Thursday March 23, 2017
Sign Up
Home Page
Driver Stats
Race Results
Point Standings
Racing News
Track Schedule
Weekly Schedule
Contact SpeedNet
Speednet Tracks & Series
Schedules
This Week
Select A Track

Posts in 'Merrittville Speedway' Track

Sweeney Rush Late Model Tour to KickOff Sunday and Monday in Ontario with $2K to Win

May 19th, 2016

(Pulaski, PA)…After officially putting the wraps on the 2015 season on April 16 with the “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up, the cars and stars of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance suffered a rain out the following Friday for what was to be the kickoff of 2016 Touring Series campaign.

The Sweeney Tour will now get underway in foreign soil as Humberstone and Merrittville Speedways in Ontario host $2,000 to-win events this Sunday (May 22) and Monday (May 23) respectively. Sunday’s each at Humberstone will be the annual “Canadian National Late Model Championship” and will be a $2,000 to-win Marquee Event, while Monday will feature the second annual “Victoria Day Celebration” at Merrittville also paying $2,000 to-win, but will be a Platinum Event designation due to being a midweek event. Both events will also count for Sweeney Weekly Series points. Last year, John Waters won his only Tour event of the season with his victory at Humberstone, while Max Blair won the first ever Crate Late Model event at Merrittville.

“We’re very excited about getting our season underway and are looking forward to getting back to these two great tracks,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. ” Both speedways are very racey and provide tremendous action. This year we were able to
coordinate the events so that they fell in consecutive nights. The response has been very good and except a number of new racers from both the states and Ontario to participate. Plus the weather is looking perfect, which is always a plus. We
have to thank both speedways for giving us the opportunity to come, and it’ll be a great treat for fans to be coupled with the Super DIRTcar 358 Modified Series on Monday.”

Like many speedways throughout the region, Humberstone has battled Mother Nature completing only one of three events scheduled. On May 7 in Sweeney Weekly Series action, Jeff Dayman scored an upset victory for his first career Late Model win.
Dayman is amongst several Humberstone regulars that have continued to improve racing Late Models in predominately Modified country. Drivers like Colton Ledingham, Rob Pietz, Tim Gillespie, and Sam Pennacchio have become a force to be reckoned with
as defending track champion Dennis Lunger, Jr. and 2014 track champion Paul Grigsby continue to make the trip from the states across the border on a weekly basis on Sunday evenings. Ken Winfield has become a veteran of the class at Humberstone,
while several newcomers made their debut on May 7 including Mike Greene, John McIntire, Wyatt VanWart, and Travis Martineau.
In fact last year, the then 17-year-old Ledingham recorded a fifth place finish at both events in his first two Sweeney Tour starts! Following the fifth place at Humberstone, Ledingham rattled off three straight top two finishes in Sweeney Weekly
Series action at Humberstone including his first career RUSH Late Model win on August 2.

Brighton Speedway regular, Phil Potts, was very impressive in his first ever Sweeney Tour start last year coming home second at Merrittville. This year, Potts is planning on participating in both events this weekend. Charlie Sandercock, last year’s $5,000 “Bilstein Bandits” Champion, has also expressed interest especially Monday’s Merrittville event.

Twenty-five drivers have joined as Touring members in 2016 to date led by defending champion and the Series’ all-time winner Max Blair along with longtime crate standout and 2013 champion Mike Pegher, Jr. Coming off a career best season, Eric Wilson, has warmed up for the Tour by winning a pair of Sweeney Weekly Series events already this season at McKean County Raceway and Wayne County Speedway. Drivers like John Waters, brothers Jason and Brian Knowles, veteran racers Charlie Duncan, Alan Dellinger, Randy Hall, and Dave Lyon are all expected to contend for the title. Top drivers like Bryce Davis, Will Thomas III, Lunger, Damian Bidwell, Josh Double, Matt Latta, Kyle Zimmerman will contend for victories throughout the season.

Both events will feature Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat” meaning the fastest qualifier each night will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25. The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place. The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats. Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.

Each night, RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!
Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish each night.
Feature payoff each night:1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15.$240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.
Non-Qualifier payoff each night: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The red AMB transponders will be used both nights. RACEceivers are always mandatory. The entry fee each night is $100US. Pit passes are $25 each night for members and $30 for non-members. There will be a cash payout in US dollars at the end of each night. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. each night with racing at 6:30 on Sunday and 7 on Monday. Humberstone is a 3/8-mile owned by Linda Cosco and is celebrating its 57th anniversary this season. Humberstone is located at 1716 Highway 3 East in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada L3K5V4. For more information, check out their website at www.humberstonespeedway.com or call 905-834-4002.

Merrittville Speedway is a 3/8-mile banked clay track located at 2731 Merrittville Highway, Thorold, Ontario, Canada, and is only 12 miles from the US border at Niagara Falls. Racing enthusiasts in southern Ontario have been flocking to this summer time venue for over 60 consecutive seasons, and it may very well be the Heart of Niagara’s best kept secret. Check out www.merrittvillespeedway.com for more info. RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources,Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

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

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 www.merrittvillespeedway.com 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
http://speednetdirect.com/points.php?track_id=8430&nav_step=results

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”

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

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 www.merrittvillespeedway.com.

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

4 New Champions to be Honored at Merrittville Speedway Awards Banquets

September 23rd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario — In a little more than a month’s time, Merrittville Speedway will honour Race Teams from both Saturday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series and Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series assisted by the Meridian Credit Union with Awards Banquets – Saturday October 27th and Sunday October 28th at Club Castropignano.

The Two Thousand and Twelve Night of Champions celebrating the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned 61st consecutive season will see Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Champion Cody McPherson honored as a first time champion – joining multi-time champions Rocco Conte, Rob Murray, Josh Sliter and Pete Bicknell in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions.

In addition to Divisional Point Fund Awards for the Top 12 Member Drivers in each division there are a number of specialty awards that will be presented before the real celebration begins in the night club atmosphere provided by
Blast Entertainment.

Tickets are $38 each and on October 28th – Doors will open at Club Castropignano at 4:30 with Dinner starting at 6.

Less than 24 hours later, the 2012 Kart Season will be celebrated with the Awards Banquet set for the same Port Robinson facility.

Sunday October 28th’s afternoon event will see three first time champions honored – Kyle Phillips, Eric Veihdeffer and Jordan Cosco in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 and Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Original Pizza Logs Divisions. Jorden Peters will once again be honored as two time Philbrick Farm & Garden
Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Champion.

Special Awards will also be presented through all 7 Divisions for Member Drivers. Tickets are $16 each and for 2012 Member Drivers – a complimentary ticket is included as part of the Driver’s Membership. Doors will open at 1:00 PM and Lunch will be served at 2. Club Castropignano is located at 1311 Egerter Road in Port Robinson with easy access from Hwy 406 – just a short distance from the Speedway itself.

Tickets are available from the Speedway Office from Monday to Friday from 9 to 12 and from 1 to 5 up til Friday September 28th. For further information call 905-892-8266 or contact Erica Bicknell-Jones via e mail at ebicknell@cogeco.net or visit the Speedway Office during Business Hours.

Beginning October 1st, Merrittville Speedway will be at it’s Winter Office located in Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines with the same hours applying. Race Teams from both venues are reminded that Awards, Point Money and Prizes will only be available during each Banquet only.

For further information on either event and the upcoming 2013 Seasons – race fans can visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com for all the news.

Race Fans and Race Teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and on Twitter
(Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Davidson Wins First Kart Feature

September 15th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – In the final Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Event of 2012 – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed a first time winner as fourth generation racer Tyler Davidson won the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Division Feature September 11th.

Three drivers would win their 8th Features of the season – Chase Kish, Joshua Hansen and Eric Veihdeffer in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 and Ed MacPherson Junior 2 Divisions respectively.

In other Original Pizza Logs Burris Tire Feature action, Matthew Veihdeffer won his third Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Feature while Jorden Peters won his Club high 10th Feature of 2012 in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

When the racing concluded and points tabulated, three first time Champions in 2012 include Kyle Phillips in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division, Eric Veihdeffer in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 and Jordan Cosco in the Superior Petro Fuels Junior Restricted Divisions.

Jorden Peters earned his second straight title in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division. The Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Division was not in competition.

Brian’s Tire Repair Autograph Night at Merrittville

August 31st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario–Brian’s Tire Repair Night at Merrittville Speedway finds one of the biggest supporters of local racers through all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions presenting the 2012 Championship Chase Finale in Saturday September 1st’s Family Autograph Night.

“Race fans are in for a real treat,” exclaims (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there is lots to settle throughout the top 12 in each division and prior to all the feature excitement – we’ll also have a real fan favorite event . Autograph Night!”

The 50 lap John Spencer Memorial Event for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified has Larry Lampman Jr. as the defending Race Winner in an event that honors John Spencer – a driver that lost his life back in the 50′s as a result of a racing accident at the former Stamford Race Track.

A winner’s list from the modern era includes Pete Bicknell, Fred Carleton, Chad Brachmann, Mike Bowman and defending Winner Lampman. The original annual trophy also includes former winners Jerry Winger, Murray Stricker, Bruce Van Dyke, George Winger, Bill Rafter, Sandy MacPherson and Lloyd Holt.

Three drivers could almost miss the night and still win their respective Point Championships as Cody McPherson appears to have his first Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Title wrapped up – leading his cousin BJ Willard by 76 points.

Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder defending champion Rocco Conte leads Tony Kelly by 80 points while former Hoosier Stock Champion Rob Murray leads his stepson Brad Sheehan by 111 points.

In the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Pete Bicknell leads runner up Mat Williamson by 26 points while in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites – Josh Sliter holds a 34 point edge on Derek Wagner.

Both drivers have a chance at their first titles but it will all depend on where they finish and most importantly – where the point leaders are.

If you look at each of the point races by clicking on http://speednetdirect.com/points.php?track_id=8430

&nav_step=results you will see that through all the divisions some shuffling could go on as drivers look to advance in the standings . hold their positions or maybe bump someone out of the Top 12 for the all important Point Fund Awards being handed out at the Awards Banquet.

You really couldn’t ask for a better Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Show . but wait . there’s more!

During the course of the evening – all of Merrittville’s race teams will assemble on the front stretch for an Autograph Session. The gates at the start finish line will open and race fans of all ages can take part.

Every driver will have custom autograph cards to sign for you and many will have special treats for younger race fans as well!

It’s all part of Brian’s Tire Night at Merrittville Speedway.

Brian’s Tire Repairs specializes in Large Truck Repairs of Domestic and Foreign Vehicles. Call their 24 Hour Emergency Service number at 905-646-7508 for mobile service or visit their newly expanded and renovated St. Catharines location at 3 Petrie Street for all your Tire needs for cars and trucks. You can also visit Brian’s Tire Repair on line at

http://www.brianstirerepair.com/

When the gates open at 5:30 Saturday September 1st – the grandstand front gate area should have quite a display of race cars as Team Brian’s Tire is well represented throughout all divisions Saturday Nights and in Kart Racing Tuesday Nights as well. Showtime is 7:00

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Brian’s Tire Repair Championship Chase Finale featuring the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial and Autograph Night – visit . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer of maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Veihdeffer Returns to Victory Lane at Merrittville Winning Second Feature of Season

August 29th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action at Merrittville Speedway August 28th saw some exciting feature finishes with Matthew Veihdeffer returning to KC Auto Parts Victory Lane after running to his 2nd win of the season in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, Alex Riley held off a last lap challenge to win his 5th Feature of the season in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division as did Chase Kish to win his 7th Feature of 2012 in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division.

In other Burris Tire Feature action, Chase Kish and Joshua Hansen also became 5 and 7 time winners after taking the checkered flags in their Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Divisions.

Finally, the final event of August closed with Jorden Peters taking home his 9th Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Feature Victory.

The Casell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class was not in competition.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday September 4th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

New Event and New Start Time For Grantham Lions Smash-O-Rama Accelerated by Niagara College at Merrittville

August 28th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – With Merrittville Speedway’s final 2012 Event less than two weeks away comes two announcements concerning Sunday September 9th’s Grantham Lions Smash-o-Rama accelerated by Niagara College.

“We have pushed the start time to 1:00 PM . it makes the inspection process a lot smoother with the extra time,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” and the Backwards Enduro that we added race day to last year’s event – is back with us this year.”

The Pit Gates will open as scheduled at 9 PM and Enduro competitors are encouraged to arrive as early as possible for inspections. The Grandstands will open at 11:00. Driver and Scorer Meeting times will be announced at a later date.

Once the 100 lap Enduro is completed, drivers that have cars that are still in working order can enter the Backwards Enduro which will have an Entry Fee of $25.00 payable anytime with the purse based on the number of entries with a 75% payback to a maximum of 5 positions.

“With the additional entry fee – drivers can run their cars in the new event or another driver can step in,” added Bicknell-Jones, “or maybe some would just like to run the Backwards Race on it’s own – we are thinking it will be a 25 lap event.”

The Grantham Lions Enduro accelerated by Niagara College breaks it all down as it brings a speedy end to 2012 and blows your mind with a high octane blast of hard turns and twisted metal. Enduro Racing is part SCIENCE, part STUNT, part INFO-TAINMENT and always 100% ADRENALINE and OUTRAGEOUS FUN

Now’s the time to push up your sleeves . get your hands dirty as cars will be jacked up, busted apart and pushed to their limits and beyond. You’ll crash, skid, swerve, slam, and demolish your way through the final event of the 61st Season.

“It’s pretty basic,” adds Bicknell-Jones, ” it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races.”

The Event also includes Monster Trucks – After Shock and Krazy Train.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including Enduro Racing visit . www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or
maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC
Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Sportsman Final Point Event Winner at Merrittville

August 25th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Last Season on the day Bill Willard Senior would have turned 94 – his great grandson Cody McPherson won the annual Sterling Silver Award at Merrittville Speedway, an award established by former racer Ken Walsh honoring the racing pioneer.

2012 is the 23rd edition of the Sterling Silver Award and of all the previous winners – Greg Panunte (1995), Brandon Easey (2008, 2010) and McPherson are the only drivers still active in the division. The Larry Czinege we see today is the son of former Champion and 2 time Sterling Silver Trophy Winner Larry Czinege Sr.

The Sterling Silver Award is an annual award created by former Sportsman Competitor Ken Walsh in 1990 after the St. Catharines resident got his start in racing and had so much help from Bill Willard Senior. Walsh’s efforts honor the memory of area racing pioneer Bill Willard Senior.

Beginning in the 1950′s the Willard family got its start in the local racing scene when Bill Willard Senior quickly became an accomplished car owner for drivers including Don Taylor, Bev MacTavish, Stan Friesen, George Winger and Terry Edwards while at the same time providing towing service through Willard & Son Towing which is now CAA Niagara.

Fast forward to the 1970′s and the cars Bill Sr. and his son Al would own and maintain would be those driven by the family’s third generation . Bill Willard and later his sister Tammy. Today Bill’s son BJ sits in third behind his cousin – current Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Point Leader Cody McPherson in the overall standings.

Showtime Saturday August 25th is at 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Sterling Silver Award for the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman -visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway
.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Addition of Box Car Races Builds Excitement for Pen Centre’s Final Big Food Big Fun Family Pack Night at Merrittville

August 24th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – It’s the end of August and young families from across Niagara are racing around getting ready to go back to school. A visit to the Pen Centre – Niagara’s largest shopping destination which features 180 stores and services and one million square feet of shopping fun is a must for all the hottest new fashions.

Also a must is a visit to Merrittville Speedway when the Pen Centre presents a night of racing fun Saturday August 25th. The Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event will definitely provide some HOT dirt track excitement with just two ‘point’ events left in the 2012 Season before the huge International Championship Triple Header Finale Weekend presented by J&S
Heating and Air Conditioning, the Grantham Lions and Niagara College.

Drivers in all divisions will be racing for every point they can get as they try to hold their own in the Championship Chase . or advance positions.

“Merrittville had a few seasons completed when the Pen was built as an outside strip mall,” remarks (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” since we were there with the Spring Race Car Show they have been building excitement with a new style and new spirit.”

Just before the kids race back to school they will get to race at Merrittville with the rescheduling of the Meridian Credit Union Kids Club Box Car Races from Saturday August 11th.

Box car racing affords the opportunity for all kids to race on the front-stretch of the d-shaped oval with very little cost or work. All you need is a box . put a hole in the top for their body to fit through . paint and decorate it like your favorite race car and you’re ready to race.

Kids wishing to enter the Box Car Races can find all the rules and regulations at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/meridiankids.htm

The Pen Centre is Niagara’s largest shopping destination, featuring 180 stores and services and one million square feet of shopping fun. The Pen Centre is home to the most popular national stores and brands like Aeropostale, American Eagle, the Bay, H&M, HomeSense, Old Navy, Sears, SportChek, Winners and Zellers.

In 2011, the Pen Centre embarked on a $13 million renovation of the mall’s common area to create a brighter, refreshed and greener shopping experience. The environmentally and shopper-friendly redesign was inspired by Niagara’s vineyards, parks, gardens and trails.

Be sure to visit the newly renovated Pen Centre. It’s BOLD, BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL.

The Pen Centre is located at HWY 406 and Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines and Store Hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:30 to 6:00 and on Sundays from Noon to 6 PM. For further information visit www .thepencentre.com.

The MT Bellies BIG Food and BIG Fun Family Pack Promotion ends in a BIG Way on August 25th, when the final 2012 MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Family Packs will be available. Two Adults and Two Children under 16 can get Grandstand Admission Tickets . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn – all for a special price of just $40.

Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies – a $100 value!. Race fans and race teams can visit MT Bellies at their 871 Niagara Street location in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com.

Whether your season is winding down as well . or about to start up – wear your Team Jersey for FREE Grandstand admission – whether it’s ball hockey . baseball . football . soccer . lacrosse . basketball . ice hockey and any minor sport in between !

Gates open at 5:30 Saturday August 25th – Showtime is 7:00. For further information call 905-685-7223.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Saturday 25th’s Pen Centre Night, MT Bellies Big FOOD Big FUN Family Pack Nights, Minor Sport Night and more – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway
.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Cosco Keeps Win Streak Going at Merrittville

August 23rd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway again welcomed Jordan Cosco after the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Driver won his 9th Feature of the 2012 Season – his 8th straight win Tuesday August 21st in the Thorold facility’s Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series assisted by the Meridian Credit Union. Making his first visit of the season to the winner’s circle was Chris Watson in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

Brothers Carter and Chase Kish both won their features for their cousin Braeden Kish who was involved in a crash in his second heat. Carter won his 4th Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Feature – the same division where Braeden has won 7 times to date in 2012. Chase won his 6th Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature. On behalf of all of it’s Kart Teams and families – Merrittville Speedway would like to wish Braeden a speedy recovery.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional Action, Joshua Hansen also became a 6 time winner after taking the checkered flag in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division while Eric Veihdeffer rounded out the Burris Tire Feature Winners – taking home his 7th Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 Feature. The Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Division was not in competition.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday August 28th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Triple Crown Finale Featured in Avondale Foods Night at Merrittville

August 17th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- Before the Big Dogs take to the track for the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Finale August 18th at Merrittville Speedway – the Avondale Food Stores sponsored event will see Big Dogs . Little Dogs and all breeds in between have their own time in front of the crowd at the Thorold DIRTcar facility.

Race Fans and Race Teams alike are encouraged to bring along their dogs for the annual Best Appearing Dog Contest prior to feature action for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions.

“For many of us in the stands and in the pits,” relays (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “racing is a family sport and that family includes a dog it’s their night to join in the fun and not be left home.”

During intermission, the front-stretch will resemble a Dog Park with the staging of a Best Appearing Dog Contest with some great prizes up for grabs.

For several seasons the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders have enjoyed a race within the season long points. In 2011, Rob Overholt took home his first Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Title.

The mini-series opened on CAA Night with Rocco Conte taking the opener. The second event on Semenuk’s Esso & Archer Truck Services Night also had Conte in Victory Lane.

In the Triple Crown standings going into the event, Conte leads Kyle Pelrine with Tony Kelly 43 points out of top spot. Overholt and Greg Wilson close out the Top 5.

In addition to the Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Finale . Avondale Food Stores Night features the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites with their point races heating up as the Championship Chase winds down.

Turn 4 Collision specializes in complete collision service for all makes and models in addition to minor repairs. Call 905-687-4142 for a free estimate or visit Turn 4 at Unit 51- 113 Cushman Road in St. Catharines.

With 120 locations throughout the Peninsula – Avondale Food Stores are pleased to serve the community.

From it’s start offering milk delivery to local St. Catharines households in 1932 from the family farm on Stewart Road – the still family owned company has been in the convenience store business for now 47 years in 2012.

Do you remember glass milk bottles . and horse and wagon delivery?.

Each Avondale Food Store offer a variety of services such as faxing, photocopying, phone cards, Western Union Money Transfers, ABM Service, a varied selection of grocery items at low prices, coffee, slush, Freal Milkshakes and many other convenience items.

Enjoy the last days of summer by picking up some cool treats at your local Avondale.

To find an Avondale Food Store location near you – visit www.avondalefoodstores.com. While you’re there – check out all the savings in their on line flyer or click on http://www.avondalestores.com/August%20 &%20September%202012.pdf for extra value everyday.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Cocp’s 8th Feature Win Is His 7th Straight in Merrittville Karting

August 16th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway continues to welcome familiar faces after August 14th as the 2012 Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series assisted by the Meridian Credit Union returned to action fighting off a mid afternoon storm in the process.

Leading the way was Jordan Cosco who ran to his 7th straight Feature Win in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division. Cosco’s career record is actually 8 in a row after he missed a week due to a school trip. Two other drivers also won their 7th events of the season – Braeden Kish in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Eric Veihdeffer in the Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 Divisions respectively.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, Chase Kish and Joshua Hansen both won their 5th Features in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 and RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Divisions.

Burris Tire Feature action closed out with Corey Bodman winning his second Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Feature.

The Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class was not in competition on the night.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday August 21st. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Top 3 Spots Locked in for Merrittville’s Grantham Lions 100

August 15th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- It’s less than a month away and counting down. Count yourself in when Merrittville Speedway’s 61st season comes to a crashing end with the 100 lap Grantham Lions Club Ironman Enduro accelerated by Niagara College – Sunday September 9th.

“It’s pretty basic,” adds Bicknell, ” it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races.”

There is plenty of time for you to put your Enduro Car together . maybe it’s time to lay a summer time beating down on your winter beater . someone you know may have a wreck they want to get rid of or check out the latest Smart Shopper or your local automotive recycler to get yourself a ride. If you’re on the fence and would like to see what it looks like from the driver’s seat . check out some in car video from Jack Myers in last month’s final Qualifier by clicking on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co7pqW9mnSs
&feature=autoshare

But remember this . there could be as many as three times the number of cars on the track in the 100. In last year’s 100 lap Enduro – Brian Hardy was another first time winner of the event and although he started in 18th spot, former two time winner Dave Bogusat came from 28th spot to win his first and took home his second from a 50th starting spot. Back in 2006 – it was Dan McNeil in Victory Lane after starting 62nd.

So really – it really doesn’t matter where you start – its where and more importantly if you finish. Especially for three drivers.

Starting with the Zavitz Financial Strategies & ZFS Benefit Solutions Victoria Day Event May 21st, Ken McLeod won. Max Chechalk won the June 30th Boltworks Piller’s $1.00 Hot Dog Night while in the recent Miller’s Auto Recyclers Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College – Lee Hils came home out front.

McLeod, Chechalk and Hils will all be eligible for a $500 Bonus – provided that either one comes home # 1 in the 100.

“Niagara College continues to be # 1 in student satisfaction,” boasts Bicknell-Jones, adding, “and we are thrilled they are accelerating our Enduros.”

Should none of the three drivers win the 100 lap event – the $500 will still be given away via a draw of starting positions.

“Preregistering can have it’s benefits,” reminds Bicknell-Jones, “anyone that enters the 100 by September 1st – will be eligible for a chance at one of 10 $50 bonuses if it’s given away that way and drivers are reminded that their Roof Fins will be available from the Speedway Office after September 1st as well.” And that’s what happened the last two years – 10 drivers that registered before the deadline were awarded $50 each through a post race draw.

There’s nothing like Enduro Racing . drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of the regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts. Enduro Racing at Merrittville was quite prevalent many years ago and made a return in 2004. While former Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified competitor Dan Miller won that event, second year winner Dave Walters as well as Dan MacNeil, Bogusat and last year’s winner Brian Hardy have only Enduro experience.

Enduro Rules for the season ending 100 lap event are available from the Speedway office during the week or on line from
www.merrittvillespeedway.com. In the 100 lap event Sunday September 9th, the winner will receive $1,000 with $400, $300, $200 and $100 going to the balance of the top 5. The 100 lap event is open to both Men and Women.

The Speedway Office is open for registrations Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 PM in addition to Saturdays in each August Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event. Registration fee up to September 1st is $50 and after it becomes $75. Competitors in the 100 must supply a scorer and the scorer is included in the Registration Fee.

On Sunday September 9th – the Pits will open at 9 AM for Car Inspections. Grandstands will open at 11.

For further information on Enduro Racing at Merrittville Speedway visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book
(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Kids Box Car Races Featured in CMH Sales and Leasing Help a Child Smile Night at Merrittville

August 10th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -It’s hard to believe that Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Schedule is well into August for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions. That means that a yearly favourite event for younger race fans – especially members of the Meridian Credit Union Kids Club is up next when CMH Sales & Leasing presents Box Car Races – Saturday August 11th.

“No doubt many have already started on their rides and believe me . the kids are quite creative,” prides (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “or they could use one of the boxes we have at the track . we’ll have 3 age groups and one entry will be picked as best of show!”

Box car racing affords the opportunity for all kids – not just the members of the 2012 Kids Club to race on the front-stretch of the d-shaped oval with very little cost or work. All you need is a box . put a hole in the top for their body to fit through . paint and decorate it like your favorite race car and you’re ready to race.

For 2012′s event once again . parents will become more involved as the children start at one end of the track, run to a predetermined point where their adult crew member is waiting. The crew member takes a shoe off, puts the shoe back on – simulating a pit stop with a tire change.

Once the pit work is completed, the child runs back to the original starting point with the winners receiving a trophy.

“This is a great chance for the parent and child to work together,” adds Kid’s Club Director Mike Barnett, “they can build their box together and then work together in the race . we saw some great team and strategy last season for sure.”

“It’s shaping up to be quite a night,” boasts Bicknell-Jones, “our 5 stock car divisions . and the kid’s races . if there’s a night not to miss this season – it’s this one!.”

Kids wishing to enter the Box Car Races can find all the rules and regulations at the Speedway Office during the week . at the Novelty Trailer during events or by clicking on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/meridiankids.htm

CMH Sales & Leasing is your Niagara based Used Car Superstore!

CMH’s dedicated sales staff and top-trained technicians will make your auto shopping experience fun, easy and financially advantageous. With over 180 used cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans in stock – CMH is your premier retailer of pre-owned vehicles, serving the Niagara region for over 18 years.

CMH Leasing has helped it’s customers with credit problems acquire reliable transportation and re-establish their credit.

CMH Sales & Leasing is located at 169 Hartzel Road in St. Catharines. Visit their location, call 905-641-8779 or on line at cmhniagara.com where a variety of online resources will put you in your ideal car, truck or SUV today!

Prior to Saturday’s big event for the younger race fans – there will be a very limited number of boxes and sets of wheels available in the Kids Club Area behind the Grandstand Area.

Racing action will feature action in all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions including the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds as the points races are heating up.

Gates open at 5:30 – Showtime is at 7:00.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the CMH Help a Child Smile Kids Box Car Races – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on
ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway
.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for Merrittville Speedway’s only Sunday Show of 2012 when the Grantham Lions presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1000 to win 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College and the Freestyle Monster Truck Show featuring Aftershock and Krazy Train. It all begins at 12 Noon!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at .
and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry. Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Bowman 1st Merrittville Regular to Win Big Block Modified Super Dirtcar Series 100 Since at 1992

August 8th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario– The last time a Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Driver won a Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Main Event was in the 1992 Edition of what is now the Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial. Ron Smoker only led a ¼ lap – from Turn 4 to the Checkered Flag to beat the Big Block of Brett Hearn with his 358.

In 2012’s edition local hometown hero Mike Bowman came home the winner in his Ryco-sponsored # 71 in the 100 lap Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial presented by L. St. Amand Enterprises. Bowman’s convincing Monday August 6th Victory saw him lead the entire 100 lap distance – raising the bar for local drivers in the 3rd Annual Tribute Event to St. Amand – a former Modified Point Champion and Point Steward who passed in 2009.

Bowman was followed by Matt Sheppard who had won the last 3 Civic Holiday Monday Classics with another Merrittville regular Mat Williamson in third. Former winner Jimmy Phelps and Billy Dunn closed out the top 5. The Hoosier Stocks were also on the card with another Home Track Event in their Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks with Rob Murray leading the entire 25 lap distance as well.

For the complete story on Bowman’s 100 lap Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Victory – click on &id=681:aug-6-mville-live-updates&catid=68:frontpage-featured-tabs> &view=article&id=681:aug-6-mville-live-updates&catid=68:frontpage-featured-tabs for DIRTcar NE PR Coordinator Julia Foy’s report.

Once again, L. St. Amand Enterprises and the St. Amand Family would like to thank their suppliers, customers, race fans and race teams that supported the event including the following companies – Performance Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Matco Tools, NORTRAX, Family Recreation Centre, Niagara Industrial Supplies, 406 Auto Parts, Ken Cosgrove Auto Repair and Machine, Niagara Motors, Seaway Fluid Power Group, Green Horizons Hamilton Sod, Niagara Battery & Tire, Niagara Drivetrain, Sunrise Café, George Darte Funeral Chapel, Turn 4 Collision, Jim’s Service Centre, B&C Truck Centre, Overhead Door, Brian’s Tire Repair, Nick’s Truck Parts, Racer’s Classifieds, Parkview Truck Equipment, McDougall Energy, Midas Hartzell Road, Astro Transmission, Ed Learn Ford Lincoln, L. St. Amand Enterprises, Platinum Grafx, Raco Auto Supply, and Apple Auto Glass.

For a complete listing of Lap Sponsors for the 100 lap Big Block Super DIRTcar Series visit – read=3450> &action=display&thread=3450

There were a number of special awards as well that included the St. Amand Family awarded $250 Bonuses for the top Big Block and Small Block at lap 30 which went to Australian Peter Britten and Bowman. Britten also took home another $250 as winner of the Top Big and Small Block Time Trial Dash. The Hard Charger of the Event was Chad Chevalier, Bill Bleich (Hard Luck Award), Ken Cosgrove (First Car Out), Tyler Siri (Wild Card) all received Cash Awards. Fred Carleton, Cosgrove and Scott Wood advanced from the Merrittville Drivers only B Main with Shayne Pierce and Dave Small also receiving $ 200. Bowman took home another $200 from Norm Ellsworth and Turn 4 Collision for being the first 358 Modified across the line.
With Humber Nurseries adding $500 to the Hoosier Stock 25 lap Home Track Duel on the Dirt Event, Rob Murray took the lead at the start with fellow front row starter Chris Crawford keeping pace until a lap 3 caution slowed the event. Murray regained top spot on the restart until a second caution slowed the field after Jim Lampman lost control at the start finish line after losing a left rear tire.

With Murray out front once again, Crawford again kept pace with the two starting out side by side until Murray edged ahead. Crawford now faced a challenge from Brad Sheehan with the leader’s step son taking second by lap 10 before a third caution on lap 12.

Murray once again had the advantage on the restart ahead of Sheehan with Crawford, Ken Sargent and Pete Reid almost 3 wide for third to the halfway point.

Murray and Sheehan would pull away to about a 10 car lead on the field by lap 15 with the two leaders coming up on slower cars by lap 20. In the final laps, Sheehan was right on Murray’s bumper but at the finish Murray was a car length ahead. “Bob was an amazing man … so it’s quite special to win on the night we remember him,” the thoughts of Murray in Victory Lane. Murray and Sheehan were followed by Pete Reid, James Thompson and Ken Sargent.

The Hoosier Stock Division also were also beneficiaries of Cash Bonuses and Awards. For a complete listing of Hoosier Stock Lap Sponsors visit read=3511> &action=display&thread=3511.

Aaron Wiley received the Rookie of the Race Award while James Thompson received the Hard Charger Award.
Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Final Chance to Enter Grand Marshall Draw at Merrittville

August 5th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Week in and week out every Saturday Night . Merrittville Speedway’s Race Fans are some of the best around!

It’s unfortunate that only one can be selected as the 2012 Grand Marshall for the Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Big Block Super DIRTcar Series 100 lap Main Event – one final chance to enter takes place this evening . Saturday August 4th when Miller’s Auto Recycling presents a Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series featuring the 50 Lap David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale . the Stars North Tour for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College – not to forget the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and the Hoosier
Stocks!

Monday August 6th’s Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial has been a fan favorite event since it’s first running in 1972 and this year’s edition should be the best yet.

When Race Fans arrive when the gates open at 4:00 here are just some of the pre-race activities already in place: Part of their 105 days of summer . 105.1 Ed FM representatives will be on hand. Tune your head to Ed for the 80′s . 90′s . & Whatever else!

Merrittville’s Ultimate Race Event will play host to Pepsi’s Ultimate Taste Challenge. As they are each and every week . the Thorold Blackhawks 406 Auto Parts 50-50 Draws feature some of the best odds to win in Niagara while supporting the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Club. June 30th’s Boltworks visit of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints saw one lucky fan take home more than $3,000 – Monday Night’s Winner has to be better than that for sure!

If you miss out on $10 Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner Tickets which become still a reasonable $12 after August 4th . you can still enjoy the selection of freshly prepared Food Items in Merrittville Speedway’s Grandstand Concessions!

Many Merrittville Race Fans enjoy their favorite Molson Coors beverage in Dipper’s Turn 1 Bar behind the Turn 1 Grandstands. Monday August 6th’s event will see a Molson Coors promotion set up where you could win great prizes!

Somewhere in all of this . our friends from Blast Entertainment will be set up cranking out your favorite tunes!

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and
Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at .
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Miller’s Auto Recyclers Night Kicks off Holiday Doubleheader at Merrittville with 3 Series Events

August 4th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway Season Ticket Holders will have a lot of friends prior to Saturday August 4th’s Holiday Double-header opener at Merrittville Speedway.

But they can only bring one guest to the Miller’s Auto Recyclers event that features the 50 lap David Chevrolet King of Crates Series Finale that will pay the winner $1,000. Another Stars North Tour Stop for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the 3rd Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College will highlight the night with regular events for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks rounding out the 5 Division Special.

“It’s great that we have paired up two of our newest partners in such a BIG way,” said (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “the 50 lap King of the Crates Finale . the Stars North Tour and the Enduro Qualifier plus the Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks – you really can’t ask for a better way to kick off the Holiday Weekend!”

In the first two round of the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series – it has been all Cody McPherson who has won both events to date. McPherson holds a comfortable 26 point lead over Gary Lindberg with Brandon Easey three points behind him in third.

Lindberg and Easey each have won the last two events leading up to the 50 lapper and both and others should provide some excitement trying to keep McPherson from sweeping the Series’ events.

In the first Stars North Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Shawn Sliter came home the winner but after recently selling his car – will he jump into one of the family-owned cars?

One final Series Event will lock in third starting spot for Sunday September 9th’s 100 lap Enduro as Ken McLeod and Max Chechalk have the two front row spots after winning the two earlier Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifiers accelerated by Niagara College earlier this year.

Miller’s Auto Recycling is one of Ontario’s largest, state of the art; family owned and operated automotive recycling facilities. Located on 45 acres, Miller’s Auto is a certified auto recycler and has been successfully answering the needs and providing solutions to the Automotive and Insurance industry since 1952.

Millers has a large section of rebuildable vehicles and a wide variety of used cars, trucks and SUVs and offers mechanical repair and collision repair facilities. Miller’s Auto Recycling has the largest selection of used parts for cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs in southern Ontario serving professionals and do it yourself mechanics alike.

Miller’s is there for all your automotive needs, whether it’s keeping you on the road, or responsibly handling your car when it comes off the road, Miller’s is your environmentally sensitive certified automotive facility.

For your all your recycled automotive parts or rebuildable vehicles call Millers toll free at 1-800-263-8104 or visit their location in Fort Erie – 1557 Bowen Road at the QEW or www.millersauto.com.

Home of the Bow Tie – David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC has been voted the #1Dealer for new and used vehicles.

At David Chevrolet you will find friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are guided by a relentless focus on superior customer service, honesty and delivering the highest value to our customers. David Chevrolet is committed to building relationships that will last generations.

Visit their dealership at 915 Niagara Street in Welland. On line at www.davidchev.com you can search new inventory, request quotes on service and repairs, body shop and parts.

David Chevrolet offers an extensive inventory of genuine GM Performance parts and accessories. To place your order call 888-682-8140.

Showtime Saturday July 28th is at 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30. For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including Miller’s Auto Recyclers King of the Crates Series Finale powered by David Chevrolet and the Stars North Tour and Enduro Qualifier – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Excitement Building as Final Chance to be Big Block Grand Marshall at Merrittville Before Draw this Saturday Night

August 1st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- Boogity . Boogity . boogity . the Big Blocks are returning to Merrittville Speedway and it will be up to one lucky race fan to unleash the excitement.

When Miller’s Auto Recyclers opens Merrittville Speedway’s Holiday Doubleheader Saturday August 4th with another David Chevrolet King of the Crates 50 lap $1,000 to win Sportsman Series Event and the final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier – Race Fans will have one last chance to enter the 2012 Grand Marshall Draw.

The Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRT Series Spectacular Monday August 6th needs a Grand Marshall to unleash the starting field by dropping the initial green flag . and that person could be you!

The countdown began on Modern Corporation’s Truck Show and Shine Night July 7th and continued all month leading up to this Saturday Night’s draw. To enter again or for the first time . Contest Ballots are available at the Grandstand Ticket Office when you purchase your Tickets. Fill it out and take it to the Novelty Trailer . it’s that simple.

One name will be picked from all the finalists and that lucky race fan will receive a special VIP package second to none that includes – 2 Tickets to the August 6th Bob St. Amand Memorial and 2 Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner Tickets that kicks off the special night.

Merrittville Speedway’s Grand Marshall will assist in the front stretch activities including the Draws for both the Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Event as well as the Big Block Re-draw.

When the field is set and the crowd is on the edge of their seats anticipating the 100 lap Main Event – it will be the Grand Marshall that turns them loose! Throughout the night, Merrittville Speedway’s Grand Marshall will also participate in Victory Lane Ceremonies with photos as a remembrance of the unique event.

Bob St. Amand Senior was Merrittville Speedway’s 1972 Modified Points Champion and was inducted into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee in 2002. When he retired from racing – he became Merrittville Speedway’s Pit Steward – a position he held right up to his passing in 2010.

In addition to the 100 lap Big Block Modified 100 lap event – the extravaganza will also feature a Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event. The event also features the famous Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner and tickets are now available at the discounted rate of $ 10 until Saturday August 4th – increasing to $12 after. Tickets are available in the Novelty Booth, the Bar and at the Registration Trailer in the Pits.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Can Sheppard Make it Four In a Row at Merrittville?

July 31st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -A lot of questions will be answered in one week’s time when Merrittville Speedway plays host to the 3rd annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100 lap Big Block Super DIRTcar Series on Monday August 6th – a presentation of L. St. Amand Enterprises.

The first one that comes to mind is – Can Matt Sheppard make it four in a row at the Thorold facility in 2012? Sheppard has two SDS Victories to date with the last one at Autodromme Drummond putting him one point ahead of Brett Hearn going into next week’s doubleheader. Sheppard won the 17th and final Trevor Wilkens Memorial and since the event has honored Bob St. Amand Sr. – has won both tributes so far. The only other driver in the event’s storied history to win 4 in a row – Alan Johnson from 2003 to 2006. Sheppard sure has to love Holiday Mondays in August at Merrittville!

Back on Monday May 21st Hearn showed how much he likes Holiday Mondays in May after winning his third straight 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series 100 . Will the Small Block SDS Win can he win win his first Big Block Series Event here in 20 years? His last was in 1991

Hearn appeared to have 1992′s edition all locked up if not for a last lap Turn 4 move by Merrittville’s own Ron Smoker to steal the win that year with a move that is still remembered today!

Matt Sheppard actually won last year’s event with his Small Block holding off Merrittville Regulars Chad Brachman, Larry Lampman and Mat Williamson.

Could one of these hometown heroes pull off the upset this year like Smoker did? You can’t count them out. You also have to keep an eye out as well for one of the hottest drivers in 2012 – Todd Gordon who just won his third of the
season and others like Pete Bicknel . Tim Jones . Travis Braun . Fred Carleton . Scott Wood or Tommy Flannigan who has competed in several Big Block SDS Events already leading into next week’s event.

In the Series’ only other visit to Ontario at the Cornwall Motor Speedway this season . Chris Raabe pulled off the upset with his Small Block. When you think of extra distance events at Merrittville . drivers you can’t count out are Lampman and Williamson . not to mention Mike Bowman. In about a month’s time when the Points conclude for the 61st season . Bowman has won the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial twice among other extra distance events and surely would to notch his second win of the season next Monday as would Chris Steele who also has visited Victory Lane once this season.

Finally . the 2012 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Points has former winner Jimmy Phelps, Billy Dunn and Danny Johnson as the Top 5 in points. Danny Johnson. Surely Johnson would like to get back in the win column at Merrittville
backing up his 2012 SDS Win at Canandaigua. He’s won the Big Block version 4 times.

The best way to see how this year’s story unfolds . be in your seat when the Gates Open at 4 PM for all the excitement Monday August 6th for the L. St. Amand Enterprises Extravaganza!

There’s nowhere on dirt that you will see 100 laps of feature in the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event!

The 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 6th is an event that Merrittville Speedway has hosted since 1972 – the year Bob ‘Sr.’ won his Modified Points Championship. Since that first event – the stars of DIRTcar Modified racing have challenged Merrittville’s talented field of hometown heroes in the
Canadian Civic Holiday Classic.

It has become a must see event on any race fan’s race schedule as race teams and race fans alike have come to enjoy the event and all that the surrounding Niagara Region has to offer. Located in the heart of one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world – the track is minutes from the roar of Niagara Falls with its world class casinos and attractions. The Niagara Peninsula is also the most well-known and developed wine region in Canada and North America. Race fans may also wish to make it a doubleheader and enjoy all the action of Saturday August 4th’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program hosted by Miller’s Auto Recyclers that features a $1000 to win David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Event for the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by
Niagara College.

Monday August 6th’s festivities begin with the famous pre-race Pasta Dinner hosted by Club Castropignano.

For Pasta Dinner Ticket and other Event Information – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning
www.merrittvillespeedway.com . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on
www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Still Time To Get Involved With Third Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial at Merrittville

July 29th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- If you have been following the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series in 2012 . you might now that the next event on the schedule is Monday August 6th when L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. 100.

Race fans and especially race teams will see quite an event presented by L. St. Amand Enterprises . friends of the family and the local business community all involved

“What can we say,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell, “the entire racing community has rallied around Bob’s family once again . it is shaping up to be the event of the summer!”

“It’s something he would liked to have been a part of,” prided Bob St. Amand Jr., “Merrittville drivers . and visitors alike . the drivers all meant so much to him . everyone in the family is doing their part.”

While the family-run company is sponsoring the event – it is inviting everyone to take on a challenge and participate in many rewarding levels that are available.

“We’re proud to announce that all laps have been sponsored,” reveals (Bob Sr.’s granddaughter Brooke St. Amand, “Amanda, Dana and I have managed to sell out all 100 Modified and the Hoosier Stocks as well.”

“With the event a little more than one week away there are limited sizes available in Bob Sr. T Shirts,” added Heather St. Amand, “you can pick yours up at the front gate leading up to race day while they last . there are also Bob St. Amand Memorial wrist bands available.”

“We are hoping to announce some exciting news for what we have in place for this year’s edition,” added Bob Jr., ” this includes the Last Chance Qualifier for our Merrittville Drivers – all the money we raise goes back to the drivers . we hope to exceed the $11,000 mark we reached last season!”

Bob St. Amand Senior was Merrittville Speedway’s 1972 Modified Points Champion and was inducted into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee in 2002.

When he retired from racing – he became Merrittville Speedway’s Pit Steward – a position he held right up to his passing in 2010.

In addition to the 100 lap Big Block Modified 100 lap event – the extravaganza will also feature a Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event.

The event also features the famous Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner and tickets are now available at the discounted rate of $ 10 until Saturday August 4th – increasing to $12 after. Tickets are available in the Novelty Booth, the Bar and at the Registration Trailer in the Pits.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

Hingston Metal Fabricators Night at Merrittville

July 27th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario — An action-packed Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series event at Merrittville Speedway will feature BIG Cars . LITTLE Cars . BIG Food . BIG Fun and a BIG Draw – all a presentation of Hingston Metal Fabricators – Saturday July 28th.

“Race fans can look forward to a great night of racing,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “combine it with our first Driver Sponsor Appreciation Night for all our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions . the MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night will definitely provide some BIG Excitement.”

Hingston Metal Fabricators Night will feature action in all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds. Hingston Metal Fabricators is celebrating over 55 years as a family-owned Custom Metal Fabricating Facility with over 20 skilled trades staff experienced in industrial/commercial steel fabricating, industrial air handling equipment and boiler components, stainless steel counter tops and catering equipment, full range of aluminum fabrication and welding as well as metal and non-metallic flexible connections.

Hingston Metal Fabricators specialize in flame cutting, custom punching, shearing, expansion joints (metal and fabric) sand blasting, press braking and aluminum and stainless steel welding. Hingston Metal Fabricators are the Canadian distributor for Korema Expansion Joints and are affiliated with Simple Sudz Natural Cream Cleaners and Pig Out Roasters.

For your next project give Hingston a call at 905- 682-8338 or visit their location at 490 Eastchester Avenue East in St. Catharines or on line at http://www.hingstonmetal.ca/

Hingston Metal Fabricators will present the third discounted Night Saturday July 28th with the Pen Centre Saturday August 25th Date closing out the year’s Family Nights. Niagara’s young families can expect another jam packed night with action and excitement Saturday July 28th with the final Saturday in July promising BIG FOOD BIG FUN and BIG SAVINGS.

Two Adults and Two Children under 12 can look forward to enjoying the Night’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn for a special price of just $40. That’s a BIG savings of $13.00 on each of the MT Bellies Big Food and Big Fun Family Fun Pack Nights if purchased separately. The deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies. In 2012 – the deal gets even BIGGER yet as part of Driver Sponsor Appreciation Night . one of our valued Race Team sponsors will be treated to Dinner for 4
as well!

Stop in for great grilled steaks, bustin’ out burgers, famous fajitas and many more local favorites at MT Bellies . located at 871 Niagara Street location in Welland. Stop in at MT Bellies on line at www.mtbellies.com or visit MT Bellies on Facebook to see what’s going on.

Showtime Saturday July 28th is at 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click onwww.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry. Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Wilson Win First Kart Race of 2012 at Merrittville

July 26th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed a new winner June 24th as rookie racer Brayden Wilson won his first Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division Feature of 2012 in Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action assisted by the Meridian Credit Union .

Braeden Kish and Eric Veihdeffer won their 5th Features in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 Divisions respectively. Two drivers also won their 6th events of the season – Kyle Phillips in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 and Jordan Cosco in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Divisions.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, Jorden Peters won his Club high 7th Feature in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

Novice Beginner Drivers Joey Usher and Joey Priestley were moved up to the Novice 1 Division and the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Division was not in completion.

Kart Teams should note that the next event is Wednesday August 1st and after a one week break – returns Tuesday August 14th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Race Teams Can Share in Big Food and Big Fun Sponsor Appreciation night at Merrittville

July 21st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams can look for some BIG Food and BIG Fun Saturday July 28th when Hingston Metal Fabricators Night features a Sponsor Appreciation Night. 2012 Member Drivers can purchase Grandstand Tickets for the final night in July in packages of 6 for $50.00 this coming Saturday Night in the
Registration Trailer to give to their team sponsors as a way to thanks for your support this season.

“While there are some race team sponsors that may not miss a night at Merrittville . there are probably some that have never seen their sponsored car in action,” questioned (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “little things can go a long way in building relationships and getting them to the track will help them feel more a part their team.” While regular Grandstand Attendees will once again have an opportunity to enjoy another MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Family Pack Discount Ticket Night and a chance to win Dinner for 4 at the Niagara Street Hot Spot – Race Team Sponsors with the Special Tickets will also be eligible for their own chance at the same prize.

“It’s a win-win for race teams and their sponsors,” added Bicknell-Jones, “you can treat your supporters to a night at the track . and they might invite you to dinner!” The Special Ticket Promotion is available to any Lucas Oil Weekly Racing
Series Division – Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds.

For great grilled steaks, bustin’ out burgers, famous fajitas and many more local favorites at MT Bellies – 871 Niagara Street in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com or visit MT Bellies on Face Book to see what’s going on. For further info on Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Race Team Sponsor Appreciation Promotion visit the Registration Trailer in the Pit Area Saturday July 21st or call 905-8921-8266.

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Semenuk’s Esso & Archer Truck Services to Present Second Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Event for 4 Cylinders at Merrittville

July 20th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Now well into the month of July at Merrittville Speedway, race fans have surely got their fill of Saturday Night DIRTcar Racing at the Thorold facility. Saturday July 21st finds the sponsor suite filled up with representatives from Semenuk’s Esso and Archer Truck Services for an event that promises a night full of on track
excitement featuring a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series – highlighted by the 2nd event in the 2012 Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series.

“It just seems like we were preparing for the Archer and Semenuks Night to open June. and just like that July is half over,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there’s lots of exciting action left however throughout all 5 Divisions as the 61st season continues!.”

As a lead in to the 20 lap featured event for the 4 Cylinders – a Turn 3 Collision set the stage for the middle round of the Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown.

Unfortunate contact between Jay Pietz and Rocco Conte on the final lap of July 14th’s Lucas Oil Nostalgia Night saw Evan Curtis drive around the two for the win. Conte won the Series Opener back on CAA Niagara Night

Conte is one of two drivers that you will meet when the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 as the Team Semenuk cars of Mat Williamson (Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified) and Conte will be on display.

After the first event, Conte leads 2011 Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Champion Rob Overholt by 6 points with Kyle Pelrine, Brandon Iudicianni and Tony Kelly all within 22 points of top spot.

Before or after the races you have to know too that you can get your fill of Gas . Diesel or Propane at Semenuk’s Esso – located just south of the Thorold track at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Hwy 20 at Turner’s Corners.

Semenuk’s Esso is one of the last remaining Full Service Gas Stations in the area – featuring Gas, Diesel and Propane at competitive prices. Having the closest ATM to the Speedway – it’s the one stop to make on your way to the track . on the way home and during the week as they carry many convenience items.

Archer Truck Services have been locally owned and operated since 1954 with locations in St. Catharines and Welland.

Each location features experienced and knowledgable staff serving your sales, service and parts needs with 24 hour Emergency and Mobile Maintenance Services available.

Archer Truck Services are a franchise dealer for International Trucks and are members of the North American Idealease Network.

The St. Catharines location at 26 Dunkirk Road is open Monday to Friday until 11 PM and from 8 to 12 for Parts only while the 475 Prince Charles Drive South location in Welland is open Monday to Friday 8 AM to 9 PM. After hours road side service is available by calling 905-651-9966.

Visit either Archer Truck Service location on line at or call 905-685-6532 or 905-735-6661.

Semenuk’s Esso Archer Truck Services Night at Merrittville Speedway begins when the Gates Open at 5:30. Showtime is 7PM. Further information is available by calling the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Seburn and Mattews Win First Kart Features at Merrittville

July 19th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed two first time Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series presented by the Meridian Credit Union Feature Winners July 17th – Wyatt Seburn and John Matthews – in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal
Divisions respectively.

Original Pizza Logs Divisional Action also saw Tucker Wood win his second Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Division Feature of 2012.

In other Burris Tire Feature action, Alex Riley won his 4th Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Feature while Kyle Phillips and Jordan Cosco both won their 5th Features in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 and Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Divisions.

The 10th event of the season also saw Joey Usher win for the 6th time in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner Division.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 24th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00

L.ST Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions Kick Off 61st Anniversary Celebration at Merrittville

July 14th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – The Lucas Oil Slick Mist Family of Car Care products are set to assist Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee in welcoming back many old friends Saturday July 14th when the Thorold track celebrates it’s 61st Anniversary Season.

Once again hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee headed by Chairmen Rick Kavanagh, the night salutes 60 years of dirt racing excitement at one of Canada’s oldest race tracks in addition to the 22nd Inductions into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame.

