KRUCHKA, HUNSINGER, VAN WART, JANSSENS, & THORNE TAKE WINS ON BRADSHAW BROTHERS MEDIA NIGHT

by Tommy Goudge (June 3, 2016) – 114 drivers signed in to race in Media Night presented by Bradshaw Brothers on Friday. Mikey Kruchka, Ryan Hunsinger, Wyatt Van Wart, Jon Janssens, and Wayde Thorne visited Mobil 1 Victory Lane.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA
MEDIA NIGHT
PRESENTED BY BRADSHAW BROTHERS
TOTAL ENTRIES – 114

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KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS (22 entries)
Mikey Kruchka, Glenn Styres, and Dain Naida turned the second half of the 360 Sprint Car A-Feature into a spectacular race, officially trading the lead 5 times in the last 8 laps.

The 20 lap race began with Naida taking the lead, with Dylan Westbrook settling into second, followed by Kruchka, Jim Huppunen, and Kyle Patrick. Behind them, 14th starter Styres passed 8 cars in the first 2 laps. The running order remained static until Westbrook spun in turn four with 7 laps complete. While Westbrook was able to keep moving and restart 7th, Tyler Hendricks was not and brought out the yellow flag.

Kruchka saw a chance to take the lead erased after the restart when John Burbridge, Jr. crashed hard on the frontstretch. Burbridge climbed from his machine uninjured, saying he felt something break before the crash.

Styres moved to third when the race started again, but the pace slowed again just before halfway when Derek Jonathan made contact with the wall in turn two. The stage was then set for the fireworks to come, as the three contenders restarted nose-to-tail.

Trading positions multiple times each lap, Kruchka had the lead at the start/finish line on laps 12 and 16, while Naida got back into the lead in between. Styres threw several slide jobs at Naida and Kruchka before taking the lead on lap 17 and opening a small gap. Meanwhile, Westbrook and Mitch Brown were drawing close to the top 3 as well. Kruchka got around Naida on lap 18 and set his sights on catching Styres, but it seemed to be and impending win for Styres.

Kruchka was still trying to get around a lapped car when the white flag flew, but Styres was forced to check up behind Curtis Gartly exiting turn two, and Kruchka pounced. Styres stayed high behind Gartly entering turn three, and Kruchka dove low to put a slide job on both and emerge with the win in his first Ohsweken start of the season. Styres settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Naida, Westbrook, and Brown.

Heat race wins went to Jim Huppunen, Dylan Westbrook, and Conor Mahoney, while Dain Naida won the Ackland Insurance Top Gun Award. Jake Brown continues to lead both the 360 Sprint Car championship standings and Rookie of the Year standings.

A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 01 Mikey Kruchka (4)
2. 0 Glenn Styres (14)
3. 17x Dain Naida (2)
4. 47x Dylan Westbrook (1)
5. 10 Mitch Brown (12)
6. 33k Kyle Patrick (6)
7. 97 Cory Turner (10)
8. 1-10 Jake Brown (7)
9. 14h Jim Huppunen (8)
10. 5d Dave Dykstra (11)
11. 11 Jamie Turner (20)
12. 91 Ryan Turner (16)
13. 77x Alex Hill (13)
14. 5c Conor Mahoney (5)
15. 6 Curtis Gartly (21)
16. 43 Scott Sherk (17)
17. 2 Lee Winger (15)
18. 38 Tyler Hendricks (3)
DNF. 81 Derek Jonathan (19)
DNF. 9 Steve Lyons (9)
DNF. 21j John Burbridge, Jr. (18)
DNS. 01jr Barry Beck, Jr. (22)
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Dain Naida (1-11, 13-15), Mikey Kruchka (12, 16, 20), Glenn Styres (17-19)

