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Hendricks Racing Heading Down Dirt Road

Hendricks Racing Heading Down Dirt Road

by Tommy Goudge (April 3, 2014) – Tyler Hendricks and his father Scott have pounded the pavement with their race team for a decade and a half with Karts, Modifieds, and Late Models. The Pain Court, Ontario-based team is taking on a new challenge this year by going dirt track racing in Ohsweken Speedway’s new Crate Sprint Car division.

One reason for the switch is Scott Hendricks’ longtime interest in Sprint Cars.

“When Ohsweken announced the new crate class, I talked to Tyler to see if he was interested. I think the class has potential to be very successful. Glenn [Styres] and his team have done a great job to introduce racers to Sprint Cars by limiting horsepower, and reducing costs to get involved.”

While Tyler hasn’t ventured off the asphalt before, dirt tracks are certainly not unfamiliar to the Hendricks family. Tyler’s grandfather Don and his “Panic 09″ Late Model were fixtures in the Southwestern Ontario racing scene during the 70′s and 80′s.

Don, in fact, won the first Late Model feature held at at Raleigh Raceway Park (now South Buxton Raceway) in 1971, along with track championships in 1975, 1979, and 1985. The Don Hendricks Memorial is run annually at South Buxton, honouring the popular driver who succumbed to cancer in 1995 at just 48 years of age.

Tyler has been a contender throughout his racing career, with a number of karting championships on his resume, along with the 2009 Delaware Speedway Modified division Rookie of the Year award, 2011 Mosport Speedway Modified championship, and 2011 Autumn Colours Classic Modified division feature win at Peterborough Speedway.

A move to Late Models followed in 2012 and 2013, with Tyler finishing 7th in the Delaware standings last season. He’ll join a host of Sprint Car rookies in the new crate engine-powered division this season at Ohsweken, where up to a dozen cars are expected for opening night on May 16.

“[Dirt track] should be interesting,” Tyler said. “I have never raced on dirt before, but I think once we get the hang of it, it should be a lot of fun. We are fortunate that most of our outstanding partners have stayed on to support us in this new venture for 2014, including Vertec Contractors, CF Industrial, Victory Ford, Precision Concrete, Spira Fire Protection, RNB Champion Oil, Inventory Management Analysis, Loumar Trucking, Nooyen Farms, Primo Race Shirts, ImageFactor.ca, and RPM Designs. I cannot thank them enough.”

Pavement racing hasn’t been entirely ruled out for the team though, as they still have the Pro Late Model in their garage.

“We are not sure if, or how much, we will run it this year,” said Scott.

Follow Tyler Hendricks at www.hendricksracing.ca throughout the season for updates and direct links to his sponsor’s website , as well as you can follow them on twitter @teamhendricks

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Insta-Insulation “Smart Comfort, Smart Cash Bonus” Announced At Ohsweken, Merrittville And Humberstone

Insta-Insulation “Smart Comfort, Smart Cash Bonus” Announced At Ohsweken, Merrittville And Humberstone

Ohsweken, Ontario – March 8, 2013 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to partner with Insta-Insulation and regional tracks Merrittville Speedway and Humberstone Speedway to offer a special bonus to Thunder/Street Stock drivers.

Humberstone’s move back to regular Sunday night racing in 2013 has brought back the opportunity for racers to regularly compete 3 times per week at the dirt tracks in their region. Insta-Insulation will give those racers a chance at the $300 “Smart Comfort, Smart Cash Bonus”. The bonus will be paid to the first driver this season who wins a feature in Ohsweken’s Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, Merrittville’s Hoosier Stocks, and Humberstone’s J.C. Auto Street Stocks in the same weekend.

“Insta-Insulation is pleased to provide the extra incentive for our local racers to showcase their talents at Humberstone, Merrittville, and Ohsweken,” said Insta-Insulation owner Alex Schuts in making the announcement.

Currently there are 13 weekends eligible for the bonus May 17 and September 8. The following weekends will not be eligible, as either Ohsweken or Humberstone do not have Thunder/Street Stock races scheduled on these dates: June 21-23, July 12-14, and August 2-4.

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About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval. 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 Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.  

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Contact:
Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken Speedway
Media Relations
media@ohswekenspeedway.com

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Tony Stewart Returns To Ohsweken July 29 & 30

Tony Stewart Returns To Ohsweken July 29 & 30

Ohsweken, Ontario – March 1, 2013 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to announce the return of three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30.

“Smoke” will compete against Ohsweken’s Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car teams in the Northern Summer Nationals on Monday, Jul 29. The event will also feature Mini Stocks and Bombers, and the return of 358 Modifieds to Ohsweken for the first time since 2008.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car series returns to Ohsweken for the seventh annual “Six Nations Showdown” on Tuesday, July 30, with Stewart set to go for a three-peat in that event. Thunder Stocks will join the show that night for a 25 lap feature.

Stewart has won 3 of his 4 career Sprint Car feature starts at Ohsweken, including the 2011 and 2012 World of Outlaws Sprint Car series “Six Nations Showdown” events, and last season’s Monday night Corr/Pak Merchandising event. His first start at Ohsweken on July 26, 2011 resulted in a 3rd place feature finish after Stewart started the race inside the 8th row.

Stewart considers his first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car series feature win, which came at Ohsweken in 2011, to be one of his career highlights. His illustrious racing career began on Indiana dirt tracks, and he has never forgotten his roots, despite unprecedented success in the highest echelons of racing. “Smoke” is the only driver with NASCAR, IndyCar, and USAC championships on his resume, and he was the first to win USAC’s “Triple Crown” – Silver Crown, Sprint Car, and Midget titles in the same season.

He is involved in dirt track racing in an ownership capacity, with involvement in several facilities including the famous Eldora Speedway, and owns several dirt track racing teams too, including those of 20-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Steve Kinser, and defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz.

TICKETS Please stay tuned for news in the coming weeks regarding advance ticket sales and renewals for our 2013 special events. Thank you for your patience as we finalize our events, and new online ticket sales website. Renewals are currently slated to begin later this month, with sales to the general public planned for mid-April.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval. 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 Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Contact: Tommy Goudge Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations media@ohswekenspeedway.com

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Fast & Furious Motorsports Show Coming April 6th & 7th

Fast & Furious Motorsports Show Coming April 6th & 7th

By OntarioOval.com – Spring is in the air and with it comes anticipation for the 2013 racing season. It’s the time of year when teams are putting the finishing touches on their cars and preparing for five months of non-stop action. The final stop before the cars hit the track will be Durham’s Fast & Furious Motorsports Show. Many Ontario short track teams will have their cars on display for the two day event which runs April 6th & 7th at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario.

This is the inaugural year for the show and already space has filled up quickly. Included to the exhibitors list are Brighton Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as well as the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds series and one of their strongest supporters, Knightworks Design.

A good cross section of race cars will be on hand including Amanda Connolly and Kelly Balson who will both have their 2013 stock cars on display and will be helping to promote the upcoming season at Peterborough Speedway. From the OSCAAR ranks, 2012 Super Late Model Champion Brandon Watson will have his #9 on display. Brandon Bullens will be representing the OSCAAR Modifieds.

For dirt track racing fans the #11 Sprint Car of Jamie Turner will be on display along side the Ohsweken Speedway booth. There fans can pick up their 2013 pocket schedules, poster and calendars and learn more about reserved seating for the upcoming Northern Summer Nationals and World of Outlaws Sprint Car events that will feature three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.  The #25 DIRTcar Pro Late Model of Greg Belyea will also be on hand to help promote the first ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Brighton Speedway this June.

Also in attendance will be ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs & Photos. The designers and operators of www.OntarioOval.com will have a booth featuring all of their design services available to the motorsports market including websites, autograph cards and many other promotional products. They will be a part of the ‘dirt section’ of the show and will be announcing some new and exciting news to the Ontario dirt scene during the weekend.

The Fast & Furious Motorsports Show runs from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, April 6th and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, April 7th. Admission is just $5 per person while children 12 and under are free. There will be plenty of things to see for all motorsports enthusiasts from stock cars to motorcycles and everything in between. For directions and exhibitor information visit www.durhamfastandfurious.com.

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Ohsweken Speedway: 2013 Schedule Released

Ohsweken Speedway: 2013 Schedule Released

Ohsweken, Ontario – January 7, 2013 – The 2013 racing schedule for Ohsweken Speedway was officially released on Monday. The schedule features 20 events, beginning with the 18th annual Opening Night on Friday, May 17.

In an effort to finish earlier each night, all weekly racing events at the speedway will begin at 7:30p.m. in 2013. Regular weekly racing events will include a 20 lap features for the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars and Thunder Stocks, a 15 lap feature for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and a 12 lap feature for the Bombers.

Racers will hit the track for the first time in 2013 with a Test & Tune Night scheduled for May 10, while the season concludes with the 9th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14.

Two divisions will return to Ohsweken for the first time since 2008. The Sportsman Shootout will be held on May 24, while 358 Modifieds join the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers for the Northern Summer Nationals on Monday, July 29.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” returns to Ohsweken on Tuesday, July 30 when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series will contest the 7th Annual Six Nations Showdown, with the Thunder Stocks also on the card. The track will be closed on Friday, August 2, following these special weeknight events.

Ohsweken’s weekly Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car competitors will take on some of the best teams in the northeast in 3 challenge events this season, with the Patriot Sprint Tour visiting on June 21, the Empire Super Sprints on July 12, and the Southern Ontario Sprints on August 16.

The TUSA Canada West Mod Lites will join the program on June 28, while Vintage Cars will be part of the action on July 12.

The track will celebrate Kick Off Summer Night on June 7, Autograph Night on July 29, Christmas In July on July 26, and the Labour Day Special on August 30. Kids Box Car Races will also be a part of the program on July 26.

Two special memorial events will take place in August, with the running of the Art Hill Memorial 42 for HRW Automotive Mini Stocks on August 9, and the Brock Leonard Memorial 50 for Thunder Stocks on August 23.

The 9th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will include the Sprint Cars and their Ohsweken Shootout, plus the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks during the Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14 will feature the $12,000-to-win Sprint Car event, plus Thunder Stocks.

Opening Night on May 17, and the Season Championship on September 6 will both include extra-distance feature events for all 4 of Ohsweken’s regular weekly racing divisions.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements regarding advance ticket ordering information for the Northern Summer Nationals, Six Nations Showdown, and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

Racers are reminded that the 2013 Ohsweken Speedway Rules & Registration Meeting is quickly approaching on Sunday, January 27. More information is available at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly racing program runs from May to September, featuring Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway has also been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

2013 Ohsweken Speedway Schedule of Events
(Subject to Change)

Friday, May 10 – Ohsweken Speedway Test & Tune Night

Friday, May 17 – Weekly Racing – “2013 OPENING NIGHT”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 25
- Thunder Stocks 25
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 20
- Bombers 15

Friday, May 24 – Weekly Racing – “SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT”
- Sportsman 30
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, May 31 – Weekly Racing
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, June 7 – Weekly Racing – “KICK OFF SUMMER” NIGHT!
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, June 14 – Weekly Racing
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, June 21 – Weekly Racing – “CORR/PAK VS. PST”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars vs. Patriot Sprint Tour 25
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, June 28 – Weekly Racing
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12
- TUSA Canada West Mod Lites 15

Friday, July 5 – Weekly Racing
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, July 12 – Weekly Racing – “CORR/PAK VS. ESS”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars vs. Empire Super Sprints 25
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12
- Vintage Cars 12

Friday, July 19 – Weekly Racing – AUTOGRAPH NIGHT!
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, July 26 – Weekly Racing – “CHRISTMAS IN JULY” & KIDS BOX CAR RACES!
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Monday, July 29 – “NORTHERN SUMMER NATIONALS”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 25
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12
- 358 Modifieds 35

Tuesday, July 30 – 6TH ANNUAL “SIX NATIONS SHOWDOWN”
- World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
- Thunder Stocks 25

Friday, August 2 – NO RACING

Friday, August 9 – Weekly Racing – ART HILL MEMORIAL NIGHT
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 42
- Bombers 12

Friday, August 16 – Weekly Racing – “CORR/PAK VS. SOS”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars vs. Southern Ontario Sprints 25
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, August 23 – Weekly Racing – BROCK LEONARD MEMORIAL NIGHT
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 50
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, August 30 – Weekly Racing – “LABOUR DAY SPECIAL”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 20
- Thunder Stocks 20
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 15
- Bombers 12

Friday, September 6 – Weekly Racing – “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
- Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars 25
- Thunder Stocks 25
- HRW Automotive Mini Stocks 20
- Bombers 15

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS

Thursday, September 12 – NATIONALS TEST & TUNE NIGHT

Friday, September 13 – “NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS”
- Sprint Cars
- Ohsweken Shootout
- Mini Stocks 20

Saturday, September 14 – 9TH ANNUAL CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS
- $12,000-to-win Sprint Cars
- Thunder Stocks 25

Contact:
Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations
media@ohswekenspeedway.com

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Ohsweken Speedway: Rules Meetings Scheduled For January 27th

Ohsweken Speedway: Rules Meetings Scheduled For January 27th

Ohsweken, Ontario – December 19, 2012 – Ohsweken Speedway will be holding rules and registration meetings for all four of the track’s weekly Friday Night Thunder divisions on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Best Western Brant Park Inn located in Brantford, Ontario.

