Mercer Raceway Park sets 'Sprint Slug-Out'
MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer Raceway Park will hold the fourth annual "Sprint Slug-Out" on Aug. 17.
The event will include the Luxaire Heating & amp; Cooling Sprint Cars, Big-Block Modifieds, New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds and the Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars.
Another "Gladiator Series" Demolition Derby will also be on the card.
For the second consecutive year, the total purse for the "Sprint Slug-Out" has been increased. This year's event will spotlight a 30-lap sprint car feature now paying $3,000 to-win, $225 to-start.
"We've gotten excellent support on this event since we started it back in 1999," said owner Vicki Emig. "It's a nice show for our local drivers, making it the richest non-sanctioned sprint car event in Western Pennsylvania in 2002."
Jimmy Hawley topped a 46-car field in 1999 worth $2,000. Tommy Burns Jr. won the second annual event in 2000 over a 33-car field. Last year, 37 cars assembled on Aug. 18 before the event was rained out. Hawley backed up his 1999 win by winning the $2,500 to-win Sept. 8 make-up feature event. The Big-Block Modifieds will have another increased purse, non-sanctioned event. Their 25-lap feature will pay $1,300 to-win, $125 to take the green flag.
The New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds will also race 25 laps in its feature for $500 to-win. The Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars will be in action for 20 laps for $500 to-win, in one of their 12 special events of 2002.
With just three points-paying events remaining heading into today, current point leaders are Troy Preston (West Middlesex, Pa.) Sprint Cars, Bob Dorman (Stockton, N.Y.) Big-Block Modifieds, Steve Young (Grove City, Pa.) Sportsman Modifieds and Shaun Hooks (New Castle, Pa.) Stock Cars.
At the conclusion of the event, G & amp;G Auto Outlet will present the fifth "Gladiator Series" Demolition Derby of the season. This seven-event series has Andy Bordt of Sewickley, Pa., atop the standings with two wins.
Other winners have been Justin Pakulniewicz and Patrick Heckman.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $13. The family pass is $30. Students 6-15 are $5. Children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $25.
For more information, call the office Monday through Friday after noon at (724) 964-9300 or the track on race day at (724) 662-1310. Check out www.mercerracewaypark.com for the latest.