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NATHAN ACKLAND STATE FARM INSURANCE RETURNS TO SPONSOR “TOP GUN” AWARD

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 30, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to announce the return of Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance as official sponsor of the $150 “Top Gun” award, given to the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car driver with the highest heat race passing points total each night.

Nathan Ackland has served the Brantford area for over 10 years, and specializes in moves to the Brantford area. He is a second generation State Farm agent, and a proud supporter of local sports. His mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Visit the Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance office at 206 King George Road in Brantford, call him at (519) 754-8700 or toll free (877) 754-8707, and visit www.BrantfordInsurance.ca for more information.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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ANNUAL “SPONSOR NIGHT” SCHEDULED FOR MAY 30

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 24, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are pleased to announce the date of the track’s annual “Sponsor Night” as Friday, May 30. Each registered 2014 race team will have the opportunity to provide free passes to their sponsors to attend the races that night.

Sponsor Night on Friday, May 30 at Ohsweken Speedway will include a full program of qualifying races and feature races for all weekly racing divisions, including the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Spring Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

Teams interested in this event must register and get tickets by the end of the race night on Friday, May 23. Each registered 2014 race team can receive up to 10 passes. Additional passes may be available upon review of a team’s sponsor situation. Contact Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or by e-mail at mary@ohswekenspeedway.com for more information.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007. 

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway 

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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STRICKLAND’S GMC BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR FOR NEW CRATE SPRINT CAR DIVISION

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 23, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are excited to announce a partnership with Strickland’s GMC of Brantford, Ontario as the official title sponsor of Ohsweken Speedway’s new Crate Sprint Car division. Strickland’s has also partnered with Burger Barn and Ohsweken Speedway to award a brand new fire suit to each track champion.

Strickland’s is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Southwestern Ontario for over 30 years. They have never been afraid to change in order to better serve their customers, but one thing has remained the same – they have always run their company based on the old proverb “Treat others the way you wish to be treated”. This belief applies to employees and customers alike, which is why they have such a dedicated staff, and continue to be one of Canada’s friendliest car dealerships. No hassles, and no pressure – just good old-fashioned service, and honest dealings.

Strickland’s is the only full line General Motors dealer in Brantford and the surrounding area, serving the community for over 90 years. Strickland’s has many different makes & models to choose from. They carry the full line of General Motors products including; Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models.  Strickland’s also offers over 600 used vehicles to choose from daily!

Strickland’s has three other locations across Ontario offering both new and used vehicles, including Strickland’s Stratford Toyota in Stratford, Ontario, Strickland’s Automart in Stratford, Ontario, and Strickland’s Automart in Windsor, Ontario.

Strickland’s GMC is located at 19-21 Lynden Road in Brantford, at the intersection of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway, and just 15 minutes from Ohsweken Speedway. Visit Strickland’s GMC online at www.Stricklands.com, or call them at 1-800-599-5558.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF BRANTFORD & PARIS RETURN AS MARKETING PARTNERS

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 23, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to announce the return of McDonald’s Restaurants of Brantford & Paris as marketing partners for the 2014 season.

McDonald’s restaurants have served the world some of its favourite food since 1955. McDonald’s is more than just your local restaurant. They’re hardworking small businessmen and women, students working part-time, seniors getting the most out of life, and volunteers lending time to make a difference in the communities they live and work in.

McDonald’s locations in Brantford include 73 King George Road, 27 Stanley Street, 300 King George Road, and 299 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, while they’re also in Paris at 307 Grand River Street North. Grab a bite to eat on the way to the races, or visit the drive-thru on your way home. Visit www.McDonalds.ca for more information.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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JESSICA ZEMKEN JOINS CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 18, 2014 – The roster for Ohsweken Speedway’s Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division continues to grow in advance of Opening Night on May 16. The latest name on that list is Sprakers, New York driver Jessica Zemken, who will race the #77 for the Hill’s Racing Team.