Memberships and season passes will be available for purchase at the meetings. The schedule for the meetings is as follows:

12:00pm to 1:00pm – Mini Stocks and Bombers
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Thunder Stocks
2:00pm to 3:00pm – Sprint Cars

Schedules and other plans for the 2013 Ohsweken Speedway season are well underway, with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series already confirmed to return to Ohsweken on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The entire 2013 Ohsweken Speedway schedule will be officially released early in the new year.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Thunder program runs from May to September, featuring Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway has also been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Contact:
Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations
media@ohswekenspeedway.com

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Ohsweken Speedway Announces New Management Team

Ohsweken Speedway Announces New Management Team

Ohsweken, Ontario – December 19, 2012 – Ohsweken Speedway today announced a new management team for the Styres family-owned facility located in Ohsweken, Ontario. The team will consist of Nathan Christensen as General Manager, Greg Calnan as Media, Marketing, and Promotions Director, and Doug Leonard and Clinton Geoffrey as Directors of Race Night Operations.

The new management team is looking to build on the already steadily increasing car counts and fan attendance at the speedway, and focus on local areas for marketing and promotion. Robin Cook will also be involved in Marketing and Promotions, Donny Hill will be in charge of Community Involvement, and on the racing side, Glen Hils is returning to the role of Head Technical Inspector after a season off.

“I’m extremely excited for the 2013 season to start,” said Glenn Styres in making the announcement. “The concept of the ‘dream team’ comes to mind!  I figured it was going to take 10 people to replace Ken and Cheryl Pelkie – We are going try 6 and see how it goes.”

Schedules and other plans for the 2013 Ohsweken Speedway season are well underway, with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series already confirmed to return to Ohsweken on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Three time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has claimed the feature win in each of the last two World of Outlaws Sprint Car series events at Ohsweken, including his first career win with the series in 2011. The 2013 Ohsweken Speedway schedule will be officially released early in the new year.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Thunder program runs from May to September, featuring Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway has also been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Contact: Tommy Goudge Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations media@ohswekenspeedway.com

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Ohsweken Speedway: Best Wishes To Ken And Cheryl

Ohsweken Speedway: Best Wishes To Ken And Cheryl

Ohsweken, Ontario – December 17, 2012 – Glenn Styres and the staff at Ohsweken Speedway would like to express their gratitude and well wishes to Ken and Cheryl Pelkie, who recently retired from their positions at the track.

The Pelkies played integral roles in the growth and prosperity of the speedway, especially its signature event, the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. From advance ticket sales to on-track procedures – and everything in between – Ken, Cheryl,
and many of their family members had a hand in many different aspects of business at the speedway.

The dream of weekly Sprint Car racing in Southern Ontario become a reality under the guidance of the Pelkies. Car counts in all four of Ohsweken’s Friday Night Thunder divisions grew steadily with the help of Ken and Cheryl during their time at the track, including a banner year in 2012 when over 100 entries were common each week.

“It’s going to take ten of us to replace them,” stated speedway co-owner Glenn Styres.

Schedules and other plans for the 2013 season are well underway, and an announcement regarding a new Ohsweken Speedway management team will be made in the coming days. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car series will return to Ohsweken in 2013, with the date of Tuesday, July 30 already confirmed. Tony Stewart has claimed the feature win in each of the last two World of Outlaws Sprint Car series events at Ohsweken, including his first career win with the series in 2011.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Thunder program runs from May to September, featuring Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Pierced Parts Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway has also been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

Visit the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY, follow us on Twitter @OhswekenSpdway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

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World Of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Unveil Huge 2013 Schedule

World Of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Unveil Huge 2013 Schedule

A slate of more than 90 events, including stops at Cornwall and Ohsweken marks the 36th season for Outlaws 

INDIANAPOLIS – Dec. 6, 2012 – The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series released its ambitious schedule for 2013 on Thursday at the International Motorsports Industry Show, with the premier sprint car series competing in more than 90 races at more than 50 tracks across 23 states.

The schedule, which will continue to grow in the coming weeks as several additional dates are finalized, kicks off with the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Feb. 15-17 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., near Daytona Beach.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars then head west for March and the first two weeks of April with events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (March 6-7) and at Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway (March 9) before California races at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare (March 15-16), Stockton 99 Dirt Track at San Joaquin Fairgrounds in Stockton (March 22), Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico (March 23), Antioch Speedway in Antioch (April 5), Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga (April 6), Kings Speedway in Hanford (April 12) and Perris Auto Speedway in Perris (April 13).

Texas, Kentucky and Oklahoma host their lone events with a race at El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso (April 16), at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah (April 19) and at Salina Highbanks in Salina (April 26) as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series makes its season debut in the Midwest.

The schedule heats up throughout the spring and summer with at least 10 races per month from May through August, including a variety of big-paying events and two unique races.

The ‘Month of Money’ returns in July and August, highlighted by the $50,000-to-win, 30th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (July 13), the 22 nd annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway (July 16), the $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway (July 19-20), the $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Aug. 3) and the $150,000-to-win, 53rd annual Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (Aug. 7-10).

Additionally, for the first time since 2001 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars will race on a pavement track covered in dirt. Elko Speedway in Elko, Minn., will cover its 3/8-mile oval for a race on May 10.

The Outlaws venture to Canada for five races as well, beginning July 27 at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. Cornwall Motor Speedway in Cornwall, Ontario, hosts a race for the second straight year (July 28) and Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario – where NASCAR star Tony Stewart has claimed victory the past two years – will race on July 30.

The seventh consecutive Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, on Aug. 23-24 concludes the races in Canada to start the final West Coast swing of the season. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars will compete in eight races at seven tracks between Aug. 30 and Sept. 8 throughout Washington, Oregon and California.

The 51st annual, $50,000-to-win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway (Oct. 4-5) highlights a handful of races in October before the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars wrap up the season at the seventh annual PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 7-9.

For up-to-date changes throughout the offseason, visit WoOsprint.com. Tickets for select events can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606.

Date Day Track Location
Feb. 15 Friday Volusia Speedway Park (UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Pres. by Summit) Barberville, FL (Daytona Beach)
Feb. 16 Saturday Volusia Speedway Park (UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Pres. by Summit) Barberville, FL (Daytona Beach)
Feb. 17 Sunday Volusia Speedway Park (UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Pres. by Summit) Barberville, FL (Daytona Beach)
March 6 Wednesday The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas
March 7 Thursday The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas
March 9 Saturday Tucson International Raceway (Wildcat Shootout) Tucson, AZ (Tucson/Phoenix)
March 15 Friday Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA (Fresno)
March 16 Saturday Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA (Fresno)
March 22 Friday Stockton 99 Dirt Track Stockton, CA (Sacramento/Oakland)
March 23 Saturday Silver Dollar Speedway (Mini Gold Cup) Chico, CA (Sacramento)
April 5 Friday Antioch Speedway Antioch, CA (Oakland/San Francisco)
April 6 Saturday Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA (San Francisco/Santa Rosa)
April 12 Friday Kings Speedway Hanford, CA (Fresno)
April 13 Saturday Perris Auto Speedway (SoCal Showdown) Perris, CA (Los Angeles/San Diego)
April 16 Tuesday El Paso Speedway Park El Paso, TX
April 19 Friday Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY
April 20 Saturday Tri-State Speedway Evansville, IN
April 26 Friday Salina Highbanks Salina, OK (Tulsa)
April 27 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Spring Classic) Pevely, MO (St. Louis)
May 3 Friday Eldora Speedway (Outlaw Thunder) Rossburg, OH (Dayton/Fort Wayne)
May 4 Saturday Eldora Speedway (Outlaw Thunder) Rossburg, OH (Dayton/Fort Wayne)
May 10 Friday Elko Speedway Elko, MN (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
May 11 Saturday Knoxville Raceway (Mediacom Shootout) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
May 15 Wednesday Lincoln Speedway (Gettysburg Clash) Abbottstown, PA (Harrisburg)
May 17 Friday Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
May 18 Saturday Williams Grove Speedway (Morgan Cup) Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
May 19 Sunday Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown, NY (New York City)
May 21 Tuesday New Egypt Speedway New Egypt, NJ (Atlantic City)
May 24 Friday The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Outlaw Showdown) Concord, NC (Charlotte)
May 27 Monday Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN (Cincinnati)
May 31 Friday Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH (Toledo/Mansfield)
June 1 Saturday I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI (Grand Rapids/Lansing)
June 5 Wednesday Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, IN (Indianapolis)
June 7 Friday 34 Raceway Burlington, IA (Quad Cities)
June 8 Saturday Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, KS (Kansas City)
June 9 Sunday I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE (Lincoln/Omaha)
June 14 Friday Jackson Speedway Jackson, MN (Sioux Falls)
June 15 Saturday Knoxville Raceway (Mediacom Shootout) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
June 21 Friday River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND (Fargo/Winnipeg)
June 22 Saturday I-94 Speedway Fergus Falls, MN (Fargo/St. Cloud)
June 28 Friday LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL (Chicago)
June 29 Saturday Beaver Dam Raceway Beaver Dam, WI (Madison/Milwaukee)
June 30 Sunday Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
July 3 Wednesday Huset’s Speedway Brandon, SD (Sioux Falls)
July 5 Friday Dodge City Raceway Park (Boot Hill Showdown) Dodge City, KS
July 6 Saturday Dodge City Raceway Park (Boot Hill Showdown) Dodge City, KS
July 10 Wednesday Limaland Motorsports Park (Brad Doty Classic) Lima, OH (Fort Wayne/Toledo)
July 12 Friday Eldora Speedway (Knight Before the Kings Royal) Rossburg, OH (Dayton/Fort Wayne)
July 13 Saturday Eldora Speedway (Kings Royal) Rossburg, OH (Dayton/Fort Wayne)
July 16 Tuesday Lernerville Speedway (Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins) Sarver, PA (Pittsburgh)
July 19 Friday Williams Grove Speedway (Summer Nationals) Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
July 20 Saturday Williams Grove Speedway (Summer Nationals) Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
July 21 Sunday Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY (Albany)
July 23 Tuesday Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge, NY (Syracuse)
July 27 Saturday Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, QUE (Montreal)
July 28 Sunday Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, ONT (Ottawa)
July 30 Tuesday Ohsweken Speedway (Arrow Express Cup) Ohsweken, ONT (Toronto/Hamilton)
Aug. 2 Friday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO (St. Louis)
Aug. 3 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Ironman 55) Pevely, MO (St. Louis)
Aug. 7 Wednesday Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville Nationals) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
Aug. 8 Thursday Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville Nationals) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
Aug. 9 Friday Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville Nationals) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
Aug. 10 Saturday Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville Nationals) Knoxville, IA (Des Moines)
Aug. 13 Tuesday Junction Motor Speedway McCool Junction, NE (Lincoln)
Aug. 16 Friday River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND (Fargo/Winnipeg)
Aug. 18 Sunday Nodak Speedway Minot, ND
Aug. 23 Friday Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup) Edmonton, ALB
Aug. 24 Saturday Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup) Edmonton, ALB
Aug. 30 Friday Skagit Speedway Alger, WA (Seattle)
Aug. 31 Saturday Skagit Speedway Alger, WA (Seattle)
Sept. 2 Monday Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, WA (Olympia/Seattle)
Sept. 3 Tuesday Willamette Speedway Lebanon, OR (Corvallis/Eugene)
Sept. 4 Wednesday Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR (Eugene)
Sept. 5 Thursday Southern Oregon Speedway Medford, OR (Eugene)
Sept. 6 Friday Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race of Champions) Chico, CA (Sacramento)
Sept. 7 Saturday Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race of Champions) Chico, CA (Sacramento)
Sept. 8 Sunday Antioch Speedway Antioch, CA (Oakland/San Francisco)
Sept. 13 Friday Clay County Fair Speedway Spencer, IA (Sioux Falls)
Sept. 14 Saturday Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, MN (Rochester)
Sept. 20 Friday Eldora Speedway (4 Crown Nationals) Rossburg, OH (Dayton/Fort Wayne)
Sept. 21 Saturday Lernerville Speedway (Commonwealth Clash) Sarver, PA (Pittsburgh)
Sept. 27 Friday TBA
Sept. 28 Saturday TBA
Oct. 4 Friday Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
Oct. 5 Saturday Williams Grove Speedway (National Open) Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg)
Oct. 12 Saturday Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (NAPA Super DIRT Week) Elbridge, NY (Syracuse)
Oct. 19 Saturday TBA
Nov. 7 Thursday The Dirt Track at Charlotte (PEAK Motor Oil World Finals) Concord, NC (Charlotte)
Nov. 8 Friday The Dirt Track at Charlotte (PEAK Motor Oil World Finals) Concord, NC (Charlotte)
Nov. 9 Saturday The Dirt Track at Charlotte (PEAK Motor Oil World Finals) Concord, NC (Charlotte)

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Superflow Dynos and Wix Filters; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

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Steele, Thorne, Sault & Boughton Honoured As 2012 Ohsweken Speedway Champions

Steele, Thorne, Sault & Boughton Honoured As 2012 Ohsweken Speedway Champions

By Tommy Goudge (November 16, 2012) – The 2012 Ohsweken Speedway season was capped off in fine fashion on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen’s Banquet Hall in Hamilton. Chris Steele was honoured as the fifth champion of the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car Division, while Mike Thorne was crowned Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stock champion, Karl Sault received HRW Automotive Mini Stock accolades, and Davey Boughton was awarded his trophy as champion of the Pierced Parts Bomber division.

Special sponsor presentations were made to:

Arrow Express, Case IH/O’Neill’s Farm Equipment, Corr/Pak Merchandising, McDonald’s of Brantford and Paris, Woodstock Ford, Wiseco Piston, The Evers Financial Group Inc., Trailers By Jim Bray, Metal Works Powder Coating, Engine Pro Racing, HRW Automotive, Lighthouse Tattoos, Pierced Parts, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, www.ImageFactor.ca, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Grisdale Racing Products, HB Motorsports, Outhouse Image and Design, Hoosier Tire Canada, Engler Machine and Tool, Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, Awesome Racewear, Jones Brown Insurance, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Kinser Air Filters, Manton Pushrods, HRP Racing, and XYZ Machining Inc.

All 4 Division Champions were awarded a driver’s suit from Awesome Racewear. Outhouse Image and Design awarded vinyl race car wraps to Robin Elliott and Stevin Goldner by random draw, while Wiseco Piston awarded Travis Cunningham with a set of Wiseco Pistons, also by random draw.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS – AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Mitch Brown, Travis Cunningham, Keith Dempster, Todd Hoddick, Jim Huppunen, Tom Huppunen, Mikey Kruchka, Conor Mahoney, Dain Naida, Shane Ross, and Chris Steele.

HARD CHARGER
Jim Huppunen (passed 54 cars in feature race action)

“HARD LUCK”
Stevin Goldner

DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION
Havard Daniels

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Tom Huppunen

MECHANIC OF THE YEAR
Adam Murphy

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Travis Cunningham

SPORTSMANSHIP
Jamie Turner

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Shane Ross

DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by fans)
Mikey Kruchka

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CAR
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Steele

The Top 10 in the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars were:

1st – Chris Steele, Fenwick.
Tie 2nd – Tom Huppunen, Fenwick.
Tie 2nd – Glenn Styres, Ohsweken.
4th – Dain Naida, Tecumseh, MI.
5th – Travis Cunningham, Grimsby.
6th – Jim Huppunen, Fenwick.
7th – Keith Dempster, Alton.
8th – Mikey Kruchka, Hamilton.
9th – Todd Hoddick, Cheektowaga, NY.
10th – Mitch Brown, Brantford.

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS – AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Ryan Beagle, Jake Brown, Chris Dickie, Rob Disher, Robbie General, Gyokery Racing (Team 4), Devin Habiuk/Pete Reid (Team 5h), Kacey Huffman, Kameron Kocarik, Jim Lampman, Terry Martin, Miller Racing (Team 00x), Jack Myers, Mike Thorne, Aaron Turkey, Cory Turner, Ryan Turner, Wyatt Van Wart, and Lee Winger.

HARD CHARGER
Jack Myers (passed 185 cars in feature race action)

“HARD LUCK”
Brad Herron

DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION
Jim Lampman

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Ryan Turner

MECHANIC OF THE YEAR
Jeff Todd

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Aaron Turkey

SPORTSMANSHIP
Chris Dickie

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Ryan Turner

DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by fans)
Cory Turner

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike Thorne

The Top 10 in the Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks were:

1st – Mike Thorne, Caledonia.
2nd – Jack Myers, Wainfleet.
3rd – Wyatt Van Wart, Cambridge.
4th – Devin Habiuk/Pete Reid, Port Robinson.
5th – Lee Winger, Caledonia.
6th – Cory Turner, Caistor Centre.
7th – Chris Dickie, Brantford.
8th – Ryan Turner, Caistor Centre.
9th – Rob Disher, Grimsby.
10th – Jake Brown, Brantford.

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS – AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
John Cote/Rodney Rutherford (Team 38), Dan Erskine, Doug Erskine, Mike Evers, Mike Giberson, Dave Goodacre, Dale Gyokery, Jeremy Hughes, Jason Lungaro, Steve/Dan Miller (Team 79), Brittani Myers, Sarah Rutherford, Karl Sault, Rob Slater, Dan Stewart, Mike Taylor/Mark Czuba (Team 02), Rob Twitchett.

HARD CHARGER
Jeremy Hughes (passed 173 cars in feature race action)

“HARD LUCK”
Jeremy Hughes

DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION
Mike Giberson

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Karl Sault

MECHANIC OF THE YEAR
Glen Hils

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Robin Elliott

SPORTSMANSHIP
Mike Evers

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Dale Gyokery

ART HILL MEMORIAL AWARD
FOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by fans)
Mike Giberson

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Karl Sault

The Top 10 in the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks were:

1st – Karl Sault, Dundas.
2nd – Mike Evers, Caledonia.
3rd – Jason Lungaro, Hamilton.
4th – Jeremy Hughes, Burlington.
5th – Mike Taylor/Mark Czuba, Burlington.
6th – Steve Hess, Ohsweken.
7th – Doug Erskine, Hamilton.
8th – Dan Erskine/Kyle Erskine, Caistor Centre.
9th – Steve Miller/Dan Miller, Paris.
10th – Dave Goodacre, Brantford.

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS – AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Mark Bazuin/Scott McPhail (Team 21), Davey Boughton, Max Chechalk, Dusty DeBoer, Kathi Dickie, Brady Longboat, Jeremy May, and Danny Shantz.

HARD CHARGER
Max Chechalk (passed 74 cars in feature race action)

“HARD LUCK”
Danny Shantz

DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION
Dustin Deboer

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Davey Boughton

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Kathi Dickie

SPORTSMANSHIP
Jeremy May

DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by fans)
Kathi Dickie

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Davey Boughton

The Top 10 in the Pierced Parts Bombers were:

1st – Davey Boughton, Carlisle.
2nd – Max Chechalk, Hamilton.
3rd – Dusty DeBoer, Hagersville.
4th – Kathi Dickie, Brantford.
5th – Brady Longboat, Ohsweken.
6th – Jeremy May, Hamilton.
7th – Danny Shantz/Lee Hils, St. Agatha.
8th – Mark Bazuin/Scott McPhail, Caledonia.
9th – Joe DeBoer, Hagersville.
10th – Ian Myerscough, Burlington.

Ohsweken Speedway would like to thank all the racers, fans, staff, sponsors, and everyone else who made 2012 our best season yet! 54 drivers/teams were honoured for perfect attendance in 2012, and the fans were treated to high car counts and great competition each night.

Weekly Friday Night Thunder action is again on tap for Ohsweken’s 18th season in 2013. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.

Photo Credit: Dale Calnan (www.ImageFactor.ca). Left to Right – Chris Steele, Mike Thorne, Karl Sault, and Davey Boughton.

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Poirier Wins Third Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Title

Poirier Wins Third Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Title

By Tommy Goudge (September 15, 2012) – Steve Poirier of Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec became the first driver to win three Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Features on Saturday night in the 8th annual edition of Ohsweken Speedway’s signature event. Poirier led 32 of 35 laps in the feature to earn the $12,000 prize, while 2-time Nationals winner Shane Stewart settled for second, and 2011 Ohsweken Speedway track champion Jim Huppunen took third.

Jeff Cook and Steve Poirier made up the front row for the A-Feature, but were moved back to the second row after a false start, allowing Shawn Donath and Glenn Styres to start up front. Poirier didn’t let that setback get in his way, as he took the lead after a brief joust with Donath. Dustin Daggett looked to be on a mission, as he moved around both Stewart and Donath into second place on lap 6, and gave chase to Poirier while Donath and then Stewart went off track momentarily before Thomas Kennedy spun in turn 2 to bring out a caution flag on lap 9.

Daggett had just one lapped car between himself and the leader when the race restarted, but Poirier streaked away until traffic became a factor. Poirier missed his mark entering turn 3 on lap 15, allowing Daggett to take over out front, but Daggett himself got crossed up in the same spot on lap 18, and Poirier went back out front for good. Daggett slid back to 5th by the end of the race, while Stewart and Jim Huppunen tried to chase down Poirier. Huppunen had moved up from row 5, and was ahead of Stewart several times as the race wound down, but could not get by.

The rest of the field had a final chance to chase Poirier down when Ryan Grubaugh spun to bring out a caution on lap 31, setting up a 4 lap dash to the finish. Poirier had 4 lapped machines between himself and Stewart when the race restarted, and cruised to the win while Stewart and Huppunen again raced side-by-side for second, with Stewart prevailing. Huppunen, Hebing, and Daggett rounded out the top 5, while Jessica Zemken, Bryan Howland, Shawn Donath, Jeff Cook, and Jamie Collard finished in the top 10.

Poirier made sure to thank crew chief Kevin Loveys, a former weekly racer at Ohsweken, for helping him to get back to victory lane at Ohsweken after a tough season which saw him miss several races due to injury.

“I would exchange many wins this year for that one,” said Poirier after the race. “It looked like our season was going the wrong way with my knee injury. Not too much luck on our side, but tonight all night luck was on our side. The car was super good – thanks to Kevin (Loveys). I know he wanted that trophy pretty bad because he lives around here, so I’m really happy for him, and for my team to win that three times. This track has been so good to me. We always do good here, but the competition is getting tougher and tougher. It’s even better than the first two wins we had here.”

Stewart was also trying to win the Nationals for the third time in his career, but came up just a bit short this time.

“(Poirier) drove a great race, and had a great race car,” Stewart said afterwards. “We were just second place tonight, and we actually almost finished third. I could see (Huppunen) sneaking around the bottom, but I just can’t thank Joe and Tim and Cindy enough. They worked really hard to put together a really good team and program, and it’s always fun to come race for them. It’s good to see all the fans out here. I know it’s a little chilly out, but it was a good race. They did a great job preparing the race track.”

Huppunen improved on his 10th place finish in 2011 by getting to the podium this year, but couldn’t help but wonder if he could have done even better.

