McPherson wins opening round of
David Chevrolet King of
the Crate Series
CAA Niagara’s annual Member Appreciation Night showed Merrittville Speedway Race Fans their expertise in 24 hour Roadside Assistance as the month of May closed with a caution-filled event.
Former David Chevrolet King of the Crates Champion Cody McPherson of St. Catharines first win of 2016 came in the 30 lap Special Event for the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.
Joining McPherson as first time winners as well were defending Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Champion Chad Brachmann of Sanborn NY and Rob Misener of Welland to took home his first Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Mod Lite Feature. Mark Fawcett of Canfield and Tyler Lafantaisie of Welland each won their second features of the season in the Hoosier Stock and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Divisions as did Tom Richau in the Yager Bros Trucking Novice Sportsman Feature.
“The car has been really good all season but up til now we’ve always met with bad luck,” said Cody McPherson in Victory Lane for the first time of 2016, “tonight … we put it all together!” Brad Rouse was first to lead the 30 lap David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Opener with the three time winner and Paul Gaboury quickly pulling away from the field until the first caution on lap 6 slowed the field. Rouse resumed control on the restart until caution quickly slowed the field. With Rouse out front Gaboury was being challenged by Cody McPherson. McPherson would take the runner up spot just ahead of a lap 8 caution. Rouse regained top spot on the restart with two more laps complete before caution once again. Rouse set the pace once again but crossing the start finish line to start lap 12 – the new leader was Cody McPherson. Caution quickly would slow McPherson who was the leader on the restart. Justin Sharp got a little high between Turns 1 and 2 late in the event but only lost one spot – dropping from third to fourth without a caution. At the finish, McPherson was followed by Rouse, Gaboury, Sharp and Rob Knapp.
“All those cautions .. not something I wanted for sure,” said Chad Brachmann in Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Victory Lane for the first time of the season, “I almost missed my marks a few times and gave Pete (Bicknell) the line.” Todd Gordon was first to lead with battles back in the pack quickly three wide for position. With 5 laps complete, Gordon led Chad Brachmann until caution for a slowing Paul Lindberg 5 laps later. Gordon and Brachmann were side by side on the restart with neither driver having a clear advantage until lap 13 when Gordon opened up a lead of a couple car lengths. Tyler McPherson would get by Brachmann but by halfway the defending champion was back in the runner up spot. Caution on lap 19 would find Brachmann in top spot with a caution right away after both Gordon and Chris Steele slowed. Brachmann set the pace on the restart with Ryan Susice in second ahead of quite a battle between Tyler McPherson, Pete Bicknell and Erick Rudolph. A Caution on lap 22 had Brachmann out front once again with Bicknell overtaking Susice for second. A lap 26 caution had the return to racing delayed after Mark D’Ilario and Scott Wood ending up in the infield along the front stretch. Brachmann was again out front on the restart with the pace slowed as quickly as they refired. Brachmann again set the pace once again and in the closing laps drove away to a lead of almost 2 seconds over Pete Bicknell, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice and Tyler McPherson.
“I’m surprised the car was this good … there’s something broke in the rear end” revealed first time Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Feature Winner Rob Misener, “I could see it unfold between Paul and Josh … they were just too close! Tyler Winger was first to lead the 20 lap Modified Lite Feature but down the front-stretch the first time the rookie got off the pace with Chris Watson the new leader. Lap 9 would have Josh Sliter drive by Watson for the lead with Watson unfortunately losing control into Turn 1. Sliter resumed the lead on the restart until a lap 11 caution regaining top spot on the restart once again. Paul Klager began to challenge the leader just as another caution slowed the field on lap 14. Sliter and Klager raced each back to green and in the closing laps drove away to a comfortable lead. Klager made a last lap move on Sliter that unfortunately backfired with the two coming together in Turn 4. Rob Misener would lead the most important lap in taking the win ahead of Shawn Sliter, Chris Watson, Steven Beckett and RJ Pietz.
