(Mercer, PA May 23, 2017): Traditional Sprint Car racing returns to Mercer Raceway Park this Saturday, May 27. The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series, presented by Rick’s Truck & Equipment, brings their exciting style to the tricky oval. These racers will compete without their wings, allowing for more wheel to wheel action. This is a must see event for every Sprint Car enthusiast!
This will be the third outing for the B.O.S.S. tour in 2017. The opener at Atomic Speedway, in southern Ohio, went to Justin Owen. Dustin Smith won the next round at Fremont Speedway, also in Ohio. Last week’s event at Lawrenceburg Speedway, in Indiana, was rained out, so you know that the touring drivers will be ready for action when they get to the Keystone state.
The tour boasts eighteen of the best non-wing racers. Joining Smith will be another former series champion, Mike Miller. Aaron Middaugh has a perfect attendance record on the line, as he has raced in every B.O.S.S. race ever held. Michael Fischesser, Chad Wilson, Steve Little, Cody Gardner, Kirk Jeffries, Riley VanHise, Matt Westfall, Paul Dues, Buddy Lowther, and Matt Cooley will also be in action.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for three of the B.O.S.S. racers. Bob McMillin and Joe Butera, both of Wampum, PA, will return to their old stomping grounds. Andy Feil, another former Mercer regular, is also racing with the B.O.S.S. tour now. He hails from New Castle.
Another name that may be familiar to the Mercer fans is Carmen Perigo, from Stoystown. Perigo is a second generation driver. Fans may recall that his father, Carmen Sr., raced Modifieds back in the day.
Mercer regulars like Jack Sodeman, Jr., Gale Ruth, Sr., Davey Jones, and Rod George enjoy racing without their wings, so watch them defend their home turf against the invaders. Come out to see who else will be brave enough to go topless at the track!
Mercer favorite Arnie Kent is also expected to make his return to the speedway, as the veteran driver has been limitting his racing to B.O.S.S. events in the region for the last couple of seasons.
The B.O.S.S. race will be filmed for the ISC Sports Network. That Indiana-based network will not be available for local viewers. However, it does offers on demand service through ISCSportsNetwork.com.
Also on the card will be the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, featuring three-time winner Jimmy Holden and two-time winner Kyle Fink. But, will this be the week for Lonny Riggs to dock in victory lane? Darin Gallagher and Andy Priest will resume their battle for supremacy in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop 305 Sprints. The Ray’s Racing Collectibles and Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks will bring the thundering herd to the speedway. And, an added attraction will be the Open Stocks and the Junior Sprints!
All of this racing action can be seen for the low price of $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+), and $7 for students (9-15). The youngsters (8 and under) will be admitted for free. Family Passes for this speedfest will be $32, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be just $30 for those who want to get up close and personal to the non-wing stars.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps and qualifications will start at 5:45, with heat racing to follow.
If you cannot attend this weekend’s Sprint Car special, get ready for the next one3 on June . Tony Stewart’s All Stars Circuit of Champions will roar into town to make up for their program that was rained out a couple of weeks ago. The wings will be back in place for this program, of course.
And, remember that the U.S.A. East All American Spring Nationals Truck and Tractor Pull will be held on Sunday, May 28. There will be a Monday rain date for the season’s first big pulling event.
Remember, too, 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.
Marketing partners of Mercer Raceway Park for 2107 include Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, Scheidemantle Motors, Greenhill Farms Equipment, Inc., the Normandy Banquet Center of Hickory VFW Post 6166, Ritenour Equipment Center, Pizza Joe’s, AMSOIL, Noga Ambulance Service, Inc., Pyrotechnico, Watson’s, Inc., Big Dog Indoor Racing & Hobby, 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.