2008 Results, News

Daggett Blisters 45 Car Field For Summer Nationals Prelim Victory

by Tommy Goudge (July 4, 2008) – The largest sprint car field of the 2008 Ohsweken Speedway season turned out for a historic night as the inaugural ASCS Northern Summer Nationals event took centre stage during Round 8 of Friday Night Thunder. When the dust settled, Dustin Daggett had bested 44 other sprint car drivers and found his way back to Ohsweken’s victory lane for a 5th time. Ohsweken’s regular Friday Night Thunder classes also participated in the evening’s festivities, with Cody McPherson picking up his 5th ESSO Thunder Stock feature of the season, while Brent Hill garnered feature win honours for a 2nd time this season in the ESSO Mini-Stocks, and Lee Hils won his 3rd Friday Night Fun Stock feature.

Fred Cade and Gary Fast paced the field to green to start the 25 lap ASCS Northern Summer Nationals preliminary feature, with Fast taking the early lead. With 4 laps in the books, Cade powered by Fast into the lead in turns 3 and 4 and began to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Lapped traffic quickly became a factor in the event, and it proved to be the undoing of Cade as he spun in turn 3 after slight contact with a lapped machine during the 8th lap. 2nd place running Fast and 3rd place running Blake Breen were collected in the aftermath, relegating all 3 to the back of the pack for the restart, and handing the lead to 4-time Ohsweken feature winner Dustin Daggett. 1 lap later, Ohio invader Darren Long suffered a steering problem, which resulted in a pileup in turn 3. With cleanup finished, the race went back green again, and stayed that way to the end, as Daggett worked through heavy lapped traffic at top speed, and cruised home to victory. Mike Stelter came home with a strong 2nd place finish, while young Scott Kruetter took 3rd, followed by Bobby Breen all the way up from 20th on the grid, and Ryan Grubaugh – who started 18th – rounding out the top 5. Daggett, Stelter, Kruetter, and Breen locked themselves into Saturday night’s feature by virtue of their top 4 finish in Friday’s feature. Heat race victories went to Cade, Stelter, Daggett, Ryan Hunsinger, and Kyle Patrick, while Keith Dempster won the dash, and Kevin Job and Bobby Breen won the 2 B-Mains.

In ESSO Thunder Stock action, Cody McPherson extended his points lead by taking his 5th feature win of the season. The young St. Catharines driver guided his #777 through an early melee involving Vince Fargnoli, Terry Osmond, and Gord Bates, and drove into the lead from his 8th place starting spot before the race had reached the halfway point. Behind McPherson, a fierce battle was waged between Glenn Leinen and Brad Herron for 2nd place, with Leinen eventually prevailing. Herron settled for 3rd followed by Ryan Dinning, and Lee Winger driving Brad Bacher’s #3 machine this week. Despite losing a wheel in his heat race, last week’s feature winner Brian Pescetti was able to come home with an 8th place finish after starting 17th in the feature event. The hard charger of the night, however, was Jeremy Bean who was making his first visit to Ohsweken this season. Problems prevented the Bean #37 from finishing in heat race action, but when the checkered flag fell in the feature, Bean had advanced 10 positions from 16th on the grid to a 6th place finish. Heat race victories went to McPherson and Herron.

The ESSO Mini-Stocks division appeared to have another new winner this week, but the #05 car of Rick Robinson did not pass technical inspection after the race, handing the victory to Brent Hill for his 2nd feature win of the season. While Robinson held court out front, Hill held off a determined Mitchell Brown for much of the 15 lap distance in what turned out to be the race for the win, while points leader Abel Castelein and 3rd place points man Rick Emberson were never far behind. 14th place starter Mike Evers charged through the field to take home a 5th place finish, while Steve Hess started 19th and raced all the way to a 7th place finish. Heat race victories went to Robinson and Castelein.

The Friday Night Fun Stocks division saw its largest entry list ever this week as 10 drivers started the feature, scheduled for 25 laps. A wild race ensued when the green flag dropped, and when the dust had settled, Lee Hils was declared the winner. It was the 3rd feature win of the season for Hils, and his 2nd in a row. In another first for the division, ESSO Mini-Stock rookie competitor Wyatt Van Wart competed in both the Fun Stock and Mini-Stock division with the same car on Friday night.

