Sept 08 2012
For Immediate Release       from Jim Irvine          Merrittville Speedway Public Relations         905-892-8266 (Office), or

Thorold, Ontario (September 9, 2012) Josh May of De Soto Iowa won the finale of the two day J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Championship Weekend at Merrittville Speedway Saturday September 8th.

In other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Action, Tyler McPherson and Doug Anderson also visited Victory Lane in the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series and Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Combined Events.

Derek Wagner was first to lead the 25 lap J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature picking up where he left off from Friday Night. Through the field action was three wide right away in battles for position with one driver on the move was Josh Sliter who had moved up to third before a caution on lap 5.Wagner resumed control on the restart with Josh May into second but quite a distance behind the leader.

By lap 10, May had caught Wagner before another caution slowed the pace on lap 11.

May became the new leader in Turn 3 of lap 11 before a red flag stopped the event when Josh Sliter made contact with a stranded car at the start finish line and flipped his car.

Sliter was ok but the car wasn’t able to continue.

Wagner was again in control on the start with May pulling alongside and regaining top spot in Turn 4 of lap 14.

At the finish, May opened up almost a ¼ lap lead over Wagner with former winner  Mikey Hay third. Rod Jones and Matt Hay closed out the top 5.

“It was so smooth out there … I love running the top groove wherever I race,” revealed May who was some 15 hours from his Iowa home.

With his opening night win and a second place in Night 2, Derek Wagner became the first Merrittville Speedway Regular Driver to win the overall J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Overall Championship in addition to the Southern Ontario Modified Lite Racing Association Top Driver Award.

“First and foremost … I’d like to thank Merrittville,” commented Derek Wagner, “I have to thank Bruce Mason for this great event and the entire weekend.

After a couple tries at a start of the 50 Lap Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Feature – Mark Chiddy continued to set the pace until facing a challenge from Dave Marcucilli – who took control of top spot on lap 7.

Chiddy would soon be challenged by Brandon Easey for the runner up spot with Tyler McPherson joining the front runners by lap 15.

Approaching the half way point the battle for top spot would find three wide battles between Chiddy, Marcucilli and McPherson.

Eventually McPherson would take over top spot crossing the start finish line to start lap 34 – pulling away to a comfortable lead right away – an advantage he would hold through to the finish.

Chiddy would settle for second with Gary Lindberg third ahead of Easey and Marcucilli.

“We’d like to try for a third,” said Tyler McPherson in Sportsman Super DIRTCar Series Victory Lane for the second time in as many nights after winning the previous night at Ransomville, “we tried something different last night and again tonight – we’ll use it to our advantage.”

“Consistency has been the key the last couple weeks,” said Chiddy, “I’m real happy to finish second … a great way to finish off the year here at Merrittville!”

“I have to thank my brother Paul,” revealed Gary Lindberg, “everyone at BRP especially Randy Williamson today – after last night we had to put a new front clip on the car today/”

Rob Murray beat Jeff Dayman to the start finish line to lead the 50 lap Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Feature before a lap 6 caution slowed the battle up front between the two leaders, Kevin Knapp and Ken Sargent.

By lap 10 Cory Turner closed in on the front runners but in the early going the driver on the move was the Brighton Speedway Pro Stock of Doug Anderson. Starting 13th at the drop of the green, Anderson was soon side by side with leader Murray. Anderson was looking for an edge on the inside and the outside grooves with the 2 opening up a 10 car length advantage on the pack.

Anderson took the lead at the start finish line to start lap 30 – only to be slowed for caution on lap 32. With Anderson out front on the restart, a three wide battle between Sargent, Knapp and Murray allowed the leader to open up a good lead until another caution on lap 39.

Despite being slowed by three cautions in the final stages of the event, Anderson would be able to open up almost a ¼ lap lead on the field at the finish to become the first Brighton Speedway Driver to win a Duel on the Dirt Event at Merrittville.

“I can’t believe the track … so much grip up top,” said Anderson in Victory Lane, “we came up here to have some fun – taking home the win makes the 3 hour drive worth it.”

The 2nd combined Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Event is set for Brighton Speedway Friday and Saturday September 21st and 22nd as part of the Cool 100 Applefest Shootout Weekend presented by Benson Auto Parts.

J&S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING INTERNATIONAL MODIFIED LITE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND DAY 2 FEATURE (25 laps) Josh May, Derek Wagner, Mikey Hay, Rod Jones, Matt Hay, Tim Anderson, Jason Corless, Jeff Teeter, Kory Howe, Jamie Gilbert, Mark Marcucci, Joe Huggins, Rick Brubacher, Alan Knepper, Joe Garafalo, Doug Williams, Cody Fleming, Dan Kviring, Jeffrey May, Paul Klager, Josh Sliter, Derek Moore, Rick Demo, Mike Morrill.

HOOSIER STOCK BIG 6 FEATURE (50 laps) Doug Anderson, Rob Murray, Jason Jeff Dayman, Ken Sargent, Ken Knapp, Jason Fontaine, Chris Crawford, Cory Turner, Brad Sheehan, Charlie Lynch, Bob McNamara, Jim Lampman, Kameron Kocarik, Shawn Wilson, Tyler Anderson, Pete Reid, Bryce Richardson, Wyatt Van Wort, James Thompson, Mason Smith, Ryan Turner, Billy Hogue.

ORIGINAL PIZZA LOGS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE –  (50 laps) Tyler McPherson, Mark Chiddy, Gary Lindberg, Brandon Easey, Dave Marcucilli, Dan Wiesner, Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson, Justin Sharp, Brent Begolo, James Friesen, Mathieu Desjardins, Adam Leslie, Martin Pelletier, Jim Johnstone, Josh Van Brocklin, Austin Wood, Chris Herbison, Jesse Cotriss, Ron MacAulay, Ryan Arbuthnot, Jessica Power, Corey Wheeler, Rob Knapp, David Flannigan, AJ Lewis, BJ Willard, Greg Panunte, Louie Jackson.

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