“Slick Mist out performs the competition,” acknowledges (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “with the Jerry Winger Memorial set for 50 laps . the winner will surely have to shine as well.”

The Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds will be featured in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Main Event along with regular events for Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders plus Vintage Cars.

“As we start the race into the next 60 years” anticipates Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh, “we look forward to meeting with our former drivers and alumni . to catch up and reminisce and take a look back at how the race cars were back in the day . we couldn’t do it without them and our partners . Lucas Oil . CAA Niagara . Auto FX and Big Red Market.”

The Merrittville Speedway L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame includes Jeno Begolo, Ivan Little, Bill Willard, Sr., Don Ledingham, Bruce Swartz, Bryant Irvine, Bruce VanDyke, Bob Davidson Sr., George Treanor, Gordy Wilson, Stan Friesen, Kurt Uhl, Ray Stevens, Wimpy Nicholls, Fred Hurst, Murray Stricker, Bob St. Amand Sr., Tommy Cook, Bill Rafter, Terry Edwards,
Jack Munn, George Winger, Jerry Winger, Jimmy Binks, Ed Ortiz, Harvey Hainer Sr., Orville Kelley, Davey Moore, Mike Zajac, Cam Gagliardi, Bob MacPherson, Jack Gatecliffe, Ken Kavanagh, Bill Russell, John Marino, George Cullen, Mel Swart, Henry Shivak, Lyndon Wood, the Deagle Brothers – Denny, Don and Larry, Hughie Tripp, Harvey Hainer, Jr. Tammy Willard, Dave Halliwell, Gary Saunders, Howard Disher, Doug Gordon, Alan Willard, Bob Hatt and the 60th Anniversary Inductees Chris Ricker, Bill Willard, Jr., and Bobby Fisher.

The Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers – Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw and Terry Huffman as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member.

The Reunion Committee has made their selections for the 2012 Wall of Fame and like since the start – each year’s honorees do not find out until Reunion night.

A huge part of the night is all the reminiscing that takes place in celebration of the track’s now 61 consecutive seasons. The Drivers of the past enjoy meeting with the fans of today – many that can remember the early days of the sport. Just as drivers today can be second or third generation, so too are some fans.

L. St. Amand Enterprises will continue to be in the spotlight as presenters of the Wall of Fame Inductions. L. St. Amand Enterprises has 2 major divisions including Landscape Supply and the Auto & Truck division.
Specializing in all aspects of Landscape Supply & Service, they offer an excavating, trucking and backhoe service and complete landscape installations. In addition to lawn maintenance programs they carry complete lines of specialty garden soils and mulches, stone, sand, natural stone, precast walls and interlocking brick in any quantity available for pick up
or delivery. A bulk material spreader service that allows the material to be put where it is needed is available. Flatbed and forklift services are also available. Their other focus is in complete auto and truck repairs on all makes and models including fleets. They are an accredited Drive Clean Emissions Test and Repair Centre that also offers Safety and CVOR Safety Inspections in addition to minor or major repairs from tune-ups, brake and electrical repairs. Their licensed mechanics also offer Front end and alignment services.

For further information visit their location at 130 Bunting Road in St. Catharines or call 905-682-1132.

L St. Amand Enterprises has had a long association with area racing dating back to 1958. Bob St. Amand Sr. was the Modified Point Champion himself in 1972 and was inducted into the Wall of Fame in 2002.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Saturday July 14th’s Lucas Oil Nostalgia Night featuring the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50, the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions and more – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 at Merrittville Celebrates 61st Season

July 13th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – The Lucas Oil Slick Mist Family of Car Care products are set to assist Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee in welcoming back many old friends Saturday July 14th when the Thorold track celebrates it’s 61st Anniversary Season.

Once again hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee headed by Chairmen Rick Kavanagh, the night salutes 61 years of dirt racing excitement at one of Canada’s oldest race tracks in addition to the 22nd Inductions into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame.

“Lucas Slick Mist out performs the competition,” acknowledges (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “with the Jerry Winger Memorial set for 50 laps . the winner will surely have to shine as well.”

In the 61st Anniversary Season, the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds will be featured in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Main Event along with regular events for Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders plus Vintage Cars.

“As we race towards the 65th” anticipates Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh, “we look forward to meeting with our former drivers and alumni . to catch up and reminisce and take a look back at how the race cars were like back in the day . we couldn’t do it without them and our partners . Lucas Oil . CAA Niagara . Auto FX and Big Red Market.”

The Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers – Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw and Terry Huffman as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member.

The Reunion Committee has made their selections for the 2012 Wall of Fame and like since the start – each year’s honorees do not find out until Reunion night.

A huge part of the night is all the reminiscing that takes place in celebration of the track’s now 61 consecutive seasons. The Drivers of the past enjoy meeting with the fans of today – many that can remember the early days of the sport. Just as drivers today can be second or third generation, so too are some fans.

Lucas Car Care products feature high performance Slick Mist Speed Wax, Interior Detailer and Tire and Trim Shine.

Lucas Oil Slick Mist is a polymer paint gloss intensifier that can be used as a traditional wax, quick detail spray or spray it on your vehicle between rinsing and drying for the easiest polish job ever. Slick Mist outperforms the competition and will have your finish slicker and shinier than any product on the market, with long lasting protection. You and Slick Mist can give any machine an extreme gloss fast!

Lucas Slick Mist Interior Detailer and Tire and Trim Shine are both environmentally friendly products exclusively formulated by Lucas Oil. Slick Mist Interior Detailer Spray is designed to clean and protect like nothing you’ve ever used and both will leave your interior, tires and trim with a long lasting “like new” look and shine!

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives .Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Lucas Oil Products was established by Forrest Lucas in 1989 in the United States and wasn’t introduced in Canada until 1997.

Race fans can look for Lucas Oil Products on line at either www.lucasoil.ca.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Jerry Winger Memorial and Nostalgia Night – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee is preparing to host Nostalgia Night 2012 Saturday July 14th with Lucas Oil presenting the 61st Anniversary Celebration highlighted by the Jerry Winger Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds plus Vintage Race Cars and the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions.

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive
marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has estabaished itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Cook Wins First Kart Feature at Merrittville

July 13th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway continues to welcome new winners as Josh Cook won his first Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Feature of 2012 in Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series action Tuesday July 10th.

In other Burris Tire Feature action, a number of familiar faces reached Victory Lane as well with Donny Lampman winning his second Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature of the season.

Jordan Cosco won his third straight Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Feature. Cosco missed a week so in actuality – he has won the last 4 Events he has competed in.

Original Pizza Logs Divisional Action also had two drivers both took home their 4th Features of the season as Braeden Kish and Joshua Hansen were again winners in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Divisions.

Joey Usher won for the 5th time in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner Division while Jorden Peters stretched his lead in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division with his 6th win.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 17th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Modern Night at Merrittville to Feature Truck Show ‘n’ Shine & Launch of Big Block Grand Marshal Contest Search

July 7th, 2012

THOROLD, Ontario – If you love big trucks and big block DIRTcar Modifieds – you will love Merrittville Speedway July 7th!

Modern Corporation’s 9th Annual Trucker Show ‘N Shine Night at the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned oval will fill the grandstand area with trucks of all kinds before they take to the track for the annual Show and Shine Competition that is voted on by the fans.

Peterbilt . Kenworth . Freightliner . Mack . Sterling . International . Western Star – you’ve got to have a favorite! Or maybe it’s the paint and the chrome . or just a cool horn!

“It always makes for an awesome night,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “some of the finest looking trucks around will be on display and you’ve got to salute them . they work their trucks work during the week in some of the worst conditions . but they take pride in their trucks to keep them looking so good . especially when they come to the track.”

Modern Corporation’s Night will also find Entry Forms for the Monday August 6th Big Block Grand Marshall Search available for the first time when you purchase your grandstand tickets.

In and amongst the big rigs somewhere will be the Modern Corporation Team cars of Shawn, Josh, Ray and Dillan Sliter. Look for the #71, #17, # 27 and #7 Modified Lites on display and in action on the track.

Since 1964, Modern Corporation has worked to enhance the quality of the environment and well being of the community by providing recycling, commercial and residential waste removal, landfill, industrial cleaning, sanitation and environmental services to commercial, industrial and municipal customers.

Modern Corporation is committed to the safe handling, effective reclamation and environmentally friendly disposal of a wide variety of waste products and uses state of the art technology to achieve its goals.

Modern Corporation believes that preserving the environment should be a priority for every home and business and through it’s involvement at Merrittville Speedway – invites everyone to join the race to reduce, reuse and recycle.

To watch a video on Modern’s state of the art single stream recycling facility – click on http://www.modern-corp.com/video.php

Modern Corporation – boasting over 500 employees in the US and Canada – is an industry leader and remains dedicated to the community and committed to the environment.

For further information – visit www.moderncorporation.com.

Modern Corporation’s Night July 7th will feature all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions. When the gates open at 5:30 – All Truckers with an A Licence are eligible
for a $2 discount on Grandstand Admission. Showtime is at 7 PM.

Culp Wins First Senior Animal Kart Feature at Merrittville

July 6th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed a first time winner July 2nd as 2012 Rookie Dylan Culp won the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal 20 lap Feature.

In other Burris Tire Feature action, two drivers took home their third features of the season – Braeden Kish in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Division and Jordan Cosco in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division.

Rounding out the Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, three drivers also won their 4th Features in 8 starts – Chase Kish, Kyle Phillips and Eric Veihdeffer in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 and Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Divisions respectively.

Post-race, the top 5 finishers in the Junior 1 Division were subjected to an Engine Tear Down and there were no disqualifications. The Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Divisions were not in competition. Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 10th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Still Time to Start your Enduro Car at Merrittville

July 1st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If you have been sitting the grandstands enjoying the events during Merrittville Speedway’s 61st season so far but are wondering how some the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers make what they do look so easy or how a car can get so easily out of control? Ever wanted to know how to pull off the perfect race winning move? Or are you one
of those You Tubers looking for the few seconds of fame in getting your video on Dumbest Stuff on Wheels?

Enduro Racing at Merrittville Speedway steps on the gas and answers all the questions you want to know but are afraid to ask.

“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

The Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifying Series accelerated by Niagara College breaks it all down as it speeds through 2012 and blows your mind with a high octane blast of hard turns and twisted metal. Enduro Racing is part SCIENCE, part STUNT, part INFO-TAINMENT and always 100% ADRENALINE and OUTRAGEOUS FUN

Now’s the time to push up your sleeves . get your hands dirty as cars will be jacked up, busted apart and pushed to their limits and beyond. You’ll crash, skid, swerve, slam, and demolish your way in three events throughout the summer that leads up to the 100 lap Smash-o-rama Main Event . Sunday September 9th!.

You’ll be quite busy but you could still put a car together for tomorrow night’s Boltworks Canada Day Celebration that features the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, and Hoosier Stocks.

You should have plenty of time to make the next one too – Saturday August 4th when Miller’s Auto Recyclers presents Season Ticket Holders ‘Bring a Friend Night’ .

“It’s pretty basic,” adds Bicknell-Jones, ” it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races.”

Depending on what happens in any of the qualifiers, a competitor could use the same car in more than one event.

The Grantham Lions Club was formed in 1952 and is heavily involved in minor sports organizations and like other Lions Clubs worldwide – has Lions Eye Care as a major project.

For information on how you can become a member of the club – visit www.granthamlionsclub.com or visit Original Pizza Logs Sportsman competitor and Lion Ron MacAulay and club members at the track this summer. Niagara College is in an unprecedented run of consecutive number-one rankings in overall student satisfaction among all Ontario colleges.

Individuals considering re-training for a new career are encouraged to take a serious look at the many programs and opportunities available at Niagara College. For further information on technology, apprenticeship and skills training
visit niagaracollege.ca and accelerate your career.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including Enduro Racing visit . www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book and Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

Boltworks to Present Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints at Merrittville

June 29th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario–If you have celebrated Canada Day at Merrittville Speedway – you have to know that the Boltworks’ June 30th Event features a Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College . $1 Piller’s Hot Dogs in the Grandstand all night and an impressive FIREWORKS Display by Firemaster Productions.

An exciting addition to the already action-packed race card in 2012 finds the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints returning for the only Sprint Car appearance of the 61st Season. The A Main Winner will take home the 2nd Annual Gary Cunningham Memorial Trophy.

So much has happened with the Empire Super Sprints over the last two weeks however, Justin Barger stills leads the overall 2012 Championship Tour Points in addition to the Universal American Stars & Stripes Points as well as the Le Groupe Ultra Tour of Canada Series.

One of the most dramatic ESS finishes came in their last visit in September of 2009 with local Sprint Car Star Mikey Kruchka appearing to have his first Feature Win all locked up. Coming out of Turn 4 with the checkered flag in sight . a mishap with eventual winner Chuck Hebing had Kruchka crossing the finish line upside down.

In 2012′s edition Hebing will be joined by fellow ESS stars such as point leader Barger, Shawn Donath, Paul Kinney, Cory Sparks, Alain Bergeron, Michael Parent, Matt Tanner, Jeff Cook, Patrick Vigneault, Kevin Ward Jr., Etienne Girard, Mike Stelter, Joe Trenca, Paul Habeck, Paul Pekkonen, Steve Collins, Glenn Styres, Keith Dempster, Dain Naida, Jamie Collard, Lee Ladouceur, Tyler Rand, Chris Steele, Kruchka, Todd Hoddick, Jim Huppunen, Stan Zanchin, Jamie Turner, Chris Durand, Jim Porter, John Burbridge and others.

Merrittville Speedway held it’s inaugural Empire Super Sprint Event in 1984 and since then has played host 36 times. Going into the 37th A Main there have been 21 different winners with former champion Mike Woodring holding the most at 5 wins.

One driver that would like to take home the Gary Cunningham Memorial is his son Travis. Travis grew up with his dad sharing a love of racing through the Go-Karts ranks up to the 358 Modifieds and Sprint Cars.

“My dad was everything to me in my racing career,” said Travis before last year’s inaugural event, “we had so much fun together.” Gary Cunningham, a former drag racer and engine builder, died in December 2010, at the age of 61, after a six-month battle with cancer. Cunningham was one of the best engine-builders around, and when it came to camshafts,Gary
was the best man in the country.

Race Fans hungry for some Sprint Car Racing will not be disappointed and they should come hungry as the Boltworks’ Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th also features the annual Piller’s $1 Hot Dogs all night long in the Grandstands.

A Firemaster Productions Fireworks Display will also provide lots of excitement above the track.

“We’re happy to celebrate the end of school and both Canada and the US Birthdays with the mid season Fan Appreciation Special,” invites (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “4 divisions of racing . $1.00 Hot Dogs all night and FIREWORKS . there’s definitely something on the menu for everyone.”

Boltworks have been long time supporters of Merrittville Speedway. Owners Sandy Howe and Ross Trout of Boltworks each have more than 20 years of experience each in the fastener industry with vast product knowledge that you won’t find just anywhere.

Sandy and Ross know the nuts and bolts of nuts and bolts and their Eastchester Avenue East location has a complete supply of industrial fasteners – bolts, screws, nuts, washers, threaded rod, rivets, pins, drills, bits, taps, driver bits, hex keys, tools, industrial sprays and more.

Race fans and race teams can visit Boltworks on line at www.boltworks.ca. Joining the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints June 30th will be the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Wiley WIns First Kart Race of 2012 at Merrittville

June 29th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed a new winner June 26th as second generation racer Kurtis Wiley won his first Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division Feature of 2012 in Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action assisted by the Meridian Credit Union .

Sophie Horton won her second straight Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature as did Jordan Cosco in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division after missing last week.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, two drivers won their third features of the season – Carter Kish and Kyle Phillips in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Classes respectively.

Joey Usher and Jorden Peters rounded out the Burris Tire Feature action in winning their 4th and 5th Features of the season in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions.

The Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class was not in completion.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 3rd. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

BHI to Present Summer Blast Off at Merrittville

June 2nd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – There’s no better way to blast off into summer then a night at Merrittville Speedway. Especially Saturday June 23rd when Students 18 and Under can score FREE Admission to Ball Hockey International’s Night of fun when they present an action-packed 5 division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event.

“Throughout our history,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “you see second . third and in some cases fourth generations of involvement in our race teams . something that carries over to our fans as well – there is something for fans of all ages during a night at the track – it’s a cool place to be at on a hot summer night!”

BHI St. Catharines, (located on the Welland Canal Parkway) and BHI Welland, (located on the campus of Niagara College) will soon be taking registrations for the Fall and Winter sessions for individuals or teams.

BHI offers Outdoor Ball Hockey Fun for male and female participants from ages 4 and up.

Registration fees are very affordable for all age groups and equipment costs and requirements are minimal.

Between the two locations more than 6,000 individuals take part – divided between more than 170 teams in league play.

For further information call the St. Catharines location at 905-682-2835 or in Welland at 905-734-1040 or visit with them at www.ballhockeyinternational.com and at Merrittville Speedway – this Saturday Night.

Ball Hockey International also has locations in Brantford, London and Cambridge if you live closer to those communities.

Showtime Saturday June 23rd is at 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

Wood and Horton Win First Career Kart Features at Merrittville

June 21st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed its two first time Feature Winners June 19th as second generation driver Tucker Wood and Sophie Horton won their first ever Kart Features. Wood’s came in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Division while Horton’s was in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, three drivers all won their third features of 2012 – Joey Priestley, Eric Veihdeffer and Court Turner in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner, Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Classes respectively.

In other Burris Tire Feature action, Kyle Phillips won his second RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Feature while Jorden Peters closed the night winning his 4th of the season in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 26th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Canadian National Autism Foundation Big Winner in SMS Macine Tools Kidsrace Even at Merrittville

June 19th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario– Although Derek Wagner and Cody McPherson won the TUSA Modified Lite Tour and David Chevrolet King of the Crates Sportsman Events Saturday June 16th at Merrittville Speedway – the big winner was the Canadian National Autism Foundation. Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Action also found Todd Gordon, Rob Murray and Rob Overholt visit Victory Lane in the KIDSRACE Fund raiser and Awareness Night presented by SMS Machine Tools.

“Sometimes you just have to play them out and be real patient,” informed Derek Wagner after winning the 25 lap TUSA Modified Lite Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Division, “and you try not to get tangled up.”
As Shawn Sliter was leading the field into lap traffic on lap 9, runner Derek Wagner would make up a lot of ground. By lap 16 Wagner became the new leader with the two front runners swapping top spot once before Wagner would clear the slower cars.

By lap 20, Shawn would face a challenge from his nephew Josh. With one lap to go Josh Sliter would close in on Wagner to within a car length but at the finish was a couple car lengths back. Invader Jim Bogett was first to lead before Kory Howe took control in turn 2. Quickly Shawn Sliter would catch Howe – taking over top spot out of Turn 4 to complete lap 4. With Sliter pulling away from the field Howe was facing challenges from Wagner who would go on to his second win of the season.

The TUSA Modified Lite Tour continues with upcoming events at the South Buxton and Brockville Speedways. “I’ll apologize for all the Sportsman guys … it was brutal out there tonight,” the first words from David Chevrolet King of the Crates Sportsman Series Winner Cody McPherson, “I knew that if I stuck to the bottom on the restarts – I would be in good shape.”
McPherson would have to be a king to survive the 40 lap event’s 10 cautions and 2 red flags.

New Dad Brandon Easey beat Jason Moore to the green flag before caution slowed the field right away. Easey would set the pace through a number of restarts in the early going with Brad Rouse settling into second ahead of cousins BJ Willard and Cody McPherson. Willard would grab the runner up spot on lap 11 with Rouse would fight back as caution would slow things on lap 14. With Easey out front on the restart – McPherson was the driver on the move around the outside taking second on
lap 16 after restarting 4th. McPherson would get by his cousin Easey down the backstretch of lap 18 becoming the race’s second leader.

Caution would slow the field again right at halfway after front runners Rouse and Willard came together on the backstretch. The event would be slowed for the first red flag on lap 25 after Justin Sharp got out of control just before the start finish line after a rear tire went flat. Unfortunately Brad Rouse and Ron MacAulay got collected with Rouse falling victim to the worst after rolling onto his side. Mc Pherson was again out front with Jim Johnstone challenging Easey for the runner up spot. Johnstone would close to within a couple car lengths with two to go but McPherson was able to stretch his lead at checkered flag.

“This is just unbelievable,” said an emotional Todd Gordon in Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Victory Lane for the second time of 2012, “when I came up on him (early leader Bill Bleich) – the lap cars may have helped … it’s been a long time since this has happened!”

Bill Bleich was first to lead the 35 lap 358 Modified Feature with his first challenge coming from Todd Gordon on lap 9. Bleich was off on his own until Gordon caught him with the two running side by side for a couple of laps. Bleich would enjoy a reprieve on lap 15 as Gordon fell back some. By halfway, Bleich would lead the field into lap traffic with Gordon and Tim Jones from third trying the leader. Down the front stretch of lap 22, Gordon would take over top spot with Jones
into second with 10 laps to go. Gordon soon pulled away from the field and with 5 to go was some 20 car lengths out front. In the closing laps Jones would have a clear track but could he close in on the leader in the caution-free event?
With 2 to go Jones came to within 5 cars lengths of Gordon and was closing. At the finish however, Jones fell a half car length behind. Gordon and Jones were followed by Scott Wood, Bleich and Rob Pietz.

Bryce Richardson and Jason Fontaine were in a drag race to the start finish line at the start of the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature with Fontaine taking control first time through turn 1. Coming out of Turn 4 the first time the leader of the pack was Vince Fargnoli until Aaron Wiley landed into top spot. Eventually Jeff Dayman would catch Wiley – taking control of top spot along the back stretch of lap 7. Wiley would fall off the pace a couple laps later with a flat tire. Before long Dayman was challenged by Rob Murray until Murray took top spot away. Caution lap 15 would slow the pace after Terry Ronning and Ken Sargent came together in turn 2.

Murray would set the pace on two restarts in the closing laps pulling away to a couple car lead right away – a margin he would stretch to about 5 car lengths at the finish over Dayman, Peter Reid, Chris Crawford and Kevin Knapp. Rookie Mike Sadusek was first to lead the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature setting the pace in the early stages until slowing in Turn 4 allowing Kyle Pelrine to take over top spot. Just prior to a lap 6 caution Rob Overholt would become the new leader after Tyler Lafantaisie would make heavy contact with Brandon Iudicianni who had spun and was facing the wrong way out of Turn 4.

With Pelrine out front on the restart, Overholt fought back regaining the lead before caution once again on lap 9. With Overholt and Pelrine battling each other for the lead on the restart, Rocco Conte was sitting in third waiting to make his move. Conte would get by Pelrine for the runner up spot and with two laps to go would close in on the leader – falling a ½ car length short at the finish. “I can’t thank anybody enough … after last night,” revealed Overholt in
Victory Lane, “if it wasn’t for Kyle (Pelrine) … I wouldn’t be here tonight!”

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

Chris Steele opened the night as the latest B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Driver of the Week after his first feature win back on June 2. The Thorold Blackhawk 50-50 was a season high of just over $1,800.00. In support of the KIDS RACE organization and the Canadian National Autism Foundation, 4 Cylinder and 358 Modified Drivers Dan Stewart and Tim Jones
each carried special stickers on their cars.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ball Hockey International is set to Blast Off into Summer Saturday June 23rd with all Students 18 and under admitted free with ID or in School Spirit Wear. The Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event will feature 5 action-packed divisions including the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions.

Gates open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7 PM.

For further information on either event – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

SMS Tools Kidsrace Night at Merrittville

June 15th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario– For Race Fans . SMS Machine Tools Night – Saturday June 16th at Merrittville Speedway will benefit the Canadian National Autism Foundation. The KIDS RACE Event will find the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in the spotlight in a TUSA Modified Lite Tour Event in addition to the rain-delayed second event in the 2012 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman.

The on track action will be bolstered by an Autograph Nite that will find drivers and their cars on display on the front stretch from all 5 of the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions. Joining the Modified Lites and Sportsman are the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

“We are quite honored to assist the Canadian National Autism Foundation,” relates (Merrittville General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “SMS Machine Tools Nite should provide some exciting on track action and with the autograph session . it’s a great way to meet your favorite drivers.”

“KIDS RACE is all about having family fun for a great cause,” said the CNAF President Tina Fougere, “It is all about family for me and accepting our loved ones with autism. We couldn’t ask for a better place in the Niagara Region to host our family event than with the wonderful people at Merrittville Speedway who have opened their doors, but most importantly
their hearts, to our cause.”

“KIDS RACE” was started in 2010 as an idea to create a new platform for autism research and awareness. It wasn’t too long after speaking and working alongside track officials, drivers and fans, that a common bond was formed. We realized that passion, dedication, family and the love for what we do, was something we all shared. “KIDS RACE” will only take place once this year, but autism doesn’t stop.

For further information on Kids Race call 1-888-977-RACE or log on to www.kidsrace.ca. For further information on the Canadian Niational Autism Foundation – visit www.cnaf.net

The TUSA Modified Lite Hoosier Tire Mr. Dirt Racing Series Tour is part of a 5 Race Canadian West Regional Series that includes visits to Humberstone Speedway, South Buxton Raceway and the Brockville Speedway for the Canadian Nationals October 13th.

The 25 lap Event will pay the winner $300.00 of an overall $1,850.00 purse. The overall champion of the West Regional Series will be awarded $500.00 of a point fund totaling more than $2,500.00 and could increase as more Entries are received during the season.

The Brockville Canadian Nationals Event is a Show Up Point Event with the highest finishing West or East Regional Driver crowned Canadian National Champion. East Regional Events are scheduled for Mohawk Raceway and Brockville Speedway.

Regional and National Contingency Sponsors include Hoosier Tire, Bicknell Racing Products, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Bilstein, Five Star Racing Products and Landrum Performance Springs.

Also in the spotlight although delayed one week due to last week’s rain out of Baron Roofing and Siding’s Event are the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman in the second round of the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series with a 40 lap main event on tap.

SMS Machine Tools Limited has been supplying it’s customers with state of the art equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers since 1959. SMS Machine has developed into one of Canada’s foremost machine distributors, providing clients with leading edge technology machine tools and automated manufacturing. Visit www.smsmachine.com to learn more about
SMS. Niagara’s young families can expect a jam packed event with action and excitement in the second MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night resulting in BIG SAVINGS.

Two Adults and Two Children under 12 can purchase Grandstand Admission Tickets . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn for a special price of just $40. That’s a BIG savings of $13.00 if purchased separately. Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including SMS Machine Tools KIDSRACE Night featuring Autograph Night and the TUSA Modified Lite Tour in support of the Canadian National Autism Foundation – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Four Karters Make First 2012 Trips to Victory Lane at Merrittville

June 14th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed four new winners June 12th in Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action.

Donny Lampman, Kyle Phillips, Jordan Cosco and Michael Brunton took home their first checkered flags of 2012 in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, Carter Kish and Eric Veihdeffer won their second features in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2 Divisions.

Burris Tire Feature action also saw two drivers earn their third wins – Joey Usher in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner Division and Zac Ferri in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 19th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Boltworks to Present Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Canada Day Special at Merrittville

June 13th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If you have celebrated Canada Day at Merrittville Speedway – you have to know that the Boltworks’ June 30th Event features a Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College . $1 Piller’s Hot Dogs in the Grandstand all night and an impressive FIREWORKS Display by Firemaster Productions.

An exciting addition to the already action-packed race card in 2012 finds the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints returning for the only Sprint Car appearance of the 61st Season. The A Main Winner will take home the 2nd Annual Gary Cunningham Memorial Trophy.

“We are so proud to have Lucas Oil back as our tour sponsor once again. In what has been a business deal has turned into a friendship as the entire Lucas Oil staff has just been so supportive of ESS.” noted long-time ESS President Chuck Miller. “We had a tremendous season in 2011, and with the influx of so many new teams, 2012 looks to be even brighter.and that’s hard to imagine.”

Merrittville Speedway held it’s inaugural Empire Super Sprint Event in 1984 and since then has played host 36 times. Going into the 37th A Main there have been 21 different winners with former champion Mike Woodring holding the most at 5 wins.

Going into the next ESS Event at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, (June 16th), Justin Barger leads not only the 2012 Championship Tour Points but the Universal American Stars & Stripes Points as well as the Le Groupe Ultra Tour of Canada Series. Two additional events are scheduled before their return to Thorold.

With 24 career ESS wins to date, Barger has yet to win at Merrittville. The Montrose NY driver would surely like to take home the Gary Cunningham Memorial. One of the most dramatic ESS finishes came in their last appearance in September of 2009 – one that is still being talked about today. Local Sprint Car Driver Mikey Kruchka appeared to have his first Sprint Car Feature locked up but after a home stretch mishap with eventual winner Chuck Hebing wound up crossing the finish line upside down after making contact with the front stretch wall.

Race Fans hungry for some Sprint Car Racing will not be disappointed and they should come hungry as the Boltworks’ Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th also features the annual Piller’s $1 Hot Dogs all night long in the Grandstands.

A Firemaster Productions Fireworks Display will also provide lots of excitement above the track.

“We’re happy to celebrate the end of school and both Canada and the US Birthdays with the mid season Fan Appreciation Special,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “4 divisions of racing . $1.00 Hot Dogs all night and FIREWORKS . there’s definitely something on the menu for everyone.”

Joining the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints June 30th will be the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Second David Chevrolet King of th eCrates Event to Provide Big Food and Big Fun at Merrittville

June 9th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway Race Fans and Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams can look for some BIG Food and BIG Fun Saturday June 9th when Baron Roofing and Siding Night features the second 2012 Event in the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman Division.

The David Chevrolet King of the Crates Sportsman Series is one of many exciting attractions that will help celebrate Merrittville’s 61 consecutive seasons. Merrittville Speedway is looking for the ‘David Chevrolet King of the Crates’ as all drivers that compete in the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Division share one thing in common – the GM 602 Crate Engine.

David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC has been voted the #1Dealer for new and used vehicles. Visit their dealership at 915 Niagara Street in Welland or on line at www.davidchev.com where you can search new inventory, request quotes on service and repairs, body shop and parts.

“What a race we saw in the opening round between eventual winner Cody McPherson and his brother Tyler,” remembered (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “who knows what Round 2 will bring . each week has provided lots of action and excitement for race fans for sure . it’s definitely shaping up to be a BIG Night!”

Defending overall Point Champion Brad Rouse also won the King of the Crates Series in a break out year last season.

Since it’s start more than 20 years ago, Baron Roofing and Siding has grown into one of the largest replacement roofing companies in Niagara and remains committed to providing superior advice, quality materials, dependable installation and competitive pricing.

The staff at Baron Roofing and Siding delivers what their customer wants – on time and on budget. From small emergency repairs to full roof replacements – Baron’s staff of professional tradesmen are fully equipped and ready to help.

Call 905-384-4000 or 905-708-0099 for your free estimate and let the staff of Baron Roofing and Siding show you the difference quality makes. Visit Baron Roofing and Siding’s new location at 2448 Turner Road at Hwy 20 in Fonthill or on line at www.baronroofing.com

Niagara’s young families can expect a jam packed event with action and excitement in the second MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night resulting in BIG SAVINGS.

Two Adults and Two Children under 12 can purchase Grandstand Admission Tickets . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn for a special price of just $40. That’s a BIG savings of $13.00 if purchased separately. Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies.

Stop in for great grilled steaks, bustin’ out burgers, famous fajitas and many more local favorites at MT Bellies – 871 Niagara Street in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com or visit MT Bellies on Face Book to see what’s going on.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including Saturday June 9th’s Baron Roofing and Siding David Chevrolet King of the Crates Event, MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Family Pack Nights and others – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Ferri Takes First Kart Win of Season At Merrittville Five Drivers Run to Third

June 7th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed a first time 2012 winner June 5th as second generation driver Cole Ferri won his first feature in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Division.

In other Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action assisted by the Meridian Credit Union, 5 drivers each won their 3rd features in 4 events to date. Chase Kish, Joshua Hansen, Alex Riley, Dylan Davidson and Jorden Peters were winners in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively.

Two drivers rounded out the Original Pizza Logs Divisional action taking their second wins of the season – rookie Joey Usher in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner Division as well as Court Turner in the Cassell Manufactuing Senior Fun Division.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 12th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Archer Truck Services Set to Share Two Events with Semenuk’s Esso at Merrittville

June 1st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If you are a fan that has attended races at Merrittville Speedway – you know to look forward to filling up on DIRTcar racing every Saturday Night. The first event of June finds the sponsor suite filled up with representatives from Archer Truck Services and Semenuk’s Esso – Saturday June 2nd – an event that promises a night full of on track excitement featuring a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series.

“What a start to the season so far through all divisions,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “with a little more than a month into the season . Race Fans are in for quite a season if what we have seen so far is any indication – you won’t want to miss a night!.”

Two drivers that you will meet when the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 are the Team Semenuk cars – Mat Williamson (Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified) and Rocco Conte (Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder).

Archer Truck Services have been locally owned and operated since 1954 with locations in St. Catharines and Welland.

Each location features experienced and knowledgable staff serving your sales, service and parts needs with 24 hour Emergency and Mobile Maintenance Services available.

Archer Truck Services are a franchise dealer for International Trucks and are members of the North American Idealease Network.

The St. Catharines location at 26 Dunkirk Road is open Monday to Friday until 11 PM and from 8 to 12 for Parts only while the 475 Prince Charles Drive South location in Welland is open Monday to Friday 8 AM to 9 PM. After hours road side service is available by calling 905-651-9966.

Visit either Archer Truck Service location on line at http://www.archertruckcentres.com or call 905-685-6532 or 905-735-6661.

Before or after the races you have to know too that you can get your fill of Gas . Diesel or Propane at Semenuk’s Esso – located just south of the Thorold track at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Hwy 20 at Turner’s Corners.

Semenuk’s Esso is one of the last remaining Full Service Gas Stations in the area – featuring Gas, Diesel and Propane at competitive prices. Having the closest ATM to the Speedway – it’s the one stop to make on your way to the track . on the way home and during the week as they carry many convenience items.

Archer Truck Services and Semenuk’s Esso Night at Merrittville Speedway begins when the Gates Open at 5:30. Showtime is 7PM. Further information is available by calling the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now for quite a Canada Day Celebration Saturday June 30th when Boltworks presents the Gary Cunningham Memorial for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints! Rounding out the Celebration are the 358 Modifieds . Hoosier Stocks and the second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. If that isn’t hip enough for you . come hungry cause it’s Piller’s $1 Hot Dog Night in the Grandstand. Firemaster {Productions will close things out with a FIREWORKS Display that you have to see!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Kish and TUrnder Take 1st 2012 Kart Feature Wins at Merrittville

May 31st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed two first time 2012 winners May 29th as the Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series assisted by Meridian Credit Union completed it’s third event despite two light showers once the gates had opened.

Carter Kish won his first Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 Feature of the season as did Court Turner in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional Action – 6 drivers earned their second Burris Tire Features of the young season with Joey Priestley the first to do so in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner Division.

Other second time winners included Chase Kish, Joshua Hansen, Alex Riley, Dylan Davidson and Jorden Peters in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 5th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

CAA Niagara Night at Merritville to Focus on 4 Cylinders & Karts in Final $5 Student Night

May 26th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – CAA Niagara Night at Merrittville Speedway will focus on the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division in an action-packed night at Dirt Track racing action – Saturday May 26th.

“With the 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks coming off major Victoria Day Events,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “all of our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions have their nights to shine throughout the season – May will close with the opening event for Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series for the 4 Cylinders.”

With three events in the books in 2012 – three different drivers have shared visits to Victory Lane so far . Tony Kelly, defending overall Point Champion Rocco Conte and most recently rookie Tyler Lafantaisie.

Defending Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Champion Rob Overholt sits in 4th spot in the overall points just 6 behind Lafantaisie and Rick Beales who are tied for top spot. Kelly is just 4 points behind the two leaders in third.

The final event in May is also the final Saturday Night that anyone 18 years of age or under can enjoy a night in the Grandstand for just $5.00!

CAA Niagara is pleased to once again provide Merrittville Speedway race teams with the best towing services available in the Niagara Region. Race fans can enjoy the same fast, friendly and professional service by becoming a member of CAA Niagara.

CAA Niagara serves 113,000 members in the Niagara Region with offices in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland.

Leading up to race time from 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday May 26th, CAA Niagara is providing FREE Vehicle checks right in Merrittville’s parking lot. Reservations must be made in advance. For further information click on http://ww2.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/AAAOnline.woa/202?association=CAA
&club=288&page=clubservices95&sessionRedirect=1335879322692>
&club=288&page=clubservices95&sessionRedirect=1335879322692

For year round peace of mind and member exclusive savings, you can rely on your friends at CAA Niagara. Join at your local CAA office today and start enjoying yearlong benefits of being a CAA Member and tell them Merrittville sent you.

Just in time for summer, emergency road service for bicycles is now available as CAA Niagara’s Bike Assist program offers the same piece of mind that comes with roadside assistance with coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Our members tell us that eco-friendly transportation is important to them,” says Bill Willard, CAA Niagara’s Vice-President of Automotive Services, “with more people choosing to ride their bicycles around Niagara, Bike Assist is a natural progression . we want to be able to support our members regardless of how they travel from A to B . and it’s available free to all active members.”

In addition to its Auto Club, CAA can also offer its members Travel Information and Bookings, discounted Attraction Tickets and service at the CAA Car Care Centre – located on Lake Street in St. Catharines.

CAA Niagara’s Car Care Centre is a 12-bay, state-of-the-art vehicle repair and maintenance facility.

For further information on becoming a CAA Member – stop by their display inside the front gates at Merrittville Speedway May 26th or visit www.caa.niagara.net

In a rare intermission with a break from action on the big track, Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Race Teams will participate in Exhibitions on the Infield Track after a pre-race display of their machines in the Grandstand Area.

Turn 4 Collision is the divisional sponsor of the 4 Cylinder Division in addition to the Triple Crown.

Specializing in complete collision service for all makes and models in addition to minor repairs and fleet maintenance – call 905-687-4142 for a free estimate or visit Turn 4 – located at 113 Cushman Road . Unit 51 in St. Catharines.

Gates open Saturday May 26th at 5:30. Showtime is at 7:00.

Six Drivers Make First Trips to Victory Lane as 2012 Kart Season Has Make up Event at Merrittville

May 24th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- Although it wasn’t on the schedule, Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series assisted by the Meridian Credit Union got back on track at Merrittville Speedway May 22nd with a make up night of racing. KC Auto Parts Victory Lane welcomed six new drivers with rookies Joey Usher and Ross Sanders both winning their first ever features in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice Beginner and Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Divisions.

Also taking home their first wins of the season were Austyn Werstroh, Alex Riley, Matthew Veihdeffer and Corey Bodman in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively. In other Original Pizza Logs Feature action Braeden Kish and Zac Ferri each won their second features in as many events in the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Class.

Merrittville Speedway’s Kart Club will be on display as part of Saturday May 26th’s CAA Niagara Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program. Interested drivers are reminded to contact the Speedway Office for further details. Kart Racing returns Tuesday May 29th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Hearn has to Love Victoria Day Visits to Merrittville

May 23rd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario– Merrittville Speedway’s Double Header Holiday Weekend concluded with Brett Hearn winning the 100 lap 358 Super DIRTcar Series Main Event portion of Zavitz Financial Services Night. In other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action Brad Sheehan and Ken McLeod won the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Event and the first Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier of 2012 accelerated by Niagara College respectively.

Hearn has got to love Mondays in May at Merrittville as the victory was the third straight Victoria Day triumph for the Sussex New Jersey driver. “We came here for some fun tonight,” relayed Hearn in Victory Lane, “no pressure and no points and we did have some fun.”

The 100 lap tilt was probably much more fun for the starting field as it was in the books in just under 40 minutes as compared to the almost 3 month break after rain in last year’s edition split the event in two segments. Hearn took control of top spot just prior to the halfway point from Chad Brachmann and just prior to a lap 57 caution – the leader was challenged by Merrittville regular Mark D’Ilario who would once again trail the leader on the restart. Larry Lampman was the first to lead until slowed on lap 5 for the first yellow. Out front again, Lampman was challenged by Chad Brachmann who took control of top spot with lap 11 showing on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard.

A couple incidents slowed the field with Brachmann keeping top spot while Lampman lost the runner up spot to Jimmy Phelps. Phelps would take top spot down the backstretch of lap 30. Another driver on the move was Brett Hearn who was into third by the 1/3 mark after starting 10th. Just before lap 40 Phelps would lead the pack into lap traffic before
caution once more on lap 42. Prior to the yellow, Hearn was able to get past Brachmann for second. Phelps and Hearn battled for top spot on the restart before Phelps took control before caution slowed the field once more.

Again side by side on the restart the new leader was Hearn but not til the first time down the backstretch under green. Mark D’Ilario landed in the runner up spot before another caution slowed the field on lap 57. Hearn back out front had D’Ilario right with him with Brachmann back into third. Running the high groove Brachmann quickly drove by D’Ilario catching Hearn by lap 68. With 25 laps to go Hearn was back into lap traffic and was able to stretch his lead slightly on Brachmann. Nearing 10 laps to go that lead had become almost a ¼ lap but before reaching lap 90 – caution would change
things up. The top 5 would be Hearn, Brachmann, Phelps, Mat Williamson and Pete Bicknell when action resumed. The restart saw Hearn back out front with about 10 car lengths to Brachmann with Phelps about the same distance behind him. The race to watch was the one between Williamson and Bicknell with the field finishing in that order.

“If you look at the top 12,” added Hearn, “the cars that started in front of us were all state of the art … Phelps and Brachmann and the other Bicknell cars were all awesome … to come from 10th and get by all those guys and win– that’s big news!” Kevin Knapp was first to lead the 25 lap Hoosier Stock Home Track Duel on the Dirt Series Event and right away faced a challenge from fellow front row starter Brad Sheehan. While this was going on at the front – cars racing back to 10th spot were 3 and 4 wide in thrilling early event action.

Sheehan would quickly pull alongside Knapp with the two running side by side with either driver edging in front of the other in a see saw battle which allowed Ken Sargent to close in. Through a couple of restarts including one after the front runners came together resulting in Rob Murray losing his hood – Knapp set the pace until the start of lap 15. Crossing the start-finish line to complete the lap Sheehan would become the new leader. An incident with the leaders in turn 2 of lap 20 saw Knapp lose some speed and the runner up spot to Murray.

Murray could not catch his stepson Sheehan by the checkered flag settling for second ahead of Knapp and Sargent with Billy Bleich rounding out the top 5. The first Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College looked like it was going to be Glen Hils leading the entire distance. Starting second he quickly took control from Jack Myers.

An on track incident however with two laps to go found Ken McLeod as the new leader. McLeod would hold top spot to the checkered flag and will now start September 9th’s 100 lap Enduro from the pole. Hank Vandersheer, Karl Sault, Martin Paddock and Lee Hils were the top 5.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY
Action quickly returns with CAA Niagara Night Saturday May 26th featuring the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders in the opening round of the 2012 Triple Crown Series. The 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program will also find the Tuesday Night Kart Racers stage an Exhibition. When the Grandstand opens at 5:30, Race Fans 18 years and under can look
forward to the final $500 Admission Night. Show time is 7 PM. For further information call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit .For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on
www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book
(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville)

Sliter Wins Stars North Tour Series Event in Seaway Mall Night at Merrittville

May 21st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario– Merrittville Speedway’s first Holiday Doubleheader of 2012 kicked off with former Champion Shawn Sliter taking home the win in the Modified Lite Stars North Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning sponsored division at Saturday May 19th. In other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action in the Seaway Mall Rankin Cancer Run Event – Pete Bicknell, Greg Panunte, Rob Murray & Tyler Lafantaisie also visited Victory Lane in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358
Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively. Two laps after a lap 5 caution, defending J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Champion Josh Sliter would lose top spot to his uncle Shawn Sliter. With the two Sliters out front – the task for third place runner Paul Klager would be to try and catch the front runners.

Klager’s break would come on lap 12 after caution would again slow the event with Shawn and Josh both holding their postions on the restart. With two laps to go Josh would close in somewhat on his Uncle but at the finish it was Shawn – himself a former champion as well across the line first. For Shawn who is celebrating his 15th Wedding Anniversary with his wife Lenie the win was his second of 2012. Josh Sliter who was the Series Event’s only other leader from the drop of
the green to lap 7 settled for second with Klager third. Jason Corless and Derek Wagner closed out the top 5.

With no clear leader at the start of the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature it wasn’t until the first time down the backstretch that Chad Chevalier took control of top spot clearly. By lap 10 Chevalier was into lap traffic with the leader still able to maintain quite a lead on the field. Approaching the halfway point, Chevalier was almost a half lap ahead of fellow Port Colborne driver Rob Pietz and the field. By lap 20 a number of drivers were closing in on both Pietz and Rick Richner looking to break into the top 3 and quickly the two spots were filled by Pete Bicknell and Tim Jones. Caution on lap 29 saw Rob Pietz drop from a top finish bringing the field back to Chevalier. Chevalier took control on the restart with Bicknell quick to take control before caution on lap 30 after a number of cars came together in Turn 4. Bicknell resumed control on the restart with Mat Williamson landing in third before taking over the runner up spot. In the closing laps Bicknell would prevail over Williamson with Chevalier holding on for third. Fred Carleton
would make a late race charge to take fourth spot from Tim Jones who settled for fifth.

“It’s great racing out there,” relayed Pete Bicknell, “it’s great to see some of the younger drivers coming on – I made a mistake a couple weeks ago and Mat (Williamson) got by me … but tonight’s my night!” With Travis Miller and Paul Williamson on the front row to start the 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature it was Williamson taking control into Turn 1. Just as Brent Begolo took over top spot to complete lap 1 – contact back in the pack between a number of cars found cousins B|J Willard and Brandon Easey hooked together with both cars suffering front end suspension damage. Begolo set the pace on the restart and immediately ran away to a huge lead on the field. Caution on lap 5 brought the field back to the leader with Begolo back out front before another caution slowed the pace right away on lap 6.

On the restart, Begolo was now challenged by Gary Lindberg who took control before former champion Greg Panunte became the new leader on lap 8 with caution again slowing the field. Panunte chose the outside groove in resuming control on the restart with Cody McPherson to third. To halfway and beyond Panunte stretched his lead to almost a ¼ lap maintaining the
advantage through slower cars. At lap 20 McPherson took second from Lindberg and closed somewhat but at the finish it was Panunte out front for his first win of the season. “You don’t know how far you are out front … racing with lap cars makes it harder too,” relayed Panunte in Victory Lane, “I didn’t ever think I would get here with the start we had but I’ve got to thank (car owner) Rick Bellante for this car … this one’s for him!” Panunte and McPherson were followed by Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp and Lindberg.

Lap 1 of the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature saw quite a battle between early leaders Evan Curtis and Jason Fontaine before Jeff Dayman and Chris Crawford joined the fray. Dayman would eventually take top spot by lap 5. Soon Rob Murray and Billy Hogue landed in the top 3 with Murray soon challenging Dayman for the lead. Murray became the new leader on lap 10 opening up a lead of some 5 car lengths before caution on lap 14 after Brad Sheehan slowed down the front stretch. Just before the yellow Kevin Knapp retired to the pits with a flat left front tire but rejoined the field several laps
down. With Murray out front on the restart, Ken Sargent was now challenging for runner up spot with Dayman staying within striking distance. Sargent would quickly take on the leader Murray by lap 17 and with one last try around the
high side came up a couple car lengths short at the finish. The now three time 2012 winner Murray was followed by Sargent, Crawford, James Thompson and Dayman.

With Garnet Wilson out front at the start of the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature – it didn’t take long for 4th place starter Tyler Lafantaisie to take over top spot. The former Humberstone Speedway Pure Stock Champion followed Brandon Iudicianni to the front eventually overtaking the veteran as well. There was no stopping Lafantaisie as the rookie set the pace through a couple restarts with the race for the runner up spot the one to watch. Just past the halfway point Iudicianni was being challenged by 4 other drivers – Rob Overholt, Kyle Pelrine, Rick Beales and defending champion Rocco Conte. Eventually Overholt would wind up in the runner up spot but with just two laps to go could not catch the first time winner Lafantaisie. “It’s completely different driving this car,” compared Lafantaisie of his
Nissan Stanza as compared to rear wheel drive cars, “the first few weeks we have had some issues with the car – but I think I have them figured out!”

Lafantaisie and Overholt were followed by Beales, Iudicianni and Tony Kelly.

Merrittville’s Holiday Doubleheader Concludes Monday May 21st with 100 Lap Super Dirtcar Series Event and More

May 20th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Race fans and race teams alike surely have enjoyed the fact that their favorite Southern Ontario and Western New York DIRTcar Race Tracks have opened for the new season or can’t wait until they do! One must see event on everyone’s calendar should be Merrittville Speedway’s Zavitz Financial Strategies and ZFS Employee Benefit Solutions Monday May 21st event that once again helps launch the season long 358 Modified Super DIRTcar series when the Thorold showplace’s first Holiday Doubleheader concludes.

“We’re expecting quite a field to challenge our Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds,” relates Merrittville GM Erica Bicknell-Jones, “. any of our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers have a shot at Victory Lane . but like last season – you never know who will show!” For the last two years . Sussex New Jersey’s Brett Hearn has made rare May visits payoff taking back to back victories in the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event – his first two since the 1995 edition although last year’s was completed in August. Another DIRTcar star – Danny Johnson is the defending Series Champion and is expected to defend.

An indication of what drivers to expect should come after the Series opens Sunday at the Cornwall Speedway. A presentation of Zavitz Financial Strategies – a truly independent financial planning organization that thrives on developing new and better ways to help their clients . right here in the heart of Niagara! For 20 years, the team at Zavitz Financial Strategies has been meeting the insurance and investment needs of individuals, families and companies. Their experts will help you to bring the pieces of financial planning together.

ZFS Employee Benefit Solutions has expertise in the design and management of group insurance plans. Tap into their experience and insight into team dynamics to solve your toughest benefit problems. Call Paul Scott at 905-714-4134 to get the results you want. ZFS Benefit Solutions prides itself in delivering knowledge and solutions to all of your employee benefit needs. With a ‘no pressure’ review of their services – you will be on your way to greater corporate success.
Merrittville Speedway’s Hoosier Stocks will continue their quest against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks in their second Home Track Event of the season in the Duel on the Dirt Big 6 with a 25 lap Feature. May 21st’s Show also opens another series – the 2012 Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifiers accelerated by Niagara College. Three times during the season, Enduro enthusiasts race leading up to the September 9th Smash-o-rama 100 lap Main Event.

“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.” Showtime for the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Special Event is 6:30 PM
with 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Time Trials followed by qualifying heats and feature events at 7 PM. Grandstands open at 4 PM. For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Zavitz Financial Strategies and Employee Benefits Victoria Day Extravaganza – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Holiday Doubleheader Kicks off with Seaway Mall Rankin Cancer Run Night at Merrittville

May 18th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- The first holiday doubleheader of 2012 kicks off Saturday May 19th when the Seaway Mall presents a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action-packed program that will feature the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in a Stars North Tour Event.

“Race fans will sure get their racing fixes over the Holiday Weekend,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “for anyone 18 and under … it’s another $5 Grandstand Admission Deal so it’s a great value too!”

With two events in the books to date at Merrittville Speedway in 2012 for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites – two former champions – Shawn Sliter and his nephew and defending champion Josh Sliter have both visited Victory Lane.

The Seaway Mall – located at 800 Niagara Street features over 120 friendly stores and services and offers free wireless internet throughout the mall. The Seaway Mall is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Sundays from 12 to 5 PM.

Shoppers can also visit the Seaway Mall on line at www.seawaymall.com on your I Phone by downloading the free Seaway Mall App from the iTunes store.

The Seaway Mall goes WAY beyond your expectations! Seaway Mall offers a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences and is home to over 120 stores and services including Le Chateau, the Shoe Warehouse, Bonnie Togs, and a brand new Pennington’s. Seaway Mall is simply the best place to shop for everything you need for your family, home and for yourself.

Representatives from the Rankin Cancer Run will be set up with information on the 5th Annual Event set for May 29th. For further information or to make an online donation visit . Many of Merrittville Speedway’s Officials and fans will participate in the event as well as drivers.

When the gates open at 5:30 May 19th, Students 18 years of age and younger are reminded that like all Saturday Nights in May – Grandstand Admission is ONLY $5!

Race fans of all ages are invited to come early as well for another edition of the Clint and Dana pre-race show that features driver interviews, recaps of the previous week and a preview of upcoming events and more. Showtime for the 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event is 7 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecetive Season in 2012 including Seaway Mall’s Rankin Cancer Run Night and the Modified Lite Stars North Tour – . For directions to Merrittville
Speedway click on ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway.com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today.