“This track was what I wanted,” Huppunen said of the slick conditions in the feature. “I almost got Shane there at the end. I blew it into (turn) one and I missed my mark, and I cursed myself going around that last lap, but all in all, wow that was fun!”

76 drivers from 3 Canadian provinces, 8 American states, and New Zealand attempted to qualify for the 2012 edition of the Nationals on Saturday night. Chris Steele ran the fastest time overall in group time trials, collecting the Lane Automotive Top Qualifier Award, along with the Bicknell Racing Products Top Canadian Qualifier award, and setting a new 360 Sprint Car time trial track record at 13.308 seconds. Kyle Sauder and his crew were awarded $300 for the Corr/Pak Merchandising “Bill Peer Memorial” Best Appearing Car honours, and Lee Ladouceur recieved a $200 bonus from Brighton Speedway as the highest finishing driver from the Southern Ontario Sprints.

Heat races went to Glenn Styres, Steve Poirier, Shane Stewart, Dustin Daggett, and Jeff Cook, while the B-Mains were claimed by Todd Hoddick, Michael Parent, and Dylan Swiernik, and Randy Hannagan and his crew changed engines in time to win the “Little Feature” and the final A-Feature starting position after starting deep in the field.

The Ohsweken Shootout and Dave McLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge were also contested on Saturday, after being rained out on Friday. Chuck Hebing took the win in the Ohsweken Shootout, while Randy Hannagan won the Dave McLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge.

Ohsweken Speedway wishes to thank all of the sponsors responsible for making this weekend’s event a big success, including Bell Helmets, Electromotive Engine Controls, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, BS&B Radiator, Wiseco Piston, Diversified Machine Incorporated, King Racing, Rod End Supply, Pancho’s Racing Products, XYZ Machining Inc., Rocket Headers, Manton Pushrods, ISC Racer’s Tape, J&J Auto Racing, Hoosier Tire, Kinser Air Filters, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Awesome Racewear, Hepfner Racing Products, Saldana Racing, Zemco Speed Equipment, Winters Performance, Seals-It, BMRS, and Slade Shock Technology.

MOD-LITE STARS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR NORTH
Derek Wagner continued his domination of the Mod-Lite visits to Ohsweken in 2012 by leading all but the first lap in the A-Feature. Paul Klager was close to getting by Wagner several times, but settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Jason Corless, Kory Howe, and Jeff May.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
EVENT SPONSOR – ARROW EXPRESS
8TH ANNUAL CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS GROUP TIME TRIALS (76 entries)
Finish. Number Name (Hometown) Best Lap (Overall Rank)
(4 laps – Fastest qualifier in each group drew heat race inversion pill)

GROUP #1:
1. 80 Chris Steele (Fenwick) 13.308 NEW TRACK RECORD (1)
2. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken) 13.502 (5)
3. 49x Scott Kreutter (Alden, NY) 13.615 (12)
4. 53 Joe Beaver (Knoxville, IA) 13.658 (14)
5. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Little Valley, NY) 13.814 (19)
6. 57 Charlie Sandercock (Carrying Place) 13.815 (20)
7. 51 Bryan Howland (Auburn, NY) 13.831 (21)
8. 67c Steve Collins (Belfast, NY) 14.331 (46)
9. 67 Chris Durand (Port Stanley) 14.693 (58)
10. 2g Joe Geibe (Sturgis, MI) 14.808 (62)
11. 11z Zach Zumpe (St. Catharines) 14.905 (65)
12. 5c Conor Mahoney (Waterdown) 15.028 (67)
13. 15 Mike Ferrell (London) 15.468 (72)

GROUP #2:
1. 28fm Steve Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloiel, QC) 13.317 (2)
2. 49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, NY) 13.464 (4)
3. 17 Jared Horstman (Cloverdale, OH) 13.514 (6)
4. 07x Dain Naida (Tecumseh, MI) 13.585 (8)
5. 21k Lou Kennedy, Jr. (Winnipeg, MB) 13.602 (10)
6. 10 Mitch Brown (Brantford) 13.614 (11)
7. 35r Ron Blair (Troy, OH) 13.658 (13)
8. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton, ON) 13.804 (17)
9. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, NJ) 13.851 (23)
10. 19k Paul Kinney (Canastota) 13.852 (24)
11. 1 Sammy Reakes, IV (Fulton, NY) 13.975 (30)
12. 4 Eric Smith (Bloomington, IN) 16.782 (73)
13. 10b Brandan Warner (Liverpool, NY) No Time (76)

GROUP #3:
1. 55 Patrick Vigneault (Trois-Rivieres, QC) 13.565 (7)
2. 20k Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, MB) 13.590 (9)
3. 8b Alain Bergeron (Saint-Pie, QC) 13.907 (26)
4. 31t Andy Teunessen (Hastings, MI) 13.968 (29)
5. 14h Jim Huppunen (Fenwick) 14.078 (37)
6. 33x Shawn Donath (South Onondaga, NY) 14.112 (38)
7. 90 Matt Tanner (Stephentown, NY) 14.137 (39)
8. 16c Greg Wheeler (Columbia City, IN) 14.299 (44)
9. 87 Jason Barney (Constantia, NY) 14.359 (48)
10. 3r Shane Ross (Thedford) 14.573 (53)
11. 15aw April Wilson (Joyceville) 14.990 (66)
12. 31b Bruce Dewick (Batavia, NY) 15.138 (68)
13. 70 Jim Lingar (South Bend, IN) 15.433 (71)

GROUP #4:
1. 3g Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 13.429 (3)
2. 2 Kyle Sauder (Archbold, OH) 13.719 (15)
3. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (St. Johns, MI) 13.805 (18)
4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton) 13.874 (25)
5. 22h Randy Hannagan (San Jose, CA) 13.977 (31)
6. 25 Michael Parent (Granby, QC) 13.999 (32)
7. 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre) 14.020 (33)
8. 77x Jessica Zemken (Sprakers, NY) 14.028 (35)
9. 33k Kyle Patrick (Tilbury) 14.075 (36)
10. 17j Lance Yonge (Penn Yan, NY) 14.172 (41)
11. 5m Brad Malloy (Niagara Falls) 14.600 (56)
12. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (St. Williams) 14.765 (59)
13. 52 Jesse Costa (St. Thomas) 14.794 (61)

GROUP #5:
1. 2m Dustin Daggett (Grand Ledge, MI) 13.759 (16)
2. 27h Tom Huppunen (Fenwick) 13.843 (22)
3. 16 Ryan Ruhl (Angola, IN) 13.935 (28)
4. 13 Kevin Ward, Jr. (Port Leyden, NY) 14.022 (34)
5. 45 Chuck Hebing (Ontario, NY) 14.268 (43)
6. 51L Lee Ladouceur (Alexandria) 14.330 (45)
7. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne) 14.344 (47)
8. 42w Rick Wilson (Joyceville) 14.402 (49)
9. 30 Adam West (Ridgetown) 14.563 (52)
10. 71 Travis Cunningham (Grimsby) 14.674 (57)
11. 94 Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie) 14.859 (63)
12. 67x Gord Bennett (Cambridge) No Time (75)

GROUP #6:
1. 7x Jamie Collard (Burford) 13.930 (27)
2. 49 Shawn Dancer (Delphos, OH) 14.146 (40)
3. 5b Justin Barger (Montrose, NY) 14.252 (42)
4. 10L Jeff Cook (Antwerp, NY) 14.442 (50)
5. 36 Mike Stelter (Ontario, NY) 14.562 (51)
6. 7c Dylan Swiernik (Port Leyden, NY) 14.585 (54)
7. 98 Joe Trenca (Clay, NY) 14.589 (55)
8. 10t Tommy Wickham (Central Square, NY) 14.774 (60)
9. 19 Mike Woodring (Hamburg, NY) 14.904 (64)
10. 9nz Havard Daniels (Coatesville, NZ) 15.310 (69)
11. 43 Scott Sherk (Port Colborne) 15.337 (70)
12. 4z Joel Lehman (Elora) 16.786 (74)

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS HEAT RACES
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
(10 laps each – Top 3 finishers in each transferred to A-Feature, Winner of each drew for feature starting position):

XYZ MACHINING HEAT RACE #1
1. 0 Glenn Styres (3), 2. 51 Bryan Howland (7), 3. 35 Jared Zimbardi (5), 4. 49x Scott Kreutter (2), 5. 80 Chris Steele (4), 6. 57 Charlie Sandercock (6), 7. 5c Conor Mahoney (12), 8. 67 Chris Durand (18), 9. 53 Joe Beaver (1), 10. 11z Zach Zumpe (11), 11. 2g Joe Giebe (10), 12. 67c Steve Collins (16) DNF, 13. 15 Mike Ferrell (13) DNF. No Time.

SLADE SHOCK TECHNOLOGY HEAT RACE #2
1. 28fm Steve Poirier (1), 2. 21k Lou Kennedy, Jr. (4), 3. 17 Jared Horstman (3), 4. 49 Todd Hoddick (2), 5. 10 Mitch Brown (5), 6. 07x Dain Naida (7), 7. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon (9), 8. 5 Keith Dempster (8), 9. 19k Paul Kinney (10), 10. 35r Ron Blair (6), 11. 1 Sammy Reakes IV (11), 12. 4 Eric Smith (12), DNS. 10b Brandan Warner (13). Time – 2:29.657.

O’NEIL’S FARM EQUIPMENT HEAT RACE #3
1. 33x Shawn Donath (6), 2. 14h Jim Huppunen (5), 3. 55 Patrick Vigneault (4), 4. 87 Jason Barney (9), 5. 20k Thomas Kennedy (3), 6. 8b Alain Bergeron (2), 7. 16c Greg Wheeler (8), 8. 31t Andy Teunessen (1), 9. 3r Shane Ross (10), 10. 31b Bruce Dewick (12), 11. 15aw April Wilson (11), 12. 70 Jim Lingar (13), DNS. 90 Matt Tanner (7). Time – 2:31.428.

ROCKET HEADERS HEAT RACE #4
1. 3g Shane Stewart (4), 2. 77x Jessica Zemken (8), 3. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (2), 4. 25 Michael Parent (6), 5. 2 Kyle Sauder (3), 6. 22h Randy Hannagan (5), 7. 17j Lance Yonge (10), 8. 33k Kyle Patrick (9), 9. 52 Jesse Costa (13), 10. 5m Brad Malloy (11), 11. 31 John Burbridge Jr. (12), 12. 01 Mikey Kruchka (1), 12. 11 Jamie Turner (7). Time – 2:28.457.

ENGLER MACHINE AND TOOL HEAT RACE #5
1. 2m Dustin Daggett (6), 2. 45 Chuck Hebing (2), 3. 16 Ryan Ruhl (4), 4. 27h Tom Huppunen (5), 5. 51L Lee Ladouceur (1), 6. 13 Kevin Ward, Jr. (3), 7. 42w Rick Wilson (8), 8. 94 Stan Zanchin (11), 9. 30 Adam West (9), 10. 5d Dave Dykstra (7), 11. 71 Travis Cunningham (10) DNF, DNS. 67x Gord Bennett (12). Time – 2:33.364.

BS&B RADIATOR HEAT RACE #6
1. 10L Jeff Cook (1), 2. 7x Jamie Collard (4), 3. 5b Justin Barger (2), 4. 7c Dylan Swiernik (5), 5. 36 Mike Stelter (7), 6. 10t Tommy Wickham (8), 7. 98 Joe Trenca (6), 8. 9nz Harvard Daniels (10), 9. 43 Scott Sherk (11), 10. 4z Joel Lehman (12), 11. 49s Shawn Dancer (3) DNF, DNS. 19 Mike Woodring (9). No Time.

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS B-MAINS
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
(12 Laps each, Top 2 finishers in each transferred to A-Feature)

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS B-MAIN #1
1. 49 Todd Hoddick (2), 2. 07x Dain Naida (6), 3. 10 Mitch Brown (4), 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock (5), 5. 19k Paul Kinney (12), 6. 80 Chris Steele (3), 7. 35r Ron Blair (14), 8. 1 Sammy Reakes IV (16), 9. 5 Keith Dempster (10), 10. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon (8), 11. 49x Scott Kreutter (1), 12. 53 Joe Beaver (11), 13. 5c Conor Mahoney (7), 14. 11z Zach Zumpe (13), 15. 2g Joe Geibe (15), 16. 4 Eric Smith (18), 17. 67 Chris Durand (9) DNF, DNS. 67c Steve Collins (17), DNS. 15 Mike Ferrell (19), DNS. 10b Brandan Warner (20). Time – 3:17.807.

