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Archive for October, 2012

Adams, Doggett, Duncan and Maxey crowned Champions at Virginia Motor Speedway

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyers Virginia Motor Speedway wrapped up the 2012 season by recognizing the top ten in each of the track’s divisions with special attention reserved for the 2012 champions. During the night’s events almost $34,000 in cash and prizes were awarded, of that almost $28,000 was in cash. This year’s championships saw two familiar faces and two drivers picking up career first championships.

Scott Adams of Chester, VA was crowned the Victory Lap Late Model Champion for the third consecutive year and received a check for $5,000 for his efforts. Adams also received a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography and his Championship helmet trophy and jacket.

Rounding out the top ten in Victory Lap Late Model points were Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA; Billy Tucker of King George, VA; Joe Ender of Glen Allen, VA; Troy Williams of South Mills, NC; John Staton of Chesapeake, VA; Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA; Andy Gregg of Portsmouth, VA; Billy Adkins of Saluda, VA and Alan Anderson of Norfolk, VA.

Taylor Doggett of Ruther Glen, VA was crowned the 2012 Truckin Thunder Sportsman Champion and received a check for $1,000 for his efforts. It was his career first championship. Doggett also received a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography and his Championship helmet trophy and jacket.

Rounding out the top ten in Truckin Thunder points were Junior Carter of Mechanicsville, VA; J.R. Guy of Mechanicsville, MD; rookie Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA; Stephen Childress of St. Stephens Church, VA; rookie Hunter Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA; Davey Pullen of New Kent, VA; Tommy Upshaw of West Point, VA; Michael Hayes of Ruther Glen, VA; and rookie Chad Beahr of Mechanicsville, VA.

Jimmy Duncan of Fredericksburg, VA was crowned the 2012 Budweiser Modified Champion and received a check for $1,000 for his efforts. It was his career first championship. Duncan also received a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography and his Championship helmet trophy and jacket.

Rounding out the top ten in Budweiser Modified points were three time and 2011 Champion Dan Arnold of Chesterfield, VA; 2005 Champion Page Harrison of Amelia, VA; Mike Reynolds of Clements, MD; Chris Arnold of Petersburg, VA; Brian Dobie of Partlow, VA; Brandon Galloway of Gloucester, VA; Charlie Hubbard of Chesapeake, VA; Neal Hudgins of Grimstead, VA; Aaron Harris of Chester, VA (tie) and Donnie Smith of Fredericksburg, VA.

Brian Maxey of King George, VA won the Collision One Limited Stock Car Championship. The Championship was Maxey’s third division championship and fourth overall (2010 Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series Championship). Maxey received a check for $700, a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography and his Championship helmet trophy and jacket.

Rounding out the top ten in Collision One Limited Stock Car points were Brandon Sandridge of Mechanicsville, VA; 2011 Champion Wesley Givens of Mechanicsville, VA; Stephen Childress of St. Stephens Church, VA; Marty Coltrain of Chester, VA; David Bowler of Gloucester, VA; Bob Terry of Stafford, VA; Chad Champion of Beaverdam, VA; rookie Bobby Curtis of Richmond, VA and rookie Chad Martin of Gloucester, VA.

The speedway also crowns an overall Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series Champion which pits all four divisions against each other and in the one of the closest battles in the seven year history of the championship Budweiser Modified Champion Jimmy Duncan of Fredericksburg, VA beat out Truckin Thunder Sportsman Champion Taylor Doggett and Truckin Thunder Sportsman second place finisher Junior Carter to take the overall championship and the $2000 check and special eagle trophy that goes along with it.

Special achievement award winners for the 2012 season included: The Pitts Lumber Rookies of the Year were Joe Ender of Glen Allen, VA in Victory Lap Late Models; Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA in Truckin Thunder Sportsman; Mike Reynolds of Clements, MD in Budweiser Modifieds and Bobby Curtis of Richmond, VA in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division. Each winner received a plaque and $250.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2013 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at

More Than Circles

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Ocala, FL-This week we will see the RaceCar Engineering Late Models join the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators for some major points in tight championship battles. Also, the Figure-8 Race will take place!

