Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (July 11, 2012)- One of the most burgeoning traditions with the Patriot Sprint Tour has been the mid-July swing north of the St. Lawrence to Brockville and Cornwall Speedways, a tradition which will continue for a fourth straight year this weekend.
The Patriot Sprint Tour will run its third and fourth full-point events in the PST Canada Series at the pair of popular ¼-mile ovals. With this series still in its infancy, the point race is very tightly-knit, which means that this weekend will have a significant impact on deciding who will claim the $5,000 Championship at the end of the year.
New Yorkers Justin Barger and Jared Zimbardi currently lead the PST Canada Series standings. Barger, the winner at South Buxton in June, leads Zimbardi, who won the night earlier at Ohsweken, by six points. Zimbardi, the defending PST Champion, has won three of the last five events at “The BOS” and should be a major factor on Saturday Night. Barger has won two events at Brockville, but has not been to the track since 2009.
Bryan Howland, a four-time PST Champion, was a winner at Brockville in 2009, but has only been to Cornwall once; on that night he was a DNF. Howland, the current PST America point leader, has some work to do if he wants to claim the Canadian championship this year.
Other Americans expected on the weekend include Scott Kreutter, Jeff Cook, Brandan Warner, Jason Barney, Dave Wickham and Dylan Swiernik, among others.
Among the Canadian contingent will be Alain Bergeron, the only driver from Quebec running for the PST Canada Championship. Bergeron, a winner at both Brockville and Cornwall in 2009, will be joined from Quebec by a host of drivers including Michael Parent, Dale Gosselin, Etienne Girard and Patrick Vigneault.
The local fans are always enthralled by the appearance of their favorites such as Rick and April Wilson, Paul Pekkonen, Devin Caron, Lee Ladouceur, Kyle Fraser, Chris Jones and Tyler Rand, each of whom could be seen on one or two nights of the weekend.
Western Ontario is also likely to be well-represented this weekend with more than a half-dozen teams expected from that region. Jamie Collard, along with his teammate from Michigan Dain Naida, are tied for third in the PST Canada standings, just ahead of Travis Cunningham, who is fresh off his first career feature win last Friday at Ohsweken. Mitch Brown, Glenn Styres, Keith Dempster and Chris Durand are among the other drivers who will be heading east for the weekend.
Racing action on Saturday gets started at 7:00 while action kicks off at 6:00 Sunday at Cornwall.
For more information visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com and don’t forget to follow www.Facebook.com/PatriotSprintTour and/or www.Twitter.com/PatriotSprints all weekend for updates.
Patriot History at Brockville:
8/20/2004- Rick Wilson
10/22/2005- Kyle Drum
7/15/2006- Rick Wilson
6/2/2007- Jessica Zemken
7/18/2009- Bryan Howland
8/22/2009- Alain Bergeron
10/17/2009- Glenn Styres (Non-Points)
6/12/2010- Jared Zimbardi
7/17/2010- Shayne Ely
10/16/2010- Jared Zimbardi (Non-Points)
7/16/2011- Jared Zimbardi
8/27/2011- Wayne Johnson
Patriot History at Cornwall:
7/19/2009- Alain Bergeron
7/18/2010- Steve Poirier