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 14h Jim Huppunen, Welland ON (2), 2. 33k Kyle Patrick, Tilbury ON (1), 3. 97 Cory Turner, Caistor Centre ON (3), 4. 5d Dave Dykstra, Port Colborne ON (5), 5. 10 Mitch Brown, Brantford ON (7), 6. 0 Glenn Styres, Ohsweken ON (8), 7. 81 Derek Jonathan, Lewiston NY (6), 8. 11 Jamie Turner, Caistor Centre ON (4). Time – 1:55.713

INSTA-INSULATION HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 47x Dylan Westbrook, Scotland ON (1), 2. 17x Dain Naida, Tecumseh MI (6), 3. 01 Mikey Kruchka, Hamilton ON (4), 4. 77x Alex Hill, Six Nations ON (2), 5. 91 Ryan Turner, Caistor Centre ON (3), 6. 43 Scott Sherk, Port Colborne ON (5), DNS. 01jr Barry Beck, Jr., Port Colborne ON (7). No Time

STRICKLAND’S GMC HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 5c Conor Mahoney, Hamilton ON (2), 2. 38 Tyler Hendricks, Chatham ON (3), 3. 1-10 Jake Brown, Brantford ON (5), 4. 9 Steve Lyons, Carlisle ON (6), 5. 2 Lee Winger, Caledonia ON (4), 6. 21j John Burbridge, Jr., St. Williams ON (1), DNS. 6 Curtis Gartly, Thamesford ON (7). Time – 2:01.852

ACKLAND INSURANCE β€œTOP GUN” AWARD ($150): Dain Naida

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STRICKLAND’S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (15 entries)
Ryan Hunsinger’s dominance of the Crate Sprint Car division continued with his third consecutive A-Feature win to open the season. Josh Shantz led the first lap before Hunsinger took the lead for the remainder of the 20 lap distance.

Hunsinger opened a large lead while Shantz fell into a joust for the runner-up spot with Holly Porter and Aaron Turkey, but the lead shrunk significantly in the closing laps. Shantz made up a lot of ground while Hunsinger negotiated traffic and tried the outside groove. Hunsinger held on for the win byΒ  0.564 seconds over Shantz, followed by Turkey, Porter, and Jesse McDonald.

Heat race wins went to Brad Herron and Holly Porter, while Jesse McDonald claimed the Ackland Insurance Top Gun Award. Ryan Hunsinger’s Crate Sprint Car championship points lead expanded to 24 markers over Rookie of the Year standings leader Jesse McDonald.

A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (5)
2. 18 Josh Shantz (2)
3. 68 Aaron Turkey (4)
4. 1 Holly Porter (1)
5. 88 Jesse McDonald (8)
6. 12 Brad Herron (3)
7. 55 Mike Thorne (6)
8. 87x Shone Evans (9)
9. 99 Jordan Hill (14)
10. 49h Jerry Hill (12)
11. 8 Hannah Ferrell (13)
12. 5 Alex Schuts (10)
13. 51 Chad Corcoran (15)
DNF. 18x Davey Boughton (7)
DNF. 04x Mike Bell, Jr. (11)
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Josh Shantz (1), Ryan Hunsinger (2-20)

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #1 (6 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 12 Brad Herron, Waterford ON (2), 2. 88 Jesse McDonald, Caledonia ON (5), 3. 68 Aaron Turkey, Ohsweken ON (1), 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger, Stouffville ON (3), 5. 5 Alex Schuts, Oakland ON (4), 6. 49h Jerry Hill, Hagersville ON (6), 7. 8 Hannah Ferrell, Vanessa ON (7), DNS. 51 Chad Corcoran, Milton ON (8). Time – 1:34.670

MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF BRANTFORD & PARIS HEAT RACE #2 (6 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter, Delhi ON (3), 2. 18 Josh Shantz, St. Agatha ON (2), 3. 87x Shone Evans, Scotland ON (6), 4. 55 Mike Thorne, Caledonia ON (1), 5. 18x Davey Boughton, Carlisle ON (4), 6. 04x Mike Bell, Jr., Hagersville ON (7), DNS. 99 Jordan Hill, Ohsweken ON (5). Time – 1:38.156

ACKLAND INSURANCE β€œTOP GUN” AWARD ($100): Jesse McDonald

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AFFORDABLE TOWING & RECOVERY THUNDER STOCKS (26 entries)
Carnage ensued on the first lap of the Thunder Stock A-Feature when Jeremy May and Logan Shwedyk collided and collected at least 8 other cars. Points leader and opening night winner Dave Bailey, and week two winner Ryan Dinning were among those collected. Bailey – who eventually finished 6th – and other drivers used several ensuing yellow flags to go to the pits for repairs, but Dinning was among those who were done for the night.

Jim Lampman held the top spot through several yellow flags, with Karl Sault squeezing to Lampman’s inside several times and trading some paint. While Lampman and Sault fought for real estate close to the inside wall, Wyatt Van Wart drove past both of them on lap 17 and held on to take the win over Jason Lungaro, Sault, Dale Gyokery, and Lampman.

Heat race wins went to Kacey Huffman, Jim Lampman, and Dale Gyokery. Dave Bailey holds a slim 2 point margin over Dale Gyokery in the Thunder Stock championship points standings, while Jason Lungaro has the Rookie of the Year standings lead.

A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (15)
2. 7 Jason Lungaro (22)
3. 81 Karl Sault (11)
4. 88 Dale Gyokery (18)
5. 28 Jim Lampman (12)
6. 49 Dave Bailey (19)
7. 56 Dereck Lemyre (14)
8. 1 Chris Dickie (13)
9. 777x Steve Hess (16)
10. 16 Jeremy May (10)
11. 23 Trevor DeBoer (4)
12. 48 Mike Graham (24)
13. 40 Derek Liverance (7)
14. 66 Brady Longboat (1)
DNF. 73 Mike Taylor (9)
DNF. 13 Kacey Huffman (2)
DNF. 68 Jens Mortensen (5)
DNF. 93k Mike Klazinga (3)
DNF. 85 Tyler Anderson (25)
DNF. 53 Logan Shwedyk (6)
DNF. 8 Ryan Dinning (17)
DNF. 93 Melissa Miller (8)
DNF. 911 Nick Liverance (21)
DNF. 25 Ken Sargent (23)
DNS. 0x0 Mike Ferguson (20)
DNS. 11r Bryce Richardson (26)
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Kacey Huffman (1), Jim Lampman (2-16), Wyatt Van Wart (17-20)

CALEDONIA AUTO SUPPLY HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 13 Kacey Huffman, Brantford ON (3), 2. 93k Mike Klazinga, Caledonia ON (5), 3. 23 Trevor DeBoer, Hagersville ON (6), 4. 68 Jens Mortensen, Binbrook ON (7), 5. 66 Brady Longboat, Ohsweken ON (2), 6. 40 Derek Liverance, Brantford ON (9), 7. 53 Logan Shwedyk, Jerseyville ON (8), 8. 0x0 Mike Ferguson, Hamilton ON (1), DNF. 911 Nick Liverance, Brantford ON (4). Time – 2:47.194

BURGER BARN HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 28 Jim Lampman, Caistor Centre ON (6), 2. 81 Karl Sault, Dundas ON (5), 3. 56 Derek Lemyre, Hamilton ON (8), 4. 1 Chris Dickie, Brantford ON (7), 5. 16 Jeremy May, Binbrook ON (4), 6. 93 Melissa Miller, Six Nations ON (1), 7. 73 Mike Taylor, Burlington ON (3), DNF. 7 Jason Lungaro, Hagersville ON (2), DNS. 85 Tyler Anderson, St. Catharines (9). No Time

METAL WORKS HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 88 Dale Gyokery, Jarvis ON (5), 2. 8 Ryan Dinning, Caledonia ON (4), 3. 777x Steve Hess, Ohsweken ON (3), 4. 49 Dave Bailey, Hagersville ON (6), 5. 04 Wyatt Van Wart, Cambridge ON (2), 6. 25 Ken Sargent, Fenwick ON (7), 7. 48 Mike Graham, Caledonia ON (8), DNS. 11r Bryce Richardson, Port Colborne ON (1). Time – 2:41.927

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HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS (36 entries)
Chris Ryckman made a huge move on the first lap as the Mini Stock field fanned out three and four wide. Ryckman then held the lead until Jon Janssens got around him with three laps remaining in the non-stop 15 lap A-Feature.

