By CLAYTON JOHNS
OHSWEKEN, ONT – After a highly entertaining start to July that saw another competitor earn his first career when Lucas Smith claimed the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car feature, Ohsweken Speedway is thrilled to return to action for Kids Bike and Sponsor Night presented by Strickland’s GMC on Friday, July 13.
This week’s Kids Bike Night is a popular night among all fans as drivers from all four weekly divisions purchase bikes to give away to junior fans of all ages. Last season, over 60 bikes were given away. With more than 110 cars signing into the pits each Friday this season, Ohsweken officials expect even more this season.
This week’s edition of Friday Night Excitement is also Sponsor Night, as each race team is afforded the opportunity to invite as many as four of their sponsors to enjoy a night at the racetrack, free of charge.
All four Ohsweken weekly divisions are in action, including the headlining Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks.
Race time is 7:30pm with grandstand gates opening at 6:00pm. Adult admission is just $14 while Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17) are only $10. Kids aged 7-12 are only $3 and Kids 6 and under are free. This pricing is in effect for all weekly Friday Night Excitement shows in 2018.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Dylan Westbrook’s fifth win of the season in Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car weekly competition extended his point lead to 46 points over Caistor Centre, Ont. driver Cory Turner, who rebounded from a heat race wreck last Friday to finish eighth in the main event. Jim Huppunen of Fenwick, Ont. sits third in the standings, 24 points back of Turrner, but only a single marker ahead of Pain Court, Ont. driver Tyler Hendricks. Mack DeMan of Mississauga, Ont. occupies fifth in the standings, only three points back of Hendricks. Ryan Turner, Mike Thorne, Chris Steele, Jamie Turner, and Mikey Kruchka round out the top-10.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Lucas Smith’s first career win last week shrunk Jesse Costa’s point lead atop the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division to just 10 points. The two drivers have been weekly podium finishers, in a thrilling back and forth battle so far this season. Scotland, Ont. pilot Shone Evans is third, just 32 points back of the lead while Delhi’s Holly Porter sits fourth and Vanessa driver Hannah Ferrell is currently fifth. Rounding out the top-10 are Aaron Turkey, Jerry Hill, Rob Neely, Jacob Dykstra and Dereck Lemyre.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks have a new point leader in Logan Shwedyk. After entering last week’s competition tied with Dave Bailey, Shwedyk’s fourth-place finish now gives him a slim four-point lead over Bailey, who finished sixth last Friday night. After earning his first win of the season, Ken Sargent now sits third in the standings, just six points back of Shwedyk for the lead. Billy Bleich Jr. remains fourth, only 17 points out of third while Trevor DeBoer is fifth, 10 points back of Bleich. Jim Lampman, Christopher Hale, Mark Bazuin, Chase Hess and Kevin Pauls complete the current top-10 with seven races completed.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Nick Masi scored his fourth win of the season last Friday night in HRW Automotive Mini Stock action to retake the point lead from ‘Cheeseburger’ Sean Iftody. The advantage currently sits at eight points, while Gillian Hils is exactly 30 points back of Masi for the division lead. Dusty DeBoer is 23 back of Hils in fourth and Matt Nuell rounds out the top-five with a 12-point deficit to DeBoer. Jonathan Ayrton, Dale Millard, Kyle Wert, Tim DeBoer and Martin Schroeder make-up the remainder of the top-10.
About Strickland’s GMC: Strickland’s is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Southwestern Ontario for over 30 years. They have never been afraid to change in order to better serve their customers, but one thing has remained the same – they have always run their company based on the old proverb “Treat others the way you wish to be treated”. Strickland’s is the only full-line General Motors dealer in Brantford and the surrounding area, serving the community for over 90 years. Strickland’s returned as the title sponsor of the Crate Sprint Car division for a third consecutive season in 2016. Strickland’s GMC is located at 19-21 Lynden Road in Brantford, at the intersection of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway, and just 15 minutes from Ohsweken Speedway. Visit Strickland’s GMC online at www.Stricklands.com or call them at 1-800-599-5558.
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Tickets and Camping Available Now!
Advanced reserved seating tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15 are on sale now! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Feature Event. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information. For the full 2018 schedule of events, click here.
Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream
Can’t make it to the track or don’t live within driving distance? No problem! Check out all of Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement action live online for free via the Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream. The stream goes live at 7:30pm EST each race night at www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca and on our official Facebook page.
Ohsweken Speedway’s 23rd season of weekly Friday Night Excitement features four divisions of racing, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to view the schedule or call (519) 717-0023 for more information.
About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks and Mini Stocks. The season finishes each year with the track’ annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights.
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Phone: (519) 717-0023
Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2018: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Lucas Oil Products, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.