“We are looking forward to celebrating the start of Merrittville’s 65th season,” said Anthony Spiteri, Vice President of Marketing, Pinty’s Delicious Foods. “Dirt Track Racing and Pinty’s are the perfect partners – our goal is to bring the two traditions together ... sharing great chicken fingers and great racing with family and friends! ”
The 2016 Championship Chase Kick Off will see the Hoosier Stock and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Divisions joining the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lites Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman and Pinty’s 358 Modifieds who already got their start in the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Spring Sizzler.
“When you look at the Canadian Sports Scene ... whether it’s the Blue Jays ... the CFL and NFL to Tennis, Curling and their new venture with NASCAR – Pinty’s is engaged and committed to all the major leagues,” said (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “that’s why it’s so exciting to welcome such a major player back as we look forward to celebrating our 65th season of grass roots short track racing.”
Chad Brachmann of Sanborn NY who won his first title in 2008, was the first Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Champion in 2015 and looked like he would take his first checkered flag of the new season last week until St. Catharines driver Mike Bowman took over top spot with 5 laps to go.
Brad Rouse also of St. Catharines took home his first Sportsman Feature. There will be a new Champion in 2016 as Gary Lindberg is now a rookie in the 358 Modified Division.
Beamsville’s Paul Klager won the rain delayed Niagara Falls Nissan TUSA Canada Championship from 2015. Defending Champion Josh Sliter was fourth.
Drivers in each of those three divisions earned show up points meaning everyone received identical points.
Canfield’s Mark Fawcett will return to defend his Hoosier Stock Points Title while Port Colborne Driver Rob Goulding will not defend his first Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Title.
“We’re thrilled to support the grass roots of the sport beyond NASCAR,” added Spiteri who will compete in the Eataly Foods Pro 4 Triple Truck Challenge Series in a recent interview with Inside Track Motorsport News’ Greg MacPherson prior to unveiling the NASCAR Pinty’s Series partnership, “in addition to being a shareholder at Pinty’s ... I’m also a racing fan and can’t wait for the new season to take to the track for Merrittville’s 65th!”
About a decade before Merrittville Speedway’s first ever race, (July 1st 1952), Pinty’s Poultry Ltd. opened in 1943 processing up to 60,000 chickens a week and in 1969 when the Buffalo style Chicken Wing hit Niagara – the Pintwala Family in a few short years were selling over 80,000 pounds of wings across the region weekly. Today - Pinty’s produces and provides a complete range of premium quality fresh and frozen chicken products to the retail and food service industry throughout Canada.
The Pinty’s Delicious Foods Championship Chase Kick Off launches at 7 PM with the Great Clips Grandstand Ticket Office opening at 5:30.
To reach Merrittville Speedway call 905-892-8266 beginning or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net. Merrittville Speedway is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold Ontario. Merrittville Speedway’s Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and is located in the Grandstand Area on the ground floor of the Lucas Oil Tower.
ABOUT PINTY’S DELICIOUS FOODS: Pinty’s, established in 1943 is a privately held Canadian food manufacturer with operations in Paris, Oakville and Port Colborne Ontario. Headquartered in Burlington Ontario, Pinty’s employs over 400 team members marketing and manufacturing Pinty’s Pub& Grill and Pinty’s EatWell products as well as a wide array of Private Label and Food Service food products. Pinty’s is an official sponsor or partner of NASCAR, NFL, CFL, Toronto Blue Jays, Eugenie Bouchard (WTA Tennis), Teams Homan and Jacobs (Canadian Curling Association) in Canada and the Annual TSN All Star Curling Skins Game.
For further information click on www.pintys.com or follow Pinty’s on Twitter: @pintysfoods and on Facebook at facebook.com/pintysfoods
MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2016 65th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Yager Bros Trucking, Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, Hoosier Tire Canada and Van Raine Construction in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.
Lucas Oil Products, Inc., is the world leader in the production high performance oils, fuel treatments and problem solving additives with the largest variety of shelf products of any oil company in North America. Lucas Oil’s premium formulas are marketed worldwide and retail at more than 40,000 auto parts stores across the continent and at virtually every truck stop across Canada. Race fans can look for Lucas Oil Products at their favourite automotive retailer or maintenance center including Kala’s Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment.
From: Jim Irvine/ Assistant General Manager- Merrittville Speedway
905-685-7223 Winter Office