WISECO PISTON B-MAIN #2
1. 25 Michael Parent (2), 2. 17j Lance Yonge (8), 3. 20k Thomas Kennedy (3), 4. 87 Jason Barney (1), 5. 2 Kyle Sauder (4), 6. 52 Jesse Costa (12), 7. 8b Alain Bergeron (5), 8. 5m Brad Malloy (14), 9. 33k Kyle Patrick (10), 10. 01 Mikey Kruchka (18), 11. 16c Greg Wheeler (7), 12. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (16), 13. 31b Bruce Dewick (13), 14. 31t Andy Teunessen (9), 15. 15aw April Wilson (15), 16. 3r Shane Ross (11), 17. Jamie Turner (20) DNF, DNS. 22h Randy Hannangan (6), DNS. 70 Jim Lingar (17), DNS. 90 Matt Tanner (19). No Time.

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL B-MAIN #3
1. 7c Dylan Swiernik (2), 2. 51L Lee Ladouceur (3), 3. 27h Tom Huppunen (1), 4. 13 Kevin Ward, Jr. (5), 5. 36 Mike Stelter (4), 6. 98 Joe Trenca (8), 7. 94 Stan Zanchin (9), 8. 9nz Havard Daniels (10), 9. 30 Adam West (11), 10. 43 Scott Sherk (12), 11. 4z Joel Lehman (14), 12. 10t Tommy Wickham DNF (6), 13. 42w Rick Wilson (7) DNF, 14. 5d Dave Dykstra (13) DNF, DNS. 71 Travis Cunningham (15), DNS. 49s Shawn Dancer (16), DNS. 67x Gord Bennett (17), DNS. 19 Mike Woodring (18). No Time.

OHSWEKEN SHOOTOUT (10 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 45 Chuck Hebing (4)
2. 07x Dain Naida (1)
3. 51L Lee Ladouceur (2)
4. 80 Chris Steele (3)
5. 22h Randy Hannagan (12)
6. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (10)
7. 49x Scott Kreutter (5)
8. 1 Sammy Reakes IV (11)
9. 16 Ryan Ruhl (7)
10. 7x Jamie Collard (8)
11. 0 Glenn Styres (9)
12. 53 Joe Beaver (6)
Time – 2:41.745

DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL MR. SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE (1 on 1 Match Races):

FIRST ROUND (1 lap each):
45 Chuck Hebing def. 2 Kyle Sauder DNS
17j Lance Yonge def. 80 Chris Steele
0 Glenn Styres def. 21k Lou Kennedy, Jr
22h Randy Hannagan def. 5 Keith Dempster
89 Robbie Stillwaggon def. 49x Scott Kreutter
51 Bryan Howland def. 16 Ryan Ruhl
51L Lee Ladouceur def. 00 Ryan Grubaugh
32 Justin Barger def. 53 Joe Beaver

QUARTER FINALS (1 lap each):
0 Glenn Styres def. 45 Chuck Hebing
22h Randy Hannagan def. 17j Lance Yonge
51L Lee Ladouceur def. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon
51 Bryan Howland def. 32 Justin Barger DQ

SEMI-FINALS (1 lap each):
51L Lee Ladouceur def. 0 Glenn Styres
22h Randy Hannagan def. 51 Bryan Howland

DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL MR. SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE FINAL (2 laps):
22h Randy Hannagan def. 51L Lee Ladouceur

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS “LITTLE FEATURE”
(15 Laps, Winner transferred to A-Feature)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 22h Randy Hannagan (38), 2. 27h Tom Huppunen (5), 3. 19k Paul Kinney (7), 4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (8), 5. 36 Mike Stelter (16), 6. 1 Sammy Reakes IV (11), 7. 52 Jesse Costa (22), 8. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (21), 9. 30 Adam West (17), 10. 98 Joe Trenca (19), 11. 9nz Havard Daniels (29), 12. 3r Shane Ross (18), 13. 15aw April Wilson (26), 14. 5c Conor Mahoney (27), 15. 31t Andy Teunessen (10), 16. 33k Kyle Patrick (13), 17. 11 Jamie Turner (33), 18. 94 Stan Zanchin (24), 19. 8b Alain Bergeron (9), 20. 11z Zach Zumpe (25), 21. 70 Jim Lingar (41), 22. 5 Keith Dempster (3) DNF, 23. 57 Charlie Sandercock (4) DNF, 24. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon (6) DNF, 25. 4 Eric Smith (31) DNF, 26. 43 Scott Sherk (30) DNF, 27. 13 Kevin Ward, Jr. (12) DNF, 28. 5m Brad Malloy (20) DNF, 29. 53 Joe Beaver (1) DNF, 30. 31b Bruce Dewick (28) DNF, 31. 2 Kyle Sauder (2) DNF, 32. 16c Greg Wheeler (14) DNF, 33. 87 Jason Barney (15) DNF, DNS. 2g Joe Giebe (23), DNS. 4z Joel Lehman (32), DNS. 5d Dave Dykstra (34), DNS. 42w Rick Wilson (35), DNS. 67 Chris Durand (36), DNS. 10t Tommy Wickham (37), DNS. 90 Matt Tanner (39), DNS. 49 Shawn Dancer (40). No Time.

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS
ARROW EXPRESS A-FEATURE (35 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 28fm Steve Poirier (2)
2. 3g Shane Stewart (6)
3. 14h Jim Huppunen (9)
4. 45 Chuck Hebing (11)
5. 2m Dustin Daggett (5)
6. 77x Jessica Zemken (10)
7. 51 Bryan Howland (7)
8. 33x Shawn Donath (3)
9. 10L Jeff Cook (1)
10. 7x Jamie Collard (12)
11. 51L Lee Ladouceur (24)
12. 17 Jared Horstman (14)
13. 7c Dylan Swiernik (21)
14. 25 Michael Parent (20)
15. 22h Randy Hannagan (30)
16. 16 Ryan Ruhl (17)
17. 07x Dain Naida (22)
18. 21k Lou Kennedy, Jr. (8)
19. 49 Todd Hoddick (19)
20. 00 Ryan Grubaugh (16)
21. 10 Mitch Brown (27)
22. 0 Glenn Styres (4)
23. 80 Chris Steele (25) DNF
24. 20k Thomas Kennedy (26) DNF
25. 35 Jared Zimbardi (13) DNF
26. 17j Lance Yonge (23) DNF
27. 35r Ron Blair (29) DNF
28. 5b Justin Barger (18) DNF
29. 49x Scott Kreutter (28) DNF
30. 55 Patrick Vigneault (15) DNF.
No Time.

Lap Leaders: Poirier (1-15, 19-35), Daggett (16-18)

AWARDS:
Lane Automotive Top Qualifier Award – 80 Chris Steele (13.308 seconds)
Bicknell Racing Products Fastest Canadian Qualifier Award – 80 Chris Steele (13.308 seconds)
Corr/Pak Merchandising “Bill Peer Memorial” Best Appearing Car Award – 2 Kyle Sauder
Brighton Speedway Highest Finishing SOS Driver – 51L Lee Ladouceur

MODIFIED LITE STARS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR (13 entries)
HEAT RACES (8 laps each):
Finish. Number Name (Hometown)

HEAT RACE #1
1. 33 Kory Howe (St. Catharines), 2. 67 Rick Brubacher (St. Clements), 3. 61 Derek Wagner (Middleport, NY), 4. 19 Jason Corless (Bolton), 5. 17 Josh Sliter (Ridgeway), 6. 23 Jeff May (Mount Hope), 7. 77 Randy Hollingshead (Stoney Creek). Time – 2:37.172.

HEAT RACE #2
1. 1 Paul Klager (Beamsville), 2. 91 Derek Moore (Welland), 3. 26 Ray Sliter, Jr. (Ridgeway), 4. 53 Jamie Gilbert (Welland), 5. 2ez Dillan Sliter (), 6. 14 Kelly Mason (Virgil). No Time.

MOD-LITE STARS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
A-FEATURE (20 LAPS)
Finish. # Name
1. 61 Derek Wagner
2. 1 Paul Klager
3. 19 Jason Corless
4. 33 Kory Howe
5. 23 Jeff May
6. 91 Derek Moore
7. 67 Rick Brubacher
8. 77 Randy Hollingshead
9. 53 Jamie Gilbert
10. 17 Josh Sliter
11. 14 Kelly Mason
12. 2ez Blair Young
13. 26 Ray Sliter, Jr.
No Time.

NEXT UP @ OHSWEKEN:
Ohsweken Speedway Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, November 16, 2012
Carmen’s Banquet Hall – Hamilton, Ontario
Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for details

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Open Wheel Report: Canadian Sprint Car Nationals “Who’s Who”

Open Wheel Report: Canadian Sprint Car Nationals “Who’s Who”

By Tommy Goudge (September 15, 2012) – The much-anticipated eighth annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals take centre stage at Ohsweken Speedway tonight, with close to eighty Sprint Car drivers from all over North America expected to compete for the top prize of $12,000. It’s not easy to pick who will make the feature field, let alone who might win it. That said, I’ll still give it my best shot, and try to outline some of the names I think you’ll hear when it’s time to introduce the thirty starters of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.

FAVOURITES

0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken, Ontario)…The all-time leader on the Ohsweken Speedway feature win list missed last year’s CSCN with a broken wrist. It didn’t take him long to find his game when he got back behind the wheel, as he took the $10,000 King of the 360’s win at Florida’s East Bay Raceway in February. Styres won three features at Ohsweken this year, and tied for second in Corr/Pak points, despite missing a race in August to attend the Knoxille 360 Nationals.

2m Dustin Daggett (Grand Ledge, Michigan)… Daggett is the only driver to qualify for all seven Nationals features, and has finished fourth on Saturday three times. He has shown even more urgency at Ohsweken lately, and simply dominated the Northern Summer Nationals series feature in August to put him back alone in second place on the all-time Ohsweken win list.

3g Shane Stewart (Bixby, Oklahoma)…Stewart finally appeared human last year in the Saturday night CSCN feature. He won the 2009 and 2010 editions of the event, and Thursday and Friday night features at last year’s Nationals, but actually lost a spot in Saturday’s feature, finishing fifth after starting fourth. He must still be considered a prohibitive favourite to win this year though.

5b Justin Barger (Montrose, New York)…The 2012 Northern Summer Nationals series champion is guaranteed a starting spot in Saturday night’s feature, but Barger will be trying to race his way in to improve his starting position.  He started ninth and finished a career-best sixth in the 2011 CSCN feature, following up a ninth place finish in 2010.

21k Lou Kennedy, Jr. (Winnipeg, Manitoba)…This year marks Lou’s third CSCN visit, following attempts in 2009 and 2010. The veteran driver raced his way to a top six starting position in 2010, but last just one lap in the feature after contact with another car on the start.

22h Randy Hannagan (San Jose, California)…Hannagan improved to a seventh place finish in his second attempt at the Nationals last season, and first driving for Ohio’s Dennis Yoakam. “Hurricane” Hannagan has the NRA Invaders series championship for the second year in a row, and served notice that he’s here to win after some impressive lap times during Thursday’s practice session.

28fm Steve Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec)… One of the most successful drivers in Nationals history, and definitely the most successful Canadian, Poirier has entered the Nationals six times, and never finished worse than seventh. He won in his 2006 Nationals debut, and again the following season. The three time Empire Super Sprints series champ missed part of this season after knee surgery. Last year’s CSCN saw Steve barely miss the top six redraw for feature starting spots when he lost an exciting heat race to eventual feature winner Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

39c Travis Rilat (Forney, Texas)…A decorated racer south of the border in the American Sprint Car Series, Rilat will try his first Canadian Nationals this weekend driving for Alberta-based car owner Richard Samure. Rilat and Samure have teamed up several times before, and the 39c has been fast in past Nationals events with Paul McMahan and Jason Solwold at the controls. Rilat has three feature wins and eleven top five finishes in limited action in the south and Pacific Northwest this year.

