A letter from St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair
To the staff, racers & fans of Merrittville Speedway,
As most of you know, we will not be continuing the Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial Race this year. It has been our pleasure to honour a great man for the past eight seasons. Bob St. Amand Sr. was an integral part of Merrittville Speedway, from his racing days to his time as the Pit Stewart, it was evident he would not want to spend his Saturday nights anywhere else. The support we have received year after year is a tribute to the respect we all had for Bob Sr. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support we have been given and it was an honour to give back to the racing community that he so loved.
The Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial Race was unlike any other and every year it was bigger and better! We still remember the first night when Bob Sr. was able to watch the Big Blocks come rumbling down the front grandstands, this was the last race that he was a part of and since that time, we have been dedicated to giving back to the sport that meant so much to him. And so we did, year after year, we were able to give something back to the local drivers, it meant everything to us to get to talk to all the drivers and hear how "Papa" inspired them.
We have created so many lasting memories, from watching Matt Sheppard in victory lane five times, to watching Danny Johnson add his name to the winners list and finally, cheering on our locals Mike Bowman and Mat Williamson to the checkered flag. We will cherish these moments just as you have.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. This event was a collaboration between L. St. Amand Enterprises and St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair and with the sale of L. St. Amand Enterprises on November 1st, 2017; it is no longer feasible to continue sponsoring the race.
To all the businesses, drivers, crews, staff and fans that contributed over these past 8 years, we whole-heartedly thank you! To Erica Bicknell-Jones and Jim Irvine, thank you for all the help you have given since day one. To the Bicknell and Williamson families, thank you for the seven years you were all involved. To Tracy Palleschi, Carin Sundin Marucci and the Murray family, thank you for all your help with selling laps. To the Spiece family, thank you for letting us continue this wonderful event in honour of Bob St. Amand Sr. To Platinum Graphx, thank you for all the lettering and promotional material. Finally, to all the St. Amand family and friends that helped to organize, sell laps, sell t-shirts, handout stickers, lap payout organizing and handout payouts, thank you!!! So much time and effort goes into making this event successful and we can definitely say that is exactly what it was!
It has been a pleasure and something we will never forget!
St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair