Eric Gabany Grabs Modified Feature Event Win At Mercer

MERCER, PA – On Saturday night in Michaels Mercer Raceway completed its 9th program of the year with four drivers clinching division championships with two more on the line for next week.

Winning track championships in the 71st season are Adam Kekich(410 sprints); Jeremy Kornbau (305 sprints); Mike Kinney (BBmods); and Andy Thompson(mini stocks).

Eric Gabany doubled up tonight winning both the big block and FASTRAK crate modified features; Jeremy Kornbau and Adam Kekich picked up the pair of dashes for cash in the 410 sprints collecting $500 each; Tim Callahan won his 2nd mini stock feature of the year as did Vivian Jones in the 305 sprints.

The 410 Sprints had an interesting situation as only four cars showed up to do battle.. track management and the drivers agreed to run 2 8 lap dashes that paid $500 to win each with $400 for 2nd $300 for 3rd and $200 for 4th. In the first dash it was all Adam Kekich as he lead from the green flag to pick up the extra money.Hall of famer Tim Schaffer was 2nd, Kornbau 3rd and Andy McKisson 4th. it was a different story in the nightcapper as Jeremy Kornbau with a 410 motor under the hood battled with Kekich the entire eight lap distance side by side with Kornbau emerging victorious at the end. It would be his 1st 410 checkered flag. “I’m too old for this!!! I was so worn out!! I saw Adam and I could hear him and it was either going to stick or not going high but when Ricky Peterson was successful at it I thought I’d try it!”

3rd generation driver Adam Kekich added his name to the illustrious list of sprint car track champions Saturday night as he won the 2022 track title. A jubilant Kekich said “I have to give all glory to god!! It feels good… that title is something you don’t take for granted and it goes a long way when it comes to sponsors it’s huge and special. It’s surreal…we work hard for this we try to run as professional as we can. You have to have a good team to win and we have had a very strong year this year.”

Hometown driver Eric Gabany doubled up dominating both the big block and FASTRAK 602 crate modifieds. In the big block mods Gabany took the lead from 2022 track champion Mike Kinney and went on to win by 10.96 seconds over Kinney. Ayden Cipriano in his 1st big block race moved up 3 spots to take 3rd from Tom Glenn out of turn 4. John Venuto was 5th and Kevin Green 6th.

Mike Kinney the former emod standout in his 1st year racing big blocks capped his year with the track championship at Mercer. “I’m speechless!! our luck was so good this year my group of people are fantastic!! this place has been really nice to me this year.. there’s a lot more bite and I like the clay it’s awesome..
it’s a big change the way the car handles and the speed but we are figuring it out.”

Gabany after winning the big block hopped into the Jerry Schaffer crate modified and came from 4th to take the lead from Bill Adams on lap 7 and cruised to victory winning by 5.7 seconds over Adams. Pat Lane was 3rd, Gage Priester 4th and Caden Petry 5th. Point leader Brian Schaffer finished 7th behind 2nd place in points Jeff Schaffer jr. so it will go down to the finish next Saturday on who wins the title. A tired but happy Gabany would say “I’m hot and sweaty the car has some good speed tonight and it’s nice to win both features for Rick Ryder and Jerry Schaffer tonight!”

In the Racesaver 305 sprints it was all Tommy Jasen as he led from The start looking to win his third career feature but after he took the white flag in turn one he lost his steering and hit the turn one wall flipping as high as the top of the catch fence going over several times and landing on his side. He was uninjured. This put Vivian Jones in the lead for a one lap shootout with James Pattock and Jake Gomola in tow but Vivian held her ground and picked up her 2nd career 305 sprint win. At the checkered John Jerich smacked the 4th turn wall flipping several times. He was also uninjured. Pattock would hold off Gomola for a career best 2nd.
“It feels great even though it was Tommy’s race .. I hit the wall in turn 4 at the start of the heat and had to swap the entire front end …we have been there every week!! I’d like to move up full time to the 410s next year!”

Jeremy Kornbau would finish 4th and had enough points to clinch the title by just 25 points as with the win. Jones moved into 2nd place and Gomola dropped to 3rd in the final tally.
“I never thought I would see the day!!!it’s been a long time coming!! I would have been happy with just that 1st win. Gary Edwards helped out a struggling driver and got me where I am today. Now I have to write a longer speech for the banquet!”

The mini stocks went down to the wire once again as Tim Callahan led from flag to flag to take the win. 2022 track champion Andy Thompson would start last due to winning 3 weeks in a row and would move up to 9th in one lap. Behind Callahan a torrid battle between Adam and Will Aley, and Randy Ealy would go on lap after lap. Thompson would make some noise going to his traditional outside line passing cars to get to 5th on lap 5 and challenging the trio. One caution would bunch up the field but Callahan would win by 1.45 seconds over Adam Aley, Will Aley, Randy Ealy and Thompson who secured his 2nd mini stock title in a row. Callahan would say “I was so hoping we would roll through this I didn’t want that caution but it all worked out!”

Next will be the final night of points for the big block modifieds, fastrak 602/crate modifieds and the mini stocks with a special appearance of the crate late models paying 1000 to win and the Penn/Ohio pro stocks in a series race paying $1500 to win.

