2008 Results, News

FERRI CLAIMS ODLM VICTORY AT OHSWEKEN WHILE STYRES HOLDS ON FOR SPRINT WIN

By Tommy Goudge (August 29, 2008) – Perseverance paid off for Adam Ferri on Friday night at Ohsweken Speedway. Ferri, of Port Colborne, Ontario, chased Warsaw, NY’s Doug Ricotta for much of the 25 lap distance, and took advantage when Ricotta slipped high in turn 1 after taking the white flag, passing the #01 when it mattered most and going on to visit Engine Pro Racing Victory Lane to pick up a $2,000 winner’s cheque. Meanwhile, Glenn Styres held off a determined Dave Dykstra to pick up Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car honours, Cody McPherson put an exclamation point on his dream season in the ESSO Thunder Stocks division by claiming victory, Rick Robinson brought his #05 to ESSO Mini Stock prominence, and Lee Hils won yet another Friday Night Fun Stock feature race.

After winning their respective heat races, Ricotta and Ferri started on the front row for the Ontario Dirt Late Models series feature and quickly asserted themselves out front as the drivers to beat, with Chad Valone trailing behind. A rash of early caution flags slowed the first half of the race, the most significant of which was a hard crash by Rick Baker into the frontstretch wall, which caused heavy damage to the #78, but fortunately Rick emerged from his mount uninjured. Back under green to finish the 25 lap distance, Ricotta was in command and very fast out front, using the outside groove to open an advantage over Ferri, who suffered damage to the right front corner of his #1f after running over a chunk of mud. Ricotta took the white flag and looked to be on his way to victory, but going into the first turn, Ricotta had to confront the lapped machine of Paul Rivait, and in doing so slid high in turns 1 and 2, allowing Ferri the chance he needed to slip by and take the feature win, the 100th of his storied career in modifieds and now late models. Ricotta was able to hold on for 2nd, followed by Greg Oakes who made his way to 3rd after starting 11th, Jim Dale, Jr. in 4th, and Dale Glassford rounded out the top 5. The early caution flags served to keep the field bunched up, allowing drivers who started further back to stay in touch with the pack. Finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th were Adam West, Chris Ross – who entered the evening with the ODLM points lead – and Rob Ledingham, who started 20th, 17th, and 22nd respectively. Ricotta, Ferri, and Andrew Reaume claimed heat race wins with 23 Late Models on hand.

Keith Dempster entered the evening as the points leader in the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division, and was looking to add to his slim margin, with the last points night of the year coming up next Friday. Early in the night, Dempster was very fast and claimed the victory in heat race #2, and then drew the pole position for the feature race, while teammate Glenn Styres lined up next to him. When the green flag dropped, a torrid battle for the lead began between the two teammates, with Dempster and Styres repeatedly switching the lead as Styres worked the cushion. During lap 7, Styres retook the lead from Dempster and opened a slight gap, and then the night went sour for Dempster as he spun in turn 4 to bring out a caution. With Dempster restarting at the rear of the field, Styres took command out front while Dave Dykstra, Mikey Kruchka, Kevin Job, and Rob Pietz put on a fierce battle for 2nd. With Styres solidly out front on lap 12, Bob Crawford made heavy contact with the inside wall in turn 2 to bring out a caution flag and bunch the field once more. On the restart, Styres reasserted his lead, while Dykstra gave chase, but started to feel pressure from Kruchka. Just as Kruchka had gotten by Dykstra for 2nd and set his sights on Styres, the caution flag waved another time as Brad Malloy came to a stop in turn 3 on lap 17. This put Dykstra back in 2nd for the restart, and this time he kept his #5d within sight of Styres and began to mount a challenge for his first ever sprint car feature win. Over the last few laps, Dykstra repeatedly challenged the Styres #0 on the bottom side, and nosed ahead briefly on the backstretch with less than 2 laps to go. After the white flag flew, Dykstra tried one last move in turns 3 and 4, but came up short on an attempted slide job, allowing Styres to claim his 2nd Corr/Pak victory of the season, while Dykstra settled for 2nd, still his best ever finish in a sprint car. Mikey Kruchka came home 3rd, also a personal best for him in his young sprint car career, while Rob Pietz and Jared Zimbardi rounded out the top 5. After spinning and restarting at the tail of the field, Keith Dempster salvaged an 8th place finish to minimize the damage to his points position. All 5 of the drivers who came into the night within striking distance of his points lead finished ahead of the Dempster #5 however, tightening what was already a very close points battle, and setting up what is sure to be an exciting final race next Friday night. Tom Huppunen, Dempster, and Rob Pietz claimed heat race victories on the fast and smooth Ohsweken surface. With weather in the area, the B-Main was cancelled and all 23 competitors started the feature race.

The ESSO Thunder Stocks saw Michelle Johnson and Ryan Dinning starting on the front row, with Dinning taking the early lead, but behind him frantic action ensued as drivers raced 2 and 3 wide through the pack. Cody McPherson, already the 2008 Thunder Stock champion at Ohsweken, came into the night looking to cap off his season with an 8th feature win and was not to be denied on this night. McPherson methodically made his way through the pack after starting 9th and went on to claim the feature win, followed by rookie Jamie Cox with another good run in 2nd, Bernard Neiburg, 17th place starter Amanda Stoner, and Dinning in 5th. Cox, Dinning, and McPherson claimed the heat race victories for the 24 car field. 

In ESSO Mini-Stock action, Rick Robinson and Dan Stewart were the front row starters, and when the green flag came out, Robinson took off, looking for redemption after a small issue in tech inspection resulted in an earlier win being taken away earlier in the season. Robinson dominated the feature race and had no problems in tech on this night. Behind Robinson’s #05, the action was heavy as Chase Hess, Abel Castelein, Rick Emberson, and Mike Evers all fought over the 2nd spot. In the end, it was Hess prevailing, followed by 9th starter Castelein, Emberson, and Evers. Heat race victories went to Hess and Robinson.

Attrition took it’s toll on the Friday Night Fun Stock field as only 6 cars were left on the track at the finish, including Karl Sault limping home with a flat right front tire. Lee Hils took the early lead and was never seriously challenged, although Sault was beginning to catch up before suffering the flat. Hils cruised easily to the victory followed by Jesse McDonald, Mike Taylor, Kacey Huffman, and Sault.

Ohsweken Speedway’s Friday Night Thunder series concludes this Friday, September 5 when Iroquois Poker presents the Season Championship events for the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, ESSO Thunder Stocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Friday Night Fun Stocks! Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken offers affordable exciting family entertainment just a short drive away from most Mid-Western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder Adult General Admission is $10, while Seniors and Students are $8, and Kids age 12 and under are FREE! Please visit HYPERLINK http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. Spectator gates open @ 6:00p.m., with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, September 5!

With the end of the regular season quickly approaching on September 5th, so too are the 4th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Arrow Express. Scheduled for Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th, the Nationals promise once again to be a spectacular event this season, and reserved seats are available for purchase for both nights. Last season, 76 of the best 360 sprint cars in the Northeast came together at Ohsweken for the 3rd annual edition of the event, with Quebec driver Steve Poirier taking the feature win for the 2nd year in a row. This year, the huge field of competitors will be looking to end Poirier’s streak and take home the $8,000 winner’s cheque, as well as the bragging rights that go along with winning this great event. Don’t miss any of the exciting Nationals action: Visit HYPERLINK http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com now for details on how to reserve your seats! 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
ROUND 15 RESULTS – AUGUST 29, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR – H.R.W. AUTOMOTIVE

ONTARIO DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
HEAT RACES
Heat Race #1

1. 01 Doug Ricotta (Warsaw, NY), 2. 2v Chad Valone (Warren, PA), 3. 4 Joe Field (Chatham), 4. rh94 Jason Haskell (Chatham), 5. 11a Paul Rivait (Tilbury), 6. 92c Keith Cameron (Tilbury), 7. 5 Jeff Dayman (Welland), 8. 7 Rob Ledingham (Port Colborne)

Heat Race #2
1. 1f Adam Ferri (Port Colborne), 2. 60 Dale Glassford (Highgate), 3. 1a Brad Authier (Chatham), 4. Greg Oakes (Franklinville, PA), 5. 33 Don Gordon (Chatham), 6. 18r Chris Ross (Tupperville), 7. 92 Adam West (Ridgetown), 8. 99 Gerald Giroux (Pain Court)

Heat Race #3
1. 88 Andrew Reaume (Blenheim), 2. 77 Brett Reaume (Blenheim), 3. 00 Jim Dale, Jr. (Shrewsbury), 4. 78 Rick Baker (Ridgeway), 5. rh21 Greg Haskell (Chatham), 6. 05 Mike Lewis (Wallaceburg), 7. 28 Jeff Jardine (Wallaceburg)

ONTARIO DIRT LATE MODELS FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 1f Adam Ferri (2)
2. 01 Doug Ricotta (1)
3. 22 Greg Oakes (11)
4. 00 Jim Dale, Jr. (9)
5. 60 Dale Glassford (5)
6. 92 Adam West (20)
7. 18r Chris Ross (17)
8. 7 Rob Ledingham (22)
9. 4 Joe Field (7)
10. 1a Brad Authier (8)
11. 05 Mike Lewis (18)
12. 33 Don Gordon (14)
13. 5 Jeff Dayman (19)
14. 11a Paul Rivait (13)
15. 2v Chad Valone (3) DNF
16. 77 Brett Reaume (6) DNF
17. 88 Andrew Reaume (4) DNF
18. rh21 Greg Haskell (15) DNF
19. 92c Keith Cameron (16) DNF
20. 99 Gerald Giroux (23) DNF
21. 28 Jeff Jardine (21) DNF
22. 78 Rick Baker (12) DNF
23. rh94 Jason Haskell (10) DQ

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACES:
BS&B RADIATOR Heat Race #1

1. 19jr Tom Huppunen (Fenwick), 2. 7 Jim Price (Wainfleet), 3. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 5. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 6. 10 Bob Crawford (Sutton), 7. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (Brantford) DQ

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL Heat Race #2
1. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls), 3. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne), 4. 1a John Riegling (Chatham), 5. 71 Craig Downie (Burlington), 6. 38 Brad Knab (Delevan, NY), 7. 21j John Burbridge, Jr. (Simcoe), 8. 31 Roger Lauzon (Hamilton)

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS Heat Race #3
1. 69 Rob Pietz (Port Colborne), 2. 22 Jim Porter (Grand Island, NY), 3. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 4. 99c Nick Cupolo (Thorold), 5. 94 Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie), 6. 12c Jim Huppunen (unknown), 7. 75 Jim Sweers (Millgrove), 8. 9jr Tim Zack (Dain City) DNF

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS 
A-FEATURE (20 laps)

Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. Glenn Styres (2)
2. 5d Dave Dykstra (7)
3. 01 Mikey Kruchka (6)
4. 69 Rob Pietz (8)
5. 35 Jared Zimbardi (9)
6. 21x Kevin Job (13)
7. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (19)
8. 5 Keith Dempster (1)
9. 22 Jim Porter (5)
10. 38 Brad Knab (17)
11. 1a John Riegling (10)
12. 19jr Tom Huppunen (11)
13. 7 Jim Price (3)
14. 21j John Burbridge, Jr. (20)
15. 99c Nick Cupolo (4)
16. 71 Craig Downie (14)
17. 94 Stan Zanchin (15)
18. 31 Roger Lauzon (22)
19. 12c Jim Huppunen (18)
20. 5m Brad Malloy (12)
21. 10 Bob Crawford (16) DNF
22. 9jr Tim Zack (23) DNF
23. 75 Jim Sweers (21) DNF

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
HEAT RACES:
Heat Race #1

1. o44 Jamie Cox (Cambridge), 2. 108jr Billy Bleich, Jr. (Port Robinson), 3. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 4. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek), 5. 40 Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 6. 191 Gord Bates (York), 7. 98 Schqwayandisails Styres (unknown), 8. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford)

Heat Race #2
1. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 2. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 3. 3 Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 4. 0x Bernard Neiburg (Caistor Centre), 5. 18 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 6. 15 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 7. 31jr Michael Bosse (St. Catharines), 8. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville)

Heat Race #3
1. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 2. 37 Jeremy Bean (Stoney Creek), 3. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton), 4. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 5. 18a Amanda Stoner (Hamilton), 6. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 7. 23 Tim Deboer (unknown), 8. 28 Adam Gracey (Dunnville)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 777 Cody McPherson (9)
2. o44 Jamie Cox (5)
3. 0x Bernard Neiburg (12)
4. 18a Amanda Stoner (17)
5. 8 Ryan Dinning (2)
6. 37 Jeremy Bean (10)
7. 31jr Michael Bosse (20)
8. 55 Mike Thorne (3)
9. 40 Terry Osmond (13)
10. 62 Brian Pescetti (11)
11. 108jr Billy Bleich, Jr. (8)
12. 11 Michelle Johnson (1)
13. 9 Glen Leinen (4)
14. 3 Brad Bacher (7)
15. 15 Mark Thorne (17)
16. 24k Kyle Magrin (6)
17. 191 Gord Bates (16)
18. 13 Mark Saul (22)
19. 17 Rob Disher (18)
20. 23 Tim Deboer (21)
21. 18 Dave Bailey (14) DNF
22. 1 Chris Dickie (24) DNF
23. 28 Adam Gracey (23) DNF
24. 98 Schqwayandisails Styres (19) DNS

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
HEAT RACES:
Heat Race #1

1. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 2. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 3. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 4. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 5. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 6. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 7. 222 John Marsh (Hamilton), 8. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford) 9. 8 Andrew Snelling (unknown), 10. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia) DNS

Heat Race #2
1. 05 Rick Robinson (Brantford), 2. 48 Craig Erskine (unknown), 3. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 4. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 5. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 6. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 7. 20 Kevin Magrin (Hamilton), 8. 88 Kelly Hallett (Wilsonville), 9. 00 Rick Haimerl (Brantford)

ESSO MINI-STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 05 Rick Robinson (1)
2. 7x Chase Hess (3)
3. 28 Abel Castelein (9)
4. 86 Rick Emberson (6)
5. 265 Mike Evers (7)
6. 48 Craig Erskine (10)
7. 10 Mitchell Brown (12)
8. 72 Kevin Hilborn (8)
9. 397 Brent Hill (4)
10. 777x Steve Hess (5)
11. 113 Mark Thorne (15)
12. 27 Dan Stewart (2)
13. 55 Rob Slater (11)
14. 11 Mike Giberson (19)
15. 222 John Marsh (13)
16. 00 Rick Haimerl (18)
17. 8 Andrew Snelling (17)
18. 20 Kevin Magrin (14) DNF
19. 88 Kelly Hallett (16) DNF

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Hometown)
1. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas)
2. 88j Jesse McDonald (unknown)
3. 72 Mike Taylor (Burlington)
4. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton)
5. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas)
6. 397 Chris Teal (Ohsweken)
7. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas) DNF
8. 388 Craig Dowd (Caledonia) DNF
9. 86 Ryan Swift (Caledonia) DNF
10. 88 Dale Cooke (unknown) DNF

UP NEXT @ OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
IROQUOIS POKER PRESENTS THE SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS – 
CORR/PAK SPRINT CARS, ESSO THUNDER STOCKS, 
ESSO MINI-STOCKS AND FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS
ADULTS $10, SENIORS AND STUDENTS $8, KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE
GATES OPEN @ 6:00 P.M., RACING @ 7:45 P.M.

