posted June 14, 2001 09:53 PM
NAMARS & ARDC Midgets coming to Mercer along with the non-winged Sprints on
By Mike Leone
June 15, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA. Mercer Raceway Park will be hosting a national event next
Saturday, June 23 at the 3/8-mile clay oval. The North American Auto Racing
Series, Inc. (NAMARS) and the American Racing Drivers Club, Inc. (ARDC) will
co-sanction the biggest dirt Midget Car auto racing event in the east titled
the inaugural Northern States Midget Classic. Joining the non-winged Midget
Cars will be the non-winged Sprint Cars creating an open-wheel doubleheader
dubbed "Wingless- The Return". The stock cars will also be on the card.
Chevron East is the title sponsor of the event.
NAMARS, the largest Championship Midget Car sanctioning body in the world,
and ARDC, America's oldest Championship Midget Car sanction at 62 years
strong, will come together with their signature non-winged midgets for their
first-ever clash event. The event will be a national points event for both
organizations ensuring a large field of midgets.
Last year on the same weekend, Mercer hosted a wingless doubleheader of
Sprint Cars and ARDC Midgets. Mark Freeland was the winner of the exciting
Midget feature- a race that many said was the best of the year at the track
"The response we got from that show was amazing," said owner Vicki Emig. "We
realized we hit on something from both the fan and driver standpoints. When
NAMARS contacted us in the fall about the proposed show, things just fell
into place from there."
NAMARS, who is based in Speedway, Indiana, has never journeyed west into the
Keystone State of Pennsylvania. Last year was the first-ever Mercer
appearance by ARDC, based in eastern Pa. "We have the perfect location for
this show," said Emig. "We are located right in the middle of both
organizations and just a few miles from the crossroads of Interstates 79 and
A rich history of Midget Car racing dates back many decades in the eastern
Ohio/western Pa. area. However, in recent years a lack of midget races in
the area has forced the younger fans to watch midgets on television, or
travel into Indiana or central Pa. to the nearest dirt tracks for midgets.
The event will be the crown jewel on the 2001 ARDC slate and one of the five
premiere events on the 2001 NAMARS schedule. The Northern States Midget
Classic will be a 40-lap event paying $2,000 to-win, $200 to-start.
The sprint cars will take off their wings for the only time in 2001. Their
30-lap feature will pay $2,000 to-win, $200 to-start as well. Past
non-winged Mercer winners include Troy Preston in 1989, Jamie Smith swept a
two-day show in 1996, Todd Kane won in the famous Bob Hampshire #63 in 1997,
and last year Rob Chaney beat Smith with a pass in turn four on the final
Through June 9, the exiting Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars have featured seven
different winners in seven races. Their 15-lap feature will have extra money
on the line with $400 going to the victor. Winners thus far include Andy
Buckley, Bill Hanna, Brian Miller, Gary Miller, Jr., Ron Iorio, Bobby
Whitling, and Russ Kapalin.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. There will be no time trials, as heat races
will begin at 6:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $13. Students 6-15 are $5.
The family pass, which admits mom, dad, and up to four kids, is $30.
Children five and under are free. The pit pass is $25. For more information
call 724-964-9300 during the week and 724-662-1310 on race day. Check out www.mercerracewaypark.com for the latest. For information on NAMARS check
out www.namars.com and for information on ARDC check out www.ardcmidgets.com.
Located in Mercer, Pa., Chevron East is a world supplier of towing equipment
for the automotive industry. Chevron East manufactures car carriers,
wreckers, industrial tiltbeds, and farm equipment tiltbeds. They have their
trucks at Daytona, Indy, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and hundred of other raceways
throughout the country. As a major employer for Mercer County, many of
Chevron's employees, vendors, and their employees are major fans of auto
racing. Many of their valued customers both locally and nationwide are
involved in racing, either participating or towing at race tracks. For more
information on Chevron East call 1-800-TILTBED.
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