MATT FARNHAM INVADES FOR ACTION SPRINT TOUR WIN AT HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY

Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media

Becomes First American Winner on Action Sprint Tour

By Clayton Johns with files from Steven Petty

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. (September 3, 2018) – Tonawanda, NY’s Matt Farnham took full advantage of re-drawing the pole and led all 20 laps to score victory in his first career start with the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com on Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway. The win adds Farnham’s name to the Action Sprint Tour record books as the fifth different winner in series history and the first American driver to claim a win. The win is even more remarkable considering the Empire State driver is normally a 358 Modified driver at Ransomville Speedway and not regular Sprint Car pilot.

“I’ve had experience at Humberstone in the Sportsman and I cannot thank Trey Hoddick, Scott Kreutter and my crew enough for this opportunity,” Farnham said in Victory Lane.

Farnham and the “Beamsville Bullet” Paul Klager bring the 15-car field to the green flag after both drivers declined the Durnin Motors Front Row Challenge and the chance to earn a bonus $500 if either could win from the 12th starting spot.

Farnham grabbed the early lead with Aaron Turkey and Shone Evans battling side-by-side for third over the opening laps. Evans eventually emerged with the spot. While Farnham had opened an early advantage, he got off the top of the racing surface in turn two with eight laps to go, allowing Klager to reel in the point man.

A lap 13 restart following a Trevor Young spin in turn two saw Farnham re-establish his advantage up front while Klaher, Evans, Turkey and Josh Hansen raced inside the top-five. Farnham went on to lead the remainder of the race to complete the win in his first career tour start. Paul Klager earned a season-best runner-up finish while Shone Evans rounded out the podium. Turkey and Hansen completed the top-five.

Shone Evans’ third-place finish added two points to his lead over Aaron Turkey in the championship standings entering Friday’s tour finale. The gap stands at just eight points prior to the deciding race, meaning Turkey is still very much alive in the chase for the crown.

The Action Sprint Tour completes its inaugural season this coming Friday on September 7 when it will crown the first champion at Ohsweken Speedway. Race time is 7:00pm. Additional event information is available at www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.

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Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
September 2, 2018
Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 15

Entry List
No. Name – Hometown
08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
7f Matt Farnham – Tonawanda, NY
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
28 Jordan Hill – Ohsweken, Ont.
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
43h Ryan Hunsinger – Stouffville, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.

A-Feature (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 7f Matt Farnham; 2. 1eh Paul Klager; 3. 87x Shone Evans; 4. 68 Aaron Turkey; 5. 88h Josh Hansen; 6. 29 Liam Martin; 7. 5d Jacob Dykstra; 8. 43h Ryan Hunsinger; 9. 28 Jordan Hill; 10. 08 Steven Beckett; 11. 9c Brian Nanticoke; 12. 12 Brad Herron; 13. 51 Trevor Young; 14. 56 Dereck Lemyre; 15. 3b Blaine Barrow
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Matt Farnham 1-20
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0E0ooMpMs0&feature=youtu.be

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 1eh Paul Klager; 2. 29 Liam Martin; 3. 56 Dereck Lemyre; 4. 08 Steven Beckett; 5. 9c Brian Nanticoke
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q4FVpCmQxw&feature=youtu.be

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 12 Brad Herron; 2. 68 Aaron Turkey; 3. 5d Jacob Dykstra; 4. 28 Jordan Hill; 5. 51 Trevor Young
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD5DOyyZvgg&feature=youtu.be

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans; 2. 7f Matt Farnham; 3. 88h Josh Hansen; 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger; 5. DNS 3b Blaine Barrow
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO5FxmvPPJQ&feature=youtu.be

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2018 Action Sprint Tour Top-5 Points Update
Following September 2 at Humberstone Speedway

  1. 87x Shone Evans – 679
  2.  68 Aaron Turkey – 671
  3. 5d Jacob Dykstra – 655
  4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger – 581
  5. 1eh Paul Klager – 567

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2018 Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Schedule

Fri. May 18 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Mon. May 21 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Jacob Dykstra
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Jacob Dykstra
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont. – Winner: Mack DeMan
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Matt Farnham
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.

ACTION SPRINT TOUR MEDIA
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Twitter: @ActionSprints

About the Action Sprint Tour: The Action Sprint Tour is a travelling Winged Sprint Car Series based in Ontario, Canada. The cars on the Action Sprint Tour are powered by GMC 602 Crate Motors modified specifically to fit a Sprint Car chassis. The Series is racing its inaugural season in 2018 and will run 10 races at 5 different Ontario tracks. Drivers will compete for a point fund and bonuses totaling $10,000. For additional information, including rules, event purse and series point fund, visit the Series official website at www.ActionSprintTour.com.

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