By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. – July 19, 2017 – Ohsweken Speedway is gearing up for one of the biggest weeks of the season and it begins with another installment of Friday Night Excitement on July 21 as Jibs Action Sports presents Christmas In July and Autograph Night.
Fans will have the chance to meet their favourite drivers at intermission during an on-track autograph session for photos and hero cards.
For this year’s edition of Christmas in July, fans are asked to bring an unwrapped toy suitable for children under 12. All toys will help make sure every child has a Christmas this year. Fans who donate an unwrapped toy will receive $10 general admission.
Race time is 7:30pm with Pit Gates scheduled to open at 5:30pm and Spectator Gates opening at 6:00pm. Admission for adults is just $14, $10 for seniors (65+), Youths (13-17), while kids age 7-12 are only $3. Children 6 and under are free.
Following Friday’s race, Ohsweken will spend the weekend preparing for two huge events. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson and Sprint Car start Rico Abreu will battle Ohsweken’s best with the Kool Kids-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car on Monday, July 24 before taking on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, July 25. Plenty of good reserved seats are still available at http://ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com.
Micro Sprints Mid-Season Championships
This Sunday July 23, Ohsweken hosts the Kool Kidz Micro Sprint Club Mid-Season Championships. The afternoon will feature the Kool Kidz Beginner, Junior, Intermediate and Expert classes of Micro Sprints, plus the Flat Karts and a special visit from the Junior Late-Models and Trucks from Grand Bend Speedway. Gates open at 11:00am and Racing Starts at 1:00pm. Spectator Admission is $10.
Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Dylan Westbrook has been unbeatable in 360 Sprint Car competition at Ohsweken over the past five weeks. Westbrook has won three straight Kool Kids-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Features as well as tour races with the Patriot Sprint Tour and Southern Ontario Sprints. Last week’s win allowed him to grow his points lead to 31 ticks over the ‘Red Rocket’ Jim Huppunen. Cory Turner and Mikey Kruchka sit third and fourth, respectively in the standings, while Mitch Brown leap froggen Ryan Turner last week to round out the top-five.
Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
The Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car division had a tough but exciting Feature event last week. Mack DeMan’s second win of the season closed the points gap behind leader Jesse McDonald to just seven. Holly Porter remains very much in the mix just 10 points behind McDonald. Shone Evans sits fourth while Turkey, a teammate to McDonald and Porter, sits fifth in the standings entering this weekend’s action.
Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Ryan Dinning earned his second win of the season last Friday night, holding off current point leader Dave Bailey. Bailey still holds a 45-point advantage over Dinning, who suffered through some early season mechanical problems. Those two drivers have won every Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature at Ohsweken since July 25, 2016. They’ll be challenged again this week by a hungry field, including Dereck Lemyre, Ken Sargent and Jim Lampman who round out the top-five in the current point standings.
HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
The HRW Automotive Mini Stocks point battle continues to heat up. Mark Bazuin holds the current point lead, but is under the watchful eye of Jon Janssens and Brandon Crumbie, who are 18 and 33 markers back, respectively. Rookie driver Nick Masi continues to surge up the standings and sits in fourth, one spot ahead of Tim DeBoer.
Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers
The Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers continue to produce thrilling racing with 20-car fields racing on the infield oval more often than not on Friday nights. Lucas Smith has been the hot shoe so far this season with three wins and has a 27-point lead over Paul Longboat. Gillian Hils sits third and has one win. Dustin Longboat and Jerry Burnham finished still hold top-five spots in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tickets Available Now!
Advanced reserved seating tickets are on sale now for all of Ohsweken Speedway’s 2017 major events, including the Northern Summer Nationals on July 24 and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Six Nations Showdown on July 25 both featuring Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu, the first ever Action Xpo on July 1, the Triple Crown Showdown featuring Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds on August 24, and the 13th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 15-16 are on sale now! Visitwww.ohswekenspeedway.ticketforce.com or call 519-717-0023 to order and for more information. For the full 2017 schedule of events, click here.
About Jibs Action Sports: Jibs Action Sports opened in 2010 to supply customers with a great choice of freestyle skate park equiment. Jibs is now one of Canada’s best suppliers of BMX bikes, freestyle scooters, and skateboards. Visit Jibs Action Sports at 425 Guelph Line in Burlington, 2107 Highway 7, Unit 8 in Vaughan and 1822 Whites Road North in Pickering or shop from the comfort of home atwww.jibsactionsports.com.
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, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY MEDIA
Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2017: 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, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.