John Spencer Memorial Highlights Season Championship Night at Merrittville
THOROLD, ONTARIO (August 29, 2022) … The John Spencer Memorial for the 358 Modifieds will be highlighting the final points night of the 2022 season at the Merrittville Speedway. Semenuk’s ESSO will be the presenting sponsor of the final points night of the season for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 358 Modifieds, Right Choice Auto & Leisure Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites, and the Vansickle Pet Valu/PV on the Lane 4 Cylinders. School Bus racing will also be on the card Saturday night.
John Spencer was an up-and-coming racer throughout the region, including Merrittville, Chippawa, Lancaster Speedway (NY), and Buffalo’s Civic Stadium. At the age of 21, Spencer succumbed to injuries following a crash at Stamford Park. In 1954, Merrittville Speedway began hosting the John Spencer Memorial and the race has taken place every year since.
Mat Williamson sits on top of the point standings in the Corr/Pak Merchandising 358 Modifieds. Williamson has a three-point lead over Ryan Susice and a 13-point lead over Gary Lindberg. Pete Bicknell is 12-points behind Lindberg. Cody McPherson is heading towards another Right Choice Auto & Leisure DIRTcar Sportsman title. James Friesen is second in points, with Jay Mallory just 14-points behind Friesen. Justin Sharp is fourth in points, just six points behind Mallory, with Rob Knapp being six points behind Sharp. In the Hoosier Stocks, Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario has a 137-point lead over Kyle Pelrine. Donny Lampman, Jason Fontaine, and Zach Bleich complete the top five. Third-generation driver Brent Begolo from Thorold, Ontario has a 24-point lead over Josh Sliter in the RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites. Tyler Winger, Sean Iftody, and Rob Misener are all less than 90-points behind Begolo. Tyler Lafantaisie from Thorold, Ontario is the current points leader in the Vansickle Pet Valu/PV on the Lane 4 Cylinders. Trevor DeBoer, Austyn Werstroh, Vincent Pagnotta, and Clinton Barrick sit second through fifth in the points standings respectively.
Semenuk’s ESSO is a family-owned business located on Highway 20 in Fonthill, right down the street from Merrittville Speedway. A Full-service gas station, one of the only few left in the Region! ATM, and convenience store, Semenuk’s has been a longtime supporter of racing at Merrittville. Make sure you stop in and top off the tank before coming or leaving Merrittville.
Saturday’s program will begin at 7:00 pm, with pit gates opening at 5 pm, and grandstands opening at 5:30 pm.
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Article Credit: Steven Petty
Submitted By: Doug Leonard