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posted May 17, 2001 03:31 PM UIN: 16262997
ATPA Grand American Pulling Event coming to Mercer as part of American
Thunder Weekend

By Mike Leone


Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park will be the site of a unique two-day
motorsports extravaganza over Memorial Day Weekend. American Thunder Weekend
will encompass racing on Saturday night, followed by a world championship
pulling event on Sunday night, and capped off by a huge demolition derby.
The weekend is being sponsored by Hunter's Truck Sales & Service. Monday
(Memorial Day) will be utilized as the rain date for the pulling event.

Saturday night's four-division program will include the inaugural Triathlon
Sprint Car Series opener along with the Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds,
the New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, and the Butterfield's
Pub Stock Cars. Also, one lucky fan will win a complimentary Dave Blaney
Outlaw Driving Experience valued at $500 to be used at the track on Sunday,
June 24 or Sunday, August 19.

Then on Sunday, the ATPA Grand American Spring Nationals will be the first
national points events for all three classes competing. On the card will be
the Big Rig Semis, Super Stock Four-Wheel Drive Trucks, and the Unlimited
Super Stock Tractors, which will be sponsored by Greenhill Farms. This event
is comparable to the show held at the Canfield Fair, which typically sells
out, and what's seen on television. If the event is successful, television
coverage has already been promised for next year's event through ESPN2 or

"We're very excited to be able to host this world championship pulling event
at our facility," said third-year owner Vicki Emig. "With us being the 2001
kickoff, we know there is going to be a lot of excitement in the air."

A huge 'AAAA' level purse will be up for grabs for the Unlimited Super Stock
Tractors, which will bring in the very best national level tractors to pull.
Dennis Johnson of Nebraska and his AC Tractor, "Shagnastyer", is the
defending ATPA national champion. Pennsylvania fans will be anxious to see
their own Jordan Lustik of Eighty-Four. Lustik brings with him his famous
"Silver Bullet" alcohol-fueled machine. Racing fans will be interested to
know that Big-Block Modified title sponsor, Bolland Machine and driver Kevin
Bolland, is involved in some of the engine work.

Two-time champion, Guy Shingleton, leads the Super Stock Four-Wheel Drive
Truck contingent into Mercer for their season debut. The West Virginia
driver's "Shotgun Red" heads the list of the best small-block four-wheel
drive trucks in the eastern United States, which features Dodges,
Chevrolets, and Fords.

The Big Rigs class is expected to draw nearly 20 of the huge diesel-burning
modified semi trucks. Tom Lindsey and his "Built for Business" will be in
search of his unprecedented fifth world championship.

"The response has been unbelievable so far," said Emig. "We've got calls
from fans from all over Pennsylvania and Ohio plus calls from South
Carolina, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and West Virginia."

Helping make the event possible is Hunter's Truck Sales & Service. Hunter's
Truck Sales is the tri-state area's largest full-line truck dealership with
locations in Erie, Eau Claire, and Butler featuring Peterbuilt,
International, Ford, and Ottawa and offering sales, parts, and service.
Hunter's Truck Center has 15 fully equipped production bays, manned with
factory trained technicians ready to get the job done right the first time.
Stop in at any Hunter's Pennsylvania locations in Butler, Eau Claire, Erie,
Clearfield, Pittsburgh, Uniontown, Allentown, and Lancaster. For more
information on Hunter's call toll-free at 1-800-999-7744.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and action begins at 6:30 p.m. for both events.
Tickets are just $10 each day for adults. Children 6-15 are $5. The Family
Pass, which admits mom, dad, and up to four children, is $23. A special
two-day pass will also be offered for just $18 for adults and $40 for the
Family Pass. Advanced Sunday adult tickets are on sale. For more information
contact our office at 724-964-9300. Check out our web site at 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 E-mail to


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