|By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (May 23, 2019) – Ohsweken Speedway and MavTV Canada announced last week the speedway will be featured on the new live television program, All North Racing powered by Pinty’s on MavTV Canada. MavTV will be live at Ohsweken for six broadcasts in 2019, beginning on May 31 before also airing on June 21, July 22, July 23, August 31 and September 14.
Beginning with the May 31 event, MavTV Canada will be live from Ohsweken on race night starting at 9:00pm. On three of these race nights (May 31, June 21, August 31) fans will be able to take advantage of $30 car load night (max 6 people) to try and pack the track. Other fan incentives will be announced in the days to come.
In order to meet the television time frames, Ohsweken Speedway is excited to announce a new race format for the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks for MavTV All North Racing powered by Pinty’s race nights. Both divisions will follow the same format.
Drivers will run timed hot laps to qualify them into twin 15-lap qualifying heat races. The qualifying heats will be lined-up “heads up” off time with the odd number qualifiers in the first heat and even number qualifiers in the second heat. The top 15 finishers in each qualifier will then be locked into the A-Feature for a total of 30 cars.
In addition, the top eight finishers from each qualifier (16 total drivers) will start the Feature in positions 1 through 16, with the starting order determined by inverted order of qualifying times (i.e. 16th-fastest qualified car starts on the pole, 15th-fastest qualified car starts second, and so on). Positions 17 through 30 line-up “heads up” based on qualifying heat results (i.e. the ninth-place finisher in heat one starts 17th, the ninth-place finisher in heat two starts 18th, and so on). Positions 31 and 32 will be provisional starting spots awarded to the top two drivers registered in Ohsweken points who have not already qualified.
“We believe this format will be an excellent showcase of all our Friday Night Excitement divisions, but especially our Thunder Stocks and Mini Stocks,” said general manager Clinton Geoffrey. “Our Thunder Stocks and Mini Stocks regularly produce four- and five-wide racing and in this format drivers will be battling for every position each time they’re on the race track.”
Under the new format, Thunder Stock and Mini Stock drivers will be paid out for both the qualifiers and the A-Feature event.
The Kool Kidz Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars and Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars will follow their usual format of qualifying heat races, B-Mains and a 20-lap A-Feature. For more information on MavTV Canada, visit www.facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.