by Tommy Goudge

(July 5, 2011) – Although it seems like the season just got started, this week’s edition of Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken Speedway will mark “Mid-Season Championship” night at the Styres-owned facility. Wiseco Piston presents extra-distance features this week for the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks, and Pierced Parts Bombers, while Evers Financial presents the HRW Automotive Mini Stock portion of Friday’s program.

Derek Jonathan of Lewiston, NY scored a popular win last Friday night at Ohsweken, but Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick continues to lead the championship chase. Patrick entered the night 1 point ahead of Fenwick driver Jim Huppunen, and finished the night 2 points ahead after both drivers scored top 5 finishes in the feature. Jonathan is third in the standings, followed by Brantford sophomore Mitch Brown, and Grimsby driver Travis Cunningham. New York drivers have won each feature so far this year, including Kyle Moffit, Jared Zimbardi, Bryan Howland, and Jonathan.

Larry Czinege, Jr. of Ridgeway, and Caledonia driver Mike Thorne moved past Port Robinson’s Devin Habiuk and into a tie for first place in the Thunder Stock standings by finishing 1-2 last Friday night. Habiuk, who has a feature win this season, is still well within striking distance, just 4 points behind. Brad Herron of Brantford has had a consistent season and sits fourth, while Caledonia’s Ryan Dinning rounds out the top 5.

Dundas driver Karl Sault was able to salvage a decent feature finish in a borrowed car last Friday night in Mini Stock action, but saw his points lead dwindle to just 5 markers over Jake Brown of Brantford. Caledonia veteran Mike Evers is just 6 points out of the lead in third, and looking to win the race he’s sponsoring this Friday. Abel Castelein of Cayuga won Friday’s feature, and is up to fourth in the standings, while Burlington driver Mike Taylor rounds out the top 5.

Waterdown’s Rodney Rutherford and Rockton’s Dave Patton both overtook Waterdown driver Trevor Roszell by finishing second and fourth respectively last Friday night. Rutherford leads Patton by a single point heading into Friday’s race, with Roszell third, Hamilton’s Max Chechalk fourth, and Dundas driver Sarah Rutherford fifth.

The top five drivers in points in a selected Friday Night Thunder division will be featured in a fan-friendly meet and greet interview session beginning this week at intermission. This week’s featured division is the Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks. Fans are encouraged to gather under the flag stand to mingle with the drivers. Cameras are welcome!

“Christmas in July” is approaching quickly, and that event will also feature the only autograph night of the season.. Santa Claus will visit Ohsweken on Friday, July 22, and kick off a busy week of action at the track which includes “Tony Stewart Night” on July 26, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series on July 27, and another round of Friday Night Thunder on July 29. Make sure to visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for all the information on these special events.

Advanced reserved seat tickets for “Tony Stewart at Ohsweken” July 26, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars “Six Nations Showdown” July 27, and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals September 15, 16, and 17 at Ohsweken are on sale now! Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway..com and call 1-888-720-RACE to order yours today!

Ohsweken Speedway has two custom-built two-seater Sprint Cars available each race night for rides during intermission and after the races. Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to learn how you can take the ride of your life with one of the stars of the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars!

Ohsweken Speedway will be giving away 2-seater rides with NASCAR champion Tony Stewart during each of the next three rounds of Friday Night Thunder. Tickets will be sold for $2 each, or three for $5 beginning around 8:00p.m. on July 8th, 15th, and 22nd. A new draw will be held each week, with the previous week’s tickets ineligible.

Watch the official Ohsweken Speedway website at www.OhswekenSpeedway.com in the next few days for news and details on how to get involved in a special “Meet and Greet” session with Tony Stewart. “Smoke” will take on Ohsweken’s hometown Corr/Pak Sprint Car racers on Tuesday, July 26, while stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series will invade Ohsweken the following night – Wednesday, July 27.

