From Mike Leone

Mercer Raceway Park will be returning to the Shenango Valley Mall for the second straight year to put on the “Thunder in the Park” race car show Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21. Cars will enter the mall after hours on Wednesday night, March 17.

“Shenango Valley Mall is a good venue for us,” stated 12th year owner Vicki Emig. “It’s close to home and allows us a chance to get our 2010 brochure schedules out to the public, while showcasing some of our area racers. We have a strong fan base from the Shenango Valley area and everyone is getting itchy to get back to racing. It also works nice as it’s just a week before our scheduled season opener.”

Those interested in displaying their cars in the show can print off a form on our website at and send it back to our office or call 724-964-9300 for a form.

In years past, Mercer Raceway Park has hosted race car shows at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh, Southern Park Mall in Boardman, Ohio, and the Shenango Valley Mall.

“Thunder in the Park” will take place the week before the 2010 season opener on Saturday, March 27. The “Chiller Thriller” will feature for the first time ever the UFo Championship Super Late Models for $2,500 to-win in the 40th anniversary since Late Models first appeared at The Park in 1970. Returning for the event are the United E-Mod Series for $1,000 to-win, open Stock Cars for $1,000 to-win, and Mini Stocks with racing at 7 p.m.

The Shenango Valley Mall is located at the intersection of Routes 18 and 62 in Hermitage, Pa. Show hours are during regular mall hours 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, check out their website at

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 late March through October. The office in New Bedford, Pa. is open year-round late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call the office
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