Big weekend of racing ahead

Sports May 18, 2017 by Darryl Smart The Sachem

If you have a need for speed, this is the weekend for you.

Ohsweken Speedway and Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga host their opening races of the season.

If you like drag racing, Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga will be headlined by the breathtaking smoke, fire, and 500 km/h (300 m.p.h.) performances of the Northern Warrior and Terminator Jet Dragsters during its Victoria Day Weekend Drags, May 19-21.

Making their first appearance of 2017 on the quarter-mile course are the always crowd-pleasing Pro Modifieds. Modelled after production cars ranging from the 1950s to modern-day muscle cars, these highly-modified, custom-built machines produce smoky burnouts and speeds of more than 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.) with horsepower provided by a supercharged, nitrous, or turbocharged engine combination.

Top Alcohol Funny Cars will also bring their historic racing lineage to the event, with speeds in excess of 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.). Best known for their hinged carbon fibre bodies, which allow the driver and crew to access the engine and driver's compartment prior to competition, and their unpredictable nature on the track, these cars were made famous in the 1960s when competitors began to heavily modify production vehicles.

Supporting the event will be the 1/8th mile racing action of Outlaw 10.5, plus the best sportsman racing action in the country, which will include the NAPA Ultimate Showdown Series and its Top Dragster and Top Sportsman competitors, as well as the Race Cayuga Sportsman Series and CAN-AM Stock/Super Stock Series.

Putting the topper on each day of competition is the inclusion of live entertainment each night in the trackside bar.

For more information about the event, visit www.TorontoMotorsportsPark.com

Meanwhile, on Friday, Ohsweken Speedway celebrates its 22nd annual season opener, presented by Ackland Insurance and beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Large fields are expected this season in all of the regular Friday night divisions, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS

A pair of wins and amazing consistency propelled Mitch Brown to his first 360 Sprint Car championship last season. Brown finished in the top 10 in every feature he competed in at Ohsweken last season, and it will take a similar effort — or more — to successfully defend his title.

Teammates Dylan Westbrook and Glenn Styres lead the pack of challengers to Brown's throne. Westbrook scored four feature wins at Ohsweken last season, along with the Rookie of the Year award and a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Styres will be looking to regain the form which saw him win track championships in 2014 and 2015.

Jake Brown, 2010 champ Dave Dykstra, two-time champ Jim Huppunen, and Mikey Kruchka all visited victory lane at Ohsweken last season and figure to be contenders in 2017. The Turners — Jamie, Cory, and Ryan — all finished in the top 10 in the championship chase last season as well.

 

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS

 

Jesse McDonald became the third different champion in the three-year history of the Crate Sprint Car division in 2016, taking the Rookie of the Year award as well. McDonald scored three feature wins last season, while Holly Porter did the same on her way to finishing just 13 points behind McDonald in the championship standings.

 

Mack DeMan may well have been in the championship chase last season as well, but missed several races due to engine trouble. DeMan scored seven feature wins last season, while 2014 champ Ryan Hunsinger bagged three wins before engine problems took him out of title contention. Josh Shantz scored a win and a top-five finish in the points standings last season, while Aaron Turkey, Mike Thorne, Shone Evans, Hannah Ferrell, and Jerry Hill made it into the top 10 in points.

 

The fast-growing division will also see a large increase in car count this season, as more than a half dozen rookies could be in attendance on any given night.

 

MIDDLEPORT MECHANICAL THUNDER STOCKS

 

Dave Bailey and Ryan Dinning scored seven feature wins each in Thunder Stocks at Ohsweken last season, but Bailey prevailed for his second consecutive championship, while Dinning ended up third. Karl Sault got one win, but consistency allowed the former Bomber and Mini Stock champ to stay in title contention and finish just 19 points behind Bailey in the final standings.

 

Jim Lampman and Wyatt Van Wart also went to victory lane last year, while Dereck Lemyre, Trevor DeBoer, and Jason Lungaro are among the returning drivers who claimed top-10 finishes in the championship standings in 2016.

 

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS

 

Brandon Janssens locked down his second consecutive Mini Stock championship last season, but Rookie of the Year award-winner Brandon Crumbie gave Janssens all he could handle. Crumbie scored three feature wins to Janssens' one and finished just 21 points behind in the final standings.

 

Mark Bazuin won five features last season, while Jon Janssens, Rob Hoskins, and Jake Bazuin are other returnees who went to victory lane in 2016. Jonathan Ayrton, Martin Schroder, Tim Deboer, and Matt Nuell are among the returning drivers who scored top-10 finishes in last year's championship chase.

 

GALE'S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS

 

Dustin Longboat won three features in 2016 and will be back to defend the Bomber championship this year, but he is sure to face stiff competition. Wayde Thorne won five times last year, while Paul Longboat scored four wins, and Jerry Burnham got two. Those drivers and several others are sure to provide plenty of entertainment in the always-unpredictable Bomber division.

 

 

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Six Nations Showdown, Northern Summer Nationals, Triple Crown Showdown, and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals are on sale now! Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com or call 519-717-0023 for more information.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big weekend of racing ahead

Ohsweken Speedway and Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga open seasons this weekend

Sports May 18, 2017 by Darryl Smart The Sachem

If you have a need for speed, this is the weekend for you.