About Wiseco Piston: You demand performance and reliability on the race track – Wiseco Piston delivers! Meeting and exceeding your expectations is their goal. Whether you require stock or custom-built pistons, you can depend on the maximum strength and minimum variance of Wiseco’s aluminum-forged pistons. Forget the yellow flags raised by cast and hyper-eutectic pistons. With Wiseco, you are assured of stronger pistons with tighter tolerances than any other part in your engine. Using the world’s most advanced forging process, their pistons are pressed into shape with a 2,000 ton press, followed by an extensive heat-treat and finishing process.. Their customer service is second to none. For quality you can take to the track, Wiseco Piston offers race-winning results! For more information on Wiseco Piston, please visit www.Wiseco.com

About Evers Financial: Evers develops creative ways for their clients to grow and distribute equity among themselves and their heirs in a fair, tax-effective, and amicable manner. Evers Financial helps high net-worth individuals and corporations to see their “big picture”, and to put closure to unresolved questions. Evers Financial’s planning process is as unique as each family member – they analyze the specific details of each client’s wishes, then apply their many years of experience to develop and implement Practical Planning Solutions. Evers Financial clients often tell them that this process has provided them with a new sense of peace and satisfaction in their lives. Please visit www.Evers-Financial.com for more information.

About Corr/Pak Merchandising: Founded in 1997, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc. is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is a designer and producer of Point of Purchase (POP) displays for retail. Strong emphasis on creative design and speed of response has seen Corr/Pak achieve great success in a very competitive industry. Their in-house capabilities and broad range of trusted suppliers enable them to develop any sort of effective solution for your retail display needs, no matter the materials used – whether corrugated, wood, boxboard, plastic, wire, steel, or any combination of those. Corr/Pak’s support of the Sprint Car division at Ohsweken continues for a fourth consecutive season in 2011. Please visit www.CorrPak.ca for more information on the title sponsor of Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway.

About Lighthouse Tattoos: The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Lighthouse Tattoos are there to assist you in choosing a tattoo from thousands of in-store designs, or they can create a custom tattoo using your own idea. Lighthouse Tattoos is a clean and sterile environment, and is health department inspected and approved. They provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere to make sure your tattoo experience is a memorable one. Visit the title sponsor of Thunder Stock racing at Ohsweken at 245 Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga, or online at www.LighthouseTattoos.com

About HRW Automotive: HRW was founded by Robert Workman in 1990. By providing good old-fashioned customer service, HRW has gained a loyal following in the community. You can entrust all of your vehicle’s service and repair needs to the team of automotive professionals at HRW Automotive. Visit the title sponsor of Mini-Stock Racing at Ohsweken Speedway at 163 Baptist Church Road in Caledonia, or on the web at www.HRWAutomotive.com

About Pierced Parts: Operators of Silver Dragon Alternative Body Fashion retail stores in Brantford, Waterloo, London, and Port Stanley, Pierced Parts offers wicked selections of body jewelry, crazy contacts, and hair dye for the alternative lifestyle. Pierced Parts Studios will also open soon, offering the best jewelry from Silver Dragon, plus professional body piercing services, other fashion accessories, and apparel. Visit the title sponsor of Bomber racing at Ohsweken on the web at www.PiercedParts.com

Ohsweken Speedway’s Friday Night Thunder continues this Friday, July 8 when Wiseco Piston and Evers Financial present “Mid-Season Championship Night”. The Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Lighthouse Tattoos Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Pierced Parts Bombers will all be contesting extra-distance feature races during the fifth round of Friday Night Thunder this week.

Friday Night Thunder at Ohsweken offers affordable, exciting, family entertainment just a short drive from many Mid-Western Ontario locations. Friday Night Thunder Adult General Admission is just $10, while Seniors and Students are $8, and Kids age 12 and under are FREE! Spectator gates open @ 6:00p.m., with the first race taking the green flag at 7:45p.m. this Friday, July 8! Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com and Feel The Excitement!