Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (September 6, 2018) – Another exciting night of action is ready to roll at Ohsweken Speedway as Insta-Panels presents Sprint Car championship night and the Brock Leonard Memorial on Friday, September 7. Ohsweken will crown two of its four champions by night’s end as Friday’s race marks the final points race for the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars and the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars. The Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com will also make its third and final appearance of the season as it crowns its inaugural champion as well.
Also on the card is the prestigious 50-lap Brock Leonard Memorial for the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks as well as a regular 15-lap event for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. The Brock Leonard Memorial is one of the biggest races of the year for the Thunder Stocks and is run annually in honour of the late Brock Leonard, a longtime Speedway official and father of Ohsweken race director, Doug Leonard, who passed away in 2012. The race is also the second of four combined races for the Insta-Panels Duel on the Dirt Series.
Prior to the action on the track, a pre-race autograph session will take place behind the main grandstand with select drivers and their cars, allowing fans to meet some of their favourite drivers right before they hit the track. The final Racer’s Marketplace of the season will also take place behind the main grandstand to allow fans the opportunity to purchase their favourite driver’s apparel on the grandstands side. It all gets underway when the grandstand gates open at 6:00pm.
Race time is 7:30pm. 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
The 2018 championship has already been decided in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car division as point leader Dylan Westbrook has locked up his second straight title. Westbrook has a 115-point lead over Jim Huppunen entering this week’s action, with only 85 points awarded to the race winner, making the lead insurmountable. There is still plenty to race for, however. Huppunen’s advantage for second is just six points over Cory Turner. Mack DeMan is fourth and 22 points back of Turner while Steve Lyons is fifth, just one point ahead of Ryan Turner. Mikey Kruchka, Mike Thorne, Tyler Hendricks and Jamie Turner round out the top-10 entering the final night of points racing.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
In the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division, Shone Evans has a stranglehold on the championship title. Aaron Turkey remains mathematically alive in the title hunt, but faces a 44-point deficit entering the final night of competition. Evans needs to finish 21st or better in the A-Feature to guarantee the title. The two drivers will also be battling for a separate championship as the race doubles as the final points event on the inaugural Action Sprint Tour, where Evans leads Turkey by just eight points. Evans needs a finish of third or better to secure the AST championship.
In the Ohsweken standings, Turkey has only a 14-point gap over teammate Holly Porter for second. Rounding out the top-five are Hannah Ferrell and Lucas Smith, who separated by just four points for fourth. Jacob Dykstra, Dereck Lemyre, Jesse Costa, Josh Hansen and DJ Christie round out the top-10 in the standings.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks have two more points nights in order to decide their championship, including the 50-lap and high unpredictable Brock Leonard Memorial. Friday’s race marks seventh edition of the race in honour of former track official Brock Leonard. Past winners of the race include last year’s winner Ryan Beagle, Ryan Dinning, Karl Sault, Lee Winger, Ryan Turner and Brad Herron. No driver has won the event more than once.
Entering the event, Dave Bailey holds a 93-point advantage over Trevor DeBoer and 94-point gap over Logan Shwedyk. A finish of third or better in the Brock Leonard Memorial would guarantee Bailey his fourth-straight Thunder Stock track championship before he takes the green flag in the season finale on September 14. Fourth in the standings is Ken Sargent, just 15 points back of Shwedyk for third while Christopher Hale completes the top-five. Ryan Beagle, Jim Lampman, Mark Bazuin, Billy Bleich Jr. and Blake Bomberry Jr. round out the top-10 entering this week’s 50-lapper.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Unlike the other three divisions, the HRW Automotive Mini Stock title is still very much up for grabs with two races to go. Gillian Hils leads Matt Nuell by only two points in the standings with Sean Iftody trailing in third only 24 points back of the lead, a gap that he is capable of overcoming in two weeks. Dusty DeBoer and Jonathan Ayrton round out the top-five and are still mathematically alive in the championship chase. Completing the top-10 are Kyle Wert, Mike Sarantakos, Tim DeBoer, Tristan Da Silva and Martin Schroeder.
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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.