“Bleich had a good run going … he was the one to bear tonight,” said Mark Fawcett after his second Hoosier Stock Feature win of 2016, “it was tough up front … I got boxed in a little at the start – but somehow I made it through.” Kyle Pelrine outraced fellow front row starter Steve Shaw to the green flag to start the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature until Bill Bleich Jr took over top spot exiting Turn 4 to complete lap 4. Quickly Dave Bailey would challenge Pelrine for position. At the halfway point caution would slow the field with a number of other cars heading pitside with flat tires and other issues. Bleich set the pace on the restart with Pete Reid the new challenger for top spot. Defending Champion Mark Fawcett would join the two front-runner s in pulling away from the field until a lap 13 caution. Bleich edged ahead of Reid on the restart with Fawcett taking second just ahead of the 5 to go mark. On a lap 16 restart, Bleich resumed control with Reid and Fawcett side by side behind. Down the backstretch the final time it was three wide for top spot. Out of Turn 4 the final time, Fawcett took top spot through to the checkered flag ahead of some contact between Reid and Bleich which sent Bleich’s car rolling into Turn 1. When they crossed the finish line, Fawcett was followed by Reid, Bleich, Jim Lampman and Dave Bailey.
“I could hear Tony (Kelly) behind me … I didn’t know where he was – I just kept my line around the bottom,” said Tyler Lafantaisie after his second straight 4 Cylinder Feature Win, “I think something’s broke through I don’t know what’s hanging off it.” Clinton Nicholls set the pace at the start of the 15 lap Feature for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders and by two laps in was being challenged by Cole Hardy. The field was stopped for a red flag on lap 2 after rookie Vincent Pagnotta flipped his car In Turn 1 after contact with Tom Neale. Hardy took control of top spot on the restart until getting out of shape exiting Turn 4 to complete lap 4 shuffling the order on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard. The result of the skirmish … Tyler Lafantaisie was the new leader with Jason Coutu second and Alex Riley in third. A lap 7 restart once again had Lafantaisie out front. Around the halfway point Lafantaisie wh opened the Triple Crown Series last Monday with a win had pulled away from Tony Kelly and Kyle Rothwell who now made up the top 3. A last lap incident set up a one lap dash to the finish with Lafantaisie in control on the restart. At the finish, Lafantaisie was followed by Kelly, Rothwell, Riley and Jay Moulton.
The Yager Bros Trucking Novice Sportsman Feature had Tom Richau lead the final event of the night the entire distance.
UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY Baron Roofing and Siding will present the second Triple Crown Series Event for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division with racing in all other Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions – Saturday June 4th. A little earlier on the schedule this season – Race Fans are encouraged to bring their Dogs to the Races for the Best Dog Contest. Grandstands will open at 5:30 with Show Time at 7:00 PM.
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Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Feature – David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Opener (30 laps) Cody McPherson, Brad Rouse, Paul Gaboury, Justin Sharp, Rob Knapp, Mark Chiddy, Brent Begolo, Jay Mallory, Joey Mastroianni, Jordan Cosco, Dylan Davidson, Chris Bellamy, Tom Richau, Chris Watters, Trevor Wright, John Babion, Chris Storm, Darrell Farraway, Sean Dominey, Jesse Penner.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Chad Brachmann, Pete Bicknell, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice, Tyler McPherson, Mike Bowman, Gary Lindberg, Tommy Flannigan, Wayne Conn, Mark D’Ilario, Tim Jones, Scott Wood, Todd Gordon, David Flannigan Jr., Chris Steele, James Friesen, Paul Lindberg.
Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Feature (20 laps) Rob Misener, Shawn Sliter. Chris Watson, Steven Beckett, RJ Pietz, Randy Hollingshead, Craig Martin, Tyler Winger, Josh Sliter, Ray Sliter Jr., Ryleigh Sliter, Paul Klager, Marty deMoel.
Hoosier Stock Feature (20 laps) Mark Fawcett, Pete Reid, Billy Bleich Jr., Jim Lampman, Dave Bailey, Vince Fargnoli, Chris Crawford, Kyle Pelrine, Jack Myers, Steve Shaw, Nick Dennis, Logan Shwedyk, Tony Shintani, James Marr, Derek VanMil, Marcel Michaud, Chris Schneider.
Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Feature (15 laps) Tyler Lafantaisie, Tony Kelly, Kyle Rothwell, Alex Riley, Jay Moulton, Garnet Wilson, Gary Hodasun, Sam Iftody, Brian Teeple, Kourtney Kocarik, Nick Sarantakos, Kyle Miller, Clinton Nicholls, Jeremy Smith, Mike Giberson, Trevor Want, Cole Hardy, Jason Coutu, Jeff Hill, Austyn Werstroh, Mike Sadusek, Vincent Pagnotta, Tom Neale. Yager Bros Trucking Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) Tom Richau, Trevor Wright, Chris Watters, Sean Dominey, Chris Storm.
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