L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions continues to celebrate Merrittville’s History

The Welland and Fort Erie Timber Marts and Blast Entertainment are set to assist Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee in welcoming back many old friends Saturday July 11th when the Thorold track celebrates it’s 64th Anniversary Season.

Once again hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee headed by Chairmen Rick Kavanagh, the night salutes 62 years of dirt racing excitement at one of Canada’s oldest race tracks in addition to the annual Inductions into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame.

“As we race towards the 65th Season and beyond,” anticipates Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh, “we look forward to meeting with our former drivers and alumni … to catch up and reminisce … we couldn’t do it without L. St. Amand Enterprises … Lucas Oil and CAA Niagara.”

The Reunion Committee is also made up of former drivers - Jeno Begolo, Ted Renshaw Terry Huffman, Bill Willard Jr.and it’s newest member Ken Walsh as well as Mark Swartz and the Speedway’s Erica Bicknell-Jones and Jim Irvine. Kavanagh is the son of former Speedway owner Ken Kavanagh who is also a Wall of Fame Member.

The Reunion Committee has made their selections for the 2015 Wall of Fame and like since the start – each year’s honorees do not find out until Reunion night.

A huge part of the night is all the reminiscing that takes place in celebration of the track’s now 64 consecutive seasons. The Drivers of the past enjoy meeting with the fans of today – many that can remember the early days of the sport. Just as drivers today can be second or third generation, so too are some fans.

Prior to race time race fans can look forward to meeting many of the families that have been integral in the success of the sport with a Generations Display along the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame. Current generations will have their 2015 Race Cars on display next to their elder’s Wall of Fame Induction Signs 

When the Grandstands open at 5:30, Blast Entertainment will create some atmosphere inside the gates as Alumni and Race Fans enter. Located in Stratford Ontario – Blast Entertainment can provide the music and lighting for your next event. If you attended Merrittville Speedway’s Awards Night last fall you have to know what Blast Entertainment and P.M. Lighting can do.

In the last couple years, L. St. Amand Enterprises had 2 major divisions including Landscape Supply and the Auto & Truck division that Bob St. Amand Jr. now owns as a stand alone company and has became St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair.

Specializing in all aspects of Landscape Supply & Service for 75 years, L. St. Amand Enterprises offers an excavating, trucking and backhoe service and complete landscape installations. In addition to lawn maintenance programs they carry complete lines of specialty garden soils and mulches, stone, sand, natural stone, precast walls and interlocking brick in any quantity available for pick up or delivery.

A bulk material spreader service that allows the material to be put where it is needed is available. Flatbed and forklift services are also available.

For further information on L. St. Amand Enterprises - visit their location at 130 Bunting Road in St. Catharines or call 905-682-1132

The Merrittville Speedway L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame includes inaugural members Jeno Begolo and Ivan Little, second year inductee Bill Willard, Sr., in addition to Bill Dominey, Don Ledingham, Bruce Swartz, Bryant Irvine, Bruce VanDyke, Bob Davidson Sr., George Treanor, Gordy Wilson, Stan Friesen and Kurt Uhl and their families, Ray Stevens, Wimpy Nicholls, Fred Hurst, Murray Stricker, Bob St. Amand Sr., Tommy Cook, Bill Rafter, Terry Edwards, Jack Munn, George Winger, Jerry Winger, Jimmy Binks, Ed Ortiz, Harvey Hainer Sr., Orville Kelley, Davey Moore, Mike Zajac, Cam Gagliardi, Bob MacPherson, Jack Gatecliffe, Ken Kavanagh and Bill Russell and their families, John Marino and George Cullen and their families, Mel Swart, Henry Shivak, Lyndon Wood, the Deagle Brothers – Denny, Don and Larry, Hughie Tripp, Harvey Hainer, Jr. Tammy Willard, Dave Halliwell, Gary Saunders, Howard Disher, Doug Gordon , Alan Willard, Bob Hatt, Chris Ricker, Bill Willard Jr., Bobby Fisher, Harry Vanderzanden, Harry Sittler, Terry St. Amand, Lloyd Holt and 2014’s Inductees Brian Stevens and Carl Game.


The 2015 Induction Ceremonies into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame are scheduled to take place just before race time on the CAA Stage. Racing will feature the Jerry Winger Memorial for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds plus Vintage Race Cars.

Welland and Fort Erie Timber Marts and Blast Entertainment Nostalgia Night at Merrittville Speedway begins when the Great Clips Grandstand Ticket Office Opens at 5:30. Showtime is 7PM.

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 – donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.com.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 64th Consecutive Season in 2015 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Become a fan of Merrittville Speedway on Face Book at www.facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Merrittville

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2015 64th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Rick’s Delivery, Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, Hoosier Tire Canada and Van Raine Construction and Contingency Partners http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/contingency.html  in addition to many marketing partners. Visit them athttp://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htmand visit them when you require their products and/or services.

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