posted July 01, 2001 12:42 PM
Eyler and Doran end bad luck with first Mercer Sprint and Modified wins
By Mike Leone
June 30, 2001
Mercer (PA)...For the second consecutive Saturday night, Mother Nature threw
all she had at Mercer Raceway Park. Despite three rain showers and
thunderstorms all around, the entire program was run off in three hours
after nearly a two hour delay. Picking up wins and celebrating in the Moore'
s Auto Body victory lane were Rob Eyler-Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint
Cars, Tim Doran-Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds, Steve Young-New Castle
School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, and Dave Ferringer-Butterfield's Pub
Stock Cars. Pizza Joe's and Walt's of Mercer Plaza sponsored the fireworks
display that followed the races. For the second consecutive year, all
veterans of war were admitted free.
After leading numerous features over the past two seasons only to either
crash, have mechanical problems, or finish second, Rob Eyler finally scored
his first ever Mercer win in the non-stop 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling
Sprint Car feature. "We just couldn't get it together, but tonight it worked
and it feels good," said the jubilant Franklin, Pa. racer. "I was just
waiting for something to break and was just hoping I didn't ***** up
tonight. I'm happy the way it turned out."
Eyler quickly raced into the lead at the start with Tommy Burns, Jr. and
Troy Preston in tow. By lap eight action really heated up. Preston raced by
Burns for second, while Tom Quarterson blew around Jimmy Hawley and Jack
Sodeman, Jr. to crack the top five. Quarterson and Hawley both disposed of
Mike Kekich for fourth and fifth respectively on lap 11.
Eyler continued to lead by a straightaway over Preston. Quarterson moved
into third on lap 14 when he got around Burns and immediately closed on
Preston. Lap 16 saw Quarterson pass Preston in turn two for runner-up. Two
laps later, Hawley dropped Preston back another spot on the backstretch.
But out in front it was all Eyler, who drove on for the non-stop win timed
in 5:05.70 in his Bahama Breeze Tanning/Griffin Excavating-sponsored #5.
Point leader Quarterson was second after starting 11th. Third through fifth
were Hawley, Preston, and Burns. Completing the top 10 were Mike Kekich,
Arnie Kent, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Jason Jacoby, and Gary Kriess, Jr. Heat
winners were Kekich and Kriess.
Tim Doran raced from the 21st starting spot to collect his first 20-lap
Bolland Machine Big-Block Modified feature win of the year. "I ******* up
really bad in the heat race," revealed the New Castle, Pa. driver. "I
thought the race was over and I pulled in. If I didn't win tonight, I was
really going to hear it from my dad. We were either going to win or wreck
>From the pole position, J.R. McGinley jumped out in front and led the first
nine laps. Adam Siegel passed Chetter Johnson for second on lap three then
took over the point from McGinley on lap 10. McGinley and Carl Murdick then
got together bringing out the caution with 13 laps completed.
The restart order saw Siegel ahead of Rob Curtis, Doran, Lonny Riggs, and
Johnson. Doran edged Curtis for second at the start-finish line of lap 14.
On lap 18, Doran made the winning move driving around Siegel in turn two.
Curtis got sideways on lap 19 allowing Riggs and Jeff Schaffer by for third
and fourth. Then Rob Kristyak, Don McKnight, Rodney Beltz, Les Myers, and
Murdick tangled bringing out the final caution with 19 laps completed.
When racing was set to resume, Siegel came to a rest moving Riggs up to
second and Schaffer to third. Doran though was able to hold on for the final
lap to record his first win since June 3, 2000 in his Richard Smith
Construction/Mitchelltree Bros. Logging & Lumber-sponsored #12. "Billy Pauch
has helped me out with this Pauch Tobias," said the happy victor following
his 12th career Mercer win. "We've been fast other nights, but I either
wrecked it or had mechanical problems."
Riggs, who started 10th, held off 26th place starter Jeff Schaffer for
second. Point leader Dean Pearson was fourth over a career best Mercer
finish by Johnson. Rounding out the top 10 were Curtis, Dave Murdick, Steve
Young, Frank Guidace, and Lou Gentile. Heat victors over the 28-car field
were Carl Murdick, Riggs, and Myers.
Steve Young evened Andy Priest for the top win mark this year at the track
by winning his third 20-lap New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modified
feature win. The Grove City, Pa. driver started 12th and passed Randy
Rodemoyer for third on lap five then used the inside line to get by Rick
Ryder for second one lap later. Allen Ferry set the pace for the first six
laps before Young made his winning move on the inside groove of the seventh
circuit. Once in front, Young was never threatened in the J.R. Greer-owned,
Montgomery Truss & Panel-sponsored #11t. John Buchanan, who started ninth,
passed both Andy Priest and Ferry to on lap 11 to place second. Priest was
third over Rodemoyer and Ryder. Winning the heats over the 23-car field were
Buchanan and D.J. Schrader.
