Photos by Dale Calnan (www.imagefactormedia.com)

By Brent Otchere with files from Tommy Goudge

OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 1, 2022) – The long-awaited 16th Running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals did not disappoint on Friday night at Ohsweken Speedway. Drivers from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, New York, and Pennsylvania all came together for this special event, which was almost two years in the making. Ryan Turner took the $10,000 prize in the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series debut at Ohsweken, while Jacob Dykstra won the Action Sprint Tour fueled by Pinty’s A-Main, and Gary Lindberg got the DIRTcar 358 Modified win.

Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series
Ryan Turner and Matt Farnham earned front row starting spots in the Pole Dash for the first Knights of Thunder A-Main at Ohsweken. 30 drivers qualified for the 35 lap A-Main, all of them racing to be crowned the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals champion and claim the $10,000 prize. Ryan Turner took an early lead until a caution came out when his father Jamie Turner clipped the wall and ended his race. Ryan’s brother Cory Turner, Todd Hoddick, and Ryan Coniam made major gains from their starting positions, however it was Ryan Turner who pulled away from the pack. The race ended on a green-white-checkered finish after Liam Martin brought out the caution with two laps to go. Ryan Turner once again drove away from the field to secure his first Canadian Sprint Car Nationals win. Paulie Colagiovanni took second, followed by Dylan Westbrook in third, Matt Farnham fourth, and Nick Sheridan fifth.

-Mack DeMan’s quick time in Qualifications earned him both the Qwick Wick Fastest Qualifier Award and the Fastest Canadian Qualifier Award.
-Cory Turner won the new Larry Gartly Memorial Last Chance Hard Charger Award presented by Doddey Creek Agri Services for advancing from the B-Main and gaining the most combined positions between the B-Main and A-Main. Turner won the B-Main from eighth on the grid and then drove from 25th to finish eighth in the A-Main. Turner also won the Nitro 54 Variety Hard Charger Award for his A-Main gain.
-Jared Zimbardi continued his streak of competing at the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, and is now the only driver to compete in all 16 editions of the event.
-All A-Main starters received a $100 Travel Bonus from DBD Systems (www.dbdsystems.com) in Memory of super fan Brian Dempsey.

Action Sprint Tour fueled by Pinty’s
The Action Sprint Tour Series returned back to Ohsweken Speedway for the first time, and it was Jacob Dykstra who brought the 24 car field to the green flag with Ryan Fraser starting second. Lucas Smith performed a slide job to gain two positions on the first lap to steal the lead. Smith’s lead was short-lived as Seth Roy spun and brought the caution out; Dykstra took the restart as his opportunity to regain the lead and ultimately win the race. Dykstra drove his car to Qwick Wick Victory Lane and picked up the $2,000 grand prize, while Matt Billings had a well-deserved second place finish after starting fifteenth. Smith finished third, while Jesse Costa finished fourth after passing 15 cars, and A.J. Lewis took fifth.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds
Brad Rouse and Todd Gordon led the field to the green flag for the 20 lap 358 Modified A-Main; the small blocks roared to life down the Ohsweken Speedway frontstretch in the final race of the night, and Gordon passed Rouse to become the race leader. Chad Chevalier began to cut through the pack, passing five cars and taking the lead from Gordon. After losing the lead Gordon quickly began to fade into the back of the pack. Things went from bad to worse for Gordon when out of nowhere his front right wheel broke off and sent him flipping into the wall along the front stretch. The red flag came out immediately as the safety crew rushed to Gordon’s aid, and the crowd cheered and applauded as Gordon pulled himself out of the wreckage. He appeared physically okay but shaken up as he gave his trackside interview. The race restarted with six laps left, and Gary Lindberg moved forward to take the win. Tyler Willard was able to make a late pass for second place, while Chevalier settled for third. Danny O’Brien finished fourth and Brad Rouse rounded out the top five.

Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Strickland’s presents Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Race Safe Bicycle Night! on Friday, July 8 featuring the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.com for more information.

