After the final checkered flags had waved, it was Scott Kreutter who grabbed his first career Ohsweken win in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car versus Southern Ontario Sprints Feature and Shone Evans won the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car main event for the first time in 2018. For the stock cars, Dave Bailey claimed another win in the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature while Kyle Wert won the HRW Automotive Mini Stock Feature.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars vs. Southern Ontario Sprints
Adam West and Mack DeMan paced the field to the green flag for the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars versus Southern Ontario Sprints 25-lap Feature. Before the race hit turn one though, Mike Thorne and Scott Burke were flipping wildly upside down. Both drivers were uninjured, but their cars were destroyed.
West pulled into the pits prior to the restart, handing the inside of the front row to Alden, NY native Scott Kreutter for the complete restart. Kreutter took full advantage as he drove to the lead on the opening lap and paced the field to the first caution on lap four.
Following the restart, Kreutter was in traffic by lap nine and led a three-car breakaway from the field with Dylan Westbrook and DeMan following. Kreutter stayed about 10 car lengths ahead of Westbrook or DeMan, who repeatedly switched the second spot, until the final caution of the race on lap 23 when Jim Huppunen spun at the top of turn three while running in the top-10.
Kreutter was strong on the green-white-checkered finish and scored his first career win here at Ohsweken over Westbrook, who took the runner-up spot from DeMan on the final lap. Mikey Kruchka and Steve Lyons rounded out the top-five. Lyons, Kreutter and Westbrook were heat race winners earlier in the night.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Jacob Dykstra and Brian Nanticoke brought the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car field to the green flag for their 20-lap Feature. Dykstra continued his strong second half of the season by jumping ahead to the early lead while Nanticoke stayed close to challenge until the first caution on lap two. Another caution on lap five saw Liam Martin, Paul Klager and Josh Hill all spun in turn four.
Dykstra continued to lead on the restart while Shone Evans raced past Nanticoke for second on lap eight. One lap later, Evans had caught Dykstra and began to setup the pass for the lead. Coming to the halfway mark, the two drivers were side-by-side under the starter’s stand with Dykstra just barely leading the lap. Evans completed the pass for the lead in turns one and two and then pulled away.
On lap 13, Evans saw his lead reduced when he got up over the turn three cushion, allowing Dykstra and Aaron Turkey back with five car lengths, but the Scotland, Ont. driver maintained his composure and found his preferred line again before leading the final seven laps on the way to his first weekly Ohsweken win of the season. Dykstra earned the runner-up finish over Turkey, Hannah Ferrell and Dereck Lemyre.
Baily Heard, Evans, and Dykstra were Heat Race winners earlier in the night while Brandon Murrell won the B-Main. Dykstra also earned the Ackland Insurance Top Gun award as the night’s top qualifier after accumulating the most passing points in heat race competition.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
The ultra-competitive Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock division saw Brian Teeple and Lee Winger lead the field to the green flag for the 20-lap main event. Winger grabbed the early advantage, but third-starting Rob Hoskins quickly jumped into the battle up front.
Hoskins dueled with Winger in the opening laps until he took the point on lap seven, all while division point leader Dave Bailey raced into third by the time of a lap nine caution for Teeple, who had spun in turn two.
On the ensuing restart, Hoskins chose the outside lane after he had run the cushion in the opening nine laps. The bottom was enough for Bailey as he took over the lead on lap 10 and led the remainder of the race for his fifth Ohsweken win of the year. Behind him though was a furious battle for second as Hoskins, Trevor DeBoer and Steve Shaw were three-wide with two laps to go. At the checkers, DeBoer emerged with the runner-up spot ahead of Hoskins, Shaw and Ken Sargent rounding out the top-five.
Hoskins, DeBoer and Chris Hale took heat race victories earlier in the night.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
A thrilling HRW Automotive Mini Stock feature started with Mike Giberson and Jeremy May on the front row. May led the opening three laps until Daniel McKay won the battle up front and took over the point to lead laps four through six.
On lap seven, McKay, Jason Tolton and Jason Dixon were three-wide for the race lead. Tolton, the winner of last week’s Art Hill Memorial, emerged with the lead and appeared to be the dominant wheelman. Behind the top three, B-Main winner and point leader Gillian Hils had broken into the top-five.
Tolton led through the halfway mark until a caution on lap 12 when Tristan Da Silva lost power in turn four. On the ensuing restart, Tolton’s car didn’t have power, costing him a chance at a second straight win. Jason Dixon led on the next restart, but one lap later it was 15th-starting Kyle Wert who emerged to lead the final two laps and claim his second win of the season. Dixon settled for second while Hils emerged with a third-place finish after a dismal start to the night. Jonathan Ayrton and Jon Janssens rouned out the top-five.
Patrick Abrahamsson, May, Matt Nuell and Janssens took heat race victories to begin the night while Hils won the B-Main.
Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken Speedway returns to action on Friday, August 24 for Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Minor Sports night, where all kids are encouraged to wear the jersey from their minor sports teams. The Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks will battle in a 50-lap Feature for the second Gale’s Cash Blast, paying $2,000 to the winner, $750 to second and $500 to third for Ohsweken regulars. The Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars are in action for double features as they make-up their July 27 rainout to start the evening. The Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks will all be in action as well. Race time is 7:30pm and adult admission is just $14 and children 12 and under are $3 or less. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.
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Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Tickets and Camping Available Now!
Advanced reserved seating tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14-15 are on sale now! The event features two full nights of Sprint Car action, including Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Feature Event. Visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information. For the full 2018 schedule of events, click here.
Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream
Can’t make it to the track or don’t live within driving distance? No problem! Check out all of Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement action live online for free via the Ohsweken Speedway Live Stream. The stream goes live at 7:30pm EST each race night at www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca and on our official Facebook page.
Ohsweken Speedway’s 23rd season of weekly Friday Night Excitement features four divisions of racing, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to view the schedule or call (519) 717-0023 for more information.
About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks and Mini Stocks. The season finishes each year with the track’ annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights.
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Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2018: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Lucas Oil Products, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.