Staff Shuffling for Merrittville Speedway’s
– Several Key Positions need filling
As we race towards the start of our 65th Season we’ve tried to keep everyone up to speed during the off season with all the happenings … new events … new sponsors … new drivers and new staff and will continue to do so.
Following our recent welcoming of our 2016 Miss Merrittville – Ashley Wood, it’s time that we welcome some of our staff taking on new positions and wish others all the best that will not be a part of our team this season.
Just about a year ago when it was announced that Brett Wood was joining Dana Curvin as part of the Announce Team, the former racer said that back in the day he would have liked to have raced a little longer. A growing family and growing business took him away from behind the wheel. “As Wood Motor Company continues to thrive … so does his time commitment once again,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “right from opening night last year Brett fit right into our Team … we hate to have him not return but wish him all the best in the future.”
Curvin will return and as like through-out last season will be assisted at times by fellow announcers Steven Petty and Greg Calnan in addition to Mike Mallett when the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints visit and Shane Andrews when the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series returns for the annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100. Curvin’s father Terry Huffman will be another new face in Victory Lane this season, moving from the Assistant Starter Position to what we are going to call Victory Lane Coordinator.
“Over the last few years Terry and our Starter Steve DeVos have worked great as a team,” said Bicknell-Jones, “but he’s moving to fill a position that will help the overall Merrittville ‘experience’ for our fans. A minute here and a minute there can add up over the course of a night for sure. Our feature winners … their crews and our event sponsors each deserve their time in the spotlight and Terry will help manage that,” revealed Bicknell-Jones.
Yet another new face in Victory Lane is DeVos’ daughter Brittany who will benefit from Huffman’s staging as the new photographer. “All of us at Merrittville will be thinking of Julie (Davidson) who will be recovering from shoulder surgery through the racing season and wish her a speedy recovery,” wished Bicknell-Jones, “we can’t wait to see Julie back at the track and we’re looking forward to seeing all the images Brittany captures during our 65th Season!”
When Sami Steele was forced to step away from her role as Miss Merrittville last season – Ricki-Leigh Nadon was quick to step forward. Nadon’s father crewed for L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Famer and two time Modified Point Champion Brian Stevens and her mom Laura was involved in his fan Club. In 2016, Ricki-Leigh will take on the challenge of running the Turn 1 Bar.
With all the comings and goings this season … there are a few positions that need filling for 2016.
Rick Agnew – whose involvement in the sport included crewing for his brother-in-law Brian Halliwell before becoming Assistant Pit Steward is looking forward to spending more time with family. Although much of that time will be spent away from the track – family includes his nephew and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Rookie Vincent Pagnotta who he looks forward to watching. “Rick learned from one of the best in Bob St. Amand Senior,” added Bicknell, “it won’t seem the same Saturday Nights without him but we wish him and his nephew well!” Those wishing to be considered for the position of Assistant Steward and working alongside Tom Beales should contact Erica Bicknell-Jones at the Speedway’s Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line – 2016 Merrittville Assistant Pit Steward Application.
Honeywell Safety Kid’s Club Directors Mike and Kim Barnett were married just after the end of the 2015 Season and with their daughter Remi Lynn – life has become busy. “We’d like to thank Mike and Kim for all their efforts over the years,” said Bicknell-Jones, “with the youngster growing up … we can appreciate that they can’t commit to leading another year of pre-race entertainment for our younger race fans.” Individuals interested in applying for the two Kids’ Club Director Positions can follow the same procedure as above but include in an email submission – 2016 Merrittville Kid’s Club Director Application.
For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 65th Consecutive Season in 2016 – 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 To reach Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office call 905-685-7223
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