2009 Results, News

RICHARDS ROCKETS TO “SIX NATIONS 50” VICTORY AT OHSWEKEN; HUPPUNEN TAKES THIRD SPRINT WIN

by Tommy Goudge (June 18, 2009) – The World of Outlaws Late Model series visited Ohsweken Speedway for the second annual “Six Nations 50” on Thursday night, bringing forty-two of the best drivers in Dirt Late Model racing to the Southern Ontario speed plant. At the end of a rough and tumble evening, twenty-one year old West Virginia driver Josh “Kid Rocket” Richards was left standing in victory lane. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars were also in action on Thursday, with Tom Huppunen coming out on top of the twenty-eight car field.

Defending World of Outlaws Late Model series champion Darrell Lanigan and young gun Austin Hubbard began the fifty lap affair on the front row, and it was Lanigan getting the early advantage, but his lead would be short-lived. During a caution period on lap five, Lanigan was forced to the pits with a flat left front tire, leaving Hubbard in command out front, with a hard-charging Richards already on his tail. The early portion of the race became a matter of survival, as cautions on laps five, seven, fourteen, and sixteen, and a red flag on lap ten slowed the pace. The red flag was a result of a three-car pileup involving Shane Clanton, Gregg Satterlee, and Clint Smith, in which Satterlee came close to getting upside down. Clanton and Satterlee were done for the evening, while Smith’s crew scrambled to make repairs. Their efforts would eventually pay off as Smith would salvage a thirteenth place finish despite missing much of the front section of his machine.

A lap fourteen caution was for series points leader Steve Francis, who hit the turn four wall hard and retired from the event. Hubbard led Richards on the restart, but pulled off the track with a blown engine, ending his bid for a first career series victory and handing the lead to Richards. After another caution for Tyler Reddick’s damaged machine on lap sixteen, the green flag came out and stayed out for the remaining thirty-four circuits, all of which would be led by Richards. “Kid Rocket” would not take the victory easily however, as Brady Smith was on the prowl, and closed in on Richards in lapped traffic, while Darrell Lanigan fought his way back through the pack and into third. As the race wound to a close, Smith was right on Richards’ tail, while Lanigan made a last-ditch effort to pass both of them, but came up short. Richards’ margin of victory was 0.429 seconds over Smith, who held barely held off Lanigan for the runner-up spot. Lanigan’s third place finish was good enough to take close to within two points of Steve Francis in the series points standings, with Richards just another four markers back.

Lanigan set a new Late Model track record in time trials with a lap of 14.718 seconds around the three-eighths mile oval, and also won the first heat race. Tim Fuller, Shane Clanton, and Steve Francis also claimed heat race wins, while Russell King and Tony Knowles won the two B-Mains.

In Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car action, a fine twenty-eight car field signed in for competition on Thursday night. Travis Cunningham and Mikey Kruchka led the field to green in the twenty lap feature, and it was Kruchka taking over the lead before the completion of the first lap. Jared Zimbardi quickly moved up from his starting spot inside row three to challenge Kruchka for the lead, but the sophomore driver was hanging tough at the front. Zimbardi was able to get by for the lead on lap six, before the race was slowed for the stopped machine of Darren Long on the backstretch. 

The race went back green, but was quickly stopped again as the red flag came out for the ambulance to attend to Long, who had been hit by a rock or mud clod that came through his screen. Long was checked out and released, and the race went back green once again, with all eyes now on division points leader Tom Huppunen, who had advanced to third from his tenth starting spot by the time the seventh lap was complete.

On lap nine, Glenn Styres came to life, passing three cars in just one lap and taking over third from Huppunen. Both drivers pounced on Kruchka on lap ten, relegating him to fourth, and then Styres blasted around the outside of Zimbardi and into the lead coming out of the fourth turn to complete the eleventh lap. Styres held court out front for much of the last half of the race, while Huppunen and Zimbardi battled for the runner-up position. Huppunen finally disposed of Zimbardi on lap seventeen and began to close back in on Styres as the race came to a conclusion. Styres still looked to have the race in hand, but had trouble getting around the lapped machine of Brad Malloy, and Huppunen used that opportunity to pounce. Coming through the final set of corners on the last lap, Huppunen was able to nose ahead and hang on for the win, officially 0.664 seconds ahead of Styres. Zimbardi settled for third, followed by Kruchka, and Kevin Job. 

Heat races on the ultra-fast surface were won by Zimbardi, Long, Ryan Hunsinger, and Huppunen, while Dain Naida claimed the B-Main victory after a spectacular incident in his heat race in which his right rear wheel broke off and flew high into the air. Huppunen’s lap of 13.024 in heat race action is now the fastest lap ever recorded for a 360 sprint car at the speedway, which he ran on his way to establishing a new record for an eight lap heat race.

