By Tommy Goudge
Ohsweken, Ontario – September 2, 2014 – Ohsweken Speedway officials are proud to announce a new event during Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend, as the Kevin Ward Jr. “Young Stars Challenge” presented by TJSlideways.com is now scheduled for the Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 12.
The event will honour Kevin Ward, Jr., who passed away following a tragic accident in the Empire Super Sprints event held at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 9. Despite his young age, Kevin had already competed in 4 editions of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, including a top 10 finish in 2011.
The youngest drivers signed in for competition on the Night Before the Nationals will make up the 13 car starting field for the Kevin Ward, Jr. “Young Stars Challenge” presented by TJSlideways.com. Kevin’s #13 will be represented in several ways in the Young Stars Challenge, as 13 drivers will compete in the 13 lap race, with $513 awarded to the winner. A plaque commemorating the winners of the new event will be housed and updated annually at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, while ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs & Photography will be giving away over $500 in photos to the winner and participants.
The Ohsweken Shootout event will now become the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, replacing the Dave McLeod Memorial “Mr. Sprint Car Challenge” match races held in the past, with $400 going to the winner. The 10 lap Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout lineup will consist of 12 drivers, including top finishers from the Patriot Sprint Tour, Southern Ontario Sprints, and Empire Super Sprints challenge events held at Ohsweken Speedway in 2014, plus the August 29 Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car event, and top drivers from the Sprints on Dirt and National Racing Alliance championship standings.
The Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 12 will also include Twin 15 lap features for 360 Sprint Cars, and a full program for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. The winners of Friday’s Twin 15 lap features will be guaranteed starting spots in the $12,000-to-win feature race in the 10th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals event scheduled for Saturday, September 13, along with the Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks.
CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS PRE-ENTRIES
The deadline for competitors to register and pay the discounted $50 entry fee for the 10th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals was August 31, 2014. Entries are now $100, and can be filed by contacting Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the “Competitors Info” link on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to print the entry form, view the rules, format, and more.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from several affiliated sanctioning organizations in the area, plus teams and drivers from all over North America. The event has drawn an average of 70 entries for the 9 previous editions, with a total of 208 different drivers from 15 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, and New Zealand taking part.
Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio won the first Canadian Sprint Car Nationals feature in 2005, followed by Steve Poirier from Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec in 2006 and 2007, Mustang, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson in 2008, Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from Sunnyvale, Texas in 2011, while Poirier became the first 3-time winner in 2012, and Stewart also became a 3-time winner in 2013.
Advanced reserved seat tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend on Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information, or contact Mary Wilkinson, Director of Customer Relations, by phone at 519 717-0023, or by e-mail at email@example.com
About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.
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Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following sponsors for their support: Arrow Express, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Nathan Ackland State Farm Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.
2014 DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL SHOOTOUT QUALIFIERS
(Friday, September 12, 2014 – 10 laps – $400-to-win)
Affiliate Sanction – Driver Name
Patriot Sprint Tour – Jared Zimbardi
Patriot Sprint Tour – Jason Barney
Southern Ontario Sprints – Mitch Brown
Southern Ontario Sprints – Glenn Styres
Empire Super Sprints – Steve Poirier
Empire Super Sprints – Jeff Cook
National Racing Alliance – JR Stewart
National Racing Alliance – Max Stambaugh
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – Kyle Patrick
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – Todd Hoddick
Sprints on Dirt – Ryan Ruhl
Sprints on Dirt – Dustin Daggett
2014 CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS –
32 REGISTERED ENTRIES AS OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
(Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 35 laps – $12,000-to-win)
Number Name (City, Province/State, Country)
0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada)
2m Dustin Daggett (Grand Ledge, Michigan, USA)
3r Shane Ross (Thedford, Ontario, Canada)
5 Keith Dempster (Alton, Ontario, Canada)
5c Conor Mahoney (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
6m Max Stambaugh (Elida, Ohio, USA)
10 Mitch Brown (Brantford, Ontario, Canada)
10c Jeff Cook (Antwerp, New York, USA)
10j Jeremy Hughes (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
10k Robert Dietrick (Farmington, New York, USA)
11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada)
11r Chase Ridenour (Perry, Michigan, USA)
14h Jim Huppunen (Welland, Ontario, Canada)
15 Mike Ferrell (London, Ontario, Canada)
16 Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan, USA)
17 Jared Horstman (Cloverdale, Ohio, USA)
19 Cory Turner (Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada)
19k Paul Kinney (Canastota, New York, USA)
20k Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
21j John Burbridge, Jr. (St. Williams, Ontario, Canada)
21k Lou Kennedy, Jr. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
28fm Steve Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada)
33k Kyle Patrick (Kingsville, Ontario, Canada)
35 Jared Zimbardi (Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA)
43 Scott Sherk (Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada)
45 Chuck Hebing (Ontario, New York, USA)
49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, New York, USA)
51 Lee Ladouceur (Alexandria, Ontario, Canada)
87 Jason Barney (Brewerton, New York, USA)
87r Ryan Linder (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
94z Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada)
123 Yan Bilodeau (Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada)