First Gabe Bellante Memorial Win for Rouse leads to David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Title
With an impressive selection, Niagara Trailers can make you King of the Road. August 19th at Merrittville Speedway, Victory in the 40 lap Gabe Bellante Memorial made Brad Rouse - King of the Crates – after the St. Catharines racer took the David Chevrolet Mini-Series for the S&W Service Centre Sportsman Division.
Two drivers would take home their second wins of 2017 – Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway and Welland’s Cole Hardy in the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified and Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinder Divisions.
Three others – Brent Begolo, Rob Murray and Greg Rauscher would each take home their 5th wins in the Wood Motor Company Modified Lite, Hoosier Stock and Novice Sportsman Divisions.
“This one means a lot … I’ve been trying to win it but could only finish second,” said Brad Rouse in Victory Lane after being congratulated by his good friend Rick Bellante – son of Gabe Bellante in what was his 4th win of the season, “thanks to my crew – they work so hard on this car – there’s not a night it doesn’t come prepared.”
Joey Herremans took the 24 car starting field to the green flag with Matt Farnham in control the first time down the backstretch
On the move in the early going were Rouse, James Friesen, Brent Begolo and Chad Chevalier and by lap 5 – Rouse had caught the leaders. Two laps later Rouse was the new leader – pulling away to a 10 car length advantage.
Begolo would take on Farnam for second and before lap 10 had the position.
Just after lap 15, Begolo was able to narrow the gap as through increasing lap traffic in the final stages the slower cars sometimes helped the leaders and sometimes hindered them.
At the finish, Rouse, Begolo and Farnham were followed by Chevalier and Cody McPherson in the caution free event.
“We gave one away last week … so this one’s for my crew and everyone that puts up with us working on this thing so much,” said two time Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature Winner Gary Lindberg.
One week before the former Cayuga Speedway reopens as Jukasa Speedway with the Late Model Summer Shootout – Lindberg was excited to put the spotlight on his sponsor adding, “we’ll be up there both days with the car … maybe we’ll take it out on the track.”
Mat Williamson was first to lead the 35 lap Feature and from the drop of the green was off to a lead of some 10 car lengths. By lap 10, Lindberg began to close that gap.
Lap 12 would find Lindberg edging ahead of Williamson. The tables would be turned with Lindberg now opening up a comfortable lead. The top three would be separated by about the same distance with Pete Bicknell in third.
By lap 25, Lindberg would increase his lead to almost a straightaway.
Lap traffic would not slow Lindberg down in the closing laps – his margin of victory was an unofficial 5 seconds over Williamson. Chad Brachmann would make a late race charge to take third with Bicknell and Ryan Susice rounding out the top 5.
“I was thinking it was all over,” said Cole Hardy in 4 Cylinder Victory Lane for the second time, “I saw my chance and went for it.”
Hardy - who took the lead from Tom Neale out of Turn 4 to complete lap 1 survived a couple of restarts. More of a challenge was Alex Riley.
Hardy, Riley and Jay Moulton were nose to tail at the halfway point with the trio about 10 car lengths ahead of the field. Hardy and Riley were side by side on lap 9 before Hardy found a little breathing room. Riley and Moulton were back on the attack quickly.
The three went three wide the final time down the backstretch with Riley out front until Hardy made his move – beating Riley to the start finish line by a little more than the length of Hardy’s hood.
Hardy, Riley and Moulton were followed by Tony Kelly and Rob Sauder.
“In the beginning I couldn’t find my groove,” said Brent Begolo in Mod Lite Victory Lane, “After I got settled in … I just picked them off one at a time – it all worked out.”
The last car that Begolo picked off was Steven Beckett who had led from the start of the 15 lap caution free Feature.
Begolo and Beckett were followed by Jeffrey May, Tyler Winger and Chris Watson.
“We touched … but he’s a good racer.” said Hoosier Stock Feature Winner Rob Murray of his race with Ryan Dinning, “I built that car back in the day … it’s still fast!