Janssens took his first win of the season, while Ryckman settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Brandon Crumbie, Lane Zardo, and Jonathan Ayrton.

Heat race wins went to Trevor Young, Brandon Crumbie, and Brandon Janssens, while Patrick Abrahamsson won the B-Feature. Jon Janssens holds a 3 points margin in the Mini Stock championship points standings over brother Brandon, while Brandon Crumbie is the Rookie of the Year leader.

A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 66 Jon Janssens (14)
2. 93 Chris Ryckman (11)
3. 63 Brandon Crumbie (10)
4. 50 Lane Zardo (18)
5. 21 Jonathan Ayrton (13)
6. 21x Mark Bazuin (15)
7. 66x Brandon Janssens (16)
8. 54 Chris French (9)
9. 49 Gary Hodgson (8)
10. 4 Aaron Rewutzsky (4)
11. 37 Rob Hoskins (12)
12. 2 Matt Nuell (19)
13. 29 Tim Younglbut (2)
14. 60 Martin Schroeder (23)
15. 11p Patrick Abrahamsson (22)
16. 21j Jake Bazuin (24)
17. 96 Brian Crosgrove (21)
18. 90 Chad Smelser (26)
19. 23 Dusty DeBoer (17)
20. 11 Mike Giberson (5)
21. 79 Steve Miller (20)
22. 42 Joe DeBoer (25)
23. 46 Kevin Pauls (27)
24. 17 Michael Taylor (28)
25. 05 Dave Goodacre (1)
26. 9 Tim Deboer (7)
DNF. 51 Trevor Young (3)
DNF. 69 Rob Twitchett (6)
Time – 5:30.080
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Chris Ryckman (1-12), Jon Janssens (13-15)

CALEDONIA AUTO SUPPLY HEAT RACE #1 (6 laps – Top 7 transferred to A-Feature)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 51 Trevor Young, Ancaster ON (3), 2. 4 Aaron Rewutzsky, Simcoe ON (5), 3. 29 Tim Youngblut, Brantford ON (2), 4. 11 Mike Giberson, Caledonia ON (6), 5. 05 Dave Goodacre, Brantford ON (1), 6. 49 Gary Hodgson, London ON (12), 7. 69 Rob Twitchett, Dundas ON (11), 8. 46 Kevin Pauls, Canfield ON (9), 9. 11p Patrick Abrahamsson, Burlington ON (4), 10. 76 Jamie Goudge, London ON (10), DNF. 42 Joe DeBoer, St. George ON (8), DNS. 17 Michael Taylor, Hamilton ON (7). No Time

PINTY’S DELICIOUS FOODS HEAT RACE #2 (6 laps – Top 7 transferred to A-Feature)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 63 Brandon Crumbie, Cookstown ON (6), 2. 54 Chris French, Stratford ON (4), 3. 93 Chris Ryckman, Brantford ON (8), 4. 9 Tim Deboer, Caledonia ON (3), 5. 21 Jonathan Ayrton, Dundas ON (11), 6. 37 Rob Hoskins, Harley ON (9), 7. 66 Jon Janssens, Woodstock ON (12), 8. 26 Tim Nuell, Hagersville ON (1), 9. 60 Martin Schroeder, Beachville ON (10), 10. 90 Chad Smelser, Dunnville ON (2), DNF. 6x Mike Sarantakos, Smithville ON (5), DNS. 88 Adam Nigh, Simcoe ON (7). Time – 2:14.930

