Canadian Sprint Car Nationals – Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Jonathan Preston and Parker Price-Miller started first and second for the 35 lap A-Feature, but Chuck Hebing darted to the lead as the front row starters diced for position. The yellow flag came out with just one lap complete when Coleman Gulick slowed and then took off again, while the restart saw Preston flip wildly off the edge of the track in turn three to bring out the red flag. Preston climbed unscathed from his heavily-damaged car, and a longer green flag period ensued after the cleanup.
Hebing held the lead after the restart, but his advantage shrunk when he began to encounter slower traffic and Price-Miller slipped by on lap six. Row five starter and former CSCN winner Sam Hafertepe Jr. was already into the top five by this time, and jousted with Davie Franek as both tried to catch Max Stambaugh, Hebing, and Price-Miller. The yellow flag reappeared with 14 laps complete due to debris on the track, and Hebing’s attempt at retaking the lead was rebuffed after the restart.
Hebing’s dogged pursuit of Price-Miller continued, but the gap grew after a couple of close calls in traffic. Dylan Westbrook and Mark Smith entered the fray during this stint, but Westbrook’s bid for another top five finish went sour when he touched the wall. The yellow flag appeared again when Westbrook stopped on the track with a flat right rear tire and suspension damage on lap 24. Westbrook ran out of time in the work area and the race restarted without him, but Jeff Cook slowed with nose wing damage before another lap was completed; both Cook and Westbrook were able to return for the next restart.
Price-Miller continued at the front with Hebing again applying pressure, while Smith took third from Hafertepe and 20th starter Jordan Thomas entered the top five. More trouble slowed the race when Kyle Drum’s broken front end put him into the inside wall in turn three. Hafertepe took third back from Smith after the restart, while Hebing continued to throw everything he could at Price-Miller. Hebing’s hopes were dashed, however, when he made contact with the inside wall in turns one and two. The green flag stayed out as Hebing was able to get to the infield instead of stopping on the track, and Price-Miller then had a comfortable lead.
Hafertepe took over second when Hebing dropped out, and held that spot with five laps to go ahead of Smith, Thomas, and Steve Poirier on a late charge. While Price-Miller negotiated traffic, Hafertepe and Smith continued their contest. The Thomas charge ended when he tipped over in turn two to bring out a red flag with two laps left; this became an open red for all competitors to refuel. Thomas was able to rejoin the field for the restart.
Price-Miller fended off a challenge from Hafertepe after the restart and went on to take the win, while Poirier and Smith charged around Hafertepe to take podium finishes. Hafertepe, Franek finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Scott Kreutter, Jordan Poirier, 26th starter Mitch Brown, 30th starter Chris Steele, and 22nd starter Jason Barney rounded out the top ten.
Dylan Westbrook was the fastest driver overall in time trials, while Chuck Hebing, Devon Dobie, Parker Price-Miller, Mack DeMan, Dain Naida, and Jonathan Preston claimed heat race wins, Alex Hill, Jordan Thomas, and Kyle Drum were B-Feature winners, and Jonathan Preston won the Pole Dash.
Nitro 54 Crate Showdown – Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Eric McGlone and Hannah Ferrell paced the field to the green flag for the $1,000-to-win Nitro 54 Crate Showdown, but the race was red flagged before the first lap was complete when Davey Boughton flipped on the backstretch. Boughton was uninjured, and Hannah Ferrell took the lead after the complete restart. While Ferrell held the lead, Lucas Smith passed Paul Klager and McGlone to take second before another red flag flew, this time for a hard crash between Caleb Wood and Josh Hansen.
Ferrell, Smith, and McGlone raced hard and sometimes three-wide for the lead during the next green flag stint, with Smith taking the lead on lap 11. At this point the race slowed again, as Dereck Lemyre spun and collected Jordan Hill in turn two. Ferrell stayed with Smith through several caution flags during the second half of the race, but spun and hit the outside wall trying to pass for the lead after the white flag.
Smith survived the one lap dash to the finish to take the feature win, followed by 14th starter Matt Farnham, Paul Klager, 15th starter Jacob Dykstra, and Eric McGlone; Farnham’s stellar run was negated after post-race technical inspection, however. Aaron Turkey, DJ Christie, Brian Nanticoke, 21st starter Bailey Heard, and Steven Beckett rounded out the top ten.
Derek Lemyre, Hannah Ferrell, and Caleb Wood won qualifying heat races, while Paul Ballantyne won the B-Feature.
Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken Speedway will officially wrap-up its 2018 season with the annual Night of Champions Award Celebration at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, November 16. The 2018 division champions and top points finishers in all four weekly Friday Night Excitement divisions will receive their awards and cash from the championship points fund. Stay tuned to www.ohswekenspeedway.ca for more information in the coming weeks.
About Arrow Express: Arrow Express Sports is a sport and entertainment company that is dedicated to preserving and teaching Native American Indian sports, culture, music, and languages. Based at the Arrow Express Sports Entertainment Arena, the company owns and operates the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, and the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. Arrow Express owns and operates the multipurpose 3,000 spectator capacity arena which hosts lacrosse, music, and festival events. The mission of Arrow Express Sports is to help children by advocating healthy lifestyle choices. Visit the Arrow Express Sports website at www.aeslacrosse.com.
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
2018 Parker Price-Miller – Kokomo, Indiana, USA
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 www.OhswekenSpeedway.com 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.