The 2017 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals field assembled five-wide prior to the start of the 35-lap A-Feature. (Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media).
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (September 12, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway is set for it’s biggest weekend of the season and the most lucrative 360 Sprint Car race in the Northeast with the $10,000 USD-to-win and $1,000 USD-to-start 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Nitro 54 Variety on Saturday, September 15 and Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 14. The weekend will feature the top 360 Sprint Car racers in the Northeast and from across North America along with Ohsweken’s top weekly racers.
All four of Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement racing divisions will be on display to the large crowd at some point over the two-day event. The weekend is headlined by the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars and will also feature the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks on one of the two days.
Race time is 7:30pm each night. Reserved adult grandstand admission is $20 for the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 14 and children 12 and under are $5 or less. Reserved adult grandstand admission is $40 for the 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Nitro 54 Variety and $15 for children 12 and under. Reserved tickets can be purchased online in advance at www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Nitro 54 Variety
The pinnacle of Ohsweken’s season takes place on Saturday, September 15 with the 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Nitro 54 Variety. As of September 12, the current entry list stands at 69 drivers from two Canadian provinces, six states and seven different sanctioning bodies. The current entry list also features three former event winners in three-time CSCN champion Steve Poirier of St. Mathieu-de-Beloil, Quebec, two-time ASCS National Champion Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Rockwall, Texas and All-Star Circuit of Champions pilot Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, Indiana.
Also pre-entered is 2018 are Ohsweken Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car champion Dylan Westbrook of nearby Scotland, Ontario, the 2018 Southern Ontario Sprints champion Cory Turner of Caistor Centre, Ontario, current Patriot Sprint Tour point leader Chuck Hebing of Ontario, New York, Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints point leader Jason Barney of Brewerton, New York, NRA Sprint Invaders point leader Jared Horstman of Cloverdale, Ohio and Great Lakes Super Sprints high point man Dustin Daggett of Portland, Michigan.
In addition to the $10,000 USD winner’s prize in Saturday night’s 35-lap A-Feature and 30-car Feature, drivers will be racing for $1,000 USD just to start the main event. Drivers will also be racing for a long list of contingency awards. A full list of contingency awards is available at www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
The Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars will also be in action on Saturday, September 15 at the 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals with their own $1,000-to-win Nitro 54 Variety Crate Showdown. Drivers will also be racing for $750 for second, $500 for third, $400 for fourth and $300 for fifth and a minimum of $100 to start the A-Feature. The ultra-talented division of Crate Sprint Car drivers will have their opportunity to shine on one of Sprint Car Racing’s biggest stages. The 2018 division champion Shone Evans will be competing in 360 Sprint Car portion of the Nationals as will fellow competitors Holly Porter and Jacob Dykstra, but division mainstays Aaron Turkey, Hannah Ferrell, Lucas Smith, Dereck Lemyre, Caleb Wood, Paul Klager, and the most recent first-time winner, Josh Hansen, are all among the drivers expected to be in action and competing for a cool $1,000 winner’s prize.
Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals
The Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars will also be in action on Friday, September 14 as well with drivers competing for one of two guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s $10,000 USD-to-win A-Feature. Friday’s format often Features plenty of thrilling action as drivers are forced to qualify into one of the twin 15-lap and $500-to-win Features via their heat race, with only 15 cars qualifying for each race. The winner of each 15-lap Feature race will earn a guaranteed starting spot in the fifth row (9th and 10th) in Saturday’s 35-lap A-Feature.
Also scheduled for Friday’s program is the rain-postponed Patriot Sprint Tour A-Feature from Friday, July 20. That event already has 26 driver locked into a 25-lap event paying $3,333 to the winner. Matt Bilings of Brockville, Ontario is scheduled to start on the pole along with ASCS National tour competitor Alex Hill of Six Nations, Ontario. Scott Kreutter, Chuck Hebing and Mark Smith are also scheduled to start inside the top-five.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks will battle it out in their final 20-lap Feature of the season during the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals. Dave Bailey has clinched his fourth straight championship in the division entering the race with an 86-point gap over second-place Logan Shwedyk. The rest of the top-five is far from solidified though as Shwedyk enters only 13 points ahead of Ken Sargent for second while Trevor DeBoer is just 17 points back in fourth. Christopher Hale, who has won the last three Feature race is fifth, 26 points back of Shwedyk for second. Completing the top-10 in the standings are Ryan Beagle, Jim Lampman, Billy Bleich Jr., Mark Bazuin, and Blake Bomberry Jr.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
The HRW Automotive Mini Stock championship will come down to the final 15-lap Feature of the season. Entering the final race of the season, Matt Nuell is just 10 points ahead of Gillian Hils for the championship title. Sean Iftody also remains in championship contention with a 30-point gap back of Nuell. Dusty DeBoer and Jonathan Ayrton round out the top-five entering Friday’s finale. Mike Sarantakos, Time DeBoer, Kyle Wert, Martin Schroeder and Tristan Da Silva round out the top-10 prior to this week’s action.
About Arrow Express: Arrow Express Sports is a sport 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.aeslacrosse.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.
14TH ANNUAL CSCN ENTRY INFO
Entries continue to be accepted for the 2018 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Teams are encouraged to save time by submitting entry information online at the following link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/cscn-competitors-info/canadian-sprint-car-nationals-entry-form/
TICKETS AND CAMPING
Advanced reserved seating tickets and reserved campsites are on sale now for the 14th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000 USD to win Feature Event. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from the Empire Super Sprints, Great Lakes Super Sprints, National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders, Patriot Sprint Tour, Southern Ontario Sprints, and Ohsweken Speedway’s Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car division, plus more teams and drivers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
PAST CSCN WINNERS
2005 Kenny Jacobs – Holmesville, Ohio, USA
2006 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2007 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2008 Wayne Johnson – Mustang, Oklahoma, USA
2009 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2010 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2011 Sam Hafertepe Jr. – Sunnyvale, Texas, USA
2012 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2013 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2014 Jessica Zemken – Sprakers, New York, USA
2015 Bryan Howland – Auburn, New York, USA
2016 Parker Price-Miller – Kokomo, Indiana, USA
2017 Carson Macedo – Lemoore, California, USA
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.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY MEDIA
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.