Sam Hafertepe Jr. (left) and Mark Smith (right) earned Sprint Car wins and guaranteed starting spots in the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Sam Hafertepe Jr. (left) and Mark Smith (right) earned Sprint Car wins and guaranteed starting spots in the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media

Smith, Hafertepe Jr., Hebing, DeBoer And Wert Win At Burger Barn Night Before The Nationals

Written by  Clayton Johns Media on Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:29

OHSWEKEN, Ont. (September 14, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway kicked off it’s biggest weekend of the season with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals as part of the 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend presented by Nitro 54 Variety.

A total of 133 drivers were signed into the pit area, including 65 360 Sprint Cars.

The Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars headlined the night with twin 15-lap Features as drivers battled for one of two guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s 35-lap and $10,000 USD-to-win, $1,000 USD-to-start main event. When the dust settled, it was Mark Smith who won the first Feature and Sam Hafertepe Jr. who claimed victory in the second Feature. Those two drivers will start no worse than row five in Saturday’s A-Feature. Chuck Hebing started the night with a win in the rescheduled Patriot Sprint Tour Feature from July 20.

The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks battled in their final 20-lap Feature of the event where Trevor DeBoer scored the win. Dave Bailey was officially crowned the division’s champion for the fourth consecutive season.

The HRW Automotive Mini Stock championship title came right down to the final Feature of the season. Kyle Wert scored the 15-lap Feature win while it was Matt Nuell who, unofficially, claimed the championship.

Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars Twin 15-Lap Features

Mark Smith and Jordan Thomas started on the front row of the first 15-lap A-Feature. Smith and Thomas swapped the lead on the opening lap with Smith in the top spot at the line. The two drivers raced side-by-side for the lead on lap four and a straightaway ahead of a three-car battle for third between Jared Zimbardi, Davie Franek and Dustin Daggett.

On lap five, the caution came out for the only time in the race when Chad Miller spun in turn one. Smith led again on the restart with Thomas in tow as they broke away from the rest of the field again. In the final five laps, Smith distanced himself by more than five car lengths and drove away to the win. Over the final three laps Parker Price-Miller drove past Daggett to take third. Zimbardi rounded out the top-five.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Jordan Poirier lined-up alongside each other in the first row of the second 15-lap A-Feature. Before the first lap could be completed, Scott Goodrich spun in turn two. The ensuing restart saw Hafertepe lead on the bottom while Chuck Hebing and Poirier raced for second. In the following laps, Jonathan Preston and Dylan Westbrook both got past Jordan Poirier for third and fourth, respectively.

With five to go, Hafertepe had opened a two-second lead over Hebing, who was being tracked down by Westbrook. On the final lap, Westbrook got past Hebing in turn two and then held him off at the line while Hafertepe claimed the win. Preston and Jordan Poirier rounded out the top-five.

With their 15-lap Feature wins, Smith and Hafertepe will start no worse than the fifth row for tomorrow’s 35-lap and $10,000 USD-to-win A-Feature.

Earlier in the night, it was Hafertepe, Thomas, Shawn Sliter, Hebing, Davie Franek and Westbrook claiming heat race wins.

Patriot Sprint Tour vs. Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars

Matt Billings and Alex Hill lined-up on the front row of the Patriot Sprint Tour versus Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car feature that was postponed from July 20 due to rain. The 26-car starting lineup had already been set back on July 20 before rain postponed Feature action. Hill jumped out to an early advantage while fourth-starting Chuck Hebing quickly raced into second as Billings slipped to third.

Hill ran strong with the advantage she had gained early until a red flag with four laps complete when Billings flipped alone in turn four. Hebing took full advantage of the ensuing restart and drove to the lead in the outside lane while Mark Smith pushed forward to third.

By lap 10, the leaders worked into lapped traffic and Hill mounted a challenge to retake the lead from Hebing as they approached the halfway mark, but Hebing held off the charge. Over the final 12 laps, Hebing was perfect as he negotiated the slower cars and held off Hill and Smith to claim the $3,333 win. Dylan Westbrook earned the hard charger award driving from 24th to a fourth-place finish while Cory Turner rounded out the top-five.

Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks

Kacey Huffman and Mark Bazuin paced the field to the green flag in the final 20-lap Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature of the season. Bazuin jumped out to an early advantage with Jim Lampman racing into second. On lap seven, Bazuin jumped over the cushion in turn one, allowing both Lampman and Trevor DeBoer to pull alongside him for the race lead, but before the lap could be complete, Jay Liverance and Jason Lungaro came together in turn to bring out the first yellow.

