Ohsweken, ONT, Canada: Darren Long from Elida, OH took the lead from SOD point leader Dain Naida on lap 19 and never looked back. "We are from the United States of America, and we drove 6 Â½ hours to get here!" Said Long in victory lane in front...
Ohsweken, ONT, Canada: Darren Long from Elida, OH took the lead from SOD point leader Dain Naida on lap 19 and never looked back. "We are from the United States of America, and we drove 6 ½ hours to get here!" Said Long in victory lane in front of a standing room only crowd. "We stuck to our plan and kept running the topside. Dain (Naida) stayed in front of us running the bottom, and I was starting to worry. Then at the ½ point, I started closing the gap, and we finally got around him. I really need to thank my crew, Jody Long, James Bowman, and Brent Harmon. Plus my sponsors Yoder's Mashed Potatoes, Thompson Construction, Menke Brothers Concrete Construction, ML Tech Services, Maxim Chassis, Afco Shocks, Campbell's Performance, Sander Engineering, and Engler Machine and Tool."
Ohsweken Speedway owner Glen Styres started the 30-lap affair on the pole, and quickly jumped out to an early lead. That lead, however was short lived as SOD veteran Jim Wohlfeil pulled alongside Styres down the back chute and took the lead coming out of turn four. As Wohlfeil looked to set sail, Dain Naida made the pass on Styres in turn one on the next lap and began to track down Wohlfeil. In turn three on the second lap, Naida pulled even with Wohlfeil, and took the point coming out of turn four. Naida began to pull away, and this would leave the fight for the second position. Wohlfeil, Bill Johnson, and J.R. Stewart began a torrid battle that would last for several laps.
Johnson took second from Wohlfeil on lap six, just as Naida began to enter lapped traffic. Naida continued to stretch his lead, as the battle for second picked up another contender. Darren Long had moved up from his 11th starting position and began a four-car duel for the runner up spot. On lap 10, Johnson began to work lapped traffic, but Long and Stewart would slip by on the highside of the track.
Four laps later the red flag would appear for Warren Mahoney who took a hard end over end flip in the third turn. "I just made an oop's." Stated Mahoney, "I just tried to put the car where there was not room, and here I am." The lap 14 restart had Naida at the point followed by Long, Stewart, and Wohlfeil. The car on the move through the middle stages of the race was Dustin Daggett. After flipping in his heat, and bringing out a back-up car, Daggett started 17th, and at the ½ point of the race had moved into sixth.
Moving in on the 17th lap, Long was starting to close in on Naida. Then on lap 19, Naida slipped up off the bottom in turn four and that would allow Long to take the lead. In the same corner, Daggett made a daring three wide pass taking him from sixth to fourth. Two laps later, the lead duo encountered heavy lapped traffic. The highside of the track was the place to be in lapped traffic, and this allowed Long to pull away. At the same time, Stewart and Daggett would close in on the back bumper of Naida. However, at the line, Long grabbed his second win of the season in a Maxim Racing Chassis with Marshall Campbell power under the hood. Naida would roll in second with Stewart, Daggett and Ronnie Beale in fifth. Wohlfeil, Dave Fox, Johnson, Kurt Sherwood and Mark Broughman would round out the top ten.
27 SOD sprint cars were in the pits. Canadian Kyle Patrick would end his night during hot laps with motor trouble. 14 year old Stephanie Christiano would also make the tow, but SOD rules require a driver to be at least 16 years of age. The youngster and her team plan to turn a lot of laps over the rest of the weekend at Ohsweken Speedway. Ronnie Beale, Darren Long, Jim Wohlfeil, and Brad Knab would win the heat races, and Dustin Daggett claimed the B-main. Be sure to log on to the official SOD web site at www.sprintsondirt.com for more information on the high flying Sprints On Dirt.
B&B Oval Track Supply Heat Race (8 laps, 4 to A-main): (No Time) 1) 3b Ronnie Beale 2) 37s J.R. Stewart 3) 33j Bill Johnson 4) p46 Frank Taylor 5) 32 Dave Macleod 6) 93 Daryl Turford 7) 33k Kyle Patrick (dns)
Kear's Speed Shop Heat Race: (No Time) 1) 7 Darren Long 2) 54n Dain Naida 3) 5 Keith Dempster 4) 2x Mike Galajda 5) 72 Dean St. Denis 6) 33s Mark Schulz 7) 8 Phil Armishaw
Goodyear Racing Tire Heat Race: (1:58.481) 1) 3w Jim Wohlfeil 2) 0 Glen Styres 3) 79 Dick Mahoney 4) 25 Warren Mahoney 5) 52 Mark Broughman 6) 54j Dave Fox
Brodix Cylinder Heads Heat Race: