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Logan McCandless magical in “Big mav classic” leading flag to flag in the Racesaver 305s. Eric Gabany wins first career big block modified feature, Eric Martin (FASTRAK mods) and Carl Ealy (mini stocks) repeat.

By Jim Balentine
July 24 2021
Mercer, Pa

2nd generation driver Logan McCandless, who grew up at Mercer watching his father Greg compete, bested a strong field of Racesaver 305 sprints to win the 2nd annual “Big Mav classic” in honor of the late Brandon Hawkins’ son Maverick, collecting $2,727 for first place and also picked up 27 laps of lap money leading flag to flag in the biggest win of his young career.

15 time limited modified winner Eric Gabany also from Mercer, picked up his 1st career big block modified win in the Rick Ryder #18 holding off Tom Glenn.

Eric Martin won his 2nd career FASTRAK modified feature and his first since June of 2019 holding off veteran Bill Adams.

Carl Ealy picked up his 3rd mini stock feature win this season defeating Adam Aley and Phil King.

The “Big Mav classic” which is a race to honor Maverick Hawkins who is the son of the late Brandon Hawkins who competed at Mercer and elsewhere in his #27H 305 sprint. Brandon lost his life in a construction accident last year at the young age of 26 and the family and his fellow drivers created this special race in his memory. Logan McCandless in his 2nd year competing in the Racesaver 305 sprints has had an incredible sophomore season and he not only won his 4th Mercer Racesaver 305 sprint feature, but the highest paying event for the division this season taking home $2,727 for the win and also led every lap to take all the lap money home just up the road from the speedway. McCandless and fast qualifier and last year’s winner Greg Dobrosky would start on the front row of the 27 lap affair with McCandless taking the lead from the start. Dobrosky would keep pace with the leader until he encountered a lapped car on the backstretch dropping several positions as he spun but kept going so the yellow flag never came out. Jeremy Kornbau who also has come into his own in a sprint car finishing 2nd in both the 410s and 305s over 2 years would move into second but could not catch McCandless as he won by 4 seconds. “It feels amazing! car was great and the competition was stout tonight and I was lucky to start up front. I saw Kornbau’s nose and I knew he was there and I just kept going. It feels great! I want to thank my family, my dad and my crew for giving me a great car.” Kornbau would again finish 2nd, Andy Cavanaugh finished a career best 3rd, Steve Cousins 4th, and Greg Dobrosky rebounded to finish 5th.

Another hometown boy Eric Gabany, who also has Been coming to Mercer since a young child picked up his first career big block modified win after winning 15 times in the limited modified class at his home track. Gabany got around pole sitter Kyle Fink who also won his first career big block win earlier in the season, and was never threatened in the 20 lapper. “This is awesome it took me awhile to get this and it’s great .. we have a really good team, the car has been super strong the past few weeks . Everything is working out great and we are finally catching up.” Tom Glenn was 2nd, JR McGinley 3rd, Brad Rapp 4th and Kyle Fink ended up 5th.

In the FASTRAK modifieds Eric Martin made an infrequent visit and picked up his 2nd career feature event and his first since June of 2019. Martin started outside of pole sitter Billy Adams who has five career wins to his credit and was never challenged in the 20 lap race. Billy Adams would again score a 2nd place finish.
“I want to thank my dad, he can’t be here he had a reaction to the Covid shot this means a lot to me. I have 2 little Foster girls with me right now and I will hopefully getting 2 more here soon. I need to thank Eric Rudolph for helping me with restarts and coming off the corners.” Shayne Izzo would finish 3rd, Brian Schaffer 4th and Eric Gabany 5th.