Ohsweken Speedway Statistical Report
Friday, July 1, 2022
Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
16th Running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals
presented by Burger Barn
Total Entries: 79


Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series (32 Entries)

A-Main [Started] 35 laps – NT
1. 91-Ryan Turner[1]; 2. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[4]; 3. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[6]; 4. 7NY-Matt Farnham[2]; 5. 45-Nick Sheridan[5]; 6. 46C-Ryan Coniam[16]; 7. 01K-Mikey Kruchka[10]; 8. 13-Cory Turner[25]; 9. 20AU-Brayden Cooley[11]; 10. 17X-Mack DeMan[3]; 11. 10-Mitch Brown[9]; 12. 1 10-Jake Brown[8]; 13. 94-Todd Hoddick[24]; 14. 90-Travis Cunningham[20]; 15. 88H-Josh Hansen[12]; 16. 14H-Jim Huppunen[13]; 17. 68-Aaron Turkey[23]; 18. 1-Holly Porter[17]; 19. 87X-Shone Evans[21]; 20. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[14]; 21. 70-Baily Heard[18]; 22. 84-Tyler Rand[26]; 23. 5-DJ Christie[22]; 24. 0-Glenn Styres[29]; 25. 9-Liam Martin[15]; 26. 70MM-Dave McKnight Jr[27]; 27. (DNF) 35-Jared Zimbardi[28]; 28. (DNF) 24-Ben Silliker[30]; 29. (DNF) 11-Jamie Turner[7]; 30. (DNF) 21-John Burbridge Jr[19]
Lap Leaders – Ryan Turner 1-35
Hard Charger – Cory Turner + 17

-Fastest Qualifier Award: Mack DeMan ($300 from Qwick Wick Fire Starter)
-Fastest Canadian Qualifier Award: Mack DeMan ($300 from Ohsweken Speedway)
-Hard Charger Award: Cory Turner ($300 from Nitro 54 Variety)
-Larry Gartly Memorial Last Chance Hard Charger Award: Cory Turner ($200 from Doddey Creek Agri Services)

Qualifications Flight 1
1. 17X-Mack DeMan – Mississauga – 14.048; 2. 45-Nick Sheridan – Mount Brydges – 14.076; 3. 5D-Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne – 14.093; 4. 90-Travis Cunningham – Grimsby – 14.114; 5. 01K-Mikey Kruchka – Hamilton – 14.151; 6. 88H-Josh Hansen – Beamsville – 14.286; 7. 1-Holly Porter – Dorchester – 14.287; 8. 13-Cory Turner – Tillsonburg – 14.351; 9. 94-Todd Hoddick – Cheektowaga, New York – 14.357; 10. 10-Mitch Brown – Brantford – 14.418; 11. 46C-Ryan Coniam – Burlington – 14.437; 12. 14H-Jim Huppunen – Welland – 14.445; 13. 0-Glenn Styres – Ohsweken – 14.514; 14. 70-Baily Heard – Niagara Falls – 14.569;  15. 84-Tyler Rand, Picton – 14.587; 16. 70MM-Dave McKnight – Brampton – 14.669

Qualifications Flight 2
1. 9-Liam Martin – Binbrook – 14.094; 2. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni – Cicero, New York – 14.226; 3. 47X-Dylan Westbrook – Scotland – 14.240; 4. 35-Jared Zimbardi – Bradford, Pennsylvania – 14.438; 5. 87X-Shone Evans – Scotland – 14.466; 6. 20AU-Brayden Cooley – Kirkstall, Victoria, Australia – 14.474; 7. 91-Ryan Turner – Dunnville – 14.480; 8. 5-DJ Christie – Beachville – 14.568; 9. 110-Jake Brown – Brantford – 14.611; 10. 7NY-Matt Farnham – Tonawanda, New York – 14.829; 11. 15-Dan Nanticoke – Ohsweken – 14.837; 12. 68-Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken – 14.843; 13. 21-John Burbridge Jr – St. Williams – 15.054; 14. 11 Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre – 15.149; 15. 24 Ben Silliker – Grande Prairie, Alberta – 15.341; 16. 46 Kevin Pauls – St. Catharines – 15.577

