By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 20, 2019) – After rain washed out last week’s action, Ohsweken Speedway is excited for another major event this week as Gale Hill of Gale’s Auto Aftermarket presents the $2,000-to-win Gale’s Cash Blast for the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks. The Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks are also in action with full race programs.
To make-up for last week’s rained out Autograph Night, Ohsweken will host pre-race Autograph Sessions and a Racer’s Marketplace each of the next three weeks (August 23, August 30 and September 6) from 5:30pm to 6:30pm behind the main grandstands. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase driver merchandise and get autographs from their favourite drivers. Admission to the autograph session is free with the purchase of general admission.
Also, all general admission tickets purchased in support of Kids Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation can be redeemed on one of the next three race nights, including August 23, August 30 and September 6.
Regular 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. Race time is 7:30pm. The pit gates open at 5:00pm before the main grandstand opens at 6:00pm. For the full schedule of Ohsweken Speedway events, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks are gearing up for their largest winner’s purse of the season this Friday night. The 50-lap race will pay $2,000-to-win, $750 to the runner-up and $500 to the third-place finisher. The race will feature a unique format to determine the line-up for the event. The Top 18 drivers in Ohsweken points will start in positions 1-18 for the main event in reverse order, with 18th place starting on the pole and the point leader starting 18th. Positions 19-24 in the standings will start the Last Chance Showdown in positions 1-6 and all remaining entrants will draw for the remaining starting positions, with the top 10 finishers transferring to the 50-lap A-Feature.
Christopher Hale of Guelph won the event last year while Ryan Dinning scored the win in 2017. Dave Bailey holds a substantial 48-point lead at the top of the standings. Trevor DeBoer currently sits in second and will continue to try and eat into Bailey’s sizeable advantage again this week. Ryan Beagle of Vittoria sits third in the standings with a five-point advantage over last week’s winner and Jerseyville native Logan Shwedyk. Ken Sargent, rounds out the top-five, 26 pints back of Shwedyk after a second-place finish last week.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprints Cars
Following his second win of the season two weeks ago, Mississauga’s Mack DeMan is the point leader in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car division. DeMan was the only driver pleased to see last week’s event rained out as he was scheduled to miss the race due to a trip abroad. With the rainout, DeMan remains in championship contention with three points nights remaining. Entering this week’s action, Dylan Westbrook is just 11 points back of the lead while Cory Turner moved to within 12 points of Westbrook with a second-place finish last week. Jim Huppunen sits third and is 27 points back of Westbrook for second and 38 points back of the lead. Ryan Turner rounds out the top-five in the standings and is 55 points off the division lead.
Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars
Jesse Costa opened a 16-point lead at the top of the standings with his third Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Car win of the season last time out. Lucas Smith of Brantford, Ont. is Costa’s closest challenger and has four top-five finishes this year. Three points behind Smith is Mount Brydges, Ont. driver Nick Sheridan, who has earned a pair of wins as part of his seven top-five results this year. Ten points back of Sheridan is Fonthill, Ont. native Steven Beckett who has yet to score a win, but has claimed eight top-10 finishes throughout the season. Rounding out the top-five is Paul Klager, who is 70 points back of the division lead.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
In the HRW Automotive Mini Stock division, Kyle Wert extended his lead to 22 points over Tim DeBoer after claiming his fifth win of the season on August 9. The Ancaster, Ont. based driver has finished in the top-10 nine times in 11 starts this season while DeBoer has 10 top-10 finishes, but has not yet scored a win this season. Third in the standings, is Dusty DeBoer, 14 points behind Tim. Waterdown’s Tristan Da Silva sits fourth at the moment, 60 points off the division lead and with a 24-point cushion over Wayde Thorne, who raced last week in a borrowed car from the Buchwald racing team.
About Gales Auto Aftermarket: All your automobile parts and supply needs can be met at Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, located on RR 6 near Hagersville, Ontario, just 15 miles from Ohsweken Speedway. Gale’s Auto Aftermarket has been a proud supporter of local racing for many years. Call 519-445-2659 for more information.
About MavTV Canada’s All North Racing Powered by Pinty’s
Ohsweken Speedway is excited to announce its Friday Night Excitement racing will be the centerpiece of a new international television broadcast on MavTV Canada called All North Racing powered by Pinty’s. All North Racing will visit Ohsweken for six live broadcasts that will be re-aired multiple times in Canada and the United States. The MavTV broadcasts are scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 22, July 23, August 30 and September 14. These broadcasts include both nights of the Northern Summer Nationals featuring Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu as well as the 15th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. For more information on MavTV Canada, visit www.facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.
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 24th 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 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: Nitro 54 Variety, Ackland Insurance, Arrow Express, Auto Parts Centres, Bradshaw Brothers Fuels, Burger Barn, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Core-Mark International, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, EPIC Racewear, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Grisdale Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Canada, HRW Automotive, Insta-Insulation/Insta-Panels, Jibs Action Sports, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Lonewolf Fireworks, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Middleport Mechanical, Miska Trailer Factory, Club 54 Racing, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Renway Energy, Rochester Knighthawks, Strickland’s GMC and Victory Gamez.