OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 9, 2019) – Ohsweken Speedway’s annual Christmas in August event continued its tradition of being a major success with dozens of new toys brought to the track to be donated to underprivileged children at Christmastime. All fans who brought a new toy for the event received half price general admission to the track.
On the track, it was Mack DeMan scoring a win with the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars as they made their return to the track for the first time since July 23 and Jesse Costa who claimed victory with the Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars. For the stock cars, Logan Shwedyk won the main event for the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and Kyle Wert claimed his fifth checkered flag in the HRW Automotive Mini Stock feature.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Scott Kreutter and Mitch Brown started on the front row for the 20-lap Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car A-Feature. Kreutter led the opening lap and the race was slowed before the second lap could be completed when John Burbridge Jr. spun in turn two. On the ensuing restart, Kreutter continued to pace the field while third-starting Dylan Westbrook got past Brown for second.
Kreutter opened a sizeable lead until he worked into slower traffic on lap six. With cars racing side-by-side for position, Kreutter struggled to get through the traffic and saw his lead evaporate. On lap 11, Westbrook capitalized and took the lead before the two drivers exchanged the lead at opposite ends of the track on the next lap, with Westbrook emerging with the point position.
Then, on lap 12 as the leaders raced into turn one, Kreutter made contact with Westbrook at the bottom of turn one as the two drivers both tried to navigate around a slower car. The result was a caution flag as Westbrook spun to a stop and both drivers were sent to the rear of the field. That gave the lead to Mack DeMan, who has Brown and Cory Turner restart behind him.
Following another caution on lap 13, the final seven laps were incident-free as DeMan opened a half-straightaway advantage over Turner. That lead slowly evaporated as DeMan couldn’t get through the slower traffic as efficiently as he would have liked. That allowed Turner to pull within three car lengths, but DeMan held on to score his second win of the season by 0.377 seconds.
“I was really looking forward to racing with Dylan and Scott,” DeMan said following his win. “They’re the top two guns here. When all three of us were starting in the top four, I knew it would be a gun show.”
Cory Turner and Ryan Turner rounded out the podium with Mitch Brown and Holly Porter rounding out the top-five. Travis Cunningham, Jake Brown, Dylan Westbrook, Scott Kreutter and Caleb Wood claimed top-10 finishes. Ryan Turner, Westbrook and Mitch Brown won their qualifying heat races to start the night.
Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars
Jacob Dykstra and Dereck Lemyre paced the field to the green flag for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars season opening feature. Dykstra jumped out to an early advantage while Lemyre battled with Costa for second only to see Hannah Ferrell drive into the runner-up spot with an excellent outside move on lap two.
Lap three saw the red flag wave when Lemyre spun in turn two before Derek Miller flipped upside down in turn one. A few more cautions occurred on laps four, six and seven. On the last of the three restarts, Ferrell made her bid for the lead, but Dykstra shrugged off the challenge. At the halfway mark, Costa got back by Ferrell for second and a lap later used the outside lane to track down and pass Dykstra for the lead off turn four.
Costa pulled away over the final nine caution-free laps when Dykstra suffered a flat left-front tire and slipped back through the field as the handling deteriorated on his No.5d. With five laps to go, fourth-starting Nick Sheridan was able to get past Ferrell for second and score a runner-up finish to follow up his win one week ago. Ferrell rounded out the list of podium finishers while Steven Beckett and DJ Christie scored top-five results.
Christie, Johnny Miller, Costa and Lemyre won their qualifying heats to begin the nights while Liam Martin and Darren Dryden won the pair of B-Mains.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Chris Dickie and Derek Liverance brought the 25-car field of Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks to the line for the green flag. Dickie led the opening lap, but it was Frank Turkey Jr. who jumped forward to lead the second.
Following a lap three restart, 15th-starting Dave Bailey made his presence known at the front and he moved into third by lap five behind new leader Ken Sargent and second-place Logan Shwedyk. The second caution of the race came on lap seven, and following the restart Sargent led a three-car breakaway from the rest of the field that included Shwedyk and Bailey. On lap 13, another caution came just after Shwedyk had gotten by both Bailey and Sargent to take the lead and he held the top spot on the ensuing restart.
With two laps to go, Bailey made his push and showed the nose of his No.49 to the inside of Shwedyk’s No.53, but couldn’t muster the momentum to complete the pass. Then, as the field took the white flag, Bailey spun on the frontstretch in front of the field, did a 360 and continued on while losing positions to Sargent and Trevor DeBoer. That allowed Shwedyk to cruise away on the final lap while Sargent took second and DeBoer rounded out the podium. Bailey and Ryan Beagle rounded out the top-five. Dickie, Mark Bazuin and Ryan Dinning scored victories in the qualifying heats earlier in the night.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Cody Sommerville and Mike Giberson were on the front row for the HRW Automotive Mini Stock 15-lap Feature. The initial start did not go smoothly as Jason Tolton, Steve Miller and Christopher French tangled together on the front stretch. On the ensuing complete restart, Aidan Nigh drove to the point position and had point leader Kyle Wert in tow.
Following a pair of cautions on lap three and four, Wert took the lead and was embroiled in a battle with Ryan Hillar. With six laps to go, Hillar challenged Wert in the inside lane for the lead, but Wert closed the door. Over the final five laps, Wert pulled away to a five car-length advantage on the way to his fifth victory of the season. Hillar settled for second while Dusty DeBoer emerged with the final podium spot after a lengthy battle with Tim Jamieson.
Aidan Nigh, Trevor Want, Jonathan Ayrton and Tim Nuell raced to heat race victories, meanwhile Wayde Thorne scored the checkered flag in the B-Main.
Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken Speedway returns to action on Friday, August 16 as Jibs Action Sports presents Autograph Night and KIDSRACE for the Canadian National Autism Foundation. On the track, it’s the final challenge race of the season for the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars as they take on the Southern Ontario Sprints. The Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks will also be in action. Pit gates open at 5:30pm and spectator gates open at 6:00pm. Race time is 7:30pm and adult admission is just $14 and children 12 and under are $3 or less. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
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About MavTV Canada’s All North Racing Powered by Pinty’s
Ohsweken Speedway is excited to announce its Friday Night Excitement racing will be the centerpiece of a new international television broadcast on MavTV Canada called All North Racing powered by Pinty’s. All North Racing will visit Ohsweken for six live broadcasts that will be re-aired multiple times in Canada and the United States. The MavTV broadcasts are scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 22, July 23, August 30 and September 14. These broadcasts include both nights of the Northern Summer Nationals featuring Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu as well as the 15th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. For more information on MavTV Canada, visit www.facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.
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 www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca and on our official Facebook page.
Ohsweken Speedway’s 24th 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 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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