MERCER, PA – After a short summer vacation, the racing community will assemble again at Mercer Raceway Park on July 15 for an exciting Saturday Night Live! program featuring some of the area’s best cars and stars. It will be Racing for a Cure night, too, so the American Cancer Society will be on hand to help celebrate the life of Karl Henning, a long-time member of the Dionise Race Team. But the action will not be confined to the tricky Mercer oval. At intermission time, attention will be turned to the skies overhead, as Pizza Joe’s will present the annual fireworks display. And, what is more, two lucky children will leave the speedway with bicycles courtesy of Coca Cola.
Jack Sodeman, Jr. will lead the contingent of Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars, and his protege, Darin Gallagher, will do the same in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop 305 Sprint Cars. Their rivals are close in the points chase, so, with a little luck, Michael Bauer (410 Sprints) or Gregg McCandless (305 Sprints) could move out front. The same could be true in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, where Bobby Springer holds a slim advantage, and in Ray’s Racing Collectibles/Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks, where Bill Fuchs sits atop the rankings. Only Jimmy Holden has a pretty safe margin in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, but the racing for the win will still be intense.
The gates will open at 4 p.m., with practice and qualifications starting at 5:30. Heat racing will follow.
Despite the extras, this program will have regular event ticket pricing. So, adults can get the full experience for just $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. The younger set (ages 8 and under) will be admitted for free, as always. Families can take advantage of the special Family Pass, for only $28, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $30.
If you cannot make it to the speedway this weekend, there will be a new event on July 22, as the track will present the first Little Guys Nationals preview. The divisions will be the same appear in the gigantic fall finale.
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.
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/