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Local Racing: Merrittville opens Saturday with Spring Sizzler, former owner mourned; Flamboro lands new sponsor, Ed Hakonson and 22 Racing sign drivers

THOROLD – Merrittville Speedway race fans and race teams alike have been waiting since fall for the Semenuk’s Esso Spring Sizzler and the wait is over. The 2018 Season kicks off on Sat., April 21.

The first Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Event will feature the Patriot Sprint Tour in addition to the S& W Service Centre 358 Modifieds, the David Chevrolet Sportsman and the Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinder Divisions.

“Traditionally, Semenuk’s Esso Night has meant that the points races are in the books for another year it’s cool that they will host the Championship Chase kickoff for several of our divisions this year as well,” said Merrittville Speedway owner Don Spiece.

“Peter, Ed and the family have enjoyed a long history of involvement in our events and with several race teams. This year they will enjoy seeing how the season starts and how it ends.”

Brewerton, N.Y., racer Jason Barney has had a stranglehold on the Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian Tour Opener, winning the last three years at the Thorold DIRTcar-sanctioned facility. In the 2017 Point Standings, Dylan Westbrook of Scotland, Ont., who won last year’s Avondale Food Stores Sprint Car A Main, edged Jared Zimbardi by just 6 points with Cory Turner, Mitch Brown and Jake Brown rounding out the Top 5.

In the PST American Tour 2017 Standings, Champion Zimbardi of Bradford, Pa., was followed by Steve Collins, Kyle Drum, Jordan Thomas and Derek Jonathan.

Ryan Susice of Ransomville, N.Y., would surely like to start 2018 the way he finished 2017, in Victory Lane after winning the Sprint Car A Main last Sept. 9.

In the photo above, courtesy of Alex and Helen Bruce, Barney (87) leads Mikey Kruchka (01) and Westbrook (47) out of Turn 4 at Merrittville during the 2017 season.

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Now, Semenuk’s Esso is located just south of the track at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Hwy 20 at Turner’s Corners. It is your stop for gas, propane and diesel at competitive prices.

Semenuk’s Esso is one of the last remaining Full Service Stations in the area where you will find Ice, an OLG Machine, ATM and many other convenience items.

The Semenuk’s Esso Spring Sizzler begins Saturday when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. with Show Time at 7.

For further information, call 905-892-8266 or visit