Entering the 49th
Well here we are again, setting out on another season, a journey that will lead to our Golden Anniversary in 2001. This season, we will see many highlights, some of which I'll detail. Our first presentation night will be on May 27, 2000, when the St. Catharines Standard will host the Mel Swart Spring Championships. The winner of the Modified Feature that evening will be presented the John Spencer Memorial Award, which originated in 1953, the oldest award at Merrittville Speedway.
The big event for those of us, who are alumni of Merrittville Speedway, is of course, our 49th Anniversary Alumni Reunion on July 22, 2000 with the Vintage racers of the Canadian Motor Racing Historical Society in attendance and the presentation of the Jerry Winger Memorial to the Modified Feature Winner. Other dates to remember will be the Victoria Day Nationals – presented on May 22nd by toolneeds.com featuring a 50 lap 358 Syracuse and Fulton Qualifier, Skoal Inc. and Avondale Food Stores will present the Empire Super Sprints on June 10th with Modern Landfill bringing them back on August 26th.
Jerry Winger #10 In The Late 50's Our friends at Inside Track Motorsport News will present the ESS a third time – September 16th. Of course our biggest night of the year will be our annual 358 Modified Syracuse Qualifier. For the first time in many years a 100 lap Modified event celebrates the new century of Dirt Racing sponsored by Performance Racing News and Pete Cosco Haulage in memory of Trevor Wilkens. Our newest division, the Nostalgic Dwarf Cars will bring an International Event to Merrittville Speedway.
On July 3rd – Central Collision will sponsor the International Dwarf Car Championship where competitors will compete on Merrittville's clay coming from all over the U.S. and Canada. Also on the card with similar appeal will be a tour stop for the DIRT Pro Stock Series in addition to a Mimi Stock event and the 358 Modifieds for a great Monday Race Card presented as well by Rubber Recovery Specialists.
Another fun event involving the Dwarf Cars will be the Celebrity Media Challenge on TRW Employee Recognition Night. Possibly, Bruce Bonham, Gordie Wilson and myself can have some fun again. All of our nights of racing this year would not be possible without two key ingredients, the fans and the sponsors. To all of you, whether you support a night of racing at Canada's oldest dirt track or as a sponsor of a race car, we thank you. And to you the fans, the competitors and track owners owe you a debt of gratitude for helping to make Merrittville Speedway the success it is.
Pete Bicknell #42 To all the fans – the
Merrittville Speedway Social Committee would like to invite
you to attend and support the Budweiser Big Rig Pit Party
after the races on July 1 and again on august 19th for the
annual Corn Roast. No matter how serious the racing is on
the track, these point fund-raisers give everyone an
opportunity to socialize and relax after the races. So as
you can see, there is a lot to look forward to entering our
49th year, however on a sad note one of the founders of the
Merrittville Speedway, George Cullen, passed away this
winter, a true gentleman and friend to john Marino, as well
as the founders of Speedway Park (Hamilton) Ken Kavanagh and
Bill Russell. So with a couple of events in the record books
we continue to celebrate the start of the 49th season at
Merrittville and the 99th year of Automobile Racing in
Canada – we remember George Cullen as we gaze over this
racing facility and say in his honour … Gentlemen and
Ladies, Start your engines! Sincerely, Rick Kavanagh.