If they weren’t belted-in behind the steering wheel of their ride of choice, they’d likely be watching the action from the top rows of the grandstand. Nicholas Merkley has been part of the Street Stock field at Brockville Speedway for a couple of years; running the No. 911, the same as father had used before him.
During his career, the 26-year-old’s resume shows a qualifying heat win and best main event finish of third that led Merkley to seventh place in the final 2019 point standings. Along the way, he’s also earned a reputation on and off the track for being a good friend to his fellow racers and is often found lending a hand in the pit or garage the No. 38 Modified, driven by former track champion Luke Whitteker.
“Whether driving my own car or wrenching on someone else’s, I have a great time whenever I’m at the track,” Nicholas Merkley boasted. “I’m lucky enough to be able to race when I want to; without the pressure or stress about worrying or wondering whether I’ll win or not. I get to have fun and spend time with people who share the same interests and goals.”
For the Coronavirus shortened 2020 season at Brockville Speedway, Merkley’s program is backed by Merkley Ag Tire, McMillan Sales & Cartage, Upper Canada Campground, Shock Check, Cedar Pole Farms and Dirt Car Parts. In the shop and at the track, the driver – who resides in Williamsburg, Ontario – receives a hand from a team that includes his brother Curtis, Scott McRoberts, Courtney Sweet, Shawn McMillan and Lori Whittaker.
In addition to running his own equipment during the Street Stock action at the Northeast Fall Nationals, Nicholas Merkley will also take a turn in the No. 78D Rookie Sportsman ride that is usually campaigned by his cousin Domonick Merkley.
“I think it’ll be a great experience to get to run Dom’s car,” admitted Merkley. “I usually get a bit nervous while we’re sitting line waiting to go on the track, but all the worries go away when the green flag flies.”
This year’s running of the Northeast Fall Nationals – presented by Dirt Outlaw Apparel and Nature’s Reality Botanical Blends – takes the green flag October 2nd and 3rd at Brockville Speedway. For full schedule details, see www.brockvillespeedway.com.
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media