Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Jim Huppunen and Scott Kreutter started on the front row for the 20-lap Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car A-Feature. The race was slowed quickly before the first lap was completed when Shane Ross slowed in turn one after losing a steering component. On the restart, Kreutter raced to the point through turns three and four while brother Cory and Ryan Turner dueled for third and fourth-respectively.
At the halfway mark, seventh-starting Dylan Westbrook was able to get into third past Cory Turner and set out to track down Huppunen. It took him just three laps to track down the No.0 and get past Huppunen for second with seven laps remaining before a caution on lap 14 when Aaron Turkey rolled to a stop before the exit ramp in turn two. The ensuing restart saw one lapped car between Kreutter and Westbrook up front. Kreutter was able to keep Jake Brown between himself and Westbrook for a lap and open a 1.2-second lead with five laps to go.
Westbrook did everything he could to try and reel in Kreutter amongst lapped traffic over the final two laps, but the Alden, NY ‘Straight Shooter’ held on for his first victory of the season with the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars. Westbrook and Huppunen rounded out the podium. Ryan Turner and 21st-starting Mack DeMan completed the top-five.
Westbrook, Kreutter and Huppunen also won their qualifying heat races to start the night.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Jesse McDonald and Eric Gledhill paced the field to the green flag for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars season opening feature. McDonald grabbed the early lead while Lucas Smith quickly darted to second and pulled alongside the leader as they crossed the stripe on the first lap. The top-two broke away from the rest of the field with third-place Darren Dryden trailing by 10 car lengths.
Five laps in to the race, McDonald distanced himself from Smith who himself fell into the clutches of Dryden who set out to move a spot closer to the top of the podium. At the hallway mark, McDonald worked into lapped traffic just as Dryden took second in the bottom groove. Then, almost immediately after passing the cross flags, Tyler Ward spun in front of the leaders in turn two, but fortunately everyone passed without incident.
The ensuing restart with 10 laps to go saw McDonald pull ahead again with Dryden and Smith battling side-by-side for second. As Dryden emerged with the spot, Smith was forced to battle with Jacob Dykstra for third. A lap later, Dykstra worked past Dryden to take second, but trailed McDonald by nearly 10 car lengths.
Then, on lap 15, the caution flag waved as rain began to fall. Cars were initially kept on the track to try and keep the surface in racing order. However, the rain continued to fall and washed out the track forcing officials to call the race complete with 15 laps in the books. McDonald scored his fifth career Crate Sprint Car victory at Ohsweken while Dykstra, Durnin, Steven Beckett and Lucas Smith rounded out the top-five.
Smith, Dykstra, McDonald and Dereck Lemyre won their qualifying heats to begin the nights while Jerry Hill won the B-Main.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Aaron Rewutzsky and Teeple brought the 28-car field of Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks to the line for the green flag. Rewutzsky led the opening lap before Teeple drove to the point in the outside lane off of turn four just before Blake Bomberry Jr. spun in turn three and was hit by Zach Bleich who ended up stuck on the concrete blocks of the inside wall.
Teeple was strong again on the restart, but Ryan Dinning used the inside line to drive to the lead with multiple three-wide battles taking place behind the leaders. Teeple stayed close with Dinning though, with both drivers running the bottom lane of the track in front of Trevor DeBoer, Chris Hale, Logan Shwedyk and Dave Bailey.
On lap eight, DeBoer got into second and immediately challenged Dinning when he pulled within a half car length of the No.8. Then, at the halfway mark, DeBoer took to the outside lane and got past Dinning for the lead while Bailey drove into third.
The final restart with eight laps to go put the top two drivers in the point standings nose-to-tail with DeBoer and Bailey lining-up in first and third. The restart saw Chris Hale drive into third while Ken Sargent moved forward into fifth while DeBoer and Bailey pulled away out front.