Jessica’s resume includes wins in Modifieds and Sprint Cars, and a track championship at Utica-Rome Speedway. She become the first female feature winner in American Sprint Car Series history in a Patriot Region event at Brockville Ontario Speedway in 2007, and last year became the first female driver to qualify for Oswego Speedway’s International Classic 200.

“JZ” has been a regular visitor to Ohsweken over the years with various Sprint Car tours, and she has contended for feature wins on several occasions. A flat tire on the last lap was all that separated her from an Empire Super Sprints tour feature win at Ohsweken in 2006, in fact. She joins the growing weekly roster which also includes 2013 Ohsweken winners Glenn Styres, Jamie Collard, Mitch Brown, Jim Huppunen, and Mikey Kruchka.

The Hill’s Racing Team #77 owned by Miles and Pam Hill will have support from Corr/Pak Merchandising, Townline Variety, Iroquois Hereford Farms, M-One, and Tobacco Plus. Jessica’s schedule will also include asphalt racing, with weekly Supermodified competition at New York’s Oswego Speedway on Saturday nights. Visit the Corr/Pak Merchandising website at www.CorrPak.ca, the Hill’s Racing website at www.HillsRacingTeam.com, and Jessica’s website at www.JessicaZemken.com

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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“TOP 10”…WITH 360 SPRINT CAR CHAMP JIM HUPPUNEN

By Tommy Goudge (April 18, 2014) – Drivers and teams from Ohsweken Speedway are hard at work getting ready for the 2014 racing season, which begins next month. Jim Huppunen took a break from those preparations to look back at his 2013 Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division championship, and ahead to his plans for 2014 and beyond.

Jim Huppunen had never driven a full-size race car before he got behind the wheel of a Sprint Car in 2008. Five years later, he hoisted the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division championship trophy for a second time. Combined with his brother Tom’s 2009 title, a member of the Huppunen family has won half of the six 360 Sprint Car championships since that division joined the weekly program at Ohsweken in 2008.

Jim doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon, and has added several new sponsors for his 2014 campaign which will kick off next Saturday against the Patriot Sprint Tour at Merrittville Speedway’s Spring Sizzler. Gibbons Contracting will be the new primary sponsor for “The Red Rocket” this year, while Tidyman Maintenance, Seaway Mall, Praxair St. Catharines and Rod End Supply join the list of sponsors for the #14h. Jim will try to become the first driver to win consecutive Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car championships this year, and also plans to be back at Merrittville in June when the Empire Super Sprints tour visits. He’ll also be a favourite to become the first driver from Ontario to win the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals in September.

JIM HUPPUNEN – FAST FACTS
Birthdate:  April 21, 1981
Hometown:  Fenwick, Ontario
Occupation:  Manager of Engineering Services
Car #: 14h
Website:  www.team14hracing.com
Twitter:  @jimmythahupp
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/team14hracing
Sponsors:  Gibbons Contracting, Bob Reid Heating & Air Conditioning, Upper Canada Consultants, Amherst Concrete Pumping & Crane Rental, Niagara Custom Powdercoating, Kaman’s Auto Service, Dunnville Silo, Tidyman Maintenance, Danima Creative Group, Ryan’s Auto Body, Seaway Mall, Rod End Supply, Praxair St. Catharines, Digital Detail, Scandia Glazing Systems

TG: “Obviously yours is a racing family, but how did you become involved in racing yourself, and what has kept you interested over the years?”

JH: “I was pretty much raised at the race track.  In the early years I could be found in the grandstands at Merrittville, Humberstone, and Ransomville Speedways every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, and then in the pits once I looked old enough to get in. My father helped out a lot of racers throughout the years like Mark Elliot, Billy Willard, Jr., Rick Zabor, Fred Cade, and Scott Wood just to name a few, so my brother and I got to hang out around race cars all the time. I raced go-karts in the late 80’s and early 90’s before my brother began running the Sportsman [Modified]. Once racing is in your blood, it is very hard to stay away from the race track!”

