Thorold, Ontario … Southern Ontario and Western New York race
fans saw two fresh and unique new series unfold in 2006 with two drivers
sharing the spotlight with the least amount of points as inaugural champions of
the Lucas Oil Shoot Out by dirttrackdigest.com for both DIRT Northeast
Sportsmen and 358 Modified divisions
second generation driver Wayne Conn took control of the Sportsmen Series early
on while fellow second generation veteran Scott Wood of Thorold took home the
358 Modified Title with consistency the key.
“ The Shoot Out showcased our local drivers in a very unique
way,” relates Merrittville GM Erica Bicknell, “ Wayne continues to lead our
Dirt Weekly Racing Series Sportsmen Standings Saturday Nights with the most
points … but in the new Lucas Oil Shoot Out – he won the title with the
“I was real happy to see an international company such as
Lucas Oil support grass roots racing,” reveals Lucas Oil Sportsmen Shoot Out
Champion Wayne Conn, “ it was a series full of excitement and surprises … I
can’t thank everyone enough … hopefully we’ll see them continue their support
In the Sportsmen portion, 77 different drivers competed in
events at Friday Night tracks Ohsweken and Ransomville Speedways, Saturday
Night tracks Genesee and Merrittville Speedways and the lone Sunday Night race
place – the New Humberstone Speedway while 38 different 358 Modified drivers
participated at the same facilities.
“It was a good deal,” relates Lucas Oil 358 Modified Shoot
Out Champion Scott Wood, “ I enjoyed going to the different tracks … I’ve got
to thank Lucas Oil and all the tracks for putting everything together … while I
run against these guys every weekend … the series brought us to some neutral
“Local race fans had never seen anything like it … until this
summer,” informs DirtTrackDigest.com’s Adam Ross, “ there were a number of
Sportsmen drivers that had a shot at the title in the Merrittville finale while
the same held true for 358 Modifieds at Ohsweken … local Dirt Racing is what
we’re all about – we’re just as excited about how both Shoot Outs unfolded”
For the Sportsmen it all started at the Humberstone Speedway
with a 50 lap event Sunday May 28th and Wayne Conn came home the winner. A
visit to Ohsweken Speedway for the second round Friday June 23rd found Conn
again in top spot.
Genesee Speedway Regular Brian Sage found some home track
advantage in winning at the Batavia New York track July 8th while Conn finished
in 6th. The Series was set to conclude at Ransomville August 11th but a
rainout at Merrittville moved the finale to the Thorold Track on August 12th.
Jeff McGinnis won the Ransomville event while Merrittville’s
55 lapper found first time winner Anthony Rizzardo in Victory Lane. Conn
settled for 10th at the Big R and second at Merrittville earning the Shoot Out
Title by 10 points over Ransomville regular Kevin Wills.
For Wood the Championship run began May 26th at Ransomville
Speedway with a 6 place finish followed by a win Genesee Speedway back on
Saturday June 24. In Merrittville Speedway’s July 15th 55 lap event, Wood
finished in the runner-up spot followed by a 5th at Humberstone Speedway Sunday
July 23 and another 6th in the 35 lap finale at Ohsweken Speedway Friday August
Other Shoot Out Event winners included Scott Kerwin
(Ransomville Speedway), Pete Bicknell, (Merrittville and Humberstone) and Adam
Ferri in the finale at Ohsweken.
“It’s something all of our facilities needed,” relates
Ransomville’s Joel Friesen, adding, “ it brought some new fans and drivers to
all of our tracks … each event provided some incredible racing.”
“We’re really looking forward to next year’s edition,” adds
Humberstone GM and Race Director Bob Davidson, “ with the help of Lucas Oil and
Dirt TrackDigest.com … both rookie drivers and veterans were able to share the
spotlight in both divisions.”
“This new and exciting series gave our race teams a chance to
participate in a lucrative series,” adds Merrittville’s Erica Bicknell, “ we’re
hoping to build on the initial success of this year.”
For each Shoot Out Series, a Point Fund was awarded to the
top 10 at the final event of each series. As an added bonus, drivers in each
respective series that attended all 5 of their events shared in a 5 for 5 $2500
Series Bonus for their perfect attendance. The Sportsmen portion had 15 drivers
with perfect attendance while 11 358 Modified Drivers attended the entire
Between the 5 Series events for each Division, Point Fund and
5 for 5 Bonus Monies – the 2006 Lucas Oil Shoot Out by DirtTrackDigest.com will
award Southern Ontario and Western New York Race Teams more than $70,000.
“It was definitely a highlight of our season … hosting the
358 Mod Finale,” informs Announcer Clinton Geoffrey, “ to have the level of
competition we had for our event … it was just awesome.”
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On behalf of Lucas Oil and DirtTrackDigest.com, Ohsweken,
Ransomville, Merrittville, Genesee and Humberstone Speedways would like to
thank the race fans and race teams that supported the inaugural Shoot Outs for
the Sportsmen and 358 Modified Divisions.
For information on the 2007 Lucas Oil Shoot Out featuring
events at Ohsweken, Ransomville, Genesee, Merrittville and Humberstone
Speedways … contact your local Dirt Track or visit dirttrackdigest.com.