15 time winner Pete Blaczak and 1 time winner Adam Aley would start on the front row of the 15 lap mini stock nightcapper. Both ran side by side with Aley leading lap one. Aley would increase his lead as he quickly was in lapped traffic by lap 5. Meanwhile behind him Blaczak, Carl Ealy, Joe Campbell, and Andy Thompson would be running in a close pack trying to hunt down Aley. After a caution for Patrick Lane on the restart Campbell went high in turn one losing momentum and positions as Carl Ealy went around Aley with 5 to go and held on for his 3rd career win in 3 features this season making him and Andy Thompson the only winners in 2021. Aley would finish 2nd, Phil King from 12th finished 3rd, Andy Thompson 4th, and Pete Blaczak 5th.

305 Sprints Feature 1 27 Laps
1. 29-Logan McCandless[1]; 2. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[3]; 3. X7-Andy
Cavanagh[5]; 4. 56-Steve Cousins[10]; 5. 88-Greg Dobrosky[2]; 6.
25-Jarrett Rosencrance[7]; 7. 16-Jim Morris[14]; 8. 27H-Kyle
Colwell[12]; 9. 52-Jeffery Waever Jr[20]; 10. 07-Cameron Hague[6]; 11.
4B-Walt Tutack[16]; 12. 4J-Jacob Gamola[9]; 13. 12G-Tommy Jasen[11]; 14.
21C-Jarrett Cavalet[8]; 15. 20M-Vivian Jones[15]; 16. H20-Michael
Miller[18]; 17. 72-Mike Mathieson[13]; 18. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[4];
19. 18-Jake Perricellia[19]; 20. 154-Shamus O’Donnell[17]

Dash 1 8 Laps
1. 29-Logan McCandless[2]; 2. 88-Greg Dobrosky[1]; 3. 27K-Jeremy
Kornbau[5]; 4. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[4]; 5. X7-Andy Cavanagh[6]; 6.
07-Cameron Hague[3]; 7. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[8]; 8. 21C-Jarrett Cavalet[7]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[2]; 2. 29-Logan McCandless[1]; 3. X7-Andy
Cavanagh[3]; 4. 88-Greg Dobrosky[4]; 5. 4J-Jacob Gamola[5]; 6. 27H-Kyle
Colwell[7]; 7. 20M-Vivian Jones[6]

Heat 2 8 Laps
1. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[1]; 2. 21C-Jarrett Cavalet[2]; 3. 52-Jeffery
Waever Jr[3]; 4. 56-Steve Cousins[4]; 5. 4B-Walt Tutack[5]; 6. 72-Mike
Mathieson[6]; 7. H20-Michael Miller[7]

Heat 3 8 Laps
1. 07-Cameron Hague[1]; 2. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[2]; 3. 12G-Tommy
Jasen[3]; 4. 16-Jim Morris[4]; 5. 154-Shamus O’Donnell[5]; 6. 18-Jake
Perricellia[6]

Dirt Big Block Modifieds Feature
1. 18X-eric gabany[3]; 2. 83T-Tom Glenn[2]; 3. 18M-JR McGinley[4]; 4.
11R-Brad Rapp[5]; 5. 6F-Kyle Fink[1]; 6. 35H-Chris Haines[7]; 7.
35-Steve Slater[6]; 8. 55-Scott Kay[8]; 9. 56M-Jacob McElravy[9]; 10.
51-Clyde Gumpp[10]

Heat 1
1. 18M-JR McGinley[3]; 2. 83T-Tom Glenn[2]; 3. 11R-Brad Rapp[4]; 4.
35H-Chris Haines[5]; 5. 56M-Jacob McElravy[1]

Heat 2
1. 18X-eric gabany[3]; 2. 6F-Kyle Fink[4]; 3. 35-Steve Slater[1]; 4.
55-Scott Kay[2]; 5. 51-Clyde Gumpp