TG: “Your brother had already been racing Sprint Cars for approximately a decade when you made your debut. What led to your decision to join the Sprint Car ranks, and run weekly at Ohsweken?”

JH:  “One reason: Fred Cade! When Fred was getting ready to call it quits to his 3rd or 4th racing career, I was working on his Sprint Car. I showed some interest, and Fred and I made a deal so that I could try the car out for a few nights in 2008.  I was kind of wary about getting into a high horsepower car, since I hadn’t raced anything competitively since 1992 when I finished my go-kart career, which was with only a 5 horsepower lawnmower engine. To say the least, I was hooked!”

TG: “Rivalries are bound to come about when you’re racing at a high level, especially when you’re competing against a sibling. How do you deal with that possibility, or is it something you even think about?”

JH:  “I don’t think I have a rivalry with my brother. We both have been raised in racing, and we both know how hard it is to be successful. The mentality in Sprint Car racing is much different compared to other forms of dirt racing.  Sprint Car drivers, for the most part, help each other out.  Most of the racers around here are in Sprint Cars as a hobby, and aren’t trying to be the next Jeff Gordon. We all tend to get along at the track, and it is quite a social atmosphere. On the track you see a lot of respect between most drivers, and you may get some type of rivalry, but it is nothing to call home to mom about.”

TG: “One of the hallmarks of your Sprint Car career has been consistency. It’s rare to see the #14h outside the top 10 at the end of a feature race. Why do you think you’ve been able to maintain that type of performance, even with what seems like increased competition each year?”

JH:  “Thanks for noticing! This is something we as a team try to strive for each night. We have a very strict program for each race which extends into the week during the weekly maintenance. I am very particular on how things are done on the car, and my crew has been with me right from the start. Some people may say that I am intense, which is quite true, but when I’m going at full speed I want to make sure I am safe as possible, and that everything on the car is working at its optimal performance.”

TG: “Sponsorship is an important part of any successful race team. How did your team’s sponsorships come about, and how do you make sure those partners are happy, and return each season?”

JH:  “Unfortunately one of our longtime sponsors didn’t renew this year, but two of our new sponsors that came on board in 2013 stepped up and filled in that gap. Sponsors are very important and, with the help of my significant other Steph, we have been able to provide a lot of information to keep our sponsors interested in our racing program. We attend several charity events throughout the race season to help bring exposure to those charities, while at the same time bringing exposure to our sponsors. It is a lot of extra work, but I think it helps us keep our current sponsors and attract new ones.  Racing is expensive, and any support that we get is appreciated and is stretched very far in order to keep this championship team running smoothly.  We keep our website and Facebook page updated regularly throughout the race season, so that helps a lot as well.”

TG: “You’ve now won two track championships at Ohsweken, and you’re the first driver to win multiple Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division titles. What are your goals for your career in the future, and how long would you like to continue racing?”

JH:  “My goal is to keep having fun.  I would like to travel to some different tracks, but until the funding is there I will just have to stick it out at Ohsweken. Don’t get me wrong, Ohsweken is one of the best facilities I have attended, and it is a blast to be able to race at this high-end facility weekly! I have a bit of a bucket list of race tracks that I would like to race at before I hang up the helmet.”

TG: “As you mentioned in your speech at the awards banquet, your spot in the pits for the past few years has been next to two HRW Automotive Mini Stock division drivers – Robin Elliott and Jamie Goudge – who overcome physical limitations to race each week. Competitors in what might be considered an ‘entry level’ division are not always looked upon favourably by those in the ‘premier’ division at local short tracks, but it seems just the opposite in this case. Why?

JH:  “It doesn’t matter to me what division Robin and Jamie run; they are racers and that’s all that matters. They are there to race and have fun, and I enjoy hanging out with them.  They both bring a lot of excitement to the track which helps pump me and my team up.  If I can’t find my crew when I come back in from the track, I know they are probably over in their pits shooting the breeze!”

