Lindberg, Rouse, Bailey, Begolo, Hardy, And MacDonald
SCORE CANADA DAY WEEKEND WINS AT MERRITTVILLE
by Steven Petty
THOROLD, ONTARIO (June 29, 2019) … Four drivers earned their
second wins of the season on Saturday night as Submission
Subs presented the kickoff to the Canada Day Long Weekend at
Merrittville Speedway. Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario
won his second S&W Service Centre 358 Modified feature of
the season. Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario scored
his second David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman checkered flag
on the season. Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario scored
his second win of the season for the Hoosier Stocks. Brent
Begolo from Thorold, Ontario scored his second win on the
season in the Doidge Building Centre’s Mod Lites. Cole Hardy
from Welland, Ontario picked up the victory in the Central
Fabricating 4 Cylinders. JJ MacDonald from Ridgeville,
Ontario scored his first career win in the Dave’s Auto and
Speed Centre V6’s.
Bill Podwinski and Shayne Pierce
brought the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds to the green
flag for their 35-lap feature with Pierce showing the way.
Scott Wood spun in turn four to bring out the races first
caution on lap four. On the restart,
Mike Bowman looked
underneath Podwinski to move into second with Gary Lindberg
moving into the top three. Bowman would take the lead on lap
nine after Pierce went through the moat. Lindberg, Mat
Williamson, and Ryan Susice would also get around Pierce to
move into the top five. Williamson would move into third on
lap 15 after clearing Susice off of turn two. On a lap 18
restart, Bowman would clear for the lead as Lindberg and
Williamson battled for second. The top three would pull away
from the field as Lindberg started to reel in Bowman and
would challenge for the lead. Lindberg would take the lead
with five laps remaining as lap traffic became a factor late
in the event. Lindberg would hold off Bowman and Williamson
to pick up the checkered flag.
Derek VanMil and
Robbie Johnston brought the David Chevrolet DIRTcar
Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature with
Johnston quickly getting the lead. Paul Gaboury took over
second with Cosco, Dylan Davidson and Ryan Ferri racing in
the top five. Brad Rouse and James Michael Friesen worked
their way through the field as they raced with Jay Mallory
and Ferri. Derek VanMil, Brent Begolo, and Brandon Gruhl
crashed on the front straightaway to bring out the red flag
on lap seven. All drivers did climb out of their cars under
their own power with Begolo being able to drive away on his
own. On the restart, Johnston would continue to lead with
Gaboury, Cosco, and Brad Rouse raced in the top four. Rouse
would move into second and then would take the lead away on
lap 11. Cosco would move back into the top three as Friesen
and Greg Panunte challenged Gaboury at the halfway mark.
Rouse would pull away from the rest of the field as Panunte
and Cosco both battled Johnston for second place, with
Panunte taking away the position with six laps remaining.
Rouse would go on to score the win, his second of the
Kyle Pelrine and Bryce Richardson were on the
front row for the 20-lap Hoosier Stocks feature with Pelrine
showing the way with Billy Bleich Jr racing in
Richardson got high exiting turn four to bring out the races
first caution on lap three, giving up the second position.
Off the restart, a six-car battle for the lead started to
take shape with Pelrine, Rob Murray, Dave Bailey, Billy
Bleich Jr, Jason Fontaine and Rob Disher. Bailey would take
the lead just before the halfway mark. Rob Murray and Bleich
would battle for second with Murray clearing Bleich with six
laps remaining. Murray would close in on Bailey in the late
going but Bailey was able to hang on to score the win.
Bleich, Fontaine, and Disher would complete the top five.
Garnet Wilson and Cole Hardy were on the front row for
the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders with Hardy taking the
lead. Hardy would lead as
Tony Kelly would take over second
with Jay Moulton, Tyler Lafantaisie, and Austyn Werstroh
racing in the top five. After a lap five restart, Hardy and
Moulton would battle for the lead with Hardy holding onto
the top position. The top two of Hardy and Moulton would
pull away from the battle for third place with Lafantaisie,
Kyle Haynes, and Tony Kelly racing in the top five. Hardy
would hold off Moulton to score the win.
Sliter and Chris Perry were on the front row for the Doidge
Building Centre Mod Lites feature with Perry to the lead
early on. RJ Pietz
would take the lead away on lap two as
Perry, Rob Misener, Brent Begolo, and Josh Sliter raced in
the top five. Pietz would keep the lead as Begolo and Sliter
moved inside the top three to go after race leader Pietz.
The top three would pull away from Chris Perry, who was
holding off Jeffery May for fourth place. Begolo would take
the lead on lap 17, as Sliter took second away on lap 19.
Begolo would hold off Sliter by .0019 to score the win.
JJ MacDonald and Tina Ronning shared the front row for
the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 main event with
MacDonald showing the way. Tina Ronning raced in second with
Barry Blanchard racing in third. Kevin Conley would move
into third as the top two pulled away from the field. JJ
MacDonald would lead the entire distance to score the win.
Conley would finish in second and was followed by Lane,
Blanchard and Ronning.
NEWS AND NOTES: 102 cars
signed in pitside for the racing program.
July 1, Graybar Electrical and Schneider Electric presents
Fireworks! Racing action will feature the Race of Champions
Dirt 602 Sportsman Series, the Action Sprint Tour presented
by Race Rivalz.com and the Northeast Late Model Alliance for
RUSH Crate Late Models presented by Zanchin Truck and
Trailer. The Hoosier Stocks will also have their Insta
Panels Duel on the Dirt event. A school bus race will end
the racing action before a gigantic Fireworks display lights
up the sky. Showtime is at 7pm.
continues on July 6 as Gaston,s Auto Sales presents a full
Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series program plus the
annual Truckers Show and Shine. Racetime is at 7pm.
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