Mini stock Feature
1. 0-Carl Ealy[3]; 2. 999-Adam Aley[2]; 3. 12-Phil King[9]; 4. 5-Andy
Thompson[15]; 5. 77X-Pete Blaczak[1]; 6. 9-William Aley[5]; 7. 40C-Joe
Campbell[4]; 8. 64M-John McCraken[12]; 9. 10-Corey Bice[21]; 10.
501-Matt Urey[13]; 11. 33-Brianna Parker[20]; 12. S0B-Leonard Baker
Jr[10]; 13. 16R-Jordan Reges[22]; 14. 23MP-Michael Porterfield[7]; 15.
0R-Randy Ealy[6]; 16. 64-Summer Pitts[17]; 17. 27-Patrick Lane[8]; 18.
777-Devin Erwin[14]; 19. C4-Alex Claypoole[11]; 20. 325Z-Zack
Swartz[16]; 21. 22-Thomas Warren[19]; 22. (DQ) 77-Tyler Ellenberger[18]

Heat 1
1. 0R-Randy Ealy[3]; 2. 0-Carl Ealy[4]; 3. 23MP-Michael Porterfield[8];
4. S0B-Leonard Baker Jr[5]; 5. 501-Matt Urey[2]; 6. 325Z-Zack Swartz[6];
7. 22-Thomas Warren[7]; 8. 16R-Jordan Reges[1]

Heat 2
1. 9-William Aley[6]; 2. 999-Adam Aley[7]; 3. 27-Patrick Lane[3]; 4.
C4-Alex Claypoole[1]; 5. 777-Devin Erwin[2]; 6. 64-Summer Pitts[4]; 7.
33-Brianna Parker[5]

Heat 3
1. 40C-Joe Campbell[1]; 2. 77X-Pete Blaczak[7]; 3. 12-Phil King[5]; 4.
64M-John McCraken[6]; 5. 5-Andy Thompson[2]; 6. 77-Tyler Ellenberger[3];
7. 10-Corey Bice[4]

FASTRAK Modified Feature
1. 29E-Eric Martin[2]; 2. 717-Billy Adams[1]; 3. 86-Shayne Izzo[3]; 4.
41-Brian Schaffer[7]; 5. 4S-Eric Gabany[5]; 6. 1G-Frank Guidace[11]; 7.
14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[10]; 8. 11-Steve Young[4]; 9. 71-Gage Priester[8];
10. 7P-Caden Petry[12]; 11. 404-MIchael Kristyak[15]; 12. 55R-Clayton
Deems[13]; 13. 19-Tyler Beeler[14]; 14. 01-Nathaniel Bale[17]; 15.
113-Don Cornelius[9]; 16. 7-Scott Kay[6]; 17. 93-Bill Pill[16]

Heat 1
1. 717-Billy Adams[2]; 2. 86-Shayne Izzo[3]; 3. 4S-Eric Gabany[5]; 4.
41-Brian Schaffer[6]; 5. 113-Don Cornelius[7]; 6. 1G-Frank Guidace[1];
7. 01-Nathaniel Bale[8]; 8. 19-Tyler Beeler[4]

Heat 2
1. 29E-Eric Martin[2]; 2. 11-Steve Young[4]; 3. 7-Scott Kay[3]; 4.
71-Gage Priester[1]; 5. 14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[6]; 6. 7P-Caden Petry[5]; 7.
55R-Clayton Deems[9]; 8. 404-MIchael Kristyak[7]; 9. 93-Bill Pill[8]
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Here is an update on Joe our flagman for Sunday…
“Joe should be having his surgery today. Last night the nurse had him following instructions with moving his eyes and clenching his toes. So he’s still there and fighting, he’s still our Joe.

He’s still on a ventilator thats doing most of his breathing for him. That will be at least a week to heal for him to breathe on his own. “
Keep those prayers coming !!!
❤️ you Joe!!!!
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Next week July 31st Guy Griffin Memorial
410’s, Big Blocks, Fastrak Limited Modifieds, Racesaver 305 sprints, Mini Stocks and Jr Sprints!! Its autograph Night come meet your driver’s!!!!
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What are the ticket prices?

