It’s been a busy week with local racing on dirt, drag wagon, and road circuits.
Our area has seen a lot of action on two and four wheels over the past few days on the local racetracks, so let’s move on to it.
The much-anticipated and long-awaited NASCAR Pinty Series race on the dirt oval for the Ohsweken Speedway has finally taken place, with some excitement in the final laps of Pinty’s 100, the inaugural race on dirt. Grimsby’s Triten Labcevich, the regular NASCAR Truck Series and Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Stewart Friesen have been in duel for the past few laps, but Lapcevich stopped the veteran for his second win of the series and $25,000 for the Scott Steckly Racing Team. Jake Sheridan of Mount Bridge came third.
The Canadians did well at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York in the eighth mile competition recently at the latest Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association event with a 16-car field of NOPMA Pro Modifieds and former Ontario-based Pro Modified Racing Association racers.
Driving the Mike Clark-owned Smokies Garage Race Team 1967 Mustang Pro Mod, Wartburg’s Scott Wildegest took the top eliminater title with a time of 3.706 seconds. A pass at 204.83 mph over Kevin McCurdy of Hamburg, Pennsylvania with a close distance of 3.710 seconds, 201.70 mph
Another former PMRA rider at Empire was Spencer Hyde of Stratford who McCurdy knocked out in the semi-finals. Hyde has held the Canadian Pro Mod record and is a former former sports driver.
All but one races are competing on the OSCAAR Hot Rod schedule on asphalt tracks, but Brantford’s Steve Book had no problem in the Brighton Speedway oval to win his first race of the season. Buck put Studebaker Hawk in front halfway to a 30-lap advantage and he stayed there for the win. Book now leads in points for this popular series that features vintage and classic chassis with modern powerplants and running gear and has six races left in the 2022 season.
The 2022 Canadian Superbike Championship was decided after a triceps event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last weekend and Ben Young claimed his second title in a row. The Collingwood rider for the BMW Home Team in Van Dolder finished off a weekend of racing with enough points to stay ahead of rival Alex Dumas of Quebec who won two races at CTMB.
Other recent winners include Mike Ordway Jr of Maine who won the 60-lap Winged Challenge at Oswego Speedway, ISMA’s most recent event. Innerkip’s Mike Leste finished third in his Super Modified…Justin Ramsay of Belleville won the 50-lap Brock Memorial Race in Ohsweken, while Paulie Colagiovanni of Cicero, New York won the 17th Sprint Car Nationals, also in Ohsweken earlier. from this week. Stuart Friesen finished second and Tillsonburg’s Corey Turner finished third…Continuing on the dirt oval surfaces, Welland’s Dalton Slack won his first 358 modified advantage at Merrittville Speedway…10-time World of Outlaws champ Donny Schatz won the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in Iowa. The 45-year-old North Dakota rider took home $175,000 (US) for his win… London’s Adrian Kemp won the 25 lap race at the Ontario Pro Sprint at Flamborough Sprint Road in Millgrove.