Williamson, Gaboury, Bailey, Begolo, Kelly, and Conley
Gets Opening Night Wins at Merrittville
by Steven Petty
THOROLD, ONTARIO (May 4,
2019)…Defending S&W Service Centre 358 Modified Champion Mat
Williamson from St. Catharines, Ontario won the 35-lap
feature event to headline the 68th Season Opener presented
by Peter’s Excavating Saturday night at the Merrittville
Speedway. Paul Gaboury from Welland picked up the win Dave
Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won home race number one
for the Insta Panel Duel on the Dirt for the Hoosier Stocks.
Defending track champion Brent Begolo from Thorold, Ontario
won the Doidge Building Centre’s Mod Lites. Anthony Kelly Jr
won the main event for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders.
Kevin Conley won the feature event for the Dave’s Auto and
Speed Centre V6’s.
Tyler Willard and Chad Brachmann
shared the front row in the 35-lap feature for the S&W
Service Centre 358 Modifieds. Brachmann would take the lead
lap five after Willard bobbled off turn four. Todd Gordon
would take the lead away off a lap nine restart. Gordon and
Brachmann would battle for the lead for several laps. Gordon
popped the motor down the front stretch to bring out the
caution on lap 13, giving the lead to Mat Williamson, who
took second away from Brachmann. The restart would see
Williamson pull away from Brachmann as Gary Lindberg, Tim
Jones, and Fred Carleton raced in the top five. Williamson
would start to open his lead as Lindberg started to reel in
Brachmann. The lead trio were all within two car lengths of
each other. Brachmann got high in turn three and spun and
Tim Jones had nowhere to go to bring out the red flag. Both
drivers were alright and talking to safety officials. On the
restart, it was Williamson back in the lead as Lindberg was
pressuring Williamson for the lead. Williamson would hold
off Lindberg to score the win.
Chad Chevalier would
lead the opening laps in the 25-lap feature for the David
Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman. Chevalier and Gaboury would
pull away from James Michael Friesen, Robbie Johnston and
the balance of the field. Off a lap 10 restart, Chevalier
and Gaboury would start to pull away from the field as Greg
Panunte moved up into the top five. Gaboury would take the
lead away on lap 14 from Chevalier. Panunte would pass
Robbie Johnston and Dylan Davidson to move into third place.
Gaboury would lead the final 11 circuits to go on to score
the win. Chevalier would finish in second and be followed to
the line by Greg Panunte, Dylan Davidson, and Robbie
The Hoosier Stocks held their first home
race of the season as part of the Insta Panels Duel on the
Dirt with Dave Bailey showing the way. Jason Fontaine would
battle with Chris Hale for second place. The battle between
Hale and Fontaine would allow Bailey to pull away from the
field. Bailey would go on to score the win.
and Anthony Kelly Jr shared the front row for the Central
Fabricating 4 Cylinders feature event with Kelly jumping out
into the early lead. Tyler Lafantaisie would take second
away from McKay on lap four and would go after race leader
Kelly. Kyle Rothwell was on the move starting 16th on the
grid and moved to eighth place at the halfway mark. Kelly
would lead the entire distance to score the win.
Meisner would lead from the drop of the green flag in the
main event for the Doidge Building Centre’s Mod Lites. Sean
“Cheeseburger” Iftody raced in second as RJ Pietz raced in
third. Josh Sliter would spin in turn four to bring out the
caution on lap nine. Brent Begolo would take the lead away
from Meisner on lap 11 and would check out on the field.
Begolo would pull away to score the win.
led from the drop of the green flag in the feature event for
the Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6’s. Couture would lead
until suffering a broken right front with three laps to go,
bringing out the caution. The restart with three laps
remaining saw Kevin Conley and Colton Lane on the front row.
Conley would lead the final three laps to earn the win.
Next Saturday, 2 Cool Automotive presents the Brian Stevens
Memorial for the Modifieds featuring $444.00 Pole Dash
Challenge. The Mother’s Day eve event will also feature the
first race of the TMR Racing 4 Cylinder Triple Crown and Go
Kart Display and Exhibition. Pit gates will open at 5pm with
grandstand gates opening at 5:30pm and the first green flag
of the season will fall at 7pm. For more information and for
the complete Merrittville Speedway schedule, log online to
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