Kenneth Mercer Steals Top-Five Finish at East Carolina

ROBERSONVILLE, NC – Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a racecar by its looks.

Kenneth Mercer’s car looked like it had no business finishing on the lead lap.  Mercer, 45, from Kinston, North Carolina not only finished on the lead lap but was able to steal a top-five finish in the closing laps of Saturday night’s season opening race at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina.

Mercer was running and older Pontiac steel body with a GM603 crate engine.  Mercer qualified in the fifth position but fell back in the opening laps of the race as he played a little tire management while also fighting brake issues.

kennethmercer“I’ve been racing a long time,” Mercer said after the race.  “It felt like we needed to try to conserve tires and brakes but I didn’t do a good job with the brakes because, about lap 50, the pedal was on the floor.  So, I backed up.  It was just coasting through the corner trying to throttle up like that.”

As the race continued to progress, Mercer began making his way through the field, racing his way from deep in the field up into the top-five, making a late race pass on Rusty Daniels to take over the fifth position.

“I ended up getting the throttle back about lap 65 or 70 then we started coming back through,” Mercer remarked.  “We got some brakes back.  Last 10, we lost them again.  Overall, the car handled well and I want to thank Ronald Brown for letting me drive the car tonight.”

After the race, Mercer talked about the car and how the body was older than what some of the other competitors ran.

“It’s a quite a bit older car,” Mercer stated.  “Everybody’s running the big bar soft spring, what the NASCAR boys are running.  This is a conventional setup car and we’re really proud.  It’s an old car, steel body, old Pontiac body.  I felt like we had the car to beat there at the end.  We might not have won but we could’ve got a top-three.  We’ll get them next time.”

Kenneth Mercer is no stranger to victory lane.  The veteran has scored wins at East Carolina Motor Speedway and at Jacksonville, North Carolina’s Coastal Plains Raceway in a Limited Late Model.  His most recent win came on July 6, 2013 in Jacksonville.

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Special Report: Daytona and the decline in journalism ethics

Tomorrow night, we will have a special edition of Race Central discussing the Tom Bowles situation at Daytona.

We will be joined by David Shuster, Emmy winning journalist who was on the frontlines of MSNBC’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has anchored and guest-anchored several MSNBC television programs.  Shuster has been outspoken recently about the lack of journalism ethics at news operations and cable networks that call themselves news operations.  The show will be streamed live on BlogTalkRadio.com.

Because of the strict format for tomorrow’s program, we will not be accepting guest callers.  If you have questions for David Shuster or questions regarding the topic at hand, email them to ammarquis@live.com or send me a tweet on Twitter (@amarquis32 or @employedwinner) and we will try to get them answered.


Race Central Live

Thursday Night, I am going to experiment with online radio using BlogTalkRadio and, if successful, it will be the birth of Race Central Live.

Don’t expect anything spectacular, tomorrow night’s broadcast is experimental.  But we (hopefully a few people decide to call in) will discuss Daytona Speedweeks and big changes in NASCAR and ARCA this season.

The show link is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ammarquis — the show starts at 11pm and runs for 30 minutes.

There is call in information but if you do plan to call in, please email me at ammarquis@live.com first.



Well, after two years of covering motorsports, here I am freelancing again. I spent most of my “career” at RacingForTheWin.com and have covered all sorts of different racing. Now, I’m freelancing, writing in this blog and for Race22.com next season.

Among the things I will write about here (time permitting) is the ARCA Racing Series as well as miscellaneous stuff from Old Dominion Speedway and other races I cover in person.