posted May 11, 2001 03:14 PM
Over $20,000 up for grabs for Big-Block Mods in Bill Emig Memorial May 19 at
By Mike Leone
May 11, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park will be the site of the richest
non-sanctioned Big-Block Modified event ever held in the history of western
Pa. and eastern Ohio on Saturday night, May 19. Sponsored by Hovis Auto &
Truck Supply, the Bill Emig Memorial "Legacy Series" will feature three
25-lap Bolland Machine Big-Block Modified features each paying $1,500 to-win
and $150 to-start. The New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, the
Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars, and a Demo Derby will also be on the card.
"I think my father would be proud of the quality of the event we will be
holding in his memory," said third-year owner Vicki Emig. "We've been able
to build this event bigger each year for our local drivers."
A total of $19,920 will be posted for the three features alone. Any driver
not making a feature will still receive $100. This event has drawn the
highest car count for a regional event the last two years with counts of 43
in 1999 and 36 in 2000. This year's event should be no different as the big
blocks will not be competing at any other speedway in the region on this
night. A lot of interest has already been generated as a field of 40 cars is
expected to do battle in one of the most unique nights of the season.
The first feature will utilize a pill draw to determine the first 12
starters. The second feature will be completely inverted from the first
feature's results with the feature winner starting last and the last place
finisher starting first. And the third feature will invert the top 12 point
cars from the evening with the high point man starting twelfth and the
twelfth point man starting first. The "Legacy Series" point champion will
receive a huge trophy and a 2-3" sub from June's Sub Shop in Mercer, Pa. to
honor his achievement.
Heading into Saturday night's action, veterans Tommy Kristyak, Les Myers,
and Lou Blaney have captured feature wins with Blaney leading the points.
The New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds will be competing in one
of their biggest events of the season. Their 25-lap feature will pay $500
to-win. Thus far this season, Andy Priest has been the man to beat with two
feature wins and the point lead. Gary Smoker was the opening night winner.
The Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars will battle in their first of six specials
during the 2001 season. Their 20-lap feature will pay the winner $500 to-win
as well. Gary Miller, Jr., Brian Miller, and Bill Hanna have garnered
victories with Gary Robinson leading the points thus far heading into this
week's action. A strong field of cars is expected as the division has
already averaged 36 cars per night.
The second of six "Gladiator Series" Demolition Derbies will close out the
evening's activities. Cody Smith was the winner of the first demo.
Hovis Auto and Truck Supply has helped to make this huge night possible.
Hovis is the only auto parts store that gives you service, selection,
competitive prices, and experienced and knowledgeable sales people. Check
out their large inventory of high quality auto parts including heavy-duty
truck parts and paint and auto body supplies. Anything you need to keep your
car or truck running at it's best can be found at Hovis' eight convenient
western Pennsylvania locations in New Castle, Hermitage, Grove City,
Franklin, Oil City, Emlenton, Meadville, and Erie.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. Adult admission is
$15. The Family Pass is $33, which admits mom, dad, and up to four kids.
Students 6-15 are $5. Children five and under are free.
For more information call 724-964-9300 Monday through Friday after 12 noon.
The race day phone number is 724-662-1310. Check out 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.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is www.mercerracewaypark.com. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.