2008 Results, News

Zimbardi, McPherson, Hess, and Hils Visit Ohsweken Victory Lane

by Tommy Goudge (June 6, 2008), Ohsweken, Ontario – It was a hot night at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday night, and hotly contested feature races were the order of the evening. Jared Zimbardi, Cody McPherson, Chase Hess, and Chris Hils emerged from very warm cockpits to have their photos taken in Engine Pro Racing/Melling Performance Pumps/Ferrara Valves Victory Lane on Lone Wolf Pit Stop night at the Speedway.

24 cars were in the pits for round 4 of Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car action. The track surface was very fast early in the evening, as Ryan Hunsinger proved in heat race action when he turned a lap of 13.428 seconds on his way to victory in heat race #1. The time is just 0.051 seconds off Kenny Jacobs’ 3 year old 360 sprint car track record. Kevin Job and Kris Root led the field to the green flag in the 20 lap feature, with Job getting the early lead, but point leader Jared Zimbardi and 2nd place point man Keith Dempster quickly made their way into the top 3 as well. An early caution for debris on the front stretch slowed the race briefly, and then it was back to green flag racing for the duration, with Job again asserting his lead out front, but Zimbardi and Dempster kept the leader in sight. Lapped traffic became a factor as the 3 front-runners darted and weaved their way through, while Zimbardi and Dempster were able to close on Job’s #21x in the process. For the 3rd week in a row, the lead changed hands with less than 5 laps left in the feature as Zimbardi got underneath Job in turns 1 & 2 with less than 2 laps to go, and held on for the win. Job persevered to come home 2nd despite a broken shock absorber, while Dempster settled for 3rd, followed by Kyle Patrick, and Rob Pietz with a 3rd top 5 finish in 4 races. Heat race wins went to Hunsinger, Fred Cade, and Pietz.

Another solid field of 19 ESSO Thunder Stocks were on hand for their 4th race of the season at Ohsweken, including new additions Dave Bailey, Colin Court, and Mike Ward. Brian Pescetti and Mark Saul led the field to the green flag, but it wasn’t long before Cody McPherson, Vince Fargnoli, and Glen Leinen arrived in the top 5 after starting 11th, 10th, and 9th respectively. In what might have been the most entertaining feature of the young Ohsweken season in any division, the top 6 and sometimes 7 cars ran much of the feature side by side, with Pescetti leading most of the way, but always fighting off the challenges of Fargnoli and McPherson. The pack freight-trained by Pescetti late in the race and his #62 then made hard contact with the outside wall on the backstretch, but was still able to come home in 5th. McPherson broke free and came home with the feature win, followed by Fargnoli, who edged Leinen for 2nd at the line, while Ryan Dinning and Pescetti rounded out the top 5. Heat race wins went to Brad Bacher and Glen Leinen.

In ESSO Mini-Stock action, a first time winner graced victory lane as young Chase Hess swept the night, winning both his heat race and the 15 lap feature. Hess started on the outside of the front row and was never seriously challenged, but there was plenty of side by side action behind him as Rick Emberson fought his way from the 14th starting position to finish 2nd. Mark Thorne, Kevin Hilborn, and Jim Swing rounded out the top 5. Point leader Abel Castelein turned in another consistent run, finishing in 6th. Heat race victories went to Hess, Dan Stewart, and Brent Hill.

The Fun Stocks were back for their 4th race of the year, with yet another new face in victory lane as young Chris Hils passed Lee Hils late in the non-stop 25 lap affair to take the victory. Newcomer Kacey Huffman signed in for action, but never made it onto the track on Friday.

Friday Night Thunder resumes next Friday, June 13 when Awesome Racewear presents another action packed 4-division event featuring the Corr/Pak Winged Sprints, ESSO Thunderstocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Fun Stocks. Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken is affordable family entertainment just a short drive away from most mid-western Ontario locations. Adult General Admission is once again $10, while Seniors & Students (ages 13-17) are $8, and kids 12 and under 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, June 13!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER

ROUND 4 RESULTS – JUNE 6, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR: LONE WOLF PIT STOP

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS

HEAT RACES (Top 5 Transfer to A-Main, Top 4 Redraw for Feature Starting Spots)

BS&B RADIATOR Heat Race #1:
1. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (Brantford), 2. 42 Kyle Patrick (Tilbury), 3. 69r Kris Root (Delaware), 4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 5. 71 Craig Downie (Burlington), 6. 29 Daryl Turford (Guelph), 7. 71jr Jason Pietz (Welland) DNS, 8. 66 Frank Baranowski (Hamilton) DNS

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL Heat Race #2:
1. 12c Fred Cade (Niagara Falls), 2. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 3. 19jr Rob Ledingham (Port Colborne), 4. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 5. 10 Bob Crawford (Sutton), 6. 7 Jim Price (Wainfleet), 7. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls), 8. 27h Tom Huppunen (Fenwick)

