FAVOURABLE NIGHT FOR BRANTFORD RACING BROTHERS AT OHSWEKENMonday - July - 2011
By Ken Spencer – Solid Runs by Mitch Brown in Sprints, Masterful Finish by Jacob Brown in Mini Stocks It was billed as “Christmas in July” at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday Night (July 22, 2011) and although the jolly fat man in the red suit didn’t deliver what they had hoped for, Brantford’s Mitch and Jacob Brown nevertheless did get some rewards out of their night’s performance.
Older brother Mitch ran to a solid fourth-place finish in his qualifier and was able to salvage a tenth-place finish in the 20-lap Sprint Car feature.
It appeared the second year Sprint Car driver might even place higher in the main event but a slight bobble through turns one and two with five laps remaining cost him two spots in the final running order.
Mikey Kruchka of Hamilton captured his first Sprint Car win in the Corr/Pak Sprint car feature followed by track owner Glenn Styres of Hamilton, Dave Dykstra of Port Colborne with Kyle Moffit of South Dayton, NY and Kyle Patrick of Tilbury rounding out the top-five. Points’ leader Jim Huppunen of Fenwick, Tyler Rand of Consecon, Dain Naida of Tecumseh, MI, and Todd Hoddick of Cheektowaga, NY crossed the finish line in positions six through ninth in the 20-lap chase.
The driver of the Haldex/Strodes BBQ & Deli/Leitch Performance Engines/Brown Auto Service Sprint Car dropped one place in the standings as the result of Friday’s events and now trails Dain Naida of Tecumseh MI by three points for fourth place as the teams prepare to do battle in a special Tuesday night event at Ohsweken featuring NASCAR star Tony Stewart in one of his limited Sprint Car appearances here in Canada
The top five in the Corr/Pak Sprint car standings heading into Tuesday night are –
1. 14H Jim Huppunen ** 621
2. 33K Kyle Patrick 585
3. 7x Jamie Collard 558
4. 07X Dain Naida 533
5. 10 Mitch Brown 530
For younger brother Jacob, his night started off with a strong effort in his qualifier but quickly evaporated when the right rear tire on his Strodes Express/Fescues Edge/Eagles Nest Motorsports park/Brown Auto Service Ford Mustang went flat near the end of the race.
The DNF in his qualifier relegated the 16-year old to 27th starting spot in the 15-lap Mini Stock feature but he quickly made his way through the field to finish a strong ninth.
He remains in sole position of second place in the divisional standings but lost ground to point’s leader Karl Sault of Dundas who won the event from his 15th starting position.
Tuesday event at Ohsweken Speedway is the first of three racing nights this week on the track’s schedule with the popular World of Outlaws show on Wednesday and Ohsweken’s regular weekly show on Friday.
See http://www.ohswekenspeedway.com for details
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