Rick’s Racing Roundup: Fink, Bauer Earns Wins at Mercer

Kyle Fink of Strattanville got his first win of the season Saturday at Mercer
After last week’s washout, drier weather returned to the area this past weekend and two Clarion area drivers took advantage of it scoring their first wins of 2017 at Mercer Speedway.

(Photo: Kyle Fink of Strattanville got his first win of the season Saturday at Mercer. Photo by Rick Rarer)

Kyle Fink broke Jimmy Holden’s four-race win streak for his first 358 modified win of the season while Mike Bauer ended his string of bad luck by winning a thriller in the sprint car main.

Cody Bova was another first-time winner scoring his first 305 feature victory of the season. Other winners included Mark Marcucci in mod lite competition and Isaac Paden who won the mini stock night cap. Mercer Raceway will be back in action this Saturday with another regular five division show with racing slated for 6:30 p.m.

Clarion racer Mike Bauer got his first win of 2017 Saturday at Mercer Raceway. Photo by Rick Rarer

Clarion racer Mike Bauer got his first win of 2017 Saturday at Mercer Raceway. Photo by Rick Rarer

Lernerville Speedway canceled their Friday program due to overcast skies and cold temps but will try again this Friday with another Fab 4 racing program. Because of the cancellation ladies will be admitted free in honor of Mother’s Day and all servicemen and women will be admitted free with their military ID in honor of Armed Forces Night at the Speedway.

Also on the card Friday, will be the makeup Pro Stock feature, held over from April 28.

On Saturday afternoon Lernerville will roar back to action when the Monster Trucks invade with action scheduled for 4 p.m. Quad Wars will also be on the card Saturday.

Thunder Mountain Speedway braved the elements Friday and fans were treated to some great racing.

Doug Eck was the winner of the late model feature lapping all but the top five. Other winners included Nick Erskine, Tim Bish, Ryan Caldwell, and Jim Fye. This Friday the Penn-Oho Pro Stock Series will return to the Brookville oval.

Despite a sunny start, Sharon Speedway lost to rain for the third consecutive week Saturday when the rain hit midway through the heat races.

Sharon will try again this Saturday with a regular show minus the RUSH modifieds. The e-mods will be competing for three thousand dollars in their Apple Festival makeup feature. Former NASCAR competitor Ken Schrader is also expected to be in action.

Despite overcast skies and cold temps Tri-City Raceway Park opened their 2017 season on Sunday with a five division program. In the big block modified main event New York invader Erick Rudolph put on a clinic, dominating the event and lapping all but the second place car of Brad Rapp for his third win in as many visits to the Venango County oval.

Josh Seippel of Oil City recorded his first career win in the RUSH modifieds Sunday at Tri-City. Photo by Rick Rarer

Josh Seippel of Oil City recorded his first career win in the RUSH modifieds Sunday at Tri-City. Photo by Rick Rarer

After losing the first three events to rain the newly formed Allegheny Sprint Tour completed their first race and it was Ralph Engel Jr going in the record books as the first ever winner. Josh Seippel of Oil City became a first-time winner with the RUSH modified series leading all fifteen laps for his first career modified win.

Brent Rhebergen added another Tri-City victory to his resume by winning the e-mod feature while Chris Ketch of New York held off modified ace “The Reno Rocket” Les Meyers to score the win in PA Vintage Modified action. The event on the Tri-City schedule will be the USA-East sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pulls on June 3.

One of the most competitive 360 touring groups will visit the area this weekend when the Patriot Sprint Tour visits Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio Friday. The series which races primarily in New York and Canada periodically makes visits to western Pennsylvania. The series will be led by defending champion and current point leader Jared Zimbardi of Bradford, Pa.

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About Rick

Rick Rarer, a Franklin resident, is the owner of Racestud.com and SprintCarNews.com. He has been covering racing for 18 years, taking racing photos for 13 years, and has covered races at over 100 tracks in 15 states. Most recently, Rick won the Bill Steinbach Media Award at the Lernerville Speedway Annual Awards Banquet.


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