TG: “We’ve seen lots of changes in the local racing scene over the years, even in the time since you made your Sprint Car driving debut. Where do you see local short track racing going in the future, especially in costly divisions like Sprint Cars?”

JH: “I think that racing goes in cycles – some years you will get 35-40 cars a week, and others only 20-25 depending on the classes, and some people move up trying to advance their techniques and driving style.  Sprint Car racing has been around for decades, and it still doesn’t change the fact that people love to watch a great show, especially if you have a track like Ohsweken. It may not have the provenance of Eldora or Knoxville, but it’s definitely well-known, and a lot of people travel far to come here.  As long as there are fans in the stands, there will always be dirt flying at the track!”

TG: “Who are some of your role models (racing, sports, or otherwise), and why?”

JH: “Well I will have to say the obvious: My mom and dad and brother, of course. There have been several individuals in my life that have provided me with advice or direction to get me where I am today.  Some people have shown me how to be successful, and some have shown me what not to do!  Every winter I try to read at least one biography of a racer.  This past winter I was able to read Ken Schrader’s book.  It was quite interesting to say the least! The books about Doug Wolfgang, Brad Doty, and Jan Opperman are also a very interesting read. The stories of these drivers provide motivation for me to try harder, not just in racing but in life as well.”

TG: “What do you spend your offseason doing?”

JH:  “This year I have mainly been focused on getting my engine together. I worked with New Generation Racing Engines to rebuild my engine, and I am looking forward to starting the season off in a few weeks. Steph and I have also been getting things organized to start working on the house.  I bought my grandmother’s house a few years ago, and now it seems like everything needs updating!  We also took a family vacation to Florida where we went to Disney and St. Augustine, as well as catching the opening night of the [World of] Outlaws show at Volusia Speedway Park.  It has been a busy winter!”

Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask your favourite Ohsweken Speedway personality, or suggestion for someone you’d like to see featured in a future edition of “Top 10″? E-mail us at media@ohswekenspeedway.com, and stay tuned for future editions of “Top 10″ on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com!

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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ARROW EXPRESS RETURNS AS SPONSOR OF SIX NATIONS SHOWDOWN & CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 19, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to announce the return of Arrow Express as the major sponsor of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, and the Six Nations Showdown featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series, while the Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club also returns as an event sponsor.

Arrow Express Sports is a sport and entertainment company that is dedicated to preserving and teaching Native American Indian sports, culture, music, and languages. Based at the Arrow Express Sports Entertainment Arena, the company owns and operates the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, and the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. Arrow Express owns and operates the multi-purpose 3000 person capacity arena which hosts lacrosse, music, and festival events. The Arrow Express Sports mission is to help to children by advocating healthy lifestyle choices. Visit the Arrow Express Sports website at www.ArrowExpressSports.com.

A charter member of the National Lacrosse League, the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse club is owned by Arrow Express Sports. The Knighthawks claimed their second consecutive NLL World Championship in 2013, their fourth title in team history. More information on the Rochester Knighthawks can be found at www.RochesterKnighthawks.net.

Arrow Express presents the Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken Speedway, featuring the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car series, plus the Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers on Tuesday, July 29.

Close to 80 of the best 360 Sprint Car teams from all over North America converge on Ohsweken in September each year for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Arrow Express returns to sponsor the 10th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 13, featuring 360 Sprint Cars and the Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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TICKETS FOR 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS NOW AVAILABLE

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 14, 2014 – The renewal period has ended, and tickets for Ohsweken Speedway’s 2014 special events – including the Burger Barn Northern Summer Nationals, World of Outlaws Sprint Car series Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown, and 10th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals – are available for sale to the general public beginning at 9:00am today.

SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS
Events with reserved seating at Ohsweken in 2014 include the Burger Barn Northern Summer Nationals on Monday, July 28, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown on Tuesday, July 29, and the 10th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend on Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13. Purchase a Saturday CSCN ticket before Friday August 1st, 2014 and receive a Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals ticket FREE! (Please note all tickets for the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals are general admission.)

Ticket orders can be made 24/7 online at http://ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com, or by phone 9:00am through 9:00pm, Monday to Saturday at 519 717-0023. Please leave a detailed message if your call goes to the answering machine, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Any questions regarding ticket sales can be directed to Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or by e-mail at mary@ohswekenspeedway.com

SEASON GRANDSTAND PASSES, PIT MEMBERSHIPS, & SEASON PIT PASSES
Season passes and memberships are also on sale. Fans again have the option of paying just $25 extra to reserve a seat anywhere in the grandstands for all 16 regular Friday night racing events.

New for 2014 – Grandstand season pass holders will be able to purchase pit passes at the membership rate of $20 on regular race nights.

Racers can take advantage of additional savings by purchasing their Pit Membership or Season Pit Pass on or before May 9, 2014.

Methods of payment for all tickets, passes, and memberships include cash, debit, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Please contact Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations at mary@ohswekenspeedway.com or by phone at 519 717-0023 for more information.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY 2014 SPECIAL EVENT TICKET PRICING

Burger Barn Northern Summer Nationals – Monday, July 28, 2014
Adult (18-65) Reserved – $25.00
Youth (13-17)/Senior (65+) Reserved – $15.00
Kids (12 & Under) Reserved – $5.00

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars “Six Nations Showdown” – Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Adult (18-65)/Youth(13-17)/Senior (65+) Reserved – $40.00
Kids (12 & Under) Reserved – $15.00

Night Before The Nationals – Friday, September 12, 2014
Adult (18-65)/Youth(13-17)/Senior (65+) General Admission – $12.00
Kids (12 & Under) General Admission – Free
*Purchase a Saturday CSCN ticket before Friday August 1st, 2014 and receive a Night Before the Nationals ticket FREE!*

10th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Presented by Arrow Express – Saturday, September 13, 2014
Adult (18-65)/Youth(13-17)/Senior (65+)Reserved (top 6 rows, all of Section F & G) – $40.00
Adult (18-65)/Youth(13-17)/Senior (65+) General Admission – $25.00
Kids (12 & Under) Reserved (top 6 rows, all of Section F & G) – $ 5.00
Kids (12 & Under) General Admission – Free
*Purchase a Saturday CSCN ticket before Friday August 1st, 2014 and receive a Night Before the Nationals ticket FREE!*

2014 SEASON PASSES AND MEMBERSHIPS

RESERVED GRANDSTAND PASS
Adult (18-65) – $175
Senior (65+)/Youth (13-17) – $150
*A seat of your choosing will be marked with a name tag, so you can arrive whenever is convenient for you.*
**Valid from May 16 through September 5. Not valid for July 28 and July 29, or September 12 and September 13.**
***New for 2014 – Grandstand season pass holders will be able to purchase pit passes at the membership rate of $20 on regular race nights.***

GENERAL ADMISSION GRANDSTAND PASS
Adult (18-65) – $150
Senior (65+) /Youth (13-17) – $125
*Valid from May 16 through September 5. Not valid for July 28 and July 29, or September 12 and September 13.*
**New for 2014 – Grandstand season pass holders will be able to purchase pit passes at the membership rate of $20 on regular race nights.**

PIT MEMBERSHIP
Until May 9, 2014 – $50
After May 9, 2014 – $75
*Entitles pass holder to enter pits at the 2014 Ohsweken Member Rate*
**Valid from May 16 through September 5. Not valid for practice nights.**

SEASON PIT PASS
Until May 9, 2014 – $300
After May 9, 2014 – $325
*Includes 2014 Pit Membership. Valid from May 16 through September 5. Not valid for practice nights.*

News

RESERVED CAMPSITES AVAILABLE MAY 1; ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Ohsweken, Ontario – April 16, 2014 – Reserved campsites for special events at Ohsweken Speedway go on sale Thursday, May 1, while advance general admission tickets for regular Friday night racing events are now available.

