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posted August 12, 2002 06:20 PM UIN: 16262997
$3,000 to await winner of 4th Annual "Sprint Slug-Out" August 17 at Mercer

By Mike Leone


Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park will hold the fourth annual "Sprint Slug-Out"
Saturday night, August 17 presented by AXA Advisors, LLC. The event will
include the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, Big-Block Modifieds, New
Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, and the Butterfield's Pub Stock
Cars. Another G&G Auto Outlet "Gladiator Series" Demolition Derby will also
be on the card.

For the second consecutive year, the total purse for the "Sprint
Slug-Out" has been increased. This year's event will spotlight a 30-lap
sprint car feature now paying $3,000 to-win, $225 to-start. "We've gotten
excellent support on this event since we started it back in 1999," said
owner Vicki Emig. "It's a nice show for our local drivers making it the
richest non-sanctioned sprint car event in western Pa. in 2002."

Jimmy Hawley topped a 46-car field in 1999 worth $2,000. Tommy
Burns, Jr. won the second annual event in 2000 over a 33-car field. Last
year, 37 cars assembled on August 18 before the event was rained out.
Hawley backed up his 1999 win by winning the $2,500 to-win September 8
make-up feature event.

The Big-Block Modifieds will have another increased purse,
non-sanctioned event. Their 25-lap feature will pay $1,300 to-win, $125 to
take the green flag. The New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds
will also race 25 laps in their feature for $500 to-win. The Butterfield's
Pub Stock Cars will be in action for 20 laps for $500 to-win in one of their
twelve special events of 2002.

With just three points-paying events remaining heading into
Saturday, August 10, current point leaders are Troy Preston (West Middlesex,
Pa.) Sprint Cars, Bob Dorman (Stockton, Ny.) Big-Block Modifieds, Steve
Young (Grove City, Pa.) Sportsman Modifieds, and Shaun Hooks (New Castle,
Pa.) Stock Cars.

At the conclusion of the event, G&G Auto Outlet will present the
fifth "Gladiator Series" Demolition Derby of the season. This seven-event
series has Andy Bordt of Sewickley, Pa. atop the standings with two wins.
Others winners have been Justin Pakulniewicz and Patrick Heckman.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. Racing
begins at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $13. The family pass is $30.
Students 6-15 are $5. Children five and under are free. Pit passes are
$25. For more information, call the office Monday-Friday after 12 noon at
724-964-9300 or the track on race day at 724-662-1310. Check out for the latest.

AXA Advisors, LLC was the 2000 division sponsor of the Sprint
Cars. They have returned to present the fourth annual "Sprint Slug-Out".
AXA Advisors are a full-service personal financial planning entity offering
retirement, business, and estate planning, educational funding, annuities,
and life insurance. For more information, check out their website at

Contact: Mike Leone, 53 East Glenora Drive, Grove City, PA 16127. Office
phone 724-964-9300 and fax to 724-964-0604. Home phone/fax: 724-748-3358.

Mercer Raceway Park is located 3 miles north of I-80, exit 15. The track
is 0.5 miles north of SR 258 on US 19, then 0.2 miles east on Fairground
Road in Findley Township. The office number is 724-964-9300. Fax to
724-964-0604. The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is E-mail to


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