Susice, Rouse, Bailey, Winger, Lafantaisie, and Dymtrow
Scores Wins at Merrittville
by Steven Petty
THOROLD, ONTARIO (August 17, 2019) … Ryan Susice from
Ransomville, NY won his first S&W Service Centre 358
Modified feature of the season on Loop Paint night at
Merrittville Speedway. Brad Rouse from St. Catharines,
Ontario won the main event for the David Chevrolet DIRTcar
Sportsman and clinched the David Chevrolet King of the
Crates Championship. Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario
won his third Hoosier Stock feature of the season. Tyler
Winger from Fort Erie, Ontario won his first Doidge Builders
Mod Lites. Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario won his
fourth Central Fabricating 4 Cylinder feature of the season.
Josh Dymtrow from Welland, Ontario won his first Dave’s Auto
and Speed Centre V6 feature.
Bill Podwinski and Rob
Knapp brought the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds to the
green flag for their main event with Knapp
showing the way.
Ryan Susice would move into third and would challenge Scott
Wood for second place. Susice would take over second and
would go after race leader Knapp. A couple of early race
cautions would bunch the field back up. After a lap nine
restart, Susice would take the lead away from Knapp as Todd
Gordon would move into second on lap 11. Mike Bowman would
move back up through the field and would enter the top five
on lap 15 and would go after Tim Jones for third place.
Bowman would continue his march to take over second from
Gordon on lap 19 and would clear the position on lap 20.
Susice would stretch the lead over Bowman as Pete Bicknell
took over third from Todd Gordon. Susice would hold the lead
and would go on to score the win, his first of the season.
Brad Rouse and Brent Begolo brought the field to the
green flag in the finale of the King of the Crates David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman with Rouse
showing the way.
Rouse would start to stretch the lead as James Michael
Friesen took over second place from Begolo. Race leader
Rouse would hit lap traffic on lap 10. In lap traffic,
Friesen would be able to start to reel in Rouse who had over
a 1.5-second advantage over the second-place runner. Lap
traffic played havoc on the field and would allow Begolo to
reel in Friesen for second while Rouse continued to open up
the lead. Begolo would move into second after battling with
lap traffic and would go after race leader Rouse. Rouse
would hold off a hard-charging Begolo to score the feature
win and would clinch the King of the Crates Championship.
Jason Fontaine and Brad Sheehan were on the front row
for the Hoosier Stocks feature event and it was Sheehan
taking the lead as Rob Murray moved into second with Billy
Bleich Jr, Dave Bailey and Fontaine racing in the top five.
Billy Bleich Jr would take the lead away from Murray on lap
five. Bleich, Murray, and Bailey would pull away from
Fontaine. Fontaine and Dave Small got together on the front
straightaway to bring out the caution on lap 12. The lead
trio of Bleich, Bailey, and Murray battled for the lead off
the restart with Bailey taking over the lead on lap 14.
Bailey would go on to score his third feature win of the
Cheeseburger Iftody and RJ Pietz were on the
row in the main event for the Doidge Building Centres
Mod Lites with Iftody taking the lead from the drop of the
green. Iftody and Tyler Winger would pull away from the
field. Winger would take the lead away from Iftody on lap
nine, as Josh Sliter battled with Brent Begolo for third
place. Sliter would battle with Iftody for several laps and
would reel in Winger for the lead. Winger would hold off
Sliter to score the win.
Dan McKay and Tony Kelly led
the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders to the green flag for
their main event with Kelly showing the way. Jay Moulton,
Tyler Lafantaisie, Austyn Werstroh, and Jeremy Cooper
battled for second place. Lafantaisie would take over second
and would start to go after race leader Tony Kelly.
Lafantaisie would battle with Kelly for the lead and would
move into the top spot on lap nine.
JJ MacDonald and
Tina Ronning led the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 feature
to the green flag for their feature event with Ronning
showing the way. Josh Dymtrow would clear Ronning for the
lead on lap three as Dave Hahl and Kevin Conley battling for
third. Dymtrow would start to pull away from the field as
Conley continued to pressure Ronning. Dymtrow would go on to
score the win over Conley and Ronning.
NOTES: 94 cars signed in pitside for the racing action. Fans
had the opportunity to see their favorite drivers on track
during the popular autograph session. The speedway would
like to welcome the groups associated with the Merrittville
Speedway Gives Back Program.
The road to the 2019
Merrittville Speedway track championships continues
Saturday, August 24 as Fastek Power Tools & Fasteners will
present a full Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series
program. Pit gates will open at 5 pm with grandstands
opening at 5:30 pm and showtime will be at 7 pm sharp.
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