Baker selected as Grand Marshall for 4th Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial – 100 lap Big Block Super DIRTcar Series is two weeks away   

One piece of the Merrittville Speedway Big Block Super DIRTcar Series puzzle was solved July 20th as teen ager Hannah Baker was picked as honorary Grand Marshall when L. St. Amand Enterprises and St. Amand Auto and Truck presents the 4th Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Big Block Super DIRTcar Series 100 Monday August 5th.  

“I was so excited when I heard my name,” said Baker, daughter of former Merrittville Bomber and Sportsman Driver Kevin Baker, “I have been coming to the races for a number of years and it will be so cool to wave the green flag … I can’t wait.”  

Race Fans purchasing their tickets every week since the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints visited on Boltworks’ Night have had the opportunity to enter the free draw for Event Tickets, Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner Tickets and Merrittville Souvenirs.  

It’s been a tradition at Merrittville Speedway since 1972 – make it yours in 2013.   Race fans that have made Merrittville a tradition over the years may remember Baker’s dad Kevin who won the 1981 and 1983 Bomber Division Championships. Hannah’s grandmother is the late Winnie Harvey.  

From the first event in 1972 through to this year’s edition – a who’s who of DIRTcar Modified Racing converge annually on the Canadian showplace to take on Merrittville’s own talented field in the Civic Holiday Classic. Defending winner is local Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Driver Mike Bowman.  

When Bowman won the recent Jerry Winger Memorial Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50, the newly inducted L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame legend Lloyd Holt waved the honorary green flag. In the 1973 Edition of the event – Holt was the first Merrittville regular to win.   “My favourite Modified Driver is Mike Bowman,” added Baker, “but I also like Robert Baker in the Sportsman Division … it would be so cool if both of them won!”   Almost gaining as much in tradition as the race itself is the pre-race Pasta Dinner served up by Merrittville’s Annual Banquet Hosts – Club Castropignano.

For race fans and race teams alike – it’s the best deal in DIRTcar Dining.   Feast on fresh pasta and meatballs, garden salad, dinner roll and a can of Pepsi for $10 in advance.   “It just adds to much to the event,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “Thorold has a rich Italian Heritage and we’re proud to showcase the Club with an awesome dinner … race fans and race teams alike should come to the event hungry … I know I do … no one goes away hungry.”  

Get your tickets at the track … via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco.net or from the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266. Pasta Tickets after August 3rd are $12.   Merrittville Speedway’s Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 5th – it’s unparalleled … unrivalled and unsurpassed and it’s a must see event.  

The heart-pounding, high-powered, pedal-mashing entertainment includes a 25 lap Event for the full fendered fans as the Hoosier Stocks compete in another Home Track Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. A Non-winners race for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division was recently added to the night that will conclude with the final Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College  

The Great Clips Grandstand Ticket Office Gates open Monday August 5th and the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner begins at 4 PM and runs until 6.   Merrittville Speedway is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold. For directions click on http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/directions.html or call 905-892-8266 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net. For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 62nd Consecutive Season in 2013 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville)

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!   Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at and the countdown to Saturday April 27th’s Spring Sizzler has begun at Merrittville Speedway - the Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2013 62nd  Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Rick’s Delivery, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.   Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.   Look for Lucas Oil Products at your favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including B&C Truck Centre, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

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