The final restart came following a lap 15 caution where DeBoer continued to hold the point despite Bailey’s best effort on the outside when the green flag dropped. The top-two again distanced themselves from the rest of the field as DeBoer held the advantage. Bailey got the nose to DeBoer’s quarter-panel only once over the final two laps and wouldn’t get any further as DeBoer claimed his second win of the season. Bailey, Hale, Dinning and Teeple rounded out the top-five. Rewutzsky, Shwedyk and Ryan Beagle scored victories in the qualifying heats earlier in the night.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Aidan Nigh and Mike Giberson brought the field of HRW Automotive Mini Stocks to the green flag for their 15-lap make-up Feature that was rained out on June 28. Nigh grabbed the early lead on the opening lap and opened a five car-length lead over Trevor Want over the next five laps. Nigh’s strong run came to an end on lap six when he slowed and pulled to the infield, handing the lead to Want.
At the halfway mark, Fabio Olivieri tracked down Want and with a big run off turn two grabbed the lead on lap nine. Olivieri quickly opened a significant lead until the red flag waved when Tim Nuell rolled his No.26 on its side in turn three on lap 10.
On the ensuing restart, Olivieri quickly jumped back out to another sizeable lead while Kyle Wert and Tim DeBoer battled hard for second. Wert drove right to Olivieri’s left door on the final lap at both ends of the racetrack, but Olivieri’s momentum through the middle of the track was enough to score his first career Mini Stock win. Wert and Cole Hardy rounded out the podium.
Like the week before, the regularly scheduled Feature was rained out and postponed to a later date. Trevor Want, Fabio Olivieri and Tim DeBoer raced to heat race victories for the July 5 show, meanwhile Christopher French scored the checkered flag in the B-Main.
Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken Speedway returns to action on Friday, July 13 for Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Race Safe Bicycle Night presented by Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet. All four of Ohsweken’s weekly divisions will be in action, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Pit gates open at 5:30pm and spectator gates open at 6:00pm. 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.
About O’Neil’s Farm Equipment Case IH: O’Neil’s is the official track maintenance equipment provider of Ohsweken Speedway, and takes pride in being a family-owned business serving their community since 1918. A lot of things have changed over the years, but the principles of their dealership have stayed the same – They believe in serving their customers with honesty and integrity. 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, and offering a hardware store. Visit the Case IH/O’Neil’s Farm Equipment website at www.ONeils.ca or visit the O’Neil’s Lawn & Garden store at 2461 Hwy 56 in Binbrook, just 20 miles from Ohsweken Speedway.
About MavTV Canada’s All North Racing Powered by Pinty’s
Ohsweken Speedway is excited to announce its Friday Night Excitement racing will be the centerpiece of a new international television broadcast on MavTV Canada called All North Racing powered by Pinty’s. All North Racing will visit Ohsweken for six live broadcasts that will be re-aired multiple times in Canada and the United States. The MavTV broadcasts are scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 22, July 23, August 30 and September 14. These broadcasts include both nights of the Northern Summer Nationals featuring Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu as well as the 15th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. For more information on MavTV Canada, visit www.facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.
Northern Summer Nationals Tickets Available Now
Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu are coming to Ohsweken Speedway for two action-packed nights on July 22-23. All three Sprint Car stars will be in action both nights for two $5,000-to-win 360 Sprint Car shows. Tickets and camping for the Northern Summer Nationals are on sale online at https://ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com/ or can be purchased by phone by calling (519) 717-0023.
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 24th 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 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: Ackland Insurance, Arrow Express, Auto Parts Centres, Bradshaw Brothers Fuels, Burger Barn, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Core-Mark International, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, EPIC Racewear, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Grisdale Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Canada, HRW Automotive, Insta-Insulation/Insta-Panels, Jibs Action Sports, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Middleport Mechanical, Miska Trailer Factory, Nitro 54 Variety/Club 54 Racing, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Renway Energy, Rochester Knighthawks, Strickland’s GMC and Victory Gamez.