I made my annual trip to the Niagara region for the Civic Holiday
weekend. Sunday was the "All Canadian Championship" at Humberstone
featuring the Ontario Dirt Late Models. Merrittville hosted the 15th
annual "Trevor Wilkens Memorial" with the DIRT Big Block
At both tracks I went to the pit side in the hope of getting some
good on-track photos. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get very many
due to the placement of the pit stands, fences, etc. The links to
the photo galleries are listed below.
Sunday, August 5: Humberstone Speedway
The Ontario Dirt Late Models ran a 30 lap feature which was won by
Rob Ledingham in #7. Ledingham ran regularly in Humberstone's Sportsman
division in past years. This was his first time in a Late Model. Ledingham
dogged early leader Joe Field throughout the feature and made his
move for the lead with 2 laps to go. On the last lap Dutch Davies
had caught Field and dropped to the inside on turn 4, just beating
Field by inches at the finish line to take second.
Despite the overcast skies and light rain the grandstands were packed
here for the Humberstone Photo Gallery.
6: Merrittville Speedway
After making a small donation at the Fort Erie Slots I made my way
up to Merrittville Speedway.
Johnson was held up at the border causing him to arrive late at
the track. His truck rolled up to the pit gate at 6:45pm. They were
able to quickly unload the car in time for qualilfying at 7:00pm.
The fast qualifier was Brett Hearn at 15.383 seconds.
The top 12 qualifiers conducted a redraw for starting order. Hearn's
fast qualifying time was for naught as he drew 10th place. Danny
Johnson drew #1 and Pete Bicknell drew #2.
Bicknell nosed out Danny Johnson to lead the first lap but after
that it was all Johnson who led the rest of the way to take the
win. No one came close to him.
Brett Hearn moved his way through the field reaching third place
on lap 39 and passing Tim Fuller on lap lap 59 for second. Late
in the race Billy Decker passed Hearn for second. At the finish
line it was Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Tim Fuller
and Alan Johnson making up the top five.
The race was slowed by only one caution. On lap 5 Randy Chrysler's
car died on the back stretch.
here for the Merrittville Photo Gallery.