Mark Whitener continued his dominance of the RaceCar Engineering Late Models at the 1/3 mile with yet another win for the entire Big Frog Motorsports team. As he closes in on a championship he will still have to fend off the challenges from Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Bo Allen. Others like Richard Ferry, Christian Augspurger, and Jeff Mathews have visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle in a division that seems more wide open than ever.

JO Nobles, who may pull double duty again, will have focus on his Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Model as he must continue to fend off “Big Chief” David Showers. As the #18′s battle for a championship, the youth of Carter Stokes, Christian and Caleb McGillivray, Tyler Clem, and Billy Holmes will show what their made of against some of the best drivers in Florida and anyone could end up with the trophy.

Jonathan Appleby and Brian Mullins looked as if they would run away with the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock championship but Shane Nichols has clawed back into contention in the race. In fact, Nichols has won 4-in-a-row which ties Mike Stalnaker for the record in the Bubba Clem Era! Of course, Mullins and Appleby will call upon drivers like Brandon Elwood, Jason Gamble, and John Thorpe to end this historic streak from driver #65.

Barfield Law Group sponsors our Mini Stocks and the field may want to call them to stop Buddy Pope’s dominance. Pope has been tough all season long while Travis Staats has missed a few events and Reid Christensen has missed a few set-ups during the course of 2012. “Fluffy” Pope will try to lock this fight up but he’ll have to battle with the likes of Christensen, Staats, Dean Kinsey, and Nick Kerr to do it.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators season took a massive turn last week but, unofficially, Tony LaPorta still leads the standings with Steve Johnson and Brandon Haseleu clawing their way up the leader boards. Jordan McMillon hasn’t quite gotten win #2 in the books yet but he’ll try to play spoiler in the championship race. Haseleu and Johnson must win, win, win but with Kody Fisher and Reid Christensen joining the fight it’s gonna be that- a fight!

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, stands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. We have racing and college football on in the Pit Stop so don’t miss the dirt track action! For updates on everything, follow us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook (Bubba Raceway Park), visit, or call us at 352-622-9400! See ya at the track!

Tim Russell Wins Pro Late Model Finale at New Smyrna Speedway

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

LAKE MARY, FL – 2012 has been a different type of season for Tim Russell. The Lake Mary, Florida driver has basically won everything under the Florida sun in a Super Late Model in years past, but this season Russell has been focusing on his Tim Russell Inc. Driver Development program.

Saturday night at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, however, Russell got to witness the best of both worlds. He took the victory in a the New Smyrna Pro Late Model season finale, driving a car and engine package that he has never competed with before, while his TRI teammate Devin McLeod won the overall series championship.

“It was really nice to get back into victory lane,” said Russell. “We have run less than a dozen races this year as a driver and this is only our second win. It’s not that we don’t want to race, but we have had some great opportunities to run with Devin McLeod, Kyle Larson and some others.”

McLeod won four of the five Pro Late Model races coming into the season finale and was looking to add another victory. However, with Russell having a second car out there and the championship on ice, the McLeod effort resulted in some practice laps and a few in the future to lock up the championship and start looking forward to 2013.

“It was by deign so we can focus on SpeedWeeks with Devin come February,” added Russell, who qualified third, but re-drew the pole starting position for the 100-lap feature. “It would have been nice to have two Russell cars battling for the win. It was tough even without him in the field as I had my hands full with Rich Clouser. We put on a real good battle up front for the win.”

The victory pushes the Russell team total to eight this season. That includes wins with Tim Russell Driver Development with Kyle Larson and McLeod.

Now, Russell will turn his attention to the November 17th Florida Governor’s Cup 200 Super Late Model race at New Smyrna. Russell has run the Governor’s Cup 200 six times prior to this season and he has posted four-straight podium finishes with runner-up results sandwiching his 2009 victory.

