By MIKE LEONE
MERCER, PA – The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to announce that the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will compete at Mercer Raceway Park for the for the first time in the division’s four-year history! Two complete Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series events have been scheduled during the “Little Guy Nationals” on October 6-7. Race time is 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday night.
Mercer will become the eighth different speedway to host a RUSH Sportsman Modified event in 2017 and the 24th different speedway throughout all of the RUSH sanctioned divisions. The popular “Little Guy Nationals” has been a longstanding tradition of being the region’s biggest support division only event. Throughout the years, Mercer has been on the RUSH Sportsman Modified racers’ wish list for an event and now their wish has become a reality with two events, and large car count is expected each night.
“We’re excited to have the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds part of the Little Guy Nationals,” said Mercer promoter Eric Williams. “We’re always looking at ways to grow this traditional, successful event and we felt by bringing in the RUSH Modifieds would do just that. The class is growing, and obviously is a support division so it’s natural pairing to be included in this event. Mercer sits very close to the center where the majority of the racers are from.”
Member drivers will be able to accumulate points each night toward the Bicknell Weekly Series Championships along with eligible “Futures Cup” drivers towards that championship. Friday night will be a guaranteed payoff of $500 to-win, $75 to-start, while Saturday increases to $600 to-win, $100 to-start. The complete payoff is posted below.
“It’s fitting for our RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to make their first ever Mercer appearance during the Little Guy Nationals,” stated Emig. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have many regional speedways host events over the four-year history of the division, and I know our racers are going to be really excited to be part of the Little Guy Nationals- the region’s granddaddy and originator of large regional support class events. It’s a great chance for our racers to have two more good paying shows right in the center of the region before 2017 wraps up, and we have to thank both track owner Bill Altman and promoter Eric Williams for this exciting opportunity. With the Little Guy Nationals date moved later, it worked out perfect as this was a totally off weekend before we finish up at Lernerville Speedway’s Steel City Stampede.”
Friday Feature Payoff: 1. $500 2. $250 3. $200 4. $180 5. $160 6. $140 7. $130 8. $125 9. $120 10. $115 11. $110 12. $100 13. $95 14. $90 15. $80 16-20. $75. Tow $50.
Saturday Feature Payoff: 1. $600 2. $300 3. $250 4. $225 5. $200 6. $175 7. $150 8. $145 9. $140 10. $135 11. $130 12. $125 13. $120 14. $115 15. $110 16. $105 17-20. $100. Tow $50.
Mercer Raceway Park is celebrating its 66th anniversary season. The 3/8-mile track is located at 555 Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. For additional information, check out their website at www.mercerracewaypark.com or call 724-662-1310. Additional information including a registration form is posted on the Little Guy Nationals tab on their website or directly at http://mercerracewaypark.com/driver-info/little-guys-nationals.
RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Maxima Racing Oil, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
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