Ontario (September 7, 2012) Merrittville Speedway regular Modified
Lite Driver Derek Wagner won the first event of the two day J&S
Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Championship Weekend
Friday September 7th.
other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Action, Ken Sargent took home
the Victory in the 25 lap Big 6 Event.
the Pro 4 Trucks making their only 2012 Appearance, former Tuesday
Night Kart Racer Mike Toovey won the 15 lap Feature while Tyler
Lafantaisie visited Victory Lane in the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder
definitely come along way this year and made a lot of improvements …
I’m glad to be in Victory Lane here on such a special night,”
relayed Derek Wagner after winning the 2012 J&S Heating and Air
Conditioning Modified Light Weekend Opening Event.
racing resumed after a lap 16 caution Wagner a Merrittville Regular
from Medina NY quickly took control of second spot from fourth –
passing two familiar cars – locals Paul Klager and Josh Sliter in
Crossing the start finish line to complete lap 22, Wagner was the
new leader and by Starter Steve DeVos’ checkered flag on lap 25 –
was a couple car lengths ahead of the field.
(former overall winner Rod Jones of West Middlesex PA) was working
the bottom tight to the guardrail … I found something around the top
and here we are … my girlfriends at home … wish she was here for
had control of top spot from initial leader Jeff Teeters of Warren
PA on lap 8.
and Jones were followed by Klager, Sliter and Josh May from De Soto
Iowa closed out the top 5.
been a rough year,” admitted Ken Sargent after his second win of the
season, “I said to Billy Hogue before the feature … we’re the only
metric cars up front – so we have to do something about these
Thompson was first to lead the 25 lap Hoosier Stock Big 6 Event
before Sargent took control on lap 2.
half way point, Sargent Brad Sheehan and Kevin Knapp had pulled away
from the race for third between Rob Murray, Jason Fontaine and Billy
would challenge Sheehan for the runner up spot and with some 5 laps
to go would take the position. Knapp would close to within a car
length of Sargent in the closing laps with Murray taking on Sheehan
final lap Knapp would try to power by Sargent around the outside of
Turn 4 the final time but fell a half car length behind. Murray
would get by Sheehan for third with Fontaine rounding out the top 5.
“Chances are Billy Bleich may drive this car for me next year,”
revealed Sargent to Co-announcer Fran Buschardt who asked the former
Champion what his own plans were, “ we’re building two new cars …
what it is … is top secret!”
generation driver Bleich has not done much racing in 2012 due to job
commitments that has him in Africa during the final weekend of
start of the 15 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Feature had front
row starters Tyler Lafantaisie and Garnet Wilson side by side
through the first lap until Lafantaisie edged ahead with one lap
half way mark, Lafantaisie opened up a three second lead and by the
checkered flag – would increase his margin of victory.
start of the year I was really comfortable in the car,” relayed
Lafantaisie, “but after my big wreck – I don’t know if it was me or
the car … but we’re back on track now and looking forward to next
Lafantaisie and Wilson were followed by Rob Overholt, Kyle Rothwell
and Steven Vanderzanden as the top 5.
Haegens was first to lead the 15 lap Pro 4 Truck Feature with Danny
Wurster and Mike Toovey challenging right away before the drivers
settled in for their only 2012 visit. The Pro 4 Trucks compete
regularly at the Humberstone Speedway.
11, Wurster who is no stranger to Merrittville however as part of
the crew for former Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Brian
Stevens – began to make a challenge on Haegens for top spot.
the backstretch of the same lap, Mike Toovey was making moves of his
own taking the runner up spot from Wurster before pulling alongside
two laps to go Toovey would become the new leader and would run to
about a car length advantage over Haegens with Wurster settling for
third. Adam Nichols and Taylor Vanderzanden rounded out the Top 5.
UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY
Heating and Air Conditioning International Modified Lite
Championship Weekend concludes at Merrittville Speedway Saturday
September 8th featuring the Modified Lites, a 50 lap Hoosier Stock
$1,000 to win Big 6 Combined Event against the Brighton Speedway Pro
Stocks and the 50 lap Super DIRTcar Series for the Original Pizza
2012 Season concludes Sunday September 9th when the Grantham Lions
presents Smash-o-Rama featuring the $1,000 to win 100 lap Enduro
accelerated by Niagara College in addition to a Backwards Enduro
plus a Freestyle Monster Truck Show by Aftershock and Krazy Train.
Saturday’s Event finds the gates opening at 5:30 with Showtime at
7:00 PM while Sunday … the Grandstand opens at 11:00 with Smash-o-Rama
starting at 1 PM.
HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING INTERNATIONAL MODIFIED LITE CHAMPIONSHIP
WEEKEND DAY 1 FEATURE (25 laps) Derek Wagner, Rod Jones, Paul Klager,
Josh Sliter, Josh May, Tim Anderson, Jason Corless, Jeff Teeters,
Mikey Hay, Derek Moore, Kory Howe, Doug Williams, Joe Garafolo, Rej
LeMieux, Rick Demo, Matt Hay, Rick Brubacher, Kellie Mason, Dan
Ferguson, Alan Knepper, Joe Huggins, Randy Hollingshead, Matt Magner,
STOCK BIG 6 FEATURE (25 laps) Ken Sargent, Kevin Knapp, Rob Murray,
Brad Sheehan, Jason Fontaine, Doug Anderson, Pete Reid, Chris
Crawford, James Thompson, Billy Hogue, Aaron Wiley, Charlie Lynch,
Tyler Anderson, Richard Champignany, Bob McNamara, Mason Smith, Jeff
Dayman, Doug Crawford.
COLLISION 4 CYLINDER FEATURE (20 laps) Tyler Lafantaisie, Garnet
Wilson, Rob Overholt, Kyle Rothwell, Steven Vanderzanden, Chris
Laskey, Mike Sadusek, Nathan Monahan, Trevor Goulding, Greg Wilson,
PRO 4 TRUCKS FEATURE ( 15 Laps) Mike
Toovey, Hilary Haegens, Dan Wurster, Adam Nichols, Taylor
Vanderzanden, Criag Vlasic, Jamie Ayers, Greg Haegens.
further information on the Triple Header 61st Season Finale or any
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INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS PIT
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Sportsman Driver Jamie Gilbert returned to action walking away from
a vicious flip in Turn 4 in Qualifying Action.
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