Photo by Dale Calnan/www.imagefactor.ca

By Tommy Goudge

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. (September 10, 2021) – Jordan Poirier put his name back in the win column with the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series on Friday night at Humberstone Speedway.

Tyler Rand and DJ Christie earned front row starting spots for the 25 lap A-Main, and Rand took the initial lead before Christie overtook him in turn three. Christie’s lead didn’t last long either though, as Poirier took the top spot on lap four. Poirier stayed up front for the rest of the event, but he had to earn the win with several close calls in traffic.

Ryan Turner took the runner-up spot, while Josh Hansen passed DJ Christie and Mikey Kruchka on the last lap to steal the final podium position. Christie settled for fourth, while Kruchka took his first top five of the season after starting in row six. Cory Turner took sixth, followed by Rand, Shone Evans, Jim Huppunen, and eighth row starter Travis Cunningham. Heat race wins went to Evans, Christie, and Huppunen.

The Pinty’s Knights of Thunder series will next be in action on Saturday, September 11 at Merrittville Speedway. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.

Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series
Race Report – Friday, September 10, 2021
Humberstone Speedway
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada

0 Glenn Styres – Ohsweken, Ontario
01K Mikey Kruchka – Hamilton, Ontario
1 Holly Porter – Dorchester, Ontario
5 DJ Christie – Beachville, Ontario
9 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ontario
9B Scott Burk – Charing Cross, Ontario
11 Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
11J Chris Jones – Picton, Ontario
13 Cory Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
14H Jim Huppunen – Fenwick, Ontario
15 Dan Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ontario
28 Jordan Poirier – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec
46 Kevin Pauls – St. Catharines, Ontario
70 Baily Heard – Niagara Falls, Ontario
84 Tyler Rand – Picton, Ontario
87X Shone Evans – Scotland, Ontario
88H Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ontario
90 Travis Cunningham – Grimsby, Ontario
91 Ryan Turner – Dunnville, Ontario

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – 1:58.816
1. 87X-Shone Evans[1]; 2. 88H-Josh Hansen[3]; 3. 84-Tyler Rand[5]; 4. 11-Jamie Turner[2]; 5. 9-Liam Martin[7]; 6. 90-Travis Cunningham[6]; 7. 15-Dan Nanticoke[4]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – 1:59.695
1. 5-DJ Christie[1]; 2. 28-Jordan Poirier[5]; 3. 70-Baily Heard[3]; 4. 11J-Chris Jones[2]; 5. 01-Mikey Kruchka[6]; 6. 0-Glenn Styres[4]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps – 1:58.792
1. 14H-Jim Huppunen[2]; 2. 91-Ryan Turner[5]; 3. 13-Cory Turner[3]; 4. 9B-Scott Burk[4]; 5. 1-Holly Porter[1]; 6. 46-Kevin Pauls[6]

A-Main [Started] 25 laps – NT
1. 28-Jordan Poirier[3]; 2. 91-Ryan Turner[5]; 3. 88H-Josh Hansen[6]; 4. 5-DJ Christie[2]; 5. 01-Mikey Kruchka[12]; 6. 13-Cory Turner[9]; 7. 84-Tyler Rand[1]; 8. 87X-Shone Evans[7]; 9. 14H-Jim Huppunen[8]; 10. 90-Travis Cunningham[16]; 11. 11-Jamie Turner[13]; 12. 9-Liam Martin[10]; 13. 70-Baily Heard[4]; 14. 0-Glenn Styres[18]; 15. 15-Dan Nanticoke[19]; 16. 11J-Chris Jones[14]; 17. 1-Holly Porter[15]; 18. 46-Kevin Pauls[17]; 19. 9B-Scott Burk[11]
A-Main Lap Leaders – DJ Christie 1-3; Jordan Poirier 4-25
Margin of Victory – 4.007 seconds
Hard Charger – Mikey Kruchka +7

Up Next:
Saturday, September 11, 2021 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ontario

Website: www.knightsofthunder.com
Twitter: @KoTSprints
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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 2021 schedule will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start, and selected events will be broadcast live on GForceTV. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2022 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2021 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.