Ontario (September 10, 2012) Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Season
came to a smashing end Sunday September 9th with Glen Hils winning
the 100 lap Grantham Lions Enduro accelerated by Niagara College. An
added event between the Freestyle Monster Truck performances by
Aftershock and Krazy Train was a Backwards Enduro with Brian
Pattison the winner of the 25 lap Event.
Financial Strategies Qualifier # 1 Winner Ken McLeod led almost 70
cars to the initial green flag before Miller’s Auto Recyclers
Qualifier # 3 Lee Hils took control in Turn 2.
and the field were slowed on lap 19 for a red flag to clear some
stranded cars with Hils himself becoming stranded on lap 29 after
dropping from top spot and pulling in the infield.
Hils was now the leader until another red flag stopped the event on
lap 40 after Chris Dama rolled his car just before the start finish
the unofficial top three at this stage Hils, Steven D’Amrio and Karl
Sault – Hils set the pace until a red on lap 51 for track
maintenance. When action resumed it appeared that Robert Whiteman
was out front but a check with the scorers found Hils to be in
control on the field.
almost met with disaster in Turn 2 of lap 82 after having to take
invasive action to avoid a spinning car. Hils caught some serious
air time with at least 2 wheels off the track but quickly was back
flags in the closing laps slowed the field – the second after a car
went hard into the Turn 4 Safety Barriers.
final track maintenance session proved interesting for the field
with the watering making handling difficult.
Especially for Hils.
he was out front of the field behind the substitute CMH Sales and
Leasing Pace Vehicle for the day under caution - coming to take the
green flag – Hils lost about 10 positions.
had lapped much of the field over the race but would he have enough
of a lead at the conclusion of the 100 lap event?
he was celebrating as the unofficial winner a review of scoring
sheets confirmed his $1,000 win. Hils had won the 100 for the first
time in 2010.
Sault, pole sitter Ken McLeod, 11th starter Tim Farrell and 17th
starter Robert Whiteman rounded out the Top 5.
lap Backwards Race had regular Hoosier Stock Competitor Ken Sargent
out front at the start before Dwayne Meduc control. Fresh from his
4th place finish in the 100, Tim Farrell quickly took control with
another 100 competitor – Max Chechalk closing in on the leader.
– who won the Boltworks Canada Day Enduro Qualifier # 2 eventually
pulled alongside Farrell and edged his trunk ahead to take the lead
on lap 11 – just as Farrell’s car went up in smoke.
Chechalk would also fall off the pace on lap 15 with James Mercer
the new leader. Mercer had spun around several times during the
event and eventually backed his car into a spinning Sargent.
Doug Raye taking over top spot – the event went under a red flag
after Mercer needed medical attention in the infield. After catching
his breath, Mercer would eventually walk back into the pit area
under his own power.
was back out front when action resumed until Brian Pattison took
control. All the cars on left in the event were at least a lap down
to the leaders who kept dropping out of the event.
the same fate strike Pattison?
two laps to go, Pattison’s car would fall victim to a flat left rear
tire but it only seemed to make him better in the final two laps.
taking the checkered flag, Pattison kept to the event rules and
backed his car into Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
Merrittville Speedway would like to thank Thorold Auto Parts for
their assistance and help by providing the vehicles for the
performances by Aftershock and Krazy Train.
further information on the 2013 Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifiers or
100 lap Enduro - call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit
www.merrittvillespeedway.com during the off season.
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