Photo by Dale Calnan/www.imagefactor.ca

By Tommy Goudge

THOROLD, Ont. (September 17, 2021) – Jacob Dykstra continued his dominant season in the Pinty’s Action Sprint Tour Crate Sprint Car series with another win on Friday night at Merrittville Speedway. Dykstra led just two laps of the 25 lap A-Main – the first lap and the last lap – but it was enough to earn his ninth win of the season.

Dyksta and Dale Curran made up the front row for the A-Main, but row two starter Eric Gledhill took the lead away from Dykstra on lap two and began to pull away. A pair of red flags slowed the race – one for a tipover by Larry Gledhill, and one for a very hard crash for Lucas Smith after he hopped Brett Stratford’s right rear tire and flipped over the turn one wall. Smith had to go through the B-Main and had charged into the top ten in the A-Main at the time of the crash; he was shaken up, but otherwise unhurt in the incident.

Eric Gledhill held the lead through both the stoppages along with a yellow flag for Matt Hill, but Dykstra stayed close behind the leader and stole the win when Gledhill got held up in traffic in the last set of corners. The win was Dykstra’s ninth in 11 AST races this season. Gledhill settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Nick Sheridan, Darren Dryden, and Curran. The top ten was rounded out by Dereck Lemyre, row eight starter Steve Murdock, Curtis Gartly, Dave McKnight, and Ryan Fraser. Heat race wins went to Lemyre, Dykstra, Eric Gledhill, and Brian Nanticoke, while Smith won the B-Main.

Jacob Dykstra’s lead in the championship standings now stands at 76 points over Allan Downey, while Nick Sheridan is a further 21 points back in third. Eric Gledhill and Darren Dryden are fourth and fifth, followed by Lucas Smith, Brett Stratford, Rob Neely, Dereck Lemyre, and Dale Curran.

The Action Sprint Tour will next be in competition on Friday, October 1 at Humberstone Speedway. Visit www.actionsprinttour.com for more information.

Pinty’s Action Sprint Tour Crate Sprint Car Series
Race Report – Friday, September 17, 2021
Merrittville Speedway
Thorold, Ontario, Canada

08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ontario
2M Steve Murdock – Georgetown, Ontario
3S Austin Roes – Mossley, Ontario
4B Darrell Pelletier – Port Perry, Ontario
5D Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ontario
7 Eric Gledhill – Thamesford, Ontario
MK8 Matt Hill – Ohsweken, Ontario
9C Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ontario
12DD Darren Dryden – Freelton, Ontario
14 Larry Gledhill – Thamesford, Ontario
19D Allan Downey – Waterloo, Ontario
20 Johnny Miller – Six Nations, Ontario
26 John Verney – Salmon Arm, British Columbia
26X Terry Baker – Ancaster, Ontario
31 Dale Curran – Bowmanville, Ontario
38 Derek Miller – Six Nations, Ontario
39 Shane Stickel – Kitchener, Ontario
BS39 Brett Stratford – Wainfleet, Ontario
45 Nick Sheridan – Mount Brydges, Ontario
45L Curtis Gartly – Thamesford, Ontario
48 Lance Erskine – Brantford, Ontario
48M Andrew Marshall – Dorchester, Ontario
49L Lucas Smith – Brantford, Ontario
50LS Adrian Stahle – Kitchener, Ontario
51 Trevor Young – Ancaster, Ontario
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ontario
70MM Dave McKnight – Brampton, Ontario
74 Rob Neely – Rockwood, Ontario
77E Ashton VanEvery – Ohsweken, Ontario
77T Tyeller Powless – Ohsweken, Ontario
94 Ryan Fraser – Rockwood, Ontario
99 Joshua Hill – Ohsweken, Ontario

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – 1:57.133
1. 56-Dereck Lemyre[2]; 2. 31-Dale Curran[3]; 3. 74-Rob Neely[1]; 4. 94-Ryan Fraser[4]; 5. 99-Joshua Hill[5]; / 6. 49L-Lucas Smith[8]; 7. 50LS-Adrian Stahle[6]; 8. 08-Steven Beckett[7]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – 1:55.454
1. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[2]; 2. 45L-Curtis Gartly[1]; 3. 4B-Darrell Pelletier[5]; 4. 19D-Allan Downey[3]; 5. 26X-Terry Baker[6]; / 6. 26-John Verney[4]; 7. 48M-Andrew Marshall[8]; 8. 39-Shane Stickel[7]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps – 1:57.856
1. 7-Eric Gledhill[2]; 2. 12DD-Darren Dryden[1]; 3. 3S-Austin Roes[4]; 4. MK8-Matt Hill[6]; 5. BS39-Brett Stratford[8]; / 6. 38-Derek Miller[5]; 7. 51-Trevor Young[7]; 8. 77E-Ashton VanEvery[3]

Heat Race 4 [Started] 8 laps – 1:59.284
1. 9C-Brian Nanticoke[1]; 2. 70MM-Dave McKnight Jr[2]; 3. 45-Nick Sheridan[6]; 4. 2M-Steve Murdock[3]; 5. 14-Larry Gledhill[4]; / 6. 20-Johnny Miller[5]; 7. 48-Lance Erskine[7]; 8. 77T-Tyeller Powless[8]

B-Main [Started] 12 laps – NT
1. 49L-Lucas Smith[1]; 2. 38-Derek Miller[2]; 3. 48-Lance Erskine[7]; 4. 20-Johnny Miller[3]; / 5. 50LS-Adrian Stahle[8]; 6. 08-Steven Beckett[10]; 7. 39-Shane Stickel[11]; 8. 51-Trevor Young[6]; 9. 48M-Andrew Marshall[4]; 10. 77T-Tyeller Powless[9]; 11. 77E-Ashton VanEvery[12]; 12. 26-John Verney[5]

A-Main [Started] 25 laps – NT
1. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[1]; 2. 7-Eric Gledhill[3]; 3. 45-Nick Sheridan[8]; 4. 12DD-Darren Dryden[9]; 5. 31-Dale Curran[2]; 6. 56-Dereck Lemyre[7]; 7. 2M-Steve Murdock[16]; 8. 45L-Curtis Gartly[10]; 9. 70MM-Dave McKnight Jr[4]; 10. 94-Ryan Fraser[15]; 11. 74-Rob Neely[14]; 12. 26X-Terry Baker[18]; 13. 3S-Austin Roes[11]; 14. 19D-Allan Downey[17]; 15. 9C-Brian Nanticoke[6]; 16. 20-Johnny Miller[24]; 17. BS39-Brett Stratford[13]; 18. 38-Derek Miller[22]; 19. 48-Lance Erskine[23]; 20. 14-Larry Gledhill[20]; 21. 4B-Darrell Pelletier[5]; 22. 99-Joshua Hill[19]; 23. (DNF) 49L-Lucas Smith[21]; 24. (DNF) MK8-Matt Hill[12]
A-Main Lap Leaders – Jacob Dykstra 1, 25; Eric Gledhill 2-24
Margin of Victory – 0.372 seconds
Hard Charger – Steve Murdock +9

Up Next:
Friday, October 1, 2021 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario

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About the Action Sprint Tour fueled by Pinty’s: Founded in 2018, the Action Sprint Tour is a traveling Winged Crate Sprint Car Series based in Ontario, Canada. Action Sprint Tour cars are powered by GM 602 crate engines modified specifically to fit a Sprint Car chassis. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2022 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2021 Action Sprint Tour is made possible with the support of Pinty’s Delicious Foods. Visit www.actionsprinttour.com for more information.