(Mercer, PA May 25, 2916): The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will close out the month of May at Mercer Raceway Park. The 410 Sprints will race without their wings on May 28. “This is always a fan favorite event,” said track owner Bill Altman. “We will have a full slate of supporting classes, too,” he added.
“Mother Nature has not been very good to us so far, or to Mercer Raceway Park, either,” said B.O.S.S. man Aaron Fry. Indeed, the traveling series has only completed one race, held at Fremont Speedway, with seventeen-year-old Cooper Clouse taking the win. And, the 4 Your Car Connection Sprints have only finished two races so far this season at the Park. The winners were Brandon Matus and Brandon Spithaler, both of whom have wins racing with the B.O.S.S. tour. Matus and Spithaler are expected to be in competition this weekend.
The B.O.S.S. racers will include several names familiar to local fans. “Superman,” Arnie Kent has limited his racing to infrequent appearances at B.O.S.S. contests over the past couple of seasons. He was sixth in the series opener at Fremont. Also racing without the wings will be former track regulars like Joe Butera and Bob McMillin, and young Andy Feil.
All three previous B.O.S.S. champions, Dustin Smith, Mike Miller, and Shawn Westerfield, are expected to be in the thick of the action. Plus, Carmen Perigo, Jr., a veteran of the tough Super Sportsmen class that competes in Central Pennsylvania, is expected to make his first start ever at Mercer. Add in accomplished racers like Michael Fischesser and Aaron Middaugh, and you will have a talented bunch of drivers.
And, it was recently announced that the track will provide full points for all competitors, so racers like Jack Sodeman, Jr., Brent Matus, Michael Bauer, and many others will be on hand to represent the home team.
“This should be a great program,” Fry said. “Our racers really enjoy this track, it has a lot of character,” he explained. And, Fry should know. He has years of driving experience under his belt, and he always liked the challenge of Mercer Raceway Park. “Plus, there are some darn good racers there who can get around without the wings just as good as they do with them.”
Also on the card will be the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, led by two-time winner Jimmy Holden and Kyle Fink. The Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will race, with their wings as usual, so fans will see whether opening night winner Andy Priest can get back on track. He crashed during the race won by young Jacob Gomola. The Precise Racing Products Open Stocks will be part of the fun. Everybody is wondering if yet another orange colored car will reach victory lane. These classes will go to the post along with the B.O.S.S. Sprints, at 7 p.m.
Remember that there will be early bird racing for the Elder Tractor Sales and Service Junior Sprints, the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, and the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites will kick things off at 5:30. The Junior Sprints and Mod Lites were added to this event at no cost to the fans, so his will be a real bargain.
Adults can enjoy all of the fun for just $15. Seniors (60+) will be admitted for $13, and students (9-15) for 7. Children (8 and under)will be admitted for free, as is customary at the track. Family Passes will be available for $32, and that will benefit two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.
The pit gates will open at 4, and the spectator gates will open at 4:30. Racing will start at 5:30 for the early classes, and at 7 for the headline acts.
Then, on Sunday, May 29, Mercer Raceway Park will host the All American Spring National Truck and Tractor Pulling event. This program will carry a Monday rain date. Saturday Night Live! racing will return to the oval on Saturday, June 4, with Twin State Auto Racing Fan Club Night. All members in good standing will get free admission to the grandstands.
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, www. mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.
Marketing partners of Mercer Raceway Park include Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Mercer Hardware, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, Scheidemantle Motors, Greenhill Farms Equipment, Inc., the Normandy Banquet Center of Hickory VFW Post 6166, Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, Pizza Joe’s, Sharon Auto Wrecking, Inc., AMSOIL, Noga Ambulance Service, Inc., Pyrotechnico, Watson’s, Inc., Big Dog Indoor Racing & Hobby, Ritenour Equipment Co., Herr’s Foods, the American Cancer Society, Sunburst Environmental, and Lias Tires.
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 www. mercerracewaypark.com, www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.