Thorold, Ontario (January 6, 2013) – With the White Christmas weather still with us and more than likely more snow in the forecast in the New Year – Merrittville Speedway is as thrilled as a child on a ‘Snow Day’ to announce that Bobcat of Hamilton will return for the third straight season in 2013 as Divisional Sponsors of the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.

Winter is when compact equipment owners put their Bobcat of Hamilton Skid-Steer loaders toward a different kind of workout. The Thorold facility’s Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Drivers are no doubt looking for different kinds of workouts as well in preparation for the start of the 62nd Season in some 4 months.

The job on everyone’s mind – dethroning 22 time Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Champion Pete Bicknell. “We can’t wait until the start of the new season,” anticipated John Quast, owner of Bobcat of Hamilton who also saw Cody McPherson run to his first Sportsman Title in 2012  in the Bobcat of Hamilton sponsored # 7, “…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 61st Season!”

A Bobcat of Hamilton skid-steer loader’s attachments are the tools that deliver the versatility needed to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, parking lots and trails. Attachments such as snow blades, snowblowers, angle brooms and spreaders are some of the most popular and hardest-working tools in the winter months. As the authorized full-line Bobcat dealer that recently celebrated 10 year serving 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.

All season long in 2012, Pete Bicknell again proved to be One Tough Animal with just 3 wins and consistent finishes resulting in an unprecedented 22nd Merrittville Championship. “Year in and year out … the drivers and teams continue to do their homework … getting more and more competitive each time out,” announced (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “ and for our fans that can only mean one thing … Saturday Nights are always full of excitement … from start to finish! ”

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 or call 905-643-3177.

The Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified DIRTcar Division will join the 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.

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 on Merrittville Speedway’s 62nd Consecutive Season in 2013 – visit Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book ( Speedway) and Twitter (

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 The 2012 61st 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, 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.

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