Rick’s Racing Roundup: Weather Wasn’t Kind to Area Tracks. They Hope this Week is Better

Jimmy Holden will be looking for his fourth consecutive win this Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park
Lots of rain and cold temps this past weekend meant it was not a good time to be a race fan in Western Pennsylvania.

(Photo: Jimmy Holden will be looking for his fourth consecutive win this Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. Photo by Rick Rarer)

The winter-like weather in the area forced all area tracks to cancel action over the weekend. Luckily for sprint car fans the All-Star Circuit of Champions races for Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park have been rescheduled.

Tony Stewart’s All-Stars will now visit the area on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, for their only visits of the season to both Lernerville and Mercer. The All-Stars will head to Indiana and Wisconsin this coming weekend then race the following weekend in Ohio before returning to Pennsylvania.

With a warmer weather forecasted for this weekend both Lernerville and Mercer hope to be back in action.

Lernerville will present a regular Fab 4 program Friday featuring the 410 sprint cars, late models, big block modifieds and the stock cars. In honor of Mother’s Day all ladies will be admitted to the grandstands free Friday.

Friday will also be the first of four “Meet the Driver” Nights. Fans will have to a chance to meet with sprint car drivers behind the grandstands before the races get underway. In addition to a full racing program the stock cars will run their makeup feature from April 28 that was postponed by rain with action slated for 7:30 p.m.

Both Mercer and Sharon Speedway will feature regular shows this Saturday.

Mercer highlighted by the 410 sprint cars and Sharon with the big block modifieds. It will also be Scout and Youth Sports night at Sharon. There will also be a makeup feature for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series on the card at Sharon.

After winning the last race at Lernerville and a top five with the All-Stars, Dan Shetler looks to continue his hot streak this weekend. Photo by Rick Rarer.

After winning the last race at Lernerville and a top five with the All-Stars, Dan Shetler looks to continue his hot streak this weekend. Photo by Rick Rarer.

Thunder Mountain Speedway will be back in action Friday with a regular show featuring the late models. Their Penn-Ohio Stock Series race that was lost to rain this past Friday has been rescheduled for Friday, May 19. Friday will also be the first night of points for all divisions this season.

Pittsburgh Motor Speedway will give it another try Saturday with a regular show highlighted by the super late models. Also on the schedule it will be a Spring Sizzler event for the RUSH crate late models.

After a short dry spell World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz returned to victory lane over the weekend sweeping Outlaw action with wins in Missouri and Kansas. With his seventh and eighth wins of the season, Schatz currently holds a 60-point lead over David Gravel in the season standings.

Meanwhile the World of Outlaws late model series was enjoying the dry weather in the Carolinas.
Friday Shane Clanton scored his second win of the season at Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina. On Saturday the series visited Fayetteville Motor Speedway in North Carolina where Brandon Sheppard scored win number three of 2017.

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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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