Photo by Rod Henderson
BRIGHTON, Ont. (August 18, 2018) – Mack DeMan didn’t hold back at all in his return to Crate Sprint Car racing as the Mississauga, Ont. native started on the pole and led all 20 laps to earn victory with the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com at Brighton Speedway on Saturday, August 18.
Although it was DeMan’s first career start with the Action Sprint Tour, the veteran racer is no rookie as he is the all-time Crate Sprint Car wins leader at Ohsweken Speedway and recently graduated to become a 360 Sprint Car racer. DeMan also became the fourth different winner in 8 series races this season. DeMan was driving for his former full-time car owner, Daren Barr.
“It’s super cool,” DeMan said of the win in Victory Lane. “There’s so many talented drivers in this division. Jacob Dykstra and Shone Evans, these guys are going to be putting on a show in a 360 soon.”
“The track really changed tonight,” DeMan continued. “The bottom was quick early, but then the No.87x was on the outside and Dykstra was up there too. So I had to go try it too. It’s just a great win for the Barr family. This was my first time ever racing a dirt track that I like more than Ohsweken. What a great little bullring, great facility and the track prep was great. It was just a fantastic night all around.”
A fantastic crowd was on hand at Brighton to watch DeMan and Holly Porter bring the 18-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.
On the initial start, teenager driver Liam Martin of Binbrook, Ont. made contact with the outside wall and suffered damage to the car’s right front, ending his night. DeMan established a lead again on the restart with Porter and third-starting Jacob Dykstra giving chase.
The second caution of the race came on lap eight when Fonthill, Ont. driver Steven Beckett made contact with an implement tire which resulted in a broken left-front and ended his race early. DeMan was again the point man on the ensuing restart while Holly Porter maintained second, but with a narrow advantage over Shone Evans, who took third on the restart and quickly entered the battle up front after starting sixth.
On lap 14, Evans made his move on Porter to take the second spot and set out to track down DeMan while Dykstra and Hannah Ferrell raced in the top-five. The third and final caution came with 18 laps completed when Brian Nanticoke ended up facing the wrong way in turn four. Ferrell also took her Barr Motorsports No.4 pit side during the yellow, ending her race two laps shy of the scheduled distance.
The green-white-checkered finish produced an epic finish between DeMan, Evans, Porter and Dykstra. Restarting in fourth, Dykstra raced past both Evans and Porter to take second on lap 19. DeMan managed to hold off the fury of action behind him to score the victory, while Dykstra earned the runner-up spot ahead of Evans, Porter and Aaron Turkey.
Earlier in the night during heat race action, local pilot Brandon Murrell came together with Dereck Lemyre in turn four, resulting in Lemyre’s No.56 rolling on its side. Lemyre’s Burger Barn Racing team was able to replace the top wing and compete in the Feature event.
The Action Sprint Tour continues its inaugural season on Sunday, September 2 at Humberstone Speedway for its second-to-last race of the season before crowning the first champion at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, September 7.
Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
August 18, 2018
Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 18
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.
4b Mack DeMan – Mississauga, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
19 Brandon Murrell – Gores Landing, 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. 4b Mack DeMan (1); 2. 5d Jacob Dykstra (3); 3. 87x Shone Evans (5); 4. 1 Holly Porter (2); 5. 68 Aaron Turkey (9); 6. 88h Josh Hansen (7); 7. 28 Jordan Hill (14); 8. 12 Brad Herron (8); 9. 49h Jerry Hill (10); 10. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (12); 11. 19 Brandon Murrell (11); 12. 56 Dereck Lemyre (17); 13. 1eh Paul Klager (13); 14. 3b Blaine Barrow (15); 15. 9c Brian Nanticoke (18); 16. 4 Hannah Ferrell (6); 17. 08 Steven Beckett (4); 18. 29 Liam Martin (16)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mack DeMan 1-20
Hard Charger – Jordan Hill +7 (14th to 7th)
Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans (1); 2. 4 Hannah Ferrell (4); 3. 88h Josh Hansen (3); 4. 49h Jerry Hill (6); 5. 1eh Paul Klager (5); 6. 29 Liam Martin (2)
Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 5d Jacob Dykstra (4); 2. 4b Mack DeMan (1); 3. 12 Brad Herron (3); 4. 19 Brandon Murrell (2); 5. 28 Jordan Hill (5); 6. 56 Dereck Lemyre (6)
Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter (2); 2. 08 Steven Beckett (3); 3. 68 Aaron Turkey (4); 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (6); 5. 3b Blaine Barrow (5); 6. 9c Brian Nanticoke (1)
2018 Action Sprint Tour Top-5 Points Update
Following August 18 at Brighton Speedway
1. 87x Shone Evans – 601
2. 68 Aaron Turkey – 595
3. 5d Jacob Dykstra – 585
4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger – 513
5. 12 Brad Herron – 503
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.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
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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