Ohsweken Officials Disappointed After Rico Abreu Withdraws From Events
OHSWEKEN, Ont. – July 21, 2017 – Ohsweken Speedway is excited to welcome Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series multi-time winner Kyle Larson for two big nights of Sprint Car racing at the 3/8-mile clay oval on Monday July 24 in the Burger Barn Northern Summer Nationals and Tuesday July 25 in the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. Ohsweken officials are, however, disappointed to announce Rico Abreu has withdrawn from his commitment to race at both events.
“Due to recent personnel changes within Rico Abreu Racing, we’re unable to participate in the upcoming races on July 24-25 at Ohsweken Speedway,” Rico Abreu said in a statement. “This has impacted our preparation for these events. We realize not being able to appear at Ohsweken Speedway will be disappointing to the fans who already purchased tickets to see us race, but we hope to be in Canada to race at Ohsweken next year.”
Ohsweken Speedway officials were stunned to learn of Abreu’s decision Thursday night.
“To say we are disappointed in an understatement,” said Ohsweken Speedway General Manager Clinton Geoffrey. “We were shocked to hear about this turn of events. Our management staff at Ohsweken immediately contacted Kyle Larson’s team who have confirmed that he will be ready to compete on Monday and Tuesday.”
Despite Abreu’s absence, Ohsweken officials are pleased to confirm that four-time Knoxville Nationals champion ‘The Dude’ Danny Lasoski of Dover, Missouri will drive a Hoddick Racing entry for both events. In addition to his four Knoxville crowns, three of which came with Tony Stewart Racing, Lasoski is also a former full-time World of Outlaws competitor who is seventh on the Series’ all-time win list with 90 Feature victories.
A healthy contingent of local and Northeastern stars will be in attendance for both shows to battle with Larson. The hottest 360 Sprint Car driver in the Northeast and current Ohsweken Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak Sprint Car point leader Dylan Westbrook will try to defend his home turf against Larson. Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint point leader Jason Barney has also confirmed his attendance and plans to hunt down Larson for the third Ohsweken win of his career.
The following the night, the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series roll into town for the 11th straight season. Eight-time and defending Outlaw champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND will be gunning to repeat his 2016 victory and continue on the lucrative pace he has set to start Sprint Car racing’s Month of Money.
Full-time Outlaw and former Canadian Sprint Car Nationals winner Shane Stewart of Bixby, OK will also be a top contender when he unloads his Larson Marks Racing No.2. Stewart will look to upset his boss, Larson, for the victory at the Big O. In addition, Dylan Westbrook will get his chance to show the Outlaws the fast way around Ohsweken as he will have a 410ci motor under the hood of his popular No.47x.
Tickets Available Now!
Plenty of excellent Advanced reserved seats are still available for the Northern Summer Nationals on July 24 and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Six Nations Showdown on July 25 both featuring Kyle Larson, Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order. For the full 2017 Ohsweken Speedway schedule of events, click here.
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 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 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.
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Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2017: 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, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.