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By Brent Otchere

OHSWEKEN, Ont. (September 9, 2022) – Qwick Wick Fire Starter presented the final event of Ohsweken Speedway’s “regular season” on Friday, September 9; Nelson Mason, Gary Lindberg, Ryan Beagle, and Rodney Rutherford took victories in their A-Main events, while two champions were crowned – the 2022 Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks Championship went to Dave Bailey, and the 2022 HRW Automotive Mini Stocks Championship went to Tyler Lafantaisie.

RoC vs. DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds
Bill Bleich and Noah Mamo made up the front row to start the 30 lap Race of Champions vs. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified A-Main. A five car pileup caused a red flag to come out as the safety crew rushed to the scene. No one was harmed and the racing resumed after a lengthy stoppage. A three-way battle for the second position began to heat up between Adam Leslie, Cody McPherson, and Jay Mallory.

Leslie took advantage of a second restart and took the lead, however Nelson Mason applied pressure, following closely behind in second. Unfortunately another red flag came out as Greg Panunte flipped after colliding with the inside wall of turn one. Panunte was shaken up, but pulled himself out of the wreck as the fans applauded.

After the third restart of the race, Leslie continued to lead until Mason overtook him for the win with two laps to go. Mason proved his versality to everyone, as the former driver of European formula cars is getting it done in a totally different racing discipline. Rounding out the top five were Leslie second, James Friesen third, Bleich fourth, and Brad Rouse in fifth.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds
The front row of the grid featured Todd Gordon and Scott Wood to start the 35 lap 358 Modified A-Main. Gary Lindberg took the lead on the eleventh lap after stalking Wood. Mike Bowman began to work himself closer to the top three as Brad Rouse and Wood began to lose touch with the leader while they battled for the second position.

After biding his time, Bowman took the second position with five laps left to go. Lindberg on the other hand had a commanding win over the field, leaving only four drivers left on the lead lap and a nine second gap to second place. Finishing out the top five were Bowman in second, Wood third, Rouse fourth, and Chad Chevalier fifth.

Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Frank Turkey and Kacey Huffman led the grid to start the 25 lap Thunder Stock A-Main. Tim Phalen took an early lead after starting in the third row. The other driver moving through the field was points leader Dave Bailey, who had advanced to the eighth position. Bailey’s main title rival Ryan Beagle was able to capitalize on two late race restarts and assume the lead. The laps were ticking down as Beagle had a two second lead over Phalen and Kyle Wert, who were battling for the second position.

Bailey drove a conservative race, sitting comfortably in the top ten. Beagle crossed the finish line first to claim wins in consecutive weeks at Ohsweken for the first time in his career. Phalen edged out Wert for second, with Wert taking the final podium spot. Rounding out the top five was Trevor DeBoer in fourth and Christopher Hale in fifth. Bailey clinched his sixth Thunder Stock track championship in a row at Ohsweken Speedway with a sixth place A-Main finish.

HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Steve Miller and Aaron Dickie led the 28 car field to green to start the 20 lap Mini Stock A-Main. A red flag came out early in the race for a crash involving multiple cars, however all the drivers that were involved were unharmed. Jeremy May had moved himself into the lead just before the red flag and restarted the race in the lead. May’s lead was short-lived as row 13 starter Rodney Rutherford had a better restart and took over.

Another red flag appeared with seven laps to go for another multi-car accident, and once again no one harmed but a lot of tension arose between the drivers involved. The dust finally settled after a very exciting race; crossing the line in first was Rutherford for his second Ohsweken win of the season. Rounding out the top five were May, Dusty DeBoer, Nick Erskine, and Tyler Lafantaisie. Lafantaisie clinched his second Mini Stock Track Championship at Ohsweken Speedway and first since 2014.

