by Tommy Goudge (September 14, 2016) – Ohsweken, Ontario – The 12th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend at Ohsweken Speedway is almost here. With over 70 cars pre-entered, anticipation is high for the track’s signature event.
The 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 15, while racing will commence Friday, September 16 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 17. Several records could fall this weekend, including the high of 77 entrants set in 2009.
The 2015 edition of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals produced one of the best races in Ohsweken Speedway history, as Bryan Howland (Union Springs NY) drove from 20th to 1st, edging out 3-time CSCN winner Steve Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC), Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo IN), and Mark Smith (Sunbury PA) for the $12,000 prize. All four of those drivers will be back this weekend, along with dozens more.
Among those set to challenge Howland, Poirier, Price-Miller, and Smith are; 2014 CSCN winner Jessica Friesen (née Zemken) (Sprakers NY), 2011 CSCN winner Sam Hafertepe Jr. (Sunnyvale TX), and Brandon Wimmer (Fairmount IN). While Wimmer is a CSCN rookie, his Gaerte/Norman #3g team has been to victory lane three times at CSCN with current World of Outlaws standout Shane Stewart.
Champions from all over the region are sure to make noise this weekend as well, including Great Lakes Super Sprints champ Chase Ridenour (Perry MI), National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders champ Jared Horstman (Cloverdale OH), Ohsweken Speedway Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car champ Mitch Brown (Brantford ON), Patriot Sprint Tour champ Jared Zimbardi (Bradford PA), and Southern Ontario Sprints champ Dylan Westbrook (Scotland ON). Meanwhile, Steve Poirier is likely to lock up his 7th career Empire Super Sprints title this Friday at Ohsweken when the ESS tour makes up their A-Feature which was rained out on August 5.
At least a dozen entrants will be going after the Fine Touch Collision Rookie of the Nationals Award this weekend, including; Amber Balcaen (Winnipeg MB), Cole MacDonald (Waterdown ON), Brandon Wimmer, Steve Lyons (Carlisle ON), Zach Weigand (Syracuse NY), Coleman Gulick (Binghamton NY), Josh Shantz (St. Agatha ON), Matt Billings (Brockville ON), Alex Vigneault (Trois-Rivieres QC), Jordan Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC), Pete Richardson (Vernon NY), Chad Miller (Amsterdam NY), and Jake Brown (Brantford ON).
All those names barely scratch the surface of the star-studded lineup ready to take on Canada’s largest Sprint Car event this weekend. Don’t miss it!
Make sure to get your tickets and campsite reservations for the 2016 CSCN weekend! Call 519 717-0023 or visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.
CSCN ENTRY INFO
Entries continue to be accepted for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Teams are asked to submit their basic entry information online at the following link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=5093
The 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 15, while racing will commence Friday, September 16 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 17.
The 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals will include group time trials for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus 6 Heat Races, 3 B-Features, a Dash, 15 lap “Little Feature”, and the 35 lap A-Feature which will pay the winner $12,000 from the lucrative purse. The Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks will be the support division for the 360 Sprint Cars on Saturday, September 17, along with special Dash For Cash races for the top drivers from the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks.
This year’s Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals again includes a pair of 15 lap A-Features for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, Kevin Ward, Jr. Young Stars Challenge, the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car “602 Challenge”, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers. The Empire Super Sprints will also make up their rained-out A-Feature from Friday, August 5 at the Night Before the Nationals.
Both of the Twin 15 A-Feature winners on Friday will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Saturday night Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.
The Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout features the top drivers from the Empire Super Sprints, Great Lakes Super Sprints, National Racing Alliance, Ohsweken Speedway Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak Sprint Cars, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints, plus two “Wild Card” entries.
The youngest drivers signed in for competition on the Night Before the Nationals will make up the 13 car starting field for the 13 lap Kevin Ward, Jr. “Young Stars Challenge”.
Teams traveling to Ohsweken from outside Canada are encouraged to click on the Competitors Info link on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com – direct link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=1493 – to view and print documents which will help you in the international border crossing process.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from several affiliated sanctioning organizations in the area, plus teams and drivers from all over North America. The event has drawn an average of 70 entries for the 11 previous editions, with a total of 238 different drivers from 16 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, and New Zealand taking part.
PAST CSCN WINNERS:
2005 – Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville OH
2006 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2007 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2008 – Wayne Johnson, Mustang OK
2009 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2010 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2011 – Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale TX
2012 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2013 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2014 – Jessica Zemken, Sprakers NY
2015 – Bryan Howland, Auburn NY
About Arrow Express: Arrow Express Sports is a sports and entertainment company that is dedicated to preserving and teaching Native American Indian sports, culture, music, and languages. Based at the Arrow Express Sports Entertainment Arena, the company owns and operates the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, and the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. Arrow Express owns and operates the multipurpose 3,000 spectator capacity arena which hosts lacrosse, music, and festival events. The mission of Arrow Express Sports is to help children by advocating healthy lifestyle choices. Visit the Arrow Express Sports website at www.ArrowExpressSports.com.
About Burger Barn: Since opening in 2011, Burger Barn has quickly gained a reputation for large portions, friendly staff, great food, and fair prices. Tips from satisfied customers even led Food Network Canada to feature Burger Barn on their show “You Gotta Eat Here”. Burger Barn takes pride in their product, and they never get tired of hearing “That was the best burger I’ve ever had”. Their menu also includes all-day breakfast, wings, chicken burgers, fish and chips, pulled pork, daily specials, and much more! Burger Barn is located at 3000 Fourth Line in Ohsweken, just 5 miles from Ohsweken Speedway. Call them at 519-445-0088, and visit www.BurgerBarn.ca 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, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.
Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support: 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, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.