Photo by Derek Smith (www.racepulse.com)
By Brent Otchere with files from Tommy Goudge
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 16, 2022) – Paulie Colagiovanni claimed the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car win on Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway, completing a sweep of the special weeknight events.
Dylan Westbrook and Jacob Dykstra started on the front row to begin the A-Main. The third visit of the season for the KoT series saw 24 drivers qualify for the 25 lap A-Main via timed hot laps and a B-Main. Nick Sheridan had a great start, slotting himself into the second position within the opening laps of the race. The yellow flag flew as Jake Brown stalled in turn two; this allowed Sheridan to capitalize on the restart and overtake Westbrook a few laps later.
Monday’s winner Paulie Colagiovanni bided his time and eventually took the lead with seven laps to go. Ryan Turner began to hunt down Mitch Brown for the second spot in the closing laps, allowing Colagiovanni to pull away for the win. Brown was nursing a brake issue and could not hold off Turner in the final two laps, crossing the finish line in third place. Colagiovanni made up seven spots to take the back-to-back weeknight wins. The race ended with Colagiovanni taking the $5,000 winner’s prize thanks to Corr/Pak Merchandising, with Ryan Turner second, Brown third, Sheridan fourth, and Westbrook fifth.
The Knights of Thunder series will next be in competition at the Labour Day Classic weekend at Brighton Speedway on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.
Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series
Race Report – Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
A-Main [Started] 25 laps – NT
1. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni; 2. 15-Ryan Turner; 3. 10-Mitch Brown; 4. 45-Nick Sheridan; 5. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 6. 52-Stewart Friesen; 7. 13-Cory Turner; 8. 20AU-Brayden Cooley; 9. 17X-Mack DeMan; 10. 28-Jordan Poirier; 11. 90-Travis Cunningham; 12. 88H-Josh Hansen; 13. 84-Tyler Rand; 14. 9-Liam Martin; 15. 5D-Jacob Dykstra; 16. 68-Aaron Turkey; 17. 70-Baily Heard; 18. 0-Glenn Styres; 19. 1-Holly Porter; 20. 79-Jordan Thomas; 21. 14H-Jim Huppunen; 22. (DNF) 1 10-Jake Brown; 23. (DNF) 01K-Mikey Kruchka; 24. (DNF) 87-Jason Barney
Hard Charger – Ryan Turner +12
B-Main [Started] 12 laps – NT
1. 52-Stewart Friesen; 2. 01K-Mikey Kruchka; 3. 68-Aaron Turkey; 4. 84-Tyler Rand; 5. 1-Holly Porter; 6. 9-Liam Martin; 7. 14H-Jim Huppunen; 8. 70-Baily Heard; 9. 21-John Burbridge Jr; 10. 3G-Dale Gosselin; 11. 87X-Shone Evans; 12. 5-DJ Christie; 13. 11-Jamie Turner; 14. 0C-Cole MacDonald; 15. (DNF) 24-Ben Silliker
Saturday, September 3, 2022 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ontario
Sunday, September 4, 2022 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ontario
About the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series: Founded in 2021, the Knights of Thunder series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. Each points-paying event on the 2022 schedule will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start, and all events will be broadcast live on GForceTV. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2023 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2022 Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series is made possible with the support of Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Hoosier Tire Canada, Burger Barn, Nitro 54 Variety, Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet, and EPIC Racewear. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.