Area Aug. 7: Merrittville Speedway; Golf shots
Mat Williamson celebrates his victory at Merrittville Speedway Saturday. Submitted photo.
Action at Merrittville Speedway Saturday saw two St. Catharines drivers roll to their seventh wins of 2018.
Mat Williamson, in the S&W Service Centre 358 Modified, and Rob Murray, in the Hoosier Stock Division, both brought home the checkered flag.
Williamson’s win was his first career Jerry Winger Memorial, an annual race hosted by the Speedway’s Reunion Committee.
Two drivers would also take home their third wins of the season, James Friesen St. Catharines in the David Chevrolet Sportsman, and John Couture from Niagara Falls, in the Dave’s Auto & Speed Centre V6 Divisions.
Jeffery May from Mt. Hope won his first Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomingsdale’s Mod Lite feature of the season.
The rain-delayed 67th Anniversary Celebration also included the Thunder on the Dirt Vintage Racing Series with Steve Billings of Merrickville and Mark Shadwell of Hamilton winning the features for the Sportsman and Modified Divisions, respectively.
Prior to race time, longtime starters and racers Steve DeVos and Barry Davidson became the newest inductees into the CAA Niagara Merrittville Speedway Wall of Fame.
The CAA Dedication to Racing Award went to Art Bicknell and Jim Irvine.
Following are the complete results:
50 lap Jerry Winger Memorial for the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds (50 laps): Mat Williamson, Gary Lindberg, Ryan Susice, Mike Bowman, Scott Wood, Rick Richner, Fred Carleton, Chad Brachmann, Tommy Flannigan, Todd Gordon, Tom Neale, Adam Leslie, Pete Bicknell, Tim Jones, Matt Farnham.
David Chevrolet Sportsman Division Feature (25 laps): James Friesen, Adam Leslie, Paul Gaboury, Robbie Johnston, Brent Begolo, Rob Knapp, Justin Sharp, Jordan Cosco, Jay Mallory, Ryan Ferri, Dylan Davidson, Garrison Kretz, Chris Bellamy, Chris Storm, Brandon Gruhl, Trevor Wright, Sean Dominey, Brad Rouse, Dave DiPietro, Dave Small, Jason VanMil, Paul Cunningham, Derek VanMil, Lee Mallory, Vince Fargnoli.
Hoosier Stock Division Feature (20 laps): Rob Murray. Kyle Pelrine, Dave Small, Billy Bleich, Tanner Podwinski, Bill Podwinski, Zach Bleich, Jeff Humphry, Robin Mortensen, Dave Bailey, Brad Sheehan.
Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomingdale’s Modified Lite Division Feature (15 laps): Jeffrey May, Josh Sliter, Chris Watson, Brent Begolo, Randy Giroux, Craig Martin Rob Misener, Zach Trotter, Ryleigh Sliter, Tyler Winger, Ray Sliter, Jr., Dave Cornish, RJ Pietz.
Thunder on the Dirt Vintage Racing Series Modified Feature (12 laps): Mark Shadwell, Bill Willard, Alex Morris, Steve Billings, Jim Kirkwood, Terry Larmet, Ron Wiltsie, Chris Ketch, Alan Byerly, Dillon Sliter, Tim Natalino.
Thunder on the Dirt Vintage Racing Series Sportsman Feature (12 laps): Steve Billings, Tim Natalino, Jeff Larmet, Andy Imbeault, Jenn Landen, Conrad Baker, Bill Trip, Steve Lackie, Patty Charland, Kevin Lawes, Darrell Wilson.
Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 Division Feature (12 laps): John Couture, Colton Lane, Chris Mussat, Kevin Conley, Jordan Fidler, Nick Hendricks, JJ MacDonald, Alana MacDonald, Tina Ronning.
Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Point Standings
S&W Service Centre 358 Modified Division: Mat Williamson 654, Gary Lindberg 628, Chad Brachmann 622, Ryan Susice 614, Mike Bowman 594.
David Chevrolet Sportsman Division: James Friesen 544, Adam Leslie 526, Brent Begolo 522. Paul Gaboury 510, Rob Knapp 506.
Hoosier Stock Division: Rob Murray 684, Dave Bailey 620, Kyle Pelrine 612, Brad Sheehan 574, Dave Small 568.
Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomingdale’s Modified Lite: Brent Begolo 612, RJ Pietz 532, Chris Watson 530, Jeffrey May 506, Tyler Winger 493.
Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 Division: John Couture 624, Adam Plazek 588, Chris Mussat 536, Alana MacDonald 496, Tina Ronning 454.
Merrittville’s Tuesday Night Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Karting Series Racing got back after a rain out the previous week but it was worth the wait for two first time 2018 Feature Winners who visited St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Victory Lane.