Ohsweken Speedway gets back in action Saturday night, July 5 for Night #2 of the ASCS Northern Summer Nationals. $3,000 will go to the winner of the Summer Nationals A-Main on Saturday night – a prize for the 360 sprint cars at Ohsweken that is only topped by the $8,000 posted winner’s share of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals purse coming up in September. A special $250-to-win Fun Stock event is also on tap, along with Box Car Races for kids ages 6-12. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information. Spectator gates will open at 4:00p.m. on Saturday night, with Hot Laps scheduled for 7:00p.m. and Racing beginning at 7:45p.m. Adult General Admission on Saturday night is $15, while Seniors (65+) and Students (Ages 13-17) will be $10, and Kids (Ages 12 and Under) are FREE as always. Bring your ticket stub from Friday, July 4 to recieve a $5 discount on Saturday Night Adult admission!

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER 
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
ROUND 8 RESULTS – JULY 4, 2008
EVENT SPONSOR – ENGINE PRO RACING

ASCS NORTHERN SUMMER NATIONALS – SOD VS. PATRIOTS NIGHT #1

HEAT RACES (8 laps – Top 18 in Passing Points Transfer to A-Feature)
HEAT 1: 

1. 12c Fred Cade (Niagara Falls), 2. 52 Scott Kreutter (Alden, NY), 3. 7 Darren Long (Elida, OH), 4. 5 Bubba Broderick (Brookfield, CT), 5. 27h Tom Huppunen (Fenwick), 6. 4z Joel Lehman (Guelph), 7. 7p Jim Price (Wainfleet), 8. 26 Howard Singer (Whitney Point, NY), 9. 21j John Burbridge, Sr. (Simcoe)

HEAT 2: 
1. 36 Mike Stelter (Ontario, NY), 2. 26x Gary Fast (Kalkaska, MI), 3. 23 Ben Rutan (Jerome, MI), 4. 7x Kyle Moffit (South Dayton, NY), 5. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 6. 81 Derek Jonathan (Lewiston, NY), 7. 19jr Rob Ledingham (Port Colborne), 8. 83w James Whittaker (Lynden), 9. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls)

HEAT 3: 
1. 2m Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI), 2. 8 Blake Breen (Savannah, NY), 3. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne), 4. 5x Keith Dempster (Alton), 5. 21 Don Adamczyk (Williamsville, NY), 6. 6n Dain Naida (Belleville, MI), 7. 47x Louie Carufel (Port Huron, MI), 8. 94 Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie), 9. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton)

HEAT 4: 
1. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (Brantford), 2. 19 Joe Bares (Traverse City, MI), 3. 21f Jared Fink (Germantown, NY), 4. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (St. Johns, MI), 5. 69 Rob Pietz (Port Colborne), 6. 3g Tim Norman (Warsaw, IN), 7. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (Simcoe), 8. 57 Doug Bowman (London), 9. 49t Gregg Dalman (Grand Ledge, MI)

HEAT 5: 
1. 33k Kyle Patrick (Tilbury), 2. 10m Chris Muhleisen (Arkport, NY), 3. 79 Brett Mann (Goshen, IN), 4. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 5. 9 Bobby Breen (Savannah, NY), 6. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 7. 51 Bryan Howland (Auburn, NY), 8. 52L Daniel Lampron (Saint-Valere, QC), 9. 90 James Evans (Cainsville)

DASH (4 Laps – Determines Starting Positions 9-14 in A-Main): 
1. 5x Keith Dempster, 2. 21f Jared Fink, 3. 19 Joe Bares, 4. 52 Scott Kreutter, 5. 5 Bubba Broderick, 6. 5d Dave Dykstra

B-MAINS (10 Laps, Top 3 Finishers Transfer to A-Main):
B-MAIN #1:
 
1. 21x Kevin Job, 2. 79 Brett Mann, 3. 6n Dain Naida, 4. 51 Bryan Howland, 5. 27h Tom Huppunen, 6. 01 Mikey Kruchka, 7. 31 John Burbridge Jr., 8. 94 Stan Zanchin, 9. 90 James Evans, 10. 3g Tim Norman DNS, 11. 81 Derek Jonathan DNS, 12. 19jr Rob Ledingham, 13. 21j John Burbridge Sr. DNS: 14. 26 Howard Singer DNS

B-MAIN #2: 
1. 9 Bobby Breen, 2. 35 Jared Zimbardi, 3. 0 Glenn Styres, 4. 5m Brad Malloy, 5. 47x Louie Carufel, 6. 7p Jim Price, 7. 52L Daniel Lampron, 8. 57 Doug Bowman, 9. 4z Joel Lehman, 10. 21 Don Adamczyk, 11. 69 Rob Pietz, 12. 83w James Whittaker DNS, 13. 49t Gregg Dalman DNS