2008 Results, News

MALLOY MASTERS OHSWEKEN FOR FIRST EVER SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN

By Tommy Goudge (August 22, 2008) – The skies were clear over Ohsweken Speedway on Friday night, allowing a great field of competitors in 5 divisions to put on a show for a large crowd that turned out on Cafe 54 night at the Speedway. The night will be especially memorable for Brad Malloy of Niagara Falls, who visited Engine Pro Racing Victory Lane after winning his first career sprint car feature in Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car action on Friday. Joining Ohsweken’s regular Friday Night Thunder divisions were the teams of the Modified-Lite Stars Championship North Tour, with Adam Leslie taking the victory in that 20 lap feature. Also in action were the ESSO Thunder Stocks, with Billy Bleich, Jr. taking the feature win, while Abel Castelein took the ESSO Mini-Stock victory and Karl Sault was the victor for the Friday Night Fun Stocks.

Warren Mahoney and Brad Malloy led the field to green to start 20 laps of Corr/Pak Sprint Car feature race action on Friday night, with Mahoney getting the early lead. Malloy kept the Mahoney #25 in sight though and drove underneath the Mahoney machine in turns 1 and 2 on lap 4, taking over the lead coming out of the 4th turn. 4th starter Glenn Styres also began to make his presence felt, but had trouble passing Mahoney, allowing Malloy to negotiate a few laps unchallenged. 2 caution periods slowed the race briefly just before the halfway point as Ryan Hunsinger spun to a stop in turn 4, and then a lap later the Jim Price #7 came to a stop at the exit of turn #2 with a flat right front tire. The green flag came back out for good with 12 laps left, and Styres made his move right away, getting by Mahoney for 2nd on the outside of turn 2 and setting his sights on Malloy’s #5m. Earlier in the evening, Styres came within .03 seconds of the track record and was flying in the top groove, but Malloy was steady and very fast running in the middle lane, keeping Styres at bay. 

With 13 laps in the books, Malloy and Styres had broken away from the rest of the pack and were approaching John Burbridge, Jr. and Kyle Patrick who were battling side-by-side near the rear of the field. Entering turn 3, Patrick chose the top side with Burbridge on the bottom while Malloy seized the moment and drove between them to put a lap on the 2 slower machines, however Styres followed right behind, making a 3-wide move of his own in turns 1 and 2 to keep Malloy in sight. Malloy was then briefly slowed up while trying to pass the Rob Ledingham #19jr, allowing Styres to get a run in turns 3 and 4 and dive underneath Malloy coming down the front-stretch to lead the 15th lap. Malloy, however, was not about to let his first ever sprint car feature win slip through his fingers and went back to work, diving low in turn 1 and drawing even with the Styres #0. The two battled side-by-side for the next 2 laps, and then Malloy was able to slip past the Nick Cupolo machine, putting Cupolo’s lapped #99c between he and Styres and opening a gap he would not relinquish. Styres could not mount a challenge in the remaining 2 laps and settled for 2nd, 1.7 seconds behind Malloy when the chequered flag flew. Following Malloy and Styres to the finish was the #6n of Dain Naida, who charged from 14th on the grid to 3rd, trailed by Keith Dempster, who entered the evening with the points lead, and Warren Mahoney rounding out the top 5. Heat races victories for the 28 car field went to Mikey Kruchka, Styres, Ryan Hunsinger, and Dempster, while Jared Zimbardi won the B-Main and clawed his way to 9th in the feature to keep his hopes of an Ohsweken track championship alive.

The Modified-Lite Star Championship North Tour made their 2nd and final visit to Ohsweken for the 2008 season on Friday night with a good field of 16 “Mini-Modifieds” on hand to do battle. Paul Klager entered the evening with a small lead of 6 points over Shawn Sliter in the Tour Championship standings, and things were looking good for Sliter in his heat race as he and Adam Leslie pulled away from the rest of the field, including Klager, to battle for the heat race victory. Leslie came away with the checkers, but Sliter gained slightly in the standings on Klager. Come feature time, the front row was made up of Jamie Gilbert and Leslie, and Leslie quickly picked up where he left off in his heat race, taking the lead and opening a gap at the front. Meanwhile, Klager quickly moved up from his 6th starting position and got by Sliter for the 3rd spot and Gilbert for 2nd all during the 3rd lap, while Sliter got by the Gilbert machine to keep the 3rd spot, and also keep Klager in sight. Gilbert, however, was not ready to give up and passed both Klager and Sliter back during lap 9, while Leslie continued to hold court out front. On lap 14, disaster struck for Sliter as he made heavy contact with the backstretch wall and came to a stop entering turn 3. Sliter took his damaged machine to the pits and returned to the track after quick repairs, but was at the back of the pack for the restart. When the green came back out, Leslie reasserted his lead and was not seriously challenged, while the battle for 2nd waged on, this time with Kory Howe in the mix battling with Klager and Gilbert. During the 18th lap, Klager slipped by the Gilbert machine, while Howe did the same the next time around, but time had run out for both competitors as Leslie cruised home over 1.5 seconds ahead at the finish, leaving Klager and Howe to settle for podium spots, followed by Gilbert, and Josh Sliter. Heat races for the Mod-Lites were won by Gilbert and Leslie.

After a big night of twin-15 lap features during the last evening of racing, the ESSO Thunder Stock division was back to regular action on Friday night, with another stellar field of 24 cars set to do battle. Gord Bates and Ryan Dinning made up the front row, but when the race went green, all eyes were on competitors further back as division points leader and 7-time feature winner in 2008 Cody McPherson started in row 6, right next to Billy Bleich, Jr. who took home his first ever feature win in the 2nd 15 lap feature on August 8th. Both drivers moved up quickly through the field, and were in the top 3 in short order. During a restart, Bleich was able to drive past the McPherson machine and take a lead he would never relinquish. McPherson was forced to settle for 2nd, marking the first time all season that the young St. Catharines driver has gone 2 weeks in a row without a feature win. Defending 2007 track champion Brad Bacher came home 3rd for one of his best finishes of what has been a difficult season in defence of his title, while Jeremy Bean and Brad Herron rounded out the top 5. After blowing his engine in heat race action, Rob Disher jumped in the Mark Fawcett #32 for the feature and made his way to 7th when the feature reached it’s conclusion to keep his spot in the top 5 in the points standings alive. Mike Thorne also bounced back from adversity in his heat after a flat right rear tire forced him out of the lead and into the pits. After starting 22nd in the feature, Thorne was able to drive the #55 into a 9th place finish.

