THOROLD, ONT – Two time 2017 Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature Winner Ryan Susice of Ransomville NY is now a Southern Ontario Sprint Feature Winner after a thrilling A Main triumph Saturday September 9th at Merrittville Speedway.
St. Catharines drivers swept the final Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Event of 2017 – Cody McPherson in the 50 lap Super DIRTcar Series Series Race for the S&W Sportsman, Rob Murray in the Duel on the Dirt 50 lap Series Event for the Hoosier Stocks, Dylan Llord in the final Eataly Foods Pro 4 Triple Truck Challenge and Charlie Lynch in the Novice Sportsman Divisions respectively.
“There were so many lap cars … I didn’t know who was leading,” said Ryan Susice catching his breath after a thrilling late race move to win his 2nd career Sprint Car Feature, “they left the outside open … maybe some of my experience here paid off.”
Susice – a Saturday Night competitor in the Randy and Bob Slack owned 358 Modified started the A Main 10th in the Young Drivers of Canada #18 Sprint Car raced to third by lap 22.
The ‘they’ were Jimmy Huppenen and Dylan Westbrook who held down first and second spots. Holly Porter led the field into Turn 1 three wide.
When everything settled down – Huppenen was in control of top spot with the Fenwick Driver on cruise control, opening up a lead of a quarter lap quickly. Coming up on slower cars wouldn’t slow him.
Westbrook who won his first Merrittville Sprint Car Feature back on June 24th’s Avondale Night was in the runner up spot but at lap 15 was a straightaway behind Huppenen.
By lap 20, Westbrook had narrowed the margin to about a ¼ lap.
Two laps later, by the time Susice had taken over third … the two were catching Huppenen.
Exiting Turn 4 with the white flag in sight Susice made his move around the outside of both Westbrook and Huppenen – a move that brought the crowd to it’s feet wuth Susice dangerously close to the front stretch barrier.
Susice would lead the entire final lap ahead of Westbrook, Huppenen, Brown and Cory Turner.
“We’ve struggled here this season which isn’t normal for us,” said
Cody McPherson in Victory Lane after winning the 50 lap Sportsman Series Event, “to wrap the season up here like this is pretty good though.”
Brianna Ladouceur and Brent Begolo took the field to the green flag with the invader Ladouceur the initial leader. Begolo would take control on lap 3 before caution slowed the pace on lap 4.
Begolo would lead another restart to green on lap 6 and two laps later … the battle for first went three wide between Begolo, Brad Rouse and outsider Ronnie Davis.
Rouse would take the lead on lap 9 with control of top spot exchanging hands several times until Rouse had a clear hold on top spot before lap traffic on lap 17.
By lap 20 the top 5 was Rouse, Begolo, Davis, McPherson and Dave Marcuccilli.
McPherson quickly was challenging Begolo and by lap 30 was challenging Rouse – taking the lead 4 laps later. By lap 40, Begolo would catch Rouse. By lap 45, McPherson had pulled away to a ¼ lap lead until a late caution.
At the finish, McPherson would lead Rouse, Begolo, Davis and Marcuccilli.
“This one’s for Bruce Hough … a family friend and longtime race fan who recently passed away … and it’s my wife Kelly’s Birthday,” said Rob Murray in Victory Lane after winning the 50 lap Duel on the Dirt Feature, “thanks to my crew – they work day and night on this thing.”
Murray would have to call on his crew at the track as well falling victim to two flat tires in separate events. Murray and Jason Lungaro led the field to green until Murray took control of the lead.
An incident with a slower car on lap 14 sent Murray to the pits for repairs with Dave Bailey and Billy Bleich Jr batting for top spot on the restart. Back and forth the two would lead until Bailey would have a clear lead by lap 19.
Bailey would soon be challenged by Ryan Dinning with Dinning the new leader on lap 23 who was driving away from the field until a lap 31 caution. Dinning would resume control on the restart with the action back in the pack three and four wide for position.
The next caution unfortunately was for Dinning who retired to the pits on lap 36 with engine problems. The new leader was Ken Sargent until James Thompson until a lap 39 caution.
With Jason Fontaine, Murray, Sargent and Jim Lampman battling, Thompson was able to open up a 5 car lead until Murray began to close. By lap 45 the new leader was Murray until a final caution slowed the field on lap 47.
In the three lap dash to the finish – Murray would edge Thompson by a ½ car length with Sargent, Bailey and Lampman as the top 5.
Unfortunately Thompson was disqualified in post race inspection.
“It’s always great to race here,” said Dylan Llord in Victory Lane after winning the Eataly Foods Pro 4 Triple Truck Challenge Finale, “thanks to Kyle (Tomaski) and Tony (Spiteri) for putting our Series together.”
