Last time around the track this season

The summer racing season is nearing its end for another year, but area race fans still have the opportunity to get out to a track.

Tonight and Saturday, Mercer Raceway Park will host the Little Guy Nationals. Mercer has been near idle this year, hosting only one other racing event. The event was a success as far as fan turnout and car count goes.

This 19th annual event features seven divisions of race cars that don’t usually headline an event. The result is over 200 race cars and a cross-section of racers on a neutral site — along with a huge fan turnout wanting to get a final race fix before the long winter.

Complete separate programs are scheduled each day with a separate and bigger payout than the cars usually race for. It’s a full night of racing for even the most diehard race fans.

The rumor mill is full concerning the fate of the Mercer oval for next year, but for now there will be lots of racing and race cars tonight and Saturday. Gates open today at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30. Saturday gates open at 3 with racing at 4.

Lernerville Speedway, in Sarver, Pennsylvania, just south of Butler “The Action Track” will have a four-day program featuring an incredible 14 divisions of race cars.

The “Action Track’s” camping area opens Wednesday along with early-bird pit parking. On Thursday, there will be tech inspection and gates open at 5 p.m. with practice or hot laps from 7 to 9.

Friday’s gates open at 5 with heat races to follow at 7:30. On Saturday, grandstands open at 3 with last-chance showdowns at 4. Opening ceremonies begin at 5:30 with feature events to follow.

Two major racing events with more racing in a night than you will usually see in any one night during the summer. Get out and support local auto racing and get your racing fix before the long offseason with no racing for months.

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