Ohsweken, Ontario – May 23, 2013 – Ohsweken Speedway’s 18th season began last Friday with 99 cars in the pit area, and great racing in all divisions. This Friday’s event will be even better, as Grisdale Racing presents the “Sportsman Shootout” featuring the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds returning to Ohsweken for the first time since 2008. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers will also join the action-packed night this Friday, May 24.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds return to Ohsweken this Friday for the first time in 5 years. Formerly a weekly division at Ohsweken, the class has produced several current Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division regulars, including 2010 champion Dave Dykstra.

Many Sportsman division regulars at Merrittville Speedway and Humberstone Speedway are expected to compete at the DIRTcar-sanctioned event at Ohsweken this Friday, including Cody McPherson, a former Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stock division champ who won the 2012 DIRTcar Sportsman Series title. Humberstone points leader Gary Lindberg has won two features at the Port Colborne track already this season, and will be another driver to watch at Ohsweken on Friday.

Some other former Ohsweken Speedway champions will be in the Sportsman field on Friday, including 2007 Ohsweken Speedway Sportsman champion Nick Cupolo, 2003 Ohsweken Speedway Mini Stock champion Robbie Rounce, and 2006 Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stock champion A.J. Lewis, who has become a Sportsman regular at Canandaigua Speedway in New York state.

Several drivers who have competed at Ohsweken in Mod-Lites in the past are now Sportsman division regulars expected to compete on Friday, including Adam Leslie, Joey Mastroianni, and Shawn Sliter. Ohsweken’s victory lane has seen Sliter several times after dominating Mod-Lite performances.

The event will also have some American flavour, with Western New York drivers Mark Chiddy and Bob Winters planning to attend.

The most recent Sportsman races at Ohsweken were held in 2008, when Brandon Easey won a 30 lap feature on June 27, and James Michael Friesen took a 50 lap feature win on August 1.

Glenn Styres won another season-opening Sprint Car feature at his home track on Friday, and leads the points standings, followed by defending Sprint Car champion Chris Steele, Mitch Brown, Mikey Kruchka, and Dave Dykstra.

Styres’ victory was his 17th career feature win at Ohsweken, and 4th on opening night.

Cory Turner was able to equal his win total from last season by claiming the feature win on opening night. He leads the Thunder Stock standings over Jim Lampman, Devin Habiuk, Mike Miller, and Lee Winger heading into the second round.

Karl Sault came from the B-Main to finish 8th in last week’s feature, and leads the Rookie of the Year standings as a result.

Davey Boughton got his rookie season in the Mini Stocks started on a good note last week, by claiming the feature in his first try. He leads the Mini Stock standings over Robin Elliott, fellow rookie Alex Schuts, David Goodacre, and Laura Hughes.

Jesse McDonald outlasted Brady Longboat, Dusty DeBoer, and Max Chechalk to take the opening night Bomber feature win, and has the points lead over those drivers as a result, while Tim DeBoer rounds out the top 5.

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.

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. The $15 ticket price includes a meet & greet with Bryan, a BBQ dinner, and admission to the race, plus $2.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Baeumler Family Foundation (BFF), a charity dedicated to enhancing children’s physical and mental well-being. 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 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 Grisdale Racing: Grisdale Racing is a one-stop supplier for high performance and hardcore racing components. A complete line of racing products for the entry-level enthusiast to the full-time professional racer is available. Grisdale Racing offers products and technical assistance for all forms of motorsports competition, and specializes in short track racing, drag racing, road racing, off-road, and street rod applications. Visit the Grisdale Racing website at www.Grisdale.com.

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 continues this Friday, May 24 when Grisdale Racing presents the “Sportsman Shootout”, featuring the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds returning to Ohsweken for the first time since 2008. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers will also join the action-packed night

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 24! 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.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2013 season: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Fuels & Lubricants Heating & Cooling, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Klotz Canada Synthentic Lubricants, and Burger Barn.

Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations