Mike Bowman Wins Feature At Merrittville; Gary Lindberg Takes First 358-Mod Track Championship

Story By: STEVE PETTY / MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY – THOROLD, ONT – Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario won his first 358 Modified Track Championship as Semenuk’s Esso presented the 68th Season Championships at Merrittville Speedway on Saturday night.

Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario won the David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman track championship. Rob Murray from St. Catharines, Ontario won his second consecutive Hoosier Stock track title. Josh Sliter from Ridgeway, Ontario earned the Doidge Builders Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario earned the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders Track Championship. Kevin Conley was declared the track champion in the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6.

On track saw Mike Bowman from St. Catharines, Ontario score his second win in a row and third on the season in the S&W Service Center Modifieds. The third of the season for Bowman came in the John Spencer Memorial 50. Paul Gaboury from Welland, Ontario won his second David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the season. Rob Murray win his seventh Hoosier Stock feature of the season. Josh Sliter win his sixth Doidge Building Centres Mod Lites feature of the season. Jay Moulton from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders feature. John Couture won the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 feature.

NEWS AND NOTES: 105 cars signed in pitside for the racing action. The speedway would like to welcome the groups associated with the Merrittville Speedway Gives Back Program. Congratulations to all of the winners of the door prizes courtesy of Semenuk’s Esso and their proud partners.

The 2019 season concludes with a two-day doubleheader. Saturday, September 7, Cotton Inc presents the Southern Ontario Sprints, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series $1,000 to win, $500 to win Hoosier Stocks, and the Mod Lites will round out the racing card. Pit gates will open at 5 pm with grandstands opening at 5:30 pm and showtime will be at 7 pm sharp.

Sunday, September 8, Tim Hortons presents the $5,000 to win, 100 lap Enduro accelerated by JC Auto plus Monster Trucks, V6 race, Side By Side, Figure 8, Backwards Race, a $1000 to win Demolition Derby and for the third season, a School Bus Race! Pit gates on Sunday will open at 9 am with front gates opening at 12 noon and showtime is at 1pm.

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RACE RESULTS – SEMENUK’S ESSO SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS NIGHT

S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds: MIKE BOWMAN, Pete Bicknell, Gary Lindberg, Ryan Susice, Tim Jones, Rick Richner, Dalton Slack, Todd Gordon, Scott Wood, Fred Carleton, Tom Neale, John Smith, Derek VanMil, Steve Lewis Jr, Rob Knapp, Boyd MacTavish, Tanner Podwinski

Qualifying Winners: Ryan Susice, Mike Bowman

Track Champion: Gary Lindberg

David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman: PAUL GABOURY, Trevor Wright, Brad Rouse, Chad Chevalier, Brent Begolo, Jay Mallory, Robbie Johnston, Dylan Davidson, James Michael Friesen, Greg Panunte, Dave Flannigan Jr, Darrell Farraway, Jason VanMil, Dave DiPietro, Jordan Cosco, Rob Sauder, Chris Watters, Vince Fargnoli, Adam Leslie, Luke Carleton, Taylor Vanderzanden, Noah Mamo, Chris VanMil, Ryan Ferri Failed to Qualify: Joey Herremans, Nathan Peattie, Ray Hockridge, Dan McKay

Qualifying Winners: Darrell Farraway, Brent Begolo, Chad Chevalier, Paul Gaboury

Consolation Race: Rob Sauder

Track Champion: Brad Rouse

Hoosier Stocks: ROB MURRAY, Steve Shaw, Jim Lampman, Jason Fontaine, Brad Sheehan, Donny Lampman, Dave Small, Barry Blanchard, Billy Bleich Jr, Go Fast Teeple, Evan Curtis, Clinton Nicholls, Kevin Kocarik, Mason Smith, Robin Mortensen, Rob Disher, Jeff Larmet, Zack Bleich

Qualifying Winners: Donny Lampman, Rob Murray, Billy Bleich Jr

Track Champion: Rob Murray

Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders: JAY MOULTON, Anthony Kelly, Dylan Llord, Mitch Dumont, Tony Kelly, Jeremy Cooper, Trevor Want, Rob Shaw, Garnet Wilson, Danny Wurster, Clinton Barrick, Tyler Lafantaisie, Kyle Rothwell, David Hoyle, Kyle Haynes, Cole Hardy, Austyn Werstroh

Qualifying Winners: Tony Kelly, Anthony Kelly, Jay Moulton

Track Champion: Tyler Lafantaisie

Doidge Building Centres Mod Lites: JOSH SLITER, Chris Watson, Cheeseburger Iftody, Brent Begolo, Tyler Winger, Randy Giroux, Rob Misener, RJ Pietz, Chris Perry, Fabio Oliveri, Dave Cornish, Craig Martin, Jeffery May

Qualifying Heat Winners: Randy Giroux, Rob Misener

Track Champion: Josh Sliter

Dave’s Auto & Speed Centre V6: JOHN COUTURE, Kenny Hair, Kevin Conley, Colton Lane, Rick Beales, Josh Dymtrow, Dave Hahl, Cory Lawton, Tina Ronning, Jayda Gruhl

Qualifying Winners: Dave Hahl, John Couture

Track Champion: Kevin Conley

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