45 Chuck Hebing (Ontario, New York)…“Cobra” finally did what we thought he needed to do to get his first Nationals win last year by getting into the top six redraw for feature starting positions. Once there, he slid backwards though, eventually ending up thirteenth. Chuck has started the feature in all of his six Nationals attempts, and finished second in both 2009 and 2010. He’s currently second in the Empire Super Sprints series standings, just three points behind Lance Yonge, and has four feature wins.

77x Jessica Zemken (Sprakers, New York)…The weekend got off to a rough start for Jessica when the engine blew up in her Miles Hill-owned car during Thursday night practice, and the engine in her own car also went south when she switched to that car for the remainder of the session. She and her team have an uphill climb now, but she is driving for the team which collected second and third in last year’s CSCN with Wayne Johnson and Jamie Collard.

CONTENDERS

2s Kyle Sauder (Archbold, Ohio)…Sauder competed in the Nationals for the first time last season driving a Glenn Styres-owned machine, and looked fast before trouble in his heat race. He qualified well enough in time trials to receive a feature starting spot, and advanced into the top twenty from row fourteen. Sauder returns this year with his own car, fresh off a second place finish in the NRA Invaders series championship behind Randy Hannagan.

7x Jamie Collard (Burford, Ontario)…It hasn’t been quite the season many expected from Collard at Ohsweken, considering the hot streak he was on at the end of 2011, but he has been to victory lane at other tracks this year. Jamie led briefly in last year’s Nationals feature, and ran second for much of the race until teammate Wayne Johnson nipped him at the finish line.

8b Alain Bergeron (Saint-Pie, Quebec)…Bergeron has led 18 laps at the Nationals, including the first 9 in last year’s feature, but has yet to record a top 10 finish. The former Empire Super Sprints champ has qualified for the feature in four of six Nationals attempts, and has twice won heat races on Saturday night at the Nationals.

13 Kevin Ward, Jr. (Port Leyden, New York)…Ward improved from a surprising 14th in his first attempt in 2010 to an impressive 8th in last year’s Nationals feature. He has a feature win on the Empire Super Sprints tour this year, along with four top ten finishes.

27h Tom Huppunen (Fenwick, Ontario)…“The Fenwick Flyer” was back full time in weekly Corr/Pak competition at Ohsweken this season, and narrowly missed taking his second career track championship. Huppunen has attempted to qualify for all seven editions of the Nationals, and now has a year of full-time racing under his belt with the one-of-a-kind Five Star chassis.

51 Bryan Howland (Auburn, New York)…The four-time Patriot Sprint Tour champion almost took a fifth PST crown this year, but lost that on the final night. Howland hasn’t had great luck at the Nationals, and even had to miss Saturday night in 2010 due to an injury suffered in a crash the night before. His best career finish in the Nationals came in 2008 when he finished third, and he has failed to qualify for the feature only once in six attempts.

80 Chris Steele (Fenwick, Ontario)…Steele proved why his nickname is “The Real Deal” by taking a thrilling Corr/Pak division championship at Ohsweken last Friday. He took his first two career Sprint Car feature wins this season on the way to the title, and finished third in the Northern Summer Nationals feature at Ohsweken in August.

87 Jason Barney (Constantia, New York)…Jason’s luck at Ohsweken is not what it used to be, but anyone who has qualified for all six features they’ve attempted has to be a part of this list. Barney claimed runner-up finishes at the Nationals in both 2006, and 2007, and took a sixth place finish in 2009.

DARKHORSES

07x Dain Naida (Tecumseh, Michigan)…Naida is another driver who has qualified for all six Nationals features that he has attempted. He had a quiet but consistent season at Ohsweken in weekly Corr/Pak division racing, but won last Friday’s season championship feature, and finished fourth in the overall standings. His best career Nationals finish came in 2007 when he finished fifth.

17 Jared Horstman (Cloverdale, Ohio)…Horstman was impressive in his first trip to Ohsweken last year, qualifying 11th overall, and eventually finishing 19th in the feature. A regular competitor with the NRA Invaders and ASCS Sprints on Dirt series, Horstman is always around the top five.

17j Lance Yonge (Penn Yan, New York)…Yonge is enjoying a very good season in 2012, as he currently leads the Empire Super Sprints standings with two wins, and ten top five finishes. The veteran driver slipped back to 23rd in last year’s Nationals feature, after top ten finishes in each of the two preceding events.

33 Shawn Donath (South Onondaga, New York)…Shawn’s first Nationals foray was relatively successful last year, as the Empire Super Sprints regular qualified for the feature through his heat race, and finished 15th. Donath is currently fourth in the ESS tour standings, and has won three times with that group this year.

49 Scott Kreutter (Alden, New York)…“The Straight Shooter” joined the weekly Corr/Pak contingent at Ohsweken on many Friday nights this season, and ended up 14th in the overall standings, despite not competing in all the events. His season south of the border was even more successful, as he claimed the Patriot Sprint Tour American championship, and won two features along the way. Kreutter has qualified for the feature in two of the three Nationals he has attempted.

49t Gregg Dalman (Bellvue, Michigan)…Dalman’s feature finishes at the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals give no indication of how much work he has done to get them. He’s finished sixth twice, seventh once, and twelfth twice, but came from the B-Main in four of those races. Gregg has a solid lead in the ASCS Sprints on Dirt series standings, and is almost a lock to win that championship this year.

71 Travis Cunningham (Grimsby, Ontario)…Cunningham could be included in the “contenders” category, but has had a rough end to the season, and he seems to like being considered a bit of an underdog. His numbers this year say otherwise though, as he won his first career Sprint Car feature at Ohsweken on July 6, and then won twice more on his way to a fourth place finish in the points standings. Cunningham is a talented engine builder, and has shown versatility with a variety of track conditions this year at Ohsweken.

89 Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, New Jersey)…Robbie’s first trip to Ohsweken looked promising last year until he ran into heat race trouble. His time trial lap was good enough to get him into the feature, and with any luck he can improve upon his 25th place finish. Stillwaggon currently leads the URC series standings, and won his most recent race at Delaware International Speedway two weeks ago.

WILD CARDS

00 Ryan Grubaugh (St. Johns, Michigan)…Grubaugh has qualified for all five Nationals features that he’s attempted, including a third place finish in 2006. He didn’t compete on Saturday night last year, and returns this year in his family-owned car currently second in the ASCS Sprints on Dirt series points standings with a feature win and ten top five finishes.

14h Jim Huppunen (Fenwick, Ontario)…The 2011 Ohsweken Speedway track champion wasn’t able to recapture the magic he found last season, but he is still 6th in the Corr/Pak division standings in 2012. Jim reached the CSCN A-Main for the first time last year, and drove to a top 10 finish from an 11th row starting spot.

19 Mike Woodring (Hamburg, New York)…The 8-time Empire Super Sprints champion will return to the driver’s seat in a Sprint Car race for the first time since 2005 this weekend. Woodring won the inaugural CSCN as a car owner with Kenny Jacobs behind the wheel, and originally planned to have Brooke Tatnell drive for him this weekend, but those plans fell through. Woodring spends most of his time wrenching on Sprint Cars now, but has 4 career feature wins as a driver at Ohsweken, and could be heard from this weekend.

53 Joe Beaver (Knoxville, Iowa)…A regular racer at the famed Knoxville Raceway, Beaver is making his first Nationals appearance this weekend. He finished fifth in the very tough weekly 360 Sprint Car standings at Knoxville this year, and has two career feature wins there.

Tommy Goudge is OntarioOval.com’s Open Wheel Editor. He’s also an announcer and media officer at Ohsweken Speedway, PR Manager for Ryan Litt Racing and The Fenwick Flyer Tom Huppunen, and a contributor to Inside Track Motorsport News.  The Open Wheel Report covers Sprint Car, Midget, and Supermodified events and news from Ontario’s series, tracks, and teams. You can talk to Tommy by e-mail at tommygoudge@ontariooval.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tommygoudge and friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/tommy.goudge

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8th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals This Weekend

8th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals This Weekend

By Tommy Goudge (September 13, 2012) – The long wait is over, and it’s time for Ohsweken Speedway’s signature event – the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Arrow Express. The big weekend officially begins on Friday, September 14, and finishes Saturday night, September 15 with the $12,000-to-win feature event, along with a practice session on Thursday night, September 13.

NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS
The Night Before the Nationals at Ohsweken has a busy slate, including twin fifteen lap features for the Sprint Cars, plus the Ohsweken Shootout, and Dave MacLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge.

The winner of each fifteen lap feature will receive a guaranteed starting spot in Saturday night’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals feature race, as Shane Stewart and Dustin Daggett did last year.

The Ohsweken Shootout will feature twelve drivers in a ten lap dash for cash on Friday night. Top drivers from selected ASCS Sprints on Dirt, Patriot Sprint Tour, Empire Super Sprints, Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division, Southern Ontario Sprints, and National Racing Alliance events will make up the Shootout field.

The Dave MacLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge is back again this year with one-on-one match races for the top drivers in points from each affiliate sanction, plus some “Wild Card” entries.

A good field of Vintage Cars is also expected to be on hand to compete as the support division on Friday night.

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS
Saturday features the eighth annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Arrow Express, with well over seventy of the best Sprint Car drivers from all over North America expected in competition, including former winners Shane Stewart of Brownsburg, Indiana, and Steve Poirier of Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec.

The successful affiliate sanctioning program is again in place this year, with teams slated to participate from Ohsweken’s weekly Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division, the Empire Super Sprints and Patriot Sprint Tour based in New York, Michigan-based ASCS Sprints on Dirt, the National Racing Alliance from Ohio, and the Southern Ontario Sprints club.

This year’s edition of the Nationals again features a purse increase, with the winner now set to take home twelve thousand dollars, and every feature starter guaranteed at least eight hundred fifty dollars. The feature race length remains at thirty-five laps, and the starting field at thirty cars.

Time trials will be utilized, with the same format as last year; The field will be split into six groups, which will run time trials and heat races together. The fastest driver from each group will draw to determine the inversion for the start of his or her heat race. The fastest driver overall in time trials will receive the Lane Automotive Fast Time award, while the fastest Canadian driver will receive the Bicknell Racing Products Fastest Canadian award.

The top three finishers in each heat race will qualify for the feature, and each heat race winner will participate in an “Outlaw style” redraw for feature starting positions. Three B-Mains and the Non-Qualifiers Little Feature will fill out the remainder of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals feature field.

The Mod-Lite Stars International Championship Tour will also make its final appearance at Ohsweken for 2012 on Saturday night. Derek Wagner has dominated the other Ohsweken visits by the tour this year, while Paul Klager has also picked up a win this year.

STAY WITH US!
Plenty of un-serviced camping space is once again available at the speedway all weekend for a nominal one-time fee of twenty dollars. The pit area washrooms and concession stand will also be open twenty-four hours a day during the Nationals, and the concession will feature breakfast and lunch menus.

GET CONNECTED
Ohsweken Speedway is online on all of your favourite media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/OhswekenSpdway), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/OhswekenSpdway), along with the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com. Don’t forget to use the #CSCN hashtag if you’re tweeting about the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals this weekend!

ON THE AIR
The Race Time Radio broadcast crew will be at the track with live audio coverage of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals online at www.RaceTimeRadio.com each night. The races will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM Sports Express 157 on Tuesday, September 18, and Wednesday, September 19, both at 5:00p.m. Eastern Time.

OUR SPONSORS
About Arrow Express: Arrow Express proudly presents the Six Nations Showdown and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken. Contact them by phone at (519) 445-1688, or visit their website at www.arrowexpresssports.com

About Corr/Pak Merchandising: Founded in 1997, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc. is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is a designer and producer of Point of Purchase (POP) displays for retail. Strong emphasis on creative design and speed of response has seen Corr/Pak achieve great success in a very competitive industry. Their in-house capabilities and broad range of trusted suppliers enable them to develop any sort of effective solution for your retail display needs, no matter the materials used – whether corrugated, wood, boxboard, plastic, wire, steel, or any combination of those. Corr/Pak’s support of the Sprint Car division at Ohsweken continues for a fifth consecutive season in 2012.
Please visit www.CorrPak.ca for more information on the title sponsor of Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway.