David Goodacre and Chase Hess began the ESSO Mini-Stock feature in row 1, with Hess getting the early advantage when the green flag dropped. An early caution flag bunched the field at the conclusion of the 2nd lap as Steve Miller lost the handle on the #79 and pounded the wall at the exit of turn 4. Fortunately, Miller was uninjured despite the heavy impact and climbed from his mount. The race restarted with Hess once again taking the lead, but the action was going on behind him as Mitchell Brown and Abel Castelein quickly made their ways to the front after starting in rows 5 and 6, respectively. With 7 laps in the books, Castelein dove low under the Hess machine entering turn 1 and completed the pass a lap and a half later exiting turn 4 to take the lead. Brown was not able to follow points leader Castelein through and battled with Hess and Rick Emberson for 2nd for the rest of the event, with Brown just barely nipping Hess at the line for 2nd. Hess settled for 3rd, followed by Emberson and Mike Evers rounding out the top 5. Heat race victories for the Mini-Stocks went to David Goodacre, Brown, and Hess.

The Friday Night Fun Stocks were back in action again on Friday night with another wild feature, but familiar faces were once again up front as Karl Sault and Lee Hils once again showed they are the drivers to beat in the new entry-level division at Ohsweken. At the end of 20 hard fought laps on the infield oval, it was Sault taking the feature win after a few close calls with lapped machines, while Hils settled for 2nd, but kept his points lead intact with another top finish. Jesse McDonald, Mike Taylor, and Ryan Swift rounded out the top 5.

Friday Night Thunder returns to Ohsweken next Friday, August 29 when H.R.W. Automotive presents the Ontario Dirt Late Models series, plus the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, ESSO Thunder Stocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, Friday Night Fun Stocks, and Mechanics races in the ESSO Mini Stocks and ESSO Thunder Stocks! Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken Speedway offers affordable family entertainment just a short drive away from most mid-western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder Adult General Admission is just $10, while Seniors and Students are $8, and kids 12 and under are FREE! Please visit HYPERLINK http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, August 29!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
ROUND 14 RESULTS – AUGUST 22, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR – CAFE 54

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACES (Top 4 Transfer To A-Feature):
BS&B RADIATOR Heat Race #1

1. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 2. 8 Blake Breen (Savannah, NY), 3. 25 Warren Mahoney (Lefroy), 4. 33k Kyle Patrick (Tilbury), 5. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (Simcoe), 6. 94 Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie), 7. 22 Jim Porter (Grand Island, NY)

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL Heat Race #2
1. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 2. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne), 3. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls), 4. 6n Dain Naida (Belleville, MI), 5. 71 Craig Downie (Burlington), 6. 79 Dick Mahoney (Newmarket), 7. 12c Jim Huppunen (Fenwick)

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS Heat Race #3
1. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (Brantford), 2. 19jr Rob Ledingham (Port Colborne), 3. 69 Rob Pietz (Port Colborne), 4. 21j John Burbridge, Sr. (Simcoe), 5. 99c Nick Cupolo (Thorold), 6. 7 Jim Price (Wainfleet), 7. 66 Frank Baranowski (Hamilton)

AWESOME RACEWEAR Heat Race #4
1. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. 9b Bobby Breen (Savannah, NY), 3. 1a John Riegling (Chatham), 4. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 5. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 6. 81 Derek Jonathan (Lewiston, NY), 7. 10 Bobby Crawford (Sutton)

B-MAIN
(Top 4 Transfer To A-Main)
1. 35 Jared Zimbardi, 2. 31 John Burbridge, Jr., 3. 7 Jim Price, 4. 99c Nick Cupolo, 5. 81 Derek Jonathan, 6. 10 Bob Crawford, 7. 94 Stan Zanchin, 8. 79 Dick Mahoney, 9. 12c Jim Huppunen, 10. 66 Frank Baranowski DNF, 11. 71 Craig Downie DNS, 12. 22 Jim Porter DNS

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 
SPRINT CAR FEATURE (20 laps)

Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 5m Brad Malloy (1)
2. 0 Glenn Styres (4)
3. 6n Dain Naida (14)
4. 5 Keith Dempster (10)
5. 25 Warren Mahoney (2)
6. 69 Rob Pietz (11)
7. 01 Mikey Kruchka (6)
8. 8 Blake Breen (12)
9. 35 Jared Zimbardi (17)
10. 1a John Riegling (9)
11. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (8)
12. 21x Kevin Job (16)
13. 5d Dave Dykstra (7)
14. 99c Nick Cupolo (20)
15. 21j John Burbridge, Sr. (15)
16. 19jr Rob Ledingham (3)
17. 33k Kyle Patrick (13)
18. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (18)
19. 9b Bobby Breen (5) DNF
20. 7 Jim Price (19) DNF

MODIFIED-LITE STARS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR NORTH
HEAT RACES:
Heat Race #1:

1. 53 Jamie Gilbert (Welland), 2. 63 Jeff Johnson (Versailles, NY), 3. 17 Josh Sliter (Ridgeway), 4. 5c Jordan Curran (Welland), 5. 19 Jason Corless (Bolton), 6. 37 Wally Billing (Elmira), 7. 67 Rick Brubacher (St. Clements), 8. 56 Lorne Colling (Stevensville) DNF

Heat Race #2:
1. 15 Adam Leslie (Port Colborne), 2. 71 Shawn Sliter (Port Colborne), 3. 1 Paul Klager (Vineland), 4. 33 Kory Howe (St. Catharines), 5. 13 Scott Phillips (Hagersville), 6. 31 Scott Billing (Waterloo), 7. 14 Kellie Mason (Virgil), 8. 4 Greg Mills (Niagara Falls)

MODIFIED-LITE STARS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR NORTH FEATURE 
(20 laps)
1. 15 Adam Leslie (2)
2. 1 Paul Klager (6)
3. 33 Kory Howe (8)
4. 53 Jamie Gilbert (1)
5. 17 Josh Sliter (5)
6. 19 Jason Corless (9)
7. 5c Jordan Curran (7)
8. 67 Rick Brubacher (13)
9. 63 Jeff Johnson (3)
10. 14 Kellie Mason (14)
11. 31 Scott Billing (12)
12. 71 Shawn Sliter (4)
13. 13 Scott Phillips (10)
14. 56 Lorne Colling (16)
15. 37 Wally Billing (11)
16. 4 Greg Mills (15)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
HEAT RACES:

Heat Race #1
1. 40 Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 2. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 3. 191 Gord Bates (York), 4. 37 Jeremy Bean (Stoney Creek), 5. 32 Mark Fawcett (Canfield), 6. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 7. o44 Jamie Cox (Cambridge) DQ, 8. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville) DQ

Heat Race #2
1. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 2. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 3. 3 Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 4. 12 Brad Herron (Brantford), 5. 23 Tim Deboer (unknown), 6. 33 Colin Court (Alberton), 7. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby) DNF, 8. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia) DNF

Heat Race #3
1. 18 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 2. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 3. 31jr Michael Bosse (St. Catharines), 4. 108jr Billy Bleich, Jr. (Port Robinson), 5. 18a Amanda Stoner (Hamilton), 6. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton), 7. 98 Lee Winger (Caledonia), 8. 01 Mark Czuba (unknown)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 108jr Billy Bleich (12)
2. 777 Cody McPherson (11)
3. 3 Brad Bacher (6)
4. 37 Jeremy Bean (8)
5. 12 Brad Herron (9)
6. 9 Glen Leinen (5)
7. 32 Rob Disher (23)
8. 8 Ryan Dinning (2)
9. 55 Mike Thorne (22)
10. 31jr Michael Bosse (7)
11. 18 Dave Bailey (3)
12. o44 Jamie Cox (18)
13. 13 Mark Saul (20)
14. 1 Chris Dickie (15)
15. 11 Michelle Johnson (4)
16. 23 Tim Deboer (13)
17. 18a Amanda Stoner (14)
18. 40 Terry Osmond (10)
19. 98 Lee Winger (19)
20. 24k Kyle Magrin (17)
21. 33 Colin Court (19)
22. 01 Mark Czuba (21)
23. 191 Gord Bates (1)
* NOTE: The #32 of Mark Fawcett was driven by Rob Disher in the Feature