Bill Podwinski survived a couple early cautions before Dave Bailey became the new leader. Murray would take over second before taking the lead on lap 4.
Murray would resume the lead after a lap 6 caution with Dinning challenging. Two times on laps 10 and 12 restarts after cautions, Dinning and Murray would be side by side with Murray holding the advantage.
Dinning would lead lap 13 with Murray back in control one lap later.
At the finish, Murray and Dinning were followed by Jason Lungaro, Dave Bailey and Dave Small.
Scott Sonnenberg, Ian Porter and Greg Rauscher quickly went three wide at the start of the 10 lap Novice Sportsman Feature before Rauscher took the lead the first time down the backstretch.
Once in second spot, Gord McIntosh reeled in the leader and taking the white flag – the two were side by side. Rauscher would find an advantage down the backstretch the final time for his 5th win of the season.
UPCOMING at Merrittville Speedway
Merrittville will return to action with a Double Header with events set for Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon August 26th and 27th.
Gaston’s Auto Sales will present the 37 lap $3700 to win for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds August 26th.
The Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Event will also feature the S&W Service Centre Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, Wood Motor Company Modified Lites and the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders.
Grandstands open at 5:30 with Show Time set for 7 PM.
Sunday August 27th beginning at 1 PM – the Seaway Mall will present Motorized Mayhem featuring the Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomingdale’s 100 lap Enduro by Niagara plus a Ladies Race, Backwards Race, Flag Pole Race and Side by Side Race.
Train Wreck will present a Monster Truck Freestyle Performance.
Perhaps the most anticipated event is the Charity Bus Races between Country 89 and Giant FM On Air Hosts.
From Country 89 - Rob Leclerc is racing for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Stephanie Mizzi – the Learning Disabilities Association and Andre Gervais – the Wounded Warriors while GIANT FM’s Brian Salmon is supporting the Alzheimer's Association, KK - Niagara Dog Rescue and Jef Brown the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
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Niagara Trailers Night – Saturday August 19, 2017
Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Complete Results
Gabe Bellante Memorial David Chevrolet King of the Crates Finale for the S&W Service Centre Sportsman Feature (40 laps) Brad Rouse, Brent Begolo, Matt Farnham, Chad Chevalier, Adam Leslie, James Friesen, Tom Richau, Luke Carleton, Justin Sharp, Trevor Wright, Chris Watters, Charlie Lynch, Chris Storm, Chris Bellamy, Dave DiPietro, Rob Knapp, Brian Bellinger, AJ Custodi, Joey Herremans, David Flannigan, Robbie Johnston, Jay Mallory, Terry Larmet.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Gary Lindberg, Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, Scott Wood, Todd Gordon, Greg Panunte, Fred Carleton, Tim Jones, Tommy Flannigan, Jim Zimmerman.
Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinder Feature (15 laps) Cole Hardy, Alex Riley, Jay Moulton, Tony Kelly, Rob Sauder, Austyn Werstroh, Sam Iftody, Garnet Wilson, Tom Neale, Chris Laskey, Vincent Pagnotta, Trevor Want, ean Iftody, Mike Giberson, Dwayne Collens, Mason Smith.
Wood Motor Company Modified Lite Feature (15 laps) Brent Begolo, Steven Beckett, Jeffrey May, Tyler Winger, Chris Watson, Chris Perry, RJ Pietz, Randy Giroux, Tucker Wood, Craig Martin, Ryleigh Sliter.
Hoosier Stock Feature (20 laps) Rob Murray, Ryan Dinning, Jason Lungaro, Dave Bailey, Dave Small, Billy Bleich Jr., Andrew Reece, Kyle Pelrine, Steve Shaw, Go Fast Teeple, Donny Lampman, Tanner Podwinski, Robin Mortensen, Jim Lampman, Brad Sheehan, Bill Podwinski, Derek VanMill, Vince Fargnoli, Trevor DeBoer.
Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) Gregg Rauscher, Paul Cunningham, Scott Sonnenberg, Ian Porter, Len Farraway.