Rider Number: 72
Hometown: Apalachin, New York - USA
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Occupation: Truck Driver
Marital Status: Single
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Date Started Speedway: 2002
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Speedway Heroes: "Hurricane" Hank Bassett, Rodney Payne"
Photo Right: Merle competing at Costa Mesa, Fall, 2002.
USA: Champion, NY - Action Park, NY - Costa Mesa - Indianapolis National Speedway, Indianapolis, IN -
Daytona Municipal Stadium, Daytona, FL - Hammerdown Raceway, Red Springs, NC
2005 - Champion Events 07/16/05, 06/25/05
2005 - Action Park Events 07/09/05, 06/04/05
2004 - One of only 4 speedway riders to compete at Daytona Municipal Stadium during Bike Week, 2004 (AMA 2004 - Winter Short Track Series)
2002 - New York State Division Two champion and Division Two points champion
2002 - Costa Mesa Event 09/28/02
"Won all my heat races first time out on the bike. Then the next night, I won my division main event at Champion Speedway."
"I'm riding with Hank Bassett's Number 75 leathers right now, but my number is actually 72. Along with my sponsors listed below, I've also received a lot of help from JBR. Without these sponsors, I could never have achieved what I have ... they keep me going out there."
"I also want to thank my pit guys, Andy and Hank."
Merle competing at famed Daytona Municipal Stadium, Bike Week, 2004