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
HEAT RACES:
Heat Race #1

1. 05 David Goodacre (Brantford), 2. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 3. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 4. 20 Kevin Magrin (Hamilton), 5. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 6. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 7. 79 Steve Miller (Paris)

Heat Race #2
1. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 2. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 3. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 4. 02 Lee Winger (Caledonia), 5. 222 John Marsh (Hamilton), 6. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas) DNF, 7. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford) DNF

Heat Race #3
1. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 2. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 3. 88 Marc Hallett (Brantford), 4. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 5. 37 Rob Hoskins (Harley), 6. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge), 7. 8 Andrew Snelling (unknown)

ESSO MINI-STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 28 Abel Castelein (11)
2. 10 Mitchell Brown (10)
3. 7x Chase Hess (1)
4. 86 Rick Emberson (4)
5. 265 Mike Evers (5)
6. 72 Kevin Hilborn (8)
7. 397 Brent Hill (6)
8. 777x Steve Hess (13)
9. 11 Mike Giberson (16)
10. 27 Dan Stewart (3)
11. 37 Rob Hoskins (15)
12. 55 Rob Slater (20)
13. 88 Marc Hallett (7)
14. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (17)
15. 20 Kevin Magrin (9) DNF
16. 05 David Goodacre (2) DNF
17. 222 John Marsh (14) DNF
18. 113 Mark Thorne (21) DNF
19. 79 Steve Miller (18) DNF
20. 8 Andrew Snelling (19) DNF
21. 02 Lee Winger (12) DNF

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Hometown)
1. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas)
2. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas)
2. 88j Jesse McDonald (unknown)
4. 72 Mike Taylor (unknown)
5. 86 Ryan Swift (Caledonia)
6. 88 Dale Cooke (unknown)
7. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton)
8. 22 Trevor Deboer (unknown)
9. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas)
10. 5 Ryan Hess (Ohsweken)
11. 8 Tommy Goudge (London)
12. 18 Dave Hils (Dundas) DNF
13. 388 Dale Cooke (unknown) DNF

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2008 Results, News

“MR. SMALL BLOCK” WINS SHOOTOUT AT OHSWEKEN

by Tommy Goudge (August 8, 2008) – Pete Bicknell proved once again why he is known as “Mr. Small Block” on Friday night by taking the feature win in the 50 lap Lucas Oil 358 Modified Shootout series stop at Ohsweken Speedway presented by ESSO and Speedway Variety. Meanwhile, it was also a big night for the ESSO Thunder Stocks, as they contested twin 15 lap features on Friday. 2 new faces graced Ohsweken’s victory lane after those events, as Billy Hogue took the the first feature, with Billy Bleich taking his first ever feature win in the second 15 lapper. In ESSO Mini Stock action, Mitchell Brown continued his winning ways, taking the checkered flag for a second week in a row, while Lee Hils won yet another Friday Night Fun Stock feature.

Pete Cosco and Brian Stevens paced the field to the green flag to start the 50 lap 358 Modified Shootout event, with Cosco taking the early lead. Caution flags slowed the event multiple times, but between the slowdowns, Chad Brachmann and Pete Bicknell began to pick their way to the front. Brachmann and Bicknell entered the evening tied for the points lead in the 7 race series contested at 4 different area tracks, and came into the evening as favourites to win, as Bicknell took the feature win honours in this event 1 year ago, with Brachmann following in 2nd. Brachmann was able to take the lead from Cosco with 5 laps completed, but Bicknell quickly followed him to the front and began looking for a way around the Brachmann machine. Mechanical failure struck Brachmann during the 17th lap as the driveshaft came loose on the #3 while he and Bicknell were racing side by side for the lead in what was shaping up to be a race-long duel for the series points lead. With Brachmann sidelined, Bicknell was on cruise control for much of the remainder of the event, but Bill Bleich was having a good race holding down 2nd, and got 1 final shot at Bicknell when a caution bunched the field with just a handful of laps left. On the restart, Bleich gave it everything he had, but could not get by the Bicknell #42, finishing 2nd by just 0.193 seconds, while Bicknell took the feature win for the 2nd year in a row at Ohsweken. Heat race victories for the 27 car field were won by Scott Wood, Chris Steele, and Bicknell.

Another stellar field of ESSO Thunder Stocks signed in for competition at Ohsweken on Friday night to contest one of their biggest events of the season, with twin 15-lap features on the card. Dave Bailey and Mike Thorne were on the front row at the start of the first feature event, but all eyes were on the action in the middle of the pack, as many fast cars were frantically trying to make their way to the front. Regular Friday Night Thunder fans have grown accustomed to seeing the Cody McPherson #777 at the front of the pack as the young driver from St. Catharines has taken 7 feature wins at Ohsweken already this season and made his way to the front again on Friday night, however McPherson had company in the form of Billy Hogue and Billy Bleich as the laps wound down. Hogue, a champion driver at the Humberstone Speedway, found the wide and fast Ohsweken surface to his liking and passed McPherson for the lead in the late going and held on for the feature win, while Bleich also snuck by for 2nd after starting 23rd! Bleich’s run to 2nd was made all the more amazing because of the amount of damage the Bleich #108jr had sustained in a crash on the backstretch during heat race action when the colourful machine made contact with the wall and came close to flipping. Bleich wasn’t done there, however, as he had more in store for the 2nd 15 lap feature. 

The starting order for the 2nd feature was determined by inverting the order of finish for all the cars on the track at the end of the 1st feature, meaning Brad Herron and Michelle Johnson shared the front row for the 2nd go-round, with Herron taking the early lead. The top cars from the first feature had no intention of staying in the back of the pack and quickly made their way forward in spectacular fashion, sometimes going 3 and 4 wide as they charged to the front. Once again Bleich, McPherson, and Hogue were battling it out for the feature win, but they were also joined by the very fast #18a of Amanda Stoner. In the late going, Stoner appeared to be the fastest car on the track, but when the checkered flag fell, it was Bleich holding on for the feature win, with McPherson in 2nd, and Stoner settling for 3rd. The win for Bleich was a popular one as friends and family were on hand to congratulate Billy on what is surely the first of many feature wins. Heat race victories for the 25 cars on hand went to Brad Bacher, Hogue, and McPherson.

In ESSO Mini-Stock action, it was back to points racing on Friday night after a special non-points event last Friday when Mitchell Brown took home a cool $1,000 for winning the 42-lap Art Hill Memorial race. With just the regular distance of 15 laps on tap on Friday night, Brown wasted no time getting the front and holding on for the victory after starting 9th, but points leader Abel Castelein made sure Brown didn’t gain too many markers on him by making a charge of his own, driving from 13th to 3rd when all was said and done. The race was stopped with a red flag briefly when the #18 of Dan Depagder got upside down very hard on the frontstretch while racing in a big pack of cars. Fortunately Depagder was able to emerge from his mount under his own power, but the car he had just recently purchased and made his 2008 debut with suffered extensive damage. Heat races for the 18 car field were won by Depagder and Rick Emberson, who came home 2nd in the feature to Brown.

The Friday Night Fun Stocks showed up with a record 14 car field on Friday night, with several drivers making their racing debut including Jeremy Westover and Craig Dowd. Points leader Lee Hils made a debut of his own by taking the feature win honours in a new car this week after suffering mechanical problems on his #181 last week. Karl Sault won last week’s feature and was running up front again this week, but mechanical problems derailed his attempt at winning 2 in a row early on. Hils drove off to a commanding lead and took the win, but the battle for 2nd between Mike Taylor and Kacey Huffman lasted for much of the race, with Taylor holding on for the position.

