MERCER, PA – The roar of powerful racing engines will be heard again at Mercer Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, as the venerable speedway hosts the 19th Annual Little Guys Nationals. The traditional season-ending event was one of the first of its kind in the area, bringing together racers in a number of different classes for a celebration of speed. The 2018 edition will be that, and more, as there will be music following the races on Friday. “Racers and race fans will be able to mingle and relax after the races,” said promoter Eric Williams. “And there will be plenty of free camping, so they won’t have to travel far when they do decide to retire for the night.”
Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. on Friday, with front gates opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps will commence at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the pit gates will open at noon, with the front gates opening at 3 p.m. Racing will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Everybody will want to come out early to get the best pit stalls and their favorite seats. The Summer Nationals event, held in July, drew a large crowd and plenty of racers, so support for this extravaganza at Mercer Raceway Park should be at an all-time high.
Sunday, October 7, will serve as a rain date.
A record-breaking purse of over $60,000 will be paid out to the competitors in nine classes over the course of the weekend, assuming that an adequate number of racers enter. “Pre-entries are rolling in,” Williams said, “so we expect some intense action in the qualification races.” Entry blanks can be obtained by clicking on the 2018 LGN tab on the website, www.mercerracewaypark.com. If the entry is postmarked by October 1, the racer will receive a discount.
Once again, the 358 Modified division will be the main attraction. Racers from New York and Canada are expected to give the local talents a run for the money. Friday’s race will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start, with $2,000 to win and $200 to start in Saturday’s go. The 358 Modified Tour will sanction the event.
The Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks will also see action. The region’s best Stock Car drivers will duke it out for a winner’s share of $1,000 on Friday night, with the pay-out jumping to $1,500 on Saturday. Racers will get $150 to start each night’s feature.
The Two Barrel Econo Mods will return, with the winner earning $500 on Friday and $750 on Saturday. Starting money will be $70 and $75, respectively.
RUSH Sportsmen Modifieds will compete for $500 to win Friday and $600 for a Saturday victory. Starting the events will pay $75 on Friday and $100 on Saturday.
There will be two classes of Micro Sprints racing this weekend. Making their first appearance will be the 600 cc Micros. Joining them will be the 270 cc Micros, which have been a fixture in recent Little Guys events. Pay-outs will be the same in each class. $400 awaits the Friday winner, and $500 will be at the pay window on Saturday. Starters will get at least $50 on Friday and $60 of Saturday.
The popular Modified Lites will also race for $400 to win and $50 to start on Friday. There will be $500 for the champ on Saturday and $60 to start. There will be a special race paying $200 to win for the Sportsmen Mod Lites if twelve or more of those racers enter.
Mini Stocks, one of the most competitive classes at the track, will race for a winner’s share of $150 on Friday and $200 on Saturday.
And, both nights, the Junior Sprints will compete so the youngsters can cut their teeth on the tricky oval.
Ticket prices on Friday will be just $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors (60 and over). Students (ages 9-15) will be $7. Children (ages 8 and under) will be free. The Family Pass will be available at a price of $32 for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.
Saturday’s admission prices will be $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), and $7 for students (9-15). Once again, children will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be $35 and Pit Passes will be $35.
There will be no two-day combination tickets.
A limited number of VIP boxes and trackside parking spaces are available. Please contact the track office at 724-662-1310 for further information and reservations.
Parking and camping (no hook-ups) are free and plentiful. Pets are welcome in all camping areas, but they must be on a leash and owners must clean up after them.
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. For more information, check out www.mercerracewaypark.com, www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.