A-FEATURE (25 Laps): 
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 2m Dustin Daggett (6)
2. 36 Mike Stelter (3)
3. 52 Scott Kreutter (12)
4. 9 Bobby Breen (20)
5. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (18)
6. 5x Keith Dempster (9)
7. 5d Dave Dykstra (14)
8. 35 Jared Zimbardi (12)
9. 33k Kyle Patrick (7)
10. 79 Brett Mann (21)
11. 21x Kevin Job (19)
12. 21f Jared Fink (10)
13. 0 Glenn Styres (24)
14. 6n Dain Naida (23)
15. 12c Fred Cade (1)
16. 5 Bubba Broderick (13) 
17. 23 Ben Rutan (16)
18. 7x Kyle Moffit (17)
19. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (5)
20. 7 Darren Long (8)
21. 10m Chris Muhleisen (15)
22. 8 Blake Breen (4)
23. 26 Gary Fast (2)
24. 19 Joe Bares (11)

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS
Heat 1:

1. 777 Cody McPherson (St. Catharines), 2. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 3. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 4. 9 Glen Leinen (Hannon), 5. 3L Lee Winger (Caledonia), 6. 13 Mark Saul (Hagersville) DNF, 7. 38 Terry Martin (Ohsweken) DNF, 8. 24k Kyle Magrin (Hamilton), 9. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek)

Heat 2:
1. 12 Brad Herron (Brantford), 2. 40 Terry Osmond (Cambridge), 3. 191 Gord Bates (York), 4. 55f Vince Fargnoli (Niagara Falls), 5. 18 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 6. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 7. 11 Michelle Johnson (Caledonia), 8. 37 Jeremy Bean (Stoney Creek) DNF, 9. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia) DNF

ESSO THUNDER STOCKS FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 777 Cody McPherson (8)
2. 9 Glen Leinen (3)
3. 12 Brad Herron (7)
4. 8 Ryan Dinning (6)
5. 3L Lee Winger (9)
6. 37 Jeremy Bean (16)
7. 55f Vince Fargnoli (5)
8. 62 Brian Pescetti (17)
9. 18 Dave Bailey (10)
10. 11 Michelle Johnson (12)
11. 17 Rob Disher (1)
12. 1 Chris Dickie (11)
13. 55 Mike Thorne (18)
14. 24k Kyle Magrin (15)
15. 191 Gord Bates (2)
16. 38 Terry Martin (14) DNF
17. 40 Terry Osmond (4) DNF
18. 13 Mark Saul (13) DNS

ESSO MINI-STOCKS
Heat 1:

1. 05 Rick Robinson (Brantford), 2. 397 Brent Hill (Ohsweken), 3. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 4. 113 Mark Thorne (Waterford), 5. 86 Rick Emberson (Paris), 6. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken), 7. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 8. 4p Mike Peterson (Woodstock), 9. 222 John Marsh (Hamilton), 10. 02 Jonathon Ayrton (Hamilton)

Heat 2:
1. 28 Abel Castelein (Cayuga), 2. 37 Rob Hoskins (Harley), 3. 72 Kevin Hilborn (Brantford), 4. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 5. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge), 6. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 7. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 8. 14 Kerry Smith (Hamilton), 9. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken) DQ, 10. 88 Kelly Hallett (Wilsonville) DNF

ESSO MINI-STOCKS FEATURE (15 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 397 Brent Hill (4)
2. 10 Mitchell Brown (6)
3. 28 Abel Castelein (7)
4. 86 Rick Emberson (10)
5. 265 Mike Evers (14)
6. 72 Kevin Hilborn (12)
7. 777x Steve Hess (19)
8. 7x Chase Hess (11)
9. 27 Dan Stewart (8)
10. 4p Mike Peterson (15)
11. 113 Mark Thorne (9)
12. 11 Mike Giberson (1)
13. 55 Rob Slater (13)
14. 222 John Marsh (17)
15. 14 Kerry Smith (16)
16. 02 Jonathon Ayrton (18)
17. 37 Rob Hoskins (3)
18. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (5) DNS
19. 88 Kelly Hallett (20) DNS
20. 05 Rick Robinson (2) DQ

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN STOCKS A-FEATURE
Position. # Name (Hometown)
1. 181 Lee Hils (Dundas)
2. 72 Mark Czuba (unknown)
3. 818 Chris Hils (Dundas)
4. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton)
5. 454 Ron McClung (unknown)
6. 06 Al Van Every (unknown)
7. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge)
8. 816 Mike Kirn (unknown)
9. 5 Steven Hils (Dundas) DQ
10. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas) DQ

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