Heat Race 1 [Started] 10 laps – 2:36.350
1. 17X-Mack DeMan[4]; 2. 01K-Mikey Kruchka[2]; 3. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[3]; 4. 1-Holly Porter[1]; 5. 46C-Ryan Coniam[6]; 6. 94-Todd Hoddick[5]; 7. 84-Tyler Rand[8]; 8. 0-Glenn Styres[7]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 10 laps – NT
1. 45-Nick Sheridan[4]; 2. 88H-Josh Hansen[2]; 3. 10-Mitch Brown[5]; 4. 14H-Jim Huppunen[6]; 5. 90-Travis Cunningham[3]; 6. 70-Baily Heard[7]; 7. 70M&M-Dave McKnight Jr[8]; 8. (DNF) 13-Cory Turner[1]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 10 laps – NT
91-Ryan Turner[1]; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[3]; 3. 1 10-Jake Brown[5]; 4. 9-Liam Martin[4]; 5. 87X-Shone Evans[2]; 6. 21-John Burbridge Jr[7]; 7. (DNF) 24-Ben Silliker[8]; 8. (DNF) 15-Dan Nanticoke[6]

Heat Race 4 [Started] 10 laps – 2:38.099
1. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[4]; 2. 20AU-Brayden Cooley[2]; 3. 7NY-Matt Farnham[5]; 4. 11-Jamie Turner[8]; 5. 5-DJ Christie[1]; 6. 68-Aaron Turkey[6]; 7. 35-Jared Zimbardi[3]; 8. 46-Kevin Pauls[7]

B-Main [Started] 12 laps – NT
1. 13-Cory Turner[8]; 2. 84-Tyler Rand[3]; 3. 70M&M-Dave McKnight Jr[1]; 4. 35-Jared Zimbardi[4]; 5. 0-Glenn Styres[5]; 6. 24-Ben Silliker[2]; 7. 15-Dan Nanticoke[7]; 8. 46-Kevin Pauls[6]

Action Sprint Tour Crate Sprint Cars (37 Entries)
A-Main [Started] 25 laps
1. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[1]; 2. 52-Matt Billings[15]; 3. 49L-Lucas Smith[3]; 4. 4-Jesse Costa[19]; 5. 24A-AJ Lewis[2]; 6. 2M-Steve Murdock[11]; 7. 7-Eric Gledhill[6]; 8. BS39-Brett Stratford[21]; 9. 39-Jonah Mutton[17]; 10. 19D-Allan Downey[4]; 11. 19-Mathieu Bardier[5]; 12. 94-Ryan Fraser[16]; 13. 26X-Terry Baker[23]; 14. 88-Lance Erskine[24]; 15. 74-Rob Neely[7]; 16. 77T-Tyeller Powless[20]; 17. 28-Jordan Hill[22]; 18. 16R-Seth Roy[13]; 19. MK8-Matt Hill[14]; 20. 20-Johnny Miller[9]; 21. 7W-Caleb Wood[18]; 22. (DNF) 99-Joshua Hill[10]; 23. (DNF) 45-Curtis Gartly[12]; 24. (DNS) 12DD-Darren Dryden
Hard Charger – Jesse Costa + 15

