Matt Sheppard Wins 5th Bob St. Amand Sr
Memorial at Merrittville

For the fifth time in eight editions of the Bob St. Amand Sr Memorial at the Merrittville Speedway, “Super Matt” Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, NY was victorious after 100 laps. The win for Sheppard was his fifth on the Series, the fourth victory in a row on the tour, and earned a $6,000 payday for his efforts. “The Mongrel” Jay Mallory from St. Catharines, Ontario scored his second win of the season in the S&W Service Centre Sportsman. Rob Murray from St. Catharines, Ontario won his fourth Hoosier Stocks feature of the season, and third in a row. Tony Kelly from Niagara Falls, Ontario won his seventh feature of the season for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders.

“I thought we missed a little bit tonight” stated Sheppard in victory lane. “Erick (Rudolph) and Gary (Lindberg) were gone out front”. “I really appreciate everything that the St. Amand family does for this race and am honored to win this race again”, Sheppard added. 

“Mad Max” Max McLaughlin and Merrittville regular Gary Lindberg brought the field to the double green flags of Dave Farney to start the 8th Annual Bob St. Amand Sr Memorial for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, with Rich Scagliotta and Tommy Flannigan getting together in turn four to immediately bring out the caution, with no laps completed. When the green flags flew, McLaughlin would fly to the lead over Lindberg, Erick Rudolph, Tim Jones and Matt Sheppard racing in the top five. The lead duo would quickly pull away from third place Erick Rudolph, as Sheppard was holding off the challenges of Chad Brachmann, who took fifth away from “Super Matt” on lap six. Fred Carleton spun on the homestretch to bring out the caution on lap seven. The lap 13 restart would see Lindberg take the lead away from McLaughlin on the outside of turns one and two as Rudolph, Brachmann, and Tim Jones raced in the top five. Brett Hearn spun in turn four and collected Pat Ward and last chance qualifier winner Mark D’llario on lap 21 to slow the field down once again. ¼ of the way through the race, Gary Lindberg continued to show the way over Max McLaughlin, Chad Brachmann, Erick Rudolph, and Tim Jones in the top five with Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Billy Decker, Mat Williamson and Ryan Susice rounded out the top 10.  

Lindberg would take off in the lead on the lap 30 restart over McLaughlin, as Matt Sheppard passed Tim Jones to enter the top five. Sheppard would catch Rudolph on lap 37 and would challenge for the fourth position as Series points leader Billy Decker was closing in on Rudolph and Sheppard. Race leader Lindberg would continue his torrid pace at the front of the field and would enter lap traffic on lap 42, as he continued to pull away from McLaughlin. Lindberg would continue to lead the field at the halfway mark. Brachmann would reel in McLaughlin and would complete the pass for second while in heavy lap traffic on lap 55, with Rudolph taking third away from McLaughlin with Sheppard also getting by the second generation driver from Mooresville, NC.

Erick Rudolph was able to get around Brachmann and would start to go after Lindberg with 35 laps remaining. Rudolph was able to close the gap on Lindberg and would catch him with less than 25 remaining with a clean track in front of them. Rudolph would go underneath Lindberg while putting Stewart Friesen down a lap on lap 76 and the lead duo would put on a battle for the lead. Matt Sheppard would pass Brachmann to take over third place, while Rudolph was battling Lindberg. Rudolph would put the battle to Lindberg and Rudolph would spin in turn four to bring out the caution with 19 laps remaining, moving Matt Sheppard into second. Before the lap 81 caution, the field went green for 51 circuits.

The lap 81 restart would see Lindberg and Sheppard battle for the lead and Sheppard would take the lead on lap 85. While Sheppard was leading Lindberg, Billy Decker would take third away from Brachmann. Fred Carleton hit the front straightaway hard on lap 95 to bring out the caution. The final five laps would see Sheppard still in the lead but Lindberg kept closing in on “Super Matt”. Sheppard would go on to score the win over Lindberg, Decker, Williamson, and Brachmann.

“Track position helped a lot tonight” stated runner up finisher Gary Lindberg. “We are taking care of our business and we had a good car tonight,” said third place finisher Billy Decker. As part of the payout from the St. Amand family, all the Merrittville regulars received extra bonus money.

Matt Farnham and Jay Mallory brought the field of S&W Service Center Sportsman to the green flag for their feature event with Farnham in the lead over Mallory, James Michael Friesen, Justin Sharp and Luke Carleton racing in the top five. Jay Mallory would take the lead away from Farnham on lap four and would start to pull away from the defending Ransomville Speedway track champion. Brad Rouse would work his way through the field and entered the top five after the midway point of the race. Farnham would close the gap on Mallory and work through lap traffic. Robbie Johnston would spin in turn two to bring out the caution with just one lap remaining. Mallory would lead the final lap to score the win. James Michael Friesen, Farnham, Brad Rouse and Justin Sharp completed the top five.