Chris Crowe of St. Catharines took home the 15-lap Feature in the St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Junior 2 Division while former Street Stock and Mod Lite Racer Randy Hollingshead took the Wilder Racing Engines Senior Fun Feature win back to Hamilton.
In other Performance Manufacturing Divisional action, two drivers would make their seventh visits to Victory Lane as Jaedon Lawson won the 15 lap Feature in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division while Travis Majuery of Niagara Falls won the 20 lap Feature in the Southern Ontario Modified Lite Racing Association Senior Animal Division.
Chris Crowe. Submitted photo
Following are the Burris Tire Feature Results:
St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division 15 laps: Chris Crowe, Nigel Pendykoski, Hana Rothwell. Cohen Corbett, Trevor Evans, Owen Kaiser, Lexi Healy, Ben Colavecchia, Madelyn Goulding.
Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Division 15 laps: Jaedon Lawson, Logan Iliffe, Jacob Mamo, Colton Lane, Amber White, Davis Grocott, Kyle Miller, Austin Nigh.
Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division 20 laps: Randy Hollingshead, Lenny Wiley, Noah Mamo, Jacob Broughton, Ron McGarry Tom Matthews, Dan Lavallee, Shawn Konkle, Ken McLennan.
Southern Ontario Modified Lite Racing Association Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division 20 laps: Travis Majuery, Devon Rayment.
League Winners: Lena Menechella, Sue Buchan, Connie Mack, Terry Bartol, Jeannie Iafrate.
Longest Putt Holed: #4 Helen Chamberlain, #7 Janice Taylor, #15 Lynn Aston, #18 Kim McDowell.
Points Leaders: Carol Purcer (44), Denise Roach (42), Jen Norquay (41), Cindy Dickson (40), Mary Costanzo (40), Phyllis Edwardson (38), Ardeth Staz (37), Joanne Luck (37), Mary Davidson (37), Sue Buchan (36), Carrie Zeffiro (36).
League Winners: Janie Griffiths, Patti Shugg, Gina Citrigno, Maureen Good, Kelly Smith
Longest Putt Holed: #4 Carol Benoit, #7 Rachel Delaney.
Points Leaders: Janice Kroetsch (44), Libby Botell (38), Ardith Staz (38), Janie Griffith (37), Debbie Douglas (36), Shirley Bartolini (36), Bonnie Copeland (35), Bonnie Comer (35).
League Winners: Ty Cooke, Joel Cienik, Dwayne Smith.
Closest to Hole Winners: #2 Al McKay, #9 Trevor Arsenault, #11 Chris Sawatsky, #13 Aaron Janzen, #17 Ty Cooke
Points Leaders: Don Miller (45), Rick Wezden (45), Mario Armenti (42), Terry Cooke (40), John McCracken (40), Tim Summers (40), Ryan Thomas (40), Bob Rogerson (39), Joe Beiner (38), AJ Heafey (38), Casey Jarzabek (38), Ryan Thomas (38), Dave Kanwisher (38), Cameron Severy (37).
Friday-Ben’s Bright Spot Boys
Individual Quota Points: (+10) Don Read; (+8) Bob Cameron, Ken Cripps, John Kenny.
Team Quota Points: (+23) Andy Leshkewich, Ron Reece, Tony Crocco, Don Read.
Closest to Hole: #3 Larry LaVelle, #6 Ange Persia, #11 Tony Crocco.
Longest Putt: #15 Don Read.
Net Skins: Linda MacKay #3 (3); Lillian Haskin #6 (3); Kathy VanderKant #7 (2); Linda Reece #9 (2); Kathy VanderKant #10 (3); Suzanne Meginnis #15 (3).
Hole-in-one: Suzanne Meginnis on #13 using a 5-wood on August 13. Playing partners were Lillian Haskin and Cherie Race.
Count Two Net Best Balls
1. (-26) Ange Persia, Rick Linwood, Wayne Meginnis, Butch Ciancio.
2. (-23) George Allan, Wilf Soulsby, Ron Reece, Dieter Klassen.
3. (-17) Ed Stranget, John Sciamonte, Bill Reid, Sam Linwood and Ralph Carmichael, Pat Loney, Tony DeRose, Steve Romanin.
5. (-15) Gerry Maney, Larry LaVelle, Karl Palmquist, John Kenny.
6. (-10) Tony Crocco, Kevin Cowling, Rick Dupuis, John McIntosh.
Closest to Hole Winners: #2 Sam Linwood, #13 Larry LaVelle.
Low Net Winners: Dieter Klassen 84-21=63, Ralph Carmichael 89-23=66, Karl Palmquist 79-13=66.
Beechwood Club Championships
A Flight: Tim Summers 184.
B Flight: Steve Dear (net 155)
Open: Mike Mottola 162.
Senior: Pat Berti 146.
Super Senior: John Bracewell.
Ladies: Courtney White 177.
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