The ensuing restart saw DeBoer gain the lead on lap eight and pull away to a 10-car length lead before Bazuin got into the outside wall in turn two at the halfway mark to bring out the second yellow. The following green flag saw Mike Ferguson race into second and hold the spot until the final caution of the race on lap 14 when Kyle Andress was turned around in turn two.

The final restart proved no issue for DeBoer who pulled away to his second career win. Rob Hoskins drove past Ferguson to get the runner-up spot in the closing laps. Blake Bomberry Jr. and Ryan Beagle rounded out the top-five. Jim Lampman, Logan Shwedyk and Dave Bailey took heat race victories earlier in the night.

HRW Automotive Mini Stocks

Andy Ryckman and Gillian Hils brought the HRW Automotive Mini Stock Feature to the green flag for the championship-deciding 15-lap main event. Hils jumped out to an early advantage and opened a half-straightaway lead by lap three before the first caution of the race when Jason Tolton came to a stop at the top of turn one. On the restart, Kyle Wert challenged Hils for the lead and took the point on lap four before the caution flag waved again for Patrick Abrahamsson, who had spun on the backstretch. The ensuing restart saw a red flag when Sean Iftody rolled upside down after contact with the outside wall on the backstretch.

The final restart with five laps complete saw Hils and Wert battle for the lead with Wert holding onto the top spot. In the battle for the championship, Hils was trying to outrun Matt Nuell. While Wert drove away over the final five laps to a full straightaway lead, Hils held onto the second spot ahead of third-place finisher Jonathan Ayrton. Mike Sarantakos and Fabio Olivieri rounded out the top-five. Nuell held onto a sixth-place finish to unofficially earn the championship by a single point over Hils.

Hils, Rob Twitchett, Kevin Thorne and Mike Evers took heat race victories to begin the night while Jason Tolton and Tim DeBoer won the B-Mains.

Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway

Ohsweken Speedway returns to action for its final night of the season with the 14th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Nitro 54 Variety. More than 65 of the best 360 Sprint Car racers from across North America are set to battle for the $10,000 USD winner’s prize. The event also features the $1,000-to-win Nitro 54 Variety Crate Showdown for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:25pm, time trials are at 6:55pm and race time is 7:30pm.

Reserved adult grandstand admission is $40 for the Arrow Express 14th Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and $15 for children 12 and under. Reserved tickets can be purchased online in advance at For additional event information, visit

About Burger Barn: Since opening in 2011, Burger Barn has quickly gained a reputation for large portions, friendly staff, great food, and fair prices. Tips from satisfied customers even led Food Network Canada to feature Burger Barn on their show “You Gotta Eat Here”. Burger Barn takes pride in their product, and they never get tired of hearing “That was the best burger I’ve ever had”. Their menu also includes all-day breakfast, wings, chicken burgers, fish and chips, pulled pork, daily specials, and much more! Burger Barn is located at 3000 Fourth Line in Ohsweken, just 5 miles from Ohsweken Speedway. Call them at 519-445-0088, and visit for more information.

Entries continue to be accepted for the 2018 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Teams are encouraged to save time by submitting entry information online at the following link:

Advanced reserved seating tickets and reserved campsites are on sale now for the 14th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000 USD to win Feature Event. Visit or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information.

The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from the Empire Super Sprints, Great Lakes Super Sprints, National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders, Patriot Sprint Tour, Southern Ontario Sprints, and Ohsweken Speedway’s Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car division, plus more teams and drivers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

2005 Kenny Jacobs – Holmesville, Ohio, USA
2006 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2007 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2008 Wayne Johnson – Mustang, Oklahoma, USA
2009 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2010 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2011 Sam Hafertepe Jr. – Sunnyvale, Texas, USA
2012 Steve Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
2013 Shane Stewart – Bixby, Oklahoma, USA
2014 Jessica Zemken – Sprakers, New York, USA
2015 Bryan Howland – Auburn, New York, USA
2016 Parker Price-Miller – Kokomo, Indiana, USA
2017 Carson Macedo – Lemoore, California, USA

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 and on our official Facebook page.

Ohsweken Speedway’s 23rd 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 to view the schedule 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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Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2018: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Lucas Oil Products, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.


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