by Tommy Goudge (August 12, 2015) – Ohsweken, Ontario – The 11th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend at Ohsweken Speedway is coming up in less than 6 weeks, and preparations are well underway for the track’s signature event.
The 2015 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 17, while racing will commence Friday, September 18 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 11th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 19.
The 11th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals will include group time trials for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus 6 heat races, 3 B-Feature races, a dash race for heat race winners to determine the top 6 starting positions in the A-Feature, the 15 lap “Little Feature”, and the 35 lap A-Feature which will pay the winner $12,000 from the lucrative purse. The Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks will be the support division for the 360 Sprint Cars on Saturday, September 19.
While the Saturday night 360 Sprint Car format remains largely the same as in recent years, one small change has been made, as the field will be split into 3 flights for the group time trials as opposed to 6. Each of the 3 flights will then be divided evenly into 2 heat races based on their time trial results.
This year’s Night Before the Nationals again includes Twin 15 lap features for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, Kevin Ward, Jr. Young Stars Challenge, and the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car and HRW Automotive Mini Stock divisions. Each Twin 15 winner will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.
The Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout features qualified drivers from the Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints challenge events held at Ohsweken in 2015, the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division feature on August 28, plus the top drivers from Sprints on Dirt and the National Racing Alliance, and 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” presented by TJSlideways.com.
PRE-ENTRY DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
The deadline for competitors to receive the (half-price) “Early Bird” discount on their Canadian Sprint Car Nationals entry fee is September 11, 2015. “Early Bird” entries also permit the driver free entry to the pit area on Saturday, September 19.
Entries can be filed by contacting Office Administrator Lorraine Pedersen by phone at 519 750-4866 or e-mail at email@example.com. Click on the “Competitors Info” link on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information, to print the entry form, and to view the rules, format, and more.
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 10 previous editions, with a total of 224 different drivers from 16 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, and New Zealand taking part.
Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio won the first Canadian Sprint Car Nationals feature in 2005, followed by Steve Poirier from Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec in 2006 and 2007, Mustang, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson in 2008, Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from Sunnyvale, Texas in 2011, while Poirier became the first 3-time winner in 2012, Stewart also became a 3-time winner in 2013, and Jessica Zemken went to victory lane in 2014.
Advanced reserved seat tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend on Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.
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 Corr/Pak Merchandising: Founded in 1997, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc. is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is a designer and producer of Point of Purchase (POP) displays for retail. Strong emphasis on creative design and speed of response has seen Corr/Pak achieve great success in a very competitive industry. Their in-house capabilities and broad range of trusted suppliers enable them to develop any sort of effective solution for your retail display needs, no matter the materials used – whether corrugated, wood, boxboard, plastic, wire, steel, or any combination of those. Corr/Pak’s support of the 360 Sprint Car division at Ohsweken continues for an 8th consecutive season in 2015. Please visit www.CorrPak.ca for more information on the title sponsor of 360 Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway.
About Strickland’s GMC: Strickland’s is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Southwestern Ontario for over 30 years. They have never been afraid to change in order to better serve their customers, but one thing has remained the same – they have always run their company based on the old proverb “Treat others the way you wish to be treated”. Strickland’s is the only full line General Motors dealer in Brantford and the surrounding area, serving the community for over 90 years. Strickland’s returns as the title sponsor of the Crate Sprint Car division for a second consecutive season in 2015. Strickland’s GMC is located at 19-21 Lynden Road in Brantford, at the intersection of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway, and just 15 minutes from Ohsweken Speedway. Visit Strickland’s GMC online at www.Stricklands.com, or call them at 1-800-599-5558.
About Affordable Towing & Recovery: Affordable Towing & Recovery provides a full range of towing and breakdown services in Brantford and Southwestern Ontario, as well as flat-bed freight and equipment hauling, and police towing. They can get your vehicle out, no matter where it’s located – from an underground parking garage to a creek bed. Affordable Towing & Recovery offers roadside assistance, and a vehicle storage compound, as well as towing services for anything from motorcycles to big trucks. Affordable Towing & Recovery returns as title sponsor of Ohsweken’s Thunder Stock division for a third consecutive season in 2015. Affordable Towing & Recovery is located at 55 Shaver Street in Brantford, near the intersection of Garden Avenue North and Colborne Street East, and just 10 miles from Ohsweken Speedway. For solutions to any vehicle transport need, go to Affordable Towing & Recovery. Visit them online at www.affordable-towing.ca, or call them at (519) 755-7526.
About HRW Automotive: HRW Automotive was founded by Robert Workman in 1990. By providing good old-fashioned customer service, HRW has gained a loyal following in the community. Many area residents and businesses have come to depend on the expertise of HRW’s friendly staff to keep their vehicles and equipment in peak condition. You can entrust all of your vehicle’s service and repair needs to the team of automotive professionals at HRW Automotive. HRW Automotive is located at 163 Baptist Church Road in Caledonia near the intersection of Pauline Johnson Road, and just 5 miles from Ohsweken Speedway. HRW Automotive returns as title sponsor of Ohsweken’s Mini Stock division for a fifth consecutive season in 2015. Visit them on the web at www.HRWAutomotive.com, or call HRW today at 519-752-2063, and find out what good customer service is all about!
About Gale’s 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, and returns as title sponsor of Ohsweken’s Bomber division for a third consecutive season in 2015. Gale’s also returns as the presenting sponsor of Brock Leonard Memorial night at Ohsweken again in 2015. Call 519-445-2659 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, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.
PAST CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS A-FEATURE WINNERS
2005 – Kenny Jacobs
2006 – Steve Poirier
2007 – Steve Poirier
2008 – Wayne Johnson
2009 – Shane Stewart
2010 – Shane Stewart
2011 – Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
2012 – Steve Poirier
2013 – Shane Stewart
2014 – Jessica Zemken
2015 DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL SHOOTOUT QUALIFIERS
Sanction – Driver Name
Patriot Sprint Tour – Jared Zimbardi
Patriot Sprint Tour – Todd Hoddick
Southern Ontario Sprints – Glenn Styres
Southern Ontario Sprints – Mitch Brown
Empire Super Sprints – Jason Barney
Empire Super Sprints – Steve Poirier
National Racing Alliance – TBD
National Racing Alliance – TBD
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – TBD
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – TBD
Sprints on Dirt – TBD
Sprints on Dirt – TBD
“Wild Card” – TBD
“Wild Card” – TBD