2008 Results, News

Brandon Lands on “Easey” Street at Ohsweken

by Tommy Goudge (June 27, 2008) – A stellar field of 32 Sportsman Modifieds signed in to compete for a $1,000 winner’s cheque on Friday night at Ohsweken Speedway, and at the end of the 30 lap feature, the surprise victor was Brandon Easey of St. Catharines. Grand River Electronics presented the Friday Night Thunder action this week during an evening which also saw Brian Pescetti, Mitchell Brown, and Lee Hils visit victory lane.

Rick Bellante and Robbie Rounce paced the field to the green flag to start the 30 lap feature, but Bellante retired from the race after just a handful of laps, leaving Rounce at the front trying to fight off the snarling pack of cars behind him. Rounce hung on to the lead until the 10th circuit when the #06 of Easey slipped past and began to pull away. Meanwhile “Mighty Mouse” Mat Williamson began to make his presence felt in the top 10 after taking a promoter’s option and starting 25th, along with Paul Gaboury who started 20th. Despite a late caution for a Darren Peters spin which bunched the field for a dash to the finish, Easey was not seriously challenged and came home with the victory. Williamson eventually settled for 4th while Gaboury finished 7th, and 24th place starter Chad Chevalier took the 9th position. Rounce, Jim Johnstone, Williamson, and Brad Rouse followed Easey to the finish line to complete the top 5.
4 very competitive heat races were won by Easey, Peters, Bellante, and Bill Willard, while Boyd MacTavish won a stacked consolation race filled with many normally front-running cars. Rob Pratt, a favourite to end up in victory lane before the evening began was involved in a crash in his heat race and could not make repairs to start the Consolation race.

In ESSO Thunder Stock action, Brian Pescetti held off a determined Cody McPherson to take victory, and become just the 3rd different driver to take feature win honours in the division this season. Mike Thorne and Mark Saul brought the field to the green flag to start the 15 lap feature, but it was Brian Pescetti quickly making his way to the lead. Close racing prevailed during the race, but McPherson advanced through the field without putting a mark on his #777 and applied pressure to Pescetti, but after leading lots of laps this year with little to show for it, the driver of the #62 was not to be denied on this night. Pescetti and McPherson raced to the white flag side by side, but a caution flag at the same time reverted the field back to the last completed lap and created a 2 lap dash to the finish. McPherson tried once again to get by Pescetti on the restart, but Pescetti held his ground in the top groove and drove to victory. McPherson settled for 2nd, followed by Vince Fargnoli, Brad Herron, and Brad Bacher. Heat race victories went to Bacher and Thorne.

The ESSO Mini Stock division witnessed it’s first repeat winner of the season on Friday night as 15 year old Mitchell Brown was in victory lane at the end of the 15 lap feature. Brown also won the Round #2 feature on May 23. Rob Slater and Mike Peterson were on the front row to start the feature, with Peterson taking the early lead. Behind him, Brown quickly advanced from his 6th starting spot and began reeling in Peterson while a fierce battle developed for positions 3-7 between many leaders in the points standings, including Abel Castelein, Rick Emberson, and Mark Thorne. Brown slipped by Peterson and began to put distance on the field while the Steve Hess piloted his #777x into 2nd, and stayed there until the end of the race. Brown took the win followed by Hess, Peterson, Kevin Hilborn, and Mark Thorne, however Hess and Peterson both ran afoul of the post-race tech inspection and were moved to the back of the finishing order. Peterson and Hess took heat race victories earlier in the evening.

In the Friday Night Fun Stock division, Lee Hils cruised to victory in the 25 lap feature to become the first repeat winner in the division. Mike Taylor and week #1 feature winner Karl Sault finished 2nd and 3rd.

Friday Night Thunder resumes next Friday, June 27 when Engine Pro Racing presents Night #1 of the American Sprint Car Series “Northern Summer Nationals” featuring the ASCS Sprints on Dirt region versus the ASCS Patriot region, plus the ESSO Thunderstocks, ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Friday Night Fun Stocks. Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken is affordable family entertainment just a short drive away from most mid-western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder 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 5:00p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, July 4!

Night #2 of the ASCS Northern Summer Nationals will take place on Saturday, July 5, with a posted feature winner’s prize of $3,000. The Friday Night Fun Stocks will also be running a special $250 to win race on Saturday night, and kids Ages 6-12 are invited to get in on the action with Box Car Races! Adult General Admission on Saturday night is $15, Seniors & Students are $12, and Kids 12 and Under are FREE as always. Bring your July 4 ticket stub to receive $5 off your admission on Saturday night! Log on to HYPERLINK “http://www.OhswekenSpeedway.com” for more information. Gates open at 4:00p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Saturday, July 5!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER
ROUND 7 RESULTS – JUNE 27, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR: GRAND RIVER ELECTRONICS

SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS OPEN – $1,000 TO WIN
HEAT RACES (Top 5 Advance to Feature, top 3 redraw for Feature starting positions)

Heat 1:
1. 06 Brandon Easey (St. Catharines), 2. 71 Mike Bowman (St. Catharines), 3. mr18 Brad Rouse (St. Catharines), 4. 5s Kevin Sharp (Port Colborne), 5. 2k Rob Knapp (St. Catharines), 6. 36 Bill Gill (unknown), 7. 54 Mark Chiddy (Colden, NY) DNF, 8. 7x Tom Flannigan (St. Catharines) DNF

Heat 2:
1. 1p Darren Peters (Fort Erie), 2. 111 Robbie Rounce (Caledonia), 3. 777 Tyler McPherson (St. Catharines), 4. 53 Richard Farraway (Hamilton), 5. 18 Ryan Weese (Milton), 6. 6x Gary Klutt (Milton), 7. 12 Chad Chevalier (Port Colborne), 8. 2x Kevin Knapp (St. Catharines)

