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Mercer earns third straight Top 5 finish at Peterborough Speedway

Port Hope's Bryan Mercer won the second Organics & Glass Late Model qualifying heat and finished third in the main event last Saturday, June 10 at Peterborough Speedway.
MORGAN AMBER PHOTOGRAPHY

Port Hope's Bryan Mercer won the second Organics & Glass Late Model qualifying heat and finished third in the main event last Saturday, June 10 at Peterborough Speedway. MORGAN AMBER PHOTOGRAPHY

PETERBOROUGH - 

For some drivers, chasing the perfect race day set-up can almost be as difficult as chasing the checkered flag.

With a pair of Top 5 finishes to show for his firsttwo starts of the 2017 season, Port Hope’s Bryan Mercer would appear to have half of the equation figured out.

“I’d happily put my crew up against any of the others in the field,” Mercer proudly stated. “My team has been with me for a number of years and they’re one of the best in pits. They can take the information I give them and change the car to make it better. There isn’t always a lot of time to switch things over, but I know they’ll do the job to help get me to the front of the field.”

Saturday, June 10 Mercer took some time during the afternoon to watch his son’s ball hockey tournament and that meant the team arrived at Peterborough Speedway just as the pre-race practice sessions were wrapping-up.

The driver and his team went through their set-up notes and went to work on getting ready for the night’s first qualifying event. Within a couple of laps of the green flag, contact with another car sent the #81 machine to the pits and the crew went to work.

“There’s a first time for everything and the throttle hung in the first qualifier,” Mercer said. “As long as I’ve been driving, that had never happened before. We got things corrected and even though the car was a little tight, we managed to win the second heat race and made more changes for the feature.”

Mercer said from that point forward; the car was terrific. A yellow flag on the initial start moved him to the outside of the front row. Even though he would’ve preferred a spot on the preferred inside line, he made the best of the hand he’d been dealt and stayed close to the leaders.

The pack worked through lapped traffic near the halfway mark and when the caution flew again with just a few laps remaining, he was once again in second spot. As the inside line slipped past, the second-generation racer settled in for a third-place finish.

“There wasn’t a lot of grip up top, so I took what I could get. Consistency has its rewards and we haven’t finished worse than fourth in our three starts,” he said. “That’s something our team can take back to the shop with pride.”

For the 2017 season, Bryan Mercer’s program is supported by Sine’s Flooring, Durmach Tooling, Beyond Signs & Design, Cressman Tree Service, Glass One Autoglass, Facility Services, National Shunt Services, MASS Environmental, Everwood Property Maintenance, Murray O’Brien – Re/Max, Eric’s Auto Body and Pioneer Gas Bar – Port Hope. Clarke Motorsports Communications provides media and public relations services for the #81 Late Model team.

Mercer returns to action at the Chase for the Autumn Colours Classic Pole Qualifier on Sunday, July 2 at Peterborough Speedway. Follow the team behind the scenes and at the track by liking the Mercer Motorsports page at www.facebook.com.

Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media