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara! MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

With the 61st Season Underway at Merrittville Kids Club Set to Start This Saturday Night

May 12th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- With B&C Truck Centre and Blast Entertainment Night at Merrittville Speedway – Saturday May 5th – launching the 2012 Championship Chase for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions, the Meridian Credit Union Kids Club Registration Night kicks off with Registration Night Saturday May 12th.

“Since we opened for the season,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “some parents have already registered their children . here at the Office and even on line . but this Saturday Night is the official night to sign up.” Prior to race time throughout the season, the Kid’s Club Area behind the Main Grandstand has activities scheduled for members. For a breakdown of the season’s events – visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kidssched.htm.

The Membership rate for children under 8 is $4.99 while for those 8 to 12 years of age the fee is $19.99. For a registration form to fill out in advance click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kidsclub.htm “The Meridian Credit Union Kid’s Club has another awesome schedule of events planned,” relates Bicknell-Jones, “and what can you say about
Meridian … we are honored that they have returned to the Kids Club . and they will also be assisting our Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Events as well this season.”

For the current schedule of Meridian Credit Union Kids Club Events – click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kidssched.htm. The Meridian Credit Union Kids Club continues to be one of the best values in DIRTcar Racing as in addition to all of the above and more – Kids Club Members also get a custom Meridian Credit Union Kids Club T Shirt and
Membership Card.

With more than 1,100 employees, Meridian Credit Union’s customer service is rated among the top banks and credit unions across North America. Every week, we ask our Members how we’re doing and we act on what they tell us. Meridian Credit Union is Ontario’s largest credit union, serving more than 263,000 Members at 62 Branches and eight Commercial Business Centres in communities across south central Ontario. With more than 70 years of banking history, Meridian delivers a full range of financial services, solutions, and advice tailored to meet each Member’s individual needs, including access
to The ExchangeR Network with more than 2,400 no-fee ABMs in Canada. Membership in Meridian is open to anyone looking for a financial services provider with a local, community focus that offers a viable alternative to traditional banking options.

To activate an account you can visit your local branch, call 1-866-592-2226 or
submit a request online or visit www.meridiancu.ca

All 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series divisions will be on track in Saturday
May 12th’s Lococo Wholesale Night including the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders with the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman featured in the 40 lap David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series opener.

Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on May 12th and Race Fans are invited early to catch this week’s edition of the Clint and Dana Pre-Race Show just inside the front gate area. Racing starts at 7:00 PM.

Students 18 years of age and younger are reminded that Grandstand Admission is just $5 every Saturday Night throughout May.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s Meridian Credit Union Kids Club and the entire 61st Season – visit . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway
.com\track_map> www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today. Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

King of the Crates Series Lauches in Lococo Wholesale Night at Merrittville

May 11th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – It will be a wholesale night of excitement Saturday May 12th when Merrittville Speedway hosts Lococo Wholesale – an event that features the 2012 Opener of the King of the Crates Series powered by David Chevrolet and Registration Night for the Kids Club. “With the second 40 lap special on tap in two weeks for the Sportsman,” exclaimed (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “Lococo Wholesale should deliver an action-packed event.”

Brad Rouse won both the King of the Crates Series and overall Title last season and it will be interesting to witness his title defence this season. Cody McPherson – third place overall last season won the Spring Sizzler 40 lap Event while Rouse took last week’s Championship Chase Opener. Lococo Wholesale started with a dream more than 100 years ago by the Lococo family and through generation to generation – Daniel Lococo has a vision. As a leading produce supplier and small local market walk in store featuring the freshest produce, select frozen and grocery items – Lococos now sell over 350 different types of meat items. Lococos wants you to eat well and to be aware of the many options in fruits and vegetables.
Visit them on line at www.lococos.ca for Weekly Specials and then head to either of their detail locations – 4167 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls or at 2371 Barton Street East in Hamilton.

Home of the Bow Tie – David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC has been voted the #1Dealer for new and used vehicles. At David Chevrolet you will find friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are guided by a relentless focus on superior customer service, honesty and delivering the highest value to our customers. David Chevrolet is committed to building relationships that will last generations. Visit their dealership at 915 Niagara Street in Welland. On line at
www.davidchev.com you can search new inventory, request quotes on service and repairs, body shop and parts. David Chevrolet offers an extensive inventory of genuine GM Performance parts and accessories. To place your order call 888-682-8140.

Rounding out the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program – qualifying and Feature Events for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on May 12th and Race Fans are invited early to catch this week’s edition of the Clint and Dana Pre-Race Show just inside the front gate area. Racing starts at 7:00 PM. Students 18 years of age and younger are reminded that Grandstand Admission is just $5 every Saturday Night throughout May.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway .com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today. Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

B&C Truck Centre & Blast Entertainment Present 2012 Championship Chase Opener At Merrittville

May 4th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -When it was announced that B&C Truck Centre would be joined by Blast Entertainment to present Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Championship Chase on Saturday May 5th – you had to know that the first 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event would be over the top!

When you think Stratford Ontario you think the Shakespeare Festival Theatre. maybe the Stratford Cullitons ( Mid-Western Conference rivals of the Thorold Blackhawks) or even Justin Bieber.

If you attended Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night last October you have to know that Blast Entertainment and P.M. Lighting also call Stratford home.

“With Blast Entertainment and PM Lighting officially closing out last season,” revealed (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “it’s only fitting that they join B&C Truck Centre to kick off another . their professionalism and creativity can put any event over the top!.”

Race fans from the Thorold facility are in for a thrilling event if the on track excitement from the Spring Sizzler is any indication. From May 5th’s action one driver will be announced prior to May 12th’s event as the B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Driver of the Week – an awards program that will follow each event where all 5 Divisions are part of the show.

“Week in and week out during the season we look forward to greeting each Driver of the Week” anticipates (B&C Truck Centre’s) Terry Huffman, “we’re race fans and we look forward to entertaining our customers and staff!”

The Blast Entertainment, B&C Truck Centre & Mack Canada Event Saturday May 5th finds the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in their first races of the season – joining the Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds who got their start in the Spring Sizzler the previous week.

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 – all Students 18 years of age and under will be admitted for just $5. The first Saturday Night of May is also the first MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night of the season with 2 Adults and 2 Children 16 years of age or younger can purchase a Family Pack for just $40.00 which includes 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn.

The special deal gets even BIGGER as everyone purchasing their MT Bellies BIG Food Big FUN Family Pack will be eligible for Dinner for 4 at the Welland restaurant.

For more than 25 years, B&C Truck Centre has been servicing the greater Niagara Region marketplace, earning an unparalleled reputation for quality, reliability and most importantly value. From a single light duty truck to large heavy fleets – B&C Truck Centre has the right technical staff, the right equipment and the right parts to meet all your needs and exceed your expectations.

The Service Department at B&C Truck Centre is fully equipped with a modern 10 bay facility with computer diagnostic equipment available to ensure that even the most difficult problems will not keep your vehicle down. Whether it’s your truck or trailer – B&C’s Mobile Service can complete most service and maintenance requirements on site.

Since 2008, B&C Truck Centre has been the Niagara Region’s full service and parts dealer for Mack Canada and has a large inventory of parts for any non-Mack make and model vehicle as well.

B&C Truck Centre is located 639 Main Street in Port Colborne or on line at http://www.bctruck.ca www.bctruck.ca. For Parts and all other inquiries call 905-835-9351. 24 Hour Emergency Road Side Service is available at 1-888-407-1269.

Blast Entertainment is a production company that specializes in Weddings … Stag and Does … School Dances and Corporate Parties – wherever you are.

Paired with P.M. Lighting DJ Adam Vandenakker – the duo bring a nightclub experience to any event featuring an over the top visual production that includes lasers and robotic lighting.

To put your event over the top or for your free consultation – contact Adam at 519-878-5163 or Brian Pugh at 519-271-4927 or via e mail at pep992911@yahoo.com.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Blast Entertainment B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Championship Chase Opener – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at .
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage.

Now’s the Time to Start Your Enduro Car

May 3rd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If you missed the Speed program Car Science this past winter have you really had all your questions answered about cars? Ever wondered how some of Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers make what they do look so easy or how a car can get so easily out of control? Ever wanted to know how to pull off the perfect race winning move? Or are you one of those You Tubers looking for the few seconds of fame in getting your video on Dumbest Stuff on Wheels?

Enduro Racing at Merrittville Speedway steps on the gas and answers all the questions you want to know but are afraid to ask. “Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

The Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifying Series accelerated by Niagara College breaks it all down as it speeds through 2012 and blows your mind with a high octane blast of hard turns and twisted metal. Enduro Racing is part SCIENCE, part STUNT, part INFO-TAINMENT and always 100% ADRENALINE and OUTRAGEOUS FUN Now’s the time to push up your sleeves . get your hands dirty as cars will be jacked up, busted apart and pushed to their limits and beyond. You’ll crash, skid, swerve, slam, and demolish your way in three events throughout the summer that leads up to the 100 lap Smash-o-rama Main Event . Sunday
September 9th!.

With Qualifiers set for Saturday June 30th (Boltworks Canada Day Celebration) and Saturday August 4th when Miller’s Auto Recyclers presents Season Ticket Holders ‘Bring a Friend Night’ . you’ve never been in traffic this out of control!

Get ready for a 21 lap roller coaster ride when the 2012 Qualifying Series launches Monday May 21st when Zavitz Financial Strategies & Employee Benefits presents the 358 Modified 100 Lap Super DIRTcar Series Event in addition to the opening Big 6 Event for the Hoosier Stocks that starts out in 5th gear and doesn’t let up.

If you have been in the grandstands for any part of the Thorold track’s 61 year history and get the racing itch yourself and are thinking that you might like to give it a try – Merrittville has just the event for you!

“It’s pretty basic,” adds Bicknell, ” it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races.”

Depending on what happens in any of the qualifiers, a competitor could use the same car in more than one event.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including Enduro Racing visit . the Speedway Office beginning April 1st . during a 2012 Event . on line at www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map .com\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today.

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Bicknell, McPherson and Knapp Winn First Features of 2012 in Merrittville Spring Sizzler

April 30th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario — Merrittville Speedway opened it’s 61st Season April 28th with Pete Bicknell, Cody McPherson & Kevin Knapp taking home wins in the three division Spring Sizzler in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Hoosier Stock Divisions respectively.

The last time Bicknell was at the controls of his Lucas Oil #42, it was in the John Spencer Memorial 50 lap event that closed the 61st Season where he soldiered to a third place finish but good enough for his 21st Career Title at the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility and would have back surgery later than week.

Despite issues with the PA System after the start of 50 lap event for the 358 Modifieds that left co-announcers Clint Geoffrey and Dana Huffman literally speechless, the excellent opening night crowd saw that Bicknell will once again be one tough animal in 2012 in his quest for a 22nd Championship.

One driver looking to earn his first career title after finishing second to Bicknell the last two seasons is Mat Williamson and as the defending winner of the annual Spring Sizzler was out front early after lead swaps between front row starters Larry Lampman Jr. and Bicknell.

Williamson was in top spot by lap 8 with Bicknell challenging for the lead by lap 15. With the leaders quickly coming up on lap traffic, Chris Steele in third was overtaken by both Chad Brachmann and Scott Wood. With Williamson still out front to the halfway point at lap 25, Brachmann was able to get by Bicknell for the runner-up spot.

By lap 30 Brachmann and Bicknell began to close in on Williamson and on lap 35 the leader almost met with disaster coming up on slower cars. Luckily Williamson was able to weave his way through but unluckily – the top three were all now about a car length apart from each other.

The top three weren’t holding anything back with incidental contact between Bicknell and Brachmann finding the former champion having a left front tire going soft. Later Williamson would fall victim to a broken front shock on lap 45.

With Bicknell taking control of top spot on lap 45, Scott Wood was now in the runner up spot but couldn’t reel in the leader.

Bicknell and Wood were followed at the finish by Williamson and Brachmann who were both able to hold on to top 5 finishes with Lampman fifth.

Another driver looking to be one tough animal in 2012 is Cody McPherson – behind the wheel of the Advantage Trailer-owned Bobcat of Hamilton sponsored #7 Sportsman in 2012. Behind the wheel of a non-family owned race car for the first time since his Mike Granton-wrenched Hoosier Stock held off his brother-in-law and team mate Brandon Easey by a mere 3/100ths of a second after 40 laps of hard racing.

“It’s awesom to get Gord and Gord Sr. their first win,” exclaimed McPherson in Victory Lane, “I’m glad we were able to pull it off … at the end I didn’t think I could get by the lap cars but to win and beat Easey … it’s even better!”

Easey who is making a return to the division after a season in the 358 Modifieds was the initial leader facing a challenge from defending Champion Brad Rouse before a lap 7 caution slowed the field. By lap 15 Rouse was out in front with McPherson joining in in third. By halfway it was McPherson ahead of Easey with Rouse dropping to third.

McPherson ran away to about a ¼ lap lead but as the event neared lap 30, Easey was closing in. Through heavy lap traffic Easey continued to close and by lap 35 was right on the leader. With one lap to go, Rouse had even got back to have a shot but at the checkered flag … McPherson was able to hold off the two.

“I used to think racing was the best thing,” revealed the new father post race, “but now with my daughter Aliyah and Amber at home … thanks to them for letting me keep do this – our programs on top right now … hopefully we’ll keep it up front all season.”

McPherson Easey and Rouse were followed by Gary Lindberg and BJ Willard.

“Just out to beat the pink cars …that’s our goal,” admitted Kevin Knapp at the conclusion of the 30 lap Hoosier Stock Spring Sizzler, “They were so fast … for me it was all about patience and running the bottom.”

The start of the initial Feature Event of the season had two former drivers sharing the front row. Brad Sheehan and Billy Hogue both returning full time this season with Sheehan the first to lead.

After an early caution, Kevin Knapp was on the move and quickly was into second quickly reeling in Sheehan. By lap 10 he was challenging for top spot – taking control out of Turn 2. Caution on lap 12 slowed the pace after front runners defending Champion Ken Sargent and Hogue became hooked together.

Knapp was back out in front on the restart pulling away to a couple car lead with Jeff Dayman, Rob Murray and Chris Crawford as the top 5 before caution just past half way slowed the pace once more. Knapp edged ahead on the restart holding just a car length with 10 laps to go.

Knapp began to pull away with former Champion Rob Murray by Sheehan just before the 5 to go mark.

Caution on lap 26 eliminated almost a ¼ lap lead for Knapp on the field. On the restart with it was Murray challenging but Knapp ran to a 5 car length lead at the finish ahead of the ‘pink’ cars of Murray and Sheehan with former Champion Jeff Dayman in 4 and Sargent rebounding to finish 5th.

Practice for Merrittville starts on April 21st

April 21st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – In just 2 days, Merrittville Speedway will open with Practice Day for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions. The Saturday April 21st Event may be one of the most important practices with three divisions in big events right off the start – the following week.

“We had some cars on the race track over the weekend with the BRP Driving School and a Saturday Night session,” informs (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we had some good weather and the track came up in good shape – everyone will be getting geared up for the Spring Sizzler.” Practice Day should provide Race Fans with something they have been waiting for since last fall – race cars on the track. For Race Teams – it’s Spring Training and the pre-season all wrapped up in a one day session to test out the new car and for many a new division.

While drivers representing the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders will be looking for all important seat time in preparation for the B&C Truck Centre and Blast Entertainment hosting of the 61st Season Opener Saturday May 5th – the balance of the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions get their start April 28th. 2012′s Edition of the Spring Sizzler will see the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds in a $2,000 to win 50 lap Main Event, the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman in a 40 lap $700 to win affair and the Hoosier Stocks in a 30 lap tilt that opens their Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks.

Race Teams should make note that the Pit Gates will open at 12 Noon April 21st for Inspection with the first Test and Tune Session scheduled for 5:00 PM. Grandstand Admission is free.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61stth Season call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today.

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

New and Traditional Promotions at Merrittville add to Fan Experience

April 17th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario–The Countdown to the 2012 Spring Sizzler and the 61st consecutive season at Merrittville Speedway is down to just two weeks to go. For fans of the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility that have been waiting for on track action to return since last fall – the new season promises to be quite an experience for race fans of all ages.

“Some exciting new ideas will compliment traditional favorites this season,” reveals (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding “and it all starts in less than two weeks time!” Race fans will want to get settled into their seats early each and every event looking forward to Merrittville’s version of the pre-race Hollywood Hotel Program right at the start finish line.

Hosted by Merrittville Co-announcers Clint Geoffrey and Dana Huffman, race fans can expect interviews with drivers and other personalities, race recaps, predictions and insights into upcoming events and more. “Dana and I are really excited,” relayed Geoffrey,” in the past we have had a pre-race show of sorts . but to be right in the front of the crowd – it will be cool start to each event for the fans . we have some ideas planned but being live . you never know what might happen.”

“For our fans that enjoyed last year’s weekly Trivia Contests,” added Huffman, “through the pre-race show and at times during each night . I plan on being out in the crowd with some awesome giveaways through questions and I must just wing it!” Second year announcer Huffman will be armed each week with custom Merrittville T Shirts to reward the best weekly fans.

Merrittville Speedway Fans will also have a chance every week to win an assortment of Lucas Oil Products as they enter the Grandstands. “For several years now Lucas Oil has been a tremendous supporter of both our Tuesday and Saturday Night Race Teams,” prided Bicknell-Jones, “this season they will be reaching out to our fans with a weekly free giveaway . all
anyone has to do is fill out a short survey.”

Race fans looking at taking in each and every event throughout the 61st Season may wish to consider Season Passes and both General Admission and Reserved Seating options are available. “With the weather we enjoyed last year . a Grandstand Season Ticket is quite a savings over paying walk up ticket prices,” reminded Bicknell-Jones, “they are good for all events . and with a Reserved Seat . your ticket includes a Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner Ticket when we celebrate the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th .”

Race Fans are reminded as well that each and every Grandstand Admission Ticket includes a special offer from the Little Caesars location at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. Merrittville Speedway Grandstand Tickets include a coupon that will give you a FREE Order of Crazy Bread with the purchase of a Hot n’ Ready Pizza and a Crazy Bread from that location only. Students 18 and under have to be anticipating Saturday Nights in May with a special rate of $ 5.00.

May’s Events include the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Opener for the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, a Modified Lite Stars North Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning sponsored division, as well as the Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Opener for the 4 Cylinders. The $5.00 Saturdays in May of course lead up to Saturday June 23rd’s Summer Blast Off with all Students 18 and under admitted FREE with ID and or in School Spirit Wear.

Young families can look forward to 5 Nights of BIG Food and BIG Fun with the return of the MT Bellies Family Fun Pack Nights set for May 5th, June 9th, July 25th and August 25th. On the designated nights, 2 Adults and 2 Children 16 or under can enjoy the on track action for just $40.00. It’s a BIG value as it includes 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn and becomes even BIGGER as on each night . those that purchase the package can win Dinner for 4 at MT Bellies . 871 Niagara Street in Welland.

The youngest of Merrittville Fans have to be counting down to Saturday May 12th’s Registration Night for the 2012 Meridian Credit Union Kids Club. An incredible value . Membership in the Club includes Admission to all 2012 Events . a Membership Card and Club T Shirt. Cost for Children under 8 is just $4.99 while those 8 years old to 12 are only $ 19.99. “The Meridian Credit Union Kid’s Club has another awesome schedule of events planned,” relates Bicknell-Jones, “and what can you say about Meridian … we are honored that they have returned to the Kids Club.”

With some of the best racing anywhere throughout all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders . race fans are in for a real treat each time an event takes to the track. With the new Pre-Race Show . the Lucas Oil Weekly Fan Giveaway . special discounts for Students . MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Nights . the Meridian Credit Union Kids Club and much more . your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

Merrittville Speedway’s 61stth Season kicks off in less than 2 weeks with Saturday April 28th’s Spring Sizzler featuring 120 laps of feature action. For further information visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call 905-892-8266. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today. Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services. Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry. Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Spring Sizzler Opens Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Season In Less Than A Month

April 2nd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If Friday’s snowstorm was someone’s idea of an early April Fool’s Prank – we really can’t complain with the mild winter we’ve had now can we?

We really can’t complain either since Merrittville Speedway’s Annual Spring Sizzler and the 61st season is now less than a month away! It’s an event that Merrittville Speedway Race Fans and Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams have been waiting for since the close of last season!

The Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility is set to open the 2012 Season and it’s 61st consecutive season Saturday April 28th with the Spring Sizzler. “Everything is coming together now . leading up to March 31st . a large influx of drivers have been registering in advance of the deadline,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding “it won’t be long before the beautiful weather we had a couple weeks ago will be back with us and the season gets underway!”

The Spring Sizzler will feature the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 DIRTcar Modifieds in a 50 lap $2,000 to win Main Event with the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman in a $700 to win 40 lap affair. The Hoosier Stocks will kick off their Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks with their first Home Track $300 to win 30 lap tilt. The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders will take to the track for practice sessions only throughout the night.

“Race fans have been waiting since last fall for this season,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “with a good mix of rookies and veterans through all divisions . the racing is bound to be thrilling with just show up points on the line . what’s it going to be like when the real points begin . any Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event this summer is going to be extremely exciting!” Grandstand Gates open for the Spring Sizzler at 5:30. Showtime is 7:00!

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including the 2012 Spring Sizzler – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on www.merrittvillespeedway.com/track_map
<file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\Administrator\My%20Documents\2012%20N
ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\www.merrittvillespeedway
.com\track_map> Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today.

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at . Merrittville Speedway – The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

Merrittville Winter Office Open This Saturday for Last Chance Savings for Race Teams

March 26th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – With Merrittville Speedway’s Race Car Shows at the Seaway Mall and Pen Centre now complete – Race Fans and Race Teams alike are now focused on April 28th’s Spring Sizzler and the Thorold DIRTcar Facility’s 61st Season! “With the recent stretch of weather we have enjoyed,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we could be racing right now . but before we know it – the season will be here and with that – time is running out to save on our Pit Passes and Memberships.”

Drivers and Crew Members are reminded of an upcoming Price Increase Deadline for 2012 Memberships as well as an Expiry Date to purchase Driver VIP Passes. With that in mind, Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office – located in the St. Catharines’ head quarters of Bicknell Racing Products will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday March 31st to accommodate racers that may not be able to visit during business hours weekdays.

Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Driver VIP Passes are $200.00 while for the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds – the special rate is $250.00. All VIP Passes are no longer available after March 31st.

Pit Crew Members can also take advantage of membership and season pass deals.

Early Bird Memberships are available for $60.00 while Pit Season Passes sell for $375.00. Memberships are still available after the deadline for $75.00. For further information – click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/season2.htm

Race fans looking to purchase General Admission and Reserved Grandstand Season Tickets can also visit the Winter Office. General Admission Adult Season Tickets for Adults are $250.00 while a Reserved Seat for all events is $270.00. For further information on Grandstand Season Tickets – click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/season.htm New for all passes – a Photo of the pass holder will be on all credentials and the Winter Office is equipped to take and process photos.

The upcoming Bicknell Racing Products Chassis Seminar and Pete Bicknell Driving School is also coming up quickly and limited space is still available in the Sunday April 15th Session only.

“Although our focus leans towards Sportsmen and Modified Teams.” reveals BRP’s Randy Williamson, “each year . our classes are made up of drivers from all divisions looking to boost their confidence and knowledge . the first day is sold out – however limited space is available in the other sessions.” The day long sessions feature both classroom and on track sessions that will benefit any type of race car – from entry level Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders to Mod Lites to the Sportsmen and 358 or Big Block Modified type race cars.

Drivers and crew members alike will learn what it takes to stop the guess work when it comes to solving improper handling, how to adapt to changing track conditions, proper spring and shock selecting and how to interpret weight transfer, body roll and roll steer.

Each on track portion will provide drivers with proper driving techniques and will teach tire selection and overall car preparation. Both the class room and on track portions will be held at Merrittville Speedway.

All Inclusive Registration Fee for Drivers is $400 while the Crew Member Fee is $75.  Interested race teams are asked to reserve their spots as soon as possible by contacting Erica Bicknell.

The Merrittville Speedway Winter Office is located in Bicknell Racing Products – 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario and can be reached at 905-685-7223. Merrittville Speedway will open for the season as of April 2nd.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including news on upcoming events and up and coming drivers – visitwww.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Mastroianni’s Return to Racing at Merrittville Begins with Seaway Mall Display

March 13th, 2012

Thorold, ON — There is no other driver that would give anything to be back on track at Merrittville Speedway rather than on display during Merrittville Speedway’s Seaway Mall Race Car Show during March Break than Joey Mastroianni.

The former Kart Racer and Modified Lite Driver is among many of the Thorold track’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers that have their cars on display at the Welland shopping destination joining his new team-mate, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman veteran Adam Leslie.

Mastroianni has crewed in recent years for Leslie and will be one of several 2012 Rookies in the Sportsman Division who look to challenge the veterans weekly with the division expected to field large fields.

“It kind of started with talk of me maybe running a few races,” revealed the 23 year old Welland Native who will race Leslie’s former car after upgrading his efforts with a new BRP Chassis for the new season, adding, “everything ballooned from there to the full season . and to be honest – I can thank Adam and his Dad Ken and everyone for this tremendous opportunity!”

Mastroianni – another former karter giving back to his roots as a Volunteer Official on Tuesday Nights is counting down the days hours and minutes until the start of the season after being given the green light to get behind the wheel by his doctors. Prior to that he was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that he may not ever race again.

Joey battled meningitis and encephalitis forcing him to hang up the helmet as a competitor in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite several years ago. “Since his car started to take shape in the fall . he has been like a Kid on
Christmas Day,” revealed Joey’s girlfriend Krissy Leslie, “racing season really can’t come soon enough!”

Race fans may remember Mastroianni’s yellow #8 race cars but now will have to look for new colors and a new number.

“Again, I can’t thank Ken enough for the new start to my racing career,” said Mastroianni, “he’s a former racer himself so it’s an honor and privilege to race with his former # 11 . to say I am excited right now might be an understatement!”

Mastroianni’s car now blue and lettered by Platinum Grafx has had long-time former sponsors Seaway Mall, Health Wise (a Mall Merchant) and J&J Heating and Air rejoin him in his return to racing in addition to his new team sponsors Lucas Oil, Westpier Marine & Industrial Supply, Young Automotive Professionals, Dominion Auto Body, Greenside Landscaping, Lazy Lakes Camping Resort, Medina Industrial Supply, Kaupp Electric, Vic Powell Welding and David Chevrolet.

Crewing for the Mastroianni and Leslie cars are the Leslies – Ken and his brother Dan, Carson, Rob and Joey’s dad John.

Joey grew up in the grandstands cheering on his uncle – former Pro Stock Champion Garry Moreash who finished his career in the Sportsman Division.As a youngster Joey wanted to experience racing and was on the look out for a yard kart to play around in and similar to how his plans came together for this year – before he knew it . he had a kart that he would join the Tuesday Night ranks with for four seasons.

“When I made the move to Saturday Nights I didn’t think it would happen so soon,” remembered the Service Advisor at David Chevrolet, “Mom, Dad and I were looking at all the options and together with RCM Racing Equipment’s Chris and Paul – we decided the Modified Lite would be the natural progression.”

After three seasons, Joey was forced to step back from driving even on the street, “it’s almost surreal leading up to the start of this season after being told that I can’t race not too long ago.”

Once Joey’s Sportsman Racer leaves the Seaway Mall – he can look forward to returning to the track during the Pete Bicknell Driving School next month at Merrittville leading into the 61st consecutive season.

As young adults Joey and Krissy have both grown up in the sport and now balance work and racing while Adam’s younger sister works towards her teaching degree at school. Her biggest assignment could’ve been teaching Joey how to snowboard.

As Mastroianni is about to start a new chapter in his life, he realizes that he’ll need to gain experience through seat time as he attempts to qualify each night. It’s a story that all of us in the sport will enjoy!

Mastroianni’s Race Car and others from each Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Division are on display at the Seaway Mall in Welland from March 12th to March 17th. Stop in and get your 2012 Merrittville Speedway Schedules.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including news on new and returning driver for 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Race Car Show at Seaway Mall is on of the Last Breaks for Merrittville Speedway Race Team

March 11th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – If you are looking for something to do with the family this coming week during March Break – visit
Merrittville Speedway’s Race Car Show at the Seaway Mall in Welland. Drivers from each of the 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions will have their cars on display from March 12th to March 17th.

The Seaway Mall is the way to big brands and better prices and the way to a fuller shopping cart when Target opens in 2013.

From Monday to Friday, the Seaway Mall will be the way to March Break Madness with plenty of activities scheduled in the Sears Court Area.

Disney and Cars Bouncers will split the week and kids can visit with reptiles from the Reptile Kingdom at times Wednesday and Friday with a variety of crafts planned to keep the kids entertained. Help a Child Smile and Star Wars Characters will invade Seaway Mall Saturday in preparation for their Fun Expo Saturday May 26th.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Mall providing race fans from across the Region an opportunity to meet some of their favorite drivers and to get a first-hand look at their race cars,” said Erica Bicknell-Jones, GM of Merrittville Speedway. “with the season a little more than a month away – what better way to treat our fans than with an up-close race experience in an intimate setting – reaching out to shoppers is a valuable tool in attracting new fans with all the March Break activities going on,” she added.
Race Fans can look forward to seeing the brand new cars of 2012 Rookie Drivers Dillan Sliter and Joey Mastroianni who are preparing for their first seasons in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Divisions respectively.

Sliter will be joined by his uncle Ray Sliter Jr., and his cousin – defending 2 time Champion Josh Sliter and former champ Paul Klager – all representing the class of cars that are powered by motorcycle engines.

Joining Mastroianni is his team-mate Adam Leslie, BJ Willard, Justin Sharp and Cody McPherson – just some of the Sportsman field that is expected to draw huge fields each week during the season.

The Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division will see the cars of Rob Overholt, Brandon Iudicianni, Jason Coutu and Kyle Pelrine on display in addition to the full-fendered Hoosier Stocks of Chris Crawford, Kevin Knapp, Jim Lampman and Cory Turner.

Rounding out the line-up of Saturday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Stars are the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds of Bill Bleich, Chris Steele and defending and 21 time Champion Pete Bicknell.

Merrittville Speedway’s Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Drivers joining the week long display include Alex Riley, Trent Curtis and Austyn Werstroh.

While all the engines of all the Race Cars on display will be silent . they will roar to life when the Seaway Mall opens the first Holiday Doubleheader of the season Saturday May 19th at Merrittville with the Rankin Cancer Run Awareness Night featuring the first round of the Stars North Tour for the Modified Lites.

The Welland shopping destination offers a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences and is home to over 120 stores and services . and for March Break – that includes Merrittville Speedway.

Mall Hours are from 10 AM to 9 PM Monday to Friday . 9:30 to 5:30 Saturday and from 12 Noon to 5 PM on Sunday.

The Seaway Mall is located at 800 Niagara Street in Welland Ontario.

Shoppers can also visit the Seaway Mall on line at www.seawaymall.com or on your I Phone by downloading the free Seaway Mall App from the iTunes store.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season including the Seaway Mall Race Car Show . Seaway Mall’s May 19th Event and others set for 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Reunion Night plans Underway for Merrittville Speedway

March 8th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – With Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Spring Sizzler now 52 days away – the weather of the next few days surely has race fans and race teams alike anticipating the first event of the new season.

As we remember to turn the clocks back this weekend – one group continues to look back as the Thorold (Ontario) DIRTcar sanctioned facility race into the future.

Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee – coming off a successful 60th Anniversary continue to link racing today with the many years of the Saturday Night tradition that has been a passion of so many lives.

Meetings will soon be held in preparation for Saturday July 14th’s Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Event and while the Nostalgic Night is some 4 months away . members are looking to add to quite a list of former drivers, crew members and personalities dating back to 1952′s inaugural event.

“Since the 40th Anniversary we have enjoyed quite a response,” relates (Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee Chairman) Rick Kavanagh, “we have honored and caught up with our racing friends from every era . but we always reconnecting with former drivers and families continue to share old photos . news articles and memorabilia!”

Merrittville Speedway’s Annual Nostalgia Night in 2012 will feature a full 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series program featuring the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 in addition to the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

For fans of bygone eras – Vintage Race Cars of all description will be on display before taking to the track for some old school racing. Merrittville’s History will further be celebrated with the introduction of the 61st Anniversary L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductees just prior to race time.

“From so many years in the record books,” adds (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there has to be so many drivers out there . from those that were with us a few seasons . to those who spent a lifetime in the sport – and we would like to involve everyone . from any division!”

For Merrittville Speedway’s current family of drivers, crews. car owners, sponsors and even fans – chances are you have some kind of connection to the past. The Reunion Committee challenges you to spread the word helping the volunteers bring as many together this coming season.

Prospective Merrittville Alumni can contact the Speedway or Reunion Committee in a number of ways:

- Contact the Speedway’s Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or via e mail at <mailto:ebicknell@cogeco.net> ebicknell@cogeco.net

- Contact Rick Kavanagh via e mail at <mailto:rick.kavanagh@hotmail.com>
rick.kavanagh@hotmail.com

- visit Merrittville Speedway’s upcoming Mall Shows at the Seaway Mall (the week of March 12th) or the Pen Centre (the week of March 19th)

- connect with Merrittville on Face Book

“Right now we are still in the planning stages of this year’s Reunion Night,” adds Kavanagh, “if any of our Alumni would like to join with us .we do some bench racing . and some business leading up to the annual event and others throughout the season including a day at the track in April renovating the Wall of Fame and putting our member’s signs up for the
season.”

In addition to Kavanagh, the Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers – Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw and Terry Huffman as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell-Jones and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member as are Begolo and Renshaw.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including news on the Reunion Committee, Saturday July 14th’s Nostalgia Night and the 2012 L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions – visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Sliter Making Move to Modified Likte Division in 2012 at Merrittville

March 7th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – March is a busy time of year for any of Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Race Teams – getting the race car looking good for the upcoming shows at the Seaway Mall and the Pen Centre and from there – getting it into race trim for the 2012 Season.

For one race team – you can multiply that workload by 4 as Dillan Sliter is set to join his Dad Shawn, his uncle Ray Jr. and cousin Josh as a rookie in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division. Between them, the Sliters have earned 3 Divisional Titles in recent years with Dillan serving as a crew member on the family fleet that includes his younger sister Ryleigh who herself is preparing for her rookie season Tuesday Nights with a move up to the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Kart Division.

“Racing Saturday Nights for me was the plan all along,” said the former Kart Racer between sessions in the Niagara District Catholic School Board Welding Skills Competition at Niagara College last week, “Dad let me take his car out . I really liked it – I can’t wait to get back on track!”

Sliter’s first time in a Modified Lite came in a Humberstone Speedway Practice Night and once the season wound down for him as a regular in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders – he raced his 2012 Car at tracks including Ohsweken, Deerfield and Mercer. The latter speed plants are home to many of the drivers that pay annual visits to the division’s biggest event at the Thorold DIRTcar facility – The International Modified Lite Championship Weekend.

A Grade 10 Student at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne where he plays on the school Hockey and Lacrosse teams – Dillan spent most of last season in his own familiar #71 before showing what he could do in Rob Goulding’s #16 VW. Sliter finished second August 21st and backed that up with a third the following week while racing against drivers – some that have probably raced longer than he’s been alive. Since last season, Goulding sold his 4 Cylinder Cars – the orange 16 and the Herbie #53 and will also be a rookie in 2012 after running his new Modified Lite in last year’s 2 Day
Championships.

Sliter got his start in racing like so many others as part of Merrittville’s Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series and after hanging up his helmet – remained involved as a Corner Worker on the infield oval.

When not officiating, Sliter helps out maintaining his sister’s kart in addition to the family’s Saturday Night Leader Race Cars. The summer months also find the third generation driver operating his own Lawn Maintenance Company.

While most kids his age are counting down the days until the March Break, Dillan who turns 16 in August will more than likely be thrashing on race cars as they prepare for the upcoming Race Car Shows. Especially since his Dad’s and cousins cars have already raced in 2012 during the recent TUSA Events at the East Bay Raceway Park in Florida last month.

“It was great to get some racing in,” relays Sliter, “but is was real hot down there and we had lots of work to do between events.” The trip south probably included a stop at the Leader Race Cars/ Crutchfield Performance Shops in Chickamauga Georgia – manufacturers of the Sliters’ machines and others across North America.

Dillan’s 7s will join his Uncle Ray and cousin Josh with their Modified Lites as part of the Seaway Mall Race Car Show the week of March 12th while his Dad’s Car will be unveiled the following week at the Pen Centre.

Dillan shares many of the sponsors with his Dad with D.V.C. Contracting joining long-time supporters Modern Corporation, CMH Sales & Leasing, Metro Collision and Cam Hilz Trucking. TC Decals supplied the graphics.

“I can’t thank everyone that has helped enough,” added Sliter,” especially Mom, Dad and Ryleigh . Uncle Ray and Josh . Grandma and Grandpa Sliter and my girlfriend Grace!”

With Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Season quickly approaching – Dillan Sliter’s story is a familiar one but one that he will make his own. The love of the sport has been passed down through generations as we continue to see second, third and fourth generation drivers keep the family involvement on track.

Look for Dillan Sliter’s #7S Modified Lite and a host of others at the Pen Centre in St. Catharines beginning Monday March 19th.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including news on upcoming events and up and coming drivers – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! 2012 Grandstand Season Tickets are now available with savings of more than $100.00 – get yours today!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

61 days to Merrittville’s 61st Season and the Spri g Sizzler

February 27th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – For the first time in its history, the Daytona 500 was rain delayed a day. Whether you watch it on the couch . in the stands . at work or wherever – then you can rejoice in knowing the Merrittville Speedway’s 61st consecutive season is just 61 days away from the time the checkered flag falls in the Sunshine State!

There’s no better way to enjoy all the action with a 2012 Grandstand Season Pass with two options available. Reserved or General Admission Season Tickets offer a savings of more than $100.00 and possibly more last season with the number of events that were completed!

Beginning with Saturday April 28th’s Annual Spring Sizzler, Grandstand Season Tickets are good for all events. A Reserved Ticket which includes a Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner for the Monday August 6th 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series 100 presented by L. St. Amand Enterprises is an economical $270.00 for Adults while the Student and Senior rate is $250.00.

General Admission Season Tickets for Adults are $250.00 with the price $230.00 for Students and Seniors.

With either option – race fans with Season Tickets do not have to wait in Ticket Lines each event and with a Reserved Seat – you can pick your favorite seat . and it’s yours for the entire season . from start to finish!

Fast approaching as well is the deadline for Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams’ options for 2012 Memberships and Season Passes.

“On March 31st . the Spring Sizzler will be less than one month away,” reminds (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “that will be the ultimate deadline . the next day some choices will become unavailable and that’s no April Fool’s joke!”

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office located in Bicknell Racing Products will be open Saturday March 31st from 10:00 to 2:00 for Race Teams and Race Fans alike.

Drivers, Crew Members and Car Owners can purchase Merrittville Pit Memberships until March 31st for $60.00. From April 1st forward they are still available but at the $75.00 Rate.

Individuals wishing to purchase a Pit Season Pass which includes membership have only until March 31st to do as they will not be available after that date. A Pit Season Pass is $375.00.

Drivers that completed 75% or more of their respective events in 2011are eligible for a 2012 Driver VIP Pass at a considerable savings and good for all events from May 5th to September 1st.

For eligible competitors in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division – a 2012 Driver VIP Pass is $200.00 while for Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions – the fee is $250.00.

DIRTcar Memberships Forms will also be available.

For 2012, Pit Pricing will be as follows – Merrittville Members . $20.00, DIRTcar Members . $25.00 and for Non Members . $30.00 at each weekly event. Pricing may vary on Special Events.

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 in addition to the Saturday March 31st hours at Bicknell Racing Products which is located at 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario.

In the coming weeks as the Count Down to Green continues – keep visiting our award winning Rick Smyth-mastered web site – merrittvillespeedway.com for all the news – it all contributes to make the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series at Merrittville Speedway – one of the best on dirt!

Tuesday Nights – it’s the stars of tomorrow today in the Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series.

Visit the Merrittville Speedway Race Car Shows at the Seaway Mall (the week of March 19th) and the Pen Centre (the week of March 26th) to see some of the new race cars up close and to get your 2012 Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Schedule Card!

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the 2012 and the Spring Sizzler – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com <http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/> . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

New Look Kart Division at Merrittville

February 22nd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – As Merrittville Speedway has begun the count down to the Stock Car Spring Sizzler that will feature the DIRTcar Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified and Original Pizza Logs Sportsman in addition to the Hoosier Stocks – Saturday April 28th, so too has the Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series.

When the 2012 Season begins Tuesday April 24th with a Practice Night – the revamped Cassell Manufacturing Original Pizza Logs Senior Heavy Division will feature a mix of Engine Combinations with the ultimate goal – to attract former drivers as well as those new to the sport, combining with current drivers.

“It’s the perfect class to get older karts out of storage and back on the track,” challenges (Merrittville Kart Race Director) Paul Klager, “former karters . family or friends of current racers or somebody that wants to get involved for the first time – the changes we have made for this year will provide a fun setting without the pressure of points or purse money.”

The Cassell Manufacturing Original Pizza Logs Senior Heavy Division will know allow the following engine combinations – Briggs & Stratton 5HP Flathead or LO206 Animal, or the AKRA 6.5HP Clone or Box Stock Clone power plants.

“Obviously there will be a learning curve as the season progresses and racers join the division,” adds (Merrittville General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “adjustments may have to be made in minimum weights for each choice if there are overcompetitive karts – we have to remember that the intent of the class is just to have some fun on a Tuesday Night!.”

Drivers looking for further information on the Senior Heavy Division can visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kartrules.htm or contact Erica Bicknell-Jones via e mail atebicknell@cogeco.net or at the Winter Office at 905-685-7223.

During the upcoming Race Car Shows at the Seaway Mall in Welland, (the week of March 12th) and the Pen Centre in St. Catharines, (the week of March 19th) an example of a Kart Suitable for the Division will be on display with additional information available.

The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Schedule begins on Tuesday May 1st and includes 17 scheduled events in addition to a Wednesday August 1st date. For the complete tentative schedule visit -http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kartsched.htm

In addition to the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Heavy Division, Merrittville Speedway also features Original Pizza Logs Divisions – the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1, Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Heavy and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series visitwww.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us in 2012 on a Tuesday Night for a Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series Event featuring SEVEN Kart Weekly Racing Divisions and the stars of tomorrow today!

Many of Merrittville’s Saturday night Stock Car Stars got their starts in Kart Racing including Lampman, Steele, Wood, Bicknell, D’Ilario, Chevalier, Williamson, Rouse, McPherson, Kocarik, Klager, Mastroianni, Small, Conte, Leslie, Bleich, Pierce, Robbins and others.

Your Local DIRT track is where it’s at!! Merrittville Speedway “The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 7 Divisions was brought to racers by partners including Briggs Racing, Burris Tire, Tim Phillips Garage, KC Auto Parts, Drummond Home Hardware, Ed MacPherson Construction, RCM Racing Equipment, Bicknell Racing Products, Superior PetroFuels, Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment, Cassell Manufacturing, Hoosier Tire and Original Pizza Logs.

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer and maintenance center including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, Tim Phillips Garage, KC Auto Parts, and through RCM Racing Equipment.

Lucas Oil’s 2012 Involvement at Merrittville Includes Weekly Giveaway for Race Fans

February 14th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – It’s February . it’s Valentine’s Day and for Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams and Race Fans alike – you have to LOVE that the 2012 Speedweek in Florida is underway!

Some may have enjoyed the East Bay Raceway Park SUPERCAST on line with J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lite Team-mates Josh and Shawn Sliter taking part or you may be counting down the days until the start of the Super DIRTcar Series during the 41st Annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit at the Volusia Speedway Park February 22nd to 25th – the same series that will challenge the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds in the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th.

Or you may tune in for the start of ARCA’s 60th Season this Saturday for the running of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. A field of almost 60 cars is expected to take the green flag in the broadcast that begins at 4:30 live on SPEED.

From there, the focus shifts to Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Spring Sizzler – just 10 Saturdays from this weekend’s first live TV Race.

Three divisions from the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series line-up at the Thorold Ontario DIRTcar sanctioned showplace will be featured in 2012′s edition Saturday April 28th with the Hoosier Stocks and Original Pizza Logs Sportsman joining the 358 Modifieds – also the first chance Race Fans will have to win weekly Prize Packages from Lucas Oil.

“Lucas Oil is involved in major sporting events worldwide,” prided (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we are quite proud of the fact that our events are part of their passion for auto racing and now . our fans can look forward to learning more about their products and winning some great prizes in the process.”

Lucas Oil Products were introduced to Canada in 1996 and since 2006 has flourished – gaining increasing exposure in the marketplace through its racing involvement while growing its product assortment and availability. Lucas Oil is becoming a truly national company with representation and sponsorship in every province. Lucas’s success is built upon hard work, an
unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

Lucas Oil’s problem solving and preventative maintenance products provide the ultimate protection for your engine. Whether your vehicle requires conventional or synthetic oils, Lucas premium oils and additives meet or exceed all OEM specifications. Lucas Oil’s extensive product line is divided into four categories and offers something for everyone – from Automotive to Heavy Duty Industrial and Agricultural to High Performance, Motor Cycle and Power Sports applications.

The Lucas Oil Slick Mist family of products outperforms the competition and will leave your finish slicker and shinier than any product on the market, with long lasting protection. Speed Wax … Fast and Easy Tire and Trim Shine and Interior Detailer are all great for Cars, Trucks, Boats, Motorcycles and Airplanes. Slick Mist shines and protects in one easy application.

Race Fans entering Merrittville Speedway’s Grandstand Area will surely want to visit the Lucas Oil Display Area once inside the gates April 28th and each and every event especially the 61st Annual Reunion Night – a quick 6 months from Valentine’s Day – Saturday July 14th.

Hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee – the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Jerry Winger Memorial for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds as the main event – supported by Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions in addition to Vintage Cars.

Race Fans and Race Teams looking for further information on Lucas Oil Products can visit www.lucasoil.ca.

Who’s coming back to the sport . how will the rookie class of 2012 shape up and what veterans are preparing to answer the bell on in just 10 more Saturdays and throughout the season?

In the coming weeks as the Count Down to Green continues – keep visiting our award winning Rick Smyth-mastered web site – merrittvillespeedway.com for all the news – it all contributes to make the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series at Merrittville Speedway – one of the best on dirt!

Tuesday Nights – it’s the stars of tomorrow today in the Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series.

Visit the Merrittville Speedway Race Car Shows at the Seaway Mall (the week of March 19th) and the Pen Centre (the week of March 26th) to see some of the new race cars up close and to get your 2012 Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Schedule Card!

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Spring Sizzler and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com <http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/> . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at .
<http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm>
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Blast Entertainment to Put B&C Truck Centre 2012 Championship Chase Opener at Merrittville over the Top

January 27th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – With the announcement last week that B&C Truck Centre/Mack Canada will be launching Merrittville
Speedway’s 2012 Championship Chase on Saturday May 5th – comes news this week that Blast Entertainment will help put the first full Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event over the top.

When you think Stratford Ontario you think the Shakespeare Festival Theatre . maybe the Stratford Cullitons ( Mid-Western Conference rivals of the Thorold Blackhawks) or even Justin Bieber.

If you attended Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night last October you have to know that Blast Entertainment and P.M. Lighting also call Stratford home.

“With Blast Entertainment and PM Lighting officially close out last season,” revealed (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “it’s only fitting that they help us kick off another . their professionalism and creativity can put any event over the top!.”

The Blast Entertainment, B&C Truck Centre/Mack Canada Event Saturday May 5th finds the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in their first races of the season – building on the Spring Sizzler Events for the Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds.

Blast Entertainment is a production company that specializes in Weddings … Stag and Does … School Dances and Corporate Parties – wherever you are.

Paired with P.M. Lighting DJ Adam Vandenakker – the duo bring a nightclub experience to any event featuring an over the top visual production that includes lasers and robotic lighting.

To put your event over the top or for your free consultation – contact Adam at 519-878-5163 or Brian Pugh at 519-271-4927 or via e mail at pep992911@yahoo.com.

“When he’s not doing an event – Brian is a huge race fan,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “he enjoys his racing and we’re excited he can join us!”

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 for the Blast Entertainment B&C Truck Centre/Mack Canada Championship Chase Blast Off – Race Fans can also visit and learn more about Blast Entertainment.

In the first of four Special Saturdays in May for Students – all those 18 years of age and under will be admitted for just $5 in the Grandstand.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Blast Entertainment B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Championship Chase Opener – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to
home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

B&C Truck Centre 2012 Champship Chase Opener at Merrittville

January 23rd, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – When Blast Entertainment and B&C Truck Centre combine to launch Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Championship Chase on Saturday May 5th – not only will the Event kick off the 61st Season . it will result in the first driver named B&C Truck Centre/Mack Canada Driver of the Week.

“With the new look Driver of the Week Awards we look forward to working with B&C Truck Centre and Mack Canada,” revealed (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “with their support . the Performer of the Year will be presented a custom award at the year end banquet.”

With the new involvement with the Niagara Region’s Mack full service and parts dealer – the B&C Truck Centre Driver of the Week Awards will now lead to the overall Performer of the Year.

At each and every 2012 Event where all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions are in competition – a team of Merrittville Speedway Officials picks his or her choice on who they think should be declared Driver of the Week. The following week that driver will be acknowledged just prior to race time.

A driver from any of the Thorold track’s 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds . the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman … Hoosier Stocks . J& S Heating & Air Conditioning Mod Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders can be named a Driver of the Week – provided that they receive the most votes that particular week.

While there can be a different Driver of the Week each week during the season – votes that a particular driver receives each week for that award are recorded and now go towards Performer of the Year voting. Simply put – the driver from any division that receives the most overall points will be named the B&C Truck Centre/Mack Canada Performer of the
Year..

Technically – the recipient could be a driver that was never a Driver of the Week – provided that he or she received the most points week in and week out over the course of the season.

The Pete’s Automotive Merrittville Speedway Driver of Year Award will still be presented in 2012 and will be determined by voting by the same Merrittville Speedway Officials.

“Week in and week out during the season we look forward to greeting each Driver of the Week” anticipates (B&C Truck Centre’s) Terry Huffman, “we’re race fans and we look forward to entertaining our customers and staff!”

The Blast Entertainment, B&C Truck Centre & Mack Canada Event Saturday May 5th finds the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in their first races of the season – joining the Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds who got their start in the Spring Sizzler the previous week.

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 – all Students 18 years of age and under will be admitted for just $5.

For more than 25 years, B&C Truck Centre has been servicing the greater Niagara Region marketplace, earning an unparalleled reputation for quality, reliability and most importantly value. From a single light duty truck to large heavy fleets – B&C Truck Centre has the right technical staff, the right equipment and the right parts to meet all your needs and exceed your expectations.

The Service Department at B&C Truck Centre is fully equipped with a modern 10 bay facility with computer diagnostic equipment available to ensure that even the most difficult problems will not keep your vehicle down. Whether it’s your truck or trailer – B&C’s Mobile Service can complete most service and maintenance requirements on site.

Since 2008, B&C Truck Centre has been the Niagara Region’s full service and parts dealer for Mack Canada and has a large inventory of parts for any non-Mack make and model vehicle as well.

B&C Truck Centre is located 639 Main Street in Port Colborne or on line at www.bctruck.ca. For Parts and all other inquiries call 905-835-9351. 24 Hour Emergency Road Side Service is available at 1-888-407-1269.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Blast Entertainment B&C Truck Centre Mack Canada Championship Chase Opener and Driver of the Week Awards – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

MIS Honors Award Winners and Looks Back at 2011 Season

January 21st, 2012

Nearly 200 drivers, crew members, sponsors, friends and families gathered at The Heights Convention Center in Verona, Wisconsin, for the annual MIS Awards Banquet.

Track champions in the four weekly divisions were crowned including Jeremy Miller in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Robert Hansberry Jr. in the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, Andy Jones in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends, and the team of Kyle Stark and Jim Lorang in the Roto Rooter Bandits.  The top three drivers / teams in each division received trophies with rookie of the year and favorite drivers receiving plaques.

Terry Kunes, owner of Madison International Speedway, thanked everyone in attendance for their support of the speedway over the years.  “We really appreciate each and every one of you here tonight.  Without you we wouldn’t be able to do
what we do.”  Kunes also added that he will continue to own and operate the track now and in the future.  “I just want
to clear up any rumors that might still be out there,” he added.

MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg gave a brief preview of the 2012 season including the return of the super late models to the schedule.  “We are running two ASA Midwest Tour events and a Triple Crown Series for the super late models along with many special events.”  It was also announced that the season championships in August will now be known as the Bob Schmelzer Memorial Season Championships.

Grueneberg also presented the first annual Bob Schmelzer Memorial Dedication to Madison International Speedway Award to the Wells Family (John, Diane, and Austin). New business and marketing manager Jason Tyler was introduced to the audience and reiterated his “open door” policy.  “If there is anything you guys need regarding the track and your racing experience do not hesitate to contact me.”

Several drivers picked up certificates from Carl Wegner and Five Star  with dozens of door prizes also presented.

TJ Harron of TJ Harron Photography was on hand taking more of his award-winning photos of each of the drivers.  AW Audio and Lighting provided the sound system for the event.

It was another great season at Madison International Speedway in 2011.  In fact, the excitement went beyond the outstanding weekly racing program and included a wide variety of special racing events highlighted by the return of the ARCA Racing Series.  Tractor and truck pulls and a Christian concert were included to make this a truly memorable year.

Let’s take a look back at the highlights from 2011.

Jeremy Miller Wins Late Model Title

Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, won the Rockweiler Insulation Late Model track championship for the third straight season and fourth time overall. “This was a total team effort, “ said Miller referring to his championship.  “There guys are great.  Each and every one of them.”  Miller also shared that his plans for 2012 will take him in a different direction.  He indicated he will be running select late model events in addition to a new venture in the super late models at Madison and other tracks. Once again it was a very tight point race in the Late Model division with the championship in doubt until the final lap on the final night.  Miller finished with a total of 960 points in his ten starts that included three feature wins, two heat wins, three fast times, nine top fives, and finished in the top ten each event. Giving Miller everything he could handle was runner-up Zack Riddle who finished with 918 points.  Riddle finished with three feature victories, six fast times including the final three weeks, eight top fives, and nine top tens.
Multi-time champion Bobby Wilberg finished his season in third place with 896 points in ten starts including two feature wins, three checkered flags in heat races, seven top fives, and ten top tens. Closing out the top five were Dale Nottestad with 813 points including one feature win and Scott Broughton who earned 757 points and one feature win in his nine starts. Completing the top ten in the Late Model division were Ryan Goldade (718), Ty Majeski (684), Kevin Knuese (641), Chad Stevens (601), and Ed Szelagowski Jr. (559). Rounding out the top twenty in points were Nathan Oppliger, Andy Evraets, Scott McGettigan, Don Wickstrum, Brady Liddle, John Baumeister Jr., Chuck Garetson, Tyler Kelley, Ryan Miles, and Shane Morrissey. Seventeen different drivers won heat races in 2011 led by Szelagowski Jr. with four wins. Zack Riddle was recognized as Favorite Driver and his #14 car picked up Best Appearing Car. Garetson was Rookie of the Year for 2011. Miller was also presented with the Wayne’s Custom DIECAST Hard Charger Award by Dave Grueneberg.  “This is really an honor,” said Miller.  Grueneberg asked the audience to keep Donna Forsythe in their prayers as she battles health issues.

Robert Hansberry Jr. Best in Area Sportsman

Robert Hansberry Jr. of Beloit, Wisconsin, won his first-ever track championship at MIS in the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman. “It’s been a goal of mine ever since I was a little kid watching my dad race, and it feels awesome to complete that goal. The people that helped out the most are my dad and uncle and I wouldn’t even make it to the track with them.  It’s a family effort with all my family helping including the Leonard family and Pastor Don and his crew and my girlfriend,” said Hansberry Jr. Going into the season the points race was seen as wide open for the Area Sportsman.  But Hansberry Jr. put his mark on the championship chase by winning the season opener in May and taking the point lead from the start.  Along the way to the title and 974 points he won his second feature in August, set fast time on five nights, and finished in the top five nine of ten times. Stephen Scheel finished in second place with 906 points including a division high three feature wins, two heat wins, and nine top five finishes.  Scheel only finished outside the top ten one night. Shaun Scheel totaled 818 points which was good for third place in the division.  He won one feature, two heats, and earned five top five finishes.  Scheel never finished outside the top ten in 2011. Finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively were the team of TJ Goldade / Bobby Wilberg with 780 points and two feature and four heat wins and Greg Baxter with 757 points fueled by two heat wins and five top fives. Rounding out the top ten were Austin Nason (755) and one feature win, Tommy Wutke (543), Matt Lundberg (485), Cory Skolaski / Pat Richgels (478), and Mike Taylor (474).  Todd Ambrose also earned a feature win in 2011. Brandon Skolaski was recognized as Rookie of the Year while TJ Goldade repeated as Favorite Driver.

Andy Jones Rules the Legends

Seventeen year old Andy Jones of Gurnee, Illinois, made his trip to MIS each week worthwhile as he won the Pellitterri Waste Systems Legends championship. “This is a big honor and it means a lot to win a championship at MIS.  It’s a great place to race and the competition is really good,” commented Jones.

Jones totaled 1003 points on his way to the title powered by five feature wins, nine top five finishes, and ten top tens.  He set fast time on four nights and won four heat races. Rookie driver Cory Talaska finished in the runner-up position with 868 points.  He earned one feature win and one heat win for the year along with seven top five finishes and ten top tens. Vince Bartolotta took home third place with 805 points despite not reaching victory lane.  However, six top
five finishes and nine in the top ten proved that consistency pays off. Kyle Jusits (743) and Kevin Griffin (633) completed the top five while Aaron Moyer (624), Rachael Pinkerman (593), Kyle Vergata (526), Jeff Lechnir (511) and Steve Narr (488) rounding out the top ten. Aaron Moyer won three feature races while Virginia’s Josh Morris won the season opener.  Thirteen different drivers won heat races. Talaska was honored as Rookie of the Year while fifteen year old Jordan Wendt won Favorite Driver.

Kyle Stark and Jim Lorang Team Up for Bandit Title

The team of Kyle Stark and Jim Lorang took home top honors for 2011 in the Roto Rooter Bandits. “Things worked out well for us this year,” said Lorang.  “I have to give most of the credit to Kyle who was very strong each time he raced.”

Stark piloted the #20 car on seven nights while Lorang took the wheel for three races enroute to their title.  The team finished the season with 1004 points including five feature wins all from Stark and nine top five finishes.  The pair never finished outside of the top ten.  Stark set fast time on five occasions as he also drove his other car on
two nights that Lorang drove the team car. Three-time champion Chester Ace finished in second place with 923 points despite only starting nine features.  Ace picked up three feature wins, eight top five finishes and five fast times on the Ring of Fire.  Ace now has a total of twenty-four feature wins on the quarter-mile.

Lee Haag finished in third place with a total of 828 points.  Haag earned one heat win, six top fives, and finished in the top ten each night out. Rounding out the top five were Jason Coker (788 points), and Jon Coker (674 points).  Jason Coker finished in the top five on five nights while his brother Jon garnered top five honors on six of his nine
starts. Completing the top ten were Dan Snyder (665), Turn Em Loose Racing (631), Jim Younger (574), Jasmine Runaas (451), and Team Dixon. Kyle Stark and Gary Stark Jr. also picked up feature wins in 2011.  Fourteen different drivers took home checkered flags in the heat races. Fourteen year old Dan Snyder was Rookie of the Year while Ace won Favorite Driver honors.

Special Events at MIS

Alex Bowman of Tucson, Arizona, won the ARCA Racing Series event which was held in August.  Like most of his fellow competitors, Bowman was making his first-ever appearance at MIS.  It was the first ARCA event at Madison since 1973.

The ASA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic ushered in the 2011 racing season at MIS with Ross Kenseth cruising to victory lane.  The Colony Brands 85 for Super Late Models was held in July with Kenseth also coming out on top.

The Big 8 Late Models made two appearances with Steve Rubeck winning the June event and Zack Riddle taking the win during the Fall Classic in September.

The ASA Midwest Trucks made three appearances with three different winners.  Bobby Wilberg won the season opener in May, Austin Luedtke captured the checkered flag in July, and Dan Lensing was the winner at the Fall Classic.  Chris Marek won the ASA Sportsman event held in May.

Two Mid American Stock Car Series (MASCS) events were also held at Madison with James Swan (July) and Jeremy Spoonmore (Fall Classic) the winners.

The fifth annual MIS Fall Classic featured multiple divisions in addition to the touring divisions with Bobby Wilberg (Late Models), Rodger Stephenson and Mark DePorter (Area Sportsman), Andy Jones (Legends), Steve McBride (Bandits), Kyle Stark (International Four Cylinders), Sean Murphy (Illini Legends), Alan Bekielewski (Short Trackers), and Tony Velez (Super Cups) crowned champions.  Lee Haag won the One on One Street Drags.

Nearly fifty cars took to the track as part of the Red Neck Round Up and the ISS Enduro Series with Dave Beyer claiming victory.  Todd Christopherson and Steve Cook won the annual Faster Pastor Race. A tractor and truck pull featuring several divisions from Pullers Inc. and South Central Wisconsin Pullers was held on the brand new infield pulling surface in September.

MIS also hosted the first annual Rising Harvest Christian Festival that featured four bands and speakers including Don Wickstrum and Todd Christopherson.

The 2012 racing season at MIS will begin on Sunday, May 6th with the ASA Midwest Tour and Joe Shear Classic.  MIS is located two miles east of Oregon, Wisconsin, just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road.  For more information check out the track website at mis-racing.com.

David Chevrolet Returning to Present 2012 King of the Crates Series at Merrittville- Features $1k to Win 50 Lap Series Finale

January 19th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario- With the recent Driver Meeting revealing Merrittville Speedway’s tentative 2012 Schedule, the Thorold Ontario facility’s Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Division will once again be looking forward to the season long Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Points Battle in addition to the return of the King of the Crates Mini Series.

It was also revealed that long-time Speedway supporter David Chevrolet will return to present the new edition with the Series Finale on Saturday August 4th set for 50 laps with $1,000 going to the winner in the Millers Auto Recyclers Event.

The Series Opening 40 lap Event is set for Saturday May 12th when Lococo Wholesale presents the $5.00 Student Night. The second date takes to the track Saturday June 9th when Baron Roofing and Siding presents the 40 lap Special.

“When you combine the King of the Crates with the year end title,” reveals (Merrittville Speedway General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “and close out the season with the Super DIRTcar Series Event – once again it looks to being quite a year for the division – we look forward to welcoming back David D’Amico and all his staff at David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC as well.”

The David Chevrolet King of the Crates Sportsman Series is one of many exciting attractions featured in the schedule recently unveiled that will help celebrate Merrittville’s 61 consecutive seasons.

Merrittville Speedway is looking for the ‘David Chevrolet King of the Crates’ as all drivers that compete in the Original Pizza Logs Division share one thing in common – the GM 602 Crate Engine.

“We’re excited about our new involvement with this series within a series,” adds David Chevrolet owner David D’Amico, “we are happy to help out the Sportsman drivers at Merrittville.”

At the Awards Banquet – the 2012 Champion will receive a $500 David Chevrolet Gift Certificate redeemable at towards the purchase of a GM 602 Crate Engine for 2013.

“Since the inception of the mandatory engine,” furthers Bicknell-Jones, “it has helped a number of young up and coming drivers make the move into the division . and brought some veterans back while it provides stability, reliability and cost effectiveness . it also delivers performance.”

The GM Crate Engine is a bullet-proof 350-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch factory-sealed racing engine and is a tough combination of power and reliability, and it fits almost any racing budget.

Home of the Bow Tie – David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC has been voted the #1Dealer for new and used vehicles.

At David Chevrolet you will find friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are guided by a relentless focus on superior customer service, honesty and delivering the highest value to our customers. David Chevrolet is committed to building relationships that will last generations.

Visit their dealership at 915 Niagara Street in Welland. On line at www.davidchev.com you can search new inventory, request quotes on service and repairs, body shop and parts.

David Chevrolet offers an extensive inventory of genuine GM Performance parts and accessories. To place your order call 888-682-8140.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series – visitwww.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at .http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Spring Sizzler Set to Kick off Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Season-Tentative Schedule Release

January 18th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – With the East Bay Winternationals and the 41st Annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Equipment just around the corner . that can only mean one thing – the local racing scene is starting to get up to speed!

At the recent Driver Meetings at the Grantham Lions Club for all the Thorold facility’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions, Merrittville Speedway Officials released a Tentative Schedule that has the 2012 Spring Sizzler opening the 61st Anniversary Season is less than three months.

Saturday April 28th’s Spring Sizzler will feature the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds in a $2000 to win 50 lap main event, the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman for $700 to win 40 laps and the Hoosier Stocks in a $300 to win 30 lap Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series Home Track Event.

“The Spring Sizzler annually provides an exciting start to the season,” boasted (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “with good paying events rewarding our drivers our race fans are in for some great racing right away after not seeing a live event since the fall.”

Look for visiting race teams to use the Spring Sizzler Events as shake downs for special events coming up quickly in the new schedule.

The Big 6 Series Event for the Hoosier Stocks kicks off the long running challenge against the Pro Stocks from the Brighton Speedway. Open to any Street Stock meeting a Driver’s Home Track rules – the only exception to that is that Hoosier Tires must be run.

The Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Championship Chase begins Saturday May 5th with regular point races for all 5 divisions as the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders join in after practice sessions the previous week.

“While the final details of the schedule are being finalized,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “once again we are so proud of our weekly line-up . our fans enjoy a great variety of racing every Saturday night . each division will be featured throughout the year long celebration in addition to a variety of special events.”

Blast Entertainment was a huge part of the 2011 Awards Banquet so it’s only fitting that the Stratford based DJ and Lighting Service Company play a role in the Season Opener in the first event of May. Blasting off as well for each of the Saturday Nights in May is a Student Promotion that allows all Students 18 years of age and younger a Grandstand Admission Ticket for just $5.

The month long deal is set for May 5th in addition to Lococo Wholesale Night Saturday May 12th which features the opening round of the 2012 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series, The Seaway Mall Rankin Cancer Run Night that features the only visit of the season for the BRP Can Am Late Models in addition to the Stars North Modified Lite Tour and Saturday May 26th’s CAA Niagara that has the opener for the Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series and an exhibition from the Tuesday Night Kart Club on the schedule.

Until the schedule is finalized – Race Fans and Race Teams can pencil in further special event dates for the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Sportsman to be a part of Baron Roofing and Siding’s Night Saturday June 9th and the $1,000 to win Series Finale as part of Saturday August 4th’s Miller’s Auto Recyclers Bring a Friend Night.

Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series Home Track Events will continue Monday May 21st when Zavitz Financial Strategies and Employee Benefits presents the 100 lap 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event, returning for the Big Block Modified 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial Monday August 6th presented by L. St. Amand Enterprises – leading up to the $500 to win Event Friday September 7th helping to kick off the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning International Modified Lite Weekend.

Incidentally, 2012 sees the 40th running of the Civic Holiday Monday 100 lap Event that now honors the former Modified Points Champ, Pit Steward and Wall of Famer Bob St. Amand Senior as the extravaganza was first contested in 1972.

From there – the 2012 Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series concludes with Combined Events at Merrittville Saturday September 8th with a 50 lap $1,000 to win Event followed by the same event at Brighton Speedway with the date to be announced shortly,

Merrittville Speedway’s Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders can look forward to the return of the Triple Crown once again with dates set for CAA Niagara Night Saturday May 26th, Saturday July 21st’s Semenuk’s Esso and Archer Truck Services Night and concluding on Saturday August 18th as part of Avondale Food Stores Best Appearing Dog Contest Night. With some 4 months to go until the first Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara – part of Monday May 21st’s Zavitz Financial Night – the mild weather throughout the fall should have cars all ready to go right now. Two other Qualifiers are set for Saturday June 30th’s Boltworks’ Canada Day 2012 Celebration Saturday June 30th and Saturday August 4th’s Miller Auto Recycling Night.

Sprint Car Fans should also make note of June 30th’s Event as the 2nd Annual Gary Cunningham Memorial will see the only Sprint Car Event of the season when the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints pay their only visit. In addition to the Sprint Cars, 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks on the final Saturday of June – Race Fans can feast on $1.00 Piller’s Hot Dogs all night in
addition to a Firemaster Productions FIRE WORKS DISPLAY!

A traditional favorites as well sees the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee planning the Lucas Oil Nostalgia Night that features the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Jerry Winger Memorial set for Saturday July 14th. “Plans are well underway for what looks to be quite an event,” anticipates Reunion Committee Chairman
Rick Kavanagh, “our former drivers and alumni look forward each year to catch up and reminisce with their friends . if there are any individuals that would like to volunteer . we always appreciate it.”

The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites will play host to several series events including the Stars North Tour as part of Saturday May 19th’s Seaway Mall Night and new for 2012 – the TUSA Mod Lite Series on Saturday June 16th as part of SMS Machine Tools Night. The Series Events lead up to the annual two day International Modified Lites Championships that finds the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning sponsored division challenged by top Mod Lite Drivers from across Canada and the United States – Friday September 7th and Saturday September 8th. The Saturday Night portion of the weekend will see the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series rounding out the final night event of the season. The weekend’s events also feature 4
Cylinder Cars, 4 Cylinder Trucks, Hoosier Stock Big 6 Events and Sunday September 9th’s Grantham Lions Smash-o-Rama 2012 accelerated by Niagara College that features the 100 lap Enduro and the return of the Freestyle Monster Truck Exhibition.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the season . race fans can keep visiting http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ for all the pre-season news – Drivers making moves from one division to another . former drivers returning to the sport and all the news on the complete 2012 Schedule. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

New Starting Procedure and Engine Combination Await Merrittville Speedway Stock Car and Kart Races

January 16th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – When the 2012 Spring Sizzler takes to Merrittville Speedway’s D-shaped oval in 3 months – the Thorold DIRTcar facility’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers will be starting from an unfamiliar spot.

During the 2012 Driver Meetings held at the Grantham Lions Club Sunday January 15th the new procedures were among changes announced for the 61st consecutive season.

“We tried restarting anywhere from the apex to the Turn 4 cone late last season and we were happy with the results,” revealed (Merrittville Speedway Race Director) Bob St. Amand Jr., “that procedure will now be in place for all divisions. The leader sets the pace and when he or she fires . the field can go and for original starts as soon as the leader hits the cone – anyone can pass.”

St. Amand also revealed new handicapping procedures adding, “depending on the number of cars and heats . even though we will qualify fewer cars – higher handicapped drivers will still start in a similar spot . or better.”

The new Procedural Rules will be reviewed once again in the first Driver’s Meeting of the Season at the track.

The afternoon long sessions that were broken up by division began with Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Drivers learning of new Engine Combinations allowed for the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Division.

“We’ve got to get Karts out of the garage and back to the track,” challenged (Kart Race Director) Paul Klager, “this division will be for just fun – whether you have an old Briggs Flathead or have to buy an AKRA Blue or Yellow Style Clone or even a Local Option 206 Briggs on Gas – get a Kart on Wheels and join us Tuesday Nights!”

Once the season starts and the competition is measured – weight rules will be set for the different power plants. Klager also touched on rules for each of the other Original Pizza Logs Divisions – the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1, Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed McPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Classes.

Merrittville Speedway’s Co-owner and 21 time Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Point Champion Pete Bicknell hosted the portions for the Saturday Night Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

“Randy and Tracey and Nancy and I are committed to the future of Merrittville Speedway,” assured Bicknell, “you may have seen the signs up but anything’s for sale – if it were to ever happen . you can be assured that it will still be a race track!”

Through each division’s segments Rules were discussed and will be finalized and be available at www.merrittvillespeedway.com.

Bicknell stressed through each session the importance of each driver’s participation in the 2012 Season, adding . “whether it’s the David Chevrolet King of the Crates and more importantly the Duel on the Dirt or the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series – while we welcome other cars or drivers from other divisions – it’s all about our regulars – visiting drivers will not be included in the points.”

Drivers wishing to compete in more than one division must have prior permission and should contact the Speedway Office.

Prior to the start of the Modified Lite Session and introducing incoming New York Dwarf Car Association President Adam Murphy – Bicknell acknowledged and thanked Bruce, Marg and Kellie Mason for their efforts over the years with the organization and for the support their company J&S Heating and Air Conditioning continues to provide.

Murphy echoed his sentiments and reminded those in attendance of the Club’s own meeting later in the day.

Merrittville Speedway Memberships for Stock Cars and Karts are now available from the Speedway’s Winter Office.

2011 Drivers that qualified for Driver VIP Passes have until March 31st to purchase them with 4 Cylinders at $200.00 and Hoosier Stock, Modified Lite, Sportsman and 358 Modified Passes available for $250.00. Driver VIP Passes are valid from May 1st to September 1st but can be used outside those dates for Membership Rates.

Also available until March 31st are memberships at the $60.00 Rate when they become $75.00 April 1st. Season Pit Passes are only available for Crew Members and new Drivers until March 31st as well for $375.00.

Member Drivers for Stock Cars and Karts were eligible for selection into each of the two Race Car Shows and the line ups for the Pen Centre (the week of March 19th) and Seaway Mall (the week of March 26th) will be announced in the near future.

Drivers will be responsible to hand in their completed Tech forms on the April 21st Practice Day beginning at 12 Noon. Cars will not be let out onto the race track at 5 PM without a 2012 Inspection Sticker.

Drivers from any Stock Car Division were invited to participate in the Pete Bicknell Driving School and Chassis Seminar to be held at Merrittville Speedway April 14th & 15th. Each day has limited availability for drivers and crew. Race teams wishing to register can do so by calling the Speedway’s Winter Office at 905-685-7223.

Similarly, Dates for the RCM Racing Equipment Kart School – while mandatory for all Novice level karters is open to karters from any division will be announced

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Rules for Stock Cars and Karts – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Swap Meet and Driver Meetings to Kick Start 2012 Season at Merrittville Speedwa

January 5th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario – Two fast approaching events being held at the Grantham Lions Club will help to kick start the 2012 Season for Merrittville Speedway’s Tuesday and Saturday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers and Teams.

Drivers looking to get a fresh start on the new season by cleaning the race shop and trailer of parts or those looking for spare equipment can do so at the Grantham Lions 1st Annual Racers Swap Meet Saturday January 7th at the North St. Catharines Club.

With Indoor and Outdoor spots available, Race Teams looking for further information can contact Grantham Lion and Racer Ron MacAulay via e mail at rmacaulay2@cogeco.ca or by phone at 905-675-9597. All net proceeds from the event will support local charities.

A little more than a week later, Merrittville Speedway will host a Rules and Registration Meeting for 2012 Kart and Stock Car Race Teams – Sunday January 15th at the same Grantham Lions Club.

“While many of our race teams are anticipating our Practice Days and April 28th’s Spring Sizzler,” relates GM Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” the afternoon sessions will detail any applicable rule changes and clarifications and rivers and crews will be able to purchase Memberships . Driver VIP Passes and Season Passes.”

The sessions will begin at 1 PM for all Tuesday Kart Weekly Racing Series Original Pizza Logs Divisions – the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1, Tim Philips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flathead, Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior
Animal and the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Divisions.

Kart Officials will discuss any applicable rule changes until 2:00 PM.

From 2:15 to 3:15 – the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders and Hoosier Stocks will be the focus.

The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites will have the floor from 3:30 to 4:00 with the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Session closing out the afternoon from 4:15 to 5:15 PM.

Both the Kart and Stock Car Sessions will have Merrittville Speedway Memberships available. Stock Car Memberships are $60.00 until March 1st when the price will increase to $75.00.. 2010 Driver VIP Passes are $ 200.00 for the 4 Cylinder Division and $250 for all others. Pit Season Passes are $375.00 and are only available until March 31st.

“If everyone takes a few minutes on the 15th,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “it makes the first few nights of the season so much easier . for our race teams and our staff alike.”

During the meetings – draws will also take place to set the line ups for the Race Cars and Karts that will be featured in both the Pen Centre and Seaway Mall Shows. Drivers must be current Merrittville Members to be eligible for selection.

The Grantham Lions Club is located at 732 Niagara Street in St. Catharines Ontario. For directions – click on – http://www.granthamlionsclub.com/Directions.html

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Original Pizza Logs Returns as Title Sponsor of Merrittville’s Dirt Car SportsMan Divison

December 30th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – With the start of Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Season some four months away – Pizza Logger can’t wait to say “Welcome to Victory Lane!” with the announcement that Finger Foods Products – makers of Original Pizza Logs and Calzones – will return as Division Sponsor of the Thorold Ontario’s facility’s DIRTcar Sportsman Division.

“What can we say about Bob Cordova and his staff,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “you’ll not only find Original Pizza Logs presenting not only our Sportsman Division they are involved with our Tuesday Night Kart Racing as well . and when you visit our sister tracks throughout Southern Ontario and Western New York – you’ll see his involvement there as well.”

Bob Cordova, who started Finger Foods Products in 1986, has been a long-time supporter of the local racing community, “I have always supported racing as a fan, but we can sell some product from it too . Drivers seem to like Original Pizza Logs because the temperature holds up in them so they can grab something to eat in between working on their race car without it
getting cold.” Finger Foods Products makes Original Pizza Logs and Calzones for the food service industry. Look for them at your favorite US Race Track, Restaurant, Bar or Pizza Shop. Yet to be available in Canada – you can also find them in Tops Friendly Markets throughout New York State and enjoy them at home.

Original Pizza Logs are now found in 10 varieties, with Pepperoni and Cheese the most popular. Original Pizza Logs and Calzones are now available in consumer sized packaging with Oven-Ready Pizza Logs having the same appetizing appearance and taste as the original deep fry product.

The Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman Division is one of 5 divisions that make up Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series lineup that also includes the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders. All 5 Divisions will take part in the 2012 Spring Sizzler set for Saturday April 28th.

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Division – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division-a Continued Tradition at Merrittville Speedway in 2012

December 12th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – A continued tradition will return to Merrittville Speedway as J&S Heating and Air Conditioning as Divisional
Sponsors of the Modified Lite Division for the 2012 Season.

“Bruce, Marg and Kellie and all the staff at J&S have quite a passion for racing,” remarked (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we are enthused that they are able to support the Modified Lites the way they do for our Saturday Night Regulars and in the annual International that attracts racers from across North America.”

Developing from their support of the International Modified Lite weekend in recent years, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning took on the addition of the Modified Lite Division as title sponsors. The ownership of J & S has always been proud to be a part of the Merrittville Family, and is looking forward to a continued successful relationship representing Modified Lite racing.

Customer satisfaction has been the key to 55 years of continued tradition for J&S Heating and Air Conditioning. A locally owned and operated Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer – J&S was founded in 1956 and is proud to serve the Niagara Region.

J&S is a company dedicated to the proper service, maintenance and installation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment with systems for both residential and commercial customers. With a full staff of highly skilled mechanics and technicians who are specialists in their field, J&S has build its reputation on providing quality service and value to customers.

Let J&S Heating and Air Conditioning make sure your heating system is in top working order BEFORE the cold weather hits.

“We’ve recently had a taste of what winter has in store for us,” warns (J&S President) Bruce Mason, “don’t get left out in the cold . book your pre-season heating system clean & check today!

If you are in need of a new furnace or air conditioner?

Give J&S a call and take advantage of government rebates and their LOW financing rates. For the latest coupons and specials, click on http://www.jandsheatingandair.ca/en/specials.html

For other information, call (905) 682-9287, or visit their newly designed website at www.jandsheatingandair.ca

The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division began as a test at Merrittville Speedway several years ago. Recently the newer Modified Lite versions that resemble today’s Sportsmen and 358 Modified styles replaced the Classic Coupe and Coach bodied styles.

The J&S Heating Modified Lites are one of 5 divisions that make up Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series lineup that also includes the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division -visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Bobcat of Hamilton Returning as 358 Modified Division Sponsor at Merrittville in 2012

December 4th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – Move Faster. Finish Smoother. Two qualities that everyone of Merrittville Speedway’s DIRTcar 358 Modified Drivers would like for Christmas this year as they prepare to take on the challenge of dethroning perennial Division Champion Pete Bicknell in 2012.

Move Faster and Finish Smoother are just two of many qualities you can expect every day on the job site from second year Division Sponsor – Bobcat of Hamilton.

“We can’t wait until the start of the new season,” anticipated John Quast, owner of Bobcat of Hamilton, “.we take great pride in showcasing who we are while entertaining our customers and staff – what an exciting season of racing we saw helping Merrittville celebrate it’s 60th Season!”

As the authorized full-line Bobcat dealer for the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions, Bobcat of Hamilton provides quality Bobcat compact equipment and services to valued customers in the construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets.

The world renowned Bobcat brand stands for proven dependability and rugged durability. Bobcat of Hamilton’s tough, versatile and agile equipment and its time-tested reliability have earned the company its reputation as One Tough Animal.

Throughout the 2011 Season, Bicknell now a 21 time Modified Point Champion proved himself as one as One Tough Animal – battling the competition week in and week out through increasing back pain to the point of having surgery once the season wrapped up.

“We were thrilled last year when they came forward to increase their involvement,” announced (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “hopefully the action on the track will be just as exciting in their second season.”

The staff at Bobcat of Hamilton collectively brings more than 100 years of experience with Bobcat products at their facilities that include a 2000 square foot indoor showroom stocked with the latest in new Bobcat products. With a large inventory of used compact equipment for sale, Bobcat of Hamilton also provides a fully equipped shop and mobile service for your entire repair and warranty needs. A fully stocked parts department will keep your fleet up and running. Bobcat of Hamilton also carries the most complete selection of Bobcat Machines and Bobcat attachments for rent in Ontario.

Bobcat of Hamilton looks forward to working with you to help meet your compact equipment needs!

Bobcat of Hamilton is located at 370 McNelly Road in Stoney Creek. For hours of operation and other information visit www.bobcatofhamilton.com or call 905-643-3177.

The Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Division will join the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions to form the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series at the Thorold Ontario facility.

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office is located at Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario and is open from 9 AM to 5 PM – Monday to Friday. To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call 905-685-7223 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season of Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series excitement including the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

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

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners. Visit them at .
http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs,

Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry. Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

BRP Chassis Seminar and Driving School Dates Set for 2012

November 6th, 2011

St. Catharines, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway will once again play host to the Bicknell Racing Products Chassis Seminar and Pete Bicknell Driving School at the storied Thorold Ontario Canada facility – Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th, 2012.

“Although our focus leans towards Sportsmen and Modified Teams.” reveals BRP’s Randy Williamson, “each year . our classes are made up of drivers from all divisions looking to boost their confidence and knowledge.”

The day long sessions feature both classroom and on track sessions that will benefit any type of race car – from entry level Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders to Modified Lites to the Sportsmen and 358 or Big Block Modified type race cars.

Drivers and crew members alike will learn what it takes to stop the guess work when it comes to solving improper handling, how to adapt to changing track conditions, proper spring and shock selecting and how to interpret weight transfer, body roll and roll steer.

Each on track portion will provide drivers with proper driving techniques and will teach tire selection and overall car preparation.

Bicknell Racing Products – manufacturers of the Bicknell 2012X Chassis has a proven track record and in 2011as drivers in BRP cars won 732 feature events and more than 50 Track and Series Championships.

Pete Bicknell has made a name for himself on the track – winning numerous Track Championships and Series titles including his 21st Career Title at Merrittville Speedway this past season.

The on track sessions will allow drivers plenty of individual track time and drivers are reminded to bring their RACEceivers along for added one on one in car support with Bicknell and Williamson. Drivers should also bring their transponders as printed lap sheets will be provided throughout the afternoon.

Each of the three sessions will begin at 8:30 AM at the Merrittville Speedway with the Class Room session beginning at 9:00 AM Sharp in Dipper’s Turn 1 Bar located behind the Turn 1 Grandstands at the Thorold facility. Lunch which is included in the fee will be at 12 Noon followed by the On Track Session beginning at 1:00 PM.

All Inclusive Registration Fee for Drivers is $400 while the Crew Member Fee is $75.

Space for either day is limited and interested race teams are asked to reserve their spots as soon as possible by contacting Erica Bicknell at 905-685-7223 or via e mail at ebicknell@cogeco.net.

Merrittville Speedway – located in Thorold Ontario is a 3/8th mile DIRTcar Member Facility that celebrated it’s 60th Consecutive Season in 2011.

You can also find Bicknell Racing Products at the following shows – Parts Peddler Auction and Trade Show, November 18th-20th, New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse NY, the Performance Racing Industry Show, Orlando, Florida, December 1st-3rd, IMS in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 8th-10th, the Bicknell Racing Products Open House – January 14th, 2012 in St. Catharines Ontario Canada and at Motorsports 2011 Presented by SEF near Philadelphia PA from January 20th-22nd, 2012.

For further information on Bicknell Racing Products – call either 905-685-7223 or 716-285-7502, or visit BRP on line at www.bicknellracingproducts.com or live at twitter.com/bicknellracing. The manufacturing department can be reached at 905-685-4291.

About Bicknell Racing Products

Bicknell Racing Products offers full in-house machining, welding and fabrication departments and stocks all racing products from front to rear with retail locations in St. Catharines Ontario and Western New York. BRP supports a dealer network that includes #1 Speed, A-1 Racing, Andy’s Speed Shop, Bandit Speed, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Big Daddy’s Speed, Blue Hen Speed and Performance, Bob Mullen Pro Speed, Budd Olsen Racing, Dewart Speed, Gibbs Speed and Auto North, Hoffman Speed, Ian Boettcher Raceparts, J&L Speed, Lake Erie Speed, Metal Fab, Mr. Radiator, P.O.P., Paine Motorsports Inc., Promotion Speed, SD Performance, Snookie’s Speed Parts, Tony Corcoran Speed, Total Race Supply, Trackside Products, Traps Speed Shop and Willy Decker Promotion Motorsports.

First Time Champion Rouse Joins Bicknell, Sargent, Sliter And Conte As 60TH Anniversary Champions At Merrittville Speedway

November 1st, 2011

THOROLD, Ontario -Merrittville Speedway’s 60th consecutive season officially came to a close with the Night of Champions Saturday October 29th – honoring the 2011 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Champions.

While Brad Rouse celebrated his 1st Career Championship in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman DIRTcar Division – four drivers repeated as champions of their respective divisions.

Josh Sliter and Rocco Conte each won their second Championships in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

Ken Sargent was also champion for the second straight season in the Hoosier Stock Division – adding to two time Street Stock and 5 time Pro Stock Championships at the Thorold d-shaped oval earlier in his career.

In the first season with Bobcat of Hamilton as Division Sponsor – a familiar face was crowned Champion of the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds with Pete Bicknell earning the title for the 21st 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 Announcer Clint Geoffrey and Assistant GM Jim Irvine 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 5 in each division’s point standings received Trophies as well.

Rocco Conte collected 6 feature wins and 17 Top 10 finishes to repeat as Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Championship. Driving the Auto Styling/Joe Serianni Century 21 Real Estate/Young Automotive Professionals/Riccis Auto Service/Elite Wheel and Tire/Giulio Lostracco David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC #34c – Conte was also awarded the Best Appearing Car Award.

Other special award winners in the Turn 4 Collision-sponsored division included Rob Overholt who won the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Mini-Series Title while Kameron Kocarik won Rookie of the Year honors.

Josh Sliter drove his Canadian Tire Port Colborne/ Giulio Lostracco of David Chevrolet Corvette Buick GMC/South Coast Laser/Modern Corporation/CMH Sales & Leasing/SWS Canada/Cam Hiltz Trucking/ Metro Collision/Crutchfield Performance/Leader Race Cars # 17 to his second straight championship in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division with 13 top 5 finishes including 5 feature wins.

Rookie of the Year honors went to runner up Derek Wagner who also won the Best Appearing Car Award.

Ken Sargent – a former Street Stock and Pro Stock Champion won his second Hoosier Stock Title in his third season back in the sport. Driving the Turn 4 Collision/PineView Drywall/ERD/Mobile Marine/Brian’s Tire Repair /GM Crate Engine powered # 25 – Sargent finished in the Top 10 17 times en route to 2 wins. Sargent also won the overall Duel on the Dirt Title – a mini-series amongst the Hoosier Stocks and the Pro Stocks from the Brighton (Ontario) Speedway.

Third generation driver Austin Wood earned Rookie of the Year honors. The Best Appearing Car Award went to Kevin Knapp.

Brad Rouse received top honors in the Original Pizza Log Sportsman Division for the first time in his career in his Baron Roofing/ Ontario Truck Driving School/ Platinum Graphics/ JCS Fibreglass/ Brian’s Tire Repair MR. 18.

Rouse racked up 5 feature wins and 17 top 10’s highlighted by a run that began July 9th through to the final point event where he didn’t finish out of the top 4. Rouse’s awards also included his first King of the Crates powered by Niagara Motors Mini-Series title that earned him a $500 Gift Certificate redeemable at the Virgil GM Dealer towards the purchase of a 602 Crate Engine for the 2012 Season.

Special Award winners included Rookie of The Year Award winner and second generation driver Gary Lindberg while Greg Panunte won the Best Appearing Car Award. Second generation driver Cody McPherson also collected The Sterling Silver Award that honors his great grandfather Bill Willard Senior from his cousin  and fellow driver BJ Willard and award sponsor Ken Walsh.

Pete Bicknell won his 21st career Merrittville Speedway Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Championship winning 2 Features over the course of the season that saw him finish in the Top 10 14 times in his Lucas Oil Products/Bicknell Racing Products # 42.

Other award winners included Brandon Easey who won Rookie of the year honors while the Best Appearing Car Award went to Mat Williamson.

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 Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Tommy Flannigan. The Begolo-Little Award for the most improved driver in the 358 Modified Division also went to the second generation driver Flannigan.

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 2011 award was presented to Pete Bicknell who perservered through increasing back pain throughout the season. Less than a week after his final race, Bicknell underwent surgery and is well underway in his recovery.

The Crew Chief of Year Award named after Billy Matthews went to Dave Osborn who was behind Brad Rouse’s first championship.

The Tyler’s Trophies Performer of the Year Award went to Rouse and performed he did! From July 9th’s event until the final point event of the season – he never finished out of the Top 4.

The Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Year was Travis Braun 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 2011 Season. Plans are well underway for the upcoming 2012 season and race fans and teams alike can look forward to an exciting schedule that begins with the 6th Annual Spring Sizzler Saturday April 28th.

2012 Season passes and Memberships will be on sale starting December 1st at Merrittville’s Winter Office located at Bicknell Racing Products, Cushman Road in St. Catharines.

Merrittville’s Winter Office at BRP is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 or on Saturday December 10th for the Christmas Open House from 10 to 2!

For information on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st consecutive season as the best family entertainment in Niagara – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call the Winter Office during business hours – 905-685-7223!

Hay, Sears, Bleich, Sargent, Miller, Conte, and Conley Share Trips to Victory Lan at Merrittville

September 17th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Season came to a close with an action-packed J&S Heating and Air
Conditioning Weekend Finale at Merrittville Speedway featuring several of it’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions.

Anchored by the two day International Modified Lite Championship (September 9th to 10th), Mikey Hay picked up right where he left off one year earlier in sweeping both night’s events.

Tim Sears second visit to the Thorold facility found the second generation driver repeating as winner of the 50 lap Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Event.

The Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks featured two events with Billy Bleich taking Friday Night’s 25 lap event while Ken Sargent won the 50 lap Combined Event Saturday.

The BRP Can Am Late Model Series found Bruce Miller winning the 30 lap Feature Friday Night while Rocco Conte and Kevin Conley winning their respective 15 lap features in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder and Pro 4 Truck Divisions.

With more than $34,000 worth of cash and awards up for grabs in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning International Modified Lite Championship, almost 50 Modified Lites from across North America attempted to qualify for each 25 lap Feature..

Friday Night’s Main Event had the Hay Brothers – Mikey and Matt take the field to the initial green flag with Mikey in control. Matt would challenge early having the lead briefly with Merrittville Champion Josh Sliter joining the two as the three broke away from the field.

Eventually former winner Rod Jones would join the Hays up front with Jones trying to overtake Mikey high and low in a thrilling battle. Jones would take over top spot on lap 9 with Sliter challenging the Hays trying to get back into the top three.

Sliter’s race would come to an end after a broken oil line on lap 16 forced him to the pits later earning the Modified Lite STARS Willwood Brake of the Race Award.

Just as Sliter retired, caution would slow the field on lap 17 after Steve White and Merrittville regular Paul Klager came together.

The restart had Jones back out front before Hay closed in on the leader – so close that it resembled super speedway drafting. The two would exchange slide job after slide job until Hay took the lead for good on lap 21.

After a scaring moment when the #10 driven by Lynn Knepper took a wild wide flipping-end-over-end off of turn-one, on Friday night. Lynn along with the help from many of the other teams was able to repair his car for the final night. Steve White took his STARS East championship car to the BRP shop Saturday morning for a new front end. White also returned for Saturday
night’s final event. Heat wins went to Derek Wagner, Kory Howe, S. White, Matt Hay, Rod Jones and Stephane Raymond, Mark Marcucci, and Clayton Brewer III won consolation races.

In the Saturday Night conclusion, Mikey Hay took the lead on lap 2 from Paul Klager and never looked back, surviving seven caution periods on his way to victory. Klager finished second with STARS North stand-out driver Josh Sliter taking third.

The 25-lap race began with Paul Klager leading the way. Hay immediately was asserting himself for the lead, pressuring Klager before racing to his outside. On lap 2 Hay made the move to Klager’s outside only for the first caution to fly for an incident in turn 1 when Paul MacGinley spun collecting Tim White. On the restart Hay took the lead and Klager settled into second, until lap-19 for the spin of Kory Howe.

The restart was the final one for Hay and Klager to face off; however Hay could not be challenged when green flag racing returned. Klager closed within a car of Hay but was unable to make a serious bid. Heat wins went to Steve White, Joe Garafolo, Tracy Fritter, Rod Jones, Derek Wagner, Shawn Sliter and Mark Marcucci, Jared Turnbull, Tim White won
consolation races. J&S Heating & Air Conditioning International Championship Bonus $500: Mike Hay

NYDCA Award: Derek Wagner

International Modified Lite Manufacture Award: Eddie Crutchfield of Leader Race Cars.

Modified Lite STARS $1000 Bully Dog Performance Award: Mike Hay

Modified Lite STARS Wilwood Brake of the Race: Tracy Fritter & Shawn Sliter

Modified Lite STARS RaceCeiver Race Saver of the Race: Jason Corless

Greg Panunte beat fellow front row starter Jesse Penner to the initial green flag of the 50 lap Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Event Saturday Night. before Penner took control before a multicar incident slowed the field on lap 1.

After going back to green, Brad Rouse eventually landed in top spot before a second caution on lap 2. Back out front on the restart Rouse was off to a couple car lead over BJ Willard and Rob Knapp who were battling early for the runner up spot.

Knapp took control of second on lap 10 as Rouse was leading the field into lap traffic until Willard was able to get by Knapp with Willard able to close in on Rouse.

Just as the halfway point was reached, caution slowed the field with Rouse back in front when action resumed. Willard became the new leader on lap 26 around the high side as Rouse kept to the bottom groove. Cody McPherson would follow his cousin through and would take second to start lap 30.

Caution on lap 32 saw Cody McPherson as the new leader on the restart with Rouse back to second and Willard third. Comfortable leads separating the top runners with 15 laps to go until Willard would get out of shape losing a number of positions.

McPherson sliced his way through lap traffic – opening up a lead of some 3 seconds until caution slowed the field with 5 laps to go. Rouse took control on the restart unfortunately making contact with McPherson into Turn 1. Greg Panunte ended up as the leader on the restart with Tim Sears Jr. challenging Panunte in the final laps with both drivers switching lanes several times. One final try from Sears paid off – beating Panunte by a car length at the finish.

Billy Bleich was first to lead at the start of Friday’s 25 lap Hoosier Stock Big 6 Event with Kevin Knapp taking over before the first lap was complete. Rob Murray quickly joined the two leaders as the top three.

Bleich battled back and pulled side by side with Knapp until regaining top spot. Eventually it was almost three wide with Murray joining in on the battle. Brent Begolo had settled into fourth a few car lengths back with Ken Sargent in fifth.

Quickly the front runners completed 10 laps with a couple car lengths separating each other until caution on lap 11 after Kirk Wilson and John Low came together.

Bleich was back out front on the restart with Murray challenging. Caution on lap 12 slowed the field with Bleich and Murray equal until Bleich edged ahead. With 10 laps to go Bleich and Murray pulled away slightly from the pack. Begolo took third from Knapp just as caution slowed the field once more on lap 17.

Once again Bleich was back out front on the restart with Murray trailing as the two edged away from Begolo before caution once again on lap 18. Bleich back out front on restart with Sargent now challenging Begolo for third. Bleich, Murray and Begolo were hugging the bottom with Sargent trying the outside with the four drivers breaking away from the field.

Murray pressured Bleich so aggressively through the final couple laps to the point that officials put him tail on the field.

Bleich held on for the Victory with Begolo, Sargent, Knapp and Vince Fargnoli as the top 5.

In the 50 lap Hoosier Stock Big 6 Combined Feature Saturday Night – Rob Murray edged ahead of Cory Turner at the start.

Billy Bleich would soon battle Turner eventually for third with Bleich taking the spot with the two front runners pulling away with just 5 laps complete. Lap traffic didn’t slow them either with Murray able to pull away some from Bleich. The rookie Turner soon had Sargent, Dave Small and Brent Begolo challenging until Sargent got by just after lap 15.

Murray was off to about a 5 second lead to lap 20 and beyond until Murray retired to the pits before lap 25 with a flat rear tire. Sargent got hung up some in lap traffic but finally cleared it about the same time as caution slowed the field as Austin Wood was sitting the wrong way in Turn 2 at lap 30.

Bleich back out in front on the restart with a couple cars separating the leader, Sargent, Small and Begolo until Sargent closed in on lap 34. Through lap traffic once again Bleich, Sargent and Begolo were bumper to bumper to bumper. Caution slowed the pace on lap 42 after Wood slowed in Turn 4. With Bleich back out front on the restart – Begolo was trying to get by both Sargent and Bleich around the outside. The three eventually settled in with Sargent taking over top spot out of Turn 1 of lap 45. Immediately Sargent pulled away to a lead of some 5 car lengths with Begolo and Small battling for third behind Bleich. One final caution set up a one lap dash to the finish after Cory Turner dropped out of a possible top 5 finish.

Sargent held off Bleich by a couple car lengths at the finish for the $1,000 pay day.

Bruce Miller dominated the BRP Can Am Late Model Tour Visit Friday Night with his second tour event win of the year. Two very good racing events that were about as opposite as anyone could image as the Series visited Woodhull Speedway Saturday Night. The race at Merrittville which features a spacious, but wicked fast, track was marred by a red flag and six caution periods with several damaged race cars.

The other border battle resulted in several race teams being turned away at the border. Included was Jeremy Wonderling who led the Series point contest by 95 points before the event. After the event Wonderling was tied with John Waters for the point lead when Waters finished second to earn 95 points.

Miller’s Merrittville march started from outside the front row. The second generation driver from Wellsville, NY won the drag race over pole starter Brian Knowles and Miller’s number 40 never fell out of the number one spot on the score sheets.

The highlight of the event was the outstanding side by side duel for second between Jason Knowles and John Waters. These two raced side by side for at least 20 of the 30 laps with Waters eventually getting spot. These two were so engrossed in their race that they lost sight of Miller other than after the restarts. Friday Night’s Event featured two 4 Cylinder Divisions – Merrittville Speedway’s own Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders and the Pro 4 Trucks that compete at Humberstone Speedway.

Inside Track Motorsport News Pit Notes

The infield flags were at half mast in memory of Ray MacIvor – former Merrittville, Ransomville and Humberstone Sportsman Racer and Bicknell Racing Products Employee who passed away suddenly this past Friday.

Saturday Night the top 5 in Merrittville’s 2011 Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Points were treated to a unique Dash for Cash sponsored by L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Famer Sandy MacPherson and his family owned Ed MacPherson Construction and long-time Race Team Sponsor Brian Staff.

The field included Cody McPherson, BJ Willard, Adam Leslie, Brad Rouse and Gary Lindberg and eventough McPherson won the event, Adam Leslie came home an even bigger winner – receiving $200 through a draw of all starters. The field shared $600 all provided by the two friends of the sport MacPherson and Staff.

The Thorold Blackhawks Modern Stucco Blackhawks 2011-2012 Team were introduced during Saturday Night’s program and in appreciation to the Merrittville Race Fans and Teams for their support over the summer.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Hansen, Davidson, Veidefer and Peters Declared 2011 Kart Champions at Merrittvill

September 17th, 2011

THOROLD, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway’s 18th season of Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series concluded Tuesday September 13th with 3 drivers earning their first Championships.

Rookie Joshua Hansen earned his first title in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division adding to his previous title in the Novice 2 Division.

Last season found Matthew Veihdeffer named Most Improved Driver in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division. This season he earned the overall title.

Jorden Peters enjoyed a busy summer racing in both Senior Divisions as a rookie after winning last season’s Junior Restricted Championship. Peters won Championships in both the Cassell Manufacturing Flat Head and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Animal Divisions.

Dylan Davidson – a fourth generation racer successfully defended the title in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division – earning the title once again in 2011. In moving up through different divisions – the young racer earned his 4 career championship.

The 2011 Championship and other Awards will be handed out at the Annual Awards Banquet Sunday October 30th at Club Castropignano – 1311 Egerter Road in Port Robinson – just a short drive from the race track.

Doors will open at 1:00 and Lunch will be served at 2::00 followed by the Awards Ceremony.

Tickets are $16.00 and are available from the Speedway Office during Business Hours Monday to Friday up to October 14th with the exception of October 5th to 10th when the Office will be closed.

For further information – Kart Teams can call 905-892-8266.

Slack Takes First Kart Feature Win at Merrittville

September 15th, 2011

KC Auto Parts Victory Lane welcomed Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series Feature Winners one last time as the 2011 Season concluded Tuesday September 13th.

The first feature winner of the night was a late season addition to the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Division but a very familiar name in karting circles. Dalton Slack led the entire 8 lap distance to win his first Feature.

Dalton – the oldest son of Slack Performance founder Bob Slack led the entire distance in only his 4th ever Kart Race.

Another Feature Winner that led the entire distance was the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division Main Event. Ryleigh Sliter won her second Feature of the season.

In other Original Pizza Logs Divisional action, Joshua Hansen won his 8th Feature of the season in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division while Dylan Davidson took home his 7th of the season in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division.

Matthew Veihdeffer and Jorden Peters each won their 6th Features in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively. Peters would also take home his 11th of the season in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Division.

Final Point Standings for the 2011 Season will be posted once the three drops are calculated.

J&S, Heating and Air Conditioning Presents International Championship Triple Header Finale Weekend at Merrittville

September 10th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario — The 60th Season Finale at Merrittville Speedway is upon us and with it comes quite an array of events that make up the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Weekend that kicks off Friday September 9th and concludes Sunday
September 11th.

While the tripleheader is anchored by the two day International Modified Lite Championship Weekend for the Modified Lites, also in the spotlight are the 4 Cylinder Cars . and Trucks in addition to the BRP Can Am Late Models on the Opening Night.

The Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Cars and the Pro 4 Trucks will thrill Full-fendered fans in addition to a 25 lap Street Stock Event Friday Night – setting up the 7th Annual Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series on Saturday Night.

Saturday Night’s 50 lap $1000 to win Event will see the Hoosier Stocks of Team Merrittville take on the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks that call the Brighton Speedway home in the first of two combined events to decide the 7th Annual Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series.

Rounding out Friday Night’s events is a return visit from the Bicknell Racing Products (BRP) CanAm Late Model Series with May winner Jeremy Wonderling looking to pick up where he left off.

Wonderling will lead the pack back to Merrittville Speedway on Friday as the Series point leader. Currently Wonderling enjoys a 95 point advantage over John Waters. The 95 point advantage is comfortable, but not insurmountable.

Prior Merrittville Speedway BRP CanAm winners that are expected on Friday include Larry Knowles, Bruce Miller, and Jon Rivers. Rivers earned the Raceway 5 BRP CanAm late model track championship last week.

Saturday Night’s program is the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series with a 50 lap Event expected to draw top Sportsman Teams from across the Northeast. Merrittville’s own BJ Willard sits in 5th spot just 78 points behind leader Tim Sears Jr. Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse are 9th and 10th going into the weekend.

The 60th Season comes to a close in a Sunday Afternoon Tradition with a new twist – Smash-o-rama!.

The Grantham Lions Ironman 100 lap Enduro accelerated by Niagara College will join two events presented by Impact Motorsports – a Demolition Derby and some Monster Truck Car Crushing.

