-$350; 22-$350; 23-$350; 24-$350; Tow-$100

Wednesday Payout
1-$3,500; 2-$1,600; 3-$1,200; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$420; 12-$400; 13-$370; 14-$360; 15-$350; 16-$340; 17-$330; 18-$320; 19-310; 20-$300; 21-$300; 22-$300; 23-$300; 24-$300; Tow-$100

Western PA Speedweek is brought to you by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants together with J.S Bova Excavating along with the support of Bill Mccandless Ford, Bowl O Drome, Classic Ink USA LLC, Hobaugh’s Auto Parts, Kistler Engines & Racing Products, Knox Bakery, Lockhart Raceway, McClung Auto Body, Mobile Bail Bonds, Rustler Sales & Service, Superior Interiors Dustless Hardwood Refinishing, Rod Squad Fishing Charters, Pittsburgh Racing Now, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, The Dirt Network, Fox’s Pizza Den- Mercer, PA, 724 Media, and the A-Main Podcast.

For additional information pertaining to driver questions or interested sponsors, please contact Tyler Beichner by call or text at (814) 221-1712 or email at westernpaspeedweek@gmail.com.
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