posted September 05, 2000 03:56 PM
$5,000 awaits the Sprint Car victor of 4th Annual Chuck Marsh Memorial on
By Mike Leone
September 5, 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park is gearing up for the Grove City Paving 4th
Annual Chuck Marsh Memorial coming Saturday, September 16. The Axa Advisors
410 Sprint Cars will be featured for 40 laps paying $5,000 to-win. Also on
the card will be the Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds for 25 laps paying
$1,200 to-win, and the Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars in a 20-lap feature
paying $500 to-win. A huge fireworks display will cap off the evening. The
event carries a Sunday, September 18 rain date.
"We're really excited about this event," said second-year owner Vicki Emig.
"We had a great show last year that was well-received by both the fans and
drivers, and we're looking for an even better one this year."
The evening honors a great supporter of sprint car racing from the Mercer,
Pa. area. Marsh always backed the Jacobs and Blaney brothers as well as many
other drivers. The inaugural event was run in 1997 when Dean Jacobs drove
his Frigidaire-sponsored #1F to the $4,000 win in the All Stars-sanctioned
event. In 1998, Jeff Shepard stole the show winning both days for over
$11,000 in the Les Stewart-owned #4J also in the All Stars-sanctioned event.
Last year's event was a non-sanctioned show and local driver, Ed Lynch, Jr.,
came out on top for the $4,000 win in his family-owned #2L. A great field of
45 cars filled the pit area.
"The Marsh Family loves sprint cars and have been good enough to add money
to the purse," said Emig. "This is a great way to remember Chuck."
An additional $2,780 has been added to the sprint car purse upping this year
's event from $4,000 to-win to $5,000 to-win with $225 to-start. The total
feature purse for the 24-car starting field is $16,085 meaning a 21%
increase over last year's event. This event will be known as the richest
non-sanctioned event in western Pa. and Ohio for 2000.
This year's sprint car field is one of the most competitive in some time. A
total of 101 drivers have competed with an average of 25 cars per night.
Twelve different drivers won features out of 17 races through August. 1999
track champion, Jimmy Hawley, leads the way with five wins. Tommy Burns, Jr.
is the only other driver that has been able to repeat with two victories.
Jamie Smith added his third track championship since the track reopened in
1994, and also won a single event. Tom Quarterson and Mike Lutz both won
features in the Powell #27. Mark Keegan won his second career Mercer win by
taking the checkers first in the All Star event. Six drivers won their first
ever wins at the speedway. Rob Chaney won the wingless event, and Ralph
Spithaler, Jr. scored a win while subbing for Troy Preston. Ralph Engel, Jr.
defeated Rob Eyler in probably the best race of the year. Jason Jacoby,
Kevin Andrusky, and Mark Murphy all won their first career sprint car races
"The sprint cars have supported us very well this season and have put on
great shows with many different winners," noted Emig. "We've rewarded them
with increased purse events throughout the year and this show is always
their big one."
A good field of modifieds is expected with no track in action the entire
weekend. There was no question who dominated the big-block modifieds.
Through the end of August, Lou Blaney won 10 features en-route to his second
title. Andy Priest was the only other driver to score multiple victories
with three wins. Single winners were Tim Doran, Steve Young, Billy Pauch,
Carl Weatherby, and Dean Pearson
The stock cars put on some of the best racing the entire year. The $500
to-win show should draw in a quality field of cars. Matt Lux led the way
with seven wins through August. Dave Ferringer had a good year with four
wins. Point champion, Brian Miller, and Brian Booher had two wins. Single
wins went to Gary Robinson, Gary Miller, Jr., and Leigh Wheeler.
A pill draw will be used to determine the top 12 starting positions of the
feature line-up for all three classes. The beautiful quilt that features
many local and regional drivers t-shirts will be given away.
Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. The first heat
race will take to the track at 6:30 p.m. Adult general admission is $15.
Students 6-15 are $5. Children five and under are free. The family pass is
$33, which includes father, mother, and up to four kids.
For more information, contact the office at 724-964-9300 during the week.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310 on race day. Check our web site
at www.mercerracewaypark.com for the latest.
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 2. 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.
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