“It’s quite an exciting end to our 60th season,” reveals GM Erica Bicknell-Jones, “race fans won’t want to miss a night or afternoon .. There’s no other event that draws such a diverse field of Classics and Modified Lites . the Street Stocks also
put on quite a show as do the Late Models and Sportsman and then Sunday . you’ve never seen anything like it . the Enduro is like a traffic jam on the QEW . only with no rules.”

The Annual Modified Lite International Championship for Classics and Mod Lites attracts some of the best Classic and Mod Lite Drivers from across the United States – the States of Texas, South Carolina, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia,
Ohio and others have been represented over the years.

The invaders of course will challenge Merrittville Speedway’s regular New York Dwarf Car Association (NYDCA) J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Members that compete weekly at the Thorold track.

12 years ago, Jim Varble, the then president of the NYDCA, set the groundwork for a special night to showcase the Classic Division each fall.

When Lee Webber won two Merrittville Speedway Points Championships, he also served as treasurer of the club and his wife Rose Marie was an integral part of both as well. Rose Marie was diagnosed with cancer a little more than 5 years ago and after
a courageous battle, succumbed to the disease.

Fellow driver Wally Billing was a good friend of both Lee and Rose and wanted to honor Rose by making the International Race a memorial to her and for 10 years her memory was celebrated.

“We’re proud to host this event that will pit the best Street Stockers from across Ontario,” boasts Bicknell-Jones, “it will definitely compliment the Modified Lite teams that visit us as well . and with the Sportsmen Super DIRT Series and the BRP Can Am Late Models . the pit area will be at capacity at each event.”

Beginning Friday, there is free camping and parking all weekend long.

Showtime Friday and Saturday Nights is at 7:00 after the gates open at 5:30. For Sunday’s Enduro – the Grandstand opens at 11:00 with the first event set for Noon.

J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, locally owned and operated, was founded in 1956 and are proud to have served the Niagara Region for 50 years.

J&S is a company dedicated to the proper service, maintenance and installation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment with systems for both residential and commercial customers. With a full staff of highly skilled mechanics
and technicians who are specialists in the field, J&S’s reputation has been built on providing quality and value to customers.

Let J&S Heating and Air Conditioning make sure your heating system is in top working order BEFORE the cold weather hits. We’ve already had a taste of what fall has in store for us. Don’t get left out in the cold! Book your pre-season heating system
clean & check today!

For the latest coupon – click on http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/JS-Heating-and-Air-Conditioning/126055657428594

For further heating and cooling information, call 905-682-9287 or visit www.jandsheatingandair.com.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and
Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super
DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.mer ittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit
them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Veideffer Wins J’N'E Dash and Feature at Merrittville

September 8th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario- One week after his younger brother Eric won the Dash and his feature – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway welcomed Eric Veihdeffer as the older member of the V-Kids Race Team won both the J’N'E Towing Dash and the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division Feature – his 5th of 2011.

In other Original Pizza Logs Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series action – Braeden Kish took home his 8th Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Feature while Josh Cook won his 4th Feature in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division.

Burris Tire Feature action also had Brandon Ruch win for the 4th time in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior Division and Dylan Davidson visiting Victory Lane for the 6th time of the year in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division.

Finally, one driver won two features – Jorden Peters – his 10th Feature of the season in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flat Head Divisions and 5th in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

On behalf of the Junior Restricted Division – Merrittville Speedway would like to thank J’N'E Towing and Recovery for their support of the Dash for Cash.

With the Stock Car Track preparing for the 60th Season Finale that will feature the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning International Modified Lite Weekend (September 9th and 10th) and Smash-o-rama Sunday September 11th presented by the Grantham Lions, Niagara College and Impact Motorsports – Karters can look forward to the 2011 Finale – Tuesday September 13th.

Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Bicknell, Rouse, Sargent, Sliter and Conte are Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Champions

September 5th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– Points Races have concluded for 2011 at Merrittville Speedway with Pete Bicknell, Ken Sargent, Josh Sliter and Rocco Conte successfully defending their titles in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

Winning his first career Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Championship to round out the 60th Anniversary Season was Brad Rouse.

The Brian’s Tire Repair Night featured the 358 Modifieds in the annual John Spencer Memorial 50 lap Main Event won by Larry Lampman. The Sportsman were also in the spotlight with Cody McPherson winning the 25 lap Feature and the annual Sterling Silver Trophy that honors his great grandfather – Bill Willard Senior.

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Feature winners also included Rob Murray, Paul Klager and Tony Kelly in the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions.

J&S Heating and Air Conditioning will present the International Modified Lite Weekend Friday and Saturday September 9th and 10th featuring Modified Lite Drivers from across North America. Friday’s card also includes the BRP Can Am Late Models, a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Big 6 Event in addition to the 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks. Saturday – the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will be featured in a 50 lap Event plus a 50 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Event against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks.

The 60th Anniversary Season will close Sunday September 11th with the Grantham Lions, Niagara College and Impact Motorsports presenting Smash-o-rama 2011 featuring a 100 lap Enduro, a Demolition Derby and a Monster Truck Car Crush.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Brian’s Tire Repair Presenting Merrittville’s Championship Chase Finale and Autograph Night

September 3rd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– As the final point event for 2011 and Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Season . Brian’s Tire Repair will present the Championship Chase Finale for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions Saturday September 3rd.

“Race fans are in for a real treat,” exclaims (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “in our 60 year history . with a number of our divisions – the point standings could change every lap . prior to all the feature excitement – we’ll also have a real fan favorite event . Autograph Night!”

Mike Bowman became the 12th different winner in the 2009 running of the John Spencer Memorial – backing it up with a repeat win last season. Can he make it three in a row this year?

Barring disaster . Pete Bicknell will just have to start the Brian’s Tire Repair 50 lapper to win his 21st career title at the Thorold facility. Depending on who finishes where though . Mat Williamson once again goes into the final point event in second although with an almost insurmountable 58 points disadvantage.

Bowman is just 7 back of Williamson with Tim Jones and Tommy Flannigan rounding out the top 5.

In the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Title Race, Brad Rouse sits atop the standings and would like to add his first season long title to the King of the Crates powered by Niagara Motors Crown that he has already earned.

Cousins BJ Willard and Cody McPherson are also in good shape for their first championships as the two are just 19 and 26 points behind Rouse. Defending Champion Greg Panunte and second generation driver Gary Lindberg close out the top 5 with Nick Cupolo just 5 points behind Lindberg.

Defending Champion Ken Sargent leads former Champion Rob Murray by 19 points going into the final Point Event for the Hoosier Stocks with the battle to close out the top 5 also one to keep an eye on.

Kevin Knapp, Dave Small and Billy Bleich are all just separated by 21 points.

For the second straight season, Josh Sliter could miss the final night of action in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and still win the points title. Sliter is 72 points ahead of rookie Derek Wagner as the division prepares for it’s biggest event of the season next weekend. Just 20 points separate Jason Corless, Derek Moore and Randy Hollingshead.

Rob Overholt has already won the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Championship. To uncede defending Champion Rocco Conte, Overholt will have to make up 58 points to do so while attempting to hold off the balance of the top 5 drivers.

From Overholt through to Garnet Wilson, Rob Goulding and Kyle Pelrine – there is just 15 points difference.

You really couldn’t ask for a better Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Show . but wait . there’s more! During the course of the evening – all of Merrittville’s race teams will assemble on the front stretch for an Autograph Session. The gates at the
start finish line will open and race fans of all ages can take part.

Every driver will have custom autograph cards to sign for you and many will have special treats for younger race fans as well!

It’s all part of Brian’s Tire Night at Merrittville Speedway.

At Brian’s Tire Repair – We know Tires!

Celebrating its 20th year in operation – Brian’s Tire Repair is a full
service tire shop providing quality products and services to each and every
customer. Their friendly and qualified staff work hard to ensure that each
visit is an enjoyable experience. Whether you’re looking for new Michelin,
Bridgestone or Cooper Tires or gently used tires – Brian’s Tire is well
suited to meet all your needs.

The only thing between you and the road is your tires. Making sure that you
have the right tire for the right season and that it is in good condition is
important to the safety of both the driver and the occupants of the vehicle.
At Brian’s Tire Repair – we work to make sure that you have the right tires
on your car or truck so that you can drive confidently through your day.

In addition to new and used tires – Brian’s Tire Repair provides Fleet
Service and 24 Hour Emergency Service. Call 905-646-7508 or toll free
1-888-634-3512 for mobile service or visit their newly expanded and
renovated St. Catharines location at 3 Petrie Street or on line at
www.brianstirerepair.com

When the gates open at 5:30 Saturday September 3rd – the grandstand front
gate area should have quite a display of race cars as Team Brian’s Tire is
well represented throughout all divisions Saturday Nights and in Kart Racing
Tuesday Nights as well. Showtime is 7:00

For further information on the 60th Season call the Speedway Office at
905-892- 8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans
and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book
(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Williamssom, Willard, Czinege and Wilson Score Wins in Ball Hockey International Minor Sport Night

August 30th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– Four drivers scored feature wins at Merrittville Speedway Saturday August 27th in Ball Hockey International’s Minor Sport Night assisted by the Niagara IceDogs.

Mat Williamson, BJ Willard, Larry Czinege and Garnet Wilson all visited Victory Lane in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

Meanwhile the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites were at the South Buxton Raceway for the inaugural Stars North Tour Race won by Paul Klager. For complete results click on http://www.southbuxtonraceway.com/week-15-results-saturday-aug-27#more-4147
47>

A lap 28 restart saw Mat Williamson take control of the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature – beating rookie Brandon Easey who had led for much of the event. Easey had led the event on two occasions – before and after a lap 19 caution after Rob Pietz briefly set the pace after the restart. With Williamson as the challenger – he was able to close in on the leader with Easey able to pull away down the straighaways. Once out front however, Williamson left the field behind with Easey losing several spots in the closing laps after jumping the cushion between Turns 1 and 2.

“I felt bad for Brandon … he deserves to win,” consoled Williamson in Victory Lane, “it’s great to be here though – I had a little time off work and we built this new car – it’s a 2012 BRP Chassis.”

Just prior to the lap 19 caution with Easey out front – the challenger was Scott Wood. Contact down the frontstretch between the two sent Wood out of control to the point of catching some air but somehow the second generation driver fought it never falling off the pace.

Ken Winfield was first to lead the event before Easey took control after an early restart. Eventually Rick Richner and Wood would land in the top 3 and in the early stages – the three would break away from the pack before a lap 14 caution.

Once Williamson was out front he was able to open up a lead of about ¼ of a lap on Pete Bicknell who raced back through the field to the runner up spot after getting caught up in an earlier incident. Mike Bowman, Rob Pietz and Tim Jones closed out the top 5.

“I didn’t know if I could catch Greg with the lead he had,” relayed BJ Willard in Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Victory Lane, “my Dad’s saying I am in his groove … but the turns were really good … I guess it got me off the bottom.”

Willard took the lead to start lap 21 and through to the finish opened up a 10 car advantage over Greg Panunte. The defending champion took control of top spot in lap 8 from second generation driver Dave Flannigan Jr. who was in control from the start of the 25 lap event.

Panunte survived two previous restarts as leader and in the closing laps had challengers Willard, Robbie Rounce, Brad Rouse and Paul Gaboury battling for position.

At the finish Willard and Panunte were followed by Rouse, Cody McPherson and Gary Lindberg.

After the initial start was called off for the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature, front row starters Lee Winger and Austin Wood remained side by side for a couple laps in a back and fourth battle until Wood edged ahead to start lap 3.

While the battle was raging up front – several drivers were battling flat tires but were able to continue. Wood would pull away to a comfortable lead but after exiting Turn 4 to complete lap 7 a little low – both Vince Fargnoli and Larry Czinege were able to close. Czinege would soon challenge Wood for top spot as the two were locked in a side by side battle allowing Jamie Thompson now in third to close in.

One driver on the move was second generation driver Jim Begolo who was in his son’s #16. Unfortunately Begolo and Thompson would come together on lap 18. While under caution several drivers including Rob Murray finally retired to the pits unable to race further with their flat tires. Vince Fargnoli would also drop from a possible top 5 finish with a flat tire as well.

Wood would resume control on the restart with Czinege edging ahead to start lap 19. At the finish Czinege would hold off Wood by half a car length.

Winger, Billy Bleich and Jim Lampman rounded out the top 5.

It appeared that Garnet Wilson was cruising to Victory in the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature before Rocco Conte took over on the final lap.

Wilson however wasn’t settling for second and made one of the moves of the 60th Anniversary Season using lap traffic to his advantage to overtake Conte.

“I saw the laps cars and then Rocco and then thought here we go again,” commented Garnet Wilson in Victory Lane, “ I’ve lost it three times like that this year … it wasn’t going to happen again. I was a little rough getting by Rocco in the turns and will apologize to him.”

Wilson took the lead on lap 3 from early leader Jason Coutu who was the initial leader.

Wilson and Conte were followed by another strong run by Dillan Sliter in the Rob Goulding #16 VW Rabbit, Kyle Pelrine and Kameron Kocarik.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

Merrittville Speedway Co-announcer Clint Geoffrey paid respects to Anthony Delazzari and Arnie Young who both passed away this past week.

Delazzari – owner of Central Collision was a former racer and sponsor of many race teams over the years while Young – father of Modified Lite Driver Blair Young had also crewed for a number of race teams over the years.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Brian’s Tire Repair will present the 60th Anniversary Championship Chase Finale Saturday September 3rd with final point events for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions. The main event will be the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds.

During intermission Race Fans will be let out on to the track for Autograph Night.

When the gates open at 5:30 – Race Fans will be able to meet former Champions and other personalities for Autographs as well. Show time is 7 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Partsource Kids Club Celebrates Back to School With Pre-Race Party at Merritville

August 27th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – It just seems like yesterday when the 2011 PartSource Kid’s Club held Registration Night at Merrittville Speedway. The final August event of the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned 60th Anniversary Season August 27th will find members celebrating going Back to School with a pre-race Party before the Ball Hockey International Minor Sport Night assisted by the Niagara IceDogs.

“Our younger race fans have enjoyed an awesome summer in the PartSource Kid’s Club,” exclaimed (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there has been lots of fun activities happening each week . thanks to the Welland and St. Catharines locations for their support”

1 in 3 families in Canada cannot afford to enroll their child in organized sport or recreation. PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines want to change that as new partners with Merrittville Speedway’s Kids Club in 2011.

PartSource locations across Canada help over 40,000 kids annually participate in sport and organized recreation through the JumpStart Children’s Charity. For further information or to make a donation visit www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart.

“PartSource Staff, Merrittville Race Fans and Teams all share a passion for cars and trucks,” shared PartSource Welland’s Dave Nero, “when it comes caring for your kids . it’s like caring for your car – we’re with you every step of the way – we were very happy to help this season.”

Prior to race time throughout the season, the PartSource Kid’s Club Area behind the Main Grandstand had activities scheduled for members and although the Little Caesar’s Pizza Party signifies it’s time to go back to school . there will be activities scheduled prior to race time each remaining event up to the Saturday Night of the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning International Modified Lite Championship Weekend.

“It’s hard to believe that a summer of racing is almost over,” commented PartSource St. Catharines’ John Thompson, “a night at the races is busy for fans of all ages but with our support of the PartSource Kid’s Club . we hope that our support will JumpStart kids to lead active lives.”

PartSource is an automotive parts specialty store designed to meet the needs of major purchasers of auto parts – professional automotive installers and serious do-it-yourselfers. With an extensive selection of quality brand name parts, competitive prices, outstanding services and a team of expert staff, PartSource delivers a quick in-and-out experience as well as choice and convenience. Value added services include loan-a-tool programs and an automotive look-up centre.

Fuel up your knowledge with tips from the pros and receive Hot Deals by signing up for the PartSource eNewsletter at www.partsource.ca where you can also view current flyers, look up parts or to see the latest monthly Do It Yourself Job. Join today and stay up to speed with the latest store events!

For the Parts . The Pros and The Price – visit PartSource at 572 Niagara Street in Welland or 370 Ontario Street in St. Catharines or call 905-735-3105 or 905-688-7087.

Ball Hockey International will present Minor Sport Night assisted by the Niagara IceDogs featuring a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event Saturday August 27th. When the Grandstands open at 5:30 all Minor Sport Players in their Uniform Sweaters will be admitted free. Show Time is 7 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Free Admission for Minor Sport Teams in Sweaters

August 26th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario –Ball Hockey International will present Minor Sport Night assisted by the Niagara IceDogs Saturday August 27th at Merrittville Speedway with a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event. If you like passing – we’ve got it . door handle to door handle and bumper to bumper! If a good clean body check thrills you – you won’t believe some of the metal crunching hits! If you like lots of scoring – our drivers have just one goal – the checkered flag!

An action-packed Night at Merrittville Speedway will provide all that . and more! Ball Hockey International invites you and your team-mates to Minor Sport Night at Merrittville Speedway – Saturday August 27th – assisted by the Niagara IceDogs.

Whether your season is winding down as well . or about to start up – wear your Team Jersey for FREE Grandstand admission – whether it’s ball hockey . baseball . football . soccer . lacrosse . basketball . ice hockey and any minor sport in between !

Minor Sport Players in their team uniforms will be eligible to win prizes by filling out a ballot at the Novelty Trailer! With just two ‘point’ events left in the 60th Anniversary Season before the huge International Championship Triple Header Finale Weekend presented by J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, the Grantham Lions and Niagara College – drivers in all divisions will be racing for every point they can get as they try to hold their own in the Championship Chase . or advance positions.

BHI St. Catharines, (located on the Welland Canal Parkway) and BHI Welland, (located on the campus of Niagara College) will soon be taking registrations for the Fall and Winter sessions for individuals or teams. BHI offers Outdoor Ball Hockey Fun for male and female participants from ages 4 and up. Registration fees are very affordable for all age groups and equipment costs and requirements are minimal. Between the two locations more than 6,000 individuals take part – divided between more than 170 teams in league play. For further information call the St. Catharines location at 905-682-2835 or in Welland at 05-734-1040 or visit with them at www.ballhockeyinternational.com and at Merrittville Speedway – this Saturday Night.

Gates open at 5:30 Saturday August 27th – Showtime is 7:00

For further information on the 60th Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892- 8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

3 Karters Win 4th Features While Seburn Doubles up at Merrittville

August 25th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane saw three drivers win their 4th Kart Features of 2011 August 23rd at Merrittville Speedway.

Brothers Eric and Matthew Veihdeffer both won their events in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 and Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Divisions respectively while John Matthews also won for the 4th time in the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Class.

Wyatt Seburn won his second Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature and earlier in the night also won the J’N'E Towing and Recovery Dash for Cash.

In other Original Pizza Logs Burris Tire Feature action – Braeden Kish won for the 6th time in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Division while Kyle Phillips took home his second RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division Feature since moving up.

The final Feature Winner of the night was Jorden Peters who won for the 8th time in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Division.

Each of the 7 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Feature Winners also received Cash Bonuses from the St. Amand Family as they thought of the Tuesday Night racers with the Bonus Money left over from August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday August 30th. Gates will at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Big Wins in Pen Centre Night at Merrittville

August 22nd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– With members of the St. Catharines Thorold Chamber of Commerce in the crowd, the Pen Centre played host to the final MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night at Merrittville Speedway August 20th. Tommy Flannigan had a BIG Night as the second generation driver drove off to almost a half lap margin of victory in the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature. Cody McPherson, Ken Sargent, Jason Corless and Rocco Conte also visited Victory Lane in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively. “We’ve been wicked consistent lately,” said Tommy Flannigan in Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Victory Lane, “but we just haven’t been able to get here.”

Pete Cosco was first to lead the 35 lap event with Ken Winfield and Travis Braun the early challengers. Quickly however Winfield’s car began to show signs of smoke and soon after he retired to the pits, Flannigan was able to get by both Braun and Cosco to take control of top spot. By lap 10 he had driven away from the field to a lead of almost half a lap. As the race continued caution free – Flannigan was able to maintain the healthy advantage which meant a lead on almost 7 seconds through increasing lap traffic. Chad Chevalier settled comfortably into the runner up spot and by lap 25 enjoyed a lead of some 10 car lengths over Mat Williamson. By lap 30 Williamson closed to within a couple car lengths of Chevalier but neither had anything for the leader in the event that was run entirely under green. When Flannigan took Starter Doug Leonard’s Double Checkers – Chevalier was leading the field into Turn 3.

“I don’t know what to say,” added Flannigan, “no cautions and starting up front definitely helped … but thanks to John McKenney and Randy Mallory for putting this deal together for me!”

Flannigan, Chevalier and Williamson were followed by Larry Lampman and Braun.

A caution-filled 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature saw Cody McPherson take control of top spot just past the lap 10 mark with the field slowed twice more in the last half of the race with the second generation driver back out front each time. “Every lap I held my line … hit my marks and stayed smooth,” relayed McPherson in a Victory Lane interview with Clint Geoffrey, “the track was awesome … the top was fast and the bottom too.” The start of the event saw Jason Farraway as the initial leader before Robert Baker took control after a lap 2 restart. Second generation driver Gary Lindberg would then take over to start lap 4 with Nick Cupolo and McPherson settling in behind. Once by Cupolo and into top spot McPherson would lead the field into lap traffic by lap 18 before a final caution slowed the pace on lap 20. The battle for the runner up spot would allow McPherson to pull away to a comfortable lead with BJ Willard able to overtake Cupolo for second down the backstretch of the final lap. Brad Rouse was also able to get by with Cupolo having to settle for fourth and Lindberg fifth.

“I’m just trying to run my own race and staying out of it,” remarked Ken Sargent in Hoosier Stock Victory Lane,” it’s unfortunate that it is gonna come down this way.”

Sargent took control of the 20 lap Event just past the halfway point after then leader Rob Murray slowed with a flat rear tire. Previous to that Murray and Billy Bleich had staged quite a battle for top spot with the two leaning on each other until Murray slowed. While under caution Murray would spin Bleich out. Bleich had taken the lead on a lap 3 restart from early leader Lee Winger after Dave Bitner slowed on the front stretch after losing his right rear wheel and axle. Once action resumed Bleich and then second place Rob Murray pulled away before a lap 9 incident slowed the event setting up their side by side battle. Once Sargent was the leader – the defending champion’s pace would also be slowed twice in the final laps with Dave Small able to hold off another impressive finish from James Thompson with Kevin Knapp and Vince Fargnoli rounding out the top 5. “Really, I had no idea how far ahead I was,” revealed Jason Corless after winning for the second time of 2011, “late in the race I couldn’t hear anyone so I just slowed down and tried not to overdrive ther corners … this is just awesome – an amazing car tonight!” Corless took control from the drop of the green and despite being slowed for two cautions – was never really challenged the entire distance. Jason Corless lead on start with Derek Moore into second although their was quite a gap between the top three cars. That all changed on lap 6 when caution slowed the field. Corless regained the lead on the restart Moore and Derek Wagner challenging although Corless was out front by some 5 car lengths. Doug Williams trying to hold off Josh Sliter but despite sparks flying was able to hold off the invader. Caution on lap 15 Corless back out front on the restart with Wagner trying to hold off Moore. Corless would open up almost a 10 car advantage over Wagner

The race to watch became the one for second between Derek Moore and Derek Wagner. Behind them Josh Sliter was also trying to keep his position – being challenged by Hastings NY visiting driver Doug Williams. At the finish Corless would run to a 10 car lead over Derek Wagner with Moore settling for third. Williams advanced to fourth spot with Shawn Sliter taking fifth. His nephew Josh would drop to sixth at the finish after suspension problems had the defending champion’s car throwing sparks throughout the event. The start of the 15 lap Feature for the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders saw Rocco Conte beat fellow front row starter Dillan Sliter to the initial green flag – opening up a 10 car lead by lap 5.

Sliter who just turned 15 was in an unfamiliar car – the Rob Goulding # 16 but from the drop of the green had it up to speed. Sliter would face an early challenge from Goulding himself in his 2011 ride with the two side by side before caution would slow the field after Trevor Goulding in the Tony Kelly #12 slowed in Turn 4 at half way.

Conte resumed control on the restart but not without a good challenge from Sliter.

At the finish – it was Conte out front by 5 car lengths with Sliter second. Goulding would settle for third with Kyle Pelrine and Greg Wilson rounding out the top 5.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

The Hoosier Stocks were in the spotlight between their heats and feature with a Dash for Cash that saw Kevin Knapp take home some bonus money remaining from Monday August 1st’s Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial. The flags were at half mast in memory of the late Cam Gagliardi who passed away at 82 this past Wednesday. Gagliardi was one of the first American drives to become a Merrittville Regular and was a member of the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY Ball Hockey International will present Minor Sport Night assisted by the Niagara IceDogs featuring a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event Saturday August 27th. When the Grandstands open at 5:30 all Minor Sport Players in their Uniform Sweaters will be admitted free. Show Time is 7 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Building Excitement for Pen Centre’s Final Big Food Big Fun Family Pack

August 17th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – It’s the middle of August and young families from across Niagara are racing around getting ready to go back to school. A visit to the Pen Centre – Niagara’s largest shopping destination which features 180 stores and services and one million square feet of shopping fun is a must for all the hottest new fashions.

Also a must is when the Pen Centre presents a night of racing fun at Merrittville Speedway Saturday August 20th when the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event will definitely provide some HOT dirt track excitement.

“Merrittville had a few seasons completed when the Pen was built as an outside strip mall,” remarks (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” since we were there with the Spring Race Car Show they have been building excitement with a new style and new spirit.”

Unfortunately due to health issues however, the first ever visit of the Armageddon Jet Car has been cancelled.

“Since we announced Armageddon’s appearance excitement has been building for sure,” relates Bicknell-Jones, “the entire summer tour has been cancelled however it’s looking to still be at night of BIG Food and BIG Fun!”

The all new Merrittville Speedway MT Bellies BIG Food and BIG Fun Family Pack Promotion ends in a BIG Way with the Championship Chases in the race to be Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Champions heating up in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Original Pizza Logs Sportsmen, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions.

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on August 20th, the final 2011 MT Bellies BIG FOOD BIG FUN Family Packs will be available. Two Adults and Two Children under 16 can look forward to enjoying the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn – all for a special price of just $40.

Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies a $100 value!.

Race fans and race teams can visit MT Bellies at their 871 Niagara Street location in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com.

Change is a beautiful thing at the Pen Centre.

Home to popular national stores and brands including . Aeropostale, American Eagle, the Bay, H&M, HomeSense, Old Navy, Sears, SportChek, Winners and Zellers – a major renovation will feature bright new corridors . comfortable soft seating . an exciting new food court and contemporary new colors!

The Pen Centre is located at HWY 406 and Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines and Store Hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:30 to 6:00 and on Sundays from Noon to 6 PM. For further information visit www.thepencentre.com.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the announcement of Miss Merrittville 2011 visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Avondale Food Stores Night at Merrittville finds Overholt Winning Triple Crown Series

August 16th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario- Full Moon racing was in full effect Saturday August 13th at Merrittville Speedway with the Avondale Food Stores Event delivering some good yet wild action with it’s share of ups and downs through out the all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions.

Rob Overholt took advantage of a last lap incident to not only take the 20 lap Feature Win but the 2011 Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series for the 4 Cylinder Division. Mark D’Ilario won the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature run in memory of the late Ray Stevens while Brad Rouse, Jim Lampman and Josh Sliter also visited Victory Lane in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Divisions respectively. With Jocelyn Wiley first to lead the 20 lap Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Finale early action back in the pack saw Nathan Monahan forced to the pits with a flat tire after contact between Aaron Wiley and Rocco Conte pushed Conte into Monahan’s car. By lap 3 Conte would land in second spot some 5 car lengths behind the leader.

With the front two cars pulling away – the battle was for third spot between Rob Overholt and Jocelyn’s husband Aaron. With Conte closing in on Jocelyn – she still held a car length lead at the halfway point. Lap 13 was not lucky for her though as after catching slower cars – contact with one sent Wiley spinning out of top spot in Turn 4. Conte was the new leader on the restart with the challenger now Aaron Wiley. The two ran side by side for a number of laps before slight contact between the two with some 3 laps to go. Wiley would take control of top spot opening up a couple car length lead before Conte closed once again. The final time through Turn 2 however Conte would make contact with Wiley spinning the leader out and although the kept the top spot – the checkered flag didn’t come out til Rob Overholt crossed the start-finish line with Conte relegated to the rear of the field.

“This is just awesome . I couldn’t ask for anything better,” revealed Feature and Triple Crown Series Winner Rob Overholt in Victory Lane, “they were racing each other pretty hard – it didn’t surprise me but it’s good for me.” Overholt was followed by Kyle Pelrine, Rob Goulding and Shawn Emery with Garnet Wilson closing out the top 5.

While the entire night was run in memory of the late Ray Stevens, the cars ready to contest the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature were stopped on the front stretch for a moment of silence honoring one of Merrittville Speedway’s Pioneers with crew members from the Pit Area gathered along the backstretch. In the parade laps, Steven’s son Brian led the field around under yellow saluted by the back stretch gathering and getting a send off from family, friends and former Crew members that were a part of the Stevens Racing Team over the years who were gathered between the flag poles during the pre-race ceremonies. Ray Stevens was one of the pioneers of the sport getting his start as a car owner for Bruce Swartz in 1952 before getting behind the wheel himself the next season in the familiar #44. Despite suffering serious injuries in June of 1955, Ray’s passion for the sport was still there as he became a car owner for drivers such as Jimmy Jenkins, Tommy Cook, Ted Renshaw, Lloyd Holt, Stan Friesen, Hughie Tripp, Mike Granton and Davey Moore before teaming up with his son Brian where the two won Modified Point Championships in 1982 and 1992.

Ray’s impressive roster of drivers also included a season with Larry Lampman Jr and throughout Ray’s racing career – he was a mentor and friend to many. Ray’s career accomplishments included being inducted into the L. St, Amand Enterprises Wall of
Fame. Brian Stevens came out of retirement to honor his Dad by competing in his former #44 sold to Andrew Sittler and once Stevens fell into his starting spot . Pete Cosco first to lead before Brandon Easey became the new leader with a couple laps in the record books. Coming out of Turn 4 to complete lap 3 a number of cars came together with Chad Chevalier stopping at the start finish line after losing a wheel after contact with Tommy Flannigan and Todd Gordon. Ken Winfield took control just before the caution with Easey back out front once again on the restart. Winfield stayed right with him though in a side by side battle before Winfield back out front on lap 6. Mark D’Ilario settled into third and the three leaders broke away quickly from the pack. D’Ilario would take over second and soon challenged the leader taking over top spot on lap 12. Boyd MacTavish would catch the top three by lap 15 as would Larry Lampman with D’Ilario driving away to almost a straightaway lead. Coming up on the 10 to go mark, Scott Wood would land in fourth but would anyone be able to catch the leader?

Stevens would coast into the infield on lap 26 just after Fred Carleton drove wildly through the infield after contact with Rob Pietz. Stevens would rejoin the field while under caution. D’Ilario was back into the lead on the restart with Scott Wood into third behind MacTavish. At the finish D’Ilario enjoyed an advantage of some 20 car lengths over MacTavish, Wood, Larry Lampman and Pete Bicknell. “My thoughts are with the Stevens family . this one’s for them,” relayed now three time 2011 Feature Winner Mark D’Ilario, “the track was fast but around the top it was a little rough . you just had to hit your marks every lap. I was a little worried about the lap cars . but those late cautions really helped.” “I’d like to dedicate this win to Ray Stevens,” announced Brad Rouse in Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Victory Lane, “he helped me out a lot when I got started . helped me get to where I am today – we’ve lost a very smart man that’s for sure!”

During the pace laps prior to the 25 lap Event the Full Moon bit second generation driver Gary Lindberg after his crew requested a pit stop after realizing they hadn’t fueled the car. Dave Flannigan Jr. was first to lead the event with the original start called off after the second generation driver fired too soon. Flannigan was back out front on the second attempt and behind him cars were three and four wide. When the field settled in – Adam Leslie became the new leader with some 5 laps complete with Brad Rouse in third. Just as Rouse took over second spot a caution on lap 9 would slow the field setting the stage for quite a battle between Rouse and Leslie when racing resumed. Leslie was in control on the restart but by the halfway point it was Rouse out front. Side by side and back and forth it was Rouse and then Leslie in control with Cody McPherson lurking in third. With about 8 laps to go Rouse clearly became the leader with caution on lap 19 slowing the event after BJ Willard slowed with a flat tire. A Turn 2 incident with two laps to go proved to be a big break for Tyler McPherson who appeared to have a tire going flat in his first time back after a summer long trip to Europe. McPherson was into a top 5 spot after starting deep in the field. With Rouse out front on the restart – caution right away would delay the return to action after BJ Willard fell victim to his second flat tire. Rouse was back out front on the restart with Leslie being challenged by Cody McPherson for runner up spot. “I really liked racing with Adam,” . relived Rouse, “we always race clean . I worked my way up to the front and picked a car off at a time.”

Rouse’s fortune was Willard’s misfortune as Rouse moved into the Points lead with just three Point events left in the 60th Season. “If I can keep running the way we have the last few weeks . the points will come,” added Rouse, “we chased the points last year but fell off . so we just have to keep it rolling this year.” Rouse, Leslie and McPherson were followed by Jesse Penner and Greg Panunte.

At the start of the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature, Jim Lampman out front on the start and right away the former Bomber Driver from some 20 years ago was off to a 5 car lead. Quite a race was developing behind him that eventually saw Rookie Austin Wood settle into third spot. By lap 8 Wood took over the runner up spot and set his sights on the leader. By lap 10 Lampman’s lead was down to 5 car lengths until two laps later when Wood slowed down the back stretch with a flat tire. With 5 laps in the books quite a battle was brewing with Austin Wood on the move. Wood would eventually take second by lap 8 and began to chase down Lampman. By lap 10 the margin was down to about 5 car lengths until Wood slowed down the backstretch with a flat tire on lap 12. Billy Bleich was now in the runner up spot being challenged by Ken Sargent. The same fate would strike Bleich who slowed coming out of turn 4 to complete lap 17. Wood – the third generation driver would return although some laps down. Noone would catch Lampman however in the former Kevin Knapp Car with Sargent settling for second with Rob Murray, Kevin Knapp and Jeff Dayman rounding out the top 5. “It’s been a rough year,” rejoiced Lampman after being welcomed back to Victory Lane by Co-Announcer Clint Geoffrey, “this car had been a struggle – it’s nice to see it finally coming around . its great to finally get it done!” Ray Sliter Jr. was the initial lead at the start of the 20 lap J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature after briefly losing top spot to rookie Jeffrey May – Sliter regained top spot before caution on lap 2 after May lost control of his car. Jason Corless was the new leader on the restart and with cars three and four wide behind him – when the dust settled – Josh Sliter was the new leader. Caution on lap 4 slowed the early going once more after Corless and Derek Moore came together. Sliter regained control on the restart and drove off to quite a lead before Shawn Sliter dropped from a top 5 spot after losing control of his car on lap 6.

Sliter regained control on the restart before Scott Billing spun after contact with Moore in Turn 1. Sliter back out front once again would face a strong challenge from Derek Wagner racing side by side for couple laps before caution on lap 8. Sliter was back out front once again with Wagner this time trailing by 10 car lengths with Sliter stretching it. Caution lap 11 brought the field back to Sliter with Wagner still challenging on the restart. The two were able to pull away from Shawn Sliter who battled back to take third spot. Eventually Sliter ran away from Wagner with a quarter lap lead at the finish. Corless and Randy Hollingshead would round out the top 5.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

The Pen Centre will present a Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program Saturday August 20th with the St. Catharines & Thorold Chamber of Commerce Night featuring the final MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night. Gates open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7:00 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Top 3 Spots Locked in for Merrittville’s Grantham Lions Club 100 Lap Enduro Accelerated by Niagara College

August 12th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– In recent Merrittville Speedway 100 lap Grantham Lions Enduro Events accelerated by Niagara College, gave Bogusat came from 28th spot to win the event. The year before that – it was Dan McNeil in Victory Lane after starting 62nd.

So really if you are thinking about entering the final event of the season – it really doesn’t matter where you start – its where and more importantly if you finish. Especially for three drivers.

With Glen Hils taking the Zavitz Financial Strategies Qualifier post-ponned a week until May 28th’s CAA Niagara Night following it up with another as part of Boltwork’s Annual Piller’s Hot Dog Night July 2nd, Karl Sault the second place finisher will start the 100 from second spot. With Sault winning the third and final Qualifier on Cotton Inc. Night July 30th – third starter will be Jack Myers. Hils, Sault and Myers will all be eligible for a $500 Bonus – provided that either one comes home # 1 in the 100.

“Niagara College continues to be # 1 in student satisfaction,” boasts (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “and we are thrilled they continue to accelerate the Enduro.” Should none of the three drivers win the big event – the $500 will still be given away via a draw of starting positions.

“Once again – preregistering now takes on a whole new meaning,” reveals Bicknell-Jones, “anyone that enters the 100 by September 1st and that date is three weeks away from today – will be eligible for a chance at one of 10 $50 bonuses if it’s given away that way and drivers are reminded that their Roof Fins will be available from the Speedway Office after September 1st as well.”

Niagara College continues to reach consecutive number-one rankings in overall student satisfaction among all Ontario colleges. Individuals considering re-training for a new career are encouraged to take a serious look at the many programs and opportunities available at Niagara College. For further information on technology, apprenticeship and skills training visit niagaracollege.ca and accelerate your career.

“There’s nothing like Enduro Racing,” challenged Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

Enduro Rules for the season ending 100 lap event are available from the Speedway office during the week or on line from
www.merrittvillespeedway.com. It’s pretty basic – it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races.

In the 100 lap event Sunday September 11th, the winner will receive $1,000 with $400, $300, $200 and $100 going to the balance of the top 5. The 100 lap event is open to both Men and Women.

The Grantham Lions Club was formed in 1952 and is heavily involved in minor sports organizations and like other Lions Clubs worldwide – has Lions Eye Care as a major project. For information on how you can become a member of the club – visit www.granthamlionsclub.com or visit Hoosier Stock competitor and Lion Ron
MacAulay and club members at the track this summer.

Events that race fans should make note of are their Fish Frys the first Friday of every month. For information on Hall Rentals for your next event – call 905-935-8434.

The Speedway Office is open for Enduro registrations Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 PM in addition to up to Saturdays from 9 AM through the evening’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Events.

Competitors in the 100 must supply a scorer and the scorer is included in the Registration Fee.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Closest Triple Crown Series Finale Featured in Avondale Food Stores Night At Merrittville

August 12th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – Before the Big Dogs take to the track for the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Finale August 13th at Merrittville Speedway – the Avondale Food Stores sponsored event will see Big Dogs . Little Dogs and all breeds in between have their own time in front of the crowd at the Thorold DIRTcar facility.

Race Fans and Race Teams alike are encouraged to bring along their dogs for the annual Best Appearing Dog Contest prior to feature action for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions.

“For many of us in the stands and in the pits,” relays (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “racing is a family sport . and that family includes a dog . it’s their night to join in the fun and not be left home.”

For several seasons the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders have enjoyed a race within the season long points. In 2011, the Mini-Series is geared up with probably the closest points race in it’s history with the Top 5 drivers all having a shot at top spot.

Rob Overholt leads Rocco Conte by just two points with Kyle Pelrine, Tony Kelly and Rob Goulding all within 14 points of the lead.

The mini-series opened on CAA Night with Overholt taking the opener. The second event was featured as part of Hingston Metal Fabricators MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night July 23rd and coming out on top of that one was Aaron Wiley.

In the season long points . Overholt and Goulding are chasing down Conte over the final events with the defending champion enjoying a little more breathing room with a comfortable 60 point margin over the two.

In addition to the Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Finale . Avondale Food Stores Night features the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites with their point
races heating up as the Championship Chase for the 60th Season winds down.

Turn 4 Collision specializes in complete collision service for all makes and models in addition to minor repairs. Call 905-687-4142 for a free estimate or visit Turn 4 at Unit 51- 113 Cushman Road in St. Catharines.

With 120 locations throughout the Peninsula – Avondale Food Stores are pleased to serve the community.

From it’s start offering milk delivery to local St. Catharines households in 1932 from the family farm on Stewart Road – the still family owned company has been in the convenience store business for now 46 years in 2011.

Do you remember glass milk bottles . and horse and wagon delivery?. Avondale Food Stores – specializing in extra value everyday – offer a variety of services such as faxing, photocopying, Western Union Money Orders and Money Transfers, ABM Service, a variety of grocery items at low prices, coffee, slush and many other convenience foods. Enjoy the last days of summer by picking up some cool treats at your local Avondale. To find an Avondale Food Store location near you – visit avondalefoodstores.com. While you’re there – check out the savings each month – http://www.avondalestores.com/specials.htm.

Gates open at 5:30. Showtime is at 7:00.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Drama Filled Night at Merrittville

August 9th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario–A last lap incident in the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature set up a one lap dash but before the green flag reappeared leader Mat Williamson fell victim to a flat tire. Early leader Rob Pietz held off a last lap challenge from Pete Bicknell to win the event.

Brad Rouse won the 40 lap King of the Crates Sportsman Series Finale powered by Niagara Motors – earning the Mini-Series Point Race as well.

Dave Small won the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature holding off defending Champion Ken Sargent while Shawn Sliter held off his nephew Josh Sliter to win his 5th J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature

Jocelyn Wiley began the night winning the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature.

For Mat Williamson – it appeared that he was well on his way to another Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature Win after cruising to almost a full straightaway lead on the field. A last lap caution would change things up … dramatically. Gone was the huge lead he had built up but more importantly also gone was his rear tire as the leader fell victim to a flat tire while under caution for the incident that saw Mike Bowman and Larry Lampman come together in Turn 1 with Lampman’s CMH Sales and Leasing sponsored #22 coming into a stop in the barriers along the top of the track.

Williamson would rejoin the field although at the opposite end after pitting with Rob Pietz leading the field back to the green flag for the one lap dash which was delayed after a multicar incident collected a number of cars at the front of the pack. Several cars were out of line on the first attempt at a restart causing those behind them to check up. The cars involved were given their spots back after the mishap with Pietz back out front but facing a strong challenge from Pete Bicknell.

The two would make contact coming out of Turn 4 the final time which put the finish in question after Bicknell’s car never registered on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard. With Pietz apparently out front – a rare video review confirmed the call.

“I saw Mat go in and felt bad for him,” admitted Rob Pietz in Victory Lane, “it was his race … I had nothing for him but then I look at the scoreboard to see it’s Pete behind me now. I just tried to be where he wasn’t and make the track as wide as possible and we’re here … finally!”

The start also was quite dramatic after early leader Ken Winfield’ s pace was stopped with a red flag on lap 3 after Mark D’Ilario flipped his car after making contact with Pete Cosco. D’Ilario landed right side up and was able to drive away from the incident.

Winfield was back out front on the restart before Rob Pietz took control on lap 5 just as the pace was slowed once again. With Pietz in control on the restart the driver on the move was Williamson who was into the runner up spot by lap 12 but had a lot of ground to make up to catch the leader in the final two thirds of the 35 lap event.

By the half way point Williamson had closed to within 5 car lengths of Pietz and the next lap it was Williamson out front by a fraction of a second. By lap 25 the leader never let increasing lap traffic slow him down – stretching his advantage to some 4 seconds and a full straightaway before the final caution.

Pietz was followed by Bicknell, Chad Chevalier, Fred Carleton and Tim Jones.

In the King of the Crates Series Finale powered by Niagara Motors – the final third of the 40 lap Event saw quite a battle between two drivers who had split the Series Events to date.

BJ Willard was the new leader on a lap 25 restart after his cousin and earlier leader Cody McPherson had to drop out of top spot with a flat tire. Through a couple restarts in the next 5 laps Willard would set the pace although facing strong challenges from Brad Rouse. The two swapped the lead a couple of times before another incident on lap 33 slowed the field for a multicar incident that included defending Series co-champion Greg Panunte. Willard was back out front before one final caution found Rouse into the top spot for good to start lap 35.

The car was real bad at the beginning,” revealed 2011 King of the Crates Series Champion powered by Niagara Motors Brad Rouse,” way too tight but set it up for the end. I’ve been running good last couple weeks … real happy to be here … used to be the top was the backwards lane but the last four or five years it’s been real racy around the top and on the bottom.”

The start of the event saw Adam Leslie and Greg Panunte lead the field to the green flag and for the entire first lap the two were side by side until Panunte nosed ahead. A lap 3 caution would slow the event for the first time with Panunte back in control with Leslie staying right with him.

Eventually Cody McPherson would wind up in the runner up spot and by lap 10 took over top spot from Panunte. McPherson had opened up a comfortable lead on his cousin Willard and the field until suffering the flat tire.

At the finish Rouse and Willard were followed by a strong run from Jesse Cotriss, an even stronger run from Cody McPherson who battled back after the pit stop and an impressive run by teenage second generation driver Matt Sharpe

Dave Small would lead the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature on two occasions – the final time right at the start finish line as he edged defending champion Ken Sargent by a bumper. The first time out front Small took the leader from rookie third generation driver Austin Wood at the start leading the field down the backstretch the first time.

Early on Sargent would take over the runner up spot from Wood with Small off to a 10 car lead. Eventually Sargent would close on Small with the two off to a comfortable lead.

Eventually Sargent would close the gap with the two to a comfortable lead on the field. Behind the two leaders – Kevin Knapp would take over third until Billy Bleich Junior overtook Knapp.

Lap after lap Small would cling to the high side with Sargent trying to drive under the leader – a strategy that found Sargent as the new leader in Turn 3 of lap 17. Out of Turn 4 the final time Small made one last move pay off – taking the lead around the outside of Sargent right at the line.

“You can use the outside to your advantage,” cautioned Dave Small post race, “but you have to hit your marks every lap … he was crowding me but would give me just enough room but I guess we touched,” added Small who had a tire going flat in Victory Lane.

Small and Sargent were followed by Knapp and Jeff Dayman who made a late race charge to get by Billy Bleich Jr. who had to settle for fifth.

“it’s been an awesome year so far,” relayed Shawn Sliter in J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Victory Lane for the 5th time of the season, “ my team-mate raced me real hard … he was right there the whole time. Thanks to our crew and thanks to Phil Engs at CMH Sales and Leasing and all our other sponsors!”

Sliter’s team-mate of course is his car owner and nephew Josh Sliter. After Shawn took control of top spot out of Turn 4 to complete lap 6 – Josh would quickly land in the runner up spot. The younger Sliter would challenge his uncle until the 5 to go point when Shawn open up some breathing room.

Quickly though Josh would regroup and took the lead on lap 17 with Shawn back out in control one lap later. A last lap caution would set up a one lap dash with Shawn Sliter coming home ahead of Josh Sliter with Chris Steele, Derek Moore and Randy Hollingshead rounding out the top 5.

Derek Bredin was first to lead the 20 lap feature before Ray Sliter Jr. took control. Derek Moore was the new leader on lap 3 before caution slowed the field with Moore in control until Shawn Sliter got by on lap 6.

Greg Wilson was first to lead the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature – pulling away to a couple car length lead over both challengers Jocelyn Wiley and Tony Kelly. Quickly with a couple laps in the books, Wiley would take control of top spot with Kelly in pursuit.

By the halfway point the two leaders would soon pull away from Wilson and the field. Despite increasing lap traffic Wiley would soon put some distance between herself and Kelly.

“The confidence level is up for sure,” revealed Jocelyn Wiley in Merrittville Victory Lane for the first time in two years, “they’ve been putting a lot of work into this car … I couldn’t do it without Aaron and the guys and our sponsors – especially V&G Auto for the new rims … they’re purple!”

In the caution free event – Wiley held a couple car length lead at the finish over Kelly, Chris Laskey, Kyle Pelrine and Rob Goulding.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

With no Hot Laps once again – Mat Williamson was the first car on the track after being announced as the Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week.

The racing action also included the annual PartSource Kids Club Box Car Races and only having first names, the winners were Kendra in the youngest Mini Stock Division, Mateo in the Mod Lite Division and Cierra in the Modified Class. Rumour has it that Mateo is the son of Sportsman Driver Greg Panunte while Cierra is the daughter of Tim Black – longtime crew man for many drivers. Taya’s entry was also picked as Best of Show. Merrittville Speedway and the PartSource Kids Club would like to congratulate all the participants for their fine efforts.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Avondale Food Stores will present a Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event Saturday August 13th that features the finale of the 2011 Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series for the 4 Cylinders in addition to the annual Best Appearing Dog Contest. Gates open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7 PM.

Kids Box Car Races Featured in CMH Sales and Leasing Night at Merrittville

August 4th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Race Teams are no doubt busy preparing for the CMH Sales and Leasing Night Saturday August 6th after a busy weekend of local racing.

So too are members of the Thorold Track’s PartSource Kids Club as one of their biggest events is up next on the schedule with CMH Sales and Leasing Night also including Box Car Races.

“No doubt many have already started on their creations and believe me . the kids are quite creative,” prides (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there are 3 age groups and one entry will be picked as best of show!”

Box car racing affords the opportunity for all kids – not just the members of the 2011 PartSource Kids Club to race on the front-stretch of the d-shaped oval with very little cost or work. All you need is a box . put a hole in the top for their body to fit through . paint and decorate it like your favorite race car and you’re ready to race.

For 2011′s event . parents will once again become more involved as the children start at one end of the track, run to a predetermined point where their adult crew member is waiting. The crew member takes a shoe off, puts the shoe back on -simulating a pit stop with a tire change.

Once the pit work is completed, the child runs back to the original starting point with the winners receiving a trophy.

“This is a great chance for the parent and child to work together,” adds Kid’s Club Director Mike Barnett, “they can build their box together and then work together in the race.”

“It’s shaping up to be quite a night,” boasts Bicknell-Jones, “our 5 stock car divisions and the kid’s races . if there is a night not to miss this season – it’s this one!.”

Kids wishing to enter the Box Car Races can find all the rules and regulations at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/meridiankids.htm

Since 1993, CMH Leasing has helped it’s customers with credit problems acquire reliable transportation and reestablish their credit.

CMH Leasing – your Niagara Region Used Car Superstore is located at 169 Hartzel Road in St. Catharines. Visit their location to lease to own a quality used car truck or van or call them at 905-641-8779 or you can visit www.cmhniagara.com for more info including Featured Vehicles available right now!

Gates open at 5:30 Saturday August 6th with Showtime is at 7:00.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Make plans now to celebrate our 60th Season Finale with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th to 11th with racing featuring the 2 Day Modified Lite International Championship plus the BRP Can AM Late Models, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, the Hoosier Stock Big 6 Series, 4 Cylinder Cars and Trucks and Smash-o-rama 2011!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Brachmann Loses Heartbreaker to Sheppard in Bob St. Amand Memorial at Merrittville

August 3rd, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) Chad Brachmann is living proof that the best car doesn’t always win, as he led for 83 laps in the 100 lap Bob St. Amand Sr Memorial SDS Big Block Feature, only to come up short, as Matt Sheppard made a pass in heavy lap traffic on lap 91 to claim an unlikely victory on Monday, August 1st at Merrittville Speedway.

Brachmann took the lead from Gary Tomkins on lap seven and dominated the event until the fateful lap, enjoying leads of close to a straightaway at times, while the rest of the field battled for what appeared to be the runner-up spot.

Sheppard, who went off tenth, was on the move early, lining up fourth after a lap ten caution when Mike Bowman and Pete Britten got together in turn two. From there, he patiently worked his way forward, taking third from Pete Bicknell on a lap 21 restart and then stalking Tomkins for second on the slick racing surface.

While Brachmann cruised at the front, there was significant action behind him, as Bicknell, running a strong fourth, suddenly retired to the pits, while Larry Lampman Jr, the Modified winner of the All Canadian at Humberstone on Sunday, charged from 21st to 8th on lap 42. On lap 45, Sheppard cleared Tomkins for second and set sail for Brachmann, who had a 2.77 second lead at that point.

On lap 50, Brachmann entered lap traffic, allowing Sheppard to creep closer. By lap 57, it was a two man dice through traffic as Brachmann and Sheppard drew away from third place running Dale Planck. As they occupied the front, Lampman continued his ascent, claiming fifth on lap 59 and fourth on lap 63.

A caution on lap 67, when Planck suddenly stopped in turn four (he would return after a trip to the pits), saw Brachmann, Sheppard, Chad Chevalier, Lampman, and Billy Decker, who was the top time trialer, the top five. As Brachmann once again drove away, Lampman claimed third from Chevalier and Mat Williamson, who started fifteenth, suddenly appeared in fourth on lap 75. Even more startling was Travis Braun, who started last (32nd), and cracked the top ten. Brachmann was setting a fast pace when he once again caught lap traffic on lap 85. With Brachamnn stymied by the slower cars, Sheppard once again
closed in, erasing a ten car lead to nothing by lap 89. As Brachmann desperately tried to maneuver, Sheppard saw his opportunity and made his move for the lead on the fateful lap 91.

Brachmann tried to repay the favor as Sheppard navigated through the heavy going, but couldn’t make a move for the lead over the remaining laps. At the line it was Sheppard, with Brachmann close behind, followed by Lampman, Williamson, and Decker, to complete the top five. Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY, who was running a small block for this race, as was Brachmann, was almost apologetic in Victory Lane, after his third straight SDS Big Block victory at Merrittville, noting, “We had a good car tonight, but I really didn’t think I had anything for Chad. It’s a tough break for him. I rolled up to him in the middle of the race there, and I was pretty sure I was going to go right by him, but the groove changed and he got away a little bit. It seemed like we were dead even, but the lap cars just got him.”

Brachmann was flat out angry, exclaiming, “It just shows how much disrespect that most drivers have around this place. They can’t move over for the guys that are running fast.” Lampman was pleased with his third place finish, declaring, “The track got slippery and we were just putting around the bottom. It seemed to work for most of the race. We got a top three there at the end. Matt and Chad were fast. I was just hoping to qualify tonight, so this is good.”

In a race that started on May 23rd, Brett Hearn scored the 798th win of his storied career in the 75 lap completion of the event, the first scheduled SDS 358 Modified Series race of the year. Hearn started on the pole, as he took the lead just before the rains came on May 23rd. Twenty-six of the original starters were on hand as Hearn drove out to an early lead when the race resumed on lap 26. Chad Brachmann, who started 5th, was on the move early, catching Hearn on lap 27 and then sweeping into the lead on lap 28. Brachmann pulled away to a comfortable lead, but lap traffic soon thwarted his advance and allowed Hearn to close in. Hearn eased around Brachmann to reclaim the top spot on lap 53. Danny Johnson, who went off 11th, raced around the outside and claimed fourth on lap 58. Following a caution for a spin by Mike Bowman on lap 61, Johnson kept digging and took over second on lap 70.

Johnson was able to close in on Hearn, showing a nose on lap 76, but Hearn held him off. Two more cautions did not affect the top two. On lap 90, Johnson tried a move on the outside, but jumped the cushion in turn two and lost three spots. From there, Hearn cruised the rest of the way to take the win. Pete Bicknell, finished second, followed by Mat Sheppard, Mat
Williamson, who started 15th, and Johnson, to round out the top five. Hearn commented, “That was the longest hundred lapper I ever ran. It was real tricky because we had it set up for the end of the race. It was uncomfortable at the beginning. We just stayed patient when Brachmann got by us.”

In the other race of the evening, Rob Murray, from St. Catharines, took the lead from 15 year old James Thompson after a lap one caution and led the rest of the way to win the 25 lap Hoosier Stock Feature. Thomson finished second, followed by Jason Fontaine, Jeff Dayman, and Peter Reid. Both Murray and Fontaine were DQ’d in tech. They were allowed to keep there finishing positions, but forfeited all points and money for the race.

NOTES: There were 54 Modifieds in the pits, 21 of them Big Blocks…..With Sheppard winning an SDS big block event in his small block car, he forfeited 30 points in the standings……..Decker’s fast time was .001 faster than Gary Tomkins- 17.628 versus 17.629……Close to $5,000 in lap money was awarded in honor of Bob St. Amand Sr, the beloved former Merrittville driver and long time Pit Steward ….The Merrittville Drivers’ Qualifier, a special race, which allowed four more local drivers to make the starting field, had a total purse of $2500, with $1500 going to winner, Mike Bowman……The Hard Charger Award went to Travis Braun, who qualified through the Merrittville drivers’ race, started last, and finished eleventh.

Bowman, Rouse, Knapp, Sliter, Wilson and Sault Open Holiday DoubleHeader with Wins

August 2nd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario — Merrittville Speedway’s annual Civic Holiday opened July 30th with Mike Bowman, Brad Rouse, Kevin Knapp, Josh Sliter, Garnet Wilson taking wins in their respective Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions.

The final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College was won by Karl Sault.

Last Victoria Day Monday Mike Bowman was probably glad that the 100 lap 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series was rain delayed until tomorrow – Monday August 1st as shortly after the rains came – Bowman’s car was sitting in the pits with a flat tire. Bowman especially used the 35 lap Feature as a tune-up for Monday’s 75 lap conclusion where he will restart third.

“I’m pumped to get it going,” informed the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature Winner, “I’ve got one of the best to follow and learn in Brett (Hearn) and in the end hope to be in the spotlight again!”

Bowman made a late race charge through the field catching leader Pete Bicknell on lap 30 and after pressuring the 20 time Champion – took over top spot out of Turn 2 just as the final yellow set up a two lap dash to the finish.

“I new I had a strong,” added Bowman, ” I was able to pick off cars off high and low put a slider on at just the right point.”

Ken Winfield led the field to the initial green flag before Shayne Pierce took over. Pierce would pull away to comfortable leads several times before cautions would slow the pace. Eventually Rob Pietz would land in the runner up slot to challenge Pierce in a see saw battle between the two leaders. After a lap 19 incident, Pierce would jump the cushion putting Pietz into top spot before another caution on lap 21 saw Chad Chevalier stage maybe the move of the race. After losing control of his car Chevalier got right back on the gas hardly losing any positions but couldn’t beat the yellow.

Pietz would suffer the same fate as Pierce after a lap 23 restart after jumping the cushion in almost the same spot with Rick Richner the new leader. Bicknell took over from there and settled in until caught by Bowman.

Bowman and Bicknell were followed by Mat Williamson, Richner and Tim Jones.

Prior to their feature, an 8 lap Hot lap session was put on the schedule for any 358 Modified Teams wanting to test the Big Block D400 Hoosier Tires in preparation for Monday’s 100 lap Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Event.

The start of the 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature was delayed after a last minute driver change was changed again after problems with Point Leader BJ Willard’s car were solved. Willard got into his own car enabling Paul Williamson to get back in his for the start.

“We waited a few weeks back for Kevin Knapp,” explained Race Director Bob St. Amand Jr., “so in fairness . we had to provide the courtesy here as well.”

When it did begin . Dave Flannigan Jr. took the lead at start with Jason Moore challenging right away and taking the lead on lap 2 before caution on lap 3. Moore was back out before a multicar incident collected cars back through the field. One of the cars involved unfortunately was Moore so Robbie Rounce was the new leader on the restart.

The next lap Rob Knapp, Jesse Penner and BJ Willard all came together just before Turn 1 sending several cars into the infield. Rounce lead on restart with Nick Cupolo now taking top spot to complete lap 6. Brad Rouse was into the runnerup spot by lap 9 with caution slowing the pace two laps later. Rouse resumed the lead on the restart with Cody McPherson taking second from Cupolo just past halfway. Both drivers were off to quite a lead before caution on lap 16.

With Rouse back out front on the restart McPherson was in hot pursuit. Caution on lap 18 found Rouse in control on the restart before McPherson took over in Turn 2 of lap 21. Quickly Rouse battled back and retook lead.

The two were off to huge lead once again but Rouse opened up a car length at the finish with McPherson, Cupolo, Paul Gaboury and Greg Panunte rounding out the top 5.

“I knew being on the top would take his line away so he would have to try something else to get by me,” related the proud new dad of almost 2 week old Bryley,” thanks to my wife Amanda . Dave for all he does and to Ted . the new shocks were awesome!”

The 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature was also delayed in starting after Brian Schmidt flipped his car down the backstretch on lap 2. The driver walked away from the spectacular looking ride.

Before the red flag, Peter Reid was the initial leader before Austin Wood took control. On the restart the event went back to the last completed lap which put Reid back in control before it was Wood out front once more.

Kevin Knapp would take over top spot at the start finish line to start lap 5 with James Thompson advancing into second. As Thompson was challenging Knapp – Wood was battling Thompson in quite an exciting display. Knapp and Wood were soon side by side with Thompson and Larry Czinege close behind. With 4 laps to go Knapp would pull away to a car length lead. With Dave Small joining in . you could put a blanket over top 5 before Czinege dropped into infield on last lap.

Unfortunately Knapp was disqualified in post race inspection for a carburetor infraction. While keeping the spot, he received no money or points with Wood, Thompson, Small and Vince Fargnoli closing out the top 5.

Prior to the 75 lap 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series being added to Monday’s event – the Civic Holiday Special was set to include the 25 lap Stars North Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites.

The event was pushed ahead to Saturday with Randy Hollingshead the early lead. Quickly Josh Sliter was able to climb into the top 3 – overtaking runner up Derek Wagner before the leader as well. Chris Steele was also on the move and would soon settle into second.

Despite coming up on lap traffic through at the half way point – Sliter was able to drive away to a comfortable lead in the caution free event. That lead soon became about 5 seconds over Steele and the field. At Starter Doug Leonard’s Checkered Flag – the 5 seconds meant about a half lap lead in a dominating performance.

“I was starting to get sick of my Uncle (Shawn Sliter) coming back and beating me so it’s good to get back here myself,” admitted the defending Champion Sliter.

With Chris Laskey the leader at the start of the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature – Garnet Wilson was quickly into second with the two away to a 10 car lead on third place runner Kameron Kocarik by lap 4. Coming out of Turn 4 to start lap 5 Wilson would make a move and took control of the event. After Jocelyn Wiley took over third on lap 6 she began to close in on Laskey to the half way point.

Wilson would lead the field into lap traffic by lap 10 and by the two to go signal was able to stretch his lead on the field. The race between Laskey, Wiley and Rob Overholt was the one to watch in the final circuits. Behind Wilson and Laskey – Overholt, Kyle Pelrine and Tony Kelly made late race charges to round out the top 5.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

Prior to the start of the event, Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Travis Braun was the Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Action returns Monday August 1st with the 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial featuring the final 75 laps of the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event rain delayed since May 23rd, the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event and a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Feature.

The gates will open at 4 PM for the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner. Advance Admission Tickets and Pasta Dinner Tickets will be available up to Race Time from the Speedway Office.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Cotton Inc. Presents Final Enduro Qualifier to Kick Off Holiday Doubleheader at Merrittville

July 29th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– A Series finale will pour the foundation for an exciting night of racing at Merrittville Saturday July 30th as Cotton Inc forms a great kickoff to the annual Civic Holiday Doubleheader. “It’s shaping up to be an awesome start to our Holiday doubleheader,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “it’s an event not to miss for sure.”

The last Saturday in August sets up an event that’s been a tradition at Merrittville Speedway since 1972 – make it yours in 2011 and follow the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series to the Thorold d-shaped oval for the 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial – Monday August 2nd.

From the first event almost 30 years ago through to this year’s edition – awho’s who of DIRTcar Modified Racing converge annually on the Canadian showplace to take on Merrittville’s own talented field in the Civic Holiday Classic.

But before the historic event takes place . coming to an end is the 2011 Grantham Lions Club Ironman Enduro Qualifying Series accelerated by Niagara College.

In the first two events, defending 100 winner Glen Hils has swept both Qualifiers making Karl Sault leaving this Saturday’s winner as the three eligible for a $500 Bonus should he or she go on to win the 100 lap event that closes the season.

Joining the Enduro Qualifier will be events for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

For race fans that attended July 2nd’s Boltworks Night . the exhibition put on by James Mercer was worth the price of admission alone. Twice he would spin out and both times he would continue in his own backwards race until he could do 180′s and get repointed in the right direction.

Enduro Racing is something that just about anyone can get on track with. Just find yourself a car and with some safety modifications – you’re in the show. Depending on the outcome of each qualifier, a driver could run the same car through-out the summer and in the Fall Main Event.

“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

For Enduro Rules and Specifications – click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/endurorules.htm or visit the Speedway
Office during the season and the Novelty Trailer on race nights. Gates open at 5:30. Showtime is at 7:00. Merrittville Speedway is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold Ontario in the heart of Niagara.

For further news on Merrittville’s 60th Season – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

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

Phillips Wins Junior 1 Kart Feature at Merrittville

July 28th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane continued to welcome first time winners June 26th before Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series takes a one week break.

After moving up from the Novice 2 Division – Kyle Phillips won his first feature in his new division in his second start in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division.

Second time winners were second generation driver Cole Ferri and Josh Cook in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 and Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Divisions respectively.

Third time winners included Matthew Veihdeffer and Jorden Peters in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions. Since each driver made their first trips to Victory Lane – both have won three of the last four events.

Peters would also win the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Feature for the 7th time in 2011.

One final event would round out the Original Pizza Logs Racing Action with Dylan Davidson for the 4th time of the season in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday August 9th after a one week break for the running of the 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 1st featuring the 75 lap 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event, the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series in addition to a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Event. For further info visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com.

Gates will open when Kart Racing resumes August 9th at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Can Sheppard Make It 3 In a Row at Merrittville

July 28th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – A lot of questions will be answered in one week’s time when Merrittville Speedway plays host to the 2nd annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100 lap Big Block Super DIRTcar Series in addition to the rain delayed conclusion to the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series as well on Monday August 1st.

The first one that comes to mind is – Can Matt Sheppard make it three in a row at the Thorold facility that is celebrating it’s 60th season in 2011? Although he currently trails Billy Decker by 38 points in the points – the defending Series Champion has won two of the last three Tour Stops. Even further … can he advance from his 9th starting position earlier in the night when May 23rd’s 358 Event resumes to win a Small Block and Big Block Series Event in the same Night?

Back on Monday May 23rd with worsening skies evident, defending race winner Brett Hearn put on quite a clinic – advancing from 14th to take the lead from Scott Wood before rain post-poned the balance of the event 2 ½ months. Can the Sussex New Jersey pick up where he left off? Third in the Point Standings … Hearn is closing in on or could have reached 800 career wins by next Monday … Will he make it two in a row with the Small Block and win his first Big Block Series Event here in 20 years? His last was in 1991

On the series to date two of the last three events have been won in last lap passes – will there be a third one next Monday Night? Longtime Merrittville Fans and Series followers still talk about 1992’s edition when it appeared that Brett Hearn had his second straight win all but locked up. Coming out of Turn 4 with the checkered flag in sight … Merrittville regular Ron Smoker
out-raced Hearn down the front stretch and stole the event … with his 358! In 2009, Pete Bicknell and Larry Lampman were 4th and 5th with their Small Blocks and three years before that Bicknell and Ken Cosgrove upset the Big Blocks finishing 2nd and 3rd. Bicknell has won the Small Block Event and he’s won the Big Block Event – A win in either or perhaps a sweep would
certainly ease his nagging back ailment for sure!

To start the night … Scott Wood would surely like to advance one spot in the 358 Event and be the first home town hero in 19 years to keep the Big Block Winner’s Trophy! 10 years ago when the event was the Trevor Wilkens Memorial for 358’s … he finished third.

With two major 60th Anniversary Events in the books … the Triple 60 winner Mat Williamson and the most recent Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 Winner Larry Lampman both seem to have extra distance events figured out … how will they fare with the 358 Event at 75 laps? Williamson just debuted a new BRP Chassis while the 2009 Winner of the 358 Tour Event was Lampman. Lampman wasn’t in the Miller Motorsports #22 in May but since returning … would surely love to steal the Big Block 100

When you think of extra distance events at Merrittville … one driver you can’t count out is Mike Bowman. In about a month’s time when the Points conclude for the 60th … Bowman has won the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial two straight years. Restarting the 358 Event 75 lapper from third … will he use this event as a tune up?

And when you think of Merrittville Drivers … how can you not look at Travis Braun? He’s won his first three 358 Modified Events this year … will he come out on top for his first Tour Win at his home track?

A mix of 358 Modified Stars … Merrittville and Series Drivers combined will also like to have something to do with the outcome of Monday’s 358 Modified Event …Chad Brachmann, Carey Terrance, Stewart Friesen, Tim Jones, Rick Richner, Chad Chevalier, Ryan Susice, Boyd MacTavish, Danny O’Brien, Bill Bleich, John Lazore, Robbie Krull, Jeremy Wilder, Tommy Flannigan, Matt
Billings, Luke Whitteker, Fred Carleton or James Friesen … and what part will any or all of these talented drivers play in the Big Block Event? Finally … the last time this season the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series was in Ontario at the Cornwall Motor Speedway the winner was Danny Johnson. The driver to lose the next two events on the last lap … the Doctor. Surely he
would like to get back in the win column in Ontario. He’s won the Big Block version 4 times and the Small Block three times.
The best way to see how this year’s story unfolds … be in your seat when the Gates Open at 4 PM for all the excitement Monday August 1st for the L. St. Amand Enterprises Extravaganza!

There’s nowhere on dirt that you will see 200 laps of feature action with 75 lap & 100 lap Events on tap for the 358 and Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series plus a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event!

The 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 1st is an event that Merrittville Speedway has hosted since 1972 – the year Bob ‘Sr.’ won his Modified Points Championship. Since that first event – the stars of DIRTcar Modified racing have challenged Merrittville’s talented field of hometown heroes in the Canadian Civic Holiday Classic.

It has become a must see event on any race fan’s race schedule as race teams and race fans alike have come to enjoy the event and all that the surrounding Niagara Region has to offer. Located in the heart of one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world – the track is minutes from the roar of Niagara Falls with its world class casinos and attractions. The
Niagara Peninsula is also the most well-known and developed wine region in Canada and North America. Race fans may also wish to make it a doubleheader and enjoy all the action of Saturday July 30th’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program hosted by Cotton Inc. A Kids Bike Giveaway will also take place in addition to the famous pre-race Pasta Dinner hosted by Club Castropignano.

For Pasta Dinner Ticket and other Event Information – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

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

Big Wins For Wiley, Braun, Panunte, Murray and Sliter In Hingston Metal Fabrications at Merrittville

July 27th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– Aaron Wiley came home the BIG Winner July 23rd at Merrittville Speedway after taking the second event of the 2011 Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Mini-Series. The Hingston Metal Fabricators MT Bellies BIG Food and BIG Fun Night saw Travis Braun earn bonus money from the St. Catharines company after winning the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature.

Greg Panunte, Rob Murray and Shawn Sliter rounded out the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program taking Feature Wins as well in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock and J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Divisions respectively.

“I build them quick,” relayed Aaron Wiley in Victory Lane in the fairly new 705 Car he recently added to the Wiley Racing Team, “the 7W works … (Friday Night at Humberstone) the 07 worked and now the 705 does … maybe I’ll build some more – who wants to be on my team?”

Wiley would lead the Mini-Series 20 lap event on three occasions but it was the last time where he showed his stuff. After taking the lead at the drop of Starter Doug Leonard’s Green Flag Tony Kelly would take control down the backstretch the first time.

Trevor Goulding would also get by Wiley a few laps later but as the leaders came up on slower cars – Wiley was able to get back to the runner up slot. Quickly Wiley would challenge Kelly with the two racing side by side until the leader would lose control of his car in Turn 1 slowing the field. Goulding was back in control on the restart and off to a car length lead before caution would stall the event just prior to half way. On the restart Wiley resumed control and in the last half of the event went unchallenged. A final caution would test him on lap 15 but in each of the final 5 lap segments – Wiley was able to open up a couple car length lead on Goulding.

Wiley was followed by Trevor Goulding who was in his cousin Rob’s Volkswagen with Robert Goulding in Trevor’s familiar # 6. Kyle Pelrine and Rocco Conte would round out the top 5.

Former Kart Racer Donald Hingston helped set the stage for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature as one of 4 Lucky Envelopes containing Bonus Money for the Feature Winner provided by his family’s company Hingston Metal Fabricators. Merrittville’s Mascot Crash Cougar made the pick which would contain $60 or a multiple. $180 extra would be added to the winner’s share at the end of the race.

After Ken Winnfield took initial control of the event fittingly three former karters would battle for top spot. Shayne Pierce would become the new leader the first time through turn 2. After a lap 4 restart, Pierce would pull away to a 10 car lead before the second caution slowed the field on lap 10. Quickly a multicar incident back in the pack would find Jones into the
runner up spot on the restart. Susice back out front with Tim Jones now in the runner up spot. Approaching half way Susice was off to a 10 car lead on Jones. By lap 20 Jones had closed in on Susice before a yellow found Travis Braun in second on the restart.

Braun would make several attempts to overtake Susice until a move into Turn 1 of Lap 29 stuck.

“There was a couple times we got real close,” informed Braun post race, “but I didn’t want to force it … Ryan always races me real clean and I just wanted to return the favor – I knew it was the only way I was going to get by him … he was real quick on the top.”

Once out front, Braun would open up almost a ¼ lap lead on Susice who turned 21 one day earlier at the finish.

“This one’s for my crew … they work so hard,” added Braun, “thanks to my parents … my wife and my son and to the Hingstons as well – they helped me when I drove the Miller Sportsman.”

The start of the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature was quite a battle between initial leader Robbie Rounce and challenger Jesse Penner. A couple early cautions would slow the event with each driver swapping the lead on restarts.

With Penner out front Rounce faced challenges from Greg Panunte and Brad Rouse which allowed the leader to pull away slightly. Eventually Panunte would catch the leader – taking over top spot out of Turn 4 to complete lap 9. Right away the defending champion would drive away to a 20 car lead although as the laps wound down Rouse would narrow the gap slightly. With increasing lap traffic throughout the last half of the 25 lap Event – Panunte wasn’t challenged by Rouse who held a comfortable lead over third place finisher BJ Willard.

When asked about the margin of victory by Co-announcer Clint Geoffrey Panunte revealed, “You really don’t know where everyone is behind you … sometimes you hear things and think they are right there. A couple weeks ago I wrecked Rick’s car but tonight it was good – if it had been mine my season would be over. So thanks so much to Rick Bellante … Rick’s Delivery and all our sponsors!”

Penner held on for a 4th place finish with Adam Leslie rounding out the top 5.

A thrilling Hoosier Stock Feature saw Ed McNamara in control at the start before Chris Schneider took control with a yellow flag slowing the field with just one lap complete. After the restart was called off Schneider resumed control. Back in the pack cars were three and four wide with Brian Schmidt the new leader with 4 laps complete.

From probably third spot Rob Murray vaulted into the lead down the backstretch of lap 7. To the halfway point Schmidt would hold on to the runner up spot with Larry Czinege now into third before moving into second. Just as the event was taking to the track Kevin Knapp would experience problems forcing the veteran to start last. By lap 13 – he was into third. With all the racing going on behind him however, Murray was able to cruise to the victory with Czinege and Knapp settling for second.

“I just love it,” said Murray of his return to the division in 2011, “the car is running awesome … I can’t complain – the guys worked on it all week – Steve’s the guy that works on it night and day so thanks especially to him!” Defending Champion Ken Sargent made a late race move to take 4th while James Thompson was 5th.

The start of the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature saw a battle right away with Rick Brubacher challenging initial leader Derek Bredin. Brubacher would try to duck under the leader exiting Turn 4 to complete lap 4 but unfortunately caution would result after losing control.

Bredin was back out front on the restart before Shawn Sliter was the new leader in Turn 2. Just after the lead change a second caution would slow the field. With Sliter out front the Derek Moore was now in the runner up spot until Jeffrey May slowed with engine problems on lap 8.

On the restart the lead pack of Sliter, Moore, Chris Steele and Randy Hollingshead pulled away before another caution on lap 11. With Sliter out front once again Steele would land in second with Josh Sliter rebounding to take third.

One final caution would set up a two lap dash with Sliter holding top spot through to the finish.

“I really can’t thank my nephew enough,” thanked Sliter in Victory Lane, “I don’t think I’m going to let him have this car back … thanks as well to all our sponsors!”

Josh Sliter was able to get by Steele with Randy Hollingshead and Derek Wagner as the top 5.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

Nolan Pyett was picked as the Grand Marshall for the 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 1st.

Nick Cupolo was announced at the start of the night as the Pete’s Automotive Drive of the Week.

Down the track from Travis Braun’s Victory Lane Celebration, Larry Lampman and the Miller Motorsports Crew recelebrated their July 16th Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 Win with Reunion Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh presenting him with his third Jerry Winger Memorial Trophy.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Cotton Inc. will open the Holiday Doubleheader Saturday July 30th with a complete 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program plus the third and final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College.

Action returns Monday August 1st with the 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial featuring the final 75 laps of the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event rain delayed since May 23rd, the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event and a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Feature. Gates open Saturday Night at 5:30 with show time at 7 PM while
Monday – the gates will open at 4 PM for the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Second Annual Bob Sr. Memorial Just 10 days Away

July 24th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – The second annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial at Merrittville Speedway is just 10 days away and counting down. As the next stop on the Super DIRTcar Series – Big Block Modified Race Teams are back to their weekly tracks while preparing for the annual visit to the Thorold facility.

Merrittville Speedway’s Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 1st – it’s unparalleled . unrivalled and unsurpassed and it’s a must see event – especially with the remainder of Monday May 23rd’s 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event joining the line-up. Since 1972 – a who’s who of DIRTcar Modified Racing have converged on the d-shaped oval the first Monday in August.

At last Saturday’s Driver Meeting, Bob St. Amand Jr. unveiled details of the Local 358 Modified Last Chance Qualifier.

“Last year as Colleen, myself and our family were handing out Bonus Money,” remembers St. Amand, “we noticed quite a few of the guys that are with us every week going home with nothing . since then we knew we had to come up with something and we’re so excited that Dan Kovacs and Motorcade Industries have teamed up with L. St. Amand Enterprises and our family to help us do this.”

In conjunction with Motorcade Industries and partners NGK Spark Plugs, Monroe Sensa-Trac Shocks & Struts, Wagner Brake Products and Dayco Belts & Hoses – the new event will be open to Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Drivers only with the top 4 added to the rear of the 26 car field.

“When we learned that the starting field had been changed to 26 cars for 2011,” added St. Amand, “that really put the gears in motion . from 5th on there will be a purse paid and to be eligible a driver must have at least 75% attendance this year on Saturday Nights.”

Motorcade Industries Ltd. was established in 1957 and has grown to become a distributor of quality automotive replacement parts to all sectors of the automotive industry.

A team of experienced and knowledgeable sales representatives are well known or their excellent service at their Grantham Avenue South location in St. Catharines in addition to additional stores throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Windsor. For all your parts needs in the Niagara Peninsula call 905-934-8861 or visit Motorcade on line at www.motorcade-ind.com.

Advance Tickets for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial are now available at the track during business hours at the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or during events.

In addition to the 100 lap Big Block Modified 100 – the heart-pounding, high-powered, pedal-mashing entertainment.will also include the final 75 laps of the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event plus a 25 lap Duel on the Dirt Event for the Hoosier Stocks.

When the Gates open at 4 PM Monday August 1st – the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner begins at 4 PM and runs until 6. Race Fans and teams alike should get their Pasta Tickets in advance as on Race Day – Tickets are $12.

Adult Grandstand Tickets are $30 for Monday August 1st, Students and Seniors – $28, Juniors from 8 to 12 are $10 and Children under 8 are free.

Merrittville Speedway is located in Thorold Ontario Canada – just a short drive from the International Bridges.

The Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 1st is an event that Merrittville Speedway has hosted since 1972 – the year ‘Sr.’ won his Modified Points Championship. Since that first event – the stars of DIRTcar Modified racing have challenged Merrittville’s talented field of hometown heroes in the Canadian Civic Holiday Classic.

For further information on the 60th Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892- 8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amanda Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Hingston Metal Fabricators Night at Merrittville Features 4 Cylinders

July 23rd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – An action-packed Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series event at Merrittville will feature some BIG FOOD and BIG FUN with another round of the Turn 4 Collision 4 Triple Crown Series . a display by our own Tuesday Night Kart Club and more as part of Hingston Metal Fabricators Night – Saturday July 23rd.

“Race fans can look forward to some real exciting racing in the Triple Crown Event and through all the divisions,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” and some lucky fan will be picked as our Grand Marshall for Monday August 1!.”

Hingston Metal Fabricators – who celebrated their 50th year of operation in 2003 – will present the special night that will feature racing in all Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the 20 lap Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown
Event for the 4 Cylinders.

At the start of the season Rob Overholt won a couple events in a row and one of those included the Series Opener back on CAA Niagara Night where Rocco Conte, Tony Kelly, Kyle Pelrine and Garnet Wilson closed out the top 5.

In preparation for the biggest event in Merrittville’s Season – one fan will go home a winner in the annual Grand Marshall Search for the Monday August 1st Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series 100 lap 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial.

Throughout the month of July, race fans have been entering the free contest that will have one Merrittville Fan giving the most famous words in racing – Gentlemen Start Your Engines and unleashing the starting lineup for 100 laps of excitement on the Civic Holiday Monday. The winner must be present to win. If you aren’t picked however . advance tickets are now available and as you may know it will also feature the rain delayed conclusion to Victoria Day’s 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event and the Hoosier Stocks. It has quickly become the hottest ticket on DIRT – so either way make sure you have yours!

Hingston Metal Fabricators specialize in flame cutting, custom punching, shearing, expansion joints (metal and fabric) sand blasting, press braking and aluminum and stainless steel welding. For your next project give Hingston a call at 905- 682-8338 or visit their location at 490 Eastchester Avenue East in St. Catharines.

Showtime Saturday July 23rd is at 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30.

And when the gates open . it’s another MT Bellies BIG FOOD BIG FUN Family Pack Night. Two Adults and Two Children under 16 can look forward to enjoying the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn- all for a special price of just $40. Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies. Race fans and race teams can visit MT Bellies at their 871 Niagara Street location in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com. On display will be members of Merrittville Speedway’s Tuesday Night Lucas
Oil Karting Series Race Teams.

Many of Merrittville’s Saturday night Stock Car Stars got their starts in Kart Racing including Lampman, Steele, Wood, Wutzke, Bicknell, D’Ilario, Chevalier, Willard, McPherson, Sliter, Steele, Williamson, Klager, Susice, Small, Conte, Leslie, Bleich, Pierce, Small and perhaps more. You owe it to yourself to check out the action on a Tuesday Night and the stars of tomorrow today!

For further information on the 60th Anniversary Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Lampman & Sargent Win Sargent Win First Features Of 2011 In Merrittville

July 20th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario- Merrittville Speedway celebrated it’s 60th Season July 16th with two former champions winning their first feature events of the 2011 Season. Former Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Larry Lampman took top honors in the
Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 while defending Hoosier Stock Point Champion Ken Sargent won his first feature of the season in front of a great crowd that included former drivers, crew and personalities.

Other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisional Winners included Nick Cupolo, Shawn Sliter and Rocco Conte in the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Features respectively. For the 21st Season, the Nostalgia Night hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee began with the 2011 Induction Ceremonies for three former drivers onto the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame. The newest honorees were Bobby Fisher, Chris Ricker and Bill Willard Junior.

“This is my first win,” revealed Bobby Fisher after being announced as the first Inductee, “I’m really quite honored and accept this recognition on behalf of all the little guys that just came out to race.”

Fisher came into the sport during the era of the coupes and homebuilt race cars and was one of the top consistent competitors helping to foster the development of both the late model and super stock modified divisions, along with his fellow Hamilton area competitors, during the 1960′s. “I really haven’t come to a race much since retiring,” Chris Ricker admitted, “but
it’s great to be back and what a surprise .. It’ great to see great crowds supporting the events . thanks for your continued support.”

Since retiring Ricker has been raising and showing Belgian Horses with his wife
Vicki in Dunnville. The 1986 Bomber Division Champion would move up to the Modified Division in the late 80′s until his final season in 2005. “I owe it all to my Dad and Grandfather,” thanked final Inductee and two time Sportsman Point Champion Bill Willard Jr. , “these days . I am just enjoying the experience with BJ . my son in law Travis and the family.”

Willard’s family has been involved in almost the entire 60 year history of Merrittville Speedway with his Grandfather Bill Sr., dad Al and sister Tammy previously inducted. The first Feature of the Night featured Vintage Race Cars representing almost every
era of Race Car led in Pace Laps by Wall of Fame Inductee Sandy McPherson in his ceremonial 1947 Ford Pace Vehicle before first inductee Bob Fisher’s Green Flag. The exhibition had to bring back memories for long time fans and was a spirited battle between Doug Fralick and Brian Paige in their 1930′s Chevrolets won by Fralick.

The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds was a battle between two drivers right from the drop of Honorary Starter Chris Ricker’s Green Flag. “It’s been kind of frustrating,” said a relieved Larry Lampman in Victory Lane for
the first time in 2011 since returning to the Veronica and Dan Miler-owned 358 Modified, “we took a year off and at the last minute came back this year . take a year off and when you do it’s like 5 years away technical wise with these cars – the crew has been working hard and I think I have the feel back.”

Initially it was Larry Lampman in control of top spot before Mike Bowman became the new leader on the backstretch of lap 1. Bowman ran away to an early lead but that went away as caution would slow the event for the first time on lap 6. With Bowman back out front on the restart eventually the leaders would come up on lap traffic. By lap 14 the slower cars allowed Lampman to close slightly. With Mat Williamson now into third spot by lap 20 – the trio had driven away from the rest of the field. Caution on lap 21 would slow the pace once more with Bowman out front once again on the restart. Bowman again enjoyed a comfortable lead until lap 27 when another incident slowed the field.

Bowman again set the pace when action resumed but Lampman would stay right with him before taking over top spot out of turn 4 to complete lap 28. Immediately Lampman rocketed into a huge lead leaving the field behind him. Through to lap 40 Lampman would have slower cars to deal with but nothing would slow him down. With 10 laps to go Lampman enjoyed about a four second lead. Through to Doug Leonard’s double checkered flag salute Lampman stretched the margin of victory over Bowman, with Mat Williamson, Pete Bicknell and Travis Braun as the top 5. The win for Lampman was the third time in his career that he won the Jerry Winger Memorial.

Rookie Terry Ronning was first to lead the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature before Jason Fontaine took over the first time into turn 2. Right away Fontaine was off to a good lead with Ken Sargent moving into second along the backstretch of lap 2. Eventually Sargent caught the leader Fontaine and challenged him in a classic side by side battle that lasted one lap before Sargent took control of top spot. By lap 10 Sargent was off to a comfortable lead with Fontaine facing a challenge from Billy Bleich. On lap 15 Bleich took over the runner up spot with Sargent leading the field into increasing lap traffic. Rob Murray also made a late race move to take third from Fontaine but neither could catch Sargent.

“We’ve had some struggles this year,” commented defending Champion Sargent in Victory Lane for the first time of the season, “but we’ve worked through them. To be honest I was always an Open Motor guy . but I can’t believe how good the Crate Engines are. I went against my better judgement tonight on tires . and sometimes you never know what will pay off.” Sargent, Bleich, Murray and Fontaine were followed by James Thompson. The 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature saw a number of leaders throughout the event before early leader Nick Cupolo took control for good with one lap to go through to the checkered flag.

Jason Farraway was first to lead the event with Honorary Starter Bill Willard Jr. throwing the initial green flag at the start. Jesse Penner became the new leader just as caution slowed the field early. Penner was in control on the restart with Nick Cupolo in the runner up spot. A second incident would slow the event on lap 5 with Cupolo in control on the restart. Two cautions before the halfway point would slow the event with Cupolo in control before Rob Knapp took over out of Turn 4 to complete lap 12. Just as Cupolo regained the lead Brad Rouse would take over the runner up after starting tail in the field before caution again on lap 15. Cupolo would face quite a challenge from Rouse before once final caution on lap 18 found Rouse as the new leader when racing resumed.

Rouse and Cupolo pulled away from the field and over the final laps battled each other as the laps wound down. With Cupolo regaining the lead on the final lap Rouse had to settle for second with BJ Willard third. Rob Knapp was fourth with Paul Gaboury rounding out the top 5. “It’s harder to get going on the top,” said Cupolo in Victory Lane, “I knew it was fast and I just had to stay with it.” “Definitely there were some slide jobs back and forth,” admitted J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature Winner Shawn Sliter, “Chris is great to race with though.”

The last half of the event featured quite a see saw battle between Sliter and Chris Steele with a number of lead changes between the two. Sliter first took the lead from Randy Hollingshead on an early restart. Dan Kviring was the initial leader at the start but unfortunately lost control of his car collecting a number of cars in the process. The event went under the red flag conditions with Hollingshead out front before losing top spot to Sliter. Sliter and Steele were followed by Derek Wagner, Kory Howe and Derek Moore. The start of the 15 lap Feature for the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders had three different leaders before caution would slow the field on lap 2.

Mike Giberson was first to lead before Kameron Kocarik took control down the backstretch before Rob Overholt held P1 before the yellow. Through two restarts Overholt set the pace being challenged first by Kyle Pelrine and then Rocco Conte. Conte would become the new leader on lap 6 – pulling away from Pelrine by a couple car lengths. In the final laps through increasing lap traffic however Pelrine was able to close in on the leader. The closest he would come would be within a car length. “Kyle’s been real fast lately,” said Conte, “this one’s a nice one to get though . I was going to bring the other car but after a wreck last night and a long day of repairs – I wanted to check this one to see if we got it back in shape.” Conte and Pelrine were followed by Overholt, Shawn Emery in the Rob Goulding Volkswagen and Tony Kelly.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

Tony Kelly was honored with Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week Honors.

Corey Hopper had never been to a Dirt Race before but the St. Thomas Asphalt Racer really became interested in the racing he had seen. Winning the Thorold Blackhawk’s 50-50 was a bonus as well.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Hingston Metal Fabricators will present a Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event Saturday July 23rd featuring the second Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Event for the 4 Cylinders of the season.

When the Grandstands open at 5:30 – Tuesday Night Kart Racers will have their machines on display. The Night will also be another MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night with 2 Adults, 2 Children under 16, 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn all for just $40.00.
Showtime is at 7:00 PM.

Race Fans will have one last chance to enter to win the Grand Marshall Contest for Monday August 1st’s Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial. For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 at Merrittville Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season

July 16th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – The Lucas Oil Slick Mist Family of Car Care products are set to assist Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee in welcoming back many old friends Saturday July 16th when the Thorold track celebrates it’s 60th Anniversary Season.

Once again hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee headed by Chairmen Rick Kavanagh, the night salutes 60 years of dirt racing excitement at one of Canada’s oldest race tracks in addition to the 21st Inductions into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame.

“Lucas Slick Mist out performs the competition,” acknowledges (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “with the Jerry Winger Memorial set for 60 laps . the winner will surely have shine as well.”

In the 60th Anniversary Season, the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds will be featured in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 Main Event along with regular events for Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders plus Vintage Cars.

“As we race towards the 60th” anticipates Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh, “we look forward to meeting with our former drivers and alumni . to catch up and reminisce and take a look back at how the race cars were like back in the day . we couldn’t do it without them and our partners . Lucas Oil . CAA Niagara . Auto FX and Big Red Market.”

The Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers – Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw and Terry Huffman as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member.

The Reunion Committee has made their selections for the 2011 Wall of Fame and like since the start – each year’s honorees do not find out until Reunion night.

A huge part of the night is all the reminiscing that takes place in celebration of the track’s now 60 consecutive seasons. The Drivers of the past enjoy meeting with the fans of today – many that can remember the early days of the sport. Just as drivers today can be second or third generation, so too are some fans.

Vintage Race Cars will join the cars of today in a pre-race Car Show in the Parking Lot beginning at 3 prior to going on display in the grandstand leading up to race time at 7 PM.

Lucas Car Care products feature high performance Slick Mist Speed Wax, Interior Detailer and Tire and Trim Shine.

Lucas Oil Slick Mist is a polymer paint gloss intensifier that can be used as a traditional was, quick detail spray or spray it on your vehicle between rinsing and drying for the easiest polish job ever. Slick Mist outperforms the competition and will have your finish slicker and shinier than any product on the market, with long lasting protection. You and Slick Mist can give any machine an extreme gloss fast!

Lucas Slick Mist Interior Detailer and Tire and Trim Shine are both environmentally friendly products exclusively formulated by Lucas Oil. Slick Mist Interior Detailer Spray is designed to clean and protect like nothing you’ve ever used and both will leave your interior, tires and trim with a long lasting “like new” look and shine!

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives .Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Lucas Oil Products was established by Forrest Lucas in 1989 in the United States and wasn’t introduced in Canada until 1997.

Race fans can look for Lucas Oil Products on line at either www.lucasoil.ca.

For further information on the 60th Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Kelly Wins First Career Feature in Modern Corporation Night at Merrittville

July 13th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario–Tony Kelly, Rob Murray, Chris Steele, Cody McPherson and Mark D’Ilario survived caution filled features to take home feature wins in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite, Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Divisions respectively.

“It sure feels good to finally get to Victory Lane,” rejoiced Tony Kelly in Turn 4 Collision Victory Lane, ” Thanks to Dave Small . Evan and Baden Curtis . my family and sponsors.”

After a number of years in the division – Kelly probably didn’t mind a little bit of a wait to make his first trip to the Winner’s Circle as apparent winner Jason Coutu was found to be 52 pounds light in post race weighing.

The 15 lap event was all Coutu who led the entire distance after starting on the front row. Eventually Kelly would land in the runner-up spot but couldn’t catch the leader who had opened up a couple car length advantage. The gap between Kelly and Kyle Pelrine in third was even larger.

As the laps wound down on the joesaver.com lap counter – Coutu stretched his lead while Rob Goulding would take over third spot and began to chase down Kelly. Coutu who was lifting his left rear tire through the turns would drive away to about a straightaway lead at the finish about 4 seconds ahead of Kelly who was able to hold off Goulding in what would later became the battle for top spot.

Kelly and Goulding were followed by Aaron Wiley, Kyle Pelrine and Greg Wilson.

Once the break in the action resumed once Modern Corporation’s Annual Truck Show and Shine Contest concluded – track conditions would change as the racing surface increasingly slickened – causing quite a flurry through the remaining Lucas Oil
Weekly Racing Series Program.

Once Rob Murray took control of the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature after a lap 9 Restart – four cautions would slow the former three time champion’s pace before lap 15 was in the books. The last involving front runners Brent Begolo and Jeff Dayman with Begolo only losing a few spots after the incident after getting back up to speed.

Challenging the leader was defending champion Ken Sargent with Murray able to keep a lead of a couple car lengths until one final incident set up a one lap dash to the checkered flag. With Murray out front – the battle was on for the runner-up spot
with early leader Dave Small edging out Sargent.

Small took control of the lead on lap 6 from Brian Schmidt before losing it to Murray. The start of the event was also caution filled with three different leaders. Terry Ronning was the initial leader before Ron MacAulay and Ed McNamara both held top spot.

Murray, Small and Sargent were followed by Brent Begolo and Mark Fawcett.

“The crew knows how I like the car,” thanked Murray in Victory Lane, “they get it in the ballpark . the rest is up to me.”

The start of the 20 lap J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature was a battle of the Dereks . Rookie Derek Wagner and sophomore driver Derek Moore.

Wagner was first to lead until being slowed for a multicar incident early involving Kory Howe, Shawn Sliter and Jason Corless. Moore became the new leader on the restart until Wagner nosed ahead on lap 5 with caution once again. With Moore out front once again, Wagner was joined by Chris Steele as the two pressured the leader.

Just before halfway Wagner would lose some momentum and a few positions allowing Steele to take on Moore. With Steele the new leader on lap 11 – Moore would quickly be challenged by the Sliters. Shawn Sliter would regroup after the early caution to
challenge his nephew Josh for third spot before taking on Moore. A lap 17 caution saw Steele out front once again and to the finish pulled away from the pack by a couple car lengths.

With the tables turned on the Modern Corporation Team Cars – Shawn would face a challenge from Josh in the closing laps but was able to hold him off at the finish.

Steele, Sliter and Sliter were followed by Moore and Wagner.

About halfway through the 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature, second generation driver Cody McPherson took control of the lead after a side by side battle with Adam Leslie.

Later in Victory Lane for the second time of 2011, Merrittville co-announcer Clint Kruchka commented on McPherson’s effort . “You used the top like no one else!”

McPherson would add, “I learned from my brother . he was one of the best at it!”

While his older brother Tyler is taking the summer off and racing around Europe on holiday – Cody is battling his cousin BJ Willard for top spot in the Point Standings.

McPherson and Leslie would pull away slightly from Willard and the field. One driver on the move from being involved in an earlier caution was Brad Rouse who had climbed back to fourth. With McPherson comfortably out front with 5 laps to go – the race for second was the one to watch. Eventually Willard and Rouse would catch Leslie with Willard able to take over the runner up spot through to the finish.

Rookie Steve Robins was the initial leader before second generation driver Jason Moore took over. Moore unfortunately would lose control of his car in Turn 2 collecting a number of cars before Jesse Penner set the pace on the restart. Leslie would take over on the backstretch after the lap 4 incident.

McPherson, Willard, Leslie and Rouse were followed by Rob Knapp.

After taking the lead from Fred Carleton on a lap 13 restart, Mark D’Ilario immediately drove away to a 10 car lead but had to be wondering if he would ever see Starter Doug Leonard’s Checkered Flag after a rash of yellow flags to the halfway point and beyond.

D’Ilario also found success around the top en route to his second win of the season revealed in Victory Lane, “just like the first . it was all about hitting my marks . although it got a little dicey a few times!”

Shayne Pierce was the initial leader through a lap 8 restart before Fred Carleton took control down the backstretch. D’Ilario and Tom Flannigan would follow Carleton to the front landing in the top three before the two were both able to overtake
Carleton.

Three cautions almost back to back after lap 20 would find Pete Bicknell was now in the runner up spot. In the final 5 laps Bicknell was able to edge ahead with D’Ilario bouncing back each time. One final time out of Turn 4 Bicknell made his move but at the finish was a half a car length short.

D’Ilario and Bicknell were followed by Flannigan with Larry Lampman and Carleton closing out the top 5.

The Night began with Robert Baker awarded Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week honors.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

The flags were at half mast in memory of Glenn Rolston who passed away the past week after a brave battle with cancer. Rolston was a great fan of the sport and was a great supporter of racing – especially drivers Rob and Kevin Knapp, Scott Wood and Tuesday Night Kart Racer Greg Kohut.

Merrittville Speedway would like to thank all the Entries in the Annual Truck Show and Shine including Yager Bros. Trucking, Cam Hiltz Trucking, Pepsi, Ontario Truck & Heavy Equipment School, Modern Corporation, St. John Ambulance, Transport Sales and Service and Race Enterprise.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Lucas Oil will present a special Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program featuring the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60. The 60th Anniversary Celebration will also feature Vintage Racing Cars and the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions.

At 3 PM, Vintage Cars and Race Cars of Today will come together for a Car Show in the Speedway Parking Lot until 5 PM. Grandstands will open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7:00 PM.

Ferri, Seburn, Veihdeffer & Peters Newest First Time Kart Winners at Merrittville

July 9th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane continued to welcome first time winners July 5th as Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series kicked off the month of July.

Four Drivers won their first features of 2011 with second generation driver Cole Ferri winning his first Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Feature. Wyatt Seburn also won for the first time in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division. Seburn also won the Tim Phillips Garage Dash for Cash for the Novice 2 Division earlier in the evening.

Going into the event for the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flat Head Division 5 different drivers had won a feature. Matthew Veihdeffer made it 6 after winning his first feature in some two seasons.

In other Original Pizza Logs Feature action, Jorden Peters rounded out the first time winners after winning the Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Feature. Peters also runs the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flat Head Division and started his night winning for the 4th time in that division.

Another 4th time winner was Joshua Hansen in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division while Jacob Wilson won his second straight Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Feature.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 12th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Baker Wins Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature at Merrittville After 12 Away

July 5th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – After about a dozen years away from the sport, Robert Baker probably didn’t mind the wait to celebrate his first Merrittville Speedway Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature Win Saturday July 2nd in the Boltworks sponsored Pillers $1 Hot Dog Night.

With a severe weather watch impending, Officials rushed the first event of July along creating a 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Giant Victory Lane celebration that included Aaron Wiley, Rob Murray, Josh Sliter and Pete Bicknell in the Boltworks Night in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions respectively.

Glen Hils closed out the night winning his second Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College followed by a thrilling Fireworks Display by FIREMASTER Productions.

“I won a Mod Stock Feature back in the day . but this is my first in the Sportsman,” revealed 2011 Rookie Robert Baker, “it makes me feel real good and boosts my confidence . the cars been getting better every week . and so have I.”

Baker took control of the 25 lap Event on lucky lap 13 after getting by James Mercer. Mercer had taken the lead from initial leader Jason Farraway before a lap 5 caution slowed the field. With Mercer and Baker out front the battle for position was sometimes three wide which allowed the front runners to pull away. At the front – it was Cody McPherson challenging Mercer’s team-mate Bill Podwinski and second generation driver Jason Moore before Paul Gaboury settled into third spot. With Baker out front and driving away from the pack, Gaboury would eventually take over second and began to close in on the leader with 5 laps to go. As the race wound down Baker would catch lap traffic allowing Gaboury to close in even more but
at the finish it was Baker out front by a couple car lengths.

Gaboury settled for second with Cody McPherson, Bill Podwinski and defending champion Greg Panunte as the top 5.

“I have to thank my family . I wouldn’t be here without them – and thanks to BRP’s Randy Williamson for the set up advice,” added Baker.

“It just doesn’t end,” said Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature Winner Aaron Wiley who recently added another car to his Saturday Night Race Team,” I’m proud to have Nate (Monahan) join us in what will be my son Kurtis’ car . it’s always been a team effort for us . even tonight as Nate’s Dad provided me with a tow vehicle to get here . thanks to him . our sponsors and crew!”

Wiley took control of the 15 lap Event at about the halfway point of a race that was quite eventful in the first half.

Sophomore Driver Brandon Boychuck was first to lead before Rob Overholt took over the first time into Turn 3. The early stages had former Kart Racer turned Official and now 4 Cylinder Driver Dillan Sliter attempting to hold a slew of challengers.
Eventually Tony Kelly and Rob Goulding would settle into the top three behind Overholt. Kelly would soon take over top spot with Goulding following – the two swapping P1 several times before caution would freeze positions. Kelly would resume control on the restart with Goulding, Overholt, Rocco Conte and Wiley all challenging.

Once Wiley took control of top spot – he began to drive away from the field. Conte would drive to the runner up and soon would reel Wiley in but at the finish fell a couple car lengths short of the leader.

Wiley and Conte were followed by Overholt, Goulding and Kelly.

“He drove a good race . Kevin (Knapp) really pressured me,” admitted Hoosier Stock
Feature Winner Rob Murray of the late race battle between the two, “he went up into
the black and I was impressed . but I just slowed down and hung on and hoped he
would disappear!”

Just past halfway Knapp would resume control of top spot after rookie third generation driver Cory Turner lost control. Murray – in second and Knapp would pull away slightly from the field before another caution on lap 13. Knapp was out front once again with Murray taking top spot out of Turn 4 with 5 laps to go. From there to the finish Murray would pull away to a comfortable margin of victory with Knapp settling for second ahead of rookie Austin Wood, Ken Sargent and Brent Begolo.

Ron MacAulay was first to lead the event before Wood took top spot out of Turn 4 to complete lap 2. Wood held on before Knapp would take over on lap 8.

“It’s been a long time . my Uncle Shawn’s has been beating on me,” revealed defending Champion Josh Sliter in Modified Lite Victory Lane, “but he’s driving my other car . so either way I still win!”

The younger Sliter would take over top spot on a lap 11 restart after his Uncle lost control of the car formerly driven by his brother Ray Jr. which his nephew owns. In the closing laps, Sliter appeared be pulling away but as the laps wound down,
earlier leader Derek Moore would close slightly all the while being challenged by Jason Corless.

Moore took the lead from the drop of the green with Chris Steele and Corless among the challengers through a couple of early cautions before losing top spot to Sliter on lap 11.

At the finish with Sliter out front – Corless would take second from Moore with Steele and Kory Howe as the top 5.

“Thanks to Chad,” commented Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature Winner Pete Bicknell of Chad Chevalier, “I think I came up on him too fast . he turned away when he saw me . and thanks to the fans for coming out on a night with threatening
weather.”

Through the first third of the 35 lap Event that was still in daylight hours . Chad Chevalier was the leader attempting to hold off Bicknell – the two in a great side by side battle until caution on lap 16. On the restart Chevalier would hold a lead of .002 seconds on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard but the next lap Bicknell became the new leader.

Two cautions on either side of the 10 to go mark slowed Bicknell. On the lap 26 restart Scott Wood got by Chad Brachmann and Chad Chevalier with Mat Williamson following. Earlier in the event Wood made another thrilling move to advance several positions as well.

Caution on lap 33 set up a two lap dash with Bicknell out front once again. Wood trying the high side was a couple car lengths behind at Starter Doug Leonard’s White Flag but could not over take Bicknell. Fred Carleton was the early leader before Chevalier took control on lap 11.

Bicknell and Wood were followed by Williamson, Brachmann and Tom Flannigan who made a late race move to take 5th spot from Chevalier.

