Rick’s Racing Roundup: Big Crowd Fills Stands at Mercer

| April 7, 2014

Photo by Rick Rarer.

Better late than never is what race fans and racers were saying yesterday when action finally got underway at Mercer Raceway Park.

After racing was postponed a week earlier due to rain and cold temps, then again this past Saturday, the weather finally cooperated Sunday when the NDRL late model series finally invaded for some afternoon racing. A big crowd – eager to see some racing – filled the grandstands and was treated to a great race.

Greg Satterlee of Rochester Mills; Pa triumphed after a great battle with New York’s Tim Fuller, taking the lead for good with just four laps to go. Satterlee’s first win of the season was worth three thousand dollars. After losing the lead Fuller would suffer a flat tire ending his great run.  When the checkers flew it was Keith Barbara, Russell King, Mike Knight, and Max Blair rounding out the top five behind Satterlee. Other winners at Mercer Raceway Sunday included Dennis Lunger in the open crate late model feature, Rich Michael Jr. in the NDRL modifieds, and Chris Schneider in the open stocks.

Mercer Raceway is slated to get their regular season underway this Saturday. Headlining the card will be the 410 sprint cars sponsored by Luxaire Heating & Cooling. They will be joined by the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 modifieds, the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Precise Racing Products stock cars, the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles mini stocks, and the Big Daddy’s Speed Center/Rock Concrete mod lites. The first Saturday Night Live program of the season is scheduled to take the green at 7pm.

Don’t forget the NDRL late models will stick around long enough to invade Pittsburgh Motor Speedway this Thursday April 10th. This show  is called the  PENNational and will pay a cool 10,000 dollars to the winner of the fifty lap feature  which should bring in some heavy hitters.

While Lernerville Speedway doesn’t open their season until the following week they will have an open test and tune session this Saturday April 12th. The practice will run from noon until 4pm and general admission is free for fans.  Mercer Raceway will also have an open practice this Wednesday April 9th getting underway at 4pm. This will give area racers a chance to knock the rust off before the season gets into full swing.

On the national scene Brad Sweet scored his third World of Outlaws sprint car victory of the young season Saturday night at Calistoga Speedway in California. Sweet drives for Sprint Cup star Kasey Kahne.  Just a few hours west local favorite Dale Blaney made history by scoring his 100th career win with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at Attica Raceway in Ohio. The World of Outlaws late model series had the weekend off but will return to action this weekend with a pair of shows in Tennesee.

In closing we would like to send thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of former racer Scott Snook who unexpectedly lost his life this past week.  Snook, a Brookville Pennsylvania native moved to Wyoming in recent years but still kept up with all the races here in Pennsylvania. A dedicated sprint car racer in the early nineties Scott was well liked by fans and competitors alike.  Godspeed Scott.

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Rick Rarer, a Franklin resident, is the owner of Racestud.com and SprintCarNews.com. He has been covering racing for 17 years, taking racing photos for 12 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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