Dave Ferringer made it nine different winners in nine races by capturing the
15-lap Butterfield's Pub Stock Car feature. The Cochranton, Pa. driver took
the helm on the opening lap when he passed Phil Kaufman and Lonnie O'Brien.
Bill Hanna would be Ferringer's only real threat in the race, which saw only
one caution. Hanna passed Kaufman for third on lap three then got around
Brian Miller on lap six to take second. Hanna remained in striking distance
throughout the event and was right on Ferringer on the last lap, but
Ferringer was able to hold on for his fifth career Mercer win. Ferringer's
win followed his Friday night win at Sharon Speedway in his Lowery Auto
Body/Maloney Tool & Mold-sponsored #02. Ron Iorio had a strong run coming
from 11th to place third. Point leader Andy Buckley was fourth ahead of
Miller. Taking heat wins over the 39-car field were Miller, Mike Aley,
Hanna, and Shaun Hooks. Gary Norman and Tony Bruno won the two B mains.
Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars: 1. ROB EYLER 2. Tom Quarterson 3.
Jimmy Hawley 4. Troy Preston 5. Tommy Burns, Jr. 6. Mike Kekich 7. Arnie
Kent 8. Jack Sodeman, Jr. 9. Jason Jacoby 10. Gary Kriess, Jr. 11. Andy
Priest 12. Nathan Hines 13. Gary Edwards 14. Gregg McCandless 15. Gary
McCollum 16. Michael Markey 17. Brian Woodhall 18. Buddy Cochran 19. Butch
Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds: 1. TIM DORAN 2. Lonny Riggs 3. Jeff
Schaffer 4. Dean Pearson 5. Chetter Johnson 6. Rob Curtis 7. Dave Murdick 8.
Steve Young 9. Frank Guidace 10. Lou Gentile 11. Red Fordyce 12. Don
McKnight 13. Les Myers 14. Rodney Beltz 15. Carl Murdick 16. Rob Kristyak
17. Nick Ritchey 18. Mark Sevin 19. J.R. McGinley 20. Bob Dorman 21. Jeff
Hoffman 22. Lee Miller 23. Joe Crawford 24. Lou Blaney 25. Rick Kress 26.
Adam Siegel 27. Guy Griffin-DNS 28. Dana Gearhart-DNS.
New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds: 1. STEVE YOUNG 2. John
Buchanan 3. Andy Priest 4. Randy Rodemoyer 5. Rick Ryder 6. Curt Matthews 7.
Bill Adams 8. Rick Hall 9. Chanda Reitz 10. Greg Unrue 11. Dave Cogswell 12.
Al Priester 13. Bill Baptiste 14. Morgan Sasse 15. John Jones 16. Allen
Ferry 17. Andy Paden 18. Jerry Schaffer 19. Gary Bollinger 20. D.J. Schrader
21. Brad Watson 22. Buck Buchanan 23. Leroy Johnson, Jr.-DNS.
Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars: 1. DAVE FERRINGER 2. Bill Hanna 3. Ron Iorio
4. Andy Buckley 5. Brian Miller 6. Shaun Hooks 7. Willie Aley 8. Rick Norco
9. Gary Norman 10. Greg Beach 11. Jim Brunson 12. Gary Robinson 13. Bob
Sloss 14. Mike Aley 15. Jarrot Moore 16. Phil Kaufman 17. Tony Bruno 18.
Lonnie O'Brien 19. Dan Fedorchak 20. Keith Nagy 21. Mark Felicetty 22. Terry
Kroner 23. Erick Cwynar 24. Jim Miller DNQ-Rick Anthony, Adam Reseigh, Jeff
Kravec, Ray Bailey, Jr., Tim Zuschlag, Adam Aley, Ed Hays, Bob Hays, William
George, Sr., Steve Guthrie, Bill Kirschner, Robert Caszatt, Jr., Andy
Thompson, Duane Grinnell, Tim Deutsch.
7/7 Sprints, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, Stock Cars & Demo Derby.
McElwain Family of Dealerships Corp & "Meet Your Hero" Night/Big-Block Mods.
Twin-State & PCTC Night.
7/14 Sprints, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, & Stock Cars plus 6/23 make-up
feature. Pizza Joe's presents "A Night of Hope"- An American Cancer Society
Charitable Event. Bible School closing ceremonies.
7/21 The "Gold Cup" 50th Anniversary Event presented by National Cash
Advance. Sprints & Big-Blocks Mods ($2,000 to-win each) Sportsman Mods &
Stocks ($500 to-win each) Rain date July 28.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Racing at 6:30 p.m.
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 Fairgrounds 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