(Mercer, PA June 30, 2016): This Saturday, July 2, will be an extraordinary opportunity for fans to enjoy three different types of Sprint Cars competing in one evening at Mercer Raceway Park. It will be Auto Racers for Kids Night at the track and a new twist to the program will be the addition of the popular Patriot Sprint Tour! These racers from the Empire State are powered by 360 cubic inch engines, which puts them smack dab in the middle of the power curve when compared to the track’s 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprints and the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, most of which have 305 cubic inches under the hoods. And, all of the Sprints have those big wings atop the machines to get maximum performance out of the particular engine packages. This is a must-see event, as no other track in the region will offer so many Sprint options at the same time and place!
But wait, there is more! The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds will be on hand, along with the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks, the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, and the Elder Tractor Sales & Equipment Junior Sprints.
With this much racing action, the fun will start at 5:30 with preliminary races for the Modified Lites, Mini Stocks, and Junior Sprints. Then, at approximately 7 p.m., all of those Sprint Cars will get their respective turns on the track, as will the 358 Modifieds and Open Stocks.
The competitive juices will be overflowing, for sure. Courtesy of Bonnell’s Collision Center, the winners of each class will be receiving extra money in the pay envelope! The 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprints and the Patriot Sprint Tour victors will each get a whopping $4,000, while those Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will go after $1,000. Several of the Sprint racers have multiple cars, meaning that they could cross-over and compete with the other classes. So, one racer could possibly take home $5,000, or even $9,000 for a clean sweep! Danny Holtgraver once won a pair of Sprint Car races at the Park on a single night. Can somebody match that fete, or go one better?
The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds will vie for $1,000, the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks for $500, the Rock Concrete Supply Mod Lites for $375, the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks for $200, and the Elder Tractor Sales & Equipment Junior Sprints for $100. So, these classes will also be racing hard.
And, along with the money goes the bragging rights. The Auto Racers for Kids Night seems to bring out the best in all of the competitors. Who can forget the night that Jack Sodeman, Jr. donated back all of his winnings after taking the checkers in the Sprint Car race. Or, the night that Danny Holtgraver and Rob Chaney banged wheels coming down for the checkered flag?
Because this is a special event, there will be no points awarded towards the track championships.
There will be other fun-filled activities for the fans, too, including a contest that will see one lucky person take home a 3500 watt Champion Power Equipment generator thanks to Patriot Sprint Tour sponsor Super Gen Products.
Special event ticket pricing will apply, but remember that all proceeds do go to help troubled youths in the Northwestern PA area. For example, the Mercer County Child Advocate Services has been a recipient in years past. The adult admission will be $15, seniors (60+) $13, and students (9-15) $7. Fittingly, all children (ages 8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be $35, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will also be $35.
The Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. and the spectator gates at 4. The first competitive laps will be at 5:30, with the Sprints, 358 Modifieds, and Stocks going onto the track at approximately 7 p.m.
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, www. mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, 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 www. mercerracewaypark.com, www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.