THOROLD, Ont. (August 6, 2021) – Jordan Poirier kept his Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series winning streak intact on Friday night at Merrittville Speedway. The Quebec driver had to work hard to secure the win as local favourite Jim Huppunen was going after his first win of the season.
Jim Huppunen and Holly Porter started the 25 lap A-Main on the front row, and Huppunen drove out to an early lead. Jordan Poirier quickly moved up from his fourth place starting position to give chase to Huppunen and took the lead on lap four. Huppunen did not let Poirier get too far ahead though, and began to gain on the leader as the two drivers worked through traffic.
Huppunen squeezed back past Poirier as the race reached the two-thirds distance, and the two drivers jousted for the win until Huppunen got too far sideways and slid to a stop in turn two. Another yellow flag came out shortly thereafter for a collision which collected Cory Turner and Shone Evans. Poirier stayed up front through the restarts to claim his fourth consecutive victory.
Aaron Turkey made a late charge to finish second, followed by Ryan Turner, row eight starter Liam Martin, and Jamie Turner. The top ten was rounded out with Porter, DJ Christie, Baily Heard, Josh Hansen, and Jim Huppunen. Heat race wins were claimed by Huppunen, Christie, and Ryan Turner.
The Pinty’s Knights of Thunder series will next be in action on Saturday, August 7 at Southern Ontario Motor Speedway. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com and www.southernontariomotorspeedway.com for more information.
A-Main: 25 laps
1. 28-Jordan Poirier; 2. 68-Aaron Turkey; 3. 91-Ryan Turner; 4. 9-Liam Martin; 5. 11-Jamie Turner; 6. 1-Holly Porter; 7. 5-DJ Christie; 8. 70-Baily Heard; 9. 88H-Josh Hansen; 10. 14H-Jim Huppunen; 11. 90-Travis Cunningham; 12. 84-Tyler Rand; 13. 15-Dan Nanticoke; 14. 9B-Scott Burk; 15. (DNF) 13-Cory Turner; 16. (DNF) 87X-Shone Evans; (DNF) 17. 46-Kevin Pauls; 18. (DNS) 01-Mikey Kruchka
HEATS: 14H-Jim Huppunen, 5-DJ Christie, 91-Ryan Turner
From: Tommy Goudge