PORT COLBORNE, Ont. (September 30, 2022) – Paulie Colagiovanni didn’t take long to get accustomed to Humberstone Speedway; the driver from Cicero, New York had never seen the track before, but took the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series win on Friday night.
Mitch Brown and Nick Sheridan drew front row starting positions for the 25 lap A-Main, and Brown took the early lead. Traffic was looming for Brown, but a yellow flag came out when Jim Huppunen spun and collected Ryan Turner.
Brown had clear track again for the restart, with Sheridan, Colagivanni, row five starter Jordan Poirier, and D.J. Christie in the top five. Brown stuck to the low side while Colagiovanni moved up high; Brown continued to keep Colagiovanni at bay until the red flag came out for Huppunen, who hit the inside guard rail and appeared to flip.
Poirier had advanced to third for the restart, but appeared to clip the inside guard rail exiting turn four; the resulting damage ended Poirier’s race, and his bid to remain undefeated at Humberstone. Colagiovanni pounced on Brown shortly after the restart and led the remainder of the race, although traffic did allow Brown to close in over the last few laps and keep the race in doubt.
The win was Colagiovanni’s third on the Knights of Thunder tour, and first away from Ohsweken Speedway. Brown’s runner-up finish allowed him to pad his lead in the championship standings over Cory Turner and Ryan Turner. D.J. Christie rounded out the podium driving a Glenn Styres Racing entry; engine problems with his own car had previously threatened to end his season. Sheridan and Matt Farnham rounded out the top five.
The 2022 Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series championship will be decided on Saturday, October 1 in the season finale at Humberstone Speedway. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.
Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series
Statistical Report – Saturday, September 30, 2022
Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
A-Main [Started] 25 laps
1. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni; 2. 10-Mitch Brown; 3. 0J-DJ Christie; 4. 45-Nick Sheridan; 5. 7NY-Matt Farnham; 6. 45H-Chuck Hebing; 7. 0-Glenn Styres; 8. 90-Travis Cunningham; 9. 110-Jake Brown; 10. 68-Aaron Turkey; 11. 88H-Josh Hansen; 12. 87-Jason Barney; 13. 9-Liam Martin; 14. 87X-Shone Evans; 15. 11J-Chris Jones; 16. 13-Cory Turner; 17. 84-Tyler Rand; 18. 15-Ryan Turner; 19. 11-Jamie Turner; 20. 24-Ben Silliker; 21. (DNF) 28-Jordan Poirier; 22. (DNF) 14H-Jim Huppunen; 23. (DNS) 19-Allan Downey; (DNS) 01K Mikey Kruchka
Heats: 1. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 2. 0J-DJ Christie, 3. 87X-Shone Evans
Saturday, October 1, 2022 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario
About the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series: Founded in 2021, the Knights of Thunder series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. Each points-paying event on the 2022 schedule will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start, and all events will be broadcast live on GForceTV. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2023 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2022 Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series is made possible with the support of Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Hoosier Tire Canada, Burger Barn, Nitro 54 Variety, Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet, and EPIC Racewear. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.
Report from Tommy Goudge