Friday Night Thunder returns to Ohsweken next Friday, August 15 when Iroquois Poker presents the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, ESSO Thunder Stocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Friday Night Fun Stocks, PLUS the 2nd and final Autograph Night of the season! Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken Speedway offers affordable family entertainment just a short drive away from most mid-western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder Adult General Admission is just $10, while Seniors and Students are $8, and kids 12 and under are FREE! Please visit HYPERLINK http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, August 15!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
ROUND 12 RESULTS – AUGUST 8, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR – ESSO AND SPEEDWAY VARIETY

LUCAS OIL 358 MODIFIED SHOOTOUT SERIES
HEAT RACES (Top 4 Redraw for Feature Starting Spots)

Heat Race #1
1. 38 Scott Wood (Thorold), 2. 5jr Travis Braun (Jordan Station), 3. 71 Mike Bowman (St. Catharines), 4. 17c Pete Cosco (St. Catharines), 5. 16w Derek Wutzke (Fenwick), 6. 56 Dereck Lemyre (Hamilton), 7. 26 Rick Richner (Niagara Falls, NY), 8. 11 Bob Broomfield (Youngstown, NY), 9. 85 Graham MacKay (Welland)

Heat Race #2
1. 80 Chris Steele (Fenwick), 2. 44 Brian Stevens (St. Catharines), 3. 108 Bill Bleich (Port Robinson), 4. 15j Tim Jones (Sanborn, NY), 5. c1 Todd Gordon (St. Catharines), 6. 00 Boyd MacTavish (Ransomville, NY), 7. 55 Todd Kendrick (London), 8. 37s Andrew Sittler (St. Catharines), 9. 96 Fred Carleton (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Heat Race #3
1. 42 Pete Bicknell (St. Catharines), 2. 3 Chad Brachmann (North Tonawanda, NY), 3. 28 Scott Kerwin (Newfane, NY), 4. 123 Robbie Krull (Lockport, NY), 5. 91 Travis Cunningham (Grimsby), 6. 72 Tom Flannigan (St. Catharines), 7. 7 Sam Crogan (Lewiston, NY), 8. 2k Rob Knapp (St. Catharines), 9. 18 Rick Hoctor (Cheektowaga, NY)

LUCAS OIL 358 MODIFIEDS SHOOTOUT FEATURE (50 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 42 Pete Bicknell (11)
2. 108 Bill Bleich (5)
3. 91 Travis Cunningham (15)
4. 44 Brian Stevens (2)
5. 38 Scott Wood (10)
6. 56 Dereck Lemyre (16)
7. c1 Todd Gordon (14)
8. 71 Mike Bowman (4)
9. 80 Chris Steele (12)
10. 17c Pete Cosco (1)
11. 26 Rick Richner (19)
12. 55 Todd Kendrick (20)
13. 11 Bob Broomfield (22)
14. 37s Andrew Sittler (23)
15. 28 Scott Kerwin (6)
16. 00 Boyd MacTavish (17)
17. 2k Rob Knapp (24)
18. 7 Sam Crogan (21)
19. 5jr Travis Braun (7)
20. 15j Tim Jones (3)
21. 85 Graham MacKay (25)
22. 72 Tom Flannigan (18)
23. 123 Robbie Krull (9)
24. 3 Chad Brachmann (8)
25. 96 Fred Carleton (26)
26. 18 Rick Hoctor (27)
27. 16w Derek Wutzke (13)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS TWIN-15’s
HEAT RACES:

Heat Race #1
1. 3 Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 2. 12 Brad Herron (Brantford), 3. 18 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 4. 18a Amanda Stoner (Hamilton), 5. 0 Scott McPhail (unknown), 6. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville), 7. 33 Colin Court (Alberton), 8. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 9. 98 Lee Winger (Caledonia) DNS

Heat Race #2
1. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 2. o44 Jamie Cox (Cambridge), 3. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 4. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 5. 37 Jeremy Bean (Stoney Creek), 6. 15 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 7. 81 Chris Van Dusen (Guelph), 8. 31jr Michael Bosse (St. Catharines) DNS

Heat Race #3
1. 48h Billy Hogue (Dain City), 2. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 3. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 4. 38 Terry Martin (Ohsweken), 5. 191 Gord Bates (York), 6. 1j Jason Fontaine (Port Colborne), 7. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 8. 108jr Billy Bleich (Port Robinson)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE #1 (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 48h Billy Hogue (12)
2. 108jr Billy Bleich (23)
3. 777 Cody McPherson (11)
4. 18a Amanda Stoner (5)
5. 37 Jeremy Bean (14)
6. o44 Jamie Cox (3)
7. 18 Dave Bailey (1)
8. 17 Rob Disher (6)
9. 9 Glen Leinen (4)
10. 191 Gord Bates (15)
11. 55 Mike Thorne (2)
12. 3 Brad Bacher (8)
13. 38 Terry Martin (9)
14. 31jr Michael Bosse (24)
15. 0 Scott McPhail (13)
16. 1 Chris Dickie (22)
17. 13 Mark Saul (16)
18. 11 Michelle Johnson (20)
19. 15 Mark Thorne (17) DNF
20. 12 Brad Herron (10)
21. 81 Chris Van Dusen (19) DNF
22. 1j Jason Fontaine (21) DNF
23. 33 Colin Court (18) DNF
24. 8 Ryan Dinning (7) DNF

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE #2 (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 108 Billy Bleich (18)
2. 777 Cody McPherson (17)
3. 18a Amanda Stoner (13)
4. 48h Billy Hogue (19)
5. 12 Brad Herron (1)
6. o44 Jamie Cox (14)
7. 0 Scott McPhail (5)
8. 1j Jason Fontaine (22)
9. 11 Michelle Johnson (2)
10. 17 Rob Disher (12)
11. 37 Jeremy Bean (15)
12. 1 Chris Dickie (4)
13. 55 Mike Thorne (9)
14. 38 Terry Martin (7)
15. 3 Brad Bacher (8)
16. 13 Mark Saul (3)
17. 15 Mark Thorne (24)
18. 31jr Michael Bosse (6)
19. 18 Dave Bailey (20) DNF
20. 191 Gord Bates (10) DNF
21. 33 Colin Court (21) DNF
22. 9 Glen Leinen (11) DNF
23. 8 Ryan Dinning (24) DNS
24. 81 Chris Van Dusen (23) DNS
25. 98 Lee Winger (25) DNS

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
HEAT RACES:

Heat Race #1
1. 18 Dan Depagder (unknown), 2. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 3. 88 Kelly Hallett (Wilsonville), 4. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 5. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 6. 05 Rick Robinson (Brantford), 7. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 8. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 9. 23 A.J. Castelein (Thorold) DNF

Heat Race #2
1. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 2. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 3. 37 Rob Hoskins (Harley), 4. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 5. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 6. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 7. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 8. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge), 9. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken)

ESSO MINI-STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 10 Mitchell Brown (9)
2. 86 Rick Emberson (3)
3. 28 Abel Castelein (13)
4. 72 Kevin Hilborn (7)
5. 37 Rob Hoskins (1)
6. 397 Brent Hill (12)
7. 05 Rick Robinson (11)
8. 23 A.J. Castelein (18)
9. 265 Mike Evers (6)
10. 88 Kelly Hallett (4)
11. 777x Steve Hess (8)
12. 27 Dan Stewart (5)
13. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (16)
14. 11 Mike Giberson (14) DNF
15. 7x Chase Hess (17) DNF
16. 55 Rob Slater (2) DNF
17. 18 Dan Depagder (10) DNF
18. 113 Mark Thorne (15) DNF

