WRECK FEST 2019 and Merrittville Speedway Bring Big BANG to Southern Ontario

by Steven Petty  THOROLD, ONTARIO (June 7, 2019) … Merrittville Speedway played host to the first ever WRECK FEST event on Sunday, June 2nd presented by Thorold Auto Parts. A near record-breaking crowd was on hand to witness the headlining event, Ontario’s 1st ever School bus Demolition Derby.

“With the weather forecast, the crowd kind of caught us by surprise” states WRECK FEST 2019 promoter, Tom Beales. Beales also says WRECK FEST 2020 is already in the works and will once again feature a School Bus Demolition Derby.

The show which was delayed by 30 mins due to weather and getting the derby ring ready, after overnight and morning rains. Started off with a $2500 to win 4-cylinder demolition derby. The mini smash sanctioned by Smash Motorsports would see entries from all over Southern Ontario including as far away as St Thomas and Kingston. In the end, it was Veteran Demolition Derby Hot Shoe Reg Bonneau from Leamington Ontario, taking home the prestigious $2500 top prize. Second place went to Dave Sanders of Mount Forest Ontario, while Simcoe Ontario’s Mike Graves took home the 3rd spot.

Next up on the smashing day was the feature demolition derby stars. Kids 4 to 10 years of age were invited to bring out their power wheels. 20 youngsters took to the centre of the derby ring and battled it out for five minutes of fame in front of a standing room only crowd. In the end, all the kids were winners. Special thanks to Pleasantview Funeral Home & Cemetery for sponsoring the power wheels action, and Southern Ontario Power Wheels Derby association for all their help.

A redneck burnout competition would WOW the crowd next; it would be Don Crawford who would get the fans vote for best 30 seconds of entertainment.

Any 4-cylinder cars who could get their car back running were invited back out next. At the end of the free for all frenzy, it would be Hamilton Ontario’s Thomas Landry taking the victory. After a long hard-fought battle with Kingston Ontario’s Andrew Graham.

Then the event all of Ontario waited for, as 8 full-size school buses took to the ring. Fielding the busses would see several top Demolition drivers from all over Ontario. Jim Debeau, Three - generations of Dmytrows (Ed, Josh, Zach), along with former all Ontario demo Champions Rick Beales, Reg Bonneau. All could not hold off the hard-hitting Devon Germain from Port Colborne. Devons bus #28 would still be running strong at the end of the event. So, event officials put a disabled bus across the derby ring and had Germain T-bone the disabled bus in an attempt to flip it over. Although Germain was unsuccessful, the huge impact left the crowd giving the event winner a Standing ovation, as Germain climbed from the emergency roof hatch, with the checkered flag in hand.

With the huge success of this event, WRECK FEST 2020 is already in the works. It will include the return of a School Bus demo derby and will also see a $5000.00 to win demolition derby.

This event could not be possible with incredible sponsors: Thorold Auto Parts, Bobcat of Hamilton, Vanmill Landscaping, Pro Battery Shops, Country 89, Giant FM 91.7, Pete’s Automotive, Diesel Doctor, The Joe Show Network, Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Smash Motorsports, and Southern Ontario Power Wheels Derby Association.

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Steven Petty
Sports Information Director: Genesee Community College
Public Address Announcer: The College at Brockport Golden Eagles
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Humberstone Speedway
Lead Announcer: Merrittville Speedway

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