Jim Lampman took the lead from his outside pole position in the Hoosier Stock feature event. Lampman, Billy Bleich Jr, Dave Bailey and Vince Fargnoli went four-wide for the lead on lap three with Bailey taking the lead. James Thompson brought out the races first caution on lap four. On the restart, Bailey would jump back into the lead as Bleich raced in second and challenged Bailey for the lead. Bailey and Bleich would battle for the lead for several circuits as Dave Small raced in third place. Small would pass Bleich for second on lap nine, with Murrayracing in third at the halfway mark. Murray would then go after Small and then pass Bailey to take the lead away on lap 11. With Murray out front, Small and Bleich battled for second with Bailey and Blake Bomberry raced in the top five. James Thompson spun for the second time to bring out the caution with three laps remaining. The late race restart would see Murray go on to score his third straight win and fourth win of the season.

Tony Kelly and Tom Neale brought the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders to the green flag for their main event with Kelly jumping into the lead with Alex Riley taking second away from Neale at the end of the opening circuit. Mike “Pinball” Giberson hit the wall in turn four to bring out the races first caution on lap two. The early race restart would see Kelly back into the lead over Riley and Jason Coutu. Coutu would take second away from Riley on lap three but Riley would regain it back on the following lap. Kelly would stretch his lead by the halfway mark over Riley and Coutu. Riley would start to close the lead that Kelly had over the field in the late going and would catch Kelly when the leader hit lap traffic with three laps to go. Kelly would hold off Riley to get the win. Jason Coutu, Austyn Werstroh, and Jay Moulton completed the top five. “I didn’t know what the track was going to be like tonight but it was fast and am excited to be back in victory lane” stated Kelly in victory lane.

Fans were treated pre-race to the annual Pasta Dinner provided by Club Castropignano.

Merrittville Speedway will return to action on Saturday, August 12th as Niagara Help Employment Centre presents the Bill Willard Sr Sterling Silver Cup Sportsman event and Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt home race number two and the popular Kids Box Car Races! A full Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series will also be presented. Pit gates open at 5:00 pm, grandstands at 5:30 pm with Showtime beginning at 7:00 pm.

Race Results – Bob St Amand Memorial 100

Super DIRTcar Series: MATT SHEPPARD, Gary Lindberg, Billy Decker, Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Mike Bowman, Ryan Susice, Peter Britten, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, Max McLaughlin, Tim Fuller, Tim Jones, Stewart Friesen, Pete Bicknell, Brett Hearn, Todd Gordon, Scott Wood, Pat Ward, Brent Begolo, Keith Flach, Billy Whittaker, Mike Maresca, Tommy Flannigan, Fred Carleton, Mark D’llario, Jimmy Phelps, Shayne Pierce, Rich Scagliotta Did Not Start: Brandon Walters

Qualifying Winners: Matt Sheppard, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Susice, Billy Decker

Last Chance Qualifier Winner: Mark D’llario

Fast Time Award: Max McLaughlin (16.692sec)

S&W Service Centre Sportsman: JAY MALLORY, James Michael Friesen, Matt Farnham, Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp, Luke Carleton, Trevor Wright, Rob Knapp, Cody McPherson, Brent Begolo, Chris Storm, Charlie Lynch, Adam Leslie, Rob Goulding, Chris Bellamy, Dave DiPietro, Tom Richau, Dean Scott, Robbie Johnston, Sean Dominey

Qualifying Winners: Rob Knapp, Luke Carleton, Matt Farnham

Hoosier Stocks: ROB MURRAY, Dave Small, Billy Bleich Jr, Dave Bailey, Blake Bomberry, Ryan Beagle, Brad Sheehan, Kyle Pelrine, Vince Fargnoli, Steve Shaw, James Thompson, Jim Lampman, Mike Miller, Donny Lampman, Trevor DeBoer, Teeple, Marcel Michaud, Robin Mortensen, Tanner Podwinski, Jason Fontaine, Derek VanMil, Bill Podwinski

Qualifying Winners: Kyle Pelrine, Jim Lampman, Billy Bleich Jr

Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders: TONY KELLY, Alex Riley, Jason Coutu, Austyn Werstroh, Jay Moulton, Garnet Wilson, Tom Neale, Vincent Pagnotta, Cole Hardy, Sam Iftody, Trevor Want, Chris Laskey, Mike Giberson  Did Not Start: Brandon Iudiciani, Kyle Rothwell, Rob Sauder

Qualifying Winners: Jason Coutu, Garnet Wilson

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