COLAGIOVANNI TAKES WIN AT BURGER BARN CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS

Photo by Dale Calnan (www.imagefactormedia.com)

By Brent Otchere with files from Tommy Goudge

OHSWEKEN, Ont. (August 15, 2022) – Paulie Colagiovanni took his first Canadian Sprint Car Nationals win on Monday night at Ohsweken Speedway, holding off Stewart Friesen for the $10,000 prize and his first Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series victory.

Colagiovanni and Jordan Thomas started first and second respectively to begin the Knights of Thunder A-Main. 30 drivers qualified for the 35 lap race, all of them racing to be the champion of the 17th Running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Colagiovanni put a commanding lead on the field while Cory Turner and Thomas contended for the second spot.

NASCAR Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen began to make his way through the pack from row five and began to challenge for third place with nineteen laps left. Dylan Westbrook ended a bid to win his first CSCN early with mechanical problems. It was all smooth sailing for Colagiovanni until the only caution of the night came out with nine laps to go, as Shone Evans spun and came to a stop on the track. Friesen gave everything he had left in the tank but Colagiovanni prevailed and crossed the finish line first, taking his first CSCN win after being the runner-up in his last attempt. Friesen finished second, Cory Turner third, Jordan Thomas fourth, and Mitch Brown fifth.

Notes
-Dylan Westbrook’s quick time in Qualifications earned him both the Qwick Wick Fastest Qualifier Award and the Fastest Canadian Qualifier Award.
-Liam Martin won the Larry Gartly Memorial Last Chance Hard Charger Award presented by Doddey Creek Agri Services for advancing from the B-Main and gaining the most combined positions between the B-Main and A-Main. Martin started fourth in the B-Main and drove from 27th to 16th in the A-Main.
-Nick Sheridan won the Nitro 54 Variety Hard Charger Award for his drive from 20th to sixth in the A-Main.

The Knights of Thunder series will next be in competition on Tuesday, August 16 at Ohsweken Speedway. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.

Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series
Race Report – Monday, August 15, 2022
Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada

A-Main [Started] 35 laps – NT
1. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[1]; 2. 52-Stewart Friesen[10]; 3. 13-Cory Turner[7]; 4. 79-Jordan Thomas[2]; 5. 10-Mitch Brown[9]; 6. 45-Nick Sheridan[20]; 7. 7NY-Matt Farnham[8]; 8. 46C-Ryan Coniam[3]; 9. 01K-Mikey Kruchka[22]; 10. 28-Jordan Poirier[11]; 11. 88H-Josh Hansen[4]; 12. 94-Todd Hoddick[18]; 13. 84-Tyler Rand[19]; 14. 20AU-Brayden Cooley[13]; 15. 1 10-Jake Brown[6]; 16. 9-Liam Martin[27]; 17. 70-Baily Heard[17]; 18. 1-Holly Porter[24]; 19. 68-Aaron Turkey[25]; 20. 14H-Jim Huppunen[16]; 21. 87-Jason Barney[23]; 22. 17X-Mack DeMan[15]; 23. 3G-Dale Gosselin[28]; 24. 0-Glenn Styres[12]; 25. 5-DJ Christie[14]; 26. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[26]; 27. 87X-Shone Evans[29]; 28. (DNF) 11-Jamie Turner[21]; 29. (DNF) 47X-Dylan Westbrook[5]; 30. (DNF) 21-John Burbridge Jr[30]
Hard Charger – Nick Sheridan +14

Awards:
-Fastest Qualifier: Dylan Westbrook ($300 from Qwick Wick Fire Starter)
-Fastest Canadian Qualifier: Dylan Westbrook ($300 from Ohsweken Speedway)
-Hard Charger: Nick Sheridan ($300 from Nitro 54 Variety)
-Larry Gartly Memorial Last Chance Hard Charger: Liam Martin ($200 from Doddey Creek Agri Services)

