Mat Williamson, Brad Rouse, Rob Murray, Josh Sliter,
Tony Kelly, and John Couture Score Wins at Merrittville
by Steven Petty....THOROLD, ONTARIO (June 8, 2019) …
Defending S&W Service Centre 358 Modified champion Mat
Williamson from St. Catharines, Ontario won his third
feature of the season on Pro Battery Shops night at
Merrittville Speedway Saturday night. Brad Rouse from St.
Catharines, Ontario picked up the feature win in round one
of the David Chevrolet King of the Crates for the David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman. Rob Murray from St. Catharines,
Ontario won his second Hoosier Stock feature of the season.
Josh Sliter from Ridgeway, Ontario won his third straight
Mod Lites feature of the season. Tony Kelly
from Niagara Falls, Ontario won race two of the TMR Racing
Triple Crown for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders. John
Couture from Niagara Falls, Ontario won the Dave’s Auto and
Speed Centre V6 feature for his third victory of the season.
Shayne Pierce and Rob Knapp led the S&W Service Centre
Modifieds to the green flag for their 35-lap feature event
with Pierce showing the way over Todd Gordon. Ryan Susice
spun in turn one to bring out the races first caution. Gary
Lindberg and Mat Williamson worked their way through the
field off the restart as Todd Gordon took over the lead on
lap three. Williamson would take over second on lap five and
would go after Gordon for the lead. Williamson would
complete the pass to take over the lead on lap eight.
Lindberg would take over second after going three-wide on
lap 10 as Mike Bowman closed in on Pierce and Gordon for
third place. Williamson, Lindberg, and Bowman would pull
away from the field as Pete Bicknell moved into fourth place
with 11 laps remaining. Off a lap 25 restart that bunched
the field up, Williamson and Lindberg continued to pull away
from the field and Williamson would go on to score the win.
King of the Crates Round one for the David Chevrolet
DIRTcar Sportsman was led to the green flag by Ryan Ferri
and Dave DiPietro with Ferri taking over the lead. Ferri
would keep the lead as Brad Rouse moved into second. Ferri
spun in turn one on his own to bring out the caution. The
restart would see Rouse and Trevor Wright on the front row
with Rouse in the lead as Jay Mallory took over second from
Trevor Wright. Rouse would pull away from Mallory with
Wright, Brent Begolo and Paul Gaboury racing inside the top
five with Jordan Cosco racing in sixth. Brent Begolo would
challenge Mallory for second with 10 laps remaining as Rouse
started to pull away. Brad Rouse would go on to score the
feature win, his first of the season at Merrittville.
Zach Bleich and Rob Disher brought the Hoosier Stocks to the
green flag for their 20-lap feature event with Disher
showing the way. Billy Bleich Jr would take over second
place as Rob Murray and Jason Fontaine raced inside the top
four. Disher would continue to show the way as Rob Murray
closed in and challenged for the lead prior to the halfway
mark. Disher and Murray battled for the lead as Fontaine and
Blake Bomberry raced in third and fourth respectively.
Murray would hold off Disher to score his second win of the
Home race number two for the Insta Panels Duel
on the Dirt and the second race of the TMR Racing Triple
Crown for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders was brought to
the green flag by Leroy Buscumb and Olivier Larocque with
Tony Kelly taking the lead exiting turn two. Off a lap three
restart, Kelly would continue to show the way with Buscumb,
Jay Moulton, Jeremy Cooper, and Kyle Rothwell battled inside
the top five. Buscumb would regain the lead off a lap six
restart as Rothwell and Tyler Lafantaisie entered the top
five. Tony Kelly and Rothwell would battle for second as
Anthony Kelly and Cooper battled for fourth. Buscumb slowed
on the front stretch while leading to bring out the caution
on lap 14. The restart would see Kelly in the lead as
Lafantaisie, Cooper, Rothwell, and Olivier Larocque raced in
the top five. Kelly would go on to score the win.
Cornish and Randy Giroux led the Doidge Building Centre’s
Mod Lites to the green flag with Giroux taking over the lead
with Cheeseburger Iftody moving into second. Chris Watson
would move into second after battling with Iftody and RJ
Pietz on lap two. Jeffery May and Tyler Winger raced inside
the top five with May battling Iftody and Giroux for the
lead. Jeffery May would take the lead away on lap eight as
Tyler Winger moved into second. Josh Sliter took over third
place. Josh Sliter would take over second from Winger with
four laps to go and would go after May for the lead. Sliter
would take the lead exiting turn two with a lap and a half
to go and would go on to score the win.
Kyle Irving took
the lead away from polesitter Tina Ronning on the opening
circuit of the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 feature
event. Irving, Ronning, and Colton Lane pulled away from the
field as John Couture moved into fourth place. Couture would
pass Ronning for third on lap six and would go after Lane
and Irving for the lead. Couture would go three-wide with
Lane and Irving, but Lane would take the lead on lap nine.
Couture would take the lead entering turn three and would go
on to score his third win of the season.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Fans had the opportunity to get their favorite driver’s
autograph during the popular autograph session. 97 cars
signed in pitside for competition.
returns on June 15 as Gaston’s Auto Sales presents a full
Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series program plus a home
race for the Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt for the Hoosier
Stocks. Fans can wear their favorite racing t-shirt (whether
new or vintage) for the popular T-Shirt Contest. Pit gates
will open at 5, with grandstands at 5:30 and race time is
scheduled for 7pm.
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