BrachmaNn wins rained shortened Spencer Memorial
and 2015 Pinty’s
358 Modified Championship
With only one rain out, (June 27th) during the entire season – a rain shower would shorten the 2015 running of the John Spencer Memorial for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds.
Semenuk’s Esso presented the Championship Chase Finale at Merrittville Speedway September 5th with Chad Brachmann of Sanborn NY winning the John Spencer Memorial and the Championship for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds with 40 laps complete.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway also win the feature and the championship in the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division. Dave Bailey of Hagersville won the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature while Mark Fawcett of Canfield successfully defended his Hoosier Stock Title.
Chris Steele of St. Catharines returned to the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite winning the 15 lap Feature with Josh Sliter of Port Colborne winning the title.
Mark Bauzin of Caledonia made his first visit to Merrittville pay off taking home the 15 lap Feature while Rob Goulding of Port Colborne won the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Championship.
“The season was up and down for a little while but we stayed consistent all season,” said Chad Brachmann in his Team’s Victory Lane Celebration well after the grandstands cleared, “last year we came a little short … but everything came together this year!”
Brachmann who won his first 358 Championship in 2008 celebrated with his team in his second year driving the Anthony Macri and Rich Stock owned Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports #3.
Brachmanns’ third win of the season was his second John Spencer Memorial after winning 2002’s edition named after John Spencer who passed away in 1953 as a result of a racing accident at the former Stamford Horse Track in Niagara Falls.With Elliot Boyuk leading the starting field in the honorary 50th Anniversary Pace Car - Tommy Flannigan out raced front row starter Dennis Giancola to the initial green flag and by lap 5 opened up almost a straightaway lead on Pete Bicknell.
By lap 8, 6 time Spencer Winner Bicknell was being challenged by Brachmann and another former winner - Mike Bowman. Brachmann took over second spot before lap 10.
By lap 14, Flannigan was into lap traffic. By lap 20 Brachmann narrowed the margin to about a second behind the leader.
At the scheduled halfway point, Brachmann was a couple car lengths behind the leader with Williamson in third a straightaway behind.
Brachmann could pull alongside the leader by lap 30 and on lap 32 had control of top spot.
By lap 35, Erick Rudolph was challenging Williamson for third spot and before a caution on lap 40 for a rain shower Rudolph would take the spot.
The green flag did not return as the shower slickened up the racing surface.
“We had a great season for sure,” said Lindberg after winning his 9th Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Feature, “tonight though I had some carburetor issues in my heat … we got is fixed but it mean’t missing the Autograph Session … sorry to all the fans.”
Front row starters Jordan Cosco and Austin Wood led the field to the green flag and it wasn’t until 1 lap was complete until Wood had the advantage.
Just as quickly as that lead change came another when Rob Knapp
took over tpp spot. By lap 10 Knapp was into lap traffic with
James Friesen holding off Gary Lindberg. Lindberg would take
over second on lap 15
Lindberg would quickly close to within a couple car lengths eventually taking over top spot on lap 19.
A last lap incident had Brad Rouse make contact with the front stretch wall just past the start finish line setting up a one lap dash to the checkered flag.
Lindberg would hold off Friesen and Knapp with Cody McPherson and Chad Chevalier unofficially as the top 5. Chevalier’s finish is awaiting further results from an inspection of his MSD.
“We’ve been trying and trying all year,” said 4 time Hoosier Stock Feature Winner Dave Bailey who was crowned the 2015 Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock Champion 24 hours earlier at the Ohsweken Speedway,”I wrecked it last night and today maybe we found something for the Duel on the Dirt Event next week … thanks to Semenuk’s Esso and their sponsors for all they did for us tonight!”
Kyle Pelrine was first to lead the 20 lap Feature but quickly Jim Lampman was the new leader until a caution on lap 2 for an incident in Turn 2. The yellow flag meant disaster for Lampman who would also head pit side but was able to return to action.
