By Carin Sundin
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 12, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway officials are pleased announce this week’s recipient of the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Performer of the Week award is Ken Sargent and the No. 25 Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock team.
The weekly award showcases a driver or team that exhibits outstanding effort and performance during the Friday Night Excitement events at Ohsweken Speedway.
With a full field of competitive Thunder Stocks in the field on O’Neils/Case IH Frankie Turkey Memorial Night, Ken Sargent of Port Colborne started in the 11th position in his No. 25 Camaro for the 20-Lap feature. Jay Liverance took the early lead over Donny Lampman and Kasey Huffman but Sargent stayed low and made his way to the third spot by lap five with Ryan Dinning now in the lead and Liverance in second.
A caution on lap 7 when Liverance went around in turn one effectively put Sargent in second right behind his running mate, Dinning. Some exciting side-by-side racing and rubbing ensued between Sargent and Dinning with a fast-moving Chris Hale now in third. With ten laps to go, Sargent took the lead, leaving Dinning and Hale to battle for the second spot and Logan Shwedyk, Rob Hoskins and Ryan Beagle closing in.
Lap 15 saw a caution thrown for Aaron Rewutzsky, who found himself pointed the wrong way in turn three and four and Zach Bleich who’d gone around on the back straight away. A strong restart kept Sargent in the lead, but he was closely followed by Hale, Beagle, Dinning and Shwedyk. Hale tried to take Sargent on the bottom without success and then tried the top but Sargent continued to hold Hale off.
A final caution on lap 18 saw a single file restart with the veteran driver holding off his competitors to claim his 135th career win and first victory of the 2018 season.
Ken Sargent has a long and storied career of championships in the Pro-Stock and Street Stock classes at both Merrittville and Humberstone Speedways. Sargent took a two-year hiatus before coming back to the Thunder Stock division at Ohsweken Speedway in 2017. Congratulation to Ken Sargent and the No. 25 Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock team, we wish you continued success for the remainder of the 2018 season
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.
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.