Ohsweken Speedway welcomes Bell Helmets, Electromotive Engine Controls, and Klotz Synthetic Lubricants to the list of Canadian Sprint Car Nationals contingency sponsors, which also includes Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, BS&B Radiator, Wiseco Piston, Diversified Machine Incorporated, King Racing, Rod End Supply, Pancho’s Racing Products, XYZ Machining Inc., Rocket Headers, Manton Pushrods, ISC Racer’s Tape, J&J Auto Racing, Hoosier Tire, Kinser Air Filters, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Awesome Racewear, Hepfner Racing Products, Saldana Racing, Zemco Speed Equipment, Winters Performance, Seals-It, BMRS, and Slade Shock Technology.

THIS WEEK AT OHSWEKEN
The Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 14 features Twin 15’s for the Sprint Cars, the Ohsweken Shootout, and Dave MacLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge, plus Vintage Cars. Spectator Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m.

Arrow Express presents the eighth annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals this Saturday, September 15, plus the Mod-Lite Stars International Championship Tour. Time trials begin at 6:30p.m., with the first race getting underway at 7:45p.m.

Tickets will be available at the gate each night, with Friday tickets priced at $20 for Adult Reserved, $15 for Adult General Admission, $5 for Kids age 6-12, and FREE for Kids age 5 and under, and Saturday tickets priced at $40 for Adult Reserved, $25 for Adult General Admission, $5 for Kids age 6-12, and FREE for Kids age 5 and under.

Ohsweken Speedway offers affordable, exciting, family entertainment just a short drive from many Mid-Western Ontario locations. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and Feel The Excitement!

CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS FEATURE WINNERS
2005 – Kenny Jacobs
2006 – Steve Poirier
2007 – Steve Poirier
2008 – Wayne Johnson
2009 – Shane Stewart
2010 – Shane Stewart
2011 – Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

“OHSWEKEN SHOOTOUT” WINNERS
2005 – Nick Mulheim
2006 – Dustin Daggett
2007 – Rick Wilson
2008 – Steve Poirier
2009 – Steve Poirier
2010 – Jessica Zemken
2011 – Jamie Collard

“DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL MR. SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE” WINNERS
2007 – J.R. Stewart
2008 – Steve Poirier
2009 – Steve Poirier
2010 – Jessica Zemken
2011 – Wayne Johnson

“NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS” FEATURE WINNERS
2005 – Adam West
2006 – Kyle Patrick & Justin Barger
2007 – Rained Out
2008 – Jason Barney & Dustin Daggett
2009 – Brian McDonald & Shane Stewart
2010 – Glenn Styres & Dustin Daggett
2011 – Shane Stewart & Dustin Daggett

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2012 Champions Decided At Ohsweken Speedway

2012 Champions Decided At Ohsweken Speedway

By Tommy Goudge (September 7, 2012) – The championships in each weekly division of Ohsweken Speedway’s Friday Night Thunder series were not decided until the final regular event in 2012, and a brief rain shower during qualifying couldn’t keep the racers from settling things on the track. The Season Championships were presented by O’Neil’s Farm Equipment and Case IH, and featured plenty of close racing, especially in the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car feature. Dain Naida claimed his first Sprint Car feature win at Ohsweken in 2012, while Chris Steele took the runner-up spot, and assured himself of the championship as long as he takes a green flag during next weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Mike Thorne won the Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks feature, and locked up his second consecutive championship, while Jeremy Hughes won the HRW Automotive Mini Stock feature, and Karl Sault finished third to take his second championship in a row. Davey Boughton also won the Pierced Parts Bombers feature and championship on Friday night.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS Four drivers entered Friday night with very good chances to take the Sprint Car championship, and the standings got even more tight after the heat races were complete, with Tom Huppunen, Chris Steele, Glenn Styres, and Travis Cunningham all in the mix, separated by just five points. Dain Naida and Glenn Styres began the 25 lap feature on the front row, but Travis Cunningham got turned around in turn two before the first lap was complete.

Naida took the lead after the complete restart, but Styres and Steele were close behind, and Tom Huppunen tried to pick his way forward from his seventh row starting spot. Styres briefly got around Naida and led the fifth lap, but Naida quickly got the spot back, while Steele pounced on Styres to take second on lap seven. Huppunen was up to the seventh spot by lap nine, but couldn’t make up much ground after that, leaving Styres and Steele to settle the championship.

Styres was close behind as Steele tried to stay with Naida, but he couldn’t get by, and then briefly lost the position to Jessica Zemken until she found a rut in turn two. Naida cruised to the feature win, followed by Steele, Styres, Zemken, and Todd Hoddick. Steele’s runner-up finish put him four points ahead of Styres and Huppunen heading into the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, an event which pays show-up points towards the Corr/Pak championship.

Heat races for the 24 car field were claimed by Jamie Collard, Keith Dempster, and Scott Kreutter.

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS Jack Myers entered the night trailing Mike Thorne by just six points in the Thunder Stock standings, but trouble found him in both his heat race, and the B-Main. When the Season Championship feature began, Myers could only sit and watch as Mike Thorne clinched the title. Thorne didn’t just cruise to the championship though, as he made his way to the front from row seven, and took the feature win. Wyatt Van Wart, Cory Turner, Aaron Turkey, and Ryan Turner rounded out the top five.

Heat races for the 29 car field were claimed by Brad Bacher, Aaron Turkey, and Chris Dickie, while Jim Lampman won the B-Main.

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS Karl Sault entered the evening with a twenty point advantage over Mike Evers, and only needed to keep the retiring veteran driver in sight to claim his second Mini Stock title in succession. Sault was not content with that though, and gave chase to eventual feature winner Jeremy Hughes, while John Cote was also in the mix. Hughes took his sixth win of the season at Ohsweken, followed by Cote, Sault, Dan Stewart, and Jason Lungaro.

Heat races for the 26 car field went to Laura Hughes, John Cote, and Doug Erskine, while Mark Czuba won the B-Main.

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS Davey Boughton and Max Chechalk entered the evening separated by just one point, but Boughton quickly got the lead when the feature race began, and cruised to the championship-clinching feature win. Chechalk made a valiant effort to finish fourth after starting outside row six, but settled for the runner-up spot in the points standings. Brady Longboat, Jeremy May, Chechalk, and Kathi Dickie chased Boughton to the finish line.

Heat races for the 13 car field were claimed by Wayde Thorne and Brady Longboat.

NEXT WEEK AT OHSWEKEN The “Night Before the Nationals” is ready to go on Friday, September 14. The first night of the 8th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will include Twin 15 lap features for the Sprint Cars, plus the Ohsweken Shootout, Dave McLeod Memorial Mr. Sprint Car Challenge, and Vintage Cars. Spectator gates open at 5:00 with racing starting at 7:45!

TICKETS PLEASE Advanced reserved seat tickets for the 8th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals coming up on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15 at Ohsweken are on sale now! Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and call 1-888-720-RACE to order yours today! The pre-entry list for this huge event already includes 42 drivers from as far away as Texas and Iowa, and many more are expected. Friday and Saturday Nationals tickets are now also available at the Styres Gas Bar located at the Speedway entrance.

FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER 2012 RACE REPORT – SEPTEMBER 7 “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS” OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO EVENT SPONSOR – O’NEAL’S FARM EQUIPMENT/CASE IH TOTAL ENTRIES – 92 RACE START: 7:45P.M. RACE END: 10:40P.M.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS (24 entries) HEAT RACES (8 laps each – Top 16 in passing points transferred to A-Feature): Finish. [Starting Position] Number Name (Hometown)

ENGLER MACHINE & TOOL HEAT RACE #1 1. [2] 7x Jamie Collard (Burford), 2. [4] 71 Travis Cunningham (Grimsby), 3. [6] 33k Kyle Patrick (Tilbury), 4. [3] 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre), 5. [7] 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 6. [5] 3r Shane Ross (Thedford), 7. [1] 9nz Havard Daniels (Coatesville, NZ). Time – 1:50.803.

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #2 1. [2]5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. [1] 49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, NY), 3. [6] 07x Dain Naida (Tecumseh, MI), 4. [3] 27h Tom Huppunen (Fenwick), 5. [7] 80 Chris Steele (Fenwick), 6. [4] 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (St. Williams), 7. [5] 14h Jim Huppunen (Fenwick), 8. [8] 43 Scott Sherk (Port Colborne). Time – 1:51.310.

O’NEIL’S FARM EQUIPMENT HEAT RACE #3 1. [4] 49x Scott Kreutter (Alden, NY), 2. [6] 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 3. [1] 10 Mitch Brown (Brantford), 4. [5] 77x Jessica Zemken (Sprakers, NY), 5. [9] 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 6. [3] 5c Conor Mahoney (Waterdown), 7. [7] 67 Chris Durand (Port Stanley), 8. [8] 11z Zach Zumpe (St. Catharines), 9. [2] 21j John Burbridge, Sr. (Simcoe) DNF. Time – 1:50.375.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP” A-FEATURE (25 laps) Finish. # Name (Starting Position) 1. 07x Dain Naida (1) 2. 80 Chris Steele (4) 3. 0 Glenn Styres (2) 4. 77x Jessica Zemken (3) 5. 49 Todd Hoddick (9) 6. 27h Tom Huppunen (14) 7. 01 Mikey Kruchka (5) 8. 33k Kyle Patrick (12) 9. 7x Jamie Collard (11) 10. 14h Jim Huppunen (19) 11. 5 Keith Dempster (7) 12. 10 Mitch Brown (13) 13. 35 Jared Zimbardi (24) 14. 3r Shane Ross (15) 15. 11 Jamie Turner (10) 16. 9nz Havard Daniels (22) 17. 71 Travis Cunningham (8) 18. 67 Chris Durand (18) 19. 5c Conor Mahoney (17) 20. 43 Scott Sherk (20) 21. 31 John Burbridge, Jr. (16) DNF 22. 21j John Burbridge, Sr. (23) DNF 23. 49x Scott Kreutter (6) DNF DNS. 11z Zach Zumpe (21) No Time.

Lap Leaders – Naida (1-4, 6-25), Styres (5)

SPRINT CAR AWARDS: Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance “Top Gun” (highest passing points total): 49x Scott Kreutter ($100)

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS (29 entries) HEAT RACES (8 laps each – Top 6 finishers in each transferred to A-Feature): Finish. Number Name (Hometown)

ENGINE PRO RACING HEAT RACE #1 1. 85h Brad Bacher (Hagersville), 2. 8 Ryan Dinning (Caledonia), 3. 62 Brian Pescetti (Stoney Creek), 4. 77 Brett Rodwell (Caledonia), 5. 44 Kevin Dawson (Caledonia), 6. 84rk Ryan Beagle (Vittoria), 7. 13 Kacey Huffman (Hamilton), 8. 00 Robbie General (Ohsweken), 9. 4 Brittany Gyokery (Jarvis), 10. 85b Luke Greiner (Barrie) DNF.

6 NATIONS BINGO HEAT RACE #2 1. 68 Aaron Turkey (Ohsweken), 2. 11r Bryce Richardson (Port Colborne), 3. 38 Terry Martin (Ohsweken), 4. 00x Derek Miller (Ohsweken), 5. 57 Murray Nicholls (Hamilton), 6. 333 Kameron Kocarik (Fonthill), 7. 28 Jim Lampman (Caistor Centre), 8. 31 Dave Bailey (Hagersville), 9. 48 Shaun Quinn (Caledonia).

O’NEIL’S FARM EQUIPMENT HEAT RACE #3 1. 1 Chris Dickie (Brantford), 2. 91 Ryan Turner (Caistor Centre), 3. 2 Lee Winger (Caledonia), 4. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 5. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (Cambridge), 6. 10 Jake Brown (Brantford), 7. 33m Jack Myers (Wainfleet), 8. 17 Rob Disher (Grimsby), 9. 33t Cory Turner (Caistor Centre), 10. 5h Devin Habiuk (Port Robinson) DNF.