Friday Night Thunder resumes on Friday, June 19 when Outhouse Image and Design presents the first “UMP Modified Summer Sizzler” in conjunction with South Buxton Raceway, plus the ESSO Thunder Stocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Bombers! 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 www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. On Friday night, gates open at 6:00p.m., with the first race at 7:45p.m.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009

WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES
“SIX NATIONS 50” PRESENTED BY ARROW EXPRESS

TIME TRIAL RESULTS 
Position. # Name (Hometown) Best Lap
1. 29 Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY) 14.718 (NEW LATE MODEL TRACK RECORD)
2. 18h Dustin Hapka (Grand Forks, ND) 14.807
3. 39 Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY) 14.936
4. 19 Steve Francis (Ashland, KY) 14.951
5. 44h Dave Hess, Jr. (Waterford, PA) 14.973
6. 19t Tim Fuller (Watertown, NY) 14.999
7. 25 Shane Clanton (Locust Grove, GA) 15.002
8. 21d Dan Stone (Thompson, PA) 15.005
9. 1 Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV) 15.029
10. 11h Austin Hubbard (Seaford, DE) 15.035
11. 11 Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA) 15.077
12. 18r Chris Ross (Wallaceburg) 15.085
13. 44 Clint Smith (Senoia, GA) 15.122
14. 24 Rick Eckert (York, PA) 15.155
15. 9 Kenny Schrader (Concord, NC) 15.220
16. 21 Matt Lux (Franklin, PA) 15.238
17. 2 Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI) 15.246
18. 14 April Farmer (Livingston, TN) 15.275
19. 12 Jordan Bland (Campbellsville, KY) 15.301
20. 22s Gregg Satterlee (Rochester Mills, PA) 15.339
21. 1a Brad Authier (Chatham) 15.437
22. 1* Chub Frank (Bear Lake, PA) 15.454
23. 07r Brent Rhebergen (Clymer, NY) 15.474
24. 3 Brent Robinson (Smithfield, VA) 15.518
25. 1f Adam Ferri (Port Colbourne) 15.548
26. 56 Russell King (Bristolville, OH) 15.554
27. 1*cfr Peter Mantha, Jr. (Gatineau, QC) 15.566
28. 60 Dale Glassford (Thamesville) 15.846
29. 22g Greg Oakes (Franklinville, NY) 15.919
30. 38 Kirk Hooker (Chatham) 16.026
31. rh21 Gregg Haskell (Chatham) 16.086
32. 88 Andrew Reaume (Blenheim) 16.104
33. 77 Brett Reaume (Blenheim) 16.238
34. 05 Mike Lewis (Wallaceburg) 16.935
35. 92 Adam West (Ridgetown) 17.422
36. 26 Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 17.768
37. 81 Tim Mackenzie (Chatham) 18.904
38. 9k Mike Knight (Ripley, NY) 24.583
39. 78 Rick Baker (Ridgeway) N/T
40. 90 Mark Glassford (Goderich) N/T
41. 00 Jim Dale, Jr. (Shrewsbury) N/T
42. 7 Jeff Dayman (Welland) N/T (DQ – light)

WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES HEAT RACES
(10 laps, Top 4 Transfer to A-Main)

HEAT RACE #1
1. 29 Darrell Lanigan, 2. 1 Josh Richards, 3. 2 Brady Smith, 4. 44 Cint Smith, 5. 1f Adam Ferri, 6. 22 Greg Oakes, 7. 1a Brad Authier, 8. 81 Tim Mackenzie, 9. 77 Brett Reaume, 10. 44h Dave Hess, Jr., 11. 00 Jim Dale, Jr.

HEAT RACE #2 
1. 19t Tim Fuller, 2. 11h Austin Hubbard, 3. 24 Rick Eckert, 4. 1* Chub Frank, 5. 9k Mike Knight, 6. 56 Russell King, 7. 18h Dustin Hapka, 8. 14 April Farmer, 9. 7 Jeff Dayman, 10. 38 Kirk Hooker, 11. 05 Mike Lewis

HEAT RACE #3 
1. 25 Shane Clanton, 2. 9 Ken Schrader, 3. 1*cfr Peter Mantha, Jr., 4. 12 Jordan Bland, 5. 07r Brett Rhebergen, 6. 39 Tim McCreadie, 7. rh21 Gregg Haskell, 8. 78 Rick Baker, 9. 11 Tyler Reddick , 10. 92 Adam West DNS

HEAT RACE #4
1. 19 Steve Francis, 2. 21d Dan Stone, 3. 3 Brent Robinson, 4. 22s Gregg Satterlee, 5. 26 Tony Knowles, 6. 88 Andrew Reaume, 7. 60 Dale Glassford, 8. 90 Mark Glassford, 9. 18r Chris Ross, 10. 21 Matt Lux

WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES B-MAINS:
(12 laps, Top 3 Transfer to A-Main)

