Thursday, September 22, 2011

305 Sprint Car Diplomacy for Little Guy Nationals

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lou Long (412-760-9755)

Mercer, PA (September 22, 2011): As anticipation builds for the annual Little Guiy
Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park (September 23-24), track officials announced the
first success in 305 Sprint Car diplomacy. In 2011, the speedway embarked upon its
first year of 305 Sprint Car racing by launching the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint
Warriors, a class that was designed to give racers an opportunity to engage in
affordable Sprint Car Racing. As soon as the class debuted, fans in the know
wondered how would their "guys" would fare against the potent 305 Sprints that have
raced at Ohio venues for several years. Well, now they will get the chance to see
the answer first hand, as speedway officials have reached an accord with officials
of Fremont Speedway to allow the western cars to compete at the Little Guy

The 305 Sprint Cars that race regularly at Attica Raceway Park and at Fremont
Speedway will go head to head with the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors this
weekend! "This should be an exciting race for our fans," said Mercer Raceway Park
owner Bill Altman. "Plus, it will give us an opportunity to see how far our racers
have come in one short year of competition."

The rules package for the Ohio-based 305's has been modified minimally in an attempt
to achieve parity. Those cars will have to follow all of their normal rules,
including the use of steel racing wheels and their customary tire requirements.
However, they must also meet the ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warrior weight
requirement of 1585 pounds.

For the betterment of the class, it is the objective of both organizations to move
toward a unified set of rules over the off-season, and discussions will take place
after the final checkered flag falls to work toward that goal. "This is an
unprecedented cooperative effort to grow the 305 class for both regions," Altman

As a test, last weekend, Mercer Raceway Park regular, and multi-time winner, Dennis
Wagner ventured west to take on the 305 Sprintsw at Fremont Speedway. He was allowed
to race his ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warrior car without modifications.

Ohio racers wanting to enter the Little Guy Nationals will be required to complete
the entry blank and to pay the $25 entry fee for the two-day show. The entry form
can be obtained from the track's website at Follow the
link to the information page for the Little Guy Nationals event. Or, racers can
complete the entry form at the track. Due to the overwhelming response to this
initiative, Mercer Raceway Park will waive the late entry penalty for the 305
Sprints coming from the west.About Mercer Raceway Park: Mercer Raceway Park is a
3/8-mile dirt track located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19
on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment
are presented weekly from late March through late September. For more information,
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