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS B-MAIN (10 laps – Top 6 finishers transferred to A-Feature) 1. 28 Jim Lampman, 2. 48 Shaun Quinn, 3. 33t Cory Turner, 4. 31 Dave Bailey, 5. 17 Rob Disher, 6. 00 Robbie General, 7. 13 Kacey Huffman, 8. 33m Jack Myers, 9. 4 Brittany Gyokery DNF, 10. 5h Devin Habiuk DNF, DNS. 85b Luke Greiner.

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP” A-FEATURE (25 laps) Finish. # Name (Starting Position) 1. 55 Mike Thorne (14) 2. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (4) 3. 33t Cory Turner (21) 4. 68 Aaron Turkey (8) 5. 91 Ryan Turner (13) 6. 57 Murray Nicholls (3) 7. 31 Dave Bailey (22) 8. 38 Terry Martin (6) 9. 77 Brett Rodwell (5) 10. 62 Brian Pescetti (11) 11. 28 Jim Lampman (19) 12. 333 Kameron Kocarik (1) 13. 85h Brad Bacher (18) 14. 00x Derek Miller (2) 15. 10 Jake Brown (7) DNF 16. 1 Chris Dickie (12) 17. 13 Kacey Huffman (25) DNF 18. 2 Lee Winger (10) DNF 19. 8 Ryan Dinning (16) DNF 20. 17 Rob Disher (23) DNF 21. 44 Kevin Dawson (17) DNF 22. 84rk Ryan Beagle (9) DNF 23. 48 Shaun Quinn (20) DNF 24. 00 Robbie General (24) DNF DNS. 11r Bryce Richardson (15)

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS (26 entries) HEAT RACES (8 laps each – Top 6 finishers in each transferred to A-Feature): Finish. Number Name (Hometown)

ENGINE PRO RACING HEAT RACE #1 1. 10 Laura Hughes (Flamboro), 2. 66 Brandon Janssens (Woodstock), 3. 01 Mark Da Silva (West Flamborough), 4. 69 Rob Twitchett (Dundas), 5. 81h Glen Hils (Dundas), 6. 12 Jonathan Ayrton (Hamilton), 7. 11 Mike Giberson (Caledonia), 8. 7x Chase Hess (Ohsweken) DNF, DNS. 53 Sarah Rutherford (Dundas).

STYRES GAS BAR HEAT RACE #2 1. 38 John Cote (Hamilton), 2. 27 Dan Stewart (Hamilton), 3. 99 Robin Elliott (Woodstock), 4. 79 Steve Miller (Paris), 5. 55 Rob Slater (Dundas), 6. 05 Dave Goodacre (Brantford), 7. 1 Josh Shantz (St. Agatha), 8. 22 Brittani Myers (Hamilton), 9. 84 Dale Gyokery (Jarvis).

O’NEIL’S FARM EQUIPMENT HEAT RACE #3 1. 48 Doug Erskine (Hamilton), 2. 777x Steve Hess (Ohsweken), 3. 7 Jason Lungaro (Hamilton), 4. 265 Mike Evers (Caledonia), 5. 81 Karl Sault (Dundas), 6. 10j Jeremy Hughes (Burlington), 7. 02 Mark Czuba (Burlington), 8. 69e Dan Erskine (Caistor Centre).

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS B-MAIN (8 laps – Top 6 finishers transferred to A-Feature) 1. 02 Mark Czuba, 2. 1 Josh Shantz, 3. 69 Rob Twitchett, 4. 84 Dale Gyokery, 5. 22 Brittani Myers, 6. 11 Mike Giberson, 7. 7x Chase Hess DNF, DNS. 53 Sarah Rutherford.

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP” A-FEATURE (25 laps) Finish. # Name (Starting Position) 1. 10j Jeremy Hughes (10) 2. 38 John Cote (16) 3. 81 Karl Sault (12) 4. 27 Dan Stewart (3) 5. 7 Jason Lungaro (13) 6. 99 Robin Elliott (14) 7. 69e Dan Erskine (1) 8. 265 Mike Evers (11) 9. 1 Josh Shantz (20) 10. 777x Steve Hess (15) 11. 01 Mark Da Silva (17) 12. 48 Doug Erskine (8) 13. 66 Brandon Janssens (6) 14. 05 Dave Goodacre (7) 15. 84 Dale Gyokery (22) 16. 12 Jonathan Ayrton (2) 17. 22 Brittani Myers (23) 18. 69 Rob Twitchett (21) 19. 79 Steve Miller (9) DNF 20. 11 Mike Giberson (24) DNF 21. 55 Rob Slater (5) DNF 22. 02 Mark Czuba (19) 23. 10 Laura Hughes (4) 24. 81h Glen Hils (18) DNF

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS (13 entries) HEAT RACES (6 laps each) Finish. Number Name (Hometown)

HEAT RACE #1 1. 6 Wayde Thorne (Waterford), 2. 42 Joe DeBoer (Hagersville), 3. 25 Kevin Nicol (Hamilton), 4. 21 Mark Bazuin (Caledonia), 5. 707 Danny Shantz (St. Agatha), 6. 16x Dwight Staats (Ohsweken), DNS. Ian Myerscough (Burlington).

HEAT RACE #2 1. 66 Brady Longboat (Ohsweken), 2. 16 Jeremy May (Hamilton), 3. 18x Davey Boughton (Carlisle), 4. 5 Kathi Dickie (Brantford), 5. 23 Dusty DeBoer (Hagersville), 6. 97 Max Chechalk (Hamilton).

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP” A-FEATURE (15 laps) Finish. # Name (Starting Position) 1. 18x Davey Boughton (4) 2. 66 Brady Longboat (5) 3. 16 Jeremy May (1) 4. 97 Max Chechalk (12) 5. 5 Kathi Dickie (6) 6. 6 Wayde Thorne (2) 7. 23 Dusty DeBoer (10) 8. 42 Joe DeBoer (3) 9. 21 Mark Bazuin (7) 10. 007 Ian Myerscough (13) 11. 707 Danny Shantz (9) DNS. 25 Kevin Nicol (8) DNS. 16x Dwight Staats (11)

UP NEXT @ OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 “THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS” SPRINT CAR TWIN 15′s, OHSWEKEN SHOOTOUT, 6TH ANNUAL DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL MR. SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE, PLUS VINTAGE CARS ADULTS $20 RESERVED OR $15 GENERAL ADMISSION, KIDS 6-12 $5, AND KIDS 5 AND UNDER FREE! SPECTATOR GATES OPEN @ 5:00 P.M., RACING @ 7:45 P.M.

 

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Championships Up For Grabs Friday At Ohsweken Speedway

Championships Up For Grabs Friday At Ohsweken Speedway

By Tommy Goudge (September 6, 2012) – The 2012 edition of Ohsweken Speedway’s Friday Night Thunder series is set to conclude this Friday, September 7 when O’Neil’s Farm Equipment and Case IH present the Season Championships for all divisions. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Pierced Parts Bombers will contest extra-distance feature races this Friday, and the championships in each division are still up for grabs, as many drivers still have legitimate chances to win.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS

The incredibly close championship chase in the Sprint Car division finds 2009 track champion Tom Huppunen at the top of the list, but the top 4 drivers are separated by just 7 points heading into the final event.

Chris Steele is currently 2nd in the standings, just 3 points behind Huppunen, while Glenn Styres is 6 points behind the leader, and Travis Cunningham is just 1 point behind Styres. Dain Naida rounds out the top 5, while Shane Ross is the current Rookie of the Year leader.

LIGHTHOUSE TATTOOS THUNDER STOCKS

Mike Thorne leads the Thunder Stock standings by just 6 points over Jack Myers, as Thorne tries to successfully defend his 2011 championship. The #5h team of Devin Habiuk and Pete Reid is currently 3rd, followed by Wyatt Van Wart, and Lee Winger. The Rookie of the Year award is still up for grabs as well, with Jake Brown currently holding a 10 point lead over Ryan Turner in that category.

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS

Karl Sault enjoys the largest margin of any of the Ohsweken points leaders, as he has a 20 point lead over Mike Evers heading into Friday’s finale. Jason Lungaro, Jeremy Hughes, and the #02 team of Mike Taylor and Mark Czuba rounds out the current top 5, while Dale Gyokery leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

PIERCED PARTS BOMBERS

The closest title fight is found in the Bomber division, where Davey Boughton holds a narrow 1 point advantage over Max Chechalk with 1 race left on the schedule. Dusty DeBoer, Kathi Dickie, and Brady Longboat round out the top 5.

TICKETS PLEASE!

Advanced reserved seat tickets for the 8th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals coming up on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15 at Ohsweken are on sale now! Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and call 1-888-720-RACE to order yours today! The pre-entry list for this huge event already includes 42 drivers from as far away as Texas and Iowa, and many more are expected. Friday and Saturday Nationals tickets will be available at the Styres Gas Bar located at the Speedway entrance beginning Saturday, September 8. No two day package tickets will be available after 12 Noon this Thursday, September 6.

RIDE WITH THE PROS

Ohsweken Speedway has two custom-built two-seater Sprint Cars available each race night for rides. Please visit www.OhswekenTwoSeater.com to learn how you can take the ride of your life with one of the stars of the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car division!

OUR SPONSORS

About O’Neil’s Farm Equipment: O’Neil’s takes pride in being a family-owned business, which has served their community for over 90 years. A lot of things have changed over the years, but the principles of their dealership have stayed the same. They believe in serving customers with honesty and integrity. They take great pride in finding their customers the right product for the right job. Their roots were founded in the agriculture business, selling and servicing IH, Case IH, and Case equipment. As their dealership has grown, they have expanded by taking on quality lawn and garden products. They are proud to have partnered with quality companies such as Cub Cadet, Troy Bilt, Stihl , Grass Hopper, Toro, and Lawn Boy. With over 9 factory trained technicians, they are there to service all your needs. They also offer a large, fully-equipped parts department to serve all your agriculture and lawn and garden needs. Finally They are also proud to say that they offer a Home Hardware store. At O’Neil’s, they strive to offer their customers quality sales and service all under one roof. Visit O’Neil’s online at www.oneils.ca

About Corr/Pak Merchandising: Founded in 1997, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc. is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is a designer and producer of Point of Purchase (POP) displays for retail. Strong emphasis on creative design and speed of response has seen Corr/Pak achieve great success in a very competitive industry. Their in-house capabilities and broad range of trusted suppliers enable them to develop any sort of effective solution for your retail display needs, no matter the materials used – whether corrugated, wood, boxboard, plastic, wire, steel, or any combination of those. Corr/Pak’s support of the Sprint Car division at Ohsweken continues for a fifth consecutive season in 2012.

Please visit www.CorrPak.ca for more information on the title sponsor of Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway.

About Lighthouse Tattoos: The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Lighthouse Tattoos are there to assist you in choosing a tattoo from thousands of in-store designs, or they can create a custom tattoo using your own idea. Lighthouse Tattoos is a clean and sterile environment, and is health department inspected and approved. They provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere to make sure your tattoo experience is a memorable one. Visit the title sponsor of Thunder Stock racing at Ohsweken at 245 Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga, or online at www.LighthouseTattoos.com.

About HRW Automotive: HRW was founded by Robert Workman in 1990. By providing good old-fashioned customer service, HRW has gained a loyal following in the community. You can entrust all of your vehicle’s service and repair needs to the team of automotive professionals at HRW Automotive. Visit the title sponsor of Mini-Stock Racing at Ohsweken Speedway at 163 Baptist Church Road in Caledonia, or on the web at www.HRWAutomotive.com.

About Pierced Parts: Pierced Parts Body Jewellery retail stores are located in Brantford, Waterloo, and London. Pierced Parts offers wicked selections of body jewellery, crazy contacts, and hair dye for the alternative lifestyle. Visit the title sponsor of Bomber racing at Ohsweken on the web at www.PiercedParts.com.

THIS WEEK AT OHSWEKEN

Ohsweken Speedway’s regular Friday Night Thunder series concludes this Friday, September 7 when O’Neil’s Farm Equipment and Case IH present Season Championships for all divisions. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Pierced Parts Bombers are all part of this big event, which will decide the 2012 Ohsweken Speedway track championships.

Friday Night Thunder adult general admission is just $12, while seniors and students are $10, and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Spectator gates open @ 6:00p.m., with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, September 7. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and Feel The Excitement!

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