B-MAIN #1
1. 56 Russell King, 2. 22 Greg Oakes, 3. 1f Adam Ferri, 4. 1a Brad Authier, 5. 77 Brett Reaume, 6. 7 Jeff Dayman, 7. 38 Kirk Hooker, 8. 05 Mike Lewis, 9. 00 Jim Dale, Jr., 10. 14 April Farmer, 11. 9k Mike Knight, 12. 18h Dustin Hapka DNS, 13. 81 Tim Mackenzie DNS, 14. 44h Dave Hess, Jr. DNS

B-MAIN #2 
1. 26 Tony Knowles, 2. 07r Brett Rhebergen, 3. 18r Chris Ross, 4. 60 Dale Glassford, 5. 88 Andrew Reaume, 6. 39 Tim McCreadie, 7. 90 Mark Glassford, 8. rh21 Gregg Haskell DNS, 9. 78 Rick Baker DNS, 10. 11 Tyler Reddick DNS, 11. 92 Adam West DNS, 12. 21 Matt Lux DNS

WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES “SIX NATIONS 50” A-MAIN:
Position. # Name (Starting Position) Laps Completed
1. 1 Josh Richards (8) 50
2. 2 Brady Smith (9) 50
3. 29 Darrell Lanigan (1) 50
4. 24 Rick Eckert (10) 50
5. 21d Dan Stone (4) 50
6. 26 Tony Knowles (18) 49
7. 12 Jordan Bland (15) 49
8. 9 Kenny Schrader (6) 49
9. 3 Brent Robinson (12) 49
10. 56 Russell King (17) 48
11. 19t Tim Fuller (7) 48
12. 18h Dustin Hapka (23) 47
13. 44 Clint Smith (13) 46
14. 1*cfr Peter Mantha, Jr. (11) 22
15. 1* Chub Frank (14) 16
16. 11 Tyler Reddick (24) 16
17. 11h Austin Hubbard (2) 14
18. 22 Greg Oakes (19) 14
19. 19 Steve Francis (5) 13
20. 1f Adam Ferri (21) 10
21. 25 Shane Clanton (3) 9
22. 22s Gregg Satterlee (16) 9
23. 07r Brent Rhebergen (20) 2
24. 18r Chris Ross (22) 1
NOTE: Russell King and Brent Rhebergen started from the rear of the feature field after changing cars. 

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACES (8 laps – Top 4 Transfer To A-Feature):
BS&B RADIATOR Heat Race #1
1. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 2. 27 Jamie Collard (Burford), 3. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 4. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colbourne), 5. 90 James Evans (Beamsville), 6. 9jr Tim Zack (Dain City), 7. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (Simcoe). Time – 1:50.496

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL Heat Race #2
1. 7 Darren Long (Elida, OH), 2. 71 Travis Cunningham (Grimsby), 3. 25 Michael Parent (Granby, QC), 4. 14h Jim Huppunen (Fenwick), 5. 01m Jason Martin (Shedden), 6. 84 Tyler Rand (Consecon) DNS, 7. 7m Justin Martin (Shedden). Time – 1:48.113

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS Heat Race #3
1. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (Brantford), 2. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 3. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 4. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls), 5. 10 Bob Crawford (Sutton), 6. 22 Jim Porter (Grand Island, NY) DNF, 7. 6n Dain Naida (Bellville, MI) DNF. No Time

AWESOME RACEWEAR Heat Race #4
1. 12c Tom Huppunen (Fenwick), 2. 0x J.R. Fitzpatrick (Cambridge), 3. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 4. 18 Kevin Loveys (Hamilton), 5. 94 Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie), 6. 67 Chris Durand (Port Stanley), 7. 23 Steve Garry (Dundas) DNS. Time – 1:45.840 NEW TRACK RECORD

CONSI
(10 laps – Top 4 Transfer To A-Feature):
1. 6n Dain Naida, 2. 90 James Evans, 3. 22 Jim Porter, 4. 7m Justin Martin, 5. 31 John Burbridge, Jr., 6. 9jr Tim Zack, 7. 67 Chris Durand, 8. 01m Jason Martin DNF, 9. 10 Bob Crawford DNF, 10. 84 Tyler Rand DNF, 11. 94 Stan Zanchin DNF, 12. 23 Steve Garry DNS. No Time

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 
SPRINT CAR FEATURE (20 laps)

Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 12c Tom Huppunen (10)
2. 0 Glenn Styres (4)
3. 35 Jared Zimbardi (5)
4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (2)
5. 21x Kevin Job (7)
6. 5d Dave Dykstra (13)
7. 27 Jamie Collard (12)
8. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (11)
9. 71 Travis Cunningham (1)
10. 25 Michael Parent (6)
11. 18 Kevin Loveys (16)
12. 5m Brad Malloy (15)
13. 14h Jim Huppunen (14)
14. 0x J.R. Fitzpatrick (9)
15. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (20)
16. 5 Keith Dempster (3)
17. 6n Dain Naida (17) DNF
18. 7m Justin Martin (19) DNF
19. 7 Darren Long (8) DNF
20. 22 Jim Porter (18) DNF.
No Time

UP NEXT @ OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY:
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

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