PORT COLBORNE, ONT – Aaron Turkey took full advantage of his pole starting position led all 20 laps of the Feature event to score his second career Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com win in the series’ inaugural stop at Humberstone Speedway on Saturday night. The Ohsweken, Ont. driver turned in a perfect score card as he won his heat race before selecting the pole in the pre-race redraw and then held off teammate Holly Porter in the main event.
“It’s really cool,” Turkey said of the victory. “I’m shocked I did it on the bottom. I usually like cruising around on the high side, but I’m really glad to get it done.”
Turkey and Porter started on the front row for the 20-lap Feature. The two drivers claimed the front row starting spots via the redraw after winning their respective heat races. Both drivers elected to keep their front row starting spot and declined to take the Durnin Motors Front Row challenge where they would have dropped to the 12th starting spot for a chance at a $500 bonus if they could score the win.
When the green flag dropped, a handful of early cautions slowed the race, including one involving Ryan Hunsinger, who spun in a battle for third and collected point leader Shone Evans, ending his night. Turkey pulled away on the restart, anchoring his car to the bottom lane. Behind him, Porter and local driver Jacob Dykstra of Port Colborne, Ont. raced away from the rest of the pack. Tenth-starting Brad Herron made his move forward despite a collapsed left side board on the top wing of his No.12, racing up to fifth before the third and final caution of the race for a spun Jerry Hill on lap eight.
On the ensuing restart, Turkey was again able to pull ahead of Porter who stayed within striking distance for some time before eventually fading back to a half straightaway deficit while still maintaining a five car-length lead over Dykstra.
“The track got really slick and really technical, but it was a lot of fun,” Porter said following her second-place finish.
Rounding out the top-five was Herron, who earned the night’s hard charger award with a drive from 10th to a fourth-place finish, and youngster Liam Martin in fifth.
The incident to Evans dropped him to second in the championship standings and allowed Jesse Costa, who entered the race second in the standings, to take over the point lead with a seventh-place finish.
The Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com returns to action on Saturday. July 28 with a return appearance to Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario. Shone Evans won the Series’ first stop there in May. For more information on the Action Sprint Tour, including a full scheduled, points, purses and point fund, visit www.ActionSprintTour.com.
Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
June 17, 2018
Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 19
No. Name – Hometown
08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
4 Hannah Ferrell – Vanessa, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
22jr Al Gilletta Jr. – St. Catharines, Ont.
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
43h Ryan Hunsinger – Stouffville, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
51 Trevor Young – Ancaster, Ont.
52 Jesse Costa – St. Thomas, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
74 Rob Neely – Rockwood, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.
A-Feature (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 68 Aaron Turkey (1); 2. 1 Holly Porter (2); 3. 5d Jacob Dykstra (3); 4. 12 Brad Herron (10); 5. 29 Liam Martin (4); 6. 56 Dereck Lemyre (6); 7. 52 Jesse Costa (11); 8. 08 Steven Beckett (8); 9. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (5); 10. 1eh Paul Klager (14); 11. 4 Hannah Ferrell (13); 12. 74 Rob Neely (17); 13. 88h Josh Hansen (9); 14. 22 Al Gilletta Jr. (12); 15. 9c Brian Nanticoke (15); 16. 3b Blaine Barrow (19); 17. 51 Trevor Young (16); 18. 87x Shone Evans (7); 19. 49h Jerry Hill (18)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Aaron Turkey 1-20
Hard Charger – Brad Herron +6 (10th to 4th)
Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter (7); 2. 56 Dereck Lemyre (2); 3. 87x Shone Evans (6); 4. 12 Brad Herron (4); 5. 4 Hannah Ferrell (5); 6. 51 Trevor Young (3); 7. 3b Blaine Barrow (1)
Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 29 Liam Martin (1); 2. 5d Jacob Dykstra (3); 3. 08 Steven Beckett (2); 4. 52 Jesse Costa (4); 5. 1eh Paul Klager (6); 6. 74 Rob Neely (5)
Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 68 Aaron Turkey (6); 2. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (3); 3. 88h Josh Hansen (1); 4. 22 Al Gilletta Jr. (2); 5. 9c Brian Nanticoke (5); 6. 49h Jerry Hill (4)
2018 Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Schedule
Fri. May 18 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Mon. May 21 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont.
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
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