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MOTORSPORTS Racing at Sharon, Mercer to resume



Published: Mon, April 28, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Action at Mercer Raceway Park will be available on the Internet.

HARTFORD -- Action at Sharon Speedway continues Saturday during Kirila Contractors Night, as racers in all four divisions battle to improve their early season position in the point standings.

Jarod Larson (Rock Creek) holds the top spot in the Sunburst Environmental Sprint division with his feature win in the season opener.

Jason Jacoby (Franklin, Pa.) is second, followed by Jack Sodeman Jr. (Youngstown). Last year's champion Mike Kekich is fifth.

In the Gibson-Governor Insurance Modified division, Jim Rasey (Southington) leads the charge following his A-main victory last week. Reigning champion Ron Smoker (Hamburg, N.Y.) is second, followed by Kevin Bolland (New Brighton, Pa.)

Two Niles, residents sit atop the Coy Brothers Trucking E-Mod division standings. A feature win last week put Alan Dellinger in first, followed by Richard Stiffler. The 2002 champion, Carl McKinney (Cranberry Twp., Pa.) is in third.

An all-Pennsylvania crew leads the City Disposal Services Pure Stock division, with Gary Robinson (Greenville, Pa.) owning the top spot, followed by Raymond Yuran (Sharon, Pa.) and Dave Ferringer (Cochranton, Pa.)

Back Row Challenge

As last week's feature winners, Larson, Rasey, Dellinger and Robinson will be eligible to take the speedway's "Back Row Challenge," in which a driver, prior to his heat race, accepts a guarantee of extra cash ($100 for Pure Stocks and E-Mods; $200 for V-8 Modifieds and Sprints) and must start his feature race from the rear of the field. If he comes from the rear of the field to win the feature, he will earn double the normal first-place pay out.

Drivers who win the double prize money must forfeit the guarantee money. Drivers who accept the challenge but finish in second position or lower will receive the regular pay out for that position plus the guarantee money.

Fans at Sharon Speedway Saturday can register for the chance to win Winston Cup giveaways.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Tickets, available at the gate, are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12-15 and free for children 11 and younger. Coolers less than 14 inches are permitted. Fans can call (330) 772-5481 or visit www.sharonspeedway.com for more information and directions.

Mercer Raceway Park

MERCER, Pa. -- All of the events for the remainder of the season will have a live audio feed via the Internet and archived.

The broadcasts will be made possible by Erik Anderson of Hapeman Electronics of Grove City, Pa.

Starting Saturday night, fans not able to attend the races and anyone across the globe can tune in and catch the action.

The audio from each night will be archived and made available for anyone to listen to at any time to recall the action from that event. An icon at the top left hand side of the homepage at www.mercerracewaypark. com will link one to a page where they can open the audio on one‚s computer.

Mercer Raceway Park is located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19 on Fairground Road.




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