Ohsweken Speedway and Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga host their opening races of the season.

If you like drag racing, Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga will be headlined by the breathtaking smoke, fire, and 500 km/h (300 m.p.h.) performances of the Northern Warrior and Terminator Jet Dragsters during its Victoria Day Weekend Drags, May 19-21.

Making their first appearance of 2017 on the quarter-mile course are the always crowd-pleasing Pro Modifieds. Modelled after production cars ranging from the 1950s to modern-day muscle cars, these highly-modified, custom-built machines produce smoky burnouts and speeds of more than 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.) with horsepower provided by a supercharged, nitrous, or turbocharged engine combination.

Top Alcohol Funny Cars will also bring their historic racing lineage to the event, with speeds in excess of 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.). Best known for their hinged carbon fibre bodies, which allow the driver and crew to access the engine and driver's compartment prior to competition, and their unpredictable nature on the track, these cars were made famous in the 1960s when competitors began to heavily modify production vehicles.

Supporting the event will be the 1/8th mile racing action of Outlaw 10.5, plus the best sportsman racing action in the country, which will include the NAPA Ultimate Showdown Series and its Top Dragster and Top Sportsman competitors, as well as the Race Cayuga Sportsman Series and CAN-AM Stock/Super Stock Series.

Putting the topper on each day of competition is the inclusion of live entertainment each night in the trackside bar.

For more information about the event, visit www.TorontoMotorsportsPark.com

Meanwhile, on Friday, Ohsweken Speedway celebrates its 22nd annual season opener, presented by Ackland Insurance and beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Large fields are expected this season in all of the regular Friday night divisions, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS

A pair of wins and amazing consistency propelled Mitch Brown to his first 360 Sprint Car championship last season. Brown finished in the top 10 in every feature he competed in at Ohsweken last season, and it will take a similar effort — or more — to successfully defend his title.

Teammates Dylan Westbrook and Glenn Styres lead the pack of challengers to Brown's throne. Westbrook scored four feature wins at Ohsweken last season, along with the Rookie of the Year award and a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Styres will be looking to regain the form which saw him win track championships in 2014 and 2015.

Jake Brown, 2010 champ Dave Dykstra, two-time champ Jim Huppunen, and Mikey Kruchka all visited victory lane at Ohsweken last season and figure to be contenders in 2017. The Turners — Jamie, Cory, and Ryan — all finished in the top 10 in the championship chase last season as well.

 

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS

 

Jesse McDonald became the third different champion in the three-year history of the Crate Sprint Car division in 2016, taking the Rookie of the Year award as well. McDonald scored three feature wins last season, while Holly Porter did the same on her way to finishing just 13 points behind McDonald in the championship standings.

 

Mack DeMan may well have been in the championship chase last season as well, but missed several races due to engine trouble. DeMan scored seven feature wins last season, while 2014 champ Ryan Hunsinger bagged three wins before engine problems took him out of title contention. Josh Shantz scored a win and a top-five finish in the points standings last season, while Aaron Turkey, Mike Thorne, Shone Evans, Hannah Ferrell, and Jerry Hill made it into the top 10 in points.

 

The fast-growing division will also see a large increase in car count this season, as more than a half dozen rookies could be in attendance on any given night.

 

MIDDLEPORT MECHANICAL THUNDER STOCKS

 

Dave Bailey and Ryan Dinning scored seven feature wins each in Thunder Stocks at Ohsweken last season, but Bailey prevailed for his second consecutive championship, while Dinning ended up third. Karl Sault got one win, but consistency allowed the former Bomber and Mini Stock champ to stay in title contention and finish just 19 points behind Bailey in the final standings.

 

Jim Lampman and Wyatt Van Wart also went to victory lane last year, while Dereck Lemyre, Trevor DeBoer, and Jason Lungaro are among the returning drivers who claimed top-10 finishes in the championship standings in 2016.

 

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS

 

Brandon Janssens locked down his second consecutive Mini Stock championship last season, but Rookie of the Year award-winner Brandon Crumbie gave Janssens all he could handle. Crumbie scored three feature wins to Janssens' one and finished just 21 points behind in the final standings.

 

Mark Bazuin won five features last season, while Jon Janssens, Rob Hoskins, and Jake Bazuin are other returnees who went to victory lane in 2016. Jonathan Ayrton, Martin Schroder, Tim Deboer, and Matt Nuell are among the returning drivers who scored top-10 finishes in last year's championship chase.

 

GALE'S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS

 

Dustin Longboat won three features in 2016 and will be back to defend the Bomber championship this year, but he is sure to face stiff competition. Wayde Thorne won five times last year, while Paul Longboat scored four wins, and Jerry Burnham got two. Those drivers and several others are sure to provide plenty of entertainment in the always-unpredictable Bomber division.

 

 

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Six Nations Showdown, Northern Summer Nationals, Triple Crown Showdown, and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals are on sale now! Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com or call 519-717-0023 for more information.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big weekend of racing ahead

Ohsweken Speedway and Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga open seasons this weekend

Sports May 18, 2017 by Darryl Smart The Sachem

If you have a need for speed, this is the weekend for you.

