Netherby Road / Townline Tunnel
Welland, Ontario, Canada
1999 Season Opener
June 12, 1999 Niagara Raceway
By: Duncan Luke. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hesmer takes the Final!
The season opener at Welland was marked by a controversy over who should have the right to use the number 1
plate for this season with both Chris Hesmer and John Kehoe claiming it as theirs. In previous years this
has been awarded to the winner of the National Championship. Currently this is Hesmer. Kehoe on the other hand,
was the winner of a season long CMA championship covering all meetings other than the short-track National and
believes that he is entitled to the #1 plate at meetings which are part of this series. So for this meeting both
rode with the #1 plate and the matter is being referred to the CMA for clarification. Stay tuned for the result.
This added spice to the evening's racing and Chris won the battle of the #1's defeating John both times they met
including the all important final. Rider of the night however was '97 National champ Jeff Orosz. He won both his
heat races and after missing the gate badly in the final came from dead last to second place by powering his way
around the outside.
It was nostalgia time in D2 with John Dmytrow putting in his first appearance on a Canadian track since 1994.
However John claims this was a one-off event and he is not making a comeback. No fairy tale ending to his
return as, despite a race win, he had to settle for second place on the night behind the fast moving Ryan Rainville.
D2 racing provided it's share of excitement when Jan Pawelec went wide around turn one, could not
make the turn, and roared off the track at the turn two entrance. He finally got his bike down in the pits run-off
area. Fortunately none the worse for his exploits it did put an end to his night's racing.
Notes by Kim Gregory
Gary Hesmer had a night plagued with clutch problems,
but managed to make the main event where it gave out completely.
His cousin, Chris Hesmer won the event ( current Canada Speedway Champion
and Number One plate holder ), followed by Jeff Orosz (1997 Canadian
then John Kehoe ( 1996 Canadian Champion, and current Long Track Champion -
also running a Number One plate), Freddy Legault, Gary Hesmer. Andy Harris and John Mercier missed making the main event.