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DYKSTRA DOES IT AGAIN AT OHSWEKEN; WINGER, ERSKINE, AND SAULT ALSO VICTORIOUS

by Tommy Goudge

(June 12, 2010) – A wild night of racing at Ohsweken Speedway finished up with Dave Dykstra once again visiting victory lane on Friday. The win was Dykstra’s second out of three Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car features held in 2010. Other winners on Trailers by Jim Bray night at the Speedway included Lee Winger in ESSO Thunder Stocks, Craig Erskine in ESSO Mini Stocks, Karl Sault in the Bomber division, Doug Fralick in Vintage Modifieds, Bill Harju in Vintage Sportsman, Kacey Huffman in Mini Van Figure 8, and Lee Hils in Mini Van Demo Derby.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS
Glenn Styres and Kyle Patrick started on the front row for the twenty lap Sprint Car feature. When the green flag dropped, Patrick jumped out to the lead and held it for the first six laps before Dave Dykstra caught up in traffic and made his move for the lead in turn two. Keith Dempster took over the runner-up spot from Patrick three laps later. Dempster was within sight of the leader at the halfway mark when the red flag came out for Mike Ling, who flipped and cleared the safety fence in turn one. Fortunately, Ling climbed uninjured from his mangled machine.

With the green flag back out, Dykstra drove away while the rest of the field jostled for position. Dykstra carved through traffic and claimed the victory, followed by Dempster, Mikey Kruchka, Styres, and Jared Zimbardi.

“The crew makes this happen,” said a modest Dykstra in victory lane, “I’m just the guy who holds the steering wheel.”

Heat races for the twenty-six car field were claimed by Glenn Styres, Tom Huppunen, and Keith Dempster, while Jason Martin claimed his first ever Sprint Car division checkered flag in the “B” Main.

NEXT WEEK AT OHSWEKEN
Awesome Racewear and BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL present “Kids Night” and Autograph Night next Friday, June 18. Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprints, ESSO Thunder Stocks, ESSO Mini Stocks, and Bombers, plus SOLTRA Lawnmowers are all part of round four of Friday Night Thunder. Gates open at 6:00 with racing starting at 7:45!

FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER 2010
ROUND 3 RACE REPORT – JUNE 11, 2010
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO
EVENT SPONSOR – TRAILERS BY JIM BRAY
Race Start: 7:45 p.m.
Race End: 11:05 p.m.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACES (8 laps each – Top 4 redraw for feature starting spots, top 5 transfer to A-Feature):

BS&B RADIATOR HEAT RACE #1
1. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 2. 33k Kyle Patrick (Tilbury), 3. 7 Kyle Moffit (South Dayton, NY), 4. 01 Mikey Kruchka (Hamilton), 5. 81 Derek Jonathan (Lewiston, NY), 6. 23 Steve Garry (Dundas), 7. 67 Chris Durand (Port Stanley), 8. 30g Stevin Goldner (Aylmer) DNF, 9. 7x Mike Ling (Mount Brydges) –missed scales – had to run B Main. Time – 1:48.036.

BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL HEAT RACE #2
1. 12c Tom Huppunen (Fenwick), 2. 21x Kevin Job (Campbellville), 3. 35 Jared Zimbardi (Salamanca, NY), 4. 14h Jim Huppunen (Fenwick), 5. 84 Tyler Rand (Consecon), 6. 01m Jason Martin (Shedden), 7. 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre), 8. 30 Adam West (Ridgetown), 9. 21j John Burbridge, Jr. (St. Williams). Time – 1:47.824.

GRISDALE RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #3
1. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. 7m Justin Martin (Shedden), 3. 5d Dave Dykstra (Port Colborne), 4. 90 James Evans (Beamsville), 5. 80 Chris Steele (Vineland), 6. 49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, NY), 7. 10 Mitchell Brown (Brantford), 8. 96 Shane Butler (London). Time – 1:51.379.

“B” MAIN (10 laps – Top 5 transfer to A-Feature)
1. 01m Jason Martin, 2. 7x Mike Ling, 3. 49 Todd Hoddick, 4. 11 Jamie Turner, 5. 10 Mitchell Brown, 6. 23 Steve Garry, 7. 30 Adam West, 8. 21j John Burbridge, Jr., 9. 67 Chris Durand, 10. 30g Stevin Goldner, 11. 96 Shane Butler. Time – 2:24.010.

CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING
SPRINT CAR FEATURE (20 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 5d Dave Dykstra (3)
2. 5 Keith Dempster (5)
3. 01 Mikey Kruchka (4)
4. 0 Glenn Styres (1)
5. 35 Jared Zimbardi (9)
6. 12c Tom Huppunen (8)
7. 7 Kyle Moffit (10)
8. 33k Kyle Patrick (2)
9. 7m Justin Martin (12)
10. 21x Kevin Job (6)
11. 11 Jamie Turner (19)
12. 80 Chris Steele (15)
13. 14h Jim Huppunen (7)
14. 81 Derek Jonathan (13)
15. 49 Todd Hoddick (18)
16. 10 Mitchell Brown (20)
17. 90 James Evans (11)
18. 01m Jason Martin (16) DNF
19. 84 Tyler Rand (14) DNF
20. 7x Mike Ling (17) DNF.
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