Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media

By Clayton Johns

OHSWEKEN, Ont. – (August 3, 2018) – Jacob Dykstra made his history on Friday night as the Port Colborne, Ont. driver became the first teenager to win two consecutive races with the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com. Dykstra, who started on the pole, used a lap 11 pass to get by fellow front row starter Holly Porter and score the win at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, August 3. Dykstra joins Shone Evans as the only two drivers who have won consecutive races with the tour.

“A month ago we were running mid-pack and now we’re up here in Victory Lane,” Dykstra said following the win. “I’d like to thank all my sponsors Pan Abrasives, Tim’s Lawncare, A-Z Expediting and Lakeshore Catholic High School. I wouldn’t be here without my dad. He’s been the biggest help.”

The Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com was making the second of three appearances at Ohsweken in 2018 and had 30 cars locked in for competition. It was Dykstra and Porter leading the field to full speed for the 20-lap Feature after both drivers declined to drop to 12th for a shot at the Durnin Motors Front Row Challenge $500 bonus.

Porter jumped out to an early advantage, but Dykstra stayed close as the two drivers raced away from the pack and into lapped traffic by lap seven. On lap nine, the field was reset after a caution for a spun Brad Herron in turn four. The restart saw Porter lead Dykstra, Matt Hill, Shone Evans and Liam Martin back to green.

Dykstra again stayed with Porter and on lap 11 took the lead in the outside lane with a good run off turn two and down the backstretch. The top two again stormed away from the field while Evans got around Hill for third on lap 13.

The second and final caution of the race came on lap 15 for debris in the racing groove in turn four. The restart proved no problem for Dykstra though, as he gained an excellent jump and paced the final four laps to score his second straight win with the Action Sprint Tour. He also joined Evans and Aaron Turkey as the third driver to win multiple races on the tour. Each of the three drivers now has two wins in the tour’s six race history.

Hannah Ferrel drove to a fourth-place finish while Aaron Turkey claimed fifth. Lucas Smith earned the Hard Charger award on the night with a drive from 18th to sixth. Matt Hill earned a strong seventh-place finish while Jesse Costa, who entered the night at the series point leader, finished eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Dereck Lemyre and Liam Martin.

Brandon Murrell earned his first career checkered flag in a Sprint Car with a heat race win. Porter and Ferell also collected heat race wins to begin the evening.

Jerry Hill won an exciting B-Main and claimed the 19th starting spot for the Feature after a move on the final corner of the final lap allowed him to squeeze past Rob Neely.

The Action Sprint Tour continues its inaugural season on Sunday, August 12 at Humberstone Speedway. The series has already made one stop at the Port Colborne, Ont. track in 2018 and Aaron Turkey picked up the win on June 17. Race time is 6:30pm. Additional event information is available at www.humberstonespeedway.com. For more information on the Action Sprint Tour, including a full schedule, points, purses and point fund, visit www.ActionSprintTour.com.


Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
August 3, 2018
Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 30

Entry List
No. Name – Hometown
08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
4 Hannah Ferrell – Vanessa, Ont.
5 DJ Christie – Beachville, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
7 Caleb Wood – London, Ont.
8mk Matt Hill – Ohsweken, Ont.
9 Paul Ballantyne – Brantford, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
19 Brandon Murrell – Gores Landing, Ont.
22jr Al Gilletta Jr. – St. Catharine’s Ont.
24 Jeff Newham – Windsor, Ont.
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.
55 Mike Thorne – Caledonia, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
69 Joshua Hill – Six Nations, Ont.
70 Baily Heard – Niagara Falls, Ont.
74 Rob Neely – Rockwood, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.

A-Feature (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 5d Jacob Dykstra (1); 2. 1 Holly Porter (2); 3. 87x Shone Evans (6); 4. 4 Hannah Ferrell (5); 5. 68 Aaron Turkey (7); 6. 49L Lucas Smith (18); 7. 8mk Matt Hill (3); 8. 52 Jesse Costa (8); 9. 56 Dereck Lemyre (9); 10. 29 Liam Martin (10); 11. 88h Josh Hansen (21); 12. 7 Caleb Wood (14); 13. 49h Jerry Hill (19); 14. 70 Baily Heard (11); 15. 5 DJ Christie (17); 16. 74 Rob Neely (20); 17. 55 Mike Thorne (24); 18. 12 Brad Herron (13); 19. 08 Steven Beckett (12); 20. 19 Brandon Murrell (4); 21. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (23); 22. 9c Brian Nanticoke (16); 23. DNF 69 Josh Hill (22); 24. DNF 1eh Paul Klager (15)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Holly Porter 1-10; Jacob Dykstra 11-20
Hard Charger – Lucas Smith +12 (18th to 6th)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 19 Brandon Murrell (2); 2. 5d Jacob Dykstra (4); 3. 68 Aaron Turkey (6); 4. 29 Liam Martin (5); 5. 12 Brad Herron (10); 6. 9c Brian Nanticoke (9); 7. 74 Rob Neely (7); 8. 24 Jeff Newham (3); 9. DNF 55 Mike Thorne (8); 10. DNF 43h Ryan Hunsinger (1)

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter (1); 2. 8mk Matt Hill (2); 3. 52 Jesse Costa (4); 4. 70 Baily Heard (3); 5. 7 Caleb Wood (8); 6. 5 DJ Christie (5); 7. 49h Jerry Hill (6); 8. 69 Josh Hill (7); 9. 38 Derek Miller (10); 10. 3b Blaine Barrow (9)

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – Top 6 Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 4 Hannah Ferrell (4); 2. 87x Shone Evans (6); 3. 56 Dereck Lemyre (2); 4. 08 Steven Beckett (5); 5. 1eh Paul Klager (7); 6. 49L Lucas Smith (9); 7. 88h Josh Hansen (10); 8. 9 Paul Ballantyne (1); 9. 51 Trevor Young (8); 10. 22jr Al Gilletta Jr. (3)

B-Main (12 laps – Top 6 Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 49h Jerry Hill (2); 2. 74 Rob Neely (1); 3. 88h Josh Hansen (3); 4. 69 Josh Hill (5); 5. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (10); 6. 55 Mike Thorne (7); 7. 51 Trevor Young (9); 8. 38 Derek Miller (8); 9. 3b Blaine Barrow (11); 10. 9 Paul Ballantyne (6); 11. 22jr Al Gilletta Jr. (12); 12. 24 Jeff Newham (4)


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.
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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