WESTBROOK WINS AGAIN AT SOUTH BUXTON

Photo by Allie Massender

By Tommy Goudge with files from Kerri Wright

MERLIN, Ontario (August 18, 2018) – Dylan Westbrook continued his mastery of South Buxton Raceway on Saturday night, as the defending Southern Ontario Sprints champion took his fourth consecutive win at the unique D-shaped 1/3 mile track.

Cory Turner and Ryan Turner entered the weekend first and second in the SOS championship points standings, and the brothers started the South Buxton feature race side-by-side on the front row. Dylan Westbrook started 6th, but the 2016 and 2017 SOS champion quickly moved up to dice with Cory and Ryan for the win. With only one yellow flag to slow the action, traffic came into play on the tricky South Buxton track; Westbrook prevailed to take his 16th career SOS feature win, and fourth at South Buxton.

Ryan Turner, Cory Turner, local favourite Tyler Hendricks, and Warren Mahoney rounded out the top five, while Shawn Sliter, Frank Baranowski, Jamie Turner, Curtis Gartly, and Kyle Phillips took top ten spots. Heat races were claimed by Ryan Turner and Tyler Hendricks, while Jamie Turner took the win in the Gilleta Flooring Dash For Cash.

Westbrook’s runner-up at Ohsweken on Friday and win at South Buxton on Saturday moved the defending champ into second in the 2018 SOS championship standings, 49 points behind Cory Turner, who finished 6th at Ohsweken. Ryan Turner is now third in the standings, followed by Shawn Sliter, Jamie Turner, Warren Mahoney, Frank Baranowski, Tyler Hendricks, Josh Sliter, and Steve Lyons.

Next on the Southern Ontario Sprints schedule is the 16th annual Labour Day Classic weekend at Brighton Speedway. Two full points SOS events anchor the big weekend coming up on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. For additional event information visit www.brightonspeedway.ca

SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
2018 SEASON EVENT #7 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018
SOUTH BUXTON RACEWAY – MERLIN, ONTARIO, CANADA

ENTRY LIST
(Number Name – Hometown)
6 Curtis Gartly – Thamesford, Ontario
9b Scott Burke – Charing Cross, Ontario
11 Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
15 Mike Ferrell – London, Ontario
21 Kyle Phillips – Grand Island, New York
21b John Burbridge Jr. – St. Williams, Ontario
22 Shawn Sliter – Port Colborne, Ontario
22x Al Gilleta Jr. – St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Warren Mahoney – Lefroy, Ontario
38 Tyler Hendricks – Chatham, Ontario
47x Dylan Westbrook – Scotland, Ontario
55 Mike Thorne – Caledonia, Ontario
66 Frank Baranowski – Mount Hope, Ontario
71s Josh Sliter – Port Colborne, Ontario
91 Ryan Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
97 Cory Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps – Top 3 redrew for A-Feature starting positions)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 91 Ryan Turner (2), 2. 97 Cory Turner (1), 3. 47x Dylan Westbrook (5), 4. 25 Warren Mahoney (4), 5. 11 Jamie Turner (6), 6. 9b Scott Burke (3), 7. 21 Kyle Phillips (7), 8. 22x Al Gilleta Jr. (8)

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps – Top 3 redrew for A-Feature starting positions)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 38 Tyler Hendricks (1), 2. 55 Mike Thorne (2), 3. 66 Frank Baranowski (3), 4. 22 Shawn Sliter (8), 5. 6 Curtis Gartly (5), 6. 15 Mike Ferrell (7), 7. 71s Josh Sliter (6), 8. 21b John Burbridge Jr. (4)

GILLETA FLOORING DASH FOR CASH (4 Laps)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 11 Jamie Turner (1), 2. 6 Curtis Gartly (2), 3. 21 Kyle Phillips (3), 4. 71s Josh Sliter (4)

A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 47x Dylan Westbrook (6)
2. 91 Ryan Turner (2)
3. 97 Cory Turner (1)
4. 38 Tyler Hendricks (3)
5. 25 Warren Mahoney (7)
6. 22 Shawn Sliter (8)
7. 66 Frank Baranowski (5)
8. 11 Jamie Turner (9)
9. 6 Curtis Gartly (10)
10. 21 Kyle Phillips (13)
11. 71s Josh Sliter (14)
12. 15 Mike Ferrell (12)
13. 21b John Burbridge Jr. (16)
14. 9b Scott Burke (11)
15. 22x Al Gilleta Jr. (15)
16. 55 Mike Thorne (4)
Hard Charger – Dylan Westbrook +5 (6th to 1st)

2018 SEASON A-FEATURE WINNERS
Dylan Westbrook – 2 (Brighton June 16, South Buxton August 18); Cory Turner – 1 (Brighton July 7); Ryan Turner – 1 (Brighton July 28); Scott Kreutter – 1 (Ohsweken August 17)

2018 SOS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – TOP 10
(As of August 18, 2018)
Rank. Number Name (Hometown) Points Total
1. 97 Cory Turner (Caistor Centre, Ontario) 802; 2. 47x Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, Ontario) 753; 3. 91 Ryan Turner (Caistor Centre, Ontario) 748; 4. 22 Shawn Sliter (Port Colborne, Ontario) 663; 5. 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre, Ontario) 645; 6. 25 Warren Mahoney (Lefroy, Ontario) 622; 7. 66 Frank Baranowski (Mount Hope, Ontario) 598; 8. 38 Tyler Hendricks (Chatham, Ontario) 579; 9. 71s Josh Sliter (Port Colborne, Ontario) 539; 10. 9 Steve Lyons (Carlisle, Ontario) 527

UP NEXT:
Brighton Speedway Labour Day Classic Weekend, Brighton, Ontario Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2

About the Southern Ontario Sprints: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. 2018 marks the 23rd year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints tour. The 2018 schedule consists of 12 events at four different race tracks in Ontario; each SOS tour event pays a minimum of $1,200-to-win and $240-to-start. Visit www.SouthernOntarioSprints.ca for more information.

Website: www.SouthernOntarioSprints.ca
Twitter: @SOSsprints
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SouthernOntarioSprints
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/SOSsprints

The Southern Ontario Sprints would like to thank their 2018 partners, including Brighton Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, South Buxton Raceway, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, www.ImageFactor.ca, and Kreitz Oval Track Parts.

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