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Friday, September 9, 2022 – Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
RoC vs. DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds,
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Stock Car Championship Friday
presented by Qwick Wick Fire Starter
Total Entries: 110


RoC vs. DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds (26 Entries)

A-Main [Started] 30 laps – NT
1. 35-Nelson Mason[7]; 2. 15-Adam Leslie[3]; 3. 72-James Friesen[20]; 4. 108-Bill Bleich[1]; 5. 18R-Brad Rouse[12]; 6. 20-Jay Mallory[5]; 7. 0-Xavier Andrews[17]; 8. 1F-Ryan Ferri[9]; 9. 7-Cody McPherson[8]; 10. 09-Trevor Wright[21]; 11. 17C-Jordan Cosco[18]; 12. 8S-Justin Sharp[14]; 13. 21-Spencer Smolders[11]; 14. 2K-Rob Knapp[23]; 15. 66P-Jeff Panunte[13]; 16. 99PJR-Matteo Panunte[26]; 17. 3N-Noah Mamo[2]; 18. 68-Curtis Friesen[19]; 19. 25-Chris Hawkins[16]; 20. 99P-Greg Panunte[10]; 21. 21P-Tyler Puchalski[4]; 22. 23N-Nathan Peattie[24]; 23. 20W-Nathan Lambert[22]; 24. 74-Taylor Vanderzanden[15]; 25. 22-Terry Smith[6]; 26. 49-Doug Walsh Jr[25]
Hard Charger – James Friesen + 17

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – NT
1. 99P-Greg Panunte[1]; 2. 18R-Brad Rouse[2]; 3. 21P-Tyler Puchalski[4]; 4. 21-Spencer Smolders[3]; 5. 66P-Jeff Panunte[6]; 6. 25-Chris Hawkins[9]; 7. 68-Curtis Friesen[5]; 8. 20W-Nathan Lambert[7]; 9. (DNF) 49-Doug Walsh Jr[8]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – 2:16.694
1. 15-Adam Leslie[1]; 2. 1F-Ryan Ferri[2]; 3. 3N-Noah Mamo[3]; 4. 35-Nelson Mason[5]; 5. 8S-Justin Sharp[8]; 6. 0-Xavier Andrews[6]; 7. 72-James Friesen[4]; 8. 2K-Rob Knapp[9]; 9. 99PJR-Matteo Panunte[7]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps – NT
1. 7-Cody McPherson[2]; 2. 108-Bill Bleich[1]; 3. 20-Jay Mallory[4]; 4. 22-Terry Smith[3]; 5. 74-Taylor Vanderzanden[5]; 6. 17C-Jordan Cosco[7]; 7. 09-Trevor Wright[6]; 8. 23N-Nathan Peattie[8]

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (12 Entries)

A-Main [Started] 35 laps – NT
1. 37S-Gary Lindberg[3]; 2. 71-Mike Bowman[6]; 3. 38-Scott Wood[2]; 4. 18R-Brad Rouse[5]; 5. 12-Chad Chevalier[4]; 6. 3RS-Dalton Slack[7]; 7. 28-Todd Gordon[1]; 8. 26C-Luke Carleton[10]; 9. 2X-Tom Neale[8]; 10. 74-David Flannigan[9]; 11. 96-Fred Carleton[11]; 12. 0-Glenn Styres[12]Hard Charger – Mike Bowman + 4

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – 2:27.852
1. 37S-Gary Lindberg[3]; 2. 38-Scott Wood[2]; 3. 71-Mike Bowman[1]; 4. 3RS-Dalton Slack[4]; 5. 74-David Flannigan[5]; 6. 96-Fred Carleton[6]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – NT
1. 18R-Brad Rouse[2]; 2. 28-Todd Gordon[1]; 3. 12-Chad Chevalier[6]; 4. 2X-Tom Neale[5]; 5. 26C-Luke Carleton[4]; 6. 0-Glenn Styres[3]


Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks (34 Entries)

