posted March 08, 2001 10:13 AM
Mercer announces 2001 schedule of events
By Mike Leone
March 7, 2001
Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park recently released its 2001 schedule of
events. Opening night ha been set for Saturday, April 7 for the Sprint Cars,
Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and Stock Cars. Gates open at 4:30
p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. Bolland Machine and New Castle School of
Trades have returned for the second straight season to sponsor the Big-Block
and Sportsman Modified divisions respectively. Mercer's own Butterfield's
Pub has signed on for the fifth consecutive year as the Stock Car division
"I believe we've put together the most exciting and action-packed schedule
in the 50-year history of the facility," said third-year track owner Vicki
Emig. "We have a nice mix of special race and family events to go along with
our great four-division grassroots racing weekly program. We have 22 races
that are increased purse events."
The May 19 Bill Emig Memorial will be the richest non-sanctioned event in
the history of our region for Big-Block Modifieds. Over $20,000 will be up
for grabs in three 25-lap $1,500 to-win, $150 to-start feature events alone.
Also on the card that night will be the Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars
racing for $500 to-win. Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Inc. will be the title
sponsor of this unique event.
A much-anticipated event will occur on Sunday, May 27 as Mercer Raceway Park
will be the site of a world championship pulling event. ATPA will sanction
the Big Rig Semis, the Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, and the Super Stock
4-Wheel Drive Trucks. This two-day "American Thunder Weekend", which will
also encompass racing on Saturday night, will be presented by Hunter's Truck
Sales & Service, Inc.
The "tops" will be coming off on June 23 as Chevron East presents
"Wingless-The Return". The Northern States Midget Classic will be a 40-lap
non-winged midget car event with the midwest-based NAMARS organization
challenging the east coast's ARDC in a first ever clash event. The sprint
cars will also shed their wings for the only time of 2001 in a $2,000 to-win
July 21 will be a very special night as the raceway celebrates its first 50
years. "The Gold Cup" 50th Anniversary Event will feature all four of the
weekly divisions in increased purse events. The Sprint Cars and Big-Block
Modifieds will both chase the $2,000 top prize, while the Sportsman
Modifieds and Stock Cars battle for $500 to-win each. This event is to
reunite former drivers, cars, and participants. All former Mercer Raceway
Park retired drivers will be admitted free! National Cash Advance will help
make this night possible.
Returning for the third consecutive year will be the August 18 "Sprint
Slug-Out". This year's event has been increased to $2,500 to-win due to the
great support the last two years. A $500 to-win wheelie contest for the
Sprint Cars will sure thrill the fans along with increased purse events for
the Big-Block Modifieds and Stock Cars.
The Sprint Cars will again be highlighted on September 15 with the running
of the 5th annual Chuck Marsh Memorial. The Sprints will battle for $5,000
to-win and will be joined by the Big-Block Modifieds and Stock Cars in
increased purse events. The night is made possible by Grove City Paving and
the family and friends of Chuck Marsh.
The inaugural "Little Guy Nationals" impressed a lot of people last year.
This year's event will even be bigger as it will take place on Friday and
Saturday, October 5 and 6. On Friday night, the Micro Sprints will run a
complete show for $600 to-win along with preliminaries for the York E-Mods.
Then on Saturday, along with the $1,000 to-win York E-Mod Xtreme Open
Feature, the 358 Modifieds will race for $2,000 to-win, and the Stock Cars
will pay $1,200 to-win. A Stock Consolation Feature will also be run paying
"The Gladiator Series" will be the six-event demo derby slate offering
points on April 21, May 19, May 27, July 7, August 18, and October 6. The
top three point cars will be eligible for the point fund.
Mercer Raceway Park is the official home of the Dave Blaney Outlaw Driving
Experience. Fans will have the opportunity drive a sprint car or do the
ride-along program on three Sundays-May 13, June 24, and August 19.
Not too many racing facilities can match the special family events scattered
throughout the spring and summer months. "We really worked hard in the
off-season putting together special nights that the whole family can enjoy,"
stated Emig. "We are going to be giving away over $15,000 of value in
sponsored prizes throughout the year. And the best part is, all of these
events are just $23 for mom, dad, and up to four kids."
McElwain Family of Dealerships have come on board to sponsor our five "Meet
Your Heroes" Nights. Fans can obtain autographs and pictures starting March
17 at our mall show at Southern Park Mall in Boardman, Ohio. The remaining
four nights are April 28, June 16, July 7, and August 11. The first 300 kids
on each of these nights will receive a free custom autograph card.
Former Sprint Car star and current TNN color commentator, Brad Doty, will be
coming to the track on May 12 for autographs and pictures. Appearing with
him will be his famous #18 Coors Light Sprint Car.
June 2 will be known as Summer Fun Kickoff presented by Sandcastle and
Idlewild. Over 150 tickets will be given away that night to these parks.
Kids will also get to meet Kennywood's Garfield.
The following week will be Mahoning Valley Scrappers Night. All little
leaguers will be admitted free. Over 100 tickets will be given away to the
Cleveland Indians' Niles, Ohio-based minor league affiliate. The team's
mascot, "Scrappy", will be at the track to meet the kids, and 300 kids will
receive an official Rawlings baseball.
June 16 has been designated as Jr. Fan Night. The famous Nickelodeon
"Rugrats" will make an appearance as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Kids will be able to meet Chuckie, Angelica, and Tommie. The Aut Mori Grotto
Clowns will also entertain the young ones. The first of two kids bike races
for the season will be held. Kids 12 and under will receive a free treat bag
when they enter the gates.
Our country's independence will be celebrated on June 30 with American
Patriot Night. For the second straight year, all veterans of war will be
admitted free. And all fans will enjoy the spectacular fireworks display
sponsored by Walt's of Mercer Plaza and Pizza Joe's.
The facility will hold the second annual Mercer Raceway Park Vacation Bible
School July 9-13. Last year, over 300 kids attended and as many as 14
different denominations participated.
Life Force Ambulance will present E.M.S. Community Sireeeen Night on August
4. This will be a regional safety awareness night. Fans will have the
opportunity to meet their local rescue squads, and fire trucks, ambulances,
and the STAT-MEDVAC Helicopter will be on display.
"Kidz Dayz" will take place on August 25 sponsored by Armstrong Cable
Services. All kids 12 and under will be admitted free. There will be over
$5,000 in prizes given away to the children.
September 8 will close out the special family events with Fan Appreciation
Night. One lucky fan will leave the raceway this night with an Opryland
Hotel Country Christmas Tour thanks to Anderson Coach & Tour. Our track
champions from 2001 will be behind the grandstands for autographs, and all
kids 12 and under will receive a free checkered flag.
Attached please find a text-only version of our schedule. Our color tri-fold
schedules will be available at all of the local mall shows. Watch for
upcoming press releases on the individual events. For more information
contact our office daily at 724-964-9300. For the latest, check out www.mercerracewaypark.com.
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.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is www.mercerracewaypark.com. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercer Raceway Park 2001 Schedule
April 7 "First Night" 50th Anniversary Season Opener-Sprints/Big-Block
Modifieds/Sportsman Modifieds/Stocks (points start)
April 14 Saturday Night Live!
April 21 Saturday Night Live! * Demo Derby
April 28 Saturday Night Live! * "Meet Your Heroes"/Stocks
May 5 Saturday Night Live! * PCTC Senior Series
May 12 Saturday Night Live! * Brad Doty Night * K-105 Night
May 19 Bill Emig Memorial "The Legacy Series" presented by Hovis Auto &
Truck Supply, Inc. * Big-Block Mod Triple 25s ($1,500 to-win each)/Sportsman
Mods ($500 to-win)/Stocks ($500 to-win) * Demo Derby
"American Thunder Weekend" presented by Hunter's Truck Sales & Service, Inc.