RESERVED CAMPSITES
Pick out your favourite campsite and reserve it for Ohsweken Speedway’s special events! Reserved campsites will go on sale on Thursday, May 1 at a cost of $40 per week. Special events at Ohsweken Speedway in 2014 include the Burger Barn Northern Summer Nationals on Monday, July 28, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown on Tuesday, July 29, and the 10th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend on Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13. Contact Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or by e-mail at mary@ohswekenspeedway.com for more information.

ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Avoid the lineup at the ticket window on Friday nights – Advance general admission tickets are now available for all regular Friday night events at Ohsweken Speedway. Put them in your wallet, and use them whenever you want! Adult (ages 18-64) tickets are $12, while Senior (ages 65+) and Youth (ages 13-17) tickets are $10, and Kids (ages 12 & Under) are FREE! Contact Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or by e-mail at mary@ohswekenspeedway.com for more information.

Methods of payment for all tickets, passes, campsites, and memberships include cash, debit, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 19th season of racing begins on Friday, May 16 with 2014 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, 20 lap features for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007. 

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway 

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

Special Features

“TOP 10”…WITH MINI STOCK CHAMP & CRATE SPRINT CAR ROOKIE DAVEY BOUGHTON

By Tommy Goudge (April 15, 2014) – Drivers and teams from Ohsweken Speedway are hard at work getting ready for the 2014 racing season, which begins next month. Davey Boughton took a break from those preparations to look back at his 2013 HRW Automotive Mini Stock division championship, and ahead to his rookie season in the new Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division.

The offseason has again been full of changes for Davey Boughton, as he is leaving the Mini Stock division after just one season to pursue his dream of racing Sprint Cars. He won the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bomber championship and Flamboro Speedway Pure Stock championship in 2012 before moving up to the HRW Automotive Mini Stock division last season. His success continued in the Mini Stocks, as he claimed 7 feature wins on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award, and 2013 championship.

Davey jumped at the chance to get into a Sprint Car when Ohsweken officials announced the formation of the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division which will join the weekly program this season. He has been busy acquiring an engine, car, and spare parts, plus getting a new website up and running, and adding several new sponsors.

DAVEY BOUGHTON – FAST FACTS
Birthdate: March 26, 1989
Hometown: Carlisle, Ontario
Occupation: Heavy Equipment Operator
Car #: 18x
Website: www.18xmotorsports.com
Twitter: @18xmotorsports
Sponsors: Liquid Chrome, Redline Racing, ImageFactor.ca, Hunt Chrysler Fiat, JW Property Maintenance, Fred Hyde Farms, Saliba Farms, MANN Construction, and LCS.

TG: “You expressed interest in the new Crate Sprint Car division right from the moment it was announced. What appeals to you about this class?”

DB:  “The fact that it is cost efficient, allows me to race an open wheel car, learn the ropes, and possibly move into a 360 if the time and circumstances are ever right. Also, the fact that we are all running the  same type and horsepower motors is going to make for really exciting and great racing in my opinion. No one’s budget will win the races.”

TG: “Aside from the obvious, what changes did you need to make in order to switch divisions?”

DB: “The main thing I needed was to know I was going to have the support and knowledge from friends of mine to help me with the learning curve for the big jump from a 4 cylinder Mini Stock to a 602 Crate Sprint Car. Second, I needed some sponsorship backing to be able to purchase proper safety gear to run, along with other expenses we would have a hard time covering with such a low budget race team. Third, I have been preparing myself mentally that it’s not if – it’s when – I will flip, and that can’t be at the top of my mind. I still have to go out, race hard, and whatever happens will happen on its own. That’s just my way of thinking.”

