MERCER, PA – Michaels Mercer Raceway will try again to present its grand opening this Saturday, May 4. Racing action for six divisions will begin at 7 p.m. The Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series and the Junior Sprints will join the fun! Four of the track’s regular classes will be in action, earning their first championship points of the season. Missing from the line-up will be the Racesaver 305 Sprint Cars. They will return on May 11.
“We will be ready for some exciting competition,” said the new owner Edward Michaels. “We were looking forward to racing last weekend, but wet grounds would have made things unsafe for our racers and fans,” he added.
Rex King, Jr., will be looking for his second win of the year in the Diehl Ram Big Block Modifieds. It seems like ages ago, King Jr. won the Chiller Thriller, a special event pitting the BRP Modified Tour against the track regulars. Now he will have the chance to add his name to the regular season win list at Mercer for the first time.
But King Jr. will have plenty of challengers, including his father, the Bristolville Bandit. Rex King, Sr. was second and closing in on his son when a flat tire sent him to the pits for a replacement. While King was able to make the repair and resume the race, he was unable to crack the top five. His misfortune allowed Jimmy Holden to chase King Jr. home. In prior years, Holden dominated the racing in the 358 Modified class. Lonny Riggs, another 358 Modified stand-out, will be ready to challenge, along with racers like Kyle Fink, Garrett Krummert, J.R. McGinley, Jeremiah Shingledecker, and Dave Murdick, to name just a few.
Krummert, who hails from New Castle, will be doing double duty again, as he will also race his Fastrack Limited Modified. Krummert took the first event held for this division, which is presented by Turn 4 Toilet Rentals. Steve Slater, Will Shaffer, and Jessica Kriegisch will also be in action.
While Jessica will be looking for her first victory at Mercer, she will not be the first female racer to put her name in the record books. That distinction goes to teenager Vivian Jones, of West Middlesex, who copped the Modified Lite feature. The Modified Lites race under the Barris Trucking banner.
Traditional Mercer backers Ray’s Racing Collectibles and Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking will hail the Mini Stocks into the ring. Todd Hanlon scored his first of the season in the Chiller Thriller, but nearly two dozen other racers will contend for the win.
The Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series brings together the region’s best Stock Car racers to compete for extra purse money and bragging rights. “Mercer has had some of the best Stock Car racing over the years, and we are proud to have the Penn-Ohio Series open their season with us,” Michaels said. Former Series champions Chris Schneider and Bobby Whitling are expected, along with Rusty Moore, who was a dominant force when the Stock Cars appeared weekly at the tricky oval.
The Junior Sprints will allow youngsters to experience the thrill of competition. The class was formed several season ago and several drivers have already advanced to other classes. So, who will be the fresh, young faces at Michaels Mercer Raceway this season? Come out to cheer them on!
The pit gates will open at 4 p.m. for the racers and the front gates will open at 5 p.m. for the spectators. Practice sessions will start at 6:30 and the first heat race will hit the track at 7 p.m.
Regular event ticket pricing will prevail. Adult admission to the stands will be just $12, and seniors (60+) will be admitted for $10. Children and youths (ages 13 and under) will be free as long as they are accompanied by a paying guest. Pit passes will be $30. However, a new feature for 2019 will be reduced Pit Pass prices for seniors (60+) and children (ages ten and under). They will be admitted to the pits for $25.