OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 15, 2018) – A fun-filled night at Ohsweken Speedway had 114 cars sign in across four divisions for Sponsor and Kids Bike Night presented by Strickland’s GMC on Friday, July 13. Thanks to the support of dozens of race teams, 72 bicycles were given away to lucky junior fans in attendance. The drivers and teams were also able to treat a number of their sponsors to a complimentary night at the races.
After the final checkered flag had waved, it was Dylan Westbrook claiming the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Feature win from the pole and Jacob Dykstra who grabbed his first career Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car win. For the stock cars, Lee Winger won the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature and Dusty DeBoer collected the checkered flag in the HRW Automotive Mini Stock main event.
KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS
It was Dylan Westbrook and Scott Kreutter who started on the front row for the 20-lap Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Feature event. Westbrook took the lead from the front row on the opening lap and never looked back as he outpaced Kreutter to the checkered flag. Third-starting Mack DeMan and fourth-starting Jim Huppunen held those positions to the finish while Chris Steele rounded out the top-five.
Cory Turner raced forward from 21st to seventh to earn the hard charger award. Kreutter, Tyler Hendricks and Mack DeMan started the night with heat race wins. Westbrook earned the Ackland Insurance ‘Top Gun’ as the night’s top qualifier after earning the most passing points in heat race competition by going from seventh to second in heat two. He then pulled the pole starting spot for the main event via the top-eight redraw. It was Westbrook’s sixth victory this season.
STRICKLAND’S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
When the green flag waved on the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car main event, it was Caleb Wood and Jacob Dykstra leading the field to full speed. Wood grabbed the lead on the opening lap before Dykstra, the 15-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., drove to the point on lap two. From there, Dykstra was able to maintain the top spot throughout a handful of restart and held off point leader Jesse Costa to score his first career Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car win. Shone Evans rounded out the podium while Holly Porter drove from 13th to a fourth-place finish. Aaron Turkey rallied to a fifth-place result after transferring from the B-Main and starting 21st. Turkey was also the race’s hard-charger.
Evans, Hannah Ferrell and Brad Herron collected heat race wins to begin the evening while Paul Klager won the B-Main and claimed the 19th starting spot for the Feature.
MIDDLEPORT MECHANICAL THUNDER STOCKS
The ultra-competitive Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock division had Lee Winger and Kacey Huffman lead the field to the green flag for the 20-lap main event. Winger jumped out to an early advantage and led until lap 11 while Jim Lampman raced from 11th to the runner-up spot by lap five. Lampman took the lead on lap 12 and paced the field until lap 18 when Winger took back the top spot.
On the final lap, Dave Bailey, who earned the night’s hard charger after driving from 17th to second, and Mark Bazuin got past Lampman to take second and third, respectively, at the finish. While Lampman settled for fourth, it was last week’s winner Ken Sargent who charged from 18th to round out the top-five. Lampman, Blake Bomberry Jr. and Logan Shwedyk took heat race victories to begin the night.
HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS
For the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, it was Wayde Thorne and Jason Dixon who paced the field to the green flag. Dixon grabbed the early advantage to lead the opening lap, but Thorne came back at him and took over the point on lap two. Behind them, Dusty DeBoer was rolling forward quickly from his 13th starting spot and broke into the top-five on lap two and immediately began pressuring the leaders. DeBoer then grabbed the lead on lap four.
From there, DeBoer ran away from the field to win his first HRW Automotive Mini Stock Feature of the season. Matt Nuell made a late surge to take second on lap 13 and held the runner-up spot to the finish. His drive from 16th saw him advance 14 positions to earn the Hard-Charger award. Patrick Abrahamsson rounded out the top-five while Jon Janssens and Tristan Da Silva rounded out the top-five.
Earlier in the night, Rob Twitchett, Janssens, DaSilva, and Matt Nuell picked up heat race wins while Jason Tolton and Jonathan Ayrton collected checkered flags in a pair of B-Mains.
UP NEXT AT OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY
Ohsweken Speedway returns to action on Friday, July 20 for Jibs Action Sports Friday Night Excitement featuring Christmas in July and Autograph night. It’s also the first of two challenge races on the season as the Patriot Sprint Tour invades to take on the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars. The other three divisions will also be in action, including the 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 and children 12 and under are $3 or less. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
About Strickland’s GMC: Strickland’s is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Southwestern Ontario for over 30 years. They have never been afraid to change in order to better serve their customers, but one thing has remained the same – they have always run their company based on the old proverb “Treat others the way you wish to be treated”. Strickland’s is the only full-line General Motors dealer in Brantford and the surrounding area, serving the community for over 90 years. Strickland’s returned as the title sponsor of the Crate Sprint Car division for a third consecutive season in 2016. Strickland’s GMC is located at 19-21 Lynden Road in Brantford, at the intersection of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway, and just 15 minutes from Ohsweken Speedway. Visit Strickland’s GMC online at www.Stricklands.com or call them at 1-800-599-5558.
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Tickets and Camping Available Now!
Advanced reserved seating tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15 are on sale now! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Feature Event. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information. For the full 2018 schedule of events, click here.
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 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.