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Elgin Traylor by emailing him at or you can visit Tim’s website,

First Time Champion McPherson Joins Bicknell, Murray, Sliter and Conte as 2012 Champions at Merrittville

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

THOROLD, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway’s 61st consecutive season officially came to a close with the Night of Champions Saturday October 27th – honoring the 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Champions. While Cody McPherson celebrated his 1st Career Championship in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman DIRTcar Division – four drivers added another championship in their respective divisions to their career stats.

Josh Sliter and Rocco Conte each won their third straight Championships in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively. For the fourth time of his career Rob Murray was honored as Hoosier Stock Champion. In the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Division – Pete Bicknell earned the title for the 22nd time of his career. All 5 division champs earned traditional Merrittville Speedway Championship Rings and Jackets in addition to trophies and cash awards.

Merrittville’s Co-announcers Clint Geoffrey and Dana Huffman performed Masters of Ceremony duties – presenting the top 12 points finishers from the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Original Pizza Log Sportsman and the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds with point fund monies accordingly in addition to a wide variety of special awards. Drivers in the Top 3 in each division’s point standings received Trophies as well.

Cody McPherson received top honors in the Original Pizza Log Sportsman Division for the first time in his career in his C. McPherson Jr Trucking/ Bobcat of Hamilton/ Advantage Trailers/ Maxximum Motors/ Fourth Avenue Dental/ Brian’s Tire Repair/ Pine View Drywall/ Turn 4 Collision and The Trap #7.

McPherson racked up 6 feature wins and finished in the Top 10 in all 16 events with 12 Top 5 finishes. McPherson’s awards also included his first King of the Crates powered by David Chevrolet Mini-Series title that earned him a $500 Gift Certificate redeemable at the Welland GM Dealer towards the purchase of a 602 Crate Engine for the 2013 Season.

” It was just an unreal season for us . everything went our way and just seemed to click,” said McPherson who drove for car owners Gord McIntosh Sr. and Jr. “even on nights when things didn’t go our way – we were able to battle back and salvage a top 10. It’s great to win this for the McIntoshes . I couldn’t have done it without the help of Advantage Trailer, Bobcat of Hamilton , my dad, and Barry Robertson and everyone that helped.”

Like McPherson, each Point Champion and special award winner expressed their thanks and appreciation to the people behind their successes – families, sponsors, crew members and supporters.

Special Award winners included Rookie of The Year Award winner and second generation driver Larry Czinege while Greg Panunte won the Best Appearing Car Award. Brad Rouse also collected The Sterling Silver Award that honors Bill Willard Senior from award sponsor Ken Walsh for his August 25th Feature Win honoring the racing pioneer.

Rocco Conte collected 6 feature wins and 17 Top 10 finishes to repeat as Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Championship. Driving the Semenuk’s Esso/Northtown Machine/Joe Serianni Century 21 Real Estate/Young Automotive Professionals/Riccis Auto Service #34c – Conte was also won the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Mini-Series Title.

Other special award winners in the division included Kourtney Kocarik won Rookie of the Year honors and Kyle Pelrine who won the Best Appearing Car Award.

Josh Sliter drove his Canadian Tire Port Colborne/ Thurston Machine/SWS Canada/South Coast Laser/Leader Race Cars/Crutchfield Performance # 17 to his third straight championship in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division with 15 top 5 finishes including 10 feature wins.

Rookie of the Year honors went to runner up Dillan Sliter who also won the Best Appearing Car Award. Rob Murray won his fourth career Hoosier Stock Championship in addition to the overall Duel on the Dirt Title – a mini-series amongst the Hoosier Stocks and the Pro Stocks from the Brighton (Ontario) Speedway.

Driving the Brian’s Tire/Murray Excavating/Canadian Roadside Service M1, Murray collected 7 wins and 18 top 10 finishes. Third generation driver Cory Turner earned Rookie of the Year honors. The Best Appearing Car Award went to Ken Sargent. Pete Bicknell won his 22nd career Merrittville Speedway Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Championship winning 3 Features over the course of the season that saw him finish in the Top 10 17 times in 18 events in his Lucas Oil Products/Bicknell Racing Products # 42.

Other award winners included Dave Small who won Rookie of the year honors while the Best Appearing Car Award went to Fred Carleton. Several history-laden awards were also presented during the event. The Ed MacPherson Construction Kelley-Winger Sportsmanship Award was presented by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee to Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Veteran Rob Knapp.

The Begolo-Little Award for the most improved driver in the 358 Modified Division went to second generation driver Todd Gordon presented by former driver and Wall of Famer Jeno Begolo after he moved up 7 spots in the points from last season with 3 feature wins along the way.

The Gordie Award named after former Merrittville Announcer and Wall of Famer Gordie Wilson goes to a person, or group of people who exhibit dedication to the sport. The 2012 award was presented to Ed Curran.

The Crew Chief of Year Award named after Billy Matthews went to former racer, L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Famer and the force behind his son’s 3 three win season in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Division in 2012 – Doug Gordon.

The Performer of the Year Award went to Cody McPherson and perform he did. On route to his first championship . McPherson outdueled family members to win 2 events, survived a 10 caution 2 red flag feature for another victory and battled back from a flat tire to win the King of the Crates Title by a single point en route to his first overall Divisional Championship.

The B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Driver of the Year was second year J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Driver Derek Wagner as he was the driver that received the most points each week during the season in the Driver of the Week Award voting. The Awards Ceremony concluded with Nancy Bicknell addressing the audience as co-owner of the famed facility.

On behalf of her husband Pete and her daughter (Merrittville GM) Erica and their partners – Randy and Tracey Williamson, Bicknell saluted the crowd and thanked everyone for their continued support throughout the 2012 Season. Plans are well underway for the upcoming 2013 season.

“Everything is starting to come together for next season,” informed Nancy Bicknell, “we are happy to announce that Bobcat of Hamilton is returning next season as divisional sponsors of our Modified Division . the schedule is being put together and racing season will soon be upon us once again.”

For information on Merrittville Speedway’s 62nd consecutive season as the best family entertainment in Niagara – visit or call the Winter Office during business hours – 905-685-7223.

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office is located in Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines.

For a complete listing of the 2012 Points Standings – click on

The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions and special events was brought to fans by contingency sponsors Allstar Performance, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Diversified Machine Inc., FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Tire, Lucas Oil Products, Kirkey Racing Fabrication and Wilwood.

Divisional, event and other partners include Lucas Oil, Turn 4 Collision, Hoosier Tire Canada, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning, Original Pizza Logs and Bobcat of Hamilton in addition to season long advertisers in alphabetical order: All Source Heat Treating, Archer Truck Services, Avondale Food Stores, B&C Truck Centre, Ball Hockey International, Baron Roofing, Bicknell Racing Products, Bieda’s Powersports, Boltworks, Brian’s Tire Repair, Bullet News Niagara, CAA Niagara, Canadian Door Doctor, Clare’s Cycle & Sport, 610 CKTB, Club Castropignano, CMH Sales and Leasing, Dave’s Small Engines, David Chevrolet, 105.1 Ed FM, EMJ Metals, Engine Research & Development, 91.7 Giant FM, Gallagher’s Farm Market, Girdlestone Brokerage, Grantham Lions Club, Harvey’s St. Catharines locations, Henderson’s Pharmacy, Hingston Metal Fabricators, 07.7 HTZ FM. IBEW Local 303 Niagara, K&K Insurance, Kala’s Home Hardware, Keystone Light, Little Caesars Welland, Lococo Wholesale, Ed MacPherson Construction, McDougsall Energy, Meridian Credit Union, Miller’s Auto Recycling, Modern Landfill, Molson Coors, Mountainview Homes, MT Bellies Tap & Grillhouse, Niagara College, Niagara Drive Train, Niagara Truck ‘n Stuff, Original Pizza Logs, Pepsi, Pete’s Automotive, Performance Powder Coating, ,Piller’s, Public Metal Supply, Raceline Radio, RK Shaver, Seaway Mall, Semenuk’s Esso, SMS Machine, Stadelmier Septic
Service, Stokes & Son Roofing, Superior PetroFuels, The Pen Centre, The Seaway Mall, Thorold Blackhawks Modern Stucco Junior B Hockey Club, VP Race Fuels, Wentworth Recycling, Z101.1 FM and Zavitz Financial Strategies.