Qualifications Flight 1
1. 47X Dylan Westbrook – Scotland – 14.657; 2. 28 Jordan Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec – 14.800; 3. 14H Jim Huppunen – Welland – 14.890; 4. 88H Josh Hansen – Beamsville – 15.222; 5. 87X Shone Evans – Scotland – 15.357; 6. 45 Nick Sheridan – Mount Brydges – 15.390; 7. 5 DJ Christie – Beachville – 15.426; 8. 52 Stewart Friesen – Niagara-on-the-Lake – 15.466; 9. 79 Jordan Thomas – Harding, Pennsylvania – 15.488; 10. 87 Jason Barney – Brewerton, New York – 15.498; 11. 01K Mikey Kruchka – Hamilton – 15.581; 12. 84 Tyler Rand – Picton – 15.595; 13. 17X Mack DeMan – Mississauga – 15.614; 14. 68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken – 15.660; 15. 5D Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne – 15.689; 16. 3G Dale Gosselin – Saint-Pie, Quebec – 15.698; 17. 21J John Burbridge Jr – St. Williams – 16.075; 18. 46 Kevin Pauls – St. Catharines – 16.925; 19. 27 Paul Ballantyne – Brantford – NT

Qualifications Flight 2
1. 9 Liam Martin – Binbrook – 15.371; 2. 0 Glenn Styres – Ohsweken – 15.501; 3. 13 Cory Turner – Tillsonburg – 15.508; 4. 7NY Matt Farnham – Tonawanda, New York – 15.557; 5. 10C Paulie Colagiovanni – Cicero, New York – 15.589; 6. 10 Mitch Brown – Brantford – 15.631; 7. 15 Ryan Turner – Dunnville – 15.733; 8. 1 Holly Porter – Dorchester – 15.919; 9. 20AU Brayden Cooley – Kirkstall, Victoria, Australia – ; 10. 90 Travis Cunningham – Grimsby – 16.005; 11. 70 Baily Heard – Niagara Falls – 16.043; 12. 94 Todd Hoddick – Cheektowaga, New York – 16.065; 13. 11 Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre – 16.069; 14. 46C Ryan Coniam – Burlington – 16.511; 15. 110 Jake Brown – Brantford – 16.570; 16. 0C Cole Macdonald – Waterdown – 17.002; 17. 24 Ben Silliker – Grande Prairie, Alberta – 17.199; 18. 70MM Dave McKnight – Brampton – NT

Heat Race 1 [Started] 10 laps – 2:45.169
1. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[4]; 2. 79-Jordan Thomas[5]; 3. 5-DJ Christie[1]; 4. 14H-Jim Huppunen[3]; 5. 17X-Mack DeMan[7]; 6. 01K-Mikey Kruchka[6]; 7. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[8]; 8. 87X-Shone Evans[2]; 9. 21-John Burbridge Jr[9]; 10. (DNS) 27-Paul Ballantyne

Heat Race 2 [Started] 10 laps – NT
1. 88H-Josh Hansen[3]; 2. 52-Stewart Friesen[1]; 3. 28-Jordan Poirier[4]; 4. 45-Nick Sheridan[2]; 5. 84-Tyler Rand[6]; 6. 87-Jason Barney[5]; 7. 3G-Dale Gosselin[8]; 8. 68-Aaron Turkey[7]; 9. 46-Kevin Pauls[9]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 10 laps – NT
1. 10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[2]; 2. 13-Cory Turner[3]; 3. 1 10-Jake Brown[8]; 4. 20AU-Brayden Cooley[5]; 5. 70-Baily Heard[6]; 6. 11-Jamie Turner[7]; 7. 9-Liam Martin[4]; 8. (DNF) 15-Ryan Turner[1]; 9. (DNF) 0C-Cole MacDonald[9]

Heat Race 4 [Started] 10 laps – 2:52.075
1. 7NY-Matt Farnham[3]; 2. 10-Mitch Brown[2]; 3. 0-Glenn Styres[4]; 4. 46C-Ryan Coniam[7]; 5. 94-Todd Hoddick[6]; 6. 1-Holly Porter[1]; 7. 90-Travis Cunningham[5]; 8. 24-Ben Silliker[8]; 9. (DNS) 70M&M-Dave McKnight Jr

B-Main [Started] 12 laps – NT
1. 68-Aaron Turkey[6]; 2. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[1]; 3. 9-Liam Martin[4]; 4. 3G-Dale Gosselin[2]; 5. 87X-Shone Evans[10]; 6. 21-John Burbridge Jr[7]; 7. 46-Kevin Pauls[9]; 8. 24-Ben Silliker[5]; 9. (DNF) 90-Travis Cunningham[3]; 10. (DNF) 0C-Cole MacDonald[8]; 11. (DNS) 15-Ryan Turner; 12. (DNS) 70M&M-Dave McKnight Jr; 13. (DNS) 27-Paul Ballantyne

Up Next:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ontario

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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.