“It’s nice to get a win again,” explained Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature Winner Pete Bicknell, “the last few weeks it’s been pretty tough . it seemed like I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time – but a lot of the time racing can be like that!”

Glen Hils picked up where he left off May 28th – starting on the pole of the 25 lap Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. Hils led the entire distance but the race was all about Enduro Racer turned Sportsman Driver James Mercer.

“How many fans would like to see him do that in his Sportsman?” challenged Merrittville Co-announcer Clint Geoffrey during the event.

Words almost couldn’t describe the moves Mercer made after spinning his Enduro Car on two separate occasions. Both times he would keep up to speed in reverse pulling 180′s once traffic cleared enough to point his car the right way.

At the finish . top 3 finishers were the top 3 starters with Hils followed by Karl Sault and Bob Whiteman. Rodney Rutherford and Brian Hardy both came from deep in the 29 car starting field to round out the top 5.

The Night began with Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Travis Braun honored with Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week honors.

Boltworks Night at Merrittville

July 2nd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – When it comes to Boltworks Night at Merrittville Speedway this Saturday July 2nd – you can only think two things. Be there . and be hungry! Boltworks will present $1.00 Pillers Hot Dogs all night long in the grandstand while on the track – racing action will feature all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions plus Round Two of the Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifiers accelerated by Niagara College. A Firemaster Productions Fireworks Display will also provide lots of
excitement above the track.

“What a display Sean and his staff put together last season,” remembers (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “our fans probably still have all the sights and sounds clearly in their heads!”

The Enduro winner will become the second driver to qualify for a potential $500 Bonus from Niagara College if he or she can win the September 11th 100 lap Enduro. 2010 100 lap winner Glen Hils won the first qualifier in the May 23rd Monday Night Madness Event presented by Zavitz Financial Strategies & Employee Benefits that was delayed a few days until May 28th’s CAA Niagara Night.

Victory in the 100 could be even more lucrative for the winner with a guaranteed starting spot in the $10,000 US to win Enduro that closes Black Rock Speedway’s season.

“We’re happy to celebrate both the Canadian and the US Birthdays with the mid season Fan Appreciation Special,” adds Bicknell, “6 divisions of racing . $1.00 Hot Dogs all night and FIREWORKS . there’s definitely something on the menu for everyone.”

Merrittville Speedway invites race fans to enjoy the great taste of Pillers anytime – look for Pillers at your favorite grocery store in Niagara or visit pillers.com.

Boltworks have been long time supporters of Merrittville Speedway. Owners Sandy Howe and Ross Trout of Boltworks each have more than 20 years of experience each in the fastener industry with vast product knowledge that you won’t find just anywhere.

Sandy and Ross know the nuts and bolts of nuts and bolts and their Eastchester Avenue East location has a complete supply of industrial fasteners – bolts, screws, nuts, washers, threaded rod, rivets, pins, drills, bits, taps, driver bits, hex keys, tools, industrial sprays and more.

Race fans and race teams can visit Boltworks on line at www.boltworks.ca..

Enduro Racing at Merrittville Speedway is enjoying a resurgence over the last couple seasons – all leading to the season-ending Smash-o-Rama Event that will feature the Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Series Finale 100 lap event accelerated by Niagara College.

Enduro Racing is something that just about anyone can get on track with. Just find yourself a car and with some safety modifications – you’re in the show. Depending on the outcome of each qualifier, a driver could run the same car through-out the summer and then again in the Fall Main Event.

“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

For Enduro Rules and Specifications – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Rules are also available from the Speedway Office during the season and the Novelty Trailer on race nights.

“Once again we’re thrilled that the Grantham Lions are quite involved in the sport this season,” added Bicknell, “it’s a great organization . heavily involved in the community . and we share the same anniversary!”

The Grantham Lions Club was formed in 1952 and is heavily involved in minor sports organizations and like other Lions Clubs worldwide – has Lions Eye Care as a major project.

For information on how you can become a member of the club – visit www.granthamlionsclub.com or visit Hoosier Stock competitor and Lion Ron MacAulay and club members at the track this summer.

Events that race fans should make note of are their Fish Frys the first Friday of every month. For information on Hall Rentals for your next event – call 905-935-8434.

Individuals considering re-training for a new career are encouraged to take a serious look at the many programs and opportunities available at Niagara College.

For further information on technology, apprenticeship and skills training visit niagaracollege.ca and accelerate your career.

For further information on the 60th Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892- 8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Tickets are now available for Monday August 1st’s 2nd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial that will feature the remainder both the 358 Modified and Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Events and Hoosier Stocks – a must see event since 1972.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from

Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Wilson and Curtis First Time Kart Feature Winners at Merrittville

July 1st, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane continued to welcome first time winners June 28th as Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series closed the month of June.

Jacob Wilson – a 2011 Rookie in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 won his first feature after taking the lead on lap 10 of the 15 lap Event.

Point leader Trent Curtis became the 5th different winner of the season in 5 Superior PetroFuels Original Pizza Logs Junior Restricted Flat Head Features – winning for the first time of the season as well.

In other Burris Tire Feature action – Braeden Kish, Brandon Ruch and John Matthews each won for the second time in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Divisions respectively.

Original Pizza Logs action also included multi-time feature winners with Jorden Peters winning his 4th Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Feature while Kyle Phillips remains undefeated in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Division after taking his 5th Feature win in as many starts.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 5th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Panunte Wins First Sportsman Feature of 2011

June 28th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario-K@K Insurance Night at Merrittville Speedway celebrated a Blast Off into Summer June 25th and amongst those celebrating visits to Victory Lane – defending Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature Point Champion Greg Panunte.

In other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action – Rocco Conte, Brent Begolo, Shawn Sliter and Travis Braun were also winners in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions respectively.

“It’s been an excellent week for us,” exclaimed a somewhat relieved Greg Panunte back in Victory Lane some 72 hours after a Wednesday Night win at Ransomville (NY), adding, “we’ve been out to lunch all year … thanks to everyone at BRP for their help … sometimes things will work out for you … and sometimes they don’t,” commented Panunte of his late race winning move.

Panunte took control of the 25 lap Feature – leading the field to start lap 13 and immediately distanced himself from the field. After taking top spot away from early leader Rob Knapp – the two were joined by BJ Willard in a breakaway pack.

Willard would eventually take second from Knapp down the backstretch of lap 18 with the Lucas Oil Live Leader Board approaching lap 20 – was able to close in on the leader. Over the final 5 laps Willard was able to get as close as Panunte’s rear bumper but even with increasing lap traffic in the closing laps – there was nothing that would stop Panunte from his first Merrittville win of 2011.

Second generation driver Jason Moore was the initial leader at the start – swapping top spot with James Mercer twice before Knapp took control on lap 5.

Panunte was followed by Willard, Knapp, Cody McPherson and Dave Flannigan Jr.

“It was all about racing clean … and passing clean,” referred Rocco Conte of the thrilling side by side battle with Garnet Wilson, “the guys in the pits were bugging me all night … it’s kinda Student Night … and I’m a Brock Student … but I wouldn’t be here without them!”

Conte the defending Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Champion and Garnet Wilson put on a school of classic door to door racing in the closing laps – running side by side with each driver nosing ahead of the other until Conte surged ahead for good after taking Starter Doug Leonard’s White Flag signaling one lap to go.

Former Karter and second generation driver Kameron Kocarik was the initial leader of the 15 lap event – setting the pace through an early restart before Conte took control to start lap 3. Right away Wilson pressured the leader with the elder driver briefly taking top spot away before Conte resumed control of P1.

With 4 laps to go – Conte came up on lap traffic but the slower cars never slowed Wilson’s pursuit. It was either one’s race until Conte was able to pull away to a couple car advantage in the final lap.

Wilson had to settle for second with Kyle Pelrine, Aaron Wiley and Tony Kelly rounding out the top 5.

“The car felt good in the heat,” revealed Hoosier Stock Feature Winner Brent Begolo, “we left it the same for the feature … I knew the track wouldn’t go away.”

Once out front, it looked like Begolo was on cruise control with three and four wide racing behind him allowing the third generation driver to pull away to comfortable leads. Begolo took the lead on lap 5 from Kevin Knapp who had taken over after an early restart. At the start it was Brian Schmidt out front but after contact with Jason Fontaine – the two would restart at the tail of the field.

A number of cautions would slow Begolo including one on lap 9 after early leader Schmidt ended up hung up on top of the guardrail exiting turn 4. With 5 laps to go, Begolo was out front of a battle for the runner-up spot with Knapp trying to hold off Rob Murray. With one lap to go, the leader had stretched his lead before caution would set up a one lap dash after contact between rookie Austin Wood and Vince Fargnoli found Wood sitting the wrong way in Turn 4.

Coming out of Turn 4 the final time once racing resumed – Knapp would make one last effort to get by Begolo but the move allowed Murray to take second instead.

Knapp had to settle for third with Jeff Dayman and Billy Bleich closing out the top 5.

One lap dashes seemed to be par for the course throughout feature action – the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite 20 lap Event was no different.

“I crowded Chris (Steele) a little bit,” commented Shawn Sliter in Victory Lane, “I’m sure he’ll understand … they’re a good field of drivers,” added the former Modified Lite Champion who has returned after several years in the 358 Modifieds.

A last lap caution set up a one lap dash after rookie Derek Wagner the former leader would lose control in Turn 4. Exiting Turn 2 of lap 15 Sliter got a good run on Wagner and took over top spot. Eventually Steele would take over the runner up spot and made the valiant effort but had to settle for second.

Wagner became the new leader on lap 8 after out dueling both Sliter and Steele as the three were three wide behind initial leader Kory Howe. Howe had ran away to a good lead before caution on lap 6 slowed the pace after rookie Jared Turnbull lost control of his car while battling for third spot.

Sliter and Steele were followed by rookie Jeffrey May, defending champion Josh Sliter and Howe.

“It was real good racing with Tim (Jones),” revealed Travis Braun, “he gave me the thumbs up after the race … I really have to thank my crew … I haven’t been able to spend much time at the shop – so the win is for them … mom and dad too!”

Tim Jones first stint as leader came out of Turn 4 completing lap 13 after the veteran was able to get by rookie Paul Klager. Just before half-way Jones would lead the field into lap traffic with Braun in second after he was able to get by Klager as well.

About the same time – defending and 20 time Champion Pete Bicknell had a rear tire going flat until lap 21 when the tire finally shredded. On the restart it was Bruan out front before Jones regained the lead before another caution on lap 23. On the restart Jones was out front but now Braun battled back with two cautions easing things on laps 25 and 26.

Jones raced back into the lead on the restart until Braun again took control the next lap. Eventually Braun would pull away to a couple car length lead and through to the finish – would stretch his lead over Jones at the finish.

Dennis Giancola was the initial leader before Klager took control down the backstretch on lap 1.

Kish, Culp and Watson First Time Kart Feature Winners at Merrittville

June 25th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – KC Auto Parts Victory Lane continued to welcome first time winners June 21st as Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series raced against the weather. For the fourth time of the season, a Kish came out on top of the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 Division. Braeden Kish led the entire 8 lap distance to win his first Feature as a rookie in 2011.

Veteran Dylan Culp won his first ever Superior PetroFuels Original Pizza Logs Junior Restricted Flat Head 15 lap event while Chris Watson won his first Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division 20 lap Feature of the new season. Other Burris Tire Feature action saw Kyle Phillips, Joshua Hansen, Dylan Davidson, and Jorden Peters all winning their events in the Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson
Construction Junior 2 and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flat Head Divisions respectively.

For Philips the win kept him undefeated while Hansen, Davidson and Peters all earned their third wins. Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 28th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Howland, Dayman & Bowman Take Cotton Inc Wins at Merrittville

June 22nd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario — Cotton Inc. Night at Merrittville Speedway featured the third visit of the Patriot Sprint Group June 18th and the first Sprint Car driver from the group to win two events was Bryan Howland – holding off Jared Zimbardi by a car and a half length at the finish.

The Father’s Day Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Special Event also featured the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks with Mike Bowman and Jeff Dayman winning their respective events – Bowman for the first time of 2011 and Dayman the second.

In front of the best crowd of the 60th Anniversary Season, Bryan Howland was cruising along in the lead thinking that he had his first Patriot Sprint Tour Win of the season in the bag, but off the final corner when he saw the nose of Jared Zimbardi’s Sprint Car peak to the inside, he thought he might have given it away. Howland, the four time PST Champion from Auburn NY, led the final 22 laps for his 19th career series win. Even though he had stretched his lead to over three seconds at points in the 25 lap A-Main, Zimbardi closed the game to make it a wild finish – at the most a car length and a half behind Howland.

Dain Naida, Travis Cunningham and Brad Knab would close out the top 5 in the only Sprint Car Event of the season that was run in Memory of Cunningham’s Father Gary who passed away in December. For the complete Story and Finish Order click on

http://www.patriotsprinttour.com/newsItem.php?tag=1&year=2011&item=37

About halfway through the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature Jeff Dayman was comfortably in third spot with Rob Murray and Ken Sargent out front. With 5 laps to go a classic three wide battle for top spot found Dayman coming out ahead of the two front
runners – making quite a move stick.

“I think my Late Model experience helped,” answering Co-Announcer Clint Kruchka’s question in Victory Lane, “I don’t like running high like that . but with the Crate Motor . sometimes it’s who gets the breaks and who has the set up.” Chris Schneider was the leader on the start but before everyone made it into turn 1- Ed McNamara lost control of his car and contacted the Front Stretch Wall – slowing the field right away. Schneider resumed control once again with action three wide for second eventually landing Kevin Knapp into top spot into turn 3 of lap 3.

With action three and four wide behind him – Knapp was able to pull away until caution on lap 6.

On the restart the new leader was Rob Murray lead on restart with Ken Sargent soon taking over the runner up spot. Once Dayman caught the leaders and leap frogged around them – caution immediately slowed the pace on lap 16.

With Dayman out front on the restart he was able to open up a 10 car gap between over Murray and Sargent. Billy Bleich would rebound after last week’s roll over to take fourth with Kevin Knapp closing out the top 5.

“It’s starting to feel like our other car did last year,” revealed Mike Bowman in Victory Lane after winning his first 2011 358 Modified Feature, “we’ve been working hard trying to get that feeling back . with the track as slick as it was – we put the Tour Race setup in it”

Coming out of Turn 4 to complete lap 22 Bowman would edge ahead of then leader and former Champion Larry Lampman who was looking his best since reuniting with former car owners Dan and Veronica Miller in the CMH Sales and Leasing # 22.

In almost similar circumstances, Lampman took control of top spot exiting Turn 4 to complete the second lap from initial leader Kenny Winnfield. Like the Hoosier Stock Feature that the Modifeds had followed – wild two, three and even four wide action
through the pack allowed Lampman to pull away to an early comfortable lead before caution would slow the pace on lap 8.

With Lampman out front on the restart – Rick Richner and rookie Brandon Easey would charge into the top 3. Contact back in the pack would result in Scott Wood slowing on the backstretch of lap 16 slowing the field once again. With Lampman again out front – Mike Bowman began to challenge Richner and Easey and then the leader. Lampman and Bowman would run side by side for a few laps until Bowman took control to start lap 23.

With 10 laps to go Bowman and Lampman both pulled away from the field and as they were about to come up on lap traffic – caution would slow them one last time on lap 28. Bowman would resume control of top spot with Pete Bicknell now trying to break into the top 3. Through to the finish however it was Bowman across the line comfortably ahead of Lampman with the same gap separating him and Pete Bicknell. Brandon Easey would hold on for fourth with Rob Pietz rounding out the top 5.

“I had to deal with some issues last week,” commented Bowman, “there’ll probably be more tonight as well.”

After a top finish last week Bowman’s MSD was impounded for further testing at the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event at Canandaigua Speedway as checked out OK. In one of the most unique post race tech inspections after the Patriot Sprint Tour Feature – Bowman took to the track in Pete Bicknell’s car trying to make it sound like his own with his own carburetor and throttle linkage. Pete Bicknell then took out the car looking to find what makes the unique sound in Bowman’s Seaway Hose # 71.

“The way he has his throttle linkage set up . he is able to work his foot control like that,” reported Bicknell.

Winner Of Patriot Sprint Tour Event at Merrittville to Receive Trophy in Memory of Gary Cunningham

June 19th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – When the stars and cars of the Patriot Sprint Tour take to the track at Merrittville Speedway Saturday June 18th – one individual missing will be Gary Cunningham – former Drag Racer, Asphalt Late Model Crew Chief and most notably Engine Builder.

Gary – father of current Sprint Car Driver Travis Cunningham – passed away last December after a courageous battle with cancer. His memory will live on as the winner of the PST A Main will be presented a special trophy.

Gary got his start in Drag Racing in 1975 and just four years later won a NHRA National event in Sanair Quebec and the next season – the US Nationals in Indiana in 1980 – which is the Daytona 500 of Drag Racing.

From there Gary added the world of Asphalt Late Model Racing – landing with noted racer Earl Ross in 1982 and 1983 while still Drag Racing until 1990 when he would focus on building engines and his family … his wife Rose and their children Travis and Jodi.

In 1998 Travis would begin Kart Racing and Gary would join him while building on his reputation as a dominant engine builder in the Asphalt Racing World.

That all changed in 2003 after his first visit to Merrittville Speedway where he would fall in love with dirt racing. While still building engines … he also became a mentor for young up and coming racers including Mikey Kruchka, Chris Steele, Mike Bowman, Mark D’Ilario, Brandon Easey, Kory Howe, James Evans and his son Travis.

Joining the Patriot Sprint Tour Saturday June 18th will be the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and the Hoosier Stocks – a presentation of Cotton Inc.

When the gates open at 5:30 … the first 100 Dads will receive a gift from Elite Products. Show Time is 7 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Cotton to Present Fathers Day Special at Merrittville

June 18th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– Three divisions will pour the foundation for an exciting night of racing at Merrittville Saturday July 18th as Cotton Inc forms a great kickoff to Father’s Day Celebrations. On tap for the special Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program – the Patriot Sprint Tour . the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and the Hoosier Stocks.

“It’s shaping up to be an awesome event,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there’s something for everyone . especially Dad with the winged Sprint Cars . the Modifieds and the full fendered Hoosier Stocks and a free gift from Elite Products for the first 100 in the Grandstands!”

Saturday’s event will be the third event of 2011 counting towards the Bonnell’s Collision/ Fine Touch Collision King of the Western Swing Series, however it will be the only stop of the mini series in Ontario. Speaking of Canada, this will be the leg of the 2011 PST Canadian Campaign.

Merrittville has hosted two PST A-Mains in the past, with four-time series champion Bryan Howland of Auburn, NY scoring in the inaugural visit in 2006. Scott Kreutter, of Alden, NY scored his only career A-Main win there the last time the series was there in 2009. Aside from the pair of 24-year-olds being excited, a number of drivers that have nearly won there are also
stoked.

Jared Zimbardi leads the PST point standings by nine markers and just wants to showcase the strength of his No. 35. The Little Valley, NY driver was a winner at Ohsweken Friday in weekly competition, as well as the last PST-only A-main at Stateline.

Don Adamczyk and Tim Kelly are tied for second in the standings and have a solid history at Merrittville. Adamczyk of nearby Williamsville, NY, lead early in 2009 event and would love nothing more than to win at the track where his inspiration to switch to sprints was founded. Tim Kelly was second in that race and was also a winner at the facility back in 1993.

Vern Wasson and rookie Steve Collins and Mitch Brown are among some PST drivers that are expected to make their first start at the Bicknell/Williamson-owned facility this weekend, while sophomore shoe Dave Wickham, Todd Hoddick, Brad Knab, Kyle Moffit and George Suprick are also expected to be on hand.

A slew of competitors from Southern Ontario should also be part of the festivities with Travis Cunningham and Mikey Kruchka among those looking to break through for their first career sprint win. Glenn Styres, Keith Dempster, Dain Naida, Jamie Collard, Kevin Job, Dave Dykstra, Jim Huppunen, Tom Huppunen, John Burbridge, Tim Zack and Jim Porter among some of the elite names that could throw their name into the discussion Saturday.

For further information – visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.

Elite Products specializes in EcoLogic certified cleaning products and carry one of the widest of commercial quality non toxic cleaners in Canada. Elite Products offers janitorial, sanitation, food service, paper, safety, industrial, dish and laundry supplies and service for your business and your home.

Visit Elite Products at 2 Secord Drive in St. Catharines or on line at www.eliteproducts1.com.

In the early 1990′s Cotton expanded by providing stone delivery and excavation services as more and more customers recognized the advantages of working with one preferred supplier. Anticipating this trend would continue, Cotton added its own concrete plant in full operation at its main facility.

Today at over 100 employees strong, Cotton is the only company in Niagara to supply all phases of a project. Cotton not only pours the foundations, we also provide the stone and make the concrete. This approach not only ensures every project is completed on time and on budget, it also allows us to provide the highest quality product because we tightly monitor and control every phase of each operation. From estimating to excavating; from making the concrete to the final pour, Cotton ensures each aspect of every project is done right.

For further information – visit cottoninc.ca or call 905-262-2000.

Gates open for the three division Blockbuster Event June 18th at 5:30. Showtime is at 7:00

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Ruch, Veihdeffer, Cosco and Anstett First Time Kart Feature Winners at Merrittville

June 17th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario– The third 2011 event for Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series found 4 Drivers making their first trips to KC Auto Parts Victory Lane June 14th in Original Pizza Logs Divisional Racing.

Rookies Brandon Ruch, Eric Veihdeffer and Jordan Cosco all moved up a division this season and were quick to earn Feature Wins in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 and Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Divisions respectively. Jeff Anstett took home his first win also in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Division.

In other Burris Feature action, Novices Chase Kish and Kyle Phillips both won their third straight events in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1 and Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Divisions.

The final event of the night had Corey Bodman winning his second Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Feature.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 21st. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Big Wins for Corless, D’Ilaro, Small, Conte & Willard in SMS Machine Tools MT Bellies Family Fun Pack Night at Merrittville

June 14th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario — There was some BIG Fun at Merrittville Speedway June 11th in the MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night presented by SMS Machine Tools as two drivers won their first features of the season.

Jason Corless made his first ever visit to Victory Lane after winning the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature. Mark D’Ilario ended almost a two year wait for his second career Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified 35 lap Victory.

Two time Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series winners in 2011 as well were Dave Small, Rocco Conte and BJ Willard.

“There was no way they were getting by me,” revealed Jason Corless in J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane after winning the 20 lap Event, “I was able to hug the bottom and I was good.”

Corless took control of top spot just before a lap 9 caution and was able to hold off the Sliters – former champion Shawn and defending champion Josh who would trail by 5 car lengths at the finish.

“Thanks to Adam Murphy . and all my sponsors,” added Corless, “they really got me humming tonight!”

Derek Bredin was the first to lead before sophomore driver Derek Moore took over as the field completed the first lap. Right away caution would slow the pace before another would set up the second restart in three laps.

Moore would resume control and settled into the lead before the lap 9 incident. Moore would lose control of top spot and while dropping back in the field – contact with another car sent him spinning just past the start finish line.

Early leader Bredin would slow off Turn 3 of lap 14 in a cloud of smoke but the veteran was able to clear the racing surface without incident. A number of cars however did come together on lap 16 bringing out something Corless probably didn’t
want to see – the final caution.

In the 4 laps to the finish though Corless remained in control – ahead of Shawn Sliter, Josh Sliter, Kory Howe and Randy Hollingshead as the top 5.

“My car was really good on the bottom early,” relayed Mark D’Ilario in Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Victory Lane, “but on the one restart . I found it good up top too.”

The restart D’Ilario referred to came on lap 20 after Shayne Pierce exploded a tire. Early leader Ryan Susice resumed control of top spot on the restart but down the backstretch – it was D’Ilario out front. D’Ilario would be slowed on lap 23 but by lap 30 the former Kart Racer had opened up almost a full straightaway lead on runner-up Boyd MacTavish and the rest of the field.

Susice was the initial leader with the event slowed on lap 3 after a number of cars would come together in turn 3. The worst of it may have went to last week’s Feature Winner and Driver of the Week Chad Chevalier who had to be cradled off to the pits. Mat Williamson would slow with a flat tire the next lap.

Susice and Fred Carleton were the top two cars on the restart and began to pull away from the field until caution on lap 10. D’Ilario was now in the runner-up spot behind Susice with Todd Gordon into third on lap 13 after a making a three wide move
stick.

Two cautions in the final 5 laps saw early leader Susice slow on lap 32 and Jamie Gilbert off the pace on lap 34 setting up a one lap dash to the finish. D’Ilario would cruise to a 10 car lead ahead of MacTavish. who would be found light in the post race weighing giving the runner-up spot to Todd Gordon. Scott Wood, Mike Bowman and Mat Williamson would round out the top 5.

D’Ilario’s first win came in his Rookie Season in 2009 – August 15th.

“Either it stuck . or it didn’t,” informed Hoosier Stock Feature Winner Dave Small,
“I made made my move . drove in hard and really thought I was going off . but here
I am.”

The move was a race winning move as Small would only lead one lap – the last lap -
edging out Ken Sargent by a half car length.

Sargent had led most of the feature after taking top spot from Chris Schneider on
lap 2. From there it was all Sargent could do to hold off the Camaro Challenge as at one point – the top 6 was Sargent ahead of the Camaros of Larry Czinege, Small, Rob Murray, Kevin Knapp and Jeff Dayman.

The race went under red on lap 10 after Billy Bleich put his car on his side trying to avoid an incident in turn 4 which also saw Brent Begolo suffer a flat tire.

Lap 17 saw Rob Murray drop from the front of the pack after slight contact with Kevin Knapp. On the restart it was Sargent out front with Czinege and Small behind. As the race wound down – Small was able to overtake Czinege. At the white flag -
Small pulled alongside Sargent and the next time around – was first to take Starter Doug Leonard’s Double Checkered Flag.

Small and Sargent would be followed by Czinege, Knapp and Dayman.

“Lately it’s been an endurance race out there,” remarked Rocco Conte in Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Victory Lane, ” but thanks to everyone up front tonight . it was a good clean race.”

Quite a race up front allowed Conte and Garnet Wilson to close in on Jocelyn Wiley and Terry Larmet with Conte taking top spot with 5 laps to go.

Wiley was the early leader at the start while her husband Aaron could not get his car up to speed. An early caution would find Wiley challenged by Terry Larmet. As Larmet would close in .. Wiley would pull away and to the halfway point it was a classic back and forth battle between the two with the lead changing hands several times.

With Larmet out front – Conte was able to take over second from Wiley and once out front – Conte pulled away to a comfortable lead over Garnet Wilson who followed the leader to the front. Wiley would settle for third with Rob Goulding and Larmet fourth and fifth.

SMS Machine Tools MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Night would close with the second King of the Crates Series Sportsman Event of 2011 powered by Niagara Motors and for BJ Willard – he had to be having flashbacks from the opening round.

“I looked at the track and knew I had to stay to the bottom,” explained BJ Willard, “I saw Brad making it work on the outside . but maybe this time the lap traffic took his line away.”

Back in the Mini-Series Opener April 23rd , Willard was in control but setting quite a pace through increasing lap traffic until contact with a slower car sending the fourth generation driver to the rear of the field late in the race.

At the start Willard would beat his cousin Cody McPherson to the green flag to lead the 40 lap event and almost a ¼ lap lead right away. Caution on lap 9 would slow the pace and while under yellow – McPherson would fall victim to a flat tire.

With Willard back out front on the restart – the new challenger was Brad Rouse with the two challenging each other side by side to the halfway point. Willard kept to the bottom with Rouse trying to get a run on the leader on the outside.

Once in lap traffic in the latter stages however Willard was able to pull away to a lead of some 7 seconds on the field with Rouse having to settle for second. Second generation driver Gary Lindberg was third with defending Series and Overall Point Champion Greg Panunte 4th. Paul Gaboury rounded out the top 5.

2 Events Combine to Make One Big SMS Tools night at Merrittville

June 11th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario — For Race Fans . SMS Machine Tools Night – Saturday June 11th at Merrittville Speedway promises BIG FOOD and BIG FUN.

The on track action will be bolstered by the second round of the 2011 King of the Crates Series powered by Niagara Motors for the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman. The 40 lap Main Event will join events for the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

“Although they both began on different nights earlier this year,” relates (Merrittville General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “bringing the King of the Crates Series and our economical MT Bellies Offer together on SMS Night should make for an entertaining night . and a packed house.”

In the King of the Crates Series Opener powered by Niagara Motors – one of the 105.1 The River Triple 60 Events back on April 23rd – Brad Rouse took advantage of a break and won . but since then . there have been a number of drivers that have stepped up to the plate and won as well . Round 2 should be quite an event!.”

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on June 11th, the new for 2011 MT Bellies BIG FOOD BIG FUN Family Packs will be available. Two Adults and Two Children under 16 can look forward to enjoying the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn – all for a special price of just $40. That’s a BIG savings of $13.00 on each of the MT Bellies Big Food and Big Fun Family Fun Pack Nights if purchased separately.

“A BIG Thank You goes out to MT Bellies . their reputation for great food and a friendly, fun atmosphere is unbeatable and you can’t beat the deal on these special nights!,” adds Bicknell-Jones.

Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies.

Race fans and race teams can visit MT Bellies at their 871 Niagara Street location in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com.

SMS Machine Tools Limited has been supplying it’s customers with state of the art equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers since 1959. SMS Machine has developed into one of Canada’s foremost machine distributors, providing clients with leading edge technology machine tools and automated manufacturing. Visit www.smsmachine.com to learn more about SMS. Show Time June 11th is 7:00 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara. Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Brunton and Bodman First Time Kart Feature Winners at Merrittville

June 11th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario- KC Auto Parts Victory Lane continued to welcome first time winners June 7th as Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series kicked off the month of June.

Michael Brunton made a late race move to win the Superior PetroFuels Original Pizza Logs Junior Restricted Flat Head 15 lap event while Corey Bodman won his first Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division 20 lap Feature of the new season.

Other Burris Tire Feature action saw Chase Kish, Kyle Phillips, Joshua Hansen, Dylan Davidson, and Jorden Peters all winning their second straight events in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1, Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flat Head Divisions respectively.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 14th. Gates open at 5 PM and Grandstand Admission is free and racing begins at 7:00.

Leslie Wins First DIRTcar Sportsman Feature in Semenuk’s Esso AutoGraph Night at Merrittville

June 7th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – If you met Adam Leslie during Merrittville Speedway’s intermission for Autograph Night presented by Semenuks Esso – his signature certainly went up in value later in the night -especially after winning his first career Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature Saturday June 4th. Aaron Wiley, Rob Murray, Chad Chevalier were also first time 2011 Winners in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock and Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Features.

The lone repeat winner was Josh Sliter in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division.

When it looked like the weather man would sign his autograph to the third
straight Autograph Night at the Thorold track going back to last season –
the mid afternoon storm system left the area as quickly as it came in
resulting in quite a race track through all Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series
Divisions.

“The track was scary fast … even in the heats,” related Chad Chevalier in Victory Lane in the final event of the evening. Prior to the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature however it was Adam Leslie’s time in the spotlight.

“This sure means a lot,” commented an overwhelmed Adam Leslie in Sportsman Victory Lane for the first time, “the guys I race with are some of the best … to beat them makes you one of them … its quite an honor to be here!”

A lap 5 restart saw Leslie in top spot for the first time although in quite a battle with BJ Willard. Leslie would carry a couple car length advantage to the half way point before caution again slowed the sophomore driver on lap 16. Leslie resumed the lead on the restart with Willard out front the next time across the start finish line. Just seven one thousandths of a second separated the two on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard until slowed once again on lap 20. Leslie had taken the lead back before the yellow and kept it through the 5 lap dash to Starter Doug Leonard’s double checkered flag salute.

The start of the 25 lap event saw second generation driver Jason Moore as the initial leader before returning driver Robert Baker claimed top spot. Leslie was able to get by Baker from there.

Leslie was followed by Willard, Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson and Paul Gaboury,

Aaron Wiley took control of the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature around the halfway point and cruised to a 10 car advantage on the field. Post race however Wiley refused to report for Technical Inspection and was disqualified. Wiley will receive no points or payout.

The start of the 15 lap feature saw sophomore driver Brandon Boychuck in the lead but unfortunately the 2010 Rookie of the Year would bounced off the turn 4 guardrail with Jason Coutu now in control to complete lap 1. Coutu and the field were stopped on lap 3 for a red flag after Jeff Hill flipped his car in turn 2. The driver was OK.

Defending Champion Rocco Conte was the new leader on the restart with Wiley soon taking second from Tony Kelly. Conte and Wiley would pull away from the pack each time on three restarts for cautions before 10 laps were complete. Wiley took over top spot on lap 7 and through each restart – opening up a 10 car advantage on Conte at the finish. Conte would be put back to 4th after jumping out of line on the final restart which put the top 5 as Wiley, Kelly, Garnet Wilson, Conte and Rob Goulding.

Former Bomber Competitor Jim Lampman was first to lead the Hoosier Stock Feature but quickly a three and four wide battle developed with Lampman, Joe Middlemiss, Rob Murray and defending Champion Ken Sargent. Eventually Murray would settle into the lead while third generation driver Brent Begolo broke into the top 5.

By lap 8 Begolo would catch the leader Murray and the two would pull away from the field before caution slowed the field on lap 10. Two laps later caution again would slow the pace. With Murray out front once more – Begolo would soon be challenged by Billy Bleich for the runner up spot. The three front runners would pull away with Murray about a car length ahead. Begolo
and Bleich ran to the finish in quite a side by side battle with Begolo edging out Bleich by a bumper. Vince Fargnoli and Dave Small rounded out the top 5.

“It’s a new car and it’s taken some time to figure it out,” said Rob Murray in Victory Lane for the first time since returning from last season in the Sportsman Division, “I slowed it down and it would drive better … this is what racing is all about!”

“These cars are so fun to drive … I wish we had some more to race with,” challenged defending J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Driver Josh Sliter in Victory Lane, “I started out with older equipment … evolved and evolved and here we are … anyone can get here too.”

Sliter took control on lap 10 from sophomore driver Randy Hollingshead who took top spot from initial leader Derek Bredin on a lap 6 restart. The former Pro Stock Driver who returned to the sport last season was quickly pressured for the runner up spot from rookies Jeffrey May and Derek Wagner allowing Sliter to run away to a lead of almost half a lap.

Just as Wagner got by May on lap 17 caution would slow the field and after another on lap 18 – Sliter would keep control of top spot through to the finish. Sliter and Wagner were followed by Hollingshead with May and Blair Young rounding out the top 5.

Just before the halfway point of the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature Chad Chevalier was in second spot and just past it took control of top spot from James Friesen.

“It’s fun running with him,” said Chevalier of the mid race battle with Friesen, “wish he would have had something at the end … but it feels really good to be back here – we’ve had a few tough weeks.”

The two front runners soon pulled away from initial leader Todd Gordon and the field. By the 10 to go mark – Chevalier had left Friesen behind and with 5 to go the leader came up on lap traffic. Nothing would slow Chevalier down on this night as 11 months to the day of his first career win – the former Sportsman Champion would win for the second time. Friesen would settle for second a ¼ lap behind with Tom Flannigan, Chad Brachmann and Mat Williamson as the top 5.

Both Brachmann and Williamson qualified from the Consi and would start the event from the back.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

SMS Machine Tools will present the second round of the King of the Crates Sportsman Series powered by Niagara Motors Saturday June 11th in addition to the full Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program. The second MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Family Pack Night will find the gates opening at 5:30 with Showtime at 7:00 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES

The night started with Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Driver Tim Jones announced as the Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week.

While just a regular night for the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds – Lap Money was provided by Semenuks Esso and many local sponsors in addition to bonuses for all feature winners. By clicking on read=2867>

http://merrittville.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thr

ead=2867 – visit them and tell them thanks for their support of Merrittville’s Race Teams.

Leslie Wins First DIRTcar Sportsman Feature in Semenuk’s Esso Autograph Night at Merrittville

June 7th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – If you met Adam Leslie during Merrittville Speedway’s Autograph Night presented by Semenuks Esso – it certainly went up in value. Especially after winning his first career Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature at Merrittville Speedway in the Semenuk’s Esso Autograph Night Saturday June 4th.

Aaron Wiley took control of the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature around the halfway point and cruised to a 10 car advantage on the field. Post race however Wiley refused to report for Technical Inspection and was disqualified. Wiley will receive no points or payout. Former three time Champion Rob Murray won his first Hoosier Stock Feature since returning to the full fendered class in 2011. Josh Sliter won the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature – his second straight of the season. Chad Chevalier took control of the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature just past the halfway point and drove away to win the 35 lap Feature.

SMS Machine Tools will present the second round of the King of the Crates Sportsman Series powered by Niagara Motors Saturday June 11th in addition to the full Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program. The second MT Bellies BIG Food BIG Fun Family Pack Night will find the gates opening at 5:30 with showtime at 7:00 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit <http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/>
www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . <http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm> http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Fill Up On Racing and Autographs in Semenuks Esso Night At Merrittville

June 3rd, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – If you are a fan that has attended races at Merrittville Speedway – you know that for 60 years . Saturday Nights have provided quite a fill of DIRTcar sanctioned racing.

Semenuks Esso Night promises a night full of on track excitement with the only stop in the action coming for the first Family Autograph Night of the 2011 Season.

“Racing at Merrittville is quite a spectacle . when the green flags are flying and when we host our Family Autograph Nights,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “for the life long fan or the new one – seeing the front-stretch filled with race cars is quite a sight.”

In what is unique about racing and at the grass roots level in particular – Race Car Drivers are very approachable and enjoy meeting their fans and Merrittville’s talented field is no exception. Race fans will be let out onto the track through the Start-Finish Line Gate for autographs and photos and the motorsports meet and greet.

“The professionalism of our Race Teams is second to none,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “there isn’t one that doesn’t have their own cards to sign or some other item . they are all so proud of their cars and their sponsors.”

When the Family Autograph Night takes to the track – Merrittville Speedway will orchestrate it’s set up right on the front-stretch to include your favorite drivers from the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

Before or after the races you have to know too that you can get your fill of Gas . Diesel or Propane at Semenuk’s Esso – located just south of the Thorold track at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Hwy 20 at Turner’s Corners.

Semenuk’s Esso is one of the last remaining Full Service Gas Stations in the area – featuring Gas, Diesel and Propane at competitive prices.

Having the closest ATM to the Speedway – it’s the one stop to make on your way to the track . on the way home and during the week as they carry many convenience items.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

CAA Niagara Night at Merrittville to Focus on 4 Cylinders in Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series Opener

May 28th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – CAA Niagara Night at Merrittville Speedway will focus on the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division in an action-packed night at DIRTcar Racing action – Saturday May 28th that also features the opening round of the Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifying Series accelerated by Niagara College.

“With 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks coming off major Victoria Day Events,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “all of our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions have their nights to shine throughout the season . this weekend it’s the 4 Cylinders!”

CAA Niagara is pleased to once again provide Merrittville Speedway race teams with the best towing services available in the Niagara Region. Race fans can enjoy the same fast, friendly and professional service by becoming a member of CAA Niagara.

Just in time for summer, emergency road service for bicycles is now available as CAA Niagara’s Bike Assist program offers the same piece of mind that comes with roadside assistance with coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Our members tell us that eco-friendly transportation is important to them,” says Bill Willard, CAA Niagara’s Vice-President of Automotive Services, “with more people choosing to ride their bicycles around Niagara, Bike Assist is a natural progression . we want to be able to support our members regardless of how they travel from A to B . and it’s available free to all active members.”

CAA Niagara serves 113,000 members in the Niagara Region with offices in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland and since 1911 has been serving its communities . one member at a time.

Later this summer – stay tuned as details celebrating the 100th Anniversary are revealed!

For year round peace of mind and member exclusive savings, you can rely on your friends at CAA Niagara. Join at your local CAA office today and start enjoying yearlong benefits of being a CAA Member and tell them Merrittville sent you.

In addition to its Auto Club, CAA can also offer its members Travel Information and Bookings, discounted Attraction Tickets and service at the CAA Car Care Centre – located on Lake Street in St. Catharines.

CAA Niagara’s Car Care Centre is a 12-bay, state-of-the-art vehicle repair and maintenance facility.

For further information on becoming a CAA Member – stop by their display inside the front gates at Merrittville Speedway May 28th or visit www.caa.niagara.net

Turn 4 Collision is the divisional sponsor of the 4 Cylinder Division in addition to the Triple Crown.

Specializing in complete collision service for all makes and models in addition to minor repairs and fleet maintenance – call 905-687-4142 for a free estimate or visit Turn 4 – located at 113 Cushman Road . Unit 51 in St. Catharines.

Gates open Saturday May 28th at 5:30. Showtime is at 7:00.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Rain Makes 2nd Bob St. Amand Memorial More Memorable at Merrittville

May 29th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – With rain showers inevitable for the Niagara Region, Merrittville Speedway Officials did what they could to complete the Zavitz Financial Strategies 358 Modified 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series Main Event Monday May 23rd.

“Watching the weather systems all day,” informed Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we knew that we were going to have somewhat of a window … but we didn’t think that it would be slammed shut so early … but what a night Monday August 1st will now be!”

With 22 laps on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard – a downpour sent the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds racing for cover. The event will pick up at that point prior to the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 1st – a presentation of L. St. Amand Enterprises run for the second time in memory of 1972 Modified Point Champion and Pit Steward Bob St. Amand Senior.

Brett Hearn – the defending race winner will lead the field back to starter Doug Leonard’s Green Flag Action some 2 ½ months later with Merrittville regulars Scott Wood, Mike Bowman, Pete Bicknell and Chad Brachmann rounding out the top 5.

The Super DIRTcar Series Opener saw Merrittville Regular Scott Wood in control of the 46 car field as the second generation driver set fast time, won his heat and drew the pole for the 100 lap Feature.

At the start of the event, Wood out-raced fellow front row starter Carey Terrance to the green flag and by lap 8 pulled away to almost a ¼ lap lead on the 30 car field. One of the drtivers on the move in the early going was Brett Hearn.

Starting from 14th spot, the defending race winner was already up to 8th spot before a lap 10 caution slowed the pace. With Wood still out front, Hearn continued his thrilling march to the front – running the extreme high side of the slickening track into the top 5 in quick fashion. With the event continuing in some sunlight perhaps Hearn like the other drivers could see the worsening skies to the south and hoped to be in control should the race make it to half way. Hearn in third now had his sights set on the lead but first another Merrittville Regular – Mike Bowman stood between.

Along the backstretch of lap 15 Hearn would overtake Bowman taking control of second and two laps later he had caught the leader Wood. A move down the backstretch of lap 18 saw Hearn as the new leader with caution slowing the field due to increasing rain.

With the field under yellow the storm intensified causing the event to be red flagged at lap 25. When the race resumes on the new date – Monday August 1st prior to the running of the 100 lap Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event – all 30 cars will restart in the order they were in before the red flag as follows:

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ , Scott Wood/Thorold,ONT , Mike
Bowman/St.Catharines,ONT, Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT, Chad
Brachmann/Sanborn,NY, Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY, Carey
Terrance/Akwesasne,NY, Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT, Matt
Sheppard/Waterloo,NY, Travis Braun/Jordan Station,ONT, Danny
Johnson/Rochester,NY, David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE, Dale Planck/Cortland,NY,
Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY, Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT, Mario
Clair/St-Edmond,QUE, Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY, Chad Chevalier/Port
Colborne,ONT, Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY ®, Boyd MacTavish/Ransomville,NY,
Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT, Bill Bleich/Port Robinson,ONT, John
Lazore/Hogansburg,NY, Robbie Krull/Lockport, NY, Jeremy Wilder/Fort
Plain,NY, Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT, Matt Billings/Brockville, ONT,
Luke Whitteker/Iroquois,ON, Fred Carleton/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT, James
Friesen/St.Catharines,ONT.

In what could be one of the biggest breaks … Mike Bowman came to a stop in his pit stall with a flat tire so no doubt it would have cost him a top finish had the race continued.

One event that did see the checkered flag was the second Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Home Track Event and like the Series Opener April 23rd for the Hoosier Stocks – it was all Brent Begolo.

The May 23rd 25 lap event was the second Home Track Event for Merrittville’s Hoosier Stocks leading up to two combined events in the Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks.

In the first event that opened the 60th season on April 23rd – Begolo led the entire 60 lap distance and even though the second event was just 25 laps – it had a familiar look to it.

Begolo out-raced front row starter Dave Small to the initial green flag and with Begolo safely out front the action through the pack was three and four wide. Two cautions would slow the field in the early stages. Several drivers on the move early included Rob Murray who quickly took second spot from 5th place starter Ken Sargent after starting 8th.

Soon Murray would catch Begolo with the two running nose to tail but eventually Begolo would again pull away. With 10 laps to go lap traffic would become a factor but through it the margin at the checkered flag was some 5 car lengths.

Begolo – the third generation driver was followed by Rob Murray, Ken Sargent, Billy Bleich and Jason Fontaine.

The Victoria Day Special was set the close with the first Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College and that will close the night when action resumes Saturday May 28th with CAA Niagara presenting a full 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program featuring the first Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Event for the 4 Cylinders.

Gates will open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7:00 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call
905-892-8266 or visit
www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Wonderling, Rouse, Knapp, Sliter & Overholt Take Wins in Seasway Mall Night At Merrittville

May 24th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Action at Merrittville Speedway got back on track Saturday May 21st with the Seaway Mall Rankin Cancer Run Night featuring the first 2011 visit of the BRP CanAm Late Models with Jeremy Wonderling taking home the 30 lap Victory.

Brad Rouse, Kevin Knapp, Shawn Sliter and Rob Overholt were also Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Feature Winners in the Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

For the complete story on the BRP CanAm Late Model Series Event click on http://www.racewaymagazine.com/May%202011/CanAmResults52111.html or visit
http://www.brpcanamseries.com/

The 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman feature had some problems getting started and a later one getting finished. Second generation driver Jason Moore was the early leader after the original start was called off but not before Bill Podwinski and Paul Gaboury made contact with each other. Since the green flag wasn’t thrown by starter Doug Leonard – both drivers were given their starting spots back.

With Moore out front another early caution slowed the field once again with James Mercer in control on the restart. Quickly Podwinski would take over top spot from his team mate Mercer with Rob Knapp taking control of the runner-up spot and then the lead on lap 9. Two cautions around lap 10 found Podwinski back in top spot but Knapp regained P1 quickly.

Brad Rouse took control of the runner-up spot at the half way point but with 10 laps to go the gap between the two was stretching. Defending Champion Greg Panunte took control of third spot on lap 17 but with the laps on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard running out – the trio were spread out pretty good.

Like his brother before him earlier in the night Knapp’s comfortable advantage disappeared with one lap to go after several cars came together in turn 4 ahead of the leaders. The race was put under red flag conditions to separate the cars.

In the one lap dash to the checkered flag – Knapp was able to pull away to a
couple car lead on Rouse but unfortunately Knapp fell just short of the minimum weight requirement and was put tail on the field.

With the finishing order moving up the winner was Brad Rouse followed by Panunte with BJ Willard third. Second generation rookie driver Gary Lindberg and Paul Gaboury closed the top 5.

In September of last season Hoosier Stock Driver Kevin Knapp made the decision to join the Camaro Camp and one of the first to greet him in Victory Lane was former Hoosier Stock Driver Ron Kingsbury. Kingsbury now in the Sportsman Division was the one that found the car for him.

Knapp broke into the top 3 about halfway eventually taking over second. Out front was Brian Schmidt who had led twice in the event – the last coming on lap 7. Increasing lap traffic in the later stages didn’t really slow Schmidt down but Knapp used it to his advantage in taking over the lead nearing the 5 to go mark.

Schmidt had swapped top spot several times with early leader Peter Reid who took over top spot from initial leader Ron MacAulay.

In a prequel to the Sportsman Feature to come – Caution would slow Knapp on lap 19 after cars came together in turn ahead of the leaders. In the one lap dash to the checkered flag – Knapp was able to hold off Schmidt by some 5 car lengths with Brent Begolo as the top 3. Jeff Dayman and Joe Middlemiss rounded out the top 5.

With the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds not on the schedule and preparing for Monday Super DIRTcar Series Event two former Champions returned to the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division for the first Stars North Tour Event of 2011.

One of those was Shawn Sliter who outraced sophomore driver Derek Moore to the early lead with the two front runners losing control of their cars after contact on lap 2. The new leader on the restart was Chris Steele who was trying to remain undefeated in the young season.

A caution on lap 10 saw Steele out front with Sliter in second with Sliter regaining top spot on lap 13. Caution on the next lap would slow the field and with Sliter out front on the restart . “Steele had to be smelling his chance to regain the lead,” said Merrittville Co-announcer Clint Kruchka post race.

Sliter began to show smoke in his brother ‘s borrowed car but it didn’t seem to slow Ray Sliter Jr’s regular ride. Steele had to settle for second with defending Champion Josh Sliter, Jason Corless and 2011 358 Modified Rookie Paul Klager rounded out the top 5.

Despite several drivers falling victim to flat tires – the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature went caution free. The first to fall was initial leader Jason Coutu who gave up a 10 car lead the first time through turn 4. Tony Kelly took control with Terry Larmet and Rob Overholt challenging.

Under green, Kyle Pelrine would also get a flat tire with Garnet Wilson joining the lead breakaway pack. Coutu lead on start and ten car lead before flat in turn 4 first time. Tony Kelley new leader with Larmet and Overholt challenging. Under green Kyle Pelrine also fell victim to flat tire forcing him to the pits for repairs. Garnet Wilson joins the battle in little breakaway pack with Overholt the new leader on lap 5.

Pelrine returned several laps down but quickly suffered another flat tire. At the halfway point Overholt was stretching lead to 10 car advantage on the field. Former Champion Abel Castelein, defending Champion Rocco Conte, Aaron Wiley and another former Champ Trevor Goulding settled into the top 5 as the race wound down but could not catch Overholt through lap traffic.

The Holiday Weekend concludes Monday May 23rd with Zavitz Financial Strategies presenting the 100 lap 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event in addition to another Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series Event and the opening Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. Gates will open Monday May 23rd at the special time of 4:00 with showtime at 6:30 PM.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Merrittville Speedway Hosting Rankin Cancer Run on Seaway Mall Night

May 22nd, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – When Merrittville Speedway opens for Seaway Mall’s May 21st Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series program, representatives from the Rankin Cancer Run will be set up with information on the 6th Annual Event set for May 28th. “It seems everyone is touched by cancer. It’s taking over,” informs Mary Ann Edwards, Rankin Cancer Run Director. “That’s why the money has to stay here in Niagara.”

The Rankin Cancer Run is all for Niagara. Every single dollar raised helps local cancer patients – get involved, have fun and make a difference right here in our community. “It’s our passion beyond description. We live and breathe this run every single day,” said Edwards.

Since the Rankin Cancer Run began in 2006, the event has raised $1.9 million for cancer treatment in the Niagara Region. All the money is donated to local programs and organizations including Niagara Health System sites, Wellspring Niagara, Hospice Niagara, and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The Rankin Cancer Run is a 1K 5K Walk /Run that starts from the Grantham
Lions Park and will take you through the Port Weller area of St. Catharines including the picturesque canal pathway system.
For further information – click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpCRv8t0RXE to learn more about the Rankin Cancer Run. Additional information on how to join in or to make an online donation can be also be found at www.rankincancerrun.com http://www.rankincancerrun.com/.

Saturday May 21st’s Seaway Mall Event features the first 2011 visit of the BRP Can Am Late Models in addition to Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders in addition to a Stars North Tour Event for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites. The Pit Gates open at 5:00 PM with the Grandstands following at 5:30. Showtime is 7:00!

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season call 905-892-8266 or visit <http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/>
www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . <http:/www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm> http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Merrittville’s Holiday Doubleheader Concludes Monday May 23rd With 100 Lap Super DIRTCAR and More

May 20th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Race fans and race teams alike surely have enjoyed the fact that their favorite Southern Ontario and Western New York DIRTcar Race Tracks have opened for the new season or can’t wait until they do!

One must see event on everyone’s calendar should be Merrittville Speedway’s Zavitz Financial Strategies and ZFS Employee Benefit Solutions Monday May 23rd event that once again launches the season long 358 Modified Super DIRTcar series when the Thorold showplace’s first Holiday Doubleheader concludes.

“We’re expecting quite a field to challenge our Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds,” relates Merrittville GM Erica Bicknell-Jones, “. any of our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers have a shot at Victory Lane . but like last season – you never know who will show!”

