Monday, July 30, 2007


Thorold, Ontario (July 30) When Race fans and race teams arrive at Merrittville Speedway Monday August 6th – they can expect quite an event as the Thorold Track hosts it’s biggest race of the season when the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series makes a visit for the 100 lap Trevor Wilkens Memorial.

“It’s a big event for us,” relates (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell, “and it just got huge as we’re ecstatic to announce the launch of As the Dirt Flies … it will be a pre-race like no other.”

Race fans surely tune in to SPEED weekly for the latest Trackside and Hollywood Hotel type pre-race shows and that experience will make its debut on the deck of Dipper’s Turn 1 Bar August 6th.

As the Dirt Flies will be anchored by Merrittville’s Announce Team of Erik Tomas, Clinton Geoffrey and Fran Buschardt with a special guest host – Shane Andrews – the voice of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series in addition to the Brewerton, Fulton and Cayuga County Fair Speedways.

“Drivers … DIRTcar Officials and the announcers will mix it up when the live unfiltered pre-race show premieres,” adds Bicknell, “the latest news … inside scoops … As the Dirt Flies will get everyone pumped up and ready for the adrenaline rush of the Toolneeds Big Block Spectacular.”

As the Dirt flies will feature visits from DIRTcar Series Officials Cory Reed, Tom Skibinski, Gary Spaid and Dave Farney, select Big Block Drivers and Merrittville Speedway’s 358 Modified home town heroes.

Farney will also join Merrittville Speedway Starter Doug Leonard up on the Starter’s Stand for the night and when the checkered flag drops on the 100 lap Main Event – you’ll probably see four of them flying in a double double salute to the race winner.

Be a part of the As the Dirt Flies crowd at Merrittville Speedway when the gates open at 4:00 prior to the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner that begins at 4:30. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy one of the best deals on dirt and get settled in for the Countdown to Green that begins at 5:00.

For the last couple years, Merrittville Speedway has welcomed the staff from Club Castropignano for a taste of dirt racing and with their Pasta Dinner – you can’t go wrong – Pasta and Meatball, Salad, Dinner Roll and a Pepsi for just $10 and you won’t go away hungry.

Pasta Dinner Tickets must be purchased by the close of Saturday August 4th’s Dirt Weekly Racing Series Event however.

To purchase yours – call 905-892-8266 or stop by the Speedway Office during business hours. When Hingston Metal Fabricators presents another episode of the Marshall and its Motorcycle Show and Shine August 4th – Tickets will be available for the final time from either Dipper’s Turn 1 Bar or the Merrittville Speedway Novelty Trailer located just inside the front gates.

Your local Dirt Track is where it’s at and it’s at Merrittville Speedway Monday August 6th. The star studded Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks are set to challenge our home town heroes in the 100 lap Trevor Wilkens Memorial presented by Toolneeds. With plenty of free camping, the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner and much more – it’s puts Merrittville Speedway on the map as a must see event. It’s been a Holiday Tradition since 1972 – make it yours in 2007! To learn more call 905-892-8266 or visit

For Immediate Release // From Jim Irvine - Merrittville Public Relations

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