Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer Raceway Park is located in Mercer, Pennsylvania.
Racing at this location contains: 3/8 mile high banked clay oval.


 

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If you reserved a booth for last weeks race you must contact me to keep it for this week, same with fence parking if I dont hear from you by Wednesday they will go back up for sell for this weekends race ...

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Michaels memorial show coming up on Saturday, August 8 featuring the big block modifieds for 5000 to win and the 410 sprints for 2000 to win!!

By Jim Balentine
Mercer,Pa

After suffering a second rain out so far in the short season Michaels Mercer Raceway roars back into action with a star studded event as we honor the Michaels family With a special 5000 to win BRP big block modified feature and also just added the 410 sprints for 2000 to win.

Also on the card will be the 305 sprints, the FASTRAK modifieds, and the mighty Mercer mini stocks. The mod lites will have the night off.

During its darkest day Mercer raceway sat idle from 1990 until 1994 when local businessman Howard Michaels, and his sons purchased the overgrown facility which needed a major overhaul going into 1994.

The family spent the winter and early spring and every night and day cutting down weeds removing the millions of tires that were around the track and bringing it up to modern standards. The track was brought back to life and had a jam packed pit area and grandstands every night Running four divisions at the rebirth.

The Michaels family sold the track for the 1997 season to Gary Butch and his family and sadly both Howard Michaels and his sons Howard Jr. ,and Harold, who drove six cylinder and big block modifieds, passed away. Howard passed away in June of 2007 after a motor vehicle accident, Howard Jr passed in April of 2019, and Harold in 2002.

The other son of Howard Michaels, Ed purchased the speedway back into the family over the winter going into 2019 having a successful first year back of weekly competition and now going strong for his second year in 2020.

We honor the Michael’s family with the second annual Michaels memorial at Mercer paying 5000 to win for the BRP modified tour ..with a lot of tracks in New York State still not racing we’re expecting a lot of the New York modifieds to come down to compete for the $5000 !!!
Erick Rudolph has been on a tear dominating the western Pennsylvania races... will he continue his run next Saturday night he already has one win at the speedway and other New Yorker Phil vigneri has the other ...so will it be another New York State of mind at the track or wilI a western Pennsylvania resident keep the cash here in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania???

Also on the card will be the make up for the 410 sprint cars paying 2000 to win with a pill draw format for the heat races. The 410 sprints have had many races so far this season already and Adam Kekich picked up the Ralph Quarterson Memorial on opening night July 18th that paid $3400 to win defeating his friend Brandon Spithaler. Spithaler has already won a couple at Tri-City and Michael Bauer picked up his first career Lernerville win a few weeks ago. AJ Flick has won a pair already this season , Carl Bowser has graced victory lane and the fourth time track champ Jack Sodeman Jr has picked up a Lernerville win.

With the closing of all New York tracks owner Ed Michaels is also allowing the 360 sprint car drivers to come down to compete in this race as well!! The 360 sprints in the past have been very competitive at Mercer and some have had feature wins against the 410s. And with the track being the shape that it is it is possible that we may have a 360 in victory Lane after Saturday night so we are expecting a contingent of drivers to venture down south to race next Saturday.

Also on the card will be the 305 sprints, the FASTRAK modifieds, and the mighty Mercer mini stocks.

The mod lites will have the night off.

There will also be a scheduled fireworks extravaganza by Jeff Gibson from Gibson fireworks who last time around put on a bombastic show that lit up the Mercer sky.

Pit gates open at 4 pm
Grandstands at 5 pm
Hot laps for 410 sprints and big block mods at 6:15 pm
Racing at 7 pm

Admission for this huge event will be just $20 for adults $17 for seniors in the grandstands; pit passes will be $35 for adults and $30 for seniors.

There also be a practice on Wednesday, August 5 from 5 PM until dark pit passes only will be sold and will be $25 per person.

The 410 sprint cars will draw a pill for their heat race starting positions then the top eight will re-draw on the front straightaway for their feature positions.

The BRP modified tour will also pull pills for their heat races and will also have a redraw for the top qualifiers for the future event.

Raceivers are mandatory in all divisions as well as the red AMBit transponders as the yellow ones will not work with the AMBit system.

Drivers crews and fans can follow along with the lineups for all the heat race action and features for free with the MyRacePass app, live timing and scoring is available with a subscription.

For further information visit the website at mercerracewaypark dotcom or our Facebook page where you can message the track for further information.
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Racing for this evening are cancelled!! 😪 ...

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Race day! Enough said! ...

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We are racing tomorrow !!! if anything changes we will post it on here don’t ...dont forget 410 sprints tomorrow night and we’re hoping for some 360 sprint guys to come down from New York..

