CARL GAME

 

Carl GameCarl Game like many other young men, got his start in racing by noticing that one of his neighbours had a race car in his garage.  That neighbour was Harry Sittler, who at the time, was campaigning a late model #37.  Carl being a welder by trade, offered his help to Harry as needed and thus a  friendship was struck.              

During the 1967 season, Carl would be introduced to racing at Merrittville and Speedway Park helping Harry Sittler, but little did Carl’s wife Bev know that for 1968 Carl planned on building his own late model, a 1955 Chevrolet with #27 painted on the doors.  During his rookie season Carl proved his talent at both Merrittville and Speedway Park by finishing in the top ten in points.  This was in an era of when 30 late models would start a feature.              

For 1969, the updated 1955 Chevrolet #27 would return and this time carrying a “Zebra” style paint job, Carl would go on to win Merrittville Speedway’s late model points title in only his second season of racing.              

Having claimed the Merrittville late model points title,  Carl decided to build his own Modified Sportsman.  Carl’s race cars carried a cartoon style logo, that started with the zebra, but his early venture into the top division who along with late model driver Harry Sittler and mini stock driver Harley Turner became memorable.  The friends basically formed one of Merrittville’s original 3 division race teams.  Each car was painted white, all carried #37 and featured a cartooned deer hunting logo.  While Carl found racing in the “modified” division more of a challenge, the race team was a very popular attraction for the fans.  

Carl Game 2           

While many people helped Carl out as crew members on race night, Carl’s father Frank and friend Lance Gay stand out. Carl’s cars were always pristine and lettered by Cosmic Custom and a tradition of carrying a cartoon character on the deck lid became evident.  In fact, “Charlie Brown and Snoopy” took many rides around Merrittville with Carl.              

The cost of racing modifieds, as an independent became a concern even back in the 70’s so Carl again decided to build a late model, this time carrying #72.  During the mid 1970’s late models were evolving and by 1977 the division was too expensive and fields were diminishing as racers moved to the Sportsman and Modified and new Pro-Stock divisions.  Carl had much success in the late model division and had amassed over 6 late model championships at various tracks.  Carl’s last points title came in the late model division in 1977 at Ransomville Speedway and he  also won the New York State Late Model Championship the same year.              

While Carl enjoyed the late model success, the writing was on the wall, regarding the divisions demise.  For 1978 Carl again would enter the modified ranks where he could race at his home track of Merrittville Speedway, also Ransomville, Humberstone and other area tracks in the D.I.R.T. circuit.         

Carl and wife Bev would spend the 1980s campaigning pristine #72 modifieds from the evolution of the coupe style modified, through the Gremlin style cars to the modern style cars of the late 1980’s.  During his racing  career, Carl has had the support of many people who have become life long friends, including long time sponsor Dave Speck trucking and Cosmic Custom both of St. Catharines.              

Carl’s racing career would not have been possible without full support from wife Bev, father Frank and life long friend “Wall of Famer” Harry Sittler.              

Tonight the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee takes pride in welcoming your induction on to the Merrittville Speedway Alumni Wall of Fame, along side many of your peers in other divisions but also as a late model division champion, always displaying a sportsmanlike attitude and love of our sport.  

Sincerely,            
Rick Kavanagh

 





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