Ohsweken, Ontario – May 16, 2013 – Ohsweken Speedway’s 18th annual Opening Night will take the green flag on Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm, and large fields are expected in all of the regular Friday night divisions. The opening event of Ohsweken’s season will include the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers, with extra-distance features on tap for each.

Fenwick driver Chris Steele enters the Sprint Car season opener with a target on his back, as he claimed the 2012 track championship. Past champions Keith Dempster, Tom Huppunen, Dave Dykstra, and Jim Huppunen are just a few of the many drivers capable of challenging for this year’s title, along with 2012 feature winners Glenn Styres, Travis Cunningham, and Dain Naida, past winners Mikey Kruchka, Mitch Brown, Jamie Collard, and Kyle Patrick, plus many more.

Caledonia’s Mike Thorne took his second consecutive Thunder Stock title in 2012, but he will definitely have competition for the 2013 crown. Record fields were seen in the Thunder Stock division last year, and more of the same is expected in 2013, with almost 40 drivers already registered. Challengers for the title could include 2012 feature winners Brad Herron, Jack Myers, Wyatt Van Wart, and Cory Turner, to name just a few.

Dundas driver Karl Sault has won the last two Mini Stock titles, but he has moved to Thunder Stocks this season, leaving the door open for a new champion. Several other 2012 contenders have also moved to other divisions, or retired, making the Mini Stocks a guessing game this year. Jason Lungaro finished 3rd in the standings last season and won 2 features, making him one of the drivers to watch, but a host of rookies and new cars will make things interesting, along with veterans like Steve Miller, David Goodacre, and 2004 champion Doug Erskine.

The Bombers have become an affordable way for drivers to get involved in racing, and the division has graduated many of them to other Ohsweken classes. 2012 champion Davey Boughton has moved to the Mini Stock division for 2013, leaving the door open for a new Bomber champ. Kathi Dickie won two Bomber features last season, and has also moved to Mini Stocks, along with Jeremy May, who finished 6th in the Bomber standings last year. Plenty of talent will be in the Bomber field though, as 2012 winners Max Chechalk, Dusty DeBoer, Brady Longboat, and Mark Bazuin are a few of the drivers expected to race each week.

Start times for weekly Friday night racing events at Ohsweken Speedway have changed for 2013. The pit gates will normally open at 5:30pm, and spectator gates will continue to open at 6:00pm, while the first race will now take the green flag at 7:30pm.

The long-awaited return of Sportsman cars to Ohsweken Speedway is coming up next Friday, May 24 when Grisdale Racing Products presents the Sportsman Shootout, featuring regular racing for the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers, plus a full program for Sportsman racers including a 30 lap feature.

HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler Meet & Greet BBQ presented by Insta-Insulation is also just around the corner, with advance tickets available for the May 31 event. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.

Advanced reserved seat tickets are now on sale for the “Northern Summer Nationals” featuring Tony Stewart on Monday, July 29, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series “Six Nations Showdown” on Tuesday, July 30, and the 9th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14. Tickets for the Bryan Baeumler Meet & Greet BBQ coming up on Friday, May 31 are also available for advance purchase. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and check out our new system for online ticket sales!

Ohsweken Speedway has two custom-built two-seater Sprint Cars available each race night for rides. Please visit www.OhswekenTwoSeater.com to learn how you can take the ride of your life with one of the stars of the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division!

Thursday Night Micro Sprint Racing takes place on the Warm Up Track in the Ohsweken Speedway Pits each week from May 16th to September 5th, and spectator admission is just $5! Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com 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 Sprint Car division at Ohsweken continues for a sixth consecutive season in 2013. Please visit www.CorrPak.ca for more information on the title sponsor of Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway.

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. For solutions to any vehicle transport need, go to Affordable Towing & Recovery. Visit the title sponsor of Thunder Stock racing at Ohsweken 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, and by providing good old-fashioned customer service, HRW has gained a loyal following in the community. Many hundreds of 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’s support of Mini Stock racing at Ohsweken continues for a third consecutive season in 2013. Visit the title sponsor of Mini-Stock Racing at Ohsweken Speedway 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. Track officials are proud to expand their involvement with business owner Gale Hill, who has supported Ohsweken Speedway and its race teams for many years. Call 519-445-2659 for more information on the title sponsor of Bomber racing at Ohsweken.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 18th season of racing begins this Friday, May 17 with 2013 Opening Night, including 25 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, and Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, a 20 lap feature for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 15 lap feature for the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

Weekly Friday night racing at Ohsweken offers affordable, exciting, family entertainment just a short drive from many Mid-Western Ontario locations. Weekly Friday night racing adult general admission is just $12, while seniors and students are $10, and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Spectator gates open @ 6:00p.m., with the first race taking the green flag at 7:30pm this Friday, May 17! Visit the new official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and Feel The Excitement!

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 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.

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Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations