posted September 10, 2001 05:16 PM
$5,000 awaits the Sprint Car winner of Saturday's Chuck Marsh Memorial at
By Mike Leone
September 10, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA.Mercer Raceway Park will stage the richest non-sanctioned Sprint
Car event in western Pa. and eastern Ohio of the year this Saturday night.
The fifth annual Chuck Marsh Memorial will be culminated by a 40-lap $5,000
to-win, $250 to-start event for the Sprint Cars. Dean Jacobs won the
inaugural event in 1997. Jeff Shepard then swept the two-day show in 1998.
Now Ed Lynch, Jr. looks to make it three in row in this prestigious event.
"This is a nice way to end the year and show our support to the Sprint
Cars," said owner Vicki Emig. "This is the second straight year that the
purse has been increased for this event. We have gotten excellent support
for these types of shows and hopefully the fans should see a great show
Other top competitors that will be primed for victory include Jimmy Hawley,
who has won the last five Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car events
including Saturday's $2,500 to-win special. Point champion, Tom Quarterson,
has had a strong season including two victories. Arnie Kent is fresh off his
Triathlon Series Championship. Kent has finished second in Mercer points the
last two seasons and has two victories at the track this year. Up and coming
drivers, Gary Kriess, Jr., Rob Eyler, and Brian Woodhall have all been
victorious this year and look to fend off the challenges of the non-Mercer
regulars. Troy Preston, Mike Kekich, Jason Jacoby, and Gary Edwards have all
run up front this year and would love score their first wins of the season
in this big event.
The Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds will be on the card in a 25-lap
$1,300 to-win special. The Butterfield's Pub 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 been
rescheduled for Saturday night. Track champions, Tom Quarterson, Lou Blaney,
Steve Young, and Andy Buckley will be behind the grandstands with their cars
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 of 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
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