Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media
By Carin Sundin
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 19, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway officials are pleased to announce this week’s recipient of the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Performer of the Week award is Jacob Dykstra and the No. 5D Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car team.
The weekly award showcases a driver or team that exhibits outstanding effort and performance during Friday Night Excitement events at Ohsweken Speedway.
Last Friday’s Strickland’s GMC Sponsor and Kid’s Bike Night turned out to be an exciting night for the 15-year-old Dykstra from Port Colborne, Ont..
Caleb Wood and Dykstra started on the front row and led the field of 24 cars to the green flag for the 20-Lap Feature. Wood stayed low to take the lead, but by the time they had completed the second lap, Dykstra had taken over the lead and proceeded to lead the field by a straightaway.
A caution was thrown on lap four when Lucas Smith broke on the back straightaway. The restart saw Dykstra, Jesse Costa, Wood, Hannah Ferrell and Brad Herron in the top five. Dykstra took the high side to gain the lead once again and continued to lead despite another caution and restart on lap 12.
With six laps to go, Dykstra had the lead by several car lengths with Costa and Holly Porter battling for the second position.
The caution flag flew on lap 15 and lap 17 but Dykstra maintained the lead on the restarts and furious action was taking place behind him with Costa, Porter and Shone Evans racing side by side for second. Dykstra’s nose wing had dipped down but that did not stop the grade nine graduate from hanging on for his very first victory in the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division.
Jacob, who’s father Dave Dykstra is a former 360 Sprint Car driver, is currently in his second season in the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint class and expressed his gratitude to his Dad who gave up his ride to make it all possible. Congratulations to Jacob Dykstra and the No. 5D team on their first win and best wishes for continued success for the remainder of the 2018 season.
About Gales 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. Call 519-445-2659 for more information.
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.