Area tracks still open late in racing season

While the curtain is closing on the 2019 racing season there is still some great racing to be had.

This weekend, October 4-5, Michaels Mercer Raceway will present the 20th Little Guy Nationals. The 3/8-mile dirt oval will host an eight-division program consisting of what would usually be support divisions.

The hugely-successful format lets these divisions race for more money than usual. With most racetracks closed now, car counts easily exceed over 200 cars.

Many drivers from various tracks that usually don’t get to race each other will challenge each other. Divisions include 358 Modifieds, Penn/Ohio Stocks, Mod Lights, Mini Stocks, Econo Mods, Micro Sprints, FASTRAK Modifieds, 270 Micro Sprints and, on Saturday, Junior Sprints.

Each night will have a complete, separate program. Friday racing starts at 6 p.m., Saturday racing starts at 4. Camping is free with no hook-ups. It’s a chance to see more racing in two nights than you can usually see in a month. The tricky dirt oval is a short drive off of Interstate-80 in Mercer, Pa.

Raceway 7, located near Conneaut on Ohio Route 7, will host on Friday the Lucas Oil Late Models for a 50-lap, $12,000-to-win Late Model race. Regeional racers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York are expected to challenge the tour series stars. Econo Mods will share the bill. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

The following night, Pennsylvania Motor Speedway brings the Lucas Oil Late Models to town for the Pittsburgher 100, paying $20,000 to win. RUSH Late Models and Sportsman Mods also will be on hand. Action on the big half-mile track starts at 6. The racetrack is located in Imperial, Pa., on Kelso Road.

Asphalt speedway fans have a two-day weekend ahead at Sandusky Speedway, the Auto Cavalcade. E-Mods, racing for $5,000-to-win, $500 to start, will highlight the seven-division program on the half-mile asphalt. Action starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The race track is on Perkins Road, just off Ohio Route 250.

Lernerville Speedway, “The Action Track” just south of Butler, Pa., on Route 356, will close out the season with the Steel City Stampede/DIRT Car Roundup Oct. 17-19. Seventeen different divisions of cars will be on hand all three days to satisfy your dirt diet. Saturday will be all last-chance races and feature events.

The racing season is fast winding down, but some of the best racing is yet to come.