Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 29, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway is in the home stretch of its 23rd season of Friday Night Excitement and returns to action on Friday, August 31 for Epic Racewear Back to School Backpack night. In partnership with Epic Racewear, Ohsweken Speedway race teams will be able to purchase a backpack for $25 and fill it with school supplies to distribute to kids in attendance.
On the track, the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars will run double features as they make-up their July 27 rainout before racing into the regularly scheduled event. The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks will also make-up the 50-lap and $2,000-to-win Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Cash Blast postponed from last week before racing in their regularly scheduled event. The Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks will also be in action for full points nights.
Race time is 7:30pm with grandstand gates opening at 6:00pm. Adult admission is just $14 while Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17) are only $10. Kids aged 7-12 are only $3 and Kids 6 and under are free. This pricing is in effect for all weekly Friday Night Excitement shows in 2018.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Dylan Westbrook extended his point lead to an even 100 markers over Cory Turner with his eighth win of the season in Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car action last Friday night. With double features on the schedule this week, including the postponed July 27 event, both drivers will look to be on top of their game as Westbrook looks to solidify his second straight track title. In third is Fenwick’s Jim Huppunen just 10 points back of Turner. Mack DeMan currently sits fourth while Tyler Hendricks occupies fifth, but will be inactive this week after suffering an injury during an accident last Friday night. Ryan Turner, Steve Lyons, Mike Thorne, Mikey Kruchka and Chris Steele round out the top-10.
The double Features will follow a unique format in order to help ensure an efficient racing program. The lineup for the first Feature is already set from the July 27 event. For the second Feature, the top eight starting spots will be handicapped for the top eight in points that are in attendance on Friday night. Position 9 through 24 will be lined up based on a timed hot lap sessions.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Shone Evans holds a comfortable, but not insurmountable lead in the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division. The Scotland, Ont. pilot is 48 points north of Ohsweken native Aaron Turkey. In third is Turkey’s Styres Racing teammate Holly Porter, just 18 points back of second. Teenager Hannah Ferrell is fourth, just 10 points back of Porter, while Lucas Smith is fifth and only 10 points shy of Ferrell’s 984. Jacob Dykstra, who grabbed his third win of the year at Ohsweken last Friday night, is sixth with the injured Jesse Costa in seventh and ahead of Dereck Lemyre, Steven Beckett and Josh Hansen.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The point standings remain unchanged in the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock division as their 50-lap Gale’s Cash Blast Feature was postponed to this Friday’s event. Dave Bailey’s lead is 60 points over Logan Shwedyk. Seven points back of Shwedyk is Ken Sargent. Trevor DeBoer is fourth, only two points back of Sargent. Mark Bazuin rounds out the top-five. Christopher Hale, Ryan Beagle, Jim Lampman, Billy Bleich Jr. and Blake Bomberry Jr. compose the top-10 entering Friday’s event.
The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks 50-lap Feature lineup is already set from last Friday night’s excitement. The Thunder Stocks will also avoid heat races to lineup the second Feature. The first 15 cars in points and with 100% attendance will be handicapped into the top-15 starting spots. The remaining cars will run a 10-lap B-Main that will be lined-up based on normal handicapping procedures.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Gillian Hils is still the queen of the HRW Automotive Mini Stock division with a 52-point lead over Matt Nuell. Nuell is only five points up on Sean Iftody for the runner-up spot. Kyle Wert and Dusty DeBoer are currently in top-five spots but will be under pressure from top-10 runners Mike Sarantakos, Nick Masi, Jonathan Ayrton, Tristan Da Silva and Tim DeBoer.
About EPIC Racewear: Based in Hanover, Ontario, EPIC Racewear is the official Racewear of Ohsweken Speedway. EPIC is a company fueled by the passion of racing, where the customer is treated as everyone would like to be treated – fairly and honestly. Brothers Dan and Bob Bailey founded EPIC in 2014, and have exploded into the racing community. Family ties, friendships, and a 40 year old family business have paved the way for instant trust. Quality customer service throughout the ordering process, and post-sale follow up to ensure client satisfaction create word-of-mouth advertising, and ensures repeat customers. EPIC is proud to offer individual custom designs, most of which are included with a racewear purchase. EPIC strives to avoid minimums, setup fees, and other supplemental charges whenever possible. Looking for swag, t-shirts, hats, or flags? No problem. Drop EPIC a line for a straight talk, straight answer quote today! Visit them at www.epicracewear.ca, e-mail them at email@example.com or call them at 519 374-9900. Look – Feel – Be – EPIC.
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Tickets and Camping Available Now!
Advanced reserved seating tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15 are on sale now! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Feature Event. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information. For the full 2018 schedule of events, click here.
Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream
Can’t make it to the track or don’t live within driving distance? No problem! Check out all of Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement action live online for free via the Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream. The stream goes live at 7:30pm EST each race night at www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca and on our official Facebook page.
Ohsweken Speedway’s 23rd season of weekly Friday Night Excitement features four divisions of racing, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to view the schedule or call (519) 717-0023 for more information.
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 and Mini Stocks. The season finishes each year with the track’ annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights.
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Phone: (519) 717-0023
Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2018: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Lucas Oil Products, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.