James Michael Friesen Scores the DIRTcar Sportsman Win At Merrittville

THOROLD, ON – Ohsweken, Ontario’s Aaron Turkey scored the win as the 360 Sprint Cars returned to Merrittville Speedway on Saturday night. James Michael Friesen from St. Catharines, Ontario scored the victory in the Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman. Multi-time Hoosier Stock track champion Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the Hoosier Stock main event. Past divisional champion Jeffrey May from Mt. Hope, Ontario scored the victory in the RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lite feature event. Jordan Fidler from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up another victory in the James’ Auto V6 division.

During hot laps for the 360 Sprint Cars, Liam Martin shattered the track record previously set by Dylan Westbrook. Martin ran around the Thorold, Ontario facility in a time of 13.020 seconds. The previous record was 13.158 seconds.

The Thorold, Ontario facility will be in action on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th with a doubleheader weekend. The Friday, September 18th program will be streamed live and for free on GForce TV with Operation Green Flag featuring the 360 Sprints, Action Sprint Tour, and a $500 to win Hoosier Stock event. Race time is scheduled for 7:00 pm with GForce’s Greg Calnan, Adam Ross, and Clinton Geoffrey providing coverage. Track co-announcer Jonathon Howe will be heard on the PA system.

Saturday, September 19 will once again feature the 360 Sprints along with the 358 Modifieds in a rare Sprint Car/Modified twin-bill. Joining them are the Hoosier Stocks, Mod Lites, and 4 Cylinders. Showtime is at 7 pm. Fans can watch the Saturday program on Sunday night, September 20th on GForce TV.

Fans can register for the lottery draw for admission tickets to both programs by following the directions on the Merrittville Speedway Facebook and Twitter page. For Friday, email donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.com between 11 am-4 pm on SUNDAY, September 13th. For Saturday the 19th, email track owner Don Spiece between 5-9 pm on MONDAY, September 14th. The emails must include names, phone numbers, and hometowns for each person in your group.

Fans are encouraged to keep up to date with all the schedules and if any changes are needed by following Merrittville on social media including Facebook (facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway), Twitter (@Merrittville), and now on Instagram (@merrittvillespeedway). For results, point standings, and more, check out www.merrittvillespeedway.com


360 Sprint Cars: AARON TURKEY, Cory Turner, Ryan Turner, Jordan Poirier, Chris Steele, Travis Cunningham, Jim Huppunen, Jake Brown, Liam Martin, Mitch Brown, Jamie Turner, Glenn Styres, Holly Porter, Scott Burk, Paul Pekkonen, Kevin Pauls, Dave McKnight Jr, Allen Gilleta, Jacob Dykstra, Jeremy Hughes, John Burbridge Jr

Did Not Start: Shone Evans, Josh Hansen

Qualifying Heats: Glenn Styres, Jordan Poirier, Ryan Turner


Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman: JAMES FRIESEN, Brad Rouse, Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, Luke Carleton, Greg Panunte, Adam Leslie, Dave Flannigan Jr, Brandon Gruhl, Trevor Wright, Rob Sauder, Mitch Dumont, Tyler Puchalski, Billy Bleich Jr, Jeff Panunte, Nathan Peattie, Steve Shaw, John Babion, Dave Small, Chris Storm, Dan McKay, Terry Smith, Jason VanMil, Noah Mamo, Jay Mallory

Qualifying Heats: Chad Chevalier, Cody McPherson, Brandon Gruhl


Hoosier Stocks: DAVE BAILEY, Jason Fontaine, Ryan Beagle, Chris Hale, Rob Murray, Mike Thorne, Mike Klazinga, Jeff Larmet, Steve Shaw Sr, Rob Disher, Donny Lampman, Spencer Smolders, Gord Grant, Clinton Nicholls, Go Fast Teeple, Kacey Huffman, Terry Gorgerat, Jim Lampman, Adam Plazek, Rob Knapp, JT Miller

Qualifying Heats: Rob Murray, Ryan Beagle, Dave Bailey


RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites: JEFFREY MAY, Tyler Winger, Randy Giroux, Shawn Sliter, Chris Watson, Rob Misener, Josh Sliter, Sean Iftody, Ryan Anderson, Dan Kviring, Brent Begolo, Tim Anderson, Dave Cornish, Craig Martin

Qualifying Heats: Tyler Winger, Chris Watson


James’ Auto and Speed Centre V6: JORDAN FIDLER, John Couture, Josh Dmytrow, Dustin Duga, Aidan Fletcher, Teddy Sheppard, Joe Bleich, Corey Lawton, Dave Hahl, Kyle Gregory, Tina Ronning, Elisha Myers

Did Not Start: JJ MacDonald

Qualifying Heats: Josh Dmytrow, Jordan Fidler