Ohsweken Speedway and Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga host their opening races of the season.

If you like drag racing, Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga will be headlined by the breathtaking smoke, fire, and 500 km/h (300 m.p.h.) performances of the Northern Warrior and Terminator Jet Dragsters during its Victoria Day Weekend Drags, May 19-21.

Making their first appearance of 2017 on the quarter-mile course are the always crowd-pleasing Pro Modifieds. Modelled after production cars ranging from the 1950s to modern-day muscle cars, these highly-modified, custom-built machines produce smoky burnouts and speeds of more than 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.) with horsepower provided by a supercharged, nitrous, or turbocharged engine combination.

Top Alcohol Funny Cars will also bring their historic racing lineage to the event, with speeds in excess of 400 km/h (250 m.p.h.). Best known for their hinged carbon fibre bodies, which allow the driver and crew to access the engine and driver's compartment prior to competition, and their unpredictable nature on the track, these cars were made famous in the 1960s when competitors began to heavily modify production vehicles.

Supporting the event will be the 1/8th mile racing action of Outlaw 10.5, plus the best sportsman racing action in the country, which will include the NAPA Ultimate Showdown Series and its Top Dragster and Top Sportsman competitors, as well as the Race Cayuga Sportsman Series and CAN-AM Stock/Super Stock Series.

Putting the topper on each day of competition is the inclusion of live entertainment each night in the trackside bar.

For more information about the event, visit www.TorontoMotorsportsPark.com

Meanwhile, on Friday, Ohsweken Speedway celebrates its 22nd annual season opener, presented by Ackland Insurance and beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Large fields are expected this season in all of the regular Friday night divisions, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS

A pair of wins and amazing consistency propelled Mitch Brown to his first 360 Sprint Car championship last season. Brown finished in the top 10 in every feature he competed in at Ohsweken last season, and it will take a similar effort — or more — to successfully defend his title.

Teammates Dylan Westbrook and Glenn Styres lead the pack of challengers to Brown's throne. Westbrook scored four feature wins at Ohsweken last season, along with the Rookie of the Year award and a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Styres will be looking to regain the form which saw him win track championships in 2014 and 2015.

Jake Brown, 2010 champ Dave Dykstra, two-time champ Jim Huppunen, and Mikey Kruchka all visited victory lane at Ohsweken last season and figure to be contenders in 2017. The Turners — Jamie, Cory, and Ryan — all finished in the top 10 in the championship chase last season as well.

 

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS

 

Jesse McDonald became the third different champion in the three-year history of the Crate Sprint Car division in 2016, taking the Rookie of the Year award as well. McDonald scored three feature wins last season, while Holly Porter did the same on her way to finishing just 13 points behind McDonald in the championship standings.

 

Mack DeMan may well have been in the championship chase last season as well, but missed several races due to engine trouble. DeMan scored seven feature wins last season, while 2014 champ Ryan Hunsinger bagged three wins before engine problems took him out of title contention. Josh Shantz scored a win and a top-five finish in the points standings last season, while Aaron Turkey, Mike Thorne, Shone Evans, Hannah Ferrell, and Jerry Hill made it into the top 10 in points.

 

The fast-growing division will also see a large increase in car count this season, as more than a half dozen rookies could be in attendance on any given night.

 

MIDDLEPORT MECHANICAL THUNDER STOCKS

 

Dave Bailey and Ryan Dinning scored seven feature wins each in Thunder Stocks at Ohsweken last season, but Bailey prevailed for his second consecutive championship, while Dinning ended up third. Karl Sault got one win, but consistency allowed the former Bomber and Mini Stock champ to stay in title contention and finish just 19 points behind Bailey in the final standings.

 

Jim Lampman and Wyatt Van Wart also went to victory lane last year, while Dereck Lemyre, Trevor DeBoer, and Jason Lungaro are among the returning drivers who claimed top-10 finishes in the championship standings in 2016.

 

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS

 

Brandon Janssens locked down his second consecutive Mini Stock championship last season, but Rookie of the Year award-winner Brandon Crumbie gave Janssens all he could handle. Crumbie scored three feature wins to Janssens' one and finished just 21 points behind in the final standings.

 

Mark Bazuin won five features last season, while Jon Janssens, Rob Hoskins, and Jake Bazuin are other returnees who went to victory lane in 2016. Jonathan Ayrton, Martin Schroder, Tim Deboer, and Matt Nuell are among the returning drivers who scored top-10 finishes in last year's championship chase.

 

GALE'S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS

 

Dustin Longboat won three features in 2016 and will be back to defend the Bomber championship this year, but he is sure to face stiff competition. Wayde Thorne won five times last year, while Paul Longboat scored four wins, and Jerry Burnham got two. Those drivers and several others are sure to provide plenty of entertainment in the always-unpredictable Bomber division.

 

 

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Six Nations Showdown, Northern Summer Nationals, Triple Crown Showdown, and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals are on sale now! Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com or call 519-717-0023 for more information.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1