Heat 3:
1. 62 Rick Bellante (St. Catharines), 2. 24a A.J. Lewis (Stoney Creek), 3. 21jj Jim Johnstone (Niagara-on-the-Lake), 4. 51c Guy McPherson (St. Catharines), 5. 22 Lee Winger (Caledonia), 6. 20k Rick St. Pierre (unknown), 7. 20j Tony Cowel (unknown), 8. p38 Rob Pratt (Batavia, NY)

Heat 4:
1. 77jr Bill Willard (St. Catharines), 2. 43t Jay Doerr (London), 3. 50 Roger Lauzon (Hamilton), 4. 140 Mark Dixon (Durham), 5. 9 Paul Gaboury (Port Colborne), 6. 88 Boyd MacTavish (Fenwick), 7. 99c Nick Cupolo (Thorold), 8. 6 Mat Williamson (St. Catharines)

Conci (10 laps – top 4 transfer to Feature):
1. 88 Boyd MacTavish, 2. 6x Gary Klutt, 3. 99c Nick Cupolo, 4. 12 Chad Chevalier, 5. 6 Mat Williamson, 6. 54 Mark Chiddy, 7. 2x Kevin Knapp, 8. 20j Tony Cowel, 9. 20k Rick St. Pierre, 10. 36 Bill Gill, 11. 7x Tom Flannigan DNS, 12. p38 Rob Pratt DNS

Added Starter – Promoter’s Option: 6 Mat Williamson

SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS FEATURE (30 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 06 Brandon Easy (3)
2. 111 Robbie Rounce (2)
3. 21jj Jim Johnstone (4)
4. 6 Mat Williamson (25)
5. mr18 Brad Rouse (6)
6. 777 Tyler McPherson (12)
7. 9 Paul Gaboury (20)
8. 71 Mike Bowman (9)
9. 12 Chad Chevalier (24)
10. 2k Kevin Knapp (17)
11. 43t Jay Doerr (5)
12. 99c Nick Cupolo (23)
13. 5s Kevin Sharp (13)
14. 18 Ryan Weese (18)
15. 6x Gary Klutt (22)
16. 1p Darren Peters DNF (11)
17. 22 Lee Winger DNF (19)
18. 88 Boyd MacTavish DNF (21)
19. 140 Mark Dixon DNF (16)
20. 24a A.J. Lewis DNF (7)
21. 51c Guy McPherson DNF (15)
22. 53 Richard Farraway DNF (14)
23. 50 Roger Lauzon DNF (8)
24. 77jr Bill Willard DNF (10)
25. 62 Rick Bellante DNF (1)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
Heat 1:

1. 3 Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 2. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 3. 55f Vince Fargnoli (Niagara Falls), 4. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 5. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville), 6. 18 Dave Bailey (unknown), 7. 191 Gord Bates (York), 8. 33 Colin Court (Alberton), 9. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 10. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton)

Heat 2: 
1. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 2. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 3. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 4. o44 Jamie Cox (Cambridge), 5. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek), 6. 1m Brad Sheehan (St. Catharines), 7. 12 Brad Herron (Brantford), 8. 40 Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 9. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 10. 38 Terry Martin (Ohsweken), 11. 86c Brian Clark (unknown)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps):
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 62 Brian Pescetti (3)
2. 777 Cody McPherson (10)
3. 55f Vince Fargnoli (7)
4. 12 Brad Herron (14)
5. 3 Brad Bacher (5)
6. 8 Ryan Dinning (9)
7. 40 Terry Osmond (16)
8. 17 Rob Disher (4)
9. 191 Gord Bates (13)
10. o44 Jamie Cox (6)
11. 13 Mark Saul (2)
12. 18 Dave Bailey (11)
13. 38 Terry Martin(18)
14. 9 Glen Leinen (8)
15. 1 Chris Dickie (17)
16. 11 Michelle Johnson (19)
17. 55 Mike Thorne (1)
18. m1 Brad Sheehan DNF (12)
19. 86c Brian Clark DNF (20)
20. 24k Kyle Magrin DNF (21)
21. 33 Colin Court DNS (15)

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
Heat 1:

1. 4p Mike Peterson (Woodstock), 2. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 3. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 4. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 5. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 6. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 7. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge), 8. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 9. 49 Brewster Baker (unknown), 10. 23 A.J. Castelein (Thorold) DQ

Heat 2:
1. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 2. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 3. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 4. 88 Kelly Hallett (Wilsonville), 5. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 6. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 7. 222 John Marsh (Hamilton), 8. 05 David Goodacre (Brantford), 9. 02 Jonathon Ayrton (Hamilton) DNS

ESSO MINI-STOCKS A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 10 Mitchell Brown (6)
2. 72 Kevin Hilborn (10)
3. 113 Mark Thorne (8)
4. 28 Abel Castelein (7)
5. 86 Rick Emberson (9)
6. 7x Chase Hess (12)
7. 27 Dan Stewart (11)
8. 397 Brent Hill (5)
9. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (13)
10. 222 John Marsh (14)
11. 49 Brewster Baker (17)
12. 55 Rob Slater (1)
13. 88 Kelly Hallett (4)
14. 05 David Goodacre (16)
15. 02 Jonathon Ayrton DNF (18)
16. 11 Mike Giberson DNF (15)
17. 777x Steve Hess DQ (3)
18. 4p Mike Peterson DQ (2)
19. 23 A.J. Castelein DNS DQ (19)

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE (25 laps):
Position. # Name (Hometown) (Starting Position)
1. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas) (1)
2. 72 Mike Taylor (unknown) (3)
3. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas) (5)
4. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton) (2)
5. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas) (4)

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