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By Clayton Johns

Merlin, Ont. (June 8, 2019) – The Action Sprint Tour held its second event of the young 2019 season last Saturday night at the newly renamed Southern Ontario Motor Speedway (SOMS) and when the dust settled it was Binbrook, Ont. teenager Liam Martin who had piloted his No.29 to Victory Lane.

Martin lined-up in the eighth starting spot for the 20-lap main event and muscled his way past several tough contenders, including season opener winner Josh Hansen and veteran Ryan Hunsinger before holding off those two drivers right to the finish as well as former Crate Sprint Car champion Jesse McDonald. The victory was Martin’s first with the Action Sprint Tour, but second this season after he scored a win at Ohsweken Speedway on May 24. Martin also becomes the second different winner in as many races at SOMS in the tour’s history. Shone Evans won the inaugural visit last June.

Runner-up Josh Hansen continued his strong start to the season. The Beamsville, Ont. up-and-comer now has finishes of first and second with the AST this year to accompnay a pleasant beginning to his 360 Sprint Car career. The series most experienced driver, Ryan Hunsinger, earned a third-place finish, making it two consecutive top-five finishes to start the AST season for the driver hailing from Caledonia, Ont.

Welland’s Blaine Barrow had a pleasant outing and finished fourth in the main event, his best AST finish to date. Finally, Jesse McDonald navigated his way to a fifth-place finish after starting in the back half of the field in 11th.

The Action Sprint Tour powered by will return to competition for round three of the 2019 series on Monday, July 1 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont. For more information on the Action Sprint Tour, including a full break down of the Series’ 2019 point fund and race purses as well as series rules, visit


Action Sprint Tour powered by Race Report
June 8, 2019
Southern Ontario Motor Speedway – Merlin, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 17

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.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
14 Noelle Teal – Hagersville, Ont.
19 Allan Downey – Waterloo, Ont.
22jr Al Gilletta Jr. – St. Catharines, Ont.
28 Jordan Hill – Ohsweken, Ont.
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
43 Darren Dryden – Freelton, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
52r Ryan Hunsinger – Caledonia, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
83 Spencer Davis – Scotland, Ont.
88 Jesse McDonald – Caledonia, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.

A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 29-Liam Martin, [8]; 2. 88h-Josh Hansen, [3]; 3. 52r-Ryan Hunsinger, [1]; 4. 3b-Blaine Barrow, [6]; 5. 88-Jesse McDonald, [11]; 6. 83-Spencer Davis, [2]; 7. 5d-Jacob Dykstra, [9]; 8. 9c-Brian Nanticoke, [7]; 9. 43-Darren Dryden, [5]; 10. 22jr-Al Gilletta Jr., [10]; 11. 49h-Jerry Hill, [14]; 12. 68-Aaron Turkey, [12]; 13. 28-Jordan Hill, [17]; 14. 1eh-Paul Klager, [13]; 15. 08-Steven Beckett, [4]; 16. 14-Noelle Teal, [16]; 17. 19-Allan Downey, [15]
Hard Charger – Liam Martin +8 (8th to 1st)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 83-Spencer Davis, [2]; 2. 43-Darren Dryden, [1]; 3. 9c-Brian Nanticoke, [4]; 4.
22jr-Al Gilletta Jr., [3]; 5. 1eh-Paul Klager, [5]; 6. 19-Allan Downey, [6]

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps –Top 2 Redraw)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 08-Steven Beckett, [1]; 2. 3b-Blaine Barrow, [2]; 3. 29-Liam Martin [4]; 4. 88-Jesse McDonald, [3]; 5. 49h-Jerry Hill [5]; 6. 14-Noelle Teal. [6]

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 88h-Josh Hansen, [1]; 2. 52r-Ryan Hunsinger [4]; 3. 68-Aaron Turkey [3]; 4. 5d-Jacob Dykstra [5]; 5. 28-Jordan Hill [2]


2019 Action Sprint Tour Schedule

Mon. May 20 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Josh Hansen
Sun. June 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, On – Rained Out
Sat. June 8 – Southern Ontario Motor Speedway – Merlin, Ont.  – Winner: Liam Martin
Mon. July 1 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Sun. July 14 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Tue. July 23 – Ohsweken Speedway – Six Nations, Ont.
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Sun. August 11 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. August 17 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont.
Sat. September 14 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Canadian Sprint Car Nationals

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 ran its inaugural season in 2018 and in 2019 will run 10 races at five 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 Action Sprint Tour official website at

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