@PtboSpeedway • Peterborough, ON (August 6, 2015)- Of all the drivers to earn an Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature win at Peterborough Speedway during the 2014 campaign, one name has been noticeably absent from competition this season.
By this time last year, Bryan Mercer had recorded a pair of main event victories and finished 11th in points at Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval in car he confessed wasn’t prepared as well as it could have been. After spending much of the 2015 season serving as coach and mentor for his son Jacob’s go kart racing endeavors, the 42 year old from Port Hope, Ontario has plans to make his first start of the calendar Saturday, August 15 during the Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway. Mercer says even though it’s late in the year, the timing is right to get started.
“It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to be at the track every week, there just wasn’t time to put everything together to make sure we could run competitively,” admitted the driver who has an impressive resume that includes a 2011 win in Kawartha Speedway’s Summer Sizzler and a pair of starts in the American-Canadian Tour Invitational event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“Right now, we’re looking to make a handful of starts at Peterborough and also run with the Pro Late Model division at the Autumn Colours Classic, where we’ve had some decent runs, including a trio of top four finishes. Depending on how things go during the balance of the season, we’ll run full-time again in 2016 and possibly do some travelling to different tracks.”
Bryan Mercer will take the green flag in his familiar black #81 Chevrolet SS, with chassis upgrades by McColl Racing Enterprises and a GM Crate powerplant under the hood. For his late season charge, Mercer is pleased to have the support of long-time sponsors Sine’s Flooring, Durmach Tooling, Cressman Tree Maintenance, Beyond Signs & Design and UAP Napa Auto Parts, Port Hope back in the fold. The team will also welcome new marketing partners Facility Services and Wakely Disposal.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media