May 26 Saturday Night Live! Inaugural Triathlon Sprint Series Kickoff * Dave
Blaney Outlaw Driving Experience giveaway ($500 value)
May 27 ATPA Grand American Spring Nationals-World Championship Pulling Event
Unlimited Super Stock Tractors/Big Rig Semis/Super Stock 4-Wheel Drive
Trucks * Demo Derby (rain date Mon., May 28)
June 2 Saturday Night Live! * Summer Fun Kickoff presented by Sandcastle and
Idlewild-over 150 ticket giveaways * Special appearance by Kennywood's
June 9 Saturday Night Live! * Mahoning Valley Scrappers Night plus 300
official Rawlings baseballs giveaways (little leaguers wearing jersey
admitted free) * Participant Sponsor Appreciation Night
June 16 Saturday Night Live! * Jr. Fan Night- Featuring the Nickelodeon
"Rugrats", Aut Mori Grotto Clowns, Kids Bike Races, Treat Bags, "Meet Your
June 23 "Wingless-The Return" presented by Chevron East * Northern States
Midget Classic, an ARDC vs. NAMARS non-winged clash event ($2,000
to-win)/Non-Winged Sprints ($2,000 to-win)/Stocks ($400 to-win)
June 30 Saturday Night Live! * "American Patriot Night"/Fireworks
Spectacular! Free general admission for Vets with I.D. (Rain date July 7)
July 7 Saturday Night Live! * McElwain Family of Dealerships Corp. Night *
"Meet Your Heroes"/Big-Block Mods * Demo Derby * Twin-State & PCTC Night
July 14 Saturday Night Live! Pizza Joe's presents "A Night of Hope" An
American Cancer Society Charitable Event * Bible School Closing Ceremonies
July 21 "The Gold Cup" 50th Anniversary Event presented by National Cash
Advance * Sprints ($2,000 to-win)/Big-Block Mods ($2,000 to-win)/Sportsman
Mods ($500 to-win)/Stocks ($500 to-win) * Celebrating the first 50 years-
reuniting former drivers, cars, & participants. (Rain date July 28)
July 28 Saturday Night Live! * 95.1 The Cat Night * Scout Night (all scouts
in uniform admitted free)
Aug. 4 Saturday Night Live! * E.M.S. Community Sireeeen Rally Presented by
Life Force Ambulance (Rain date Aug. 11) * Brighton Hot Dog Night
Aug. 11 Saturday Night Live! * Dean Dairy Products Co., Inc. Corp. Night *
"Meet Your Heroes"/Sprints * Kids Bike Races
Aug. 18 Third Annual "Sprint Slug-Out" * Sprints ($2,500 to-win)/Big-Block
Mods ($1,300 to-win)/Stocks ($400 to-win) * Sprint Wheelie Contest ($500
to-win) * Tire Express Customer Appreciation Night * Demo Derby
Aug. 25 Saturday Night Live! * "Kidz Dayz" presented by Armstrong Cable
Services * Over $5,000 in children's giveaways (Children 12 and under free)
* Points End (Rain date Sept. 8)
Sept. 1 No racing
Sept. 8 Saturday Night Live! * Fan Appreciation Night presented by Anderson
Coach & Tour * Opryland Hotel Country Christmas Tour giveaway
Sept. 15 Fifth Annual "Chuck Marsh Memorial" presented by Grove City Paving
* Sprints ($5,000 to-win)/Big-Block Mods ($1,300 to-win)/Stocks ($500
to-win) (Rain date Sun., Sept 16)
Second Annual "Little Guy Nationals"
Oct. 5 York E-Mod "Xtreme Open" (preliminaries)/Micro Sprints ($600)
Oct. 6 Open 358 Mods ($2,000 to-win)/Stocks ($1,200 to-win)/E-Mod Feature
($1,000 to-win) * Demo Derby
(Rain date Sun. Oct. 7)
(Entire event rain date Fri.-Sun. Oct. 19-21)