Chris Crawford was the new leader on the restart until Bailey took control down the backstretch of lap 4.
Bailey would set the pace on a lap 5 restart until a multi-car incident slowed the race once again in lap 8. Bailey would lead the field back to green with Pete Reid now in the runner up spot ahead of Crawford.
Bailey out raced Reid to the green flag with Crawford settling into third. The race for third on lap 13 had Jim Lampman, Kyle Pelrine, Bill Bleich and Mark Fawcett four wide down the front stretch . The battle came to an end into Turn 1 on Lap 14 when Lampman flipped his car.
Lampman was OK but his chances at finishing in the runner up spot were not.
Once again it was Bailey out front on the restart with Crawford charging into second. The closing laps had the race for third between Crawford, Brad Sheehan and Reid. A last lap caution would set up a one lap dash to the finish.
That one lap had Bailey ahead of Fawcett, Crawford, Sheehan and Kevin Knapp.
“It was really a successful year,” said Mark Fawcett after winning his second straight Hoosier Stock Points Championship, “we’ve had some great racing and the track … it was even better tonight than last week.”
“It’s unfortunate what happened to Paul … but thanks to him for this oppotunity,” said former Modified Lite racer Chris Steele after putting the Paul Klager # 1 in Victory Lane, “I’d forgotton how much fun these cars are to drive!
Steven Beckett was first to lead the 15 lap Feature Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Feature until Rob Misener slowed in Turn 2 on lap 3 with Chris Watson getting collected.
On the restart, Chris Steele, longtime 358 Modified Driver in the Cosco Haulage 17c before engine problems ending his season early was the new leader until caution slowed the field on lap 6.
Steele set the pace on the restart with Josh Sliter the challenger until another caution on lap 7. Steele resumed control of top spot on the restart – opening up a lead some 5 car lengths at the finish.
Steele was followed by Sliter, Jamie Gilbert, Steven Beckett and Dylan Davidson.
“It’s a new motor in the car tonight,” said now 5 time Modified Lite Point Champion Josh Sliter, “we’re hoping it will help us next weekend … thanks to everyone that has helped Team JSR this season!”
“I really had no idea of what to expect … I was hoping for a Top 10 – but to win in my first time here … that’s just awesome,” said Mark Baziun who recently won his 2nd straight Art Hill Memorial at Ohsweken Speedway.
Brian Teeple was first to lead the 15 lap Feature for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders. Holding off fellow front row starter Alex Riley until Kyle Haynes took control just before a lap 2 caution. Haynes would lead the field to the green flag before an incident in Turn 4 slowing the pace with just 3 laps complete.
Tyler Lafantaisie would take over top spot on the restart with Kyle Rothwell challenging Haynes for the runner up spot. By halfway,
Baziun would land in second spot until a lap 9 caution.
Baziun was the new leader on the restart but didn’t gain the advantage on Lafantaisie until between Turns 1 and 2. Baziun would drive away to a comfortable lead that would go away after a lap 14 caution which involved Kyle Haynes who went into the night with a shot at the overall title.
Baziun resumed control of top spot in the return to action
resulting in his first trip to Victory Lane in his first start
of the season after starting in 18th spot
“Thanks to everyone that helped this year – I could not have done it without the sponsors … friends and team mates,” said first time Point Champion Rob Goulding, “it's been a rough but great season.”
UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY
Merrittville Speedway’s final action of 2015 features three straight events September 11th, 12th and 13th.Friday has Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports presenting the Opening Event of the TUSA Canadian Modified Lite Weekend plus the Southern Ontario Sprint Cars, Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders, the Pro 4 Trucks and Heats for Sunday’s 100 lap Enduro.
Saturday, Lucas Oil presents the TUSA Canadian Modified Lite Finale plus a 50 lap Duel on the Dirt Event for the Hoosier Stocks plus the 50 lap Super DIRTcar Series Event for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division.
