OHSWEKEN, Ont. (June 15, 2018) – A total of 120 cars were signed in across four divisions as Burger Barn presented Wall of Fame night and Kids Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, June 15. An on-track ceremony at intermission welcomed five new members to the Wall of Fame, including Fred Carleton, Kaith Dempster, Kelly Hallett, and Ken & Cheryl Pelkie as Ohsweken Speedway honoured those who have been a part of the speedway’s amazing history and helped make the track what it is today. Representatives from Kids Race were also on hand to help raise awareness for the Canadian National Autism Foundation.
On the track, it was Cory Turner picking up the win in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Feature. Jesse Costa scored his second victory of the season in the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car Feature while Dave Bailey won the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature and Nick Masi claimed the checkered flag in the HRW Automotive Mini Stock main event.
KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS
Mike Thorne and Tyler Hendricks brought the field to the green flag for the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car 20-lap Feature event. Hendricks worked the outside lane to gain the early lead over Thorne, Jim Huppenen, Dylan Westbrook, and Ryan Turner.
Ryan Turner, Thorne, Huppenen and Westbrook battled for position as Huppenen pulled a slide job to get past Thorne and Turner for second position. By lap four, Hendricks and Huppenen had a substantial lead over Westbrook, Ryan Turner and Thorne, while Cory Turner and Mack DeMan followed closely in a battle for sixth position.
By lap six, Hendricks was weaving his way through lapped traffic with a half straightaway between him, Huppenen and Westbrook. A red flag came at lap eight when Scott Burke lost the rear end out of his No.9b and rolled on the back stretch. Burke was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and was towed to the pits while Westbrook was sent to the pits for damage to his wing and rad. DeMan also found himself being pushed to the pits with driveline damage effectively finishing both of their nights and ending Westbrook’s bid for an eighth straight win.
The restart saw Hendricks, Huppenen, Ryan Turner, Cory Turner and Steele in the top five positions. Hendricks quickly drove to the lead over Huppenen before Jake Brown found himself off the top in turn three and four to bring out a caution at lap 10.
Hendricks and Huppunen continued to battle upfront on the restart when Mikey Kruchka went around in turn four and collected Ryan Turner to bring out the caution on lap 12.
Hendricks continued to hold the lead on the restart over Huppenen and Cory Turner, but on lap 19 as the three drivers were racing for the checkers, Hendricks drifted up to kiss the wall which opened the door for Cory Turner to drive by on the inside as he held on for the win over Hendricks, Huppenen, Steele and Mitch Brown.
STRICKLAND’S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
Shone Evans and Holly Porter started on the front row for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car 20-lap Feature. Evans took the lead over Porter and Jesse Costa but a caution on lap one saw Brian Nanticoke, Paul Ballantyne, Liam Martin and Jacob Dykstra all collected up at the bottom of turn 4.
A single-file restart had Evans take the lead over Porter with Costa, Brad Herron and Rob Neely rounding out the early top five. A caution came out on lap seven when Nanticoke went around up against the inside retaining blocks in corner two.
Evans, Porter, Costa went three wide on the restart with Herron and Hannah Ferrell giving chase. Porter dove to the inside in a bid for the lead when Nanticoke went around again to bring out a quick caution before the action continued. Porter stayed low again with Evans and Costa taking the high side with Lucas Smith and Aaron Turkey, The caution flag came out again on lap 10 as A.J. Lewis slid up the track and found himself pointed the wrong way in turn three.
Costa used the restart to take the lead over Porter briefly, but the two swapped positions again the following lap. Fast and furious action saw Evans overtake Porter for the second position at lap 15, before Porter ran to the inside to pass Evans and run side by side with Costa in lapped traffic with four laps to go. Lapped traffic slowed Porter just enough for Costa to take the win at the finish line. Porter was followed by Shone Evans, Aaron Turkey and Lucas Smith in the top-five.
MIDDLEPORT MECHANICAL THUNDER STOCKS
Donny Lampman and Aaron Rewutzsky rolled off at the front of the field for the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock 20-lap Feature. Rewutzsky quickly took the lead and was followed by Chris Hale and Brian Teeple.
Hale led the pack when Rewutzsky blew a tire and Billy Bleich Jr. made contact, sending Rewutzsky onto his side in the top of turn 3. Rewutzsky was uninjured but the damage ended his night.
Hale continued to lead following another restart at lap six, holding off Bomberry, Rob Hoskins, Dave Bailey and Ken Sargent. Mark Bauzin looped his car in turn three on lap nine to bring out a caution, causing him to head for the pits for repairs, which also gave Ryan Dinning the opportunity to replace a flat tire. Both cars made it back out on the lead lap for the restart.
On the restart Hale and Hoskins raced for the lead while Bomberry, Bailey and Ryan Beagle gave chase. Dave Bailey raced to take the lead from Hale on lap 13 just before a caution was called for Kasey Huffman.
Lap 16 found Beagle on Bailey’s bumper in the battle for the lead. Beagle tried to overtake Bailey on the inside and it was a dogfight as they raced out of turn four for the checkers, but Bailey took his third win over Beagle, Hale, Wyatt Van Wart and Ken Sargent.
HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS
Jason Tolton and Andy Ryckman lined up on the front row for the HRW Automotive Mini Stock 15-lap main event. Ryckman took the lead over Tolton with cars racing five wide behind them down the backstretch on the opening lap. A red flag came out shortly after when Jason Dixon rolled over at the bottom of turn three. Dixon was uninjured.
On the restart, Ryckman and Longboat charged for the lead with Tolton and DeBoer coming up fast behind. DeBoer passed Tolton for third and then overtook Longboat for second with his sights set on Ryckman. By lap five DeBoer took the lead over Ryckman, Longboat, Nick Masi and Tim Nuell.
A caution came out on lap 10 as Jeremy May made contact with the backstretch wall but was able to continue. DeBoer held the lead on the restart with Tolton, Masi, Hils and Ryckman making up the top five.
Masi, who started the feature in the 10th row was now racing DeBoer for the lead. The two drivers broke away from the rest of the pack and battled side by side for several laps with Masi taking the lead at lap 13 over DeBoer followed by Ryckman, Hils and Kyle Wert
On the final lap, DeBoer continued to challenge Masi but drifted too high coming out of turn one and found himself coming to rest at the wall in corner two. With the checkered flag out, the race to the finish continued without a caution. Ryckman lost a tire in the final turn as Masi took the win ahead of Wert, DeBoer, Gillian Hils and Martin Schroder.
UP NEXT AT OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY
Next Friday, June 22 Club 54 presented the return of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series to Ohsweken Speedway. Friday Night Excitement will also feature action from all four weekly divisions including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Race time is 7:30pm and adult admission is just $14. For additional event information or a full schedule of 2018 events, visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca.
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.
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 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 www.BurgerBarn.ca for more information.
About Kids Race: Kids Race is an action-packed race series covering seven tracks in two provinces held each year in support of The Canadian National Autism Foundation. Kids Race was established in 2010 as an idea to create a new platform for autism research and awareness. Shortly after speaking with and working alongside track owners, officials, drivers, crews and fans a common bond was formed. Kids Race realized that passion, dedication, family and the love of what they do was something shared by everyone involved in the races. The races only happen once a year, but the work done for autism is a year-round process. For more information, visit www.kidsrace.ca.
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.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY MEDIA
Phone: (519) 717-0023
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.