Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (June 20, 2011)- Every year, Ohsweken Speedway does something new to put 360 sprint racing on a larger stage; in 2011 they have added more money, more races and another track to the excitement.
The Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) will take part in the first two events in the four-race Northern Summer Nationals Series this Friday and Saturday, comprising a pair of high-paying shows at Ohsweken Speedway and South Buxton Raceway. Ohsweken has hosted the second-most PST-sanctioned events, while South Buxton will have their first this Saturday.
Over $60,000 in prize money will be up for grabs between this Friday and Saturday and the final two events on August 19 and 20, with quality payouts distributed even into the non-qualifier positions. A $5,000 point fund is also in place for the top-10 in points accumulated over these events.
Friday Night’s show at Ohsweken will pay $3,000-to-win, the fourth season in a row “The Big O” has held a major midseason event, known as the Northern Summer Nationals. In the past, the Patriots and the ASCS Sprints on Dirt have supported this event each year, whose name now encompasses this series, and will join forces once again with the Southern Ontario Sprints and the Corr/Pak Sprints of Ohsweken for what figures to be a hotly-contested opening round.
The PST points standings will likely get shaken up a bit this weekend, with the “Patriot Points” format returning which counts only drivers that have started two PST events this season.
Bryan Howland was the inaugural winner of the Northern Summer Nationals back in 2008 and is coming off a strong weekend in Southern Ontario where he scored wins at Ohsweken and in the PST event at Merrittville. There is no question the four-time Patriot Champion from Auburn, NY will be a factor.
Jared Zimbardi leads the PST Point Standings by a solid 30 points and, like Howland, had a pair of quality runs this past weekend. “The Juice” also has a win this season at Ohsweken, as well as on the Patriot Tour last month at Stateline.
Kyle Moffit was the other winner in weekly sprint competition in Glenn Styres’ front yard this season, making it three Patriot mainstays that have represented the series well on Friday Nights thus far in 2011.
Tim Kelly, of Rock Stream, NY, and Don Adamczyk, of Williamsville, NY are both coming off disappointing showings at Merrittville but head to a track where they have both produced impressive performances in Canadian Sprint Car Nationals of the past.
Vern Wasson, of Jersey Shore, PA, will be making his first trip to Ohsweken on Friday while Scott Kreutter returns after a year away from the speedway where he has three top-five finishes.
Todd Hoddick, of Cheektowaga, NY, has run religiously at Ohsweken in both of his years running his sprint car and will hope that experience pays off this Friday in a showcase event.
Saturday Night’s event two hours west of Ohsweken at South Buxton Raceway in Merlin, Ontario is arguably the biggest sprint race that has ever been held at the D-shaped oval. With the exception of Moffit, Mitch Brown and Brad Knab, no Patriot regulars have ever seen the track, which will make them work even hard to close out the weekend on a positive note.
Outside of Patriot competitors, a host of other drivers are sure to figure in to the mix.
Kyle Patrick holds a slim point lead in Ohsweken’s Corr/Pak Sprint Standings over Jim Huppunen heading into the weekend. Patrick will undoubtedly be geared up for Saturday’s event at South Buxton, as he resides in nearby Tilbury.
Travis Cunningham, Mikey Kruckha, Jamie Turner and Chris Steele all recorded quality finishes at Merrittville and could be primed for their first sprint win this weekend.
Dustin Daggett, Ryan Grubaugh and Dain Naida are among the Michiganders that will be a force this weekend. Daggett has won two past Northern Summer Nationals and scored a number of wins at South Buxton while Naida is coming off a third place showing in PST action Saturday at Merrittville.
Ohsweken gets started with racing at 7:45 P.M., while South Buxton gets underway at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday. Hotel information for each night is posted on the always-improving www.PatriotSprintTour.com page under each race track. Don’t forget that you can stay up to speed with the PST on Twitter and on the friend and fan pages on Facebook.
Patriot History at Ohsweken:
9/25/2004- Rick Wilson
5/6/2005- Kyle Wilson
7/14/2006- Bryan Howland
7/6/2007- Bobby Breen
8/14/2009- Trevor Lewis
Patriot History at Ohsweken in events with Multiple Sanctioning Bodies:
9/17/2005- Kenny Jacobs (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)
9/16/2006- Steve Poirier (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)
9/15/2007- Steve Poirier (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)
7/3/2008- Dustin Daggett (Northern Summer Nationals)
7/4/2008- Bryan Howland (Northern Summer Nationals)
9/27/2008- Wayne Johnson (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)
7/3/2009- Tom Huppunen (Northern Summer Nationals)
9/19/2009- Shane Stewart (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)
7/2/2010- Dustin Daggett (Northern Summer Nationals)
8/20/2010- Dustin Daggett
9/18/2010- Shane Stewart (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)