With Llord off quickly to a 10 truck length lead at the start – the race to watch was between Mitch Dumont and Kyle Tomaski for the runner up spot.
Eventually Tomaski would overtake Dumont and as the race wound down – the two would begin to close in on the leader.
At the finish – Llord came out ahead of Tomaski by about a truck length with Dumont third Nathan Monahan and Miss Merrittville Jaimie Ayers rounded out the top 5.
Former racer John McKenny would lead the field to the green flag in the Novice Sportsman Feature in the Dave Flannigan Jr #74 with Gregg Rauscher in the Terry Larmet #8 closing in by lap 5.
Charlie Lynch would take over the runner up spot and by lap 8 was the new leader.
At the finish, Lynch was followed by John McKenny, Gregg Rauscher, Scot Sonnenburg, Tucker Wood, Dave Mamo and Paul Cunningham.
Two of Merrittville Speedway’s former Kart Racers got their starts on the 2018 Season.
After racing in the Wood Motor Company Modified Lites as a rookie in 2017 –12 year old Tucker Wood made his first start in the Novice Sportsman Division.
Kyle Phillips of Grand Island NY has practiced most Wednesdays over the summer and made his first Sprint Car A Main Start with the Southern Ontario Sprints.
A third former Karter – Donny Lampman has also moved up to Saturday Nights having competed much of the season in the Hoosier Stock Division alongside his Dad Jim Lampman and sister Kathleen Lampman who still competes Tuesday Nights.
Donny Lampman was named the Archer Truck Centres Driver of the Night after his 6th place finish on Gaston’s Auto Sales Night Saturday August 26th.
UPCOMING at Merrittville Speedway
Merrittville will host a Wednesday Night Practice on September 13th. Open to all divisions – the Pit Area will open at 5:30 and the Track at 6:30.
The 2017 Duel on the Dirt Series continues with a Home Track Event for the Ohsweken Speedway Friday September 15th followed by the final Combined Event at the Brighton Speedway Saturday September 23rd.
The 2017 Awards Banquet is Saturday November 25th at Club Castropignano. Tickets and further information will soon be available.
For further information on Merrittville Speedway’s 2017 Season visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com or call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or via e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville
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Cotton Inc Season Finale Night – Saturday September 9, 2017
Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Complete Results
Southern Ontario Sprints A Main (25 laps) Ryan Susice, Dylan Westbrook, Jim Huppenen, Mitch Brown, Cory Turner, Jake Brown, Holly Porter, Warren Mahoney, Shawn Sliter, Adam West, Jamie Turner, Brad Napp, Jim Porter, Kyle Phillips, John Burbridge, Frank Baranowski, Josh Turner, Ryan Turner, Travis Cunningham.
S&W Service Centre Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Feature (50 laps) Cody McPherson, Brad Rouse, Brent Begolo, Dave Marcuccilli, Jay Mallory, Brian Bellinger, Brianna Ladouceur, James Friesen, Todd Root, Jessica Power, Trevor Wright, Rob Goulding, Dave DiPietro, Dan Ferguson, Dave Flannigan Jr., Chris Cunningham, AJ Custodi, Brandon Gruhl, Ricky Thompson, Steve Shaw, Dean Scott, Luke Carleton, Tom Richau, Matt Farnham, Rob Knapp, Chris Watters, Joey Herremans, Sean Dominey, Robbie Johnston.
Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Series Feature (50 laps) Rob Murray, James Thompson, Ken Sargent, Dave Bailey, Jim Lampman, Jason Fontaine, Justin Ramsay, Blake Bomberry, Kyle Pelrine, Dave Small, Kevin Kocarik, Jason Lungaro, Vince Fargnoli, Trevor DeBoer, Rob Hoskins, Bill Podwinski, Bryce Richardson, Tanner Podwinski, Tony Fraser, Go Fast Teeple, Wade Purchase, Ryan Dinning, Doug Anderson, Billy Bleich Jr..
DNQ – James Mar, Robin Mortensen, Marcel Michaud.
Duel on the Dirt Series Heat Winners – Ken Sargent, Rob Hoskins, Dave Bailey, Billy Bleich Jr.
Eataly Foods Pro 4 Trucks Triple Truck Challenge Finale (15 laps) Dylan Llord, Kyle Tomaski, Mitch Dumont, Nathan Monahan, Jamie Ayers, Taylor Vanderzanden.
Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) – Charlie Lynch, John McKenny, Gregg Rauscher, Scot Sonnenburg, Tucker Wood, Dave Mamo, Paul Cunningham.