Brad Herron drives his Renway Energy sponsored No.12 Crate Sprint Car at Ohsweken Speedway during July 2018 action. (Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media).
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 7, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway will continue the month of August as Renway Energy presents the longest race of the year for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, the 42-lap Art Hill Memorial, and Halloween in August on Friday, August 10. All junior fans who arrive in costume at the racetrack will receive free kids grandstand admission for the night.
Race time is 7:30pm with grandstand gates opening at 6:00pm. 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.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
The longest and richest race of the season for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks is the 42-lap and $1000-to-win Art Hill Memorial. This year’s race is also the final combined race for the inaugural Insta-Panels Mini Stock Duel on the Dirt Series, which is a multi-race mini-series between the drivers of Humberstone, Merrittville and Ohsweken speedways. With Ohsweken’s weekly Mini Stock car count regularly topping 40 cars, officials are expecting nearly 50 cars this week as the top drivers from Merrittville and Humberstone vie for the Duel on the Dirt title.
The annual race is run in honour of the late Art Hill, who raced his No.42 machine at Ohsweken in the early years at the track. Past Art Hill Memorial winners include well-known Ohsweken names such as Rick Emberson, Lee Winger, Robbie Rounce, Marc Hallett, Dave Bailey, Mitch Brown, Trevor Goulding, and Karl Sault, and Wall of Fame inductee Abel Castelein. Jake Bazuin ended his brother Mark’s winning streak in the event when he won the 2016 edition. Nick Masi is the defending winner of the event after scoring the 2017 victory during his rookie season.
Entering this year’s race, Gillian Hils is the current HRW Automotive Mini Stock point leader with Masi in second, 29 points back of the lead. Matt Nuell, Sean Iftody and Jonathan Ayrton round out the current top-five.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
The Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars return to action this week after a week off from competition to allow drivers to compete at the Knoxville 360 Nationals. The 360 drivers have not run a Feature at Ohsweken since July 13 after rain washed out their Feature events on July 20 and July 27 before taking the week off on August 3.
Entering this week’s action, Dylan Westbrook remains the current point leader with a 61-point advantage over Cory Turner. The ‘Red Rocket’ Jim Huppunen is third, 18 points back of Turner while Mack DeMan trails Huppunen by just two points. Tyler Hendricks is fifth, only five points back of Huppunen for third.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
A big week is on the card for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars as they make-up their rain-postponed July 20 Feature. That will be their first Feature of the night before they jump into the regularly scheduled event. Entering this week’s doubleheader, Jesse Costa remains the division point leader, but by just 14 points over Shone Evans. Holly Porter sits in third, just four points back of Evans and trailing Costa by just 18 for the lead. Sprint Car rookie Lucas Smith, who has a win to his credit in his rookie season, is fourth in the standings, while Hannah Ferrell rounds out the top-five.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Dave Bailey has forged a comfortable lead at the top of the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock standings with a 41-point gap over Logan Shwedyk. Ken Sargent sits third, 18 points back of Shwedyk, while Trevor DeBoer sits fourth. Sitting fifth is Christopher Hale, who is fresh off his first career win last Friday night and trails DeBoer by a single point for fourth and Sargent by only five for third.
About Renway Energy: Renway Fuels & Lubricants offers a comprehensive line of petroleum products including fuels (gasoline, diesel, furnace oil, stove oil, and propane), lubricants (agricultural, commercial, industrial, and automotive), and filters (oil, fuel, air, and hydraulic). Renway Heating & Cooling is a complete residential and light commercial heating (oil, natural gas, and propane), air conditioning, sheet metal fabrication, and ventilation contractor. This family-owned business prides itself on providing quality products coupled with professional, courteous service you can rely on. Renway’s continued success is built on customer satisfaction, and Renway has returned as the official fuel supplier of Ohsweken Speedway for 2015. Drop by the Renway office at 56 Henry Street in Brantford, call them at 519-752-6777 or toll free at 1-888-553-5550, and check out their website at www.Renway.ca.
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.