Sterling Silver Sportsman Award, Hoosier Stock
Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event and Kid’s Box Car Races highlight NEHC Night – Make Up Date for
1st Home Track Event set

With Merrittville Speedway’s Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Race Teams coming off one of the busiest stretches of the season, the S&W Service Centre Sportsman Division Drivers will contend for the 27th Annual Sterling Silver Sportsman Trophy … the Hoosier Stocks will compete in the second Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event. Kids have no doubt have been busy as well – preparing for Saturday August 12th’s Annual Box Car Races.

Racing is about family and friends.

When former racer Ken Walsh of St. Catharines got his start in what is now the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division – one family that helped him out was the Willards – especially Bill Willard Senior.

Walsh wanted to honor one of Merrittville’s pioneers and The Sterling Silvr Award is an annual award he created for the 1990 season and every year honors his memory.

2017 is the 27th edition of the Sterling Silvr Award and of all the previous winners – James Friesen, Justin Sharp, Brad Rouse, Bill’s great grandson Cody McPherson and Chad Chevalier are the only driver still regularly active in the division.  

Beginning in the 1950’s the Willard family got its start in the local racing scene when Bill Willard Senior quickly became an accomplished car owner for drivers including Don Taylor, Bev MacTavish, Stan Friesen, George Winger and Terry Edwards while at the same time providing towing service through Willard & Son Towing which is now CAA Niagara.  

Fast forward to the 1970’s and the cars Bill Sr. and his son Al would own and maintain would be those driven by the family’s third generation … Bill Willard and later his sister Tammy.

In recent years, Bill’s son BJ was a regular competitor in the Sportsman Division in the familiar #77 but has stepped away from the sport since moving to Eastern Ontario. BJ’s cousin Cody McPherson - son of Bill’s granddaughter Lori and her husband Guy is a former Sterling Silvr Winner as well as a former King of the Crates and overall Point Champion.

“Since it’s start … the Sterling Silver Trophy has been a great tradition for our Sportsman Teams that honors the memory of Bill Willard Sr,” said Merrittville’s Don Spiece, “and the Duel on the Dirt Series has been a quite a tradition for our Hoosier Stocks. With the Kid’s Box Car Races … it all adds up to be an action-packed night.”

“The second Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event kind of crept on us,” added Spiece, “we realized that we never rescheduled the first that was rained out back on May 6th … the date for that is now Saturday August 19th.”

Box car racing affords the opportunity for all kids – not just the members of the Kids Club to race on the front-stretch of the d-shaped oval with very little cost or work. All you need is a box … put a hole in the top for their body to fit through … paint and decorate it like your favorite race car and you’re ready to race.

“This is a great chance for the parent and child to work together,” adds Kid’s Club Director Mackenzie Panunte, “they can build their box together and then work together in the race … we saw some great teamwork and strategy last season for sure.”

Kids wishing to enter the Box Car Races can find all the rules and regulations by clicking on

The Niagara Employment Help Centre will present the event that will feature kids in their own creations on their own track on the front stretch in addition to the 2nd Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event.

The Niagara Employment Help Centre will help you find your job in Niagara.

Looking for a fantastic new career?

Looking to hire an energetic new employee?

Join the Niagara Employment Help Centre to explore tomorrow’s possibilities today. NEHC can help you reach out and plan a better future.

Employers are encourages to list jobs in our Niagara Job Listings. Job seekers have access to resume building tools and access to knowledgeable experts.

The Niagara Employment Help Centre at 6100 Thorold Stone Road in Niagara Falls is open Mondays from 8:30 to 6 and from Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. You can also visit NEHC on line at  or by calling 905-358-0021.

Saturday August 12th’s Niagara Employment Help Centre Night begins when the Grandstands open at 5:30 with Showtime at 7 PM.

For further information on Merrittville Speedway’s 2017 Season visit or call the Winter Office at 905-984-608 or via e mail at Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book ( Speedway) and Twitter (

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2017 66th  Anniversary Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Pinty’s Delicious Foods, S&W Service Centre, Hoosier Tire Canada, Wood Motor Company and Central Fabricating in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at  and visit them when you require their products and/or services. 

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