Merrittville Speedway: Bodman, Wood, Slack, Werstroh Honored as 2014 Champions

Winger and Mastroianni receive special awards

Merrittville Speedway’s 2014 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Champions (front row left to right) Dalton Slack (Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2), Tucker Wood (RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1), (back row left to right) Tim Werth of Performance Manufacturing, Warren Bodman accepting on behalf of his son Corey (Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal) and Austyn Werstroh (Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted)
(Photo: Terri Wood)

Three first time champions were among the many honorees as the Merrittville Speedway Kart Club celebrated the 2014 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Season Sunday November 2nd at rural Thorold’s Club Castropignano.

The first of three Champions was Tucker Wood of Stevensville who won his first RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Point Championship with 7 wins resulting in 592 points.

Dalton Slack of Welland also earned his first Ed McPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division Title – winning 12 features over the season tallying 660 points.

Austyn Werstroh of Niagara-on-the-Lake topped the Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Flat Head Division Point Standings. En route to his first championship, Werstroh won 7 Features to total 640 points over the season.

In the Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division, Corey Bodman of St. Catharines won his 3rd career title winning 5 features and totaling 610 points.

Merrittville Speedway’s youngest group of karters – the Drummond Home Hardware Novice 1 and Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Novice 2 Divisions received Competition Awards, as they do not run for points.   Owen Kaiser, Brittany Kelly, Spencer Maytum, Jackson Maytum, Aiden Lavallee and Zach were all presented Competition Awards.

Merrittville Speedway’s Kart Club Member Drivers shared in the more than $10,000 in cash point fund and prize awards.

All of Merrittville Speedway’s 2014 Member Drivers in attendance were eligible to win a Invertor Generator donated by Briggs and Stratton and the winner of the $ 800 prize was Junior 2 Competitor Ryleigh Sliter.

The Member Driver Draws also included prizes from Performance Manufacturing, Slack Karts, Priestley Cut Tires, RCM Racing Equipment and Burris Tire.

A number of Specialty Awards were handed out and the winners are listed as follows.

Rookies of the Year:   Tucker Wood (RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1), Dalton Slack. (Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2), Austyn Werstroh (KC Auto Parts Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Tyler Winger (Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal).

Most Improved Driver Awards: Owen Kaiser (Drummond Home Hardware Performance Manufacturing Novice 1), Spencer Maytum (Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Novice 2), Davis Grocott (RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1), Sophie Horton (Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2), Taylor White, (Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Ashley Moore (Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal).

RCM Racing Equipment Sportsmanship Awards: Braden Keus (RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1), Anthony Kelly (Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2), Jacob Wilson (Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Flat Head) and Dylan Culp (Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal).

Clint Winger was presented the Crew Chief of the Year Award for his efforts behind his son Tyler ’s Rookie Season in the Senior Animal Division. Tyler won 4 Features in 2014, finishing in 2nd spot – just 16 out of top spot.

Joey Mastroianni was presented the Race Director’s Award. A Merrittville Kart Racing Graduate who has moved on to Saturday Nights as a veteran in the Sportsman Division has returned to Tuesday Nights in recent years as an Official and this past season became Starter.   .

For further information on Kart Racing at Merrittville Speedway in 2015 – contact the Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Incoming Race Director Jeff Riley can also be reached via e mail at merrittvillekartclub@hotmail.com.

2014 Merrittville Speedway Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Final Points (13 Events)  

RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Division Tucker Wood – 592 points, Jaedon Lawson – 560, Tyler Davidson – 512, Davis Grocott – 510, Joey Priestley – 496, Shane Keagan – 494, Donny Lampman – 458, Braden Keus – 418, Kensey Kruchka – 260.

Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division – Dalton Slack – 660 points, Kyle Phillips – 608, Sophie Horton – 552, Anthony Kelly – 548, Treyten Lapcevich – 546,  Ryleigh Sliter – 504, Nathan Boisvert – 488, Brock Steiger – 396, Joshua Hansen – 216, Shannon Grocott – 138.

Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Flat Head Division – Austyn Werstroh – 640 points, Jacob Wilson – 586, Trevor Wright – 544, Randy Giroux – 508, Taylor White – 380.

Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division – Corey Bodman – 610 points, Tyler Winger – 594 , John Matthews – 580, Steven Beckett – 572, Dylan Culp & Travis Majuery (tie) – 526, Garry Overholt – 518, Don Dorey – 456, Kathleen Lampman – 444, Daniel McKay – 418, Ashley Moore – 344, Brad Duhow – 292.

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2014 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 7 Divisions was brought to racers by partners including Performance Manufacturing, Briggs Racing, Burris Tire, Tim Phillips Garage, Drummond Home Hardware, Ed MacPherson Construction, RCM Racing Equipment, Bicknell Racing Products, Superior PetroFuels, Wilder Racing Engines, Cassell Manufacturing and KC Auto Parts.

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives.   Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.   Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including Tim Phillips Garage, KC Auto Parts, Drummond Home Hardware in Niagara Falls and through RCM Racing Equipment.

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