A-Main [Started] 25 laps – NT
1. 84RK-Ryan Beagle[19]; 2. 427-Tim Phalen[6]; 3. 19-Kyle Wert[14]; 4. 23-Trevor DeBoer[17]; 5. 79-Christopher Hale[11]; 6. 49-Dave Bailey[18]; 7. 28D-Donny Lampman[10]; 8. 37-Robert Hoskins[15]; 9. 11-Gofast Teeple[4]; 10. 28-Jim Lampman[12]; 11. 97-Ron Loggie[13]; 12. 25-Ken Sargent[7]; 13. 108-Zach Bleich[9]; 14. 55-Mike Thorne[5]; 15. 93-Melissa Miller[26]; 16. 41-Adam Plazek[3]; 17. 711-Seth Lanoue[22]; 18. 13-Kacey Huffman[2]; 19. 72-Marcel Gaudet 72G[21]; 20. 75-Ryan Berry[27]; 21. 43-Kyle Andress[28]; 22. 17-Frank Turkey[1]; 23. 32-Mark Fawcett[8]; 24. 27-Shawn Jones[20]; 25. 53-Logan Shwedyk[16]; 26. 93F-Calvin Fox[25]; 27. 92-Paige Lanoue[23]; 28. 55X-Braeban Burning[24]
Hard Charger – Ryan Beagle + 18

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – 3:03.173
1. 13-Kacey Huffman[2]; 2. 41-Adam Plazek[3]; 3. 55-Mike Thorne[7]; 4. 17-Frank Turkey[1]; 5. 427-Tim Phalen[8]; 6. 11-Gofast Teeple[5]; 7. 43-Kyle Andress[4]; 8. 75-Ryan Berry[9]; 9. 24K-Kai Bomberry[6]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – 2:55.220
1. 25-Ken Sargent[2]; 2. 108-Zach Bleich[6]; 3. 32-Mark Fawcett[3]; 4. 79-Christopher Hale[8]; 5. 28D-Donny Lampman[7]; 6. 28-Jim Lampman[9]; 7. 93-Melissa Miller[1]; 8. 17W-Travis Whittal[4]; 9. (DNF) 93K-Mike Klazinga[5]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps – 2:56.849
1. 49-Dave Bailey[8]; 2. 97-Ron Loggie[1]; 3. 37-Robert Hoskins[4]; 4. 53-Logan Shwedyk[5]; 5. 19-Kyle Wert[2]; 6. 23-Trevor DeBoer[7]; 7. G8-Gino Duguay[6]; 8. (DNF) 93F-Calvin Fox[3]

Heat Race 4 [Started] 8 laps – 2:45.730
1. 84RK-Ryan Beagle[1]; 2. 27-Shawn Jones[5]; 3. 72-Marcel Gaudet 72G[4]; 4. 711-Seth Lanoue[7]; 5. 92-Paige Lanoue[6]; 6. 55X-Braeban Burning[3]; 7. 77-Carson Thompson[8]; 8. 21-Blake Bomberry Sr[2]

B-Main [Started] 8 laps – NT
1. 93F-Calvin Fox[7]; 2. 93-Melissa Miller[4]; 3. 75-Ryan Berry[3]; 4. 43-Kyle Andress[1]; 5. 17W-Travis Whittal[5]; 6. G8-Gino Duguay[8]; 7. 93K-Mike Klazinga[6]; 8. 24K-Kai Bomberry[2]; 9. (DNF) 21-Blake Bomberry Sr[10]; 10. (DNF) 77-Carson Thompson[9]

HRW Automotive Mini Stocks (38 Entries)