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps
1. 7-Eric Gledhill[2]; 2. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[4]; 3. 16R-Seth Roy[1]; 4. 52-Matt Billings[3]; 5. 99-Joshua Hill[9]; 6. 28-Jordan Hill[6]; 7. 08-Steven Beckett[8]; 8. 16X-Keegan Baker[10]; 9. (DNF) 9C-Brian Nanticoke[5]; 10. (DNF) 3S-Austin Roes[7]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps
1. 12DD-Darren Dryden[4]; 2. 20-Johnny Miller[2]; 3. 49L-Lucas Smith[8]; 4. 39-Jonah Mutton[1]; 5. 4-Jesse Costa[5]; 6. 88-Lance Erskine[9]; 7. 2-Travis Hofstetter[3]; 8. 77E-Ashton VanEvery[7]; 9. 26X-Terry Baker[6]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps
1. 74-Rob Neely[2]; 2. 2M-Steve Murdock[1]; 3. 45-Curtis Gartly[3]; 4. MK8-Matt Hill[4]; 5. 94-Ryan Fraser[6]; 6. 50LS-Adrian Stahle[5]; 7. 51-Trevor Young[8]; 8. 97-Sheldon Bender[7]; 9. (DNS) 48-Andrew Marshall

Heat Race 4 [Started] 8 laps
1. 19D-Allan Downey[5]; 2. 19-Mathieu Bardier[3]; 3. 24A-AJ Lewis[6]; 4. 7W-Caleb Wood[1]; 5. 77T-Tyeller Powless[2]; 6. 4B-Darrell Pelletier[4]; 7. BS39-Brett Stratford[7]; 8. 29W-Tyler Ward[8]; 9. 69K-Chris Ralph[9]

B-Main [Started] 12 laps
1. BS39-Brett Stratford[7]; 2. 28-Jordan Hill[2]; 3. 26X-Terry Baker[11]; 4. 88-Lance Erskine[1]; 5. 9C-Brian Nanticoke[12]; 6. 4B-Darrell Pelletier[6]; 7. 50LS-Adrian Stahle[3]; 8. 08-Steven Beckett[4]; 9. 77E-Ashton VanEvery[10]; 10. 3S-Austin Roes[13]; 11. 2-Travis Hofstetter[8]; 12. 51-Trevor Young[5]; 13. 16X-Keegan Baker[15]; 14. 29W-Tyler Ward[9]; 15. 69K-Chris Ralph[17]; 16. 97-Sheldon Bender[16]; 17. (DNS) 48-Andrew Marshall

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (10 Entries)
A-Main [Started] 20 laps
1. 37S-Gary Lindberg[4]; 2. 33-Tyler Willard[5]; 3. 12-Chad Chevalier[6]; 4. 3RS-Danny O’Brien[3]; 5. 18R-Brad Rouse[1]; 6. 0-Glenn Styres[10]; 7. 2COOL-Derek VanMil[8]; 8. (DNF) 28-Todd Gordon[2]; 9. (DNF) 0S-Jay Mallory[7]; 10. (DNF) 72-Tanner Podwinski[9]
Hard Charger – Glenn Styres + 4

Heat Race [Started] 8 laps
1. 3RS-Danny O’Brien[1]; 2. 37S-Gary Lindberg[3]; 3. 12-Chad Chevalier[8]; 4. 18R-Brad Rouse[7]; 5. 28-Todd Gordon[10]; 6. 33-Tyler Willard[5]; 7. 0S-Jay Mallory[2]; 8. 2COOL-Derek VanMil[9]; 9. 72-Tanner Podwinski[6]; 10. (DNS) 0-Glenn Styres


New Electronic Pit Waiver
Please click this link to sign the Annual Pit Waiver if you plan on entering the Pit Area for any reason in 2022: https://ohsspeed.speedwaiver.com/kinxf

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#OHS2022 Season
The 25th season of weekly Friday Night Excitement at Ohsweken Speedway features four regular racing divisions, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Several special events also highlight the 2022 schedule including the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, and the dirt track debut of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca for more information.

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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Racing at Ohsweken Speedway is made possible with support from the following partners: Ackland Insurance, Arrow Express, Nitro 54 Variety, 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, Ohsweken Speedway Racesource, Halifax Thunderbirds, Hoosier Tire Canada, HRW Automotive, Insta-Insulation/Insta-Panels, Jibs Action Sports, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Middleport Mechanical, Miska Trailer Factory, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Renway Energy, Strickland’s GMC, Club 54 Racing, Oakwood Transport, and Safety-Kleen.