Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Night to feature Round 2 of the 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series and rescheduled Enduro Qualifier

CHERUBS – the Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness and Support began 20 years ago in 1995 with a typewriter … a kitchen table … two members and a $100.00 donation.  

In Canada since 1996, race fans and race teams can learn more about this devastating birth defect at Merrittville Speedway Saturday July 18th. A 6 division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event will feature Round Two of the Triple Crown Series for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders and the rain-delayed second Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College.  

 “We haven’t had a chance to welcome Rob Clark and Van Raine Construction yet this season,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “Rob and his wife Annelise’s daughter Macey is a CHERUB … it says a lot about them presenting the CDH awareness night and combining it with their passion for racing.”  

Like most of us, Rob and Annelise weren’t aware of CDH until Macey was diagnosed. Now almost 2 years old – she is holding her own.  

Started by a mother whose newborn son was diagnosed with CDH in February 20 years ago, it is truly grass roots organization created when there was nothing. Now with 5,000 members in 60 countries – the goal remains to not only help parents of children born with CDH but to lead the medical community in finding the cause and prevention of this birth defect.   Every baby with CDH is different – like a snowflake – no two are alike.   CDH occurs in approximately in approximately 1 in every 2,500 births. The cause of CDH is not yet known.   The diaphragm is formed in the first trimester of pregnancy and controls the lungs’ ability to inhale and exhale. CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to form or to close totally and an opening allows abdominal organs into the chest cavity. This inhibits lung growth, CDH occurs as frequent as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis.   To learn more about CDH … visit  

To learn about current research being led by Dr. Peter Cox or to make a donation visit  

Van Raine Construction is a division of Van Raine & Sons of Georgetown who in 2015 joined the Merrittville Team as division sponsor of the 4 Cylinder Division.  

On Archer Truck Services Night May 30th, Caledon’s Kyle Haynes won the Mini-Series Opener for his second win of the season. Other winners to date include Jason Coutu, Mike Sadusek, Leroy Buscumb and Kyle Rothwell.   Buscumb is the defending Mini-Series and Overall Champion while in 2015 – Haynes leads the Triple Crown Series and Rothwell the overall.  

The Triple Crown Series Finale is set for Saturday August 8th when the Niagara Employment Help Centre hosts an evening that will also feature the Kid’s Box Car Races.  

Since 1972, Van Raine & Sons has been providing commercial and industrial properties and condominiums in the Brampton, Georgetown, Mississauga and west GTA with the finest services.  

Three words sum up Van Raine’s work ethic - Professional. Experienced. Reliable.   Van Raine’s trained and courteous technicians and large fleet are equipped to meet all your landscaping needs – from lawn maintenance and replacement, to flower bed installations and maintenance, to tree pruning and upkeep to retaining walls, landscape contouring and much more.  

Van Raine also provides snow plowing and a variety of road services including construction, resurfacing and paving.   “Rob has become very passionate about racing in a short time,” adds Bicknell-Jones, “in addition to his own car … he’s been supporting Boyd MacTavish for a number of years in addition to Ransomville Speedway’s Novice Sportsman Division. We have to really thank him and Van Raine for all they do for the sport – especially since the company is located so far from our area. If your business is close to their area … we hope that you consider using them.”   Van Raine & Sons can be reached on line at  

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness 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.

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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  in addition to many marketing partners. Visit them at visit them when you require their products and/or services. Lucas Oil Products is one of 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. Race fans can look for Lucas Oil Products at their favourite automotive retailer or maintenance center including KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage.


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