|By Tommy Goudge
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 25, 2022) – The 25th season of Friday Night Excitement at Ohsweken Speedway continues this Friday, August 26 when Insta-Panels presents Art Hill Memorial Night.
The HRW Automotive Mini Stocks and traveling teams from the Duel on the Dirt series will compete for $1,000-to-win in the 20th running of the Art Hill Memorial 42. The event also includes the Late Model Open, plus Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, and Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks.
The Art Hill Memorial 42 is run in honour of Art Hill, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while competing in his No. 42 machine at Ohsweken in 1999. Tyler Lafantaisie is the current HRW Automotive Mini Stock division points leader, and most recent winner of the 42-lap event last run in 2019. Other past winners of the race include include Jason Tolton, Nick Masi, Jake Bazuin, Mark Bazuin, Mike Taylor, Karl Sault, Abel Castelein, Trevor Goulding, Mitch Brown, Dave Bailey, Marc Hallett, Rick Emberson, Robbie Rounce, Lee Winger, Doug Erskine, and Jim Swing.
The Late Model Open is sure to attract an eclectic mix of Dirt Late Model teams from across Ontario; Kyle Sopaz won the 2019 edition of the event, while Rob Pietz and Charlie Sandercock have also scored Late Model Open wins. Sandercock was the winner in the Northeast Late Model Alliance event held at Ohsweken in July. Teams from Southern Ontario Motor Speedway and Brighton Speedway will make up the bulk of the field, which is expected to reach close to two dozen entries.
Cory Turner leads the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car standings heading into Friday’s event, with Liam Martin, Ryan Turner, Mitch Brown, and Nick Sheridan rounding out the top five. Dave Bailey has the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock division points lead, followed by Ryan Beagle, Chris Hale, Trevor DeBoer, and Mark Fawcett.
Race time is 7:30PM on Friday, August 26. Adult grandstand admission is $20 on Friday, while Senior (65+) and Youth (13-17) admission is $15, and Kids (0-12) are FREE. Please visit www.ohswekenspeedway.ca for more information.