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posted October 01, 2001 03:13 PM UIN: 16262997
Little Guy Nationals set for this Friday and Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park

By Mike Leone


Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park is set to host the second annual Little Guy
Nationals this Friday and Saturday. Due to last year's overwhelming support,
the year's event has been expanded into a two-day show with increased purses
plus the addition of the Micro Sprints.

Friday night's program will feature a complete show for the Micro Sprints
capped off by a 25-lap $600 to-win feature. It will be the first appearance
of the Micro Sprints since 1997 and only the sixth race ever held at Mercer.
The York Triathlon Series E-Mods will run all of their preliminaries to set
the stage for their feature on Saturday. The top 10 S.M.O.D.A. points paying
members will be eligible for the inaugural 20-lap Mel Myers Memorial race.
Mel was the brother of veteran racer Herm Myers.

On Friday night, pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstands at 5 p.m. The
first race is slated for 7 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Students 6-15 are
$5. The family pass is $23. Kids five and under are free. Pit passes are

Saturday will include a complete program for the 358 Modifieds and Stock
Cars plus the 40-lap $1,000 to-win York Triathlon Series E-Mod feature. Russ
Dunn will be set to defend last year's win. This will only be the eighth
E-Mod race ever held at Mercer. The 358 Modified portion of the program has
been raised from last year's $1,500 to-win, $125 to-start to $2,000 to-win,
$150 to-start for the 30-lap feature. Last year's inaugural winner, Ricky
Richner of Niagara Falls, Ny., has already entered the event. Interest has
been draw from all over New York, Maryland, and the northern, central, and
eastern parts of Pennsylvania. Joining the DIRT-legal and open 358 modifieds
will be western Pennsylvania's 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and
Six-Cylinder Modifieds to add to the mix.

Last year's record 73-car Stock Car field was won by Matt Lux, who has moved
on to the Late Model ranks this season. Because of last year's excellent
turnout, this year's event has been raised from $1,000 to-win, $100 to-start
to $1,200 to-win, $125 to-start for the 40-lap feature. Also, a 15-lap $300
to-win consolation feature has been added for the first 24 non-qualifiers.

The first four drivers who do not make either feature will receive a $25
bonus from ERACERS Go-Kart Park in Butler, Pa. American Racer Tires of
Indiana, Pa. will award the next 24 non-qualifiers a $25 gift certificate
for a 2002 stock-legal tire. Mercer Raceway Park has also put up various
bonuses. If a spec 358 engine car can win the feature, the driver will earn
an extra $300. Regardless, the top finishing spec 358 engine car will
receive a $100 bonus. This past Saturday's Tri-City Speedway Applefest 100
winner, Bobby Whitling, and Lernerville Speedway's Automotive Fest winner,
Bobby Heim, have put themselves into position for bonus monies. If either
driver can win the Little Guy Nationals he will receive a $300 bonus. If
that driver wins the Little Guy and then goes on to win The Challenger
Raceway's Fall Fest, he will receive a $500 bonus. If neither Whitling nor
Heim wins the Little Guy, the Mercer winner would also be eligible for a
$300 bonus if he could win the Fall Fest. As an added thanks, the driver who
makes the longest tow amongst all four divisions will receive a $100 bonus;
due to the increasing amount of drivers that from out of the area.

Saturday's program will be topped off by a huge $500 to-win demolition
derby. It will be the final "Gladiator Series" event of the season that will
decide the top three points paying finishers in the championship race.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 12 noon and the grandstands at 2 p.m. The
first race is slated for 4 p.m. Adult admission is $13. Students 6-15 are
$5. The family pass is $30. Kids five and under are free. Pit passes are

If Friday night gets rained out, the E-Mods will only compete in the 20-lap
Mel Myers Memorial and eligibility will be opened up to all S.M.O.D.A.
points paying members with an increased purse on Saturday. If Saturday gets
rained out, then Sunday will be used for a rain date. If the event gets
totally rained out, the weekend of Friday-Sunday, October 19-21 has been
reserved for a rain date.

Check out and click on the Little Guy Nationals
info link for all of the information concerning the event. For more
information, you can call the office at 724-964-9300. The track number on
race day is 724-662-1310.

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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