410 sprints return to Mercer Saturday, August 1 for $2000 to win unsanctioned event plus Big block Modifieds; 305 sprints; FASTRAK modifieds; and mini stocks.

By Jim Balentine
Mercer, Pa.

Michaels Mercer Raceway will try to get its third night of racing in the books with the second appearance of the 410 sprint cars in three weeks for an unsanctioned $2000 to win event. Also in the card will be our big block modifieds; 305 sprints; FASTRAK modifieds and mini stocks the Mod lites will have the night off to attend a special elsewhere.

The 410 sprints ,which at one time were the main stay at Mercer, will be back for a special $2000 to win show and will do the pill draw for their starting positions in the heat races and then will redraw the top eight at the flagstand to determine they’re starting positions in the unsanctioned event.

Adam Kekich has gone two for two in the special 410 sprint shows winning last year’s western Pennsylvania sprint car championship and then winning the first annual Ralph Quarterson memorial on July 18 2020. It will not be an easy task as still have the likes of his good friend Brandon Spithaler who has won 2 at tri city to contend with as well as 4 time track champion Jack Sodeman Jr who has a Lernerville won, and Carl Bowser who has won at tri city this season. Also the possibility of some central Ohio cars might make a trip across the border for the event to compete for the money.0

In the 305 sprints this season we have had two different winners as last year track champion Jake Gamola picked up the win this past Saturday night and Chase Matheney who won his first ever 305 sprint race at Mercer last week. Last years 2nd place point man Kyle Colwell is looking for his 1st win of 2020.

In the FASTRAK modifieds it has been all Eric Gabany as this year racing for car owner Jerry Schaeffer has gone 2 for 2 defeating his fellow drivers Garrett Krummert and Jim Bryce. Jordan Ehrenberg had his best run ever finishing 2nd last week and last year point champ Brian Schaffer has had finishes of 3rd and 8th last week.

And the big block modifieds you could sing the tune of “New York New York” as both feature wins have come by drivers residing from the Empire State. Phil Vigneri of Elba, NY held off the charges of Brad Rapp to win the Ralph Quarterson memorial modified portion of opening night and Erick Rudolph from Ransomville , NY pulled away from Dave Murdick to win last week. The Ohio/Pa drivers are 0-2 including last years champ Rex King Sr who has yet to crack the top 5.

The mighty Mercer mini stocks again have put on quite a show for the fans this year with a lot of excitement with both crashes and tight racing. The all-time leading feature winner in the class Tim Callahan picked up the opening night win defeating Will Aley and Mike Porterfield defeated Andy Thompson by .237 this past Saturday night! Last year’s track champ Joe Campbell has had nothing but trouble getting involved in skirmishes on the speedway And newcomer Leonard Baker Jr has had 2 surprising top 10 finishes this season.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4 PM; the grandstands at 5; sprint car hot laps at 6:30 ;and the first green flag at 7 PM.

General admission will be $17 for the special event $15 for seniors 60 and over ; pit passes will be $30 and $25 for seniors 60 and over.

All drivers must use the raceiver and the red Ambit transponder unit the yellow ones will not work. Any driver new to Mercer this week must pay a one time $25 registration fee . To keep track of all of the live lineups and event results after they have been run please register for free at MyRacePass dot com

For more information on Michaels Mercer raceway please visit their Facebook page or the website at MercerRacewayPark dot com or call the track on race day 724-662-1310
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Interesting stat from last Saturday night ..4 of the 6 features had 1st or 2nd place come from 9th or 10th!!! There is definitely passing going on this year at Mercer ...

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Looks like we may have a few 360 sprints coming down from New York State Saturday night should be interesting against the 410s on our small track ...

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We have been getting some inquiries about this and with what’s going on in New York state with tracks staying closed track owner Ed Michael is allowing 360 sprints to compete with the 410s this Saturday!!! 360 teams spread the word!!! ...

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MERCER LINE UP SAT AUG 1 2020
Pill cut off 5:45 pm
drivers meeting 5:45 pm
Sprint heat in motors 6:00 pm
Hot laps 6:30 pm 410 Sprints-only
Heat races 7 PM
1. Big Block Modifieds-8 laps
2. 410 Sprints-8 laps
3. FASTRAK modifieds-8 laps
4.410 Sprint redraw at flagstand
5. 305 Sprints-8 laps
6. Mini Stocks-6 laps
7. 410 Sprint consi -10 laps (if needed)
intermission (if needed)
FEATURES
8. Big Block Modifieds-25 laps
9. 410 Sprints-25 laps
10. FASTRAK Modifieds-20 laps
11. 305 Sprints -15/20 laps
12. Mini Stocks 12/15 laps
Raceiver 454.000
must use AMBIT red transponders
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