Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 3, 2019) – Ohsweken Speedway is set to kick-off the month of July with a busy evening of Friday Night Excitement as O’Neil’s Farm Equipment and Case IH tractors presented Frankie Turkey Memorial night on July 5. The night will be run once again in honour of the late Frankie Turkey, uncle to track owner Glenn Styres, who passed away following a car accident at just 27 years of age. Frankie introduced Glenn to auto racing at a young age, and remains an inspiration for many parts of Glenn’s business – including the track’s trademark orange colour.
All four Ohsweken weekly divisions will be in action, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. The HRW Automotive Mini Stocks will run double features as they make-up their event from June 28 that was postponed due to rain late in the evening.
Adult admission is just $14 while Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17) are only $10. Kids aged 7-12 are only $3 and Kids 6 and under are free. Race time is 7:30pm. The pit gates open at 5:00pm before the main grandstand opens at 6:00pm. For the full schedule of Ohsweken Speedway events, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
The championship standings in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car division got a shake-up last week when point leader Mack DeMan crashed out of the race on proved to be the final lap of the rain-shortened event. The wreck completely erased DeMan’s lead atop the championship standings and now sees him tied for first with Fenwick’s Jim Huppunen, who scored his first win for Glenn Styres Racing last Friday night. Dylan Westbrook also pulled within five points of the division lead as well with his runner-up result last week. Currently fourth in the standings is Cory Turner, who sits 15 points back of the lead with a win to his credit. Rounding out the top-five is Mitch Brown, who is 22 points back of Turner in fifth. A total of 32 drivers have earned points this season in the 360 Sprint Car division.
Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars
The Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Car division saw a first-time winner last week as Paul Klager visited Mister Transmission Victory Lane. The victory allowed Klager to climb back into the top-five in the point standings as he moved up from sixth to fourth and 27 points back of the division lead. At the top of the standings is Lucas Smith who holds a slim four-point advantage over Fonthill’s Steven Beckett, who continues to enjoy a strong season. In third is Jesse Costa, who sits just 15 points back of the lead despite missing the first week of action. After Klager in fourth is Mount Brydges eighth-grader Nick Sheridan, who sits just a single marker back of Klager in the fifth spot.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
After another impressive performance last week where he won the B-Main before moving on to capture victory in the A-Feature, Dave Bailey extended his point lead atop the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock division’s championship standings to 57 points. Trevor DeBoer continues to be his number chaser in the second spot and has a six-point advantage over Ken Sargent. Caistor Centre driver Jim Lampman has taken the fourth spot, just two points back of Sargent and holds a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Ryan Beagle.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
The HRW Automotive Mini Stocks have a tight points battle that will only get closer this week. The championship standings remain unchanged entering this week’s action after last week’s feature was rained out following the completion of all preliminary qualifying races. The Mini Stocks will start this week’s program with the June 28 feature that has Aidan Nigh and Mike Giberson scheduled to start on the front row. At the completion of the first Feature, the Mini Stocks will then launch into a completely fresh race program with a new set of points and starting positions up for grabs.
Entering the night, Kyle Wert is the point leader with a 26-point gap back to second-place Tim DeBoer. In third is Waterdown’s Tristan Da Silva, who sits just two markers back of DeBoer. Dusty DeBoer currently sits fourth, five points back of Da Silva and 33 points off the lead. Wayde Thorne rounds out the current top-five sitting 52 points back of the division lead.
About O’Neil’s Farm Equipment Case IH: O’Neil’s is the official track maintenance equipment provider of Ohsweken Speedway, and takes pride in being a family-owned business serving their community since 1918. A lot of things have changed over the years, but the principles of their dealership have stayed the same – They believe in serving their customers with honesty and integrity. Their roots were founded in the agriculture business, selling and servicing IH, Case IH, and Case equipment. As their dealership has grown, they have expanded by taking on quality lawn and garden products, and offering a hardware store. Visit the Case IH/O’Neil’s Farm Equipment website at www.ONeils.ca or visit the O’Neil’s Lawn & Garden store at 2461 Hwy 56 in Binbrook, just 20 miles from Ohsweken Speedway.
About MavTV Canada’s All North Racing Powered by Pinty’s
Ohsweken Speedway is excited to announce its Friday Night Excitement racing will be the centerpiece of a new international television broadcast on MavTV Canada called All North Racing powered by Pinty’s. All North Racing will visit Ohsweken for six live broadcasts that will be re-aired multiple times in Canada and the United States. The MavTV broadcasts are scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 22, July 23, August 30 and September 14. These broadcasts include both nights of the Northern Summer Nationals featuring Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu as well as the 15th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. For more information on MavTV Canada, visit www.facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.
Northern Summer Nationals Tickets Available Now
Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu are coming to Ohsweken Speedway for two action-packed nights on July 22-23. All three Sprint Car stars will be in action both nights for two $5,000-to-win 360 Sprint Car shows. Tickets and camping for the Northern Summer Nationals are on sale online at https://ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com/ or can be purchased by phone by calling (519) 717-0023.
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 24th 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 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: Nitro 54 Variety, Ackland Insurance, Arrow Express, Auto Parts Centres, Bradshaw Brothers Fuels, Burger Barn, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Core-Mark International, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, EPIC Racewear, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Grisdale Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Canada, HRW Automotive, Insta-Insulation/Insta-Panels, Jibs Action Sports, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Middleport Mechanical, Miska Trailer Factory, Club 54 Racing, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Renway Energy, Rochester Knighthawks, Strickland’s GMC and Victory Gamez.