posted March 11, 2002 09:28 PM
Southern Park Mall set to host the Mercer Raceway Park Race Car Show
By Mike Leone
March 10, 2002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA…The Southern Park Mall in Boardman, Ohio is set to host the
Mercer Raceway Park, "Where Saturday Nights Come Alive," Dirt Track Race Car
Show Wednesday through Sunday, March 13-17. Hours for the show are 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
After nearly a 30-year absence of race cars in the mall, the cars and stars
of Mercer Raceway Park will return for the third consecutive year to the
beautiful Mahoning County shopping complex. Mall management has stated that
other than Christmas time, this show has the largest traffic flow of the
"We look forward to this show as it has continued to grow each year," noted
fourth-year track owner Vicki Emig. "It’s an excellent opportunity for us to
market Mercer Raceway Park to a fresh, new audience."
Friday night will be the kickoff of the Grove City Auto Mall "Meet Your
Heroes" Nights. Drivers will be signing autographs from 7 p.m. to
approximately 8 p.m. Make sure the kids stop by the Mercer Raceway Park
booth to pick up their free custom autograph card.
Be sure to stop by and pick up a copy of the recently released 2002 color
tri-fold schedule and brochure. Fans can purchase a 2002 "Marquee" Pass for
just $80, which admits the holder into eight of Mercer Raceway Park’s
premier events. Register for your opportunity to win a 2002 "Marquee" Pass
as well. Mercer Raceway Park will have its new 2002 t-shirts available for
sale. These shirts, which will be fresh off the presses, offer a new look to
the racing industry.
In the sprint car division, Kevin Andrusky, Doug Stanley, and P.J. Kerr’s
machines will be on display. Stanley, the two-time defending Wayne County
(OH) Speedway Champion, will join Kerr with their 360s for the big
"Wheelman" URC 360 Summer Nationals presented by Armstrong Zoom Cable
Internet Service on July 6. Andrusky’s mount will represent the August 17
Sprint "Slug-Out" event presented by AXA Advisors, LLC.
Dean Pearson, Rodney Beltz, Kevin Bolland, Jerry Bickel, Rex King, Rob
Kristyak, and two Frank Guidace cars are among the big-block modifieds. The
Bill Emig Memorial "Legacy Series" presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply
display will be by Beltz’s car. The sportsmen of Zack Moran and Scott Kay
plus the six-cylinder of Lou Gentile will also be there with their
modifieds. The stock cars will be represented by Gary Miller, Jr., Tony
Bruno, and Jim Miller.
The late models will make a return on September 28 as Tony Lombardi’s car
makes up the display for "The Mudslinger" presented by Ferree Chevrolet,
Buick, Pontiac. The e-mods will join the program on that night, as Roger
Frost’s car with driver Brian Taft will make a first-ever appearance to the
mall. Eric Williams will bring his micro sprint to the show in preparation
for their October 4 event.
The restored King Bros. #65 that was driven by Russ Woosley and Vic George
will bring back memories of the days gone by; it will be part of our July 20
"Gold Cup" Anniversary Event display. Jere Burns’ 1930 antique midget towed
by a 1951 Ford pick-up and trailer will showcase the "Northern States Midget
Classic," an ARDC vs. NAMARS clash event, which will be presented by Chevron
East on June 15.
Four-time world champion, Jordan Lustik, will again have his unlimited super
stock "Silver Bullet" tractor for all to see. His powerful machine
represents the ATPA for the Grand American "Spring Nationals" event
presented by Hunter’s Truck Sales & Service at the raceway on May 26.
Three demolition derby cars will be another unique display. The cars of Rick
Heap, Brian McCulley, and Chuck Bowers will be sure to turn some heads in
this first ever display. Seven demolition derbies throughout 2002 will make
up the G&G Auto Outlet "Gladiator Series".
Mercer Raceway Park is again the title sponsor of the New Castle (PA) Soap
Box Derby. Some of these soap box cars for the youngsters will be set up
along with the displays for both the Greater Youngstown (OH) and New Castle
Soap Box Derbies.
A few additional race cars are still attempting to make the show. Ray’s
Racing Collectibles will be set up Friday through Sunday with his die-casts
and racing collectibles for sale. Henley’s Truck Cover Center will be set up
all week long showing off their wares. Elder Sales & Service and Elder Ag &
Turf have again provided a brand new John Deere Gator for use at the Park
during 2002. The Gator will be on display at the mall.
Mercer Raceway Park kicks off the 2002 season on Saturday, April 6. A
28-night schedule will run through October 12. Press releases on the
upcoming season will be forth coming. For more information, call the office
daily after 12 noon at 724-964-9300. Check out www.mercerracewaypark.com for
Anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Kaufmann's and Dillard's, Southern Park Mall is
home to 120 specialty stores including The Disney Store, Gap and GapKids.
Southern Park Mall is newly renovated with the addition of a Food Court and
exciting entertainment, including BW3 and Jillian's. From great shopping to
delicious eateries, Southern Park Mall has just what you need for the life
you lead. The mall is located just minutes south of Youngstown, Ohio at the
intersection of Route 224 and Route 7 in Boardman, Ohio. Check out www.southern-park-mall.com for more information.
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 15. 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 email@example.com