Williamson and Sliter Claim Second Features of ’19 at
Merrittville Sharp, Fontaine, Lafantaisie Win First of Year
by Steven Petty THOROLD, ONTARIO (May 18,
2019)…Defending S&W Service Centre 358 Modified Champion Mat
Williamson from St. Catharines, Ontario won his second
feature of the young season on Saturday night as the Pen
Centre presented the racing program at Merrittville
Speedway. Also collecting his second checkered flag of the
season was Ridgeway’s Josh Sliter in the Doidge Building
Centre’s Mod Lites. Winning their first features of the
season were Justin Sharp from St. Catharines in the David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman, Jason Fontaine from Port
Colborne in the Hoosier Stocks, and Welland’s Tyler
Lafantaisie in the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders. Joe
Bleich was victorious in the first Tim Hortons Enduro of the
season accelerated by JC Auto.
Twenty-One small block
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds took the green flag for the 35-lap
feature for the S&W Service Centre Modifieds. Tim Jones took
the lead away
from Shayne Pierce early on and would appear
to be on cruise control. Until reigning track champion, Mat
Williamson worked his way around Ryan Susice to take over
second. Williamson would look underneath Jones to take the
lead and Williamson would go on to score his second win of
the season. Jones would settle for second. “Mr. Small Block”
Pete Bicknell, after going to the rear of the field on lap
one, drove back through the field to finish third.
Justin Sharp won his first feature of the season in the
David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman. Sharp held off the
challenges from Ryan Ferri, James Michael Friesen
and Brad Rouse. Sharp took the lead for good exiting turn
four to hold off Ferri to score the win.
Stocks feature started with a bang. Fontaine would take the
lead from Murray as Murray slowed on top of the back
straightaway. Fontaine would go on to score his first
feature win of the season.
Austyn Werstroh, Jeremy
Cooper, and Tyler Lafantaisie all had turns
at the lead in
the main event for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders. In
the end, Lafantaisie used the bottom of the racetrack to
pick up the win, his first of the season.
divisional champion Jeffery May had the lead in the main
event for Doidge Building Centre’s Mod Lites when Josh
Sliter went three-wide with Randy Giroux and Chris Watson to
catch up to May. Sliter went to the outside of the track to
take the lead away from May. Sliter would go on to take his
second straight feature win.
NEWS AND NOTES: 71 bikes
were given away to lucky young race fans in the bike
giveaway. 92 cars signed in pitside to kick off Victoria Day
Victoria Day Monday, the UMP
Modifieds featuring Ken Schrader will be on hand sponsored
by Zavitz Financial Strategies and ZFS Benefit Solutions.
The Action Sprint Tour will make their first stop of the
season plus Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, V6’s and a School Bus
Race. Pit gates will open at 4, with grandstands at 5:30 and
race time is scheduled for 7 pm.
racing returns on May 25 as CAA Niagara presents the first
race of the King of the Crates for the Sportsman plus
Modifieds, Mod Lites, 4 Cylinders, and V6’s.
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