Sussex New Jersey’s Brett Hearn made a rare May visit last year and took victory in the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event – his first since the 1995 edition. With the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series also about to begin Hearn is nearing a career milestone of 800 wins. For a recent article click on http://www.superdirtcarseries.com/

A presentation of Zavitz Financial Strategies – a truly independent financial planning organization that thrives on developing new and better ways to help their clients . right here in the heart of Niagara! For 19 years, the team at Zavitz Financial Strategies has been meeting the insurance and investment needs of individuals, families and companies. Their experts will help you to bring the pieces of financial planning together.

ZFS Employee Benefit Solutions has expertise in the design and management of group insurance plans. Tap into their experience and insight into team dynamics to solve your toughest benefit problems. Call Paul Scott at 905-714-4134 to get the results you want.

ZFS Benefit Solutions prides itself in delivering knowledge and solutions to all of your employee benefit needs. With a ‘no pressure’ review of their services – you will be on your way to greater corporate success.

Merrittville Speedway’s Hoosier Stocks will continue their quest against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks in their second Home Track Event of the season in the Duel on the Dirt Big 6 with a 25 lap Feature.

May 23rd’s Show also opens another series – the 2011 Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifiers accelerated by Niagara College. Three times during the season, Enduro enthusiasts race leading up to the September 11th Smash-o-rama 100 lap Main Event.

“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

Gates will open Monday May 23rd at the special time of 4:00 with showtime at 6:30 PM.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the Zavitz Financial Strategies Event – call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Holiday Doubleheader Kicks off with Seaway Mall Rankin Cancer Run Night at Merrittville

May 19th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – The first holiday doubleheader of 2011 kicks off Saturday May 21st when the Seaway Mall presents the first of two visits for the BRP CanAm Late Model Tour.

With the BRP Can Am Late Models in the spotlight are the Thorold track’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

“Race fans will sure get their racing fixes over the Holiday Weekend,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “it will be quite a doubleheader with some must see events both nights . the BRP Late Models look different and certainly race different than our open wheel cars … they are fast … noisy … and often on three wheels.”

Former Merrittville Pro Stock Champion recently turned Karting Parent Darren Kish would join the growing BRP CanAm Late Model Tour back in the day and in an Invitational Event in 2006 – took the division’s first checkered flag on Canadian Soil. While the Seaway Mall’s event is number three of the 2011 BRP CanAm Late Model Series Schedule … it is the tenth that Merrittville Speedway has hosted.

Bicknell Racing Products has added $2000 bonus dollars for the touring group’s annual visit to Merrittville Speedway as part of the Speedway’s annual Victoria Day Holiday Weekend.

Two 2011 BRP CanAm Series tour events have been completed to date. A total of 33 drivers have competed in those events and several teams are expected for their 2011 debut on Saturday.

Jeremy Wonderling won the tour opener at Woodhull last month with John Waters coming out on top at the tour event at Black Rock two weeks ago. On the strength of the Woodhull win and a third place finish at Black Rock – Wonderling holds a five point advantage over Jason Knowles coming into this weekend.

Prior Merrittville BRP CanAm winners who are expected to make their first show of 2011 are Jon Rivers, Dave Miller and Bruce Miller. The Miller father (Dave) and son (Bruce) duo swept the two late model events in 2005. Rivers was the winner of the Queen’s Day affair in 2006.

“With Merrittville’s 60th year of racing underway,” relates Series Director Gary Montgomery, “the BRP CanAm Late Model Series is delighted to be part of their celebration.”

Complete BRP CanAm Series information is available at www.BRPCanAmSeries.com

The Seaway Mall – located at 800 Niagara Street features over 120 friendly stores and services and offers free wireless internet throughout the mall.

The Seaway Mall is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Sundays from 12 to 5 PM.

Shoppers can also visit the Seaway Mall on line at www.seawaymall.com on your I Phone by downloading the free Seaway Mall App from the iTunes store.

The Seaway Mall goes WAY beyond your expectations! Seaway Mall offers a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences and is home to over 120 stores and services including Le Chateau, the Shoe Warehouse, Bonnie Togs, and a brand new Pennington’s. Seaway Mall is simply the best place to shop for everything you need for your family, home and for yourself.

When the gates open May 21st, representatives from the Rankin Cancer Run will be set up with information on the Annual Event set for May 28th. For further information or to make an online donation visit www.rankincancerrun.com . Many of Merrittville Speedway’s Officials and fans will participate in the event as well as drivers.

For further information on the 60th Anniversary Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Miller’s Auto Recycling Night At Merrittville Promises Big Food and Big Fun With Fun

May 13th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Miller’s Auto Recycling is preparing to welcome Merrittville Speedway Race Fans in a BIG Way Saturday May 14th with the first of three MT Bellies BIG FOOD BIG FUN Family Pack Nights.

“It’s great that we have paired up two of our newest partners in such a BIG way,” said (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “it’s a great deal for sure and we’re honored to welcome both Miller’s and MT Bellies.”

Miller’s Auto Recycling is one of Ontario’s largest, state of the art; family owned and operated automotive recycling facilities. Located on 45 acres, Miller’s Auto is a certified auto recycler and has been successfully answering the needs and providing solutions to the Automotive and Insurance industry since 1952.

Millers has a large section of rebuildable vehicles and a wide variety of used cars, trucks and SUVs and offers mechanical repair and collision repair facilities. Miller’s Auto Recycling has the largest selection of used parts for cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs in southern Ontario serving professionals and do it yourself mechanics alike.

Miller’s is there for all your automotive needs, whether it’s keeping you on the road, or responsibly handling your car when it comes off the road, Miller’s is your environmentally sensitive certified automotive facility.

For your all your recycled automotive parts or rebuildable vehicles call Millers toll free at 1-800-263-8104 or visit their location in Fort Erie – 1557 Bowen Road at the QEW or www.millersauto.com.

Miller’s Auto Recycling Night at Merrittville Speedway will feature the fourth point events for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

When the Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on May 14th, the first 2011 MT Bellies BIG FOOD BIG FUN Family Pack will be available. Two Adults and Two Children under 16 can look forward to enjoying the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program . 4 Pepsi and 4 Popcorn – all for a special price of just $40.

Each Night the deal gets even BIGGER as one lucky MT Bellies Big Food Big Fun Family Pack purchaser will win Dinner for the same Four People at MT Bellies.

Race fans and race teams can visit MT Bellies at their 871 Niagara Street location in Welland or on line at www.mtbellies.com.
For further information on the 60th Anniversary Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara. Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

50 Karters Take Part in Practice at Merrittville Speedway

May 12th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Merrittville Speedway’s 2011 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Season finally got a start May 10 after several rain delays in the previous weeks. 50 Karters got some all important seat time as veterans and brand new rookies alike prepared for next week’s Season Opener.

“Right from the start . new karters got to experience a track our veterans come to expect – smooth and fast,” said Merrittville Kart Race Director Paul Klager, “all in all it was a great night and all were happy to get on the track . finally!”

The first Kart Race of the season is set for Tuesday May 17th and will feature all Original Pizza Logs Divisions – the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Automotive Novice 1, Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2, Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted, Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal and Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flathead Divisions.

Gates open at 5:00 with racing starting at 7:00 PM. Grandstand Admission is free. For further information on Karting at Merrittville call 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com

Join us in 2011 on a Tuesday Night for a Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series Event featuring SEVEN Kart Weekly Racing Divisions and the stars of tomorrow today!

Many of Merrittville’s Saturday night Stock Car Stars got their starts in Kart Racing including Steele, Wood, Wutzke, Bicknell, D’Ilario, Chevalier, Bowman, Williamson, Klager, Leslie, Small, Conte, Leslie, Bleich, Pierce, and Robbins.

Your Local DIRT track is where it’s at!! Merrittville Speedway “The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 7 Divisions is brought to racers by partners including the Drummond Home Hardware, Garden City Automotive, Tim Phillips Garage, Ed MacPherson Construction, RCM Racing Equipment, Cassell Manufacturing, Hoosier Tire Canada, Bicknell Racing Products, Superior PetroFuels, Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment, Wilder Racing Engines, Briggs & Stratton, KC Auto Parts, Original Pizza Logs and Burris Tire.

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or repair centre including the PartSource Locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, Tim Phillips Garage and through RCM Racing Equipment.

Braun Wins First Career DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature in Lococo Wholesale Salute to the Troops Night at Merrittville

May 10th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions opened the month of May with Travis Braun winning his first Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature in the Lococo Wholesale Salute to the Troops Night.

For the second time in as many weeks Chris Steele won the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature while Rocco Conte, Dave Small and Nick Cupolo were first time 2011 winners in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder, Hoosier Stock and Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Divisions respectively.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here on the front stretch for sure,” said first time 358 Modified Feature Winner Travis Braun, “I couldn’t be happier . with the new car and engine . I miss being here.”

Braun would take control of the lead after a restart on lap 19 after a multicar incident in turn 4 put the field under a red flag as several cars needed cradling off the ultra-fast racing surface. Prior to the delay . Braun and Chad Chevalier were waging quite a battle for top spot – swapping the lead back and forth around the half way point of the 35 lap finale.

Chevalier became the leader after a lap 9 restart – beating rookie driver Paul Klager to the green flag. Klager was off to quite a start in the early stages holding off a challenge from Rob Krull before Chevalier chased him down – closing up a 10 car lead. At the finish Braun had a 4 second lead over Pete Bicknell with Chevalier settling for third. Mike Bowman and Chad Brachmann closed out the top 5. Bowman came from the consi while Brachmann fought back from being involved in two separate incidents.

At press time the finish is unofficial pending results of post race technical inspections.

“My car was just awesome,” relayed Chris Steele in J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Victory Lane for the second time in the Dean Pronovost owned #14, “I saw Josh . so I knew I had to turn up the wick some.”

Sliter – the defending Point Champion was the early leader after taking top spot from his dad Ray Sliter Jr. Steele eventually took over the runner up spot and on lap 7 became the new leader. Steele and Sliter quickly pulled away from the field with the two involved in quite a battle for top spot. With 5 laps to go Sliter pulled alongside Steele with lap traffic ahead. Steele was able to easily maneuver through the slower cars holding a couple car length lead at the finish. Sliter was put back at the finish for passing cars before passing the cone on the original start. Derek Moore, Jeff May, Jason Corless and Derek Wagner would round out the top 5.

If you are friends with Rocco Conte on Face Book you would know that he was looking for some help this week as the defending champion could not decide which of his two cars to bring to the track. “Having to work all day pretty much answered the question for me,” revealed Conte in Victory, “the blue car was still loaded from Humberstone’s rain out . the white one is new and it still needs a little time in the shop.”

Conte took advantage of a late race battle between opening night winner Rob Goulding and Trevor to pull away to a comfortable margin of victory. Rob won the battle of the Gouldings with Kyle Pelrine making a late race charge to take 4th spot from former Champion Abel Castelein.

Sophomore driver Brandon Boychuck was the initial leader before Terry Larmet took control from the start. The two front runners though would come together slowing the field with one lap on the joesaver.com lap counter.

Jocelynne Wiley was the new leader on the restart with Tony Kelly quick to take over top spot. The driver on the move in the early going had to be Abel Castelein. The former Champion was up to third by lap 5 after starting 18th before falling to 5th at the finish.

“Handicapping sure helped this week,” said Dave Small in Hoosier Stock Victory Lane, “starting up front was great but the track was so tacky . you could run anywhere – I just kept this thing wound up.” Small who started on the front row alongside rookie Austin Wood had his pace slowed twice in the first two laps for cautions. Right away the race was on for the runner up spot with the third generation driver Wood holding off Joe Middlemiss and then Larry Czinege Jr. By lap 6 Czinege was now in second. Kevin Knapp would then move into third. Racing to the half way point Knapp would eventually challenge Czinege – taking the spot on the front stretch of lap 14. In the closing laps despite showing some smoke . Czinege would stay in contention but at the finish. Small would hold a three second lead over Knapp and second generation driver Czinege. Billy Bleich and two time 2011 winner Brent Begolo would close out the top 5.

“I needed that last caution,” admitted Nick Cupolo in Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Victory Lane, “I got up in the loose stuff and would’ve lost the lead for sure.”

With two laps to go several cars several cars didn’t lead that last caution after coming together. Rob Knapp had just returned to the track after falling victim to a flat tire but now had the right side of the body on the 2k flattened.

In the two lap dash to the finish Cupolo maintained a couple second advantage over BJ Willard, Cody McPherson, Mark Chiddy and Brad Rouse. Chiddy was the early leader before Paul Gaboury took control on lap 3. Chiddy resumed the lead with 10 laps to go before Cupolo became the new leader on lap 18. The field was stopped just after the lead change after Tony Cowell violently flipped his car in turn 4 bringing out the red flag. Cowell was able to get out of his car under his own power.

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT NOTES
Longtime Merrittville Speedway Race Fan Doris Jarvis won the Thorold Blackhawks 50-50 Draw. Thanks to Avon Sales Representative Sandra Wood for donating the gifts and the members of the Lincoln & Welland Regiment and 10 Battery, 56 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery that attended the Salute to the Troops Night.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY
Miller’s Auto Recycling will present another 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event Saturday May 14th. When the gates open at 5:30 . families can look forward to the first of several MT Bellies BIG Fun and BIG Food Night in 2011. For $40.00 . two Adults and two Children under 16 can enjoy the night including 4 Popcorn and 4 Pepsi and a chance to win Dinner for 4 at MT Bellies on Niagara Street in Welland. Showtime is 7:00.

For further information on the 60th Anniversary Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville). Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

First Merrittville 2011 Driver of the Week to be Announced Saturday Night

May 7th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – With the racing action witnessed throughout last Saturday’s Z101 60th Season Opener . Merrittville Speedway Officials have a difficult question to answer.

Who will be the first driver of 2011 to be named a Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Week?

At each and every Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event, a team of Merrittville Speedway Officials picks his or her choice on who they think should be declared Driver of the Week.

A driver from any of the Thorold track’s 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds . the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman … Hoosier Stocks . J& S Heating & Air Conditioning Mod Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders can be named a Driver of the Week – provided that they receive the most votes that particular week.

While there can be a different Driver of the Week each week during the season – votes that a particular driver receives each week for that award are recorded and go towards Driver of the Year voting.

After each event during the 60th Season where all 5 Divisions are in competition as in past years – the participating officials first pick a driver from each division as a start in arriving at a Driver of the Week. From each official’s 5 drivers . each official then picks one driver as a weekly finalist.

For the first round of picks each driver receives one point and each driver that is in the final group receives another 2 points. The driver or drivers with the most points at the end of the process in then named Driver of the Week.

Each week’s points are recorded and are used in determining the Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Year.

Simply put – the driver from any division that receives the most overall points will be named the Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Year.

Technically – a Driver of the Year could be a driver that was never a Driver of the Week – provided that he or she received the most points week in and week out over the course of the season.

The Pete’s Automotive Merrittville Speedway Driver of Year is the final award presented each year at the Club Castropignano Awards Gala and it is at that time that the winner’s name is announced for the first time and is presented by the Team of Officials that determined the winner – Race Director Bob St. Amand Jr., Pit Steward Rick Agnew, Scoring and Timing Officials Colleen Curvin, Laurie and Britney Devos, Katelyn Pritty, and Co-Announcer/Stats Man Fran Buschardt.

2010 Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Point Champion Rocco Conte is the defending Pete’s Automotive Driver of the Year.

For further information on the 60th Anniversary Season call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL
WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.

Crazy Offer! Race fans – check your 2011 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

3 Weeks Today until Merrittville’s First Enduro Quaalifier

May 5th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – If you have started to watch some of the new programming on Speed this winter including Car Science have you really had all your questions answered about cars? Ever wondered how some of Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers make what they do look so easy or how a car can get so easily out of control? Ever wanted to know how to pull off the perfect race winning move?

Enduro Racing at Merrittville Speedway steps on the gas and answers all the questions you want to know but are afraid to ask.
“Our Enduros attract all kinds,” relates (GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, ” drivers with no experience . some that have run this type of event before and even some of our regular Saturday Night competitors . but in the end it’s more survival than experience that counts.”

The Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifying Series accelerated by Niagara College breaks it all down as it speeds through 2011 and blows your mind with a high octane blast of hard turns and twisted metal. Enduro Racing is part SCIENCE, part STUNT, part INFO-TAINMENT and always 100% ADRENALINE and OUTRAGEOUS FUN Now’s the time to push up your sleeves . get your hands dirty as cars will be jacked up, busted apart and pushed to their limits and beyond. You’ll crash, skid, swerve, slam, and demolish your way in three events throughout the summer that leads up to the 100 lap Smash-o-rama Main Event . Sunday
September 11th.

With the final event and Qualifiers also set for Saturday July 2nd (Boltworks Canada Day Celebration) and Saturday July 30th when Cotton Inc. presents Season Ticket Holders ‘Bring a Friend Night’ . you’ve never been in traffic this out of control!

Get ready for a 23 lap roller coaster ride Monday May 23rd when Zavitz Financial Strategies & Employee Benefits presents the 358 Modified 100 Lap Super DIRTcar Series Event in addition to a Big 6 Event for the Hoosier Stocks that starts out in 5th gear and doesn’t let up. If you have been in the grandstands for any part of the Thorold track’s 60 year history and get the racing itch yourself and are thinking that you might like to give it a try – Enduro Racing at Merrittville may be just the event or you!

“It’s pretty basic,” adds Bicknell-Jones, ” it’s a street car with safety modifications – everything else is stock as you found it . an Enduro car is not a race car – it’s a car that races. Depending on what happens in any of the qualifiers, a competitor could use the same car in more than one event.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including further information on Enduro Racing visit the Speedway Office . on line at www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many contingency sponsors.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Begolo Undefeated at Merrittville

May 4th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Z101 plays the latest and best the Top 40 has to offer. Z101 Night at Merrittville Speedway had race fans enjoying the best the Top 118 Drivers had to offer Saturday April 30th. The 2011 Championship Chase is underway at Merrittville Speedway as all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions completed their first regular point nights with 118 drivers signed in to a crowded Pit Area.

Third generation driver Brent Begolo has led all 80 laps of Hoosier Stock Feature action in 2011 after backing up his 60 lap event a week ago with his second straight win while BJ Willard regrouped from last week’s misfortune to win the 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature. Chris Steele went flag to flag in winning the 20 lap J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature. Kingston’s Pat O’Brien won the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Main Event. Rob Goulding earned the first Feature win of the Night – putting his Herbie the Love Bug look-a-like Volkswagen into the winner’s circle in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature.

“We were thinking of changing the gears after last week,” commented Brent Begolo in Hoosier Stock Victory Lane for the second straight time in the young season, “but it was so fast . we just left it – we did very little to it since last Saturday.”

At the drop of Starter Doug Leonard’s green flag, Begolo picked up where he left off last week in leading the Hoosier Stock Feature despite facing early pressure from three time Champion Rob Murray. Begolo would pull away and Murray would catch back up several times before another former Champion Jeff Dayman would take over as challenger before an early caution slowed the field.

On the restart, Begolo would lead the Camaro brigade as his #16 was followed by Murray, Kevin Knapp, Dayman and Dave Small all in the same make of car. Dayman would make a serious challenge pulling alongside Begolo with Murray also joining in. at the half point however Begolo had a car length on the pair. With 15 laps in the books, Murray now in the runner up spot once again would lose some ground as his car got a little out of shape twice through turn 4. With one lap to go front-runner Dave Small would drop from a top 5 finish with a flat tire. Similar to a week ago, Begolo would be first to get the checkered flag with Murray, Dayman, Knapp and defending Champion Ken Sargent rounding out the top 5.

“When you start out front,” added Begolo, “it makes it a little easier but you have to stay focused . hit your marks and stay smooth . I wouldn’t be here though without everyone . sponsors . the crew and my Dad!”

One week ago, fourth generation driver BJ Willard put on quite a performance – leading almost the entire Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature before an incident with a slower car sound him restarting at the back of the pack. With a similar run one week later – a last lap caution had to have him thinking of a similar fate. Anything can happen in a one lap dash.

“Over the week . I probably relived it 10 times over every night,” relayed Willard post race, “but you just have to put it behind you and move forward.”

The one lap dash saw Willard jump out to a couple car length lead over his cousin Cody McPherson – holding it until the checkered flag.

The start had to be trying for the two cousins with Willard holding the edge over McPherson as three cautions would slow the field in the first 5 laps. In the early stages, Rob Knapp and Spring Sizzler 60 Winner Brad Rouse would battle at the front of the pack. Once the event settled down – Willard once again put on quite a performance – opening up as much as a straightaway lead on the field. Through increasing lap traffic McPherson was able to close slightly before the last lap caution
set up an anyone can win shoot-out.

Willard held off McPherson, Rouse sophomore driver Adam Leslie and defending Champion Greg Panunte. “Dad’s got almost 30 years experience,” remarked Willard after co-announcer Clint Kruchka likened him to (former Champion) Bill Willard Jr., “it goes a
long way in setting these things up . I just drive it.”

With Bill Willard playing such a vital part in his son’s success – for Chris Steele it may be his mom Val that’s his biggest help.

“Every time she comes to the races . I win,” thanked Chris Steele in Victory Lane after winning the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature, “but thanks to my dad too . I wouldn’t be here without them.”

For the second generation driver he wouldn’t be here without car owner Dean Pronovost either who delivered the car for him from his Quebec home, ” I just love to race . we had some success with Dean’s car last year in the International . and in February in Florida . but I think Dean will be back behind the wheel next week.” Right from the start Steele distanced himself from the field – opening up a lead of almost a half track on then runner-up Randy Hollingshead. Just before a caution on lap 11 – Josh Sliter was able to get by Hollingshead. Steele in resumed control once again on the restart with Sliter some 10 car
lengths behind. Sliter – the defending Champion was on the move with two laps to go eventually catching Steele’s rear bumper.

Through the white flag lap Steele was able to hold off Sliter with Hollingshead settling for third ahead of Kory Howe and Derek Moore. Like Steele, the driver/car owner relationship is a long distance affair for Kingston Ontario DIRTcar 358 Modified veteran Danny O’Brien and his Ridgeway-based Kendrick Racing Team.

“They’re a good crew and it’s a good package,” said O’Brien after his first career Merrittville 358 Modified Win, “Darren (Kendrick) has spent a lot of time with me this winter and along with the guys at BRP . they’ve taught me how to drive this track . it’s a tough track.” O’Brien would make it look easy after taking over top spot from Scott Wood on lap 11. O’Brien looked to be on cruise control as through the half way point he managed to open up a lead of a quarter lap despite increasing lap traffic. By lap 20 he stretched it to a half lap with the race for the runner-up spot the one to watch.

Lap 26 saw Pete Bicknell take over second after diving underneath Wood out of turn 2 – with the 20 time Champion setting his sights on O’Brien. Bicknell would make up quite a bit of the gap but at the checkered flag . O’Brien’s margin of victory was some 4 seconds.

The Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature started with pole-sitter Tim Jones holding off Wood until the backstretch of lap 1. Wood would set the pace through two early cautions before O’Brien took control. O’Brien and Bicknell were followed by Wood, Jones and second generation driver Tommy Flannigan. “I didn’t know if it would work at all,” admitted Turn 4 Collision 4
Cylinder Feature Winner Rob Goulding, “it was good in practice last week but with so much weight in the front . it just seems to pull through the turns.”

Goulding had to have a car that pulled its weight after taking control of top spot on a lap 10 restart. Defending Champion Rocco Conte pressured Goulding the remainder of the 15 lap event including a second restart on lap 12 after Sam Rodgers slowed out of Turn 4. Goulding held off Conte by at most a car length advantage at the checkers. Kyle Pelrine was the initial leader before Terry Larmet took before a lap 4 caution has Rob Overholt breaking into the top three. Pelrine regained top spot with Goulding battling Larmet for the runner-up spot. Larmet unfortunately would retire to the pits on lap 10.

The Volkswagens of Goulding and Conte were followed by Overholt, Pelrine and Jeff Hill at the finish.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter. The Speedway Office can be reached at 905-892-8266.

Macon Speedway Has Special Weekend Planned; Teacher’s Appreciation Night Sponsored By the Teacher’s Lounge

May 1st, 2011

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway welcomes The Teacher’s Lounge Night at the races this coming Saturday, April 30. All teachers in the surrounding areas will be admitted into the races FREE with their teacher’s identification card. The Teacher’s Lounge is located at 2828 N Main Street Suite 101 in Decatur. The Easter Bunny will be present on Saturday since last weekend’s races were cancelled do to weather. All classes will be racing; Chevrolet Late Models, Touchstone Energy Sportsman, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pro & Amateur Hornet divisions, plus High School Hornets will make their debut.

Kids will get to take their photo with the Easter Bunny and receive gifts from the Easter Bunny as well. POWRi Series has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 14, so make plans to attend this weekend’s races and mark your calendars for up-coming specials.

Pit gates open 4:00PM, front grandstands 5:00PM and racing at 7:00PM. May 7 Mother Dear- plus Crazy Chicks n Cars/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles. For information, call 217-764-3000 (track), 217-764-3220 (information hotline); also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com

With the 60th Season Championship Chase set to Lauch at Merrittville

April 29th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – With Z101 Night at Merrittville Speedway -Saturday April 30th – set to launch the 2011 Championship Chase for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions, the 60th Season Opener finds the PartSource Kids Club Registration Night also taking place.

“Since the announcement of our new partnership with the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines,” informs (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “some parents have already registered their children . during the mall shows . here at the Office and even on line . but this Saturday Night is the official night to sign up.”

Prior to race time throughout the season, the PartSource Kid’s Club Area behind the Main Grandstand has activities scheduled for members. For a breakdown of the season’s events – visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kidssched.htm.

The Membership rate for children under 8 is $4.99 while for those 8 to 12 years of age the fee is $19.99. For a registration form to fill out in advance click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/kidsclub.htm

In addition to all the activities, PartSource Kids Club Members also receive a T Shirt and Membership Card. “PartSource Staff, Merrittville Race Fans and Teams all share a passion for cars and trucks,” shared PartSource Welland’s Dave Nero, “when it comes caring for your kids . it’s like caring for your car – we’re with you every step of the way.”

1 in 3 families in Canada cannot afford to enroll their child in organized sport or recreation. PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines want to change that as new partners with Merrittville Speedway’s Kids Club in 2011. PartSource locations across Canada help over 40,000 kids annuallyparticipate in sport and organized recreation through the JumpStart Children’s Charity. For further information or to make a donation visit www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart.

All 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series divisions will launch the 2011 Championship Chase Saturday April 30th – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders. PartSource is an automotive parts specialty store designed to meet the needs of major purchasers of auto parts – professional automotive installers and serious do-it-yourselfers. With an extensive selection of quality brand name parts, competitive prices, outstanding services and a team of expert staff, PartSource delivers a quick in-and-out experience as well as choice and convenience. Value added services include loan-a-tool programs and an
automotive look-up centre.

Fuel up your knowledge with tips from the pros and receive Hot Deals by signing up for the PartSource eNewsletter at www.partsource.ca where you can also view current flyers, look up parts or to see the latest monthly Do It Yourself Job. Join today and stay up to speed with the latest store events!

For the Parts . The Pros and The Price – visit PartSource at 572 Niagara Street in Welland or 370 Ontario Street in St. Catharines or call 905-735-3105 or 905-688-7087.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s PartSource Kids Club and the entire 60th Season – visit
www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter or call 905-892-8266.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Enjoy All The Hits as Z101 Presents 60th Anniversary Season Opener At Merrittville

April 28th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – Z101.1 is all about great radio – playing all the new music first! Z101 is not the norm but the exception – playing the latest and best Top 40 has to offer. When it comes to Merrittville Speedway Saturday April 30th what they have to
offer is the first Point Events for all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds . Original Pizza Logs Sportsman . Hoosier Stocks . J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders!

“Z101 is a uniquely Niagara station with an international spirit, that serves both a large Canadian audience and an even larger one in Buffalo,” reveals (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “we’re confident their listeners will enjoy all the hits on the track as well . all season long!” The 2011 Championship Chase launches April 30th picking up where last week’s left off with each competitor in the 105.1 The River Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s all getting show up points.

Race fans in attendance April 30th may wish to play one of Z101′s weekday contests – predicting the Top Nine @ Nine. One of the feature events should be on the track at that time – so make a note of the Top Nine @ Nine . and see how the order shuffles when the checkered flag on the event drops. The Top Nine @ Nine has Z101 counting down the most requested songs of the day Monday to Friday at 9 PM. Make your requests and tune in to hear if others like the songs you do!

Race fans can connect with Z101 at Z101.fm on the internet and become a member of the Z VIP Club that features exclusive member offers . all the latest news on Z Contests and Z Events. To call the Studio lines in Canada dial 905-371-9453 or in Western New York – 716-639-9101.

Z101 also features specialty Mix shows showcasing up and coming talent, presenting fun contests with great prizes, providing the latest pop culture news, and focusing on content appropriate to all ages. When the gates open at 5:30 – Merrittville’s younger fans can visit the PartSource Kids Club Area behind the Turn 4 Grandstands to sign up for the 2011 edition.

Showtime is 7:00!

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many contingency sponsors.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Qualifying Takes on a Whole New Meaning Niagara Motors ‘King of the Crates’ Series for Merrittville Sportsman

April 24th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – In a little more than 24 hours Merrittville Speedway’s Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman Division is scheduled to kick off the 2011 King of the Crates Series as part of the 105.1 The River Triple 60′s Saturday April 23rd and throughout the 3 race series . qualifying more than ever will a huge role.

“When you combine the King of the Crates with the year end title,” reveals (Merrittville Speedway General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “the Super DIRTcar Series Event and other events . our 60th Anniversary Season promises to be quite a year for our Sportsman Division.”

With the third season of the series within the year long battle set to launch and throughout each event, drivers will receive points for their feature finishing positions as in the past but a new addition for 2011 will see points awarded as well for heat finishes for the top 3 finishers.

“In the first two years of the Series . Greg Panunte has come out on top only to share the title with Chad Chevalier and Ken Cosgrove,” remembers Bicknell-Jones, “this season . however it works out . a single driver should be crowned King.”

After the Spring Sizzler 60 lapper the Niagara Motors King of the Crates Series returns to it’s traditional 40 lap events with the dates as follows -Saturday June 11th and Saturday August 6th.

Merrittville Speedway is looking for the ‘Niagara Motors King of the Crates’ as all drivers that compete in the Original Pizza Logs Division share one thing in common – the GM 602 Crate Engine.

Niagara Motors – an authorized performance parts dealer in the Niagara Peninsula is a Pontiac Buick and GMC Dealer and like any other GM Dealer across North America – can supply racers with the economical GM Crate Engine.

“Once again we’re excited about our Series,” adds Niagara Motors Parts Manager Dennis Willms, “we are happy to help out the Sportsman drivers at Merrittville.”

At the Awards Banquet – the inaugural Niagara Motors King of the Crates Champion will receive a $500 Gift Certificate redeemable at Niagara Motors towards the purchase of a GM 602 Crate Engine for 2012.

“Since the inception of the mandatory engine,” furthers Bicknell-Jones, “it has helped a number of young up and coming drivers make the move into the division . and brought some veterans back . while it provides stability, reliability and cost effectiveness . it also delivers performance.”

The GM Crate engine is a bullet-proof 350-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch factory-sealed racing engine and is a tough combination of power and reliability, and it fits almost any racing budget.

Based on GM Performance Parts’ popular 350 HO engine, including a brand-new, four-bolt-main block, 9:1 hypereutectic pistons, cast iron crankshaft and GM iron Vortec cylinder heads, the 350/350 Factory Stock version features a high-rise dual-plane intake manifold, 8-quart single kick-out circle track oil pan, valve cover kit with breather tube and breather, and special “kool nut” rocker arm nut design.

Niagara Motors has been providing award winning sales and service since 1946. Visit their dealership at 1537 Niagara Stone Road in Virgil or on line at www.niagaramotors.com. Niagara Motors offers an extensive inventory of genuine GM Performance parts and accessories. To place your order call 1-800-563-0196.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the King of the Crates Series powered by Niagara Motors visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter. Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many contingency sponsors.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

105.1 The River launches Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Season with Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s

April 20th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) – There’s no better way to start your Saturday Mornings then tuning into the award winning Raceline Radio broadcasts hosted by Erik Tomas – bright and early at 7 AM on 105.1 FM The River. This time of year – there’s nothing that will help you more than the Open-Line Garden Show from 8 to 10 hosted by Bruce Zimmerman.

And there’s no better way to finish off your Saturdays then by coming to Merrittville Speedway – especially this weekend as 105.1 The River helps launch the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned showplace’s 60th Anniversary Season with the Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s.

“Merrittville will always be a special place for me!” stated Raceline Radio Network anchor and former track announcer Erik Tomas. “This is where I got hooked on this sport years ago, and to be able to continue to be part of the magic of this track into its 60th season is very gratifying, maybe even a little emotional!” Tomas added.

The Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s presented by 105.1 The River will feature the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Hoosier Stocks in 60 lap feature events while the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders will take to the track for practice sessions.

“Race fans have been waiting since last fall for this season,” reveals (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “with a good mix of rookies and veterans through all divisions . the racing is bound to be thrilling with just show up points on the line . what’s it going to be like when the real points begin . any Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event this summer is going to be extremely exciting!”

105.1 The River is the Niagara Region’s only home-based Hot Adult Contemporary Radio Station featuring the music of the 80′s . 90′s and now. Weekdays – listen to the 80 Minute 80′s lunch and make your requests by joining the 80 Minute 80′s lunch group on Face Book.

During the River’s morning show every Thursday with Rob White, Erik Tomas and Laura-Leigh during the racing season – listen for live hits and call ins for ticket give-ways.

Visit www.river.fm to listen on line and while you are there join The River Work Team for news . contest updates . special offers and weekly prize drawings.

105.1 Personalities will be set up inside the front gates April 23rd when the Grandstand Gates open for the Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s at 5:30. Showtime is 7:00!

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the announcement of Miss Merrittville 2011 visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary

LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many contingency sponsors.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

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

Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Season Has Cousins Involved in Big Projects

April 19th, 2011

(Thorold, Ontario) Throughout Merrittville Speedway’s history . there have been stories of many families where second . third and even fourth generations have shared an involvement in the sport. One such family is the Wood Family where in 2011 . two cousins have some big projects ahead of them.

Cousins Nick and Austin Wood have virtually grown up in the local racing community and each will celebrate the 60th Anniversary Season in their own way.

12 year old Nick will join students from across the Niagara Region at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake as a part of the eighth annual District School Board of Niagara’s Heritage Fair this coming Tuesday. Nick will spend the day talking about his project he put together that covers much of Merrittville’s history like he did recently successfully at Westmount School in Thorold where he attends Grade 6.

“I spent about an hour or so with Nick,” relates Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh, “he really had some great questions . it’s thrilling to see the younger generation taking such an interest in our heritage.”

About the time Nick finishes up for the day . his 16 year old cousin Austin will be preparing to take to the track with his new project after Saturday’s Test and Tune postponement. After several seasons in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division – the Thorold High School Student will be a Hoosier Stock Rookie – driving the former Kevin Aube #3 which is now the Brian’s Tire #38. Tuesday Night’s new date will be the second time he has been on the track this season although engine problems cut short his track time in last week’s Pete Bicknell Driving School.

“In the few laps that I was able to get in . the car felt really good,” commented Wood, “definitely a lot more power . and it’s a different driving technique . I so wanted to get as much seat time as I could.”

Austin’s problems were related to a bearing failure and since then the power plant has been repaired by Joe Fioravanti. After practice, Wood will face a big test right away with a 60 lap Feature April 23rd on the schedule.

It was only a matter of time for Austin to get behind the wheel of a race car as while growing up he would be in the grandstands cheering on his uncle Scott and several years ago his dad Chris who raced himself as a team-mate to Wayne Conn in the Sportsman Division back in the day. One day Austin raised the question, “Can I race sometime?” with the answer . maybe next year we can put together a 4 Cylinder and as they say the rest is history.

“That first season . I attended the driving school too,” remembers Austin, “the first time on the track was my first time driving any kind of car ever . I thought I was going so fast . but I got told otherwise in the pits.”

Wood actually drove one event last season in the Hoosier Stock Division, “it was the final event of the season at Humberstone,” added the Grade 11 Student, “it was really something to run with the top guys . I can’t wait for a full season.”

For his rookie season, Austin plans on concentrating on Humberstone and Merrittville with some trips to Ohsweken as well. While his team-mate Sam Rodgers will remain in the 4 Cylinder Division in 2011, his former #38 was sold to the Kocariks for Kourtney and both of those are stories that also need telling this season.

Recently Nick announced that when he gets to be Austin’s age that he too would like to get behind the wheel of a 4 Cylinder. The longtime member of the PartSource Kids Club has begun to help out on his dad’s car – putting it together in the off season and keeping it clean and waxed through the season.

In the off season Nick and Austin are both active in the Thorold Athletic Association playing hockey for the Thorold Blackhawks. With Nick preparing to move on to the Bantam level next season as a goalie he no doubt is watching his favorite Carey Price for some pointers as they battle the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Funny thing is though . his favorite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. We can always hope for next year.

“My grandfathers starting taking me to Thorold Junior B Games,” thanked Nick, “my grandmother and mom have always been involved in power skating and figure skating . so it was only time that I took to the ice myself.” Nick and his grandfathers still attend the Thorold Junior B Games where Nick helps with the between period Puck Toss.

Nick’s grandfathers are former racer and L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Member Lyndon Wood and Phil Manning who while as an owner/operator supported Scott’s racing through his Phil Manning Trucking Company before retiring.

On the ice Austin played for the Thorold Midget Red House League Team.

Beyond his rookie season in the Hoosier Stocks, Austin would like to work his way up the racing ladder with thoughts of one day competing against his uncle Scott – a driver that he still looks up to to this day.

About to complete Grade 11, Austin is thinking of learning a trade after high school. While working summers for his dad’s Wood and Company Landscaping business he spent time at Ken Cosgrove Auto Repair and Machine as a Co-op Student.

“I’d like to apprentice as a welder,” looks ahead Austin, “I have experience doing it through school and such . but I think it’s something that really interests me.”

Since he got started in racing, Austin has enjoyed support from the Thorold Tim Horton’s and select St. Catharines locations and they will join him again on the Brian’s Tire Repair #38. Also sponsoring his efforts in 2011 are Lincoln Fabrics, JC Drywall Taping and Stucco, T&T Hydro Seed, RBC Dominion Securities and the Matt Gardiner Investment Group, Bronze Envy European Tanning Studios, the Pen Centre, Auto FX Graphics, Fioravanti Custom Engines, United Motor Collision, Lakeshore Towing and the Lamb-Bocchinfuso Funeral Home. Austin would also like to extend special thanks to Doug and Todd Gordon, Bob Walton and Grandma and Grandpa.

“I got my first win last season,” boasted Wood, “it was a double feature night at Humberstone . I didn’t know what set-up to go with but it worked out real good . before a caution – I had built up almost a straightaway lead.”

While Austin has a goal of racing against his uncle . Nick probably would like to show up his cousin one day.

Merrittville Speedway’s rich history is made up of many stories of it’s racing families. With third generation driver Austin Wood on his way and the same love for the sport developing in Nick – the cousins can only rely on their heritage. One that will keep the celebration going well beyond the Thorold track’s 60th!

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Super Dirt Week Expanding Qualifying Events in2011-

March 27th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – With Merrittville Speedway’s Spring Sizzler presented by 105.1 The River less than 30 days away and counting down … race fans and race teams alike are anticipating the start of the Thorold facility’s 60th Anniversary Season!

Three 60 lap events Saturday April 23rd will definitely shape the rest of the 2011 Season.

For the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Divisions – the first two events will also shape a late season one as well.

“Since 1972 our Modified Teams have always had at least one Syracuse Qualifier on the schedule,” reminds (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “with Super DIRT Week going extra large … now our Sportsman Drivers can look forward to qualifiers too.”

In last week’s announcement of the Friday Night under the lights Heats at the New York State Fairgrounds, (October 7th) included news that DIRTcar is expanding qualifying for Super DIRT Week XL. While the process for the Big Block and 358 Modifieds remained unchanged … preferred starting spots in the B Main will be available throughout the summer for drivers that do not qualify for the 30 lap Championship Event Saturday October 8th.

Each event of the Merrittville Speedway hosted King of the Crates Series powered by Niagara Motors in 2011 will now be Syracuse Qualifiers beginning with the 60 lap 2011 Series launcher Saturday April 23rd. Traditional 40 lappers will follow on June 11th’s SMS Machine Tools Night and concluding August 6th as part of CMH Sales and Leasing Night.

For the last two seasons veteran driver Greg Panunte has shared the Mini-Series Title with two other drivers in addition to Merrittville’s Overall Point Championship all on his own last season. In defence of both titles this season . Panunte will share his accomplishments with new car owner and fellow competitor Rick Bellante – continuing a partnership that came together at the close of last season.

For the 358 Modifieds – two additional Syracuse Qualifiers will highlight the two Mondays on the schedule.

The 2011 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series will kick off May 23rd with Zavitz Financial Strategies and Employee Benefits once again playing host to the 100 lap Main Event. Last season, Brett Hearn made the long haul in from New Jersey pay off after winning the Victoria Day extra distance extravaganza while in the 1st annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial the first Monday in August … eventual Series Champion Matt Sheppard won his second straight Civic Holiday 100 lap Big Block Series stop.

L. St. Amand Enterprises will present the 2nd Annual Event Monday August 1st with the first 358 Modified across the line earning a Syracuse Spot for the Salute to the Troops 150 on the Moody Mile in Syracuse October 8th.

A visit by the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Saturday September 10th will help close the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning International Championship Weekend in addition to the 60th Anniversary Season.

In addition to Friday Night Super DIRT Week Heats under the lights at Syracuse … another new must see event is set for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and 358 Modifieds will be joined by the World of Outlaws Late Models … Thursday October 6th.

Merrittville Speedway Race Fans and Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams can follow future announcements throughout the season leading up to Super DIRT Week XL by clicking on

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Season including 105.1 The River’s Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s that also includes a 60 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series Event – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many event presenters, contingency sponsors and advertising partners.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including PartSource locations in Welland & St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Turn 4 Collision Divisional Sponsorship at Merrittville includes another Round of Triple Crown Series for 4 Cylinders

March 25th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – When you look through Merrittville Speedway’s crowded Pit Area each week, one logo that is quite visible through all 5 of the Thorold track’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions is that of Turn 4 Collision. Especially with the 4 Cylinders as the St. Catharines’ repair specialists will continue their support of grass roots racing as Title Sponsor of the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division. “Norm Ellsworth is one of the biggest race fans and supporters you’ll ever meet!” exclaims (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “to help out the racers as he does says a lot . but to take on a whole division – everyone at Turn 4 Collision is quite passionate about local racing!”

Turn 4 Collision specializes in complete collision service for all makes and models in addition to minor repairs. Call 905-687-4142 for a free estimate or visit Turn 4 at Unit 51-113 Cushman Road in St. Catharines. Drivers in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division will take to the track for the first time of the 2011 Season Saturday April 30th in addition to the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks and the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites in the 60th Season Opener.

“Like our other classes . the 4 Cylinders too play an equal role in the entertaining spectacle that is dirt track racing,” reveals Bicknell-Jones, “we’re proud of the guys and girls that support the class and we’re proud to announce the return Turn 4 Triple Crown.” About a month later, in celebration of CAA’s 100th Birthday – the first round of the 2011 Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series will make one driver happy as the early point leader of the series within a series.

The Triple Crown Series features three 20 lap events for the 4 Cylinders that add up to 60 laps and in Merrittville’s 60th Season . the Mini-Series will be a highlight of 2011 for drivers in the division.  Hingston Metal Fabricators Night – Saturday July 23rd will see Round 2 take to the track – leading up to Saturday August 13th’s Avondale Food Stores Triple Crown Series Finale.

The Championship Chase for the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders concludes Saturday September 3rd as it does for all Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions on Brian’s Tire Repair Night. Race fans of all ages have come to know the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division in recent years as an exciting and affordable means to get involved in the sport of Dirt Track Racing at Merrittville Speedway. The Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders continue to present one of the most diverse fields each week as several automotive manufacturers are featured.

“It’s like no other division we have,” relates Bicknell-Jones, “GM . Ford . Honda . Volkswagen and others . each brand has their following and they’re all in the (4 Cylinder) starting fields every week . the mix creates quite a rivalry amongst the cheering fans in the grandstands as well.” The Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division offers the entry level racer the same motorsport experience as the other divisions – the thrills and excitement of close competition.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division – visit or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter. Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many contingency sponsors. Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry. Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

The Parts, The Pros, The Price and The Kids Club at Merrittville Speedway Partsource Announces New Partnership

March 20th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – 1 in 3 families in Canada cannot afford to enroll their child in organized sport or recreation. PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines want to change that as new partners with Merrittville Speedway’s Kids Club in 2011.

PartSource locations across Canada help over 40,000 kids annually participate in sport and organized recreation through the JumpStart Children’s Charity. For further information or to make a donation visit www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart.

“PartSource Staff, Merrittville Race Fans and Teams all share a passion for cars and trucks,” shared PartSource Welland’s Dave Nero, “when it comes caring for your kids . it’s like caring for your car – we’re with you every step of the way.”

The PartSource Kid’s Club will hold Registration Night as part of Merrittville’s 60th Season Opener Saturday April 30th presented by Z101.1.

All 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series divisions will launch the 2011 Championship Chase – the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

“We are thrilled to have PartSource join our Kid’s Club,” exclaimed (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “you can shop with confidence at PartSource and you can bring the whole family to the track with the confidence of our family atmosphere”

Prior to race time throughout the season, the PartSource Kid’s Club Area behind the Main Grandstand has activities scheduled for members. Details of specific events will be released in the very near future.

“We’re looking forward to a great summer of racing for sure,” anticipates PartSource St. Catharines’ John Thompson, “a night at the races is busy for fans of all ages but with our support of the PartSource Kid’s Club . we can JumpStart kids to lead active lives.”

PartSource is an automotive parts specialty store designed to meet the needs of major purchasers of auto parts – professional automotive installers and serious do-it-yourselfers. With an extensive selection of quality brand name parts, competitive prices, outstanding services and a team of expert staff, PartSource delivers a quick in-and-out experience as well as choice and convenience. Value added services include loan-a-tool programs and an automotive look-up centre.

Fuel up your knowledge with tips from the pros and receive Hot Deals by signing up for the PartSource eNewsletter at where you can also view current flyers, look up parts or to see the latest monthly Do It Yourself Job. Join today and stay up to speed with the latest store events!

For the Parts . The Pros and The Price – visit PartSource at 572 Niagara Street in Welland or 370 Ontario Street in St. Catharines or call 905-735-3105 or 905-688-7087.

The 2011 Kids Club Membership fee for children from 8 – 12 years of age is $24.99 while for those under 8 – it is $4.99. The one time fee includes a Membership Card and PartSource Kids ClubT-Shirt and allows the Kids Club Member free admission to all 2011 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Events.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s PartSource Kids Club and the entire 60th Season – visit or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

With One Month to Spring Sizzler, Merrittville Speedway Hosting Wednesday Opportunity for Race Teams

March 17th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – Merrittville Speedway’s 105.1 The River Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s are fast approaching and with it the
deadline for the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers and Crew Members to save is coming up quickly as well.

“On March 23rd . it will be exactly one month away,” reminds (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “and fast approaching as well is the April 1st deadline for Driver VIP Passes . the reduced rate on passes and that’s no April Fool’s joke!”

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office located in Bicknell Racing Products will be open Wednesday March 23rd until 8 PM for convenient after hours shopping.

Drivers from 2010 that attained 75% Attendance with their Driver VIP Pass certificates have until April 1st to take advantage of the special offer they received at the Banquet.

Drivers, Crew Members and Car Owners can purchase Merrittville Pit Memberships until April 1st for $60.00. After April 1st they are still available but at the $75.00 Rate.

Individuals wishing to purchase a Pit Season Pass which includes membership have only until April 1st to do as they will not be available after that date. A Pit Season Pass is $375.00.

DIRTcar Memberships Forms will also be available.

For 2011, Pit Pricing will be as follows – Merrittville Members . $20.00, DIRTCar Members . $25.00 and for Non Members . $30.00 at each weekly event. Pricing may vary on Special Events.

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 in addition to the Wednesday March 23rd extended hours. Bicknell Racing Products is located at 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario. For further information call 905-685-7223 or via e mail at ebicknell@cogeco.net.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/ or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

60th Anniversary Renunion Night Plans Underway of Merrittville Speedway-Committee Looking to Increase to Increase Alumni Involvement

March 9th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – With the 105.1 The River Spring Sizzler Triple 60′s now 45 days away and counting down . race fans and race teams alike are anticipating the first event of Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Season. 2011 is shaping up to be a year long celebration for everyone that has been involved with the history of the Thorold Ontario DIRTcar-sanctioned show place.

One such group is Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee that has been building a bridge between racing today and the many years of the Saturday Night tradition that has been a passion of so many lives. Meetings have been held over the winter in preparation for Saturday July 15th’s Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 Event and while the Nostalgic Night is some 4 months away . members are looking to add to quite a list of former drivers, crew members and personalities dating back to 1952′s inaugural event.

“Since the 40th Anniversary we have enjoyed quite a response,” relates (Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee Chairman) Rick Kavanagh, “we have honored and caught up with our racing friends from every era . but to be honest – with 60 years of racing behind us . there are so many more that we would like to involve in our event this year and in the celebrations to come!”

Merrittville Speedway’s Annual Nostalgia Night in 2011 will feature a full 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series program featuring the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds in the Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 60 in addition to the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

For fans of bygone eras – Vintage Race Cars of all description will be on display before taking to the track for some old school racing. Merrittville’s History will further be celebrated with the introduction of the 60th Anniversary L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductees just prior to race time.

“From so many years in the record books,” adds (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “there has to be so many drivers out there . from those that were with us a few seasons . to those who spent a lifetime in the sport – and we would like to involve everyone . from any division!”

For Merrittville Speedway’s current family of drivers, crews. car owners, sponsors and even fans – chances are you have some kind of connection to the past. The Reunion Committee challenges you to spread the word helping the volunteers bring as many together this coming season.

Prospective Merrittville Alumni can contact the Speedway or Reunion Committee in a number of ways:

- Contact the Speedway’s Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or via e mail at ebicknell@cogeco.net

- Contact Rick Kavanagh via e mail at rick.kavanagh@hotmail.com

- visit Merrittville Speedway’s upcoming Mall Shows at the Pen Centre (the week of March 21st) or the Seaway Mall (the week of March 28th) – connect with Merrittville on Face Book

“Right now we are still in the planning stages of this year’s Reunion Night,” adds Kavanagh, “if any of our Alumni would like to join with us . we welcome anyone’s participation . at our meetings we do some bench racing . and some business leading up to the annual event and others throughout the season.”

In addition to Kavanagh, the Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers – Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw and Terry Huffman as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member as are Begolo and Renshaw

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 60th Consecutive Season including the announcement of Miss Merrittville 2011 visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com or join Merrittville Speedway on Face Book or follow on Twitter.

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a 60th Anniversary LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars.

Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

Lucas Oil Returning for 60th Anniversary Season at Merrittville

February 24th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – With Bobby Gerhart kicking off 2011 Speedweeks at Daytona with his 7th win in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Season Opener leading into this Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event at Phoenix International Raceway – Merrittville Speedway Race Fans and Race Teams know that their first Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event is 60 days away from today and counting down.

Three divisions from the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series line-up at the Thorold Ontario DIRTcar sanctioned showplace will be featured in 60 lap events in just 60 days when on Saturday April 23rd 105.1 The River presents the Hoosier Stocks, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the 358 Modified Divisions.

“In the years building up to our 60th Season we have proudly featured Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action,” prided (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell, “it says something about the passion of our fans and the professionalism of our race teams to attract interest from companies such as Lucas Oil. we can’t thank them enough for all they do for racing in Canada..we look forward to working with Canadian National Sales Manager Matthew Irvine!”

“Our forte is to make better products for industries and specialty situations that are not having their needs completely satisfied by other oil products,” said company President Forrest Lucas, “we have an excellent staff
and a world of technology which we have gained through years of research – together we have done a great deal in a short period of time and we intend to do a lot more.”

Lucas Oil Products were introduced to Canada in 1996 and since 2006 has flourished – gaining increasing exposure in the marketplace through its racing involvement while growing its product assortment and availability. Lucas Oil is becoming a truly national company with representation and sponsorship in every province. Lucas’s success is built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

Lucas Oil’s problem solving and preventative maintenance products provide the ultimate protection for your engine. Whether your vehicle requires conventional or synthetic oils, Lucas premium oils and additives meet or
exceed all OEM specifications. Lucas Oil’s extensive product line is divided into four categories and offers something for everyone – from Automotive to Heavy Duty Industrial and Agricultural to High Performa