From Tommy Goudge
(July 8, 2011) London, Ontario – Ryan Litt and the #07 BS&B Radiator Sprint Car team have been pounding the pavement for quite a few years now, but Ryan will go back to his dirt track roots on Friday night, racing a 360 Sprint Car for owner Glenn Styres in the Corr/Pak Merchandising division at Ohsweken Speedway.
While this was supposed to be an off-weekend after 3 straight nights of pavement racing in the Midwest in the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car series, Ryan is definitely looking forward to spending some time at a race track instead.
“I’m super excited with this opportunity to drive for Glenn at Ohsweken,” says Ryan. “It’s been a goal of mine for awhile to get on the dirt and see how well I do. I like both surfaces, and any chance I get to race on dirt, I jump on it.”
Ryan has never raced a Sprint Car on dirt, but he’s no stranger to victory lane at dirt tracks. He has won features on dirt both in Micro Sprints, and in the USAC Ford Focus Midget series.
“I really miss running the Midget on all the Indiana bullrings,” says Ryan. “They were some of the best times I’ve had racing. I’m looking to have some fun this Friday, catch on quick, and bring home a good finish.”
Ryan does have lots of experience racing winged Sprint Cars on pavement, but dirt tracks present entirely different challenges. Chassis, tires, and engines are just a few things that are completely different between dirt and pavement Sprint Cars.
“The biggest change I’m going to have to overcome will be the car doing wheelies, and ripping tear-offs constantly,” says Ryan. “I guarantee it’ll be exciting – a pavement 410 driver in a dirt 360!”
Ryan scored top 5 finishes at both Dells Raceway Park and Rockford Speedway last weekend, and now sits 2nd in the Xtreme series points standings, 9 points behind defending champ Troy DeCaire.
“We had a pretty solid weekend – definitely good for points,” says Ryan. “Dells went well. We had a good qualifying lap, and ran strong in the race. The top 4 were all nose-to-tail and any one of us could have won. At Rockford we struggled a bit in qualifying with motor issues, and we couldn’t get it figured out all day. (We) qualified decent and had a pretty good run in the feature. The car was super tight, and made it difficult to move up much more.”
The next race in the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car series is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway.
Ryan’s last dirt track action was indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Illinois on February 19, 2005.
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Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars “Mid-Season Championship” @ Ohsweken Speedway
1987 Chiefswood Road
On the Web: www.OhswekenSpeedway.com
Friday, July 8, 2011. Racing @ 7:45p.m.
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