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Hometown)
1. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas)
2. 72 Mike Taylor (unknown)
3. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton)
4. 22 Trevor Deboer (unknown)
5. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas)
6. 88 Dale Cooke (unknown)
8. 388 Craig Dowd (Caledonia)
9. 8 Jeremy Westover (unknown)
10. 86 Ryan Swift (unknown)
11. 5 Ryan Hess (Ohsweken) DNF
12. 173 Cole Jamieson (unknown) DNF
13. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas) DNF
14. 88j Jesse McDonald (unknown) DNF

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2008 Results, News

FRIESEN AND BROWN TAKE BIG WINS AT OHSWEKEN

by Tommy Goudge (August 1, 2008) – James Michael Friesen had never raced at the Ohsweken Speedway until Friday night, but his inexperience at the track did not phase him in the least as he drove from 15th on the grid into the lead before the halfway point of the 50 lap event, and held off the challenges of Mike Bowman to take the win. The ESSO Mini-Stocks also ran an extra distance event on Friday night as the $1,000-to-win 42 lap Art Hill Memorial race took centre stage. All 42 laps were run caution free, and when all was said and done, young Mitchell Brown was in victory lane with the big trophy. The ESSO Thunder Stocks division was also on the card with a large field of 28 cars on hand, but in the end Cody McPherson bested them all yet again by taking his 7th feature win of the season at Ohsweken. In Friday Night Fun Stock action, Karl Sault erased a big lead built up by Lee Hils and passed the point leader to take his 2nd feature win in the last 3 races, and 3rd win overall this season.

Rob Pratt and Mark Dixon drew the lucky pills to put them on the front row to start the 50 lap race for the Sportsman cars on Friday night, with Pratt taking the early lead, but Mike Bowman quickly moved into the 2nd spot and kept Pratt’s #p38 in sight. Pratt remained out front for the first 13 laps of the event, but a caution flag bunched the field and proved to be Pratt’s undoing. The cause of the stoppage was a spin by Robbie Rounce, who saw a fine run go sour as he had worked his way from 9th to 5th before the spin. Stopped facing the wrong way in turn #2, most of the field was able to take evasive action, but the #11z of Darren Zumpe could not avoid taking the Rounce #111, damaging both cars enough to put them out for the remainder of the race. When the race restarted, Pratt felt pressure from Bowman, but Tyler McPherson was the man on the move and got by both to take the lead on the 14th lap. McPherson led the next 8 laps, but after a caution for Kevin Sharp’s blown engine, Friesen, Pratt, Bowman, and Chad Chevalier all pounced on the leader and moved McPherson from 1st to 5th in just 1 lap. Pratt and Bowman resumed their race-long battle, this time for the 2nd spot, allowing Friesen to open a gap on the field which he would never relinquish, while Bowman eventually got by Pratt for 2nd, with Pratt settling for 3rd, followed by Chevalier and Mat Williamson. Unfortunately tempers flared after the race, resulting in Pratt being moved to the bottom of the running order by officials, and moving Mark Chiddy into the top 5. 29 Sportsman cars were on hand with Rob Knapp, Mark D’Ilario, Rounce, and Pratt taking heat race victories, while Jay Doerr won the Conci.

After a moment of silence and a pace lap in the missing man formation in honour of Art Hill – the only driver ever to lose his life at Ohsweken – it was time to get the 9th annual Art Hill Memorial 42 lap ESSO Mini-Stock feature underway. Mark Czuba and Mitchell Brown drew the front row starting spots and took the green flag side by side. Brown was not to be denied on this night as he immediately took the lead and began putting distance on the rest of the field, while Rick Robinson moved up into 2nd and tried to keep the young Brantford driver in sight. While Brown and Robinson were in another time zone, the battle for 3rd was a race-long struggle between Kevin Hilborn and Abel Castelein, with Craig Erskine also getting in on the action at times. Brown raced through the field at a torrid pace, lapping all but 2nd place Robinson by the time the caution-free race was over. Robinson settled for 2nd, followed by Castelein, Hilborn, and Erskine, who made his first start of the season at Ohsweken a top 5 finish. Heat race wins for the 23 car field went to Hilborn, Castelein, and Brown.

Mike Thorne and Chris Dickie led the field to the green flag for 15 laps of ESSO Thunder Stock action, with Thorne taking the lead and opening a sizeable advantage. Bad luck struck the Thorne #55 yet again, however, as during a caution flag for a crash on the backstretch involving Terry Osmond, Gord Bates, and Brian Pescetti, Thorne’s right front tire went flat, forcing the young driver to relinquish the lead. On the restart, Mike Ward was the man out front, but points leader Cody McPherson had quickly moved up from his 12th starting spot and put his #777 out front yet again. Also in the thick of the battle at the front was rookie of the year contender Jamie Cox, but his fine run came to an end with the #o44 suffering mechanical problems and going pitside. McPherson cruised home to another victory at Ohsweken, followed by Billy Bleich, Jason Fontain, Ward, and Bernard Neiberg, all of whom started 14th or worse. Glen Leinen, McPherson, and Thorne took heat race victories, while Amanda Stoner won the first Conci in the Thunder Stock division at Ohsweken in quite some time.

In Friday Night Fun Stock action, Lee Hils started on the front row and opened a sizeable lead, but Karl Sault made his way into 2nd and began closing the gap, while Hils began fighting lapped traffic. Sault stalked the Hils #181 for much of the event and made his move coming out of the 2nd turn to take the lead and cruise to victory. Hils settled for 2nd followed by Mike Taylor, Dave Hils, and Jesse McDonald.

Friday Night Thunder returns to Ohsweken next Friday, August 8 when ESSO and Speedway Variety present the Lucas Oil 358 Modified Shootout and twin-15’s for the ESSO Thunder Stocks, plus ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Friday Night Fun Stocks! Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken Speedway offers affordable family entertainment just a short drive away from most mid-western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder Adult General Admission is just $10, while Seniors and Students are $8, and kids 12 and under are FREE! Please visit HYPERLINK http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, August 1!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
ROUND 11 RESULTS – AUGUST 1, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR – OUTHOUSE IMAGE AND DESIGN www.OuthouseSigns.ca

LUCAS OIL SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SHOOTOUT SERIES
HEAT RACES (Top 5 Transfer to A-Feature, Top 3 Redraw for Feature Starting Spots)

Heat Race #1
1. 2k Rob Knapp (St. Catharines), 2. 12 Chad Chevalier (Port Colborne), 3. 1m Norm Mark (Fort Erie), 4. 77jr B.J. Willard (St. Catharines), 5. 55c Jesse Cotress (Akron, NY), 6. 43t Jay Doerr (London), 7. 99c Nick Cupolo (Thorold), 8. 85 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton) DNF

Heat Race #2
1. 08 Mark D’Ilario (Smithville), 2. 140 Mark Dixon (Durham), 3. 95 Joe Middlemiss (Chippawa), 4. 54 Mark Chiddy (Colden, NY), 5. 53 Darrell Farraway (Hamilton), 6. 50 Roger Lauzon (Hamilton), 7. 51c Bill Willard (St. Catharines)

Heat Race #3
1. 111 Robbie Rounce (Caledonia), 2. 8s Justin Sharp (St. Catharines), 3. 71 Mike Bowman (St. Catharines), 4. 52 James Michael Friesen (St. Catharines), 5. 11z Darren Zumpe (St. Catharines), 6. 26h Luke Carleton (Port Colborne), 7. 20j Tony Cowell (unknown)

Heat Race #4
1. p38 Rob Pratt (Batavia, NY), 2. 777 Tyler McPherson (St. Catharines), 3. 62 Rick Bellante (St. Catharines), 4. 38 Brian Susice (Ransomville, NY), 5. 6 Mat Williamson (St. Catharines), 6. 11jr Justin Wright (York, NY), 7. 5s Kevin Sharp (Port Colborne), 8. 21jj Jim Johnstone (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

CONCI (Top 4 Transfer to A-Main):
1. 43t Jay Doerr, 2. 11jr Justin Wright, 3. 5s Kevin Sharp, 4. 99c Nick Cupolo, 5. 21jj Jim Johnstone, 6. 50 Roger Lauzon, 7. 51c Bill Willard, 8. 85 Mikey Kruchka, 9. 26h Luke Carleton DNF, 10. 20j Tony Cowell DNS

LUCAS OIL SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS SHOOTOUT FEATURE (50 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 52 James Michael Friesen (15)
2. 71 Mike Bowman (3)
3. 12 Chad Chevalier (7)
4. 6 Mat Williamson (20)
5. 54 Mark Chiddy (14)
6. 95 Joe Middlemiss (12)
7. 8s Justin Sharp (10)
8. 08 Mark D’Ilario (8)
9. 99c Nick Cupolo (24)
10. 11jr Justin Wright (22)
11. 777 Tyler McPherson (11)
12. 55c Jesse Cotress (17)
13. 38 Brian Susice (16)
14. 140 Mark Dixon (2)
15. 43t Jay Doerr (21)
16. 2k Rob Knapp (4)
17. 53 Darrell Farraway (18)
18. 62 Rick Bellante (5)
19. 1m Norm Mark (6)
20. 77jr B.J. Willard (13)
21. p38 Rob Pratt (1) DQ
22. 5s Kevin Sharp (23) DNF
23. 111 Robbie Rounce (9) DNF
24. 11z Darren Zumpe (19) DNF

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
HEAT RACES (Top 3 Redraw for Feature Starting Positions):

Heat Race #1
1. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 2. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 3. 37 Rob Hoskins (Harley), 4. 02 Mark Czuba (unknown), 5. 20 Kevin Magrin (unknown), 6. 88 Marc Hallett (Brantford), 7. 39 Jim Cochrane (Drumbo), 8. 23 A.J. Castelein (Thorold) DNS

Heat Race #2
1. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 2. 05 Rick Robinson (Brantford), 3. 4p Mike Peterson (Woodstock), 4. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 5. 11 Mike Giberson (Caleonia) 6. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 7. 00 Rick Haimerl (Brantford), 8. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken) DNS

Heat Race #3
1. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 2. 79 Dan Miller (Paris), 3. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 4. 48 Craig Erskine (unknown), 5. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 6. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 7. 222 Dave Magrin (Hamilton) DNS

ESSO MINI-STOCKS ART HILL MEMORIAL RACE (42 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 10 Mitchell Brown (2)
2. 05 Rick Robinson (4)
3. 28 Abel Castelein (9)
4. 72 Kevin Hilborn (8)
5. 48 Craig Erskine (10)
6. 79 Dan Miller (5)
7. 397 Brent Hill (12)
8. 11 Mike Giberson (14)
9. 7x Chase Hess (7)
10. 86 Rick Emberson (17)
11. 02 Mark Czuba (1)
12. 55 Rob Slater (15)
13. 88 Marc Hallett (16)
14. 20 Kevin Magrin (13) DNF
15. 39 Jim Cochrane (19)
16. 00 Rick Haimerl (20) DNF
17. 27 Dan Stewart (18) DNF
18. 4p Mike Peterson (11) DNF
19. 113 Mark Thorne (6) DNF
20. 37 Rob Hoskins (3) DNF
21. 222 Dave Magrin (21) DNS
22. 23 A.J. Castelein (22) DNS
23. 777x Steve Hess (23) DNS

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
HEAT RACES (Top 6 Finishers Transfer to Feature):

Heat Race #1
1. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 2. 40 Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 3. o44 Jamie Cox (Cambridge), 4. 3 Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 5. 31 Jason Fontaine (Port Colborne), 6. 191 Gord Bates (York), 7. 18x Amanda Stoner (Hamilton), 8. 33 Colin Court (Alberton) DNF, 9. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton) DNF, 10. 28 Adam Gracey (unknown) DNS

Heat Race #2
1. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 2. 11x Mike Ward (unknown), 3. 18 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 4. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek) 5. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 6. 57 Murray Nicholls (unknown), 7. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia) DNF, 8. 38 Terry Martin (Ohsweken) DNF, 9. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville) DNF

Heat Race #3
1. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 2. 108jr Billy Bleich (Port Robinson), 3. 0x Bernard Neiberg (Caistor Centre), 4. 37 Jeremy Bean (Stoney Creek), 5. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 6. 55f Vince Fargnoli (Niagara Falls), 7. 98 Lee Winger (Caledonia), 8. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia) DNF, 9. 33x Jack Myers (unknown) DNF

CONCI (Top 6 Finishers Transfer to Feature):
1. 18x Amanda Stoner, 2. 11 Michelle Johnson, 3. 8 Ryan Dinning, 4. 13 Mark Saul, 5. 38 Terry Martin, 6. 24k Kyle Magrin DNF, 7. 28 Adam Gracey DNF, 8. 98 Lee Winger DNS, 9. 33x Jack Myers DNS, 10. 33 Colin Court DNS

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 777 Cody McPherson (12)
2. 108jr Billy Bleich (17)
3. 31 Jason Fontaine (16)
4. 11x Mike Ward (14)
5. 0x Bernard Neiberg (15)
6. 3 Brad Bacher (13)
7. 17 Rob Disher (7)
8. 37 Jeremy Bean (6)
9. 8 Ryan Dinning (21)
10. 9 Glen Leinen (5)
11. 57 Murray Nicholls (18)
12. 13 Mark Saul (22)
13. 55f Vince Fargnoli (9)
14. 1 Chris Dickie (2)
15. 28 Adam Gracey (25)
16. 11 Michelle Johnson (20)
17. 38 Terry Martin (23)
18. o44 Jamie Cox (11) DNF
19. 55 Mike Thorne (1) DNF
20. 18x Amanda Stoner (19) DNF 
21. 24k Kyle Magrin (24) DNF
22. 62 Brian Pescetti (10) DNF
23. 40 Terry Osmond (8) DNF
24. 191 Gord Bates (3) DNF
25. 18 Dave Bailey (4) DNF

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Hometown)
1. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas)
2. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas)
2. 3. 72 Mike Taylor (unknown)
4. 18 Dave Hils (Dundas)
5. 88j Jesse McDonald (unknown)
6. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas)
7. 88 Dale Cooke (unknown)
8. 06 Al Van Every (unknown)
9. 86 Ryan Swift (unknown) DNF
10. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton) DNS

UP NEXT @ OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2008
ESSO AND SPEEDWAY VARIETY PRESENT
LUCAS OIL 358 MODIFIED SHOOTOUT 50
AND TWIN-15’S FOR ESSO THUNDER STOCKS,
PLUS ESSO MINI-STOCKS AND FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS
ADULTS $10, SENIORS AND STUDENTS $8, KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE
GATES OPEN @ 6:00 P.M., RACING @ 7:45 P.M.

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