TG: “It wasn’t really a secret that you were a big fan of Sprint Car racing, and wanted to drive one someday. What was it like telling your family and friends when that dream started to become a reality?”

DB: “I’ve been a fan of Sprint Car racing since I saw my first race in Florida when I was 11. It was great telling everyone – all of my friends and family were very supportive right off the bat, as they know the passion I have for racing and for Ohsweken in general. I’m sure there were a few naysayers who didn’t think I would sell my Mini Stock and make the jump, but I am excited to get behind the wheel of a car with equally matched horsepower, and compete against some seasoned drivers to prove I can run with the best.”

TG: “You spent last year racing in the HRW Automotive Mini Stock division, winning the Rookie of the Year award, and the championship. Who do you think we’ll see contending for that title this year, now that you’ve moved on?”

DB: “I feel this year that the championship winner won’t be a rookie to the Mini Stocks. He won’t only win the championship, but he will get his first feature win(s) ever at Ohsweken . He has the car, the new hand controls, and the skill to get the job done. That guy, if you haven’t figured it out yet, would be the #99 of Robin Elliott. If I had a second choice, it would be the #81 of Alex Schuts, who is always fast.”

TG: “Ohsweken’s Crate Sprint Cars have drawn a lot of interest in the local racing community. What advice do you have for someone who is interested in getting involved, especially those who have never competed  at Ohsweken before?”

DB: “The advice I have for people with no prior racing experience would be to look into the Bombers. The Bomber division teaches you everything you need to know about the track, the nightly procedures, how to obey the flag man, how to respect  fellow drivers, how to line up and take proper restarts…the list is endless really. It is a great class all around. With that said, the track offers a class for all levels of budget and experience. It’s all what you are interested in.”

TG: “The majority of drivers in the new Crate Sprint Car division will be rookies. What do you think it’s going to be like when the green flag drops on the first race?”

DB: “I would like to think that cooler heads will prevail, and we will all give each other the room and respect we need to learn, but still race at the same time. But, it is sprint car racing and anything can happen at any time. For me personally, I will be feeling out the car and track, and learning how to run in traffic the first few nights out, and that’s just being realistic. I don’t want to wreck my car or anyone else’s on the first night.”

TG: “This will be your third division in three years at Ohsweken, and you won a track championship in each of the last two seasons. What are your goals for 2014, and beyond?”

DB: “My goal for this season is to finish in the top five in points, and compete for rookie of the year. That being said, it will be tough, seeing as it’s a field full of rookies. I have no doubt in my mind – once I get the hang of the car and track – that I can and will park the 18x in victory lane. As for seasons in the future, I plan to upgrade my crate sprint program with a possible new motor and chassis, make the car I have now a back-up, and go for the championship.”

TG: “If you could change one thing (a rule, etc…) in racing, what would it be?”

DB: “To be honest the only thing I would change would be to possibly add a few travelling dates for the 602 Crate Sprint Cars to other tracks to get the name out for us. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

TG: “What do you think the 602 Crate Sprint Car division will be like in 5 years?”

DB: “I am almost 100 percent sure that the Crate Sprint class will do nothing but grow and become very popular part of the show at Ohsweken. With 15 possibly cars expected out for opening night, that is very healthy for a brand new division.”

TG: “Do you have any superstitions or habits, especially on race day?”

DB: “Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love dogs, especially my own. I don’t have any real superstitions on race day, but I do have my old dog Dora’s collar that I keep clipped to the roll bar of my race cars. Dora was unfortunately hit by a car the day we were welding the cage in my 2012 Bomber car. I clipped it in the day after. I do believe the fact her collar rides with me is the reason I have had such good racing luck. I reach in and hang onto it on every white flag lap.”

Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask your favourite Ohsweken Speedway personality, or suggestion for someone you’d like to see featured in a future edition of “Top 10″? E-mail us at media@ohswekenspeedway.com, and stay tuned for future editions of “Top 10″ on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com!

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007. 

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway 

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

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