Media Results for 8/20/2022 at Michaels Mercer Raceway – Mercer, PA

305 Sprints – Winged 12 Entries
A Feature
1. 20M-Vivian Jones[2]; 2. 42-James Pattock[4]; 3. 4J-Jacob Gamola[6]; 4. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[3]; 5. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[9]; 6. 16-Jim Morris[5]; 7. 3-John Jerich[10]; 8. 12G-Tommy Jasen[1]; 9. 17S-Shane Shook[12]; 10. 72-Mike Mathieson[11]; 11. 82M-Roman Jones[7]; 12. X7-Andy Cavanagh[8]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 12G-Tommy Jasen[2]; 2. 20M-Vivian Jones[4]; 3. 42-James Pattock[1]; 4. 82M-Roman Jones[6]; 5. 25-Jarrett Rosencrance[3]; 6. 72-Mike Mathieson[5]

Heat 2 8 Laps
1. 4J-Jacob Gamola[1]; 2. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[3]; 3. 16-Jim Morris[4]; 4. X7-Andy Cavanagh[6]; 5. 3-John Jerich[5]; 6. 17S-Shane Shook[2]

Dirt Big Block Modifieds 6 Entries
A Feature 1 25 Laps
1. 18E-eric gabany[5]; 2. 20P-Mike Kinney[2]; 3. 5C-Ayden Cipriano[1]; 4. 83T-Tom Glenn[4]; 5. 817-John Zvenuto[3]; 6. 74-Kevin Green[6]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 18E-eric gabany[1]; 2. 83T-Tom Glenn[5]; 3. 817-John Zvenuto[2]; 4. 20P-Mike Kinney[4]; 5. 5C-Ayden Cipriano[3]; 6. 74-Kevin Green[6]

mini stocks 20 Entries
A Feature 1 15 Laps
1. 54-Tim Callahan[1]; 2. 999-Adam Aley[2]; 3. 9-William Aley[5]; 4. 38-Randy Ealy[4]; 5. 5-Andy Thompson[20]; 6. 10-Corey Bice[3]; 7. 55-Josh Eakman[7]; 8. 10S-trevn schaffer[9]; 9. 79-John McCraken[13]; 10. C4-Alex Claypoole[10]; 11. 16R-Jordan Reges[19]; 12. 16-Daniel Hostetler[11]; 13. 60-Dillon Thorne[8]; 14. 33-Brianna Parker[15]; 15. 17J-Mike Salsgiver[12]; 16. 66M-Matt Miller[14]; 17. (DNS) 029-Ben Aley; 18. (DNS) 02-Devin Haley; 19. (DNS) 36PACK-DJ MacRae; 20. (DNS) 00-Cole Miller

Heat 1 6 Laps
1. 54-Tim Callahan[2]; 2. 38-Randy Ealy[1]; 3. 55-Josh Eakman[4]; 4. 10S-trevn schaffer[6]; 5. 17J-Mike Salsgiver[5]; 6. 33-Brianna Parker[7]; 7. 02-Devin Haley[3]

Heat 2 6 Laps
1. 999-Adam Aley[1]; 2. 9-William Aley[3]; 3. 5-Andy Thompson[6]; 4. C4-Alex Claypoole[2]; 5. 79-John McCraken[4]; 6. 36PACK-DJ MacRae[5]; 7. 16R-Jordan Reges[7]

Heat 3 6 Laps
1. 10-Corey Bice[1]; 2. 00-Cole Miller[4]; 3. 60-Dillon Thorne[2]; 4. 16-Daniel Hostetler[3]; 5. 66M-Matt Miller[6]; 6. 029-Ben Aley[5]

FASTRAK/602 crate Modified 14 Entries
A Feature 1 20 Laps
1. 24-Eric Gabany[7]; 2. 717-Bill Adams[1]; 3. 12L-Patrick Lane[2]; 4. 71-Gage Priester[6]; 5. 7P-Caden Petry[3]; 6. 14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[5]; 7. 41-Brian Schaffer[11]; 8. 404-MIchael Kristyak[9]; 9. 01-Nathaniel Bale[10]; 10. 7-Scott Kay[4]; 11. 29A-Anthony Antus[12]; 12. 88M-Bill Milbert[8]; 13. 93-Phill Kapcewich[14]; 14. 401-Max Smoker[13]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 88M-Bill Milbert[2]; 2. 71-Gage Priester[1]; 3. 7-Scott Kay[4]; 4. 12L-Patrick Lane[3]; 5. 404-MIchael Kristyak[6]; 6. 41-Brian Schaffer[7]; 7. 401-Max Smoker[5]

Heat 2 8 Laps
1. 24-Eric Gabany[1]; 2. 14-Jeff Schaffer Jr[2]; 3. 7P-Caden Petry[3]; 4. 717-Bill Adams[5]; 5. 01-Nathaniel Bale[7]; 6. 29A-Anthony Antus[6]; 7. 93-Phill Kapcewich[4]

410 Sprints – Winged 4 Entries
Dash 1 8 Laps
1. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[2]; 2. 5K-Adam Kekich[4]; 3. 28-Tim Shaffer[3]; 4. 7T-Andy Mckisson[1]

Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 5K-Adam Kekich[2]; 2. 28-Tim Shaffer[4]; 3. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau[3]; 4. 7T-Andy Mckisson[1]