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Weekly Racing Divisions featuring local heroes and up and coming new stars!

Merrittville Speedway “The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara”

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Race fans can look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance center including the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware. KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage.

Phillips, Veihdeffer & Cosco Win First Kart Championships at Merrittville

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -Three first time champions were among the many honorees as the Merrittville Speedway Kart Club celebrated the 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Season assisted by the Meridian Credit Union October 28th at rural Thorold’s Club Castropignano.

The first of 3 new champions was Kyle Phillips who won his first RCM Racing Equipment Original Pizza Logs Junior 1 Point Championship with 6 wins resulting in 744 points. Eric Veihdeffer also earned his first Ed McPherson Construction Original Pizza Logs Junior 2 Division Title – winning 8 features over the season tallying 764 points. Jordan Cosco topped the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head Division Point Standings. En route to his first championship, Cosco won an incredible 9 straight events to total 756 points over the season.

In the Philbrick Farm Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division, Jorden Peters repeated as Champion. In doing so, Peters won 10 features – amassing 768 total points. Merrittville Speedway’s youngest group of karters – the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Divisions received Competition Awards, as they do not run for points. Joey Usher, Joey Priestley, Carter Kish, Braeden Kish, Tyler Davidson, Chase Kish, Sophie Horton, and Donny Lampman were all presented Competition Awards.

Merrittville Speedway’s Kart Club Member Drivers shared in the more than $10,000 in cash point fund and prize awards.

Kart Body Kits were won via draws by Joey Priestley (Combined Novice), Ryleigh Sliter (Junior 1), Alex Riley (Junior 2), Tyler Winger (Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Travis Majuery (Senior Animal). All of Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Member Drivers in attendance were eligible to win a Invertor Generator donated by Briggs and Stratton and the winner of the $ 700 prize was Tyler Davidson.

The Member Driver Draws also included prizes from Briggs Racing and Burris Tire. A number of Specialty Awards were handed out and the winners are listed as Follows.

Rookies of the Year:

Dalton Slack (RCM Racing Equipment Original Pizza Logs Junior 1), Josh Cook (Ed MacPherson Construction Original Pizza Logs Junior 2), Dylan Davidson (KC Auto Parts Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Michael Brunton (Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal).

Most Improved Driver Awards

Tyler Davidson (Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Auto Complex Novice 1), Sophie Horton (KC Auto Parts Original Pizza Logs Novice 2), Shannon Grocott (RCM Racing Equipment Original Pizza Logs Junior 1), Kyle Huttenmaier (Ed MacPherson Construction Original Pizza Logs Junior 2), Tyler Winger (Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Dylan Culp (Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Original Pizza Logs Senior Animal).

RCM Racing Equipment Sportsmanship Awards

Joey Usher (Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Auto Complex Novice 1), Brayden Wilson (Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Original Pizza Logs Novice 2), Justin Martin (RCM Racing Equipment Original Pizza Logs Junior 1), Eric Veihdeffer (Ed MacPherson Construction Original Pizza Logs Junior 2), Garry Overholt (Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Chris Watson (Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Original Pizza Logs Senior Animal).

Pudgee – need his real name was presented the Crew Chief of the Year Award for his efforts behind his stepson Jordan Cosco’s first championship in the Junior Restricted Division.

Colleen Curvin was presented the Race Director’s Award. Curvin has been a longtime employee on both Tuesday Nights.

For further information on the 20th season of Kart Racing at Merrittville Speedway in 2013 – contact the Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or visit

2012 Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series assisted by the Meridian Credit Union Final Points (16 Events)