Semenuk’s Esso hosting 66th Anniversary Championship Finale – 50 lap John Spencer Memorial and Autograph Night

Semenuk’s Esso hosting 66th Anniversary
Championship Finale – 50 lap John Spencer Memorial
and Autograph Night 

When Semenuk’s Esso hosts Merrittville Speedway’s 66th Anniversary Championship Night Saturday September 2nd - race fans and race teams alike will share in cash and prize giveaways.

“Semenuk’s Esso Night has always hosted a great night for fans and racers,” informs Merrittville’s Don Spiece , “our hats off to the family and their customers for coming up with some great giveaways … we’ll be posting the purse additions prior to the weekend.!”

The Season Point Finale for the Pinty’s 358 Modifieds honors John Spencer who was an up and coming racer who passed away as a result of a racing accident in 1953 at the former Stamford Park in his home town of Niagara Falls.

Later that season and to coincide with the final points event of the season for the Modifieds, his crew created an Annual Memorial Award. Presented annually until the 1965 season, the award was lost until 1999 when former Merrittville owner Ken Kavanagh and his son – Reunion Committee Chairman Rick recovered it and restored it in time for presentation once again.

Merrittville’s Reunion Committee is set to show race fans a glimpse of race cars from over the years with a display near the Modified Championship Plaque including the Ivan Little #61 Tribute Car owned by Lorne Overholster and the 2017 358 Modified of defending and 24 time Points Champion Pete Bicknell who is also the defending John Spencer Memorial Winner.

At intermission, from all divisions – S&W Service Centre Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, Wood Motor Company Modified Lites and Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinders in addition to the Modifieds will take a break from their final points events and fill the front stretch with their racers for an Autograph Session.

Before or after the races you have to know too that you can get your fill of Gas … Diesel or Propane at Semenuk’s Esso – located just south of the track at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Hwy 20 at Turner’s Corners.

Semenuk’s Esso is one of the last remaining Full Service Gas Stations in the area – featuring Gas, Diesel and Propane at competitive prices. Having the closest ATM to the Speedway – it’s the one stop to make on your way to the track … on the way home and during the week as they carry many convenience items.

The Semenuk’s Esso presentation of the 2017 66th Anniversary Championship Chase Finale begins when the gates open at 5:30 with Show Time at 7:00 PM.

John Spencer Memorial Winners

1953 Jerry Winger 

1954 Murray Stricker
1955 Murray Stricker 
1956 Bruce Van Dyke 
1957 Bruce Van Dyke
1958 George Winger 
1959 George Winger
1960 Bruce Van Dyke 
1961 Bill Rafter 
1962 Sandy MacPherson 
1963 Bruce Van Dyke 
1964 Bruce Van Dyke 
1965 Lloyd Holt 

2000 Peter Bicknell                   
2001 Peter Bicknell
2002 Chad Brachman
2003 Peter Bicknell
2004 Fred Carleton
2005 Peter Bicknell 
2006 Rained Out. 
2007 Peter Bicknell 
2008 Larry Lampman 
2009 Mike Bowman               
2010 Mike Bowman 
2011 Larry Lampman                     
2012 Mike Bowman                     
2013 Mat Williamson  

2014 Mat Williamson

2015 Chad Brachmann

2016 Pete Bicknell

Semenuk’s Esso Night begins when the Grandstands open at 5:30 with Show Time set for 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 donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.comRace fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book ( Speedway) and Twitter (

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