A-Main [Started] 20 laps – NT
1. 24-Rodney Rutherford[25]; 2. 10J-Jeremy May[7]; 3. 23-Dusty DeBoer[16]; 4. 64-Nick Erskine[11]; 5. 96-Tyler Lafantaisie[19]; 6. N64-Dylan Bonner[21]; 7. 188-Paul Longboat[4]; 8. 7-Jordan Denobriga[24]; 9. 6X-Mike Sarantakos[5]; 10. 79-Steve Miller[1]; 11. 12-Don Deagle[27]; 12. 69-Rob Twitchett[3]; 13. 265-Mike Evers[26]; 14. 21H-Ryan Hillar[9]; 15. 27-Niko Hansen[10]; 16. 44-Craig Vlasic[23]; 17. 60-Brandon Janssens[22]; 18. 9-Tim DeBoer[14]; 19. 11-Mike Giberson[6]; 20. 01-Tristan DaSilva[12]; 21. 46-Ashton Dickie[2]; 22. 10X-Jeremy Hughes[17]; 23. 4T-Wayde Thorne[13]; 24. 51-Eric Yorke[18]; 25. 09-Clinton Barrick[20]; 26. 52-Rick VanKleef[28]; 27. 1-Jason Tolton[8]; 28. 16-Fabio Olivieri[15]
Hard Charger – Rodney Rutherford + 24

Heat Race 1 [Started] 6 laps – 2:12.650
1. 46-Ashton Dickie[2]; 2. 11-Mike Giberson[6]; 3. 69-Rob Twitchett[3]; 4. 6X-Mike Sarantakos[5]; 5. 79-Steve Miller[1]; 6. 188-Paul Longboat[4]; 7. 52-Rick VanKleef[9]; 8. 12-Don Deagle[8]; 9. 54-Christopher French[10]; 10. 81D-Crystal Soules[7]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 6 laps – 2:19.363
1. 1-Jason Tolton[2]; 2. 10J-Jeremy May[1]; 3. 64-Nick Erskine[7]; 4. 21H-Ryan Hillar[5]; 5. 01-Tristan DaSilva[8]; 6. 27-Niko Hansen[6]; 7. 11E-Jeff Elsliger[9]; 8. 13-Broden Weiler[3]; 9. 265-Mike Evers[4]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 6 laps – NT
1. 10X-Jeremy Hughes[5]; 2. 9-Tim DeBoer[1]; 3. 16-Fabio Olivieri[3]; 4. 23-Dusty DeBoer[4]; 5. 96-Tyler Lafantaisie[7]; 6. 51-Eric Yorke[6]; 7. 24-Rodney Rutherford[8]; 8. 4-Mason Anderson[9]; 9. 77-Scott Brown[2]

Heat Race 4 [Started] 6 laps – 2:16.137
1. 09-Clinton Barrick[1]; 2. 4T-Wayde Thorne[10]; 3. N64-Dylan Bonner[2]; 4. 60-Brandon Janssens[5]; 5. 44-Craig Vlasic[8]; 6. 7-Jordan Denobriga[4]; 7. 7B-Cierra Keus[6]; 8. 5-Joey Wilcox[9]; 9. JR188-Dylaney Longboat[7]; 10. 555-Westle Burning[3]

B-Main [Started] 6 laps – NT
1. 24-Rodney Rutherford[9]; 2. 265-Mike Evers[6]; 3. 12-Don Deagle[2]; 4. 52-Rick VanKleef[3]; 5. 7B-Cierra Keus[10]; 6. 77-Scott Brown[8]; 7. 13-Broden Weiler[5]; 8. JR188-Dylaney Longboat[13]; 9. 5-Joey Wilcox[12]; 10. 555-Westle Burning[14]; 11. (DNF) 11E-Jeff Elsliger[7]; 12. (DNF) 4-Mason Anderson[11]; 13. (DNF) 54-Christopher French[4]; 14. (DNF) 81D-Crystal Soules[1]


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#OHS2022 Season
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About Ohsweken Speedway: Opened in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex and event centre featuring a 3/8 mile clay oval auto racing track and 1/6 mile clay oval Micro Sprint and Karting track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, and Mini Stocks, while the facility also hosts weekly Micro Sprint and Kart racing on Thursday nights. Several major events highlight the annual schedule including the track’s signature event – the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

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