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MICHAELS MERCER RACEWAY 7.24 QUICK RESULTS
305 Sprints – Winged 20 Entries
A Feature 1 27 Laps
1. 29-Logan McCandless[1]; 2. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[3]; 3. X7-Andy Cavanagh[5]; 4. 56-Steve Cousins[10]; 5. 88-Greg Dobrosky[2]; 6. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[7]; 7. 16-Jim Morris[14]; 8. 27H-Kyle Colwell[12]; 9. 52-Jeffery Waever Jr[20]; 10. 07-Cameron Hague[6]; 11. 4B-Walt Tutack[16]; 12. 4J-Jacob Gamola[9]; 13. 12G-Tommy Jasen[11]; 14. 21C-Jarrett Cavalet[8]; 15. 20M-Vivian Jones[15]; 16. H20-Michael Miller[18]; 17. 72-Mike Mathieson[13]; 18. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[4]; 19. 18-Jake Perricellia[19]; 20. 154-Shamus O’Donnell[17]

Dash 1 8 Laps
1. 29-Logan McCandless[2]; 2. 88-Greg Dobrosky[1]; 3. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[5]; 4. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[4]; 5. X7-Andy Cavanagh[6]; 6. 07-Cameron Hague[3]; 7. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[8]; 8. 21C-Jarrett Cavalet[7]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer[2]; 2. 29-Logan McCandless[1]; 3. X7-Andy Cavanagh[3]; 4. 88-Greg Dobrosky[4]; 5. 4J-Jacob Gamola[5]; 6. 27H-Kyle Colwell[7]; 7. 20M-Vivian Jones[6]

Heat 2 8 Laps
1. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[1]; 2. 21C-Jarrett Cavalet[2]; 3. 52-Jeffery Waever Jr[3]; 4. 56-Steve Cousins[4]; 5. 4B-Walt Tutack[5]; 6. 72-Mike Mathieson[6]; 7. H20-Michael Miller[7]

Heat 3 8 Laps
1. 07-Cameron Hague[1]; 2. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[2]; 3. 12G-Tommy Jasen[3]; 4. 16-Jim Morris[4]; 5. 154-Shamus O’Donnell[5]; 6. 18-Jake Perricellia[6]

MyRacePassPowered by MyRacePass7/24/2021 10:56PM CST
Media Results for 7/24/2021 at Michaels Mercer Raceway – Mercer, PA
Dirt Big Block Modifieds 10 Entries
A Feature 1
1. 18X-eric gabany[3]; 2. 83T-Tom Glenn[2]; 3. 18M-JR McGinley[4]; 4. 11R-Brad Rapp[5]; 5. 6F-Kyle Fink[1]; 6. 35H-Chris Haines[7]; 7. 35-Steve Slater[6]; 8. 55-Scott Kay[8]; 9. 56M-Jacob McElravy[9]; 10. 51-Clyde Gumpp[10]

Heat 1
1. 18M-JR McGinley[3]; 2. 83T-Tom Glenn[2]; 3. 11R-Brad Rapp[4]; 4. 35H-Chris Haines[5]; 5. 56M-Jacob McElravy[1]

Heat 2
1. 18X-eric gabany[3]; 2. 6F-Kyle Fink[4]; 3. 35-Steve Slater[1]; 4. 55-Scott Kay[2]; 5. 51-Clyde Gumpp[5]