EPIC RACEWEAR HEAT RACE #3 (6 laps – Top 7 transferred to A-Feature)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 66x Brandon Janssens, Woodstock ON (2), 2. 21x Mark Bazuin, Caledonia ON (1), 3. 96 Brian Crosgrove, Hamilton ON (12), 4. 2 Matt Nuell, Hamilton ON (9), 5. 23 Dusty Deboer, Hagersville ON (3), 6. 50 Lane Zardo, Hamilton ON (7), 7. 79 Steve Miller, Paris ON (11), 8. 14 Shane Dixon, Cambridge ON (4), 9. 22 Brittani Myers, Hamilton ON (10), 10. 97 Dave Silverthorn, Sr., London ON (6), 11. 31 Devon Bacher, Townsend ON (5), DNF. 21j Jake Bazuin, Caledonia ON (8). No Time

B-FEATURE (6 laps – Top 7 transferred to A-Feature)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 11p Patrick Abrahamsson (1), 2. 60 Martin Schroeder (10), 3. Jake Bazuin (14), 4. 42 Joe DeBoer (3), 5. 90 Chad Smelser (7), 6. 46 Kevin Pauls (4), 7. 17 Michael Taylor (2), 8. 88 Adam Nigh (9), 9. 97 Dave Silverthorn, Sr. (13), 10. 14 Shane Dixon (11), 11. 22 Brittani Myers (15), DNF. 26 Tim Nuell (6), DNF. 31 Devon Bacher (12), DNS. 76 Jamie Goudge (5), DNS. 6x Mike Sarantakos (8). No Time

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GALE’S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS (15 entries)
Dustin Longboat saw his first Bomber A-Feature win dissolve while when Wayde Thorne got by while Longboat was negotiating through slower traffic. Thorne took his second consecutive win, while Longboat settled for the runner-up spot ahead of brother Paul, Jerry Burnham, and Gillian Hils.

Heat race wins went to Gillian Hils and Jerry Burnham. Wayde Thorne holds the Bomber Championship points lead over Paul Longboat, while Joey Wilcox leads the Rookie of the Year chase.

A-FEATURE (12 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 6 Wayde Thorne (12)
2. 155 Dustin Longboat (7)
3. 188 Paul Longboat (9)
4. 14 Jerry Burnham (11)
5. 32 Gillian Hils (6)
6. 19 Kyle Wert (8)
7. 17 Kaleah Syms (5)
8. 37 Jake Maas (13)
9. 37x Nigel Stark (14)
10. 16 Fabio Olivieri (2)
11. 15 Joey Wilcox (4)
12. 01 Tristan Da Silva (3)
13. 22a Ashley Nelson (15)
14. 3 Alex Maas (10)
DNS. 404 Devin Abraham (1)

CALEDONIA AUTO SUPPLY HEAT RACE #1 (6 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 32 Gillian Hils, Dundas ON (6), 2. 155 Dustin Longboat, Ohsweken ON (7), 3. 19 Kyle Wert, Ancaster ON (8), 4. 17 Kaleah Syms, Brantford ON (5), 5. 15 Joey Wilcox, Brantford ON (4), 6. 16 Fabio Olivieri, Hamilton ON (2), 7. 01 Tristan Da Silva, Burlington ON (3), DNS. 404 Devin Abraham, Cambridge ON (1)

RENWAY ENERGY HEAT RACE #2 (6 laps)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 14 Jerry Burnham, Ohsweken ON (3), 2. 188 Paul Longboat, Ohsweken ON (1), 3. 6 Wayde Thorne, Waterford ON (4), 4. 37 Jake Maas, Cambridge ON (5), 5. 37x Nigel Stark, Kitchener ON (6), 6. 22a Ashley Nelson, Hamilton ON (7), DNF. 3 Alex Maas, Cambridge ON (2)

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UP NEXT @ OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY:
Friday, June 10 – Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club Presents:
PST vs. Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak & Hot Rod Cruise Night
– Patriot Sprint Tour vs. Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars 25
– Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars 20
– Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks 20
– HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
– Gale’s Auto Aftermarket 12

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