By Clayton Johns
THOROLD, Ont. (July 24, 2018) – Following a lengthy month-long pause in the schedule, the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com is gearing up to resume action when the tour visits Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont. on Saturday, July 28 for the second time this season.
In the Series’ second-ever race during the May Victoria Day long weekend, Shone Evans of Scotland, Ont. became the tour’s second winner after Aaron Turkey won the inaugural event at Ohsweken Speedway three days earlier. The tour then raced on back-to-back weekends with a trip to South Buxton Raceway onJune 9 where Evans scored his second win and to Humberstone Speedway on June 17 when Turkey returned the favour with his second triumph.
However, after four races, it is St. Thomas, Ont. driver Jesse Costa who leads the championship standings. Evans trails the high-point man by just 15 markers with six scheduled races remaining on the tour. Turkey currently sits third, just four points back of Evans while his Styres Racing Teammate Holly Porter of Delhi, Ont. is currently fourth and only four points back of Turkey.
Rounding out the top-five are Stouffville, Ont. native Ryan Hunsinger and Fonthill, Ont. driver Steven Beckett, who sit deadlocked for fifth with 260 points each. Jacob Dykstra, who earned a second-place finish in the last tour race at Humberstone, Brad Herron, Jerry Hill and Paul Klager complete the current top-10 in the championship standings.
As the Series gets set to visit Merrittville, drivers are gearing up for the busy stretch of four races in 21 days that it will begin. Following Saturday’s race at Merrittville, the tour makes its second stop at Ohsweken on August 3 before a return appearance at Humbertsone on Sunday, August 12 and then makes its inaugural stop at Brighton Speedway on August 18.
Schneider Electric will present the racing program at Merrittville on July 28 with heat race action scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Adult grandstand admission is $15. For additional event information, visitwww.merrittvillespeedway.com.
2018 Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Schedule
Fri. May 18 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Mon. May 21 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont.
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.