MyRacePassPowered by MyRacePass7/24/2021 10:56PM CST
Media Results for 7/24/2021 at Michaels Mercer Raceway – Mercer, PA
Sport Compact 22 Entries
A Feature 1
1. 0-Carl Ealy[3]; 2. 999-Adam Aley[2]; 3. 12-Phil King[9]; 4. 5-Andy Thompson[15]; 5. 77X-Pete Blaczak[1]; 6. 9-William Aley[5]; 7. 40C-Joe Campbell[4]; 8. 64M-John McCraken[12]; 9. 10-Corey Bice[21]; 10. 501-Matt Urey[13]; 11. 33-Brianna Parker[20]; 12. S0B-Leonard Baker Jr[10]; 13. 16R-Jordan Reges[22]; 14. 23MP-Michael Porterfield[7]; 15. 0R-Randy Ealy[6]; 16. 64-Summer Pitts[17]; 17. 27-Patrick Lane[8]; 18. 777-Devin Erwin[14]; 19. C4-Alex Claypoole[11]; 20. 325Z-Zack Swartz[16]; 21. 22-Thomas Warren[19]; 22. (DQ) 77-Tyler Ellenberger[18]

Heat 1
1. 0R-Randy Ealy[3]; 2. 0-Carl Ealy[4]; 3. 23MP-Michael Porterfield[8]; 4. S0B-Leonard Baker Jr[5]; 5. 501-Matt Urey[2]; 6. 325Z-Zack Swartz[6]; 7. 22-Thomas Warren[7]; 8. 16R-Jordan Reges[1]

Heat 2
1. 9-William Aley[6]; 2. 999-Adam Aley[7]; 3. 27-Patrick Lane[3]; 4. C4-Alex Claypoole[1]; 5. 777-Devin Erwin[2]; 6. 64-Summer Pitts[4]; 7. 33-Brianna Parker[5]

Heat 3
1. 40C-Joe Campbell[1]; 2. 77X-Pete Blaczak[7]; 3. 12-Phil King[5]; 4. 64M-John McCraken[6]; 5. 5-Andy Thompson[2]; 6. 77-Tyler Ellenberger[3]; 7. 10-Corey Bice[4]

MyRacePassPowered by MyRacePass7/24/2021 10:56PM CST
Media Results for 7/24/2021 at Michaels Mercer Raceway – Mercer, PA
Limited Modified 17 Entries
A Feature 1
1. 29E-Eric Martin[2]; 2. 717-Billy Adams[1]; 3. 86-Shayne Izzo[3]; 4. 41-Brian Schaffer[7]; 5. 4S-Eric Gabany[5]; 6. 1G-Frank Guidace[11]; 7. 14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[10]; 8. 11-Steve Young[4]; 9. 71-Gage Priester[8]; 10. 7P-Caden Petry[12]; 11. 404-MIchael Kristyak[15]; 12. 55R-Clayton Deems[13]; 13. 19-Tyler Beeler[14]; 14. 01-Nathaniel Bale[17]; 15. 113-Don Cornelius[9]; 16. 7-Scott Kay[6]; 17. 93-Bill Pill[16]

Heat 1
1. 717-Billy Adams[2]; 2. 86-Shayne Izzo[3]; 3. 4S-Eric Gabany[5]; 4. 41-Brian Schaffer[6]; 5. 113-Don Cornelius[7]; 6. 1G-Frank Guidace[1]; 7. 01-Nathaniel Bale[8]; 8. 19-Tyler Beeler[4]

Heat 2
1. 29E-Eric Martin[2]; 2. 11-Steve Young[4]; 3. 7-Scott Kay[3]; 4. 71-Gage Priester[1]; 5. 14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[6]; 6. 7P-Caden Petry[5]; 7. 55R-Clayton Deems[9]; 8. 404-MIchael Kristyak[7]; 9. 93-Bill Pill[8]
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Congrats to all of tonight’s feature winners for the Big Mav classic Racesaver 305 memorial for Brandon Hawkins 🏁🏆 See MoreSee Less

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Eric Martin wins his first feature in the FASTRAK modifieds at Mercer since June 9, 2019Image attachment

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Logan McCandless leads all 27 laps to win the big mav classic tonight worth $2727 and all the lap money!!!!Image attachment

Logan McCandless leads all 27 laps to win the big mav classic tonight worth $2727 and all the lap money!!!! See MoreSee Less

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