By CLAYTON JOHNS
OHSWEKEN, ONT – The biggest Canadian dirt track event of the summer just got even better. Canadian NASCAR star and dirt track ace Stewart Friesen has announced he will compete in the first-ever NASCAR Pinty’s Series race on dirt at Ohsweken Speedway on Tuesday, August 18. Friesen will also compete in a 360 Sprint Car at the track’s Northern Summer Nationals on August 17 and 18 as part of the show.
“This is already a destination event for Canadian motorsports fans and adding Stewart Friesen to the cast of talent in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and in our local Ohsweken divisions just adds to this star-studded event,” said Ohsweken Speedway general manager Clinton Geoffrey.
Friesen is no stranger to muscling a stock car on dirt as the Niagara-on-the-lake, Ont. native has competed with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Eldora Speedway four times where he earned his first career NASCAR National Series win in 2019. Friesen has finished on the podium at Eldora three times in four starts at the event. While Friesen’s ride for the event is still to be announced at a later date, he will be bringing his crew chief Trip Bruce north of the border to turn the wrenches at the event.
Friesen is no stranger to Ohsweken Speedway either. Arguably one of the most versatile racecar drivers on the planet right now, Friesen has previously proven he can succeed behind the wheel of any car on asphalt or on dirt. Four years ago, Friesen showed just that when he became just the second Canadian-born driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event when he beat the Outlaws at Ohsweken on July 28, 2015. A year later, he won the biggest annual event on the Big-Block Modified calendar when he triumphed at Super DIRT Week in Oswego, NY on October 9, 2016.
This year, Friesen will also attempt to get the better of a talented cast of Ohsweken 360 Sprint Car regulars when he races in a Kevin Loveys-prepared Glenn Styres Racing sprint car with support from Ohsweken Speedway Racesource. The 360 Sprint Cars will compete on back-to-back nights with full shows on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18.
In addition to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, the Action Sprint Tour and Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks will also be in action on Monday, August 17. The HRW Automotive Mini Stocks will also join the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars on Tuesday, August 18.
Advanced reserved tickets and camping for all Ohsweken Speedway major events, including the NASCAR Pinty’s Series on dirt, are available online at https://www.showpass.com/o/ohsweken-speedway/. For more information and more big announcements on this special mid-summer two-day event, stay tuned to www.npsondirt.com and www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
Ohswken Speedway’s 25th season will be one of its biggest years yet. The 2020 season will feature every event broadcast live via Ohsweken Speedway’s Live Stream network. That includes all the major events, including the 16th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and weekly Friday Night Excitement events featuring four divisions of racing, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com or call 519-717-0023 for more information.
Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream
Can’t make it to the track or don’t live within driving distance? No problem! Check out all of Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement action live online for free via the Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream. The stream goes live at 7:30pm EST each race night at www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca, on our official Facebook page and on YouTube.
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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 track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights.