Ken Schrader, Josh Hansen James Michael Friesen, Steve
Shaw, Kevin Conley Score Victoria Day Wins at Merrittville
By Steven Petty.....THOROLD,
ONTARIO (May 20, 2019)… Fenton, Missouri’s Ken Schrader
picked up the win in the inaugural visit by the UMP
Modifieds as Zavitz Financial Strategies and ZFS Benefit
Solutions presented the Victoria Day program at the
Merrittville Speedway Monday night. Josh Hansen from
Welland, Ontario picked up the win in the Action Sprint Tour
event. Third generation driver James Michael Friesen from
St. Catharines, Ontario won the main event for the David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman. “The Merlin Magician” Steve
Shaw from Merlin, Ontario won the feature event for the
Hoosier Stocks. Thorold, Ontario’s Kevin Conley picked up
his second Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 feature win of
Ken Schrader used the outside to power to
the lead on the opening lap in the main event for the UMP
Modifieds with Dennis Lunger Jr running in second. With
Schrader and Lunger battling for the lead, Jonah Mutton was
holding off Brian Speelman and Kraig Handley for third
place. Handley would move into third place after a lap 11
restart and would go after Lunger and Schrader. Schrader
would hold off Lunger to score the feature win.
sophomore season of the Action Sprint Tour kicked off with
Jesse McDonald showing the way from the drop of the green
flag in their 20-lap feature event. Josh Hansen raced in
third with Brad Herron and Ryan Hunsinger raced inside the
top five. The leaders would hit lap traffic on lap seven,
just as Josh Hansen took second away from Dykstra. Hansen
would take the lead away from McDonald in lap traffic on lap
nine. Dave McKnight Jr flipped in turn two to bring the red
flag out on lap 12. Hansen would continue to show the way
off the restart. Adrian Stahle slowed in turn two to bring
out the caution on lap 14. On the restart, Hansen and
McDonald pulled away from Dykstra. McDonald closed to the
rear tailpipe of Hansen for the lead and the top two battled
for the win. Hansen would hold off McDonald to score the
win. McDonald, Dykstra, Brad Herron, and Ryan Hunsinger
completed the top five.
Brad Rouse and Jay Mallory
were on the front row for the 25-lap feature for the David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman with Rouse showing the way. As
Rouse opened his lead, Mallory and Greg Panunte battled for
second place. After a pair of mid-race restarts, Rouse would
regain control of the field as James Friesen would battle
Mallory for second and Dylan Davidson moved into fourth
after passing Paul Gaboury. James Michael Friesen would
catch Brad Rouse and the two would battle for the lead.
Friesen would take the lead with two laps to go. Friesen
would go on to score the win.
Jason Fontaine and Dave
Bailey brought the Hoosier Stocks to the green flag with
Fontaine taking the lead as Rob Murray and Steve Shaw
battled with Bailey for second. Off an early race restart,
Fontaine continued to show the way as Steve Shaw raced in
second with Bailey and Murray racing inside the top four.
Shaw would take the lead away from Fontaine on lap 11 and
started to pull away from the field. Brad Sheehan and
Fontaine battled for second late in the event as Shaw would
go on to score the win.
Kevin Conley and John Couture
brought the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 to the green
flag for their feature event with Conley showing the way.
Conley and Couture pulled away from the rest of the field to
battle for the win themselves. Couture would take the lead
with three laps remaining, but Conley would regain the lead
to score the win. Couture would finish in second.
Billy Tripp picked up the win in the School Bus race.
Saturday night 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.
Pit gates will open at 5 pm with grandstands opening at 5:30
pm and racing beginning at 7:00 pm.
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