The 10th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend at Ohsweken Speedway is finally here, and anticipation is high for the track's signature event.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 11, while racing will commence Friday, September 12 with the "Night Before the Nationals" presented by Burger Barn, and the 10th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Arrow Express on Saturday, September 13.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 13 will include group Time Trials, six Heat Races, three B-Feature races, a Dash race for the Heat Race winners to determine the top six starting positions in the A-Feature, the 15-lap "Little Feature", and the 35 lap A-Feature which will pay the winner $12,000 from the lucrative purse for the 360 Sprint Cars.
The Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks will run a full program on Saturday night, including a 25-lap $500-to-win A-Feature. Hot laps will begin at 6pm on Saturday, September 13, with Time Trials scheduled for 6:30pm, and racing set to begin at 7:30pm.
The Night Before the Nationals on Friday, September 12 will include the Kevin Ward, Jr. Young Stars Challenge, the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, and Twin 15-lap features for 360 Sprint Cars, plus a 20-lap $450-to-win A-Feature for the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, and a 20-lap $500-to-win A-Feature for the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks featuring guest driver Bryan Bauemler of HGTV.
The winners of Friday's Twin 15-lap 360 Sprint features will be guaranteed starting spots in the $12,000-to-win A-Feature on Saturday night. Hot laps will begin at 6:50pm on Friday, September 12, with racing set to begin at 7:30pm.
The Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout features drivers who have qualified from the Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints challenge events held at Ohsweken in 2014, the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car feature from August 29, plus top drivers in the championship points standings from Sprints on Dirt and the National Racing Alliance.
The Kevin Ward Jr. "Young Stars Challenge" presented by TJSlideways.com will honour Kevin Ward, Jr., who passed away following a tragic accident in the Empire Super Sprints event held at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 9. Despite his young age, Kevin had already competed in four editions of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, including a top 10 finish in 2011.
The youngest drivers signed in for competition on the Night Before the Nationals will make up the 13-car starting field.
Pit gates will open at 5pm for Test & Tune on Thursday, September 11, with hot laps beginning at 7:30pm.