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS Heat Race #3:
1. 69 Rob Pietz (Port Colborne), 2. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 3. 81 Derek Jonathon (Lewiston, NY), 4. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne), 5. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 6. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (Simcoe), 7. 99c Nick Cupulo (Thorold), 8. 1a John Riegling (Chatham) DQ

B-MAIN:
(Top 5 Transfer to A-Main)
1. 7 Jim Price, 2. 99c Nick Cupulo, 3. 1a John Riegling, 4. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. 5. 27h Tom Huppunen, 6. 66 Frank Baranowski, 7. 29 Daryl Turford DNF, 8. 5m Brad Malloy DNS, 9. 71jr Jason Pietz DNS

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CAR A-FEATURE
Position # Name (Starting Position)

1. 35 Jared Zimbardi (4)
2. 21x Kevin Job (1)
3. 5 Keith Dempster (7)
4. 42 Kyle Patrick (3)
5. 69 Rob Pietz (5)
6. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (10)
7. 12c Fred Cade (9)
8. 69r Kris Root (2)
9. 0 Glenn Styres (15)
10. 81 Derek Jonathon (6)
11. 5d Dave Dykstra (12)
12. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (19)
13. 10 Bob Crawford (14)
14. 7 Jim Price (16)
15. 99c Nick Cupulo (17)
16. 1a John Riegling (18)
17. 27h Tom Huppunen (20)
18. 01 Mikey Kruchka (11)
19. 71 Craig Downie (13)
20. 19jr Rob Ledingham (8)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
Heat 1: 
1. 3 Brad Bacher (Townsend), 2. 55f Vince Fargnoli (Niagara Falls), 3. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 4. 8 Ryan Dinning (Hagersville), 5. Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 6. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek), 7. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 8. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 9. 33 Colin Court (unknown)

Heat 2:
1. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 2. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 3. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville), 4. 044 Jamie Cox (Cambridge), 5. 18 Dave Bailey (unknown), 6. 38 Terry Martin (unknown), 7. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton), 8. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 9. 191 Gord Bates (York), 10. 31 Mike Ward (unknown)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps):
Position # Name (Starting Position)

1. 777 Cody McPherson (11)
2. 55f Vince Fargnoli (10)
3. 9 Glen Leinen (9)
4. 8 Ryan Dinning (5)
5. 62 Brian Pescetti (1)
6. 40 Terry Osmond (8)
7. 044 Jamie Cox (4)
8. 31 Mike Ward (17)
9. 1 Chris Dickie (15)
10. 11 Michelle Johnson (13)
11. 38 Terry Martin (3)
12. 191 Gord Bates (16)
13. 13 Mark Saul (2)
14. 24k Kyle Magrin DNF (14)
15. 55 Mike Thorne DNF (18)
16. 18 Dave Bailey DNF (12)
17. 17 Rob Disher DNF (6)
18. 33 Colin Court DNF (19)
19. 3 Brad Bacher DNF (7)

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
Heat 1: 
1. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 2. 05 Rick Robinson (Brantford), 3. 40 Jim Swing (Jarvis), 4. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 5. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 6. 88 Kelly Hallett (unknown), 7. 20 Chris Spencer (Cambridge)

Heat 2:
1. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 2. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 3. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 4. 14 Kerry Smith (Hamilton), 5. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 6. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 7. 77x Ethan Martin (Ohsweken)

Heat 3:
1. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 2. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 3. 37 Rob Hoskins (unknown), 4. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 5. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 6. 23 A.J. Castelein (Thorold), 7. 4p Mike Peterson (Woodstock) DNF

MINI-STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps):
Position # Name (Starting Position)

1. 7x Chase Hess (2)
2. 86 Rick Emberson (14)
3. 113 Mark Thorne (8)
4. 72 Kevin Hilborn (10)
5. 40 Jim Swing (9)
6. 28 Abel Castelein (11)
7. 88 Kelly Hallett (16)
8. 05 Rick Robinson (6)
9. 11 Mike Giberson (13)
10. 265 Mike Evers (15)
11. 27 Dan Stewart (7)
12. 23 A.J. Castelein (18)
13. 10 Mitchell Brown (17)
14. 14 Kerry Smith (5)
15. 20 Chris Spencer (19)
16. 77x Ethan Martin (20)
17. 55 Rob Slater DNF (1)
18. 37 Rob Hoskins DNF (12)
19. 397 Brent Hill DNF (4)
20. 777x Steve Hess DNF (3)
21. 4p Mike Peterson DNF (21)

FUN STOCKS A FEATURE (25 laps):
1. 818 Chris Hils (unknown)
2. 72 Evan Ritchie (unknown)
3. 181 Lee Hils (unknown)
4. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas)

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