Aaron Turkey celebrates making history as the first-ever winner of the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com. (Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media).

By Clayton Johns

OHSWEKEN, Ont. – May 18, 2018 – Aaron Turkey took full advantage of his fourth-place starting position to take the lead from polesitter Shone Evans on lap two and led the remaining 19 laps to score the victory in the inaugural race for the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com on Friday night at Ohsweken Speedway.

Of the 31 cars entered, 24 cars qualified for the i20-lap Feature event. Shone Evans and Brad Herron started on the front row for the main event and had the option to take the newly announced Durnin Motors Front Row Challenge. The two front row drivers had the option to give up their top starting spots to drop to the 12th starting position for a chance at a $500 bonus if they could win the main event from the sixth row. Both Evans and Herron declined the option as they sought the chance to make history as the tour’s first-ever winner.

Evans grabbed an early lead before Turkey darted out front on the second lap in what proved to be the winning pass of the night. The caution waved for the first time on lap three when Herron slowed with damage to his No.12, ending his night. Two laps later with four laps in the books, the red flag was displayed when Herron’s Styres Racing teammate Holly Porter flipped in turn three. She was uninjured.

At the halfway mark, Turkey had opened a full straightaway advantage over Evans and third-place Jesse Costa. With five laps to go, Costa had worked past Evans to claim second, but faced a deficit of more than seven seconds behind Turkey. That advantage was erased on lap 16 when the caution waved for Steven Beckett, who had suffered a broken tie-rod on the left-front of his No.08 and rolled to a stop at the exit of turn two.

The restart didn’t prove to hinder Turkey at all as he drove away to the victory over the final four laps, leaving second-place to Costa, while 20th starting DJ Christie scored a third-place finish. The win was Turkey’s eight career Sprint Car win at Ohsweken. Former Ohsweken Bomber driver Lucas Smith finished fourth in his Sprint Car debut while Evans claimed a fifth-place finish.

Costa, Turkey and Evans were heat race winners earlier in the night while Jerry Hill won the B-Main.

The Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com now readies for its second race of the season when it heads to Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont. on Monday, May 21 as part of the track’s Victoria Day long weekend special. Grand stands open at 5:30pm before the first green flag scheduled for 7:00pm. For additional event information, including tickets and directions, visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com.


Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
May 18, 2018
Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 30

Entry List

08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
4 Hannah Ferrell – Simcoe, Ont.
5 DJ Christie – Beachville, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
7 Caleb Wood – London, Ont.
9 Paul Ballantyne – Brantford, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
10 Lofton Schuts – Oakland, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
17 Joshua Giroldi – Beachville, Ont.
24 Jeff Newham – Windsor, Ont.
24a AJ Lewis – Stoney Creek, Ont.
26 John Verney – Salmon Arm, BC
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
38 Derek Miller – Ohsweken, Ont.
43h Ryan Hunsinger – Stouffville, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
49L Lucas Smith – Brantford, Ont.
51 Trevor Young – Ancaster, Ont.
52 Jesse Costa – St. Thomas, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
70 Baily Heard – Niagara Falls, Ont.
74 Rob Neely – Rockwood, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.
99 Mike Bell – Hagersville, Ont.

A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 68 Aaron Turkey (4); 2. 52 Jesse Costa (5); 3. 5 DJ Christie (20); 4. 49L Lucas Smith (21); 5. 87x Shone Evans (1); 6. 4 Hannah Ferrell (9); 7. 49h Jerry Hill (19); 8. 74 Rob Neely (17); 9. 9c Brian Nanticoke (11); 10. 70 Baily Heard (16); 11. DNF 08 Steven Beckett (15); 12. DNF 38 Derek Miller (14); 13. DNF 43h Ryan Hunsinger (6); 14. DNF 99 Michael Bell (12); 15. DNF 24 Jeff Newham (22); 16. DNF 9 Paul Ballantyne (10); 17. DNF 1eh Paul Klager (13); 18. DNF 1 Holly Porter (7); 19. DNF 7 Caleb Wood (3); 20. DNF 5d Jacob Dykstra (8); 21. DNF 12 Brad Herron (2); 22. DNF 3b Blaine Barrow (24); 23. DNF 51 Trevor Young (23); 24. DNF 56 Dereck Lemyre (18)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Shone Evans 1; Aaron Turkey 2-20
Hard Charger – DJ Christie +17 (20th to 3rd)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 52 Jesse Costa, St. Thomas, ON (4); 2. 12 Brad Herron, Waterdown, ON (2); 3. 1 Holly Porter, Delhi, ON (3); 4. 9 Paul Ballantyne, Brantford, ON (7); 5. 1eh Paul Klager, Beamsville, ON (9); 6. 70 Baily Heard, Niagara Falls, ON (8); 7. 49h Jerry Hill, Hagersville, ON (5); 8. DNF 5 DJ Christie, Beachville, ON (1); 9. DNF 17 Joshua Giroldi, Beachville, ON (10); 10. DNS 10 Lofton Schuts, Oakland, ON (6)

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 68 Aaron Turkey, Ohsweken, ON (2); 2. 43h Ryan Hunsinger, Stouffville, ON (3); 3. 5d Jacob Dykstra, Port Colborne, ON (4); 4. 9c Brian Nanticoke, Ohsweken, ON (8); 5. 38 Derek Miller, Ohsweken, ON (1); 6. 74 Rob Neely, Rockwood, ON (9); 7. DNF 88h Josh Hansen, Beamsville, ON (6); 8. DNS 24a AJ Lewis, Stoney Creek, ON (5); 9. DNS 26 John Verney, Salmon Arm, BC (7); 10. DNS 24 Jeff Newham, Windsor, ON (10)

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Transfer – Time 2:05.737)
Finish. # Name, Hometown (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans, Scotland, ON (1); 2. 7 Caleb Wood, London, ON (3); 3. 4 Hannah Ferrell, Vanessa, ON (7); 4. 99 Michael Bell, Hagersville, ON (2); 5. 08 Steven Beckett, Fonthill, ON (9); 6. 56 Dereck Lemyre, Hamilton, ON (5); 7. 49L Lucas Smith, Brantford, ON (10); 8. 3b Blaine Barrow, Welland, ON (8); 9. DNF 51 Trevor Young, Ancaster, ON (4); 10. DNS 29 Liam Martin, Binbrook, ON (6)

B-Feature (4 laps – Top 6 Transfer – 1:04.859)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 49h Jerry Hill (1); 2. 5 DJ Christie (2); 3. 49L Lucas Smith (10); 4. 24 Jeff Newham (9); 5. 51 Trevor Young (5); 6. 3b Blaine Barrow (11); 7. DNS 88h Josh Hansen (3); 8. 24a AJ Lewis (4); 9. 10 Lofton Schuts (6); 10. 26 John Verney (7); 11. DNS 29 Liam Martin (8); 12. DNS17 Joshua Giroldi (12)

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.
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont.
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont.
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.

Website: www.ActionSprintTour.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ActionSprintTour
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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