Sportsman King of the Crates Winner
to receive Sterling Silver Award –
one that honors Bill Willard Senior      


When the Checkered Flag drops on the 2013 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale at Merrittville Speedway August 24th, the winner of the 40 lap Special will take home not only $1,000 Cash but the Sterling Silver Trophy – one that honors racing pioneer Bill Willard Sr.  

2013 is the 24th edition of the Sterling Silver Award and of all the previous winners - Greg Panunte (1995), Cody McPherson (2011) and last year’s winner Brad Rouse are the only driver still regularly active in the division although 2003 Winner Bob Davidson made two starts earlier this month.  

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 honors his memory.  

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 is in the run for the King of the Crates Series Title with his cousin Cody McPherson the defending King of the Crates and Overall Champion for the Rick’s Delivery sponsored division. McPherson has a shot at repeating in both this season.  

Sterling Silver Winners  
1990    Doug Gordon
1991    Larry Czinege
1992    Larry Czinege
1993    Cliff Warner
1994    Don Martin
1995    Greg Panunte
1996    Bill Krull
1997    Bill Podwinski
1998    Chad Brachmann
1999    Chad Brachmann
2000    Joe Meisel
2001    Chad Brachmann
2002    Rob Pietz
2003    Bob Davidson
2004    Martin Polhill
2005    Bill Willard Jr
2006   Mat Williamson
2007   Mat Williamson
2008   Brandon Easey
2009   Chad Chevalier
2010   Brandon Easey
2011   Cody McPherson
2012   Brad Rouse    

It’s all part of Pen Centre Night at Merrittville Speedway that will also feature the second last Points Events for all 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.

The Great Clips Grandstand Ticket Office opens Gates open at 5:30. Show Time is 7 PM.   Merrittville Speedway is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold. For directions click on or call 905-892-8266 or via e mail –

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 and the countdown to Saturday April 27th’s Spring Sizzler has begun at Merrittville Speedway - the Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2013 62nd  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, Rick’s Delivery, 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

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