posted September 02, 2001 04:05 PM
Sprints to be featured the next two Saturdays at Mercer; Anderson's to give
away an Opryland Hotel Country Tour giveaway Saturday
By Mike Leone
September 2, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA.The 2001 racing season is winding down at Mercer Raceway Park;
however, two big sprint shows will highlight the next two Saturdays with the
Sprint Slug-Out and Chuck Marsh Memorial events on the slate.
Coming up this Saturday night will be the rescheduled third annual Sprint
Slug-Out from August 18. Thirty Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars were
signed in to do battle before the rains came. This will now be a complete
new show highlighted by a 30-lap $2,500 to-win, $200 to-start feature. The
sprints will also participate in the first-ever wheelie contest with $500 up
for grabs to the winner. This will be the final night of points because this
event was scheduled as such on August 18. Tom Quarterson will be looking for
his first Mercer Championship and currently leads Arnie Kent by 36 points
and Jimmy Hawley by 45 points.
The Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds will be competing in a special
25-lap event that will pay $1,300 to-win. Lou Blaney appears headed for a
third straight championship as he leads Lonny Riggs by 35 points and Dean
Pearson by 37 points in this final points event.
Also on the card will be the New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds
and the Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars both racing for $400 to-win. The
sportsman modified points are final with Steve Young winning his second
title. Andy Buckley has already sewed up his first career championship in
the stock cars.
The night will also be highlighted by a giveaway that will see one lucky fan
win an Opryland Hotel County Christmas Tour presented by Anderson Coach &
Travel. This four-day, two-person trip will include a performance by the
world-famous New York City Rockettes, a trip on the General Jackson Showboat
down the Cumberland River, and much more.
Anderson Coach & Travel's office complex and full maintenance facility is
located at One Anderson Plaza, on Rt. 18 North of Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Anderson Coach & Travel is committed to providing uncompromising personal
attention, friendliness and quality service that will result in superior
travel experiences. Anderson Coach & Travel offers individual sightseeing
tours to a variety of destinations throughout the United States and Canada,
group sightseeing tours, charter services for a wide variety of events, and
school bus contracting services.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 6:30 p.m. All rain
checks from August 18 will be honored. Tickets are $13 for adults. Students
6-15 are $5. The family pass is $30. Children five and under are free. Pit
passes are $25. The event will carry a rain date for following day, Sunday.
The region's richest non-sanctioned sprint car event will be staged a week
later on Saturday, September 15. The fifth annual Chuck Marsh Memorial will
be culminated by 40-lap $5,000 to-win, $250 to-start event. Ed Lynch, Jr.
looks to make it three in row in this prestigious event. Dean Jacobs won the
event in 1997. Jeff Shepard then swept the two-day show in 1998.
The big-block modifieds will again be on the card in another 25-lap $1,300
to-win special. The stock cars will be go for $500 to-win in their final
tune-up for their $1,200 to-win Little Guy Nationals event on October 6.
The champions row, originally scheduled for September 8, has now been moved
a week back to the 15th due to the points ending now on the 8th. The track
champions and their cars will be behind the grandstands prior to racing for
autographs on the McElwain Family of Dealerships "Meet Your Hero" cards.
This event is helped made possible by Grove City Paving and the friends and
family of Chuck Marsh. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and racing will begin at
6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults. Students 6-15 are $5. The family pass
is $33. Children five and under are free. Pit passes are $25. The event will
carry a rain date for following day, Sunday.
For more information, you can call the office Monday through Friday after 12
noon at 724-964-9300. The track number on race day 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