Sunday afternoon’s event features the 100 lap Ballhockey.com Enduro accelerated by Niagara College plus a Monster Truck Show.Gates open Friday and Saturday at 5:30 which show time at 7 while grandstands open Sunday at 11:30 with the first event at 1 PM
To reach Merrittville Speedway call 905-892-8266 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net. Merrittville Speedway is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold Ontario.
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Merrittville Speedway would like to thank Semenuk’s Esso and their event sponsors – Adam Semenuk, (REMAX Garden City Realty, John Beckett, (RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities), Sullivan Mahoney, Tim Hortons Fonthill, Niagara Auto Sales, Sobey’s Fonthill, Mossimo’s Pizza & Subs, TD Canada Trust Fonthill, Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, CanView Drive In, National Bank, Free Gas Propane, Quality Pools, Gallagher’s Farm Market, Youngs Insurance Brokers, Baron Roofing and Siding and Young’s Water for the $4,000 cash in purse additions not to mention the great giveways.
A Shout Out to Niagara IceDog Players that joined Fred Carleton’s Bones Mobile for the Autograph Session … Aaron Haydon, Christopher Paquette, Matt Gillard, Anthony DiFruscia, Zach Wilki, Aleksandar Mikulovich, Cam Bisson, Brandon Kosik, Blake Siebenaler, Evan Krassey and Mitchell Fitzmorris.
A special thanks as well to Pinty’s Delicious Foods for their support all season and for displaying the Pinty’s NASCAR Canada Show Car once again and to Ellliot Boyuk for returning the Honorary 50th Anniversary Pace Car for the evening.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED John Spencer Memorial (50 laps) Chad Brachmann, Tommy Flannigan, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Pete Bicknell, Mark D’Ilario, Billy Dunn, Tim Jones, Mike Bowman, Tyler McPherson, Scott Wood, Bill Bleich, Todd Gordon, Fred Carleton, Travis Miller, Dennis Giancola, David Flannigan Jr., Ken Winfield, Rick Hoctor.
RICK’S DELIVERY DIRTcar SPORTSMAN – (25 laps) Gary Lindberg, James Friesen, Rob Knapp, Cody McPherson, Chad Chevalier, Paul Gaboury, Austin Wood, Justin Sharp, Jay Mallory, Brent Begolo, Brett Senek, Jason Moore, Jordan Cosco, Joey Mastroianni, Chris Storm, Jesse Penner, Gord McIntosh, Brad Rouse, Tom Richau, Charlie Lynch, John Babion.
HOOSIER STOCK FEATURE (20 laps) Dave Bailey, Mark Fawcett, Chris Crawford, Brad Sheehan, Kevin Knapp, Pete Reid, Vince Fargnoli, Ken Sargent, Ed McLean, James Marr, Jim Lampman, Billy Bleich, Mason Smith, Kyle Pelrine, Robin Mortensen, Dave Small, Derek VanMil.
Rev’s Full Throttle Power Sports MODIFIED LITE FEATURE (15 laps) Chris Steele, Josh Sliter. Jamie Gilber, Steven Beckett, Dylan Davidson, Rob Misener, RJ Pietz, Jeffrey May, Ray Sliter Jr., Kellie Mason, Chris Watson.
Van Raine Construction 4 CYLINDER (15 laps) Mark Baziun, Jeff Hill, Tyler Lafantaisie, Kyle Rothwell, Rob Goulding, Mike Sadusek, Sam Iftody, Alex Pidgeon, Gary Hodason, Brian Cosgrove, Mike Giberson, Evan Curtis, Alex Riley, Vincent Pagnotta, Trevor Young, Garnet Wilson, Jeremy Smith, Kourtney Kocarik, Kyle Haynes, Brian Teeple, Jay Moulton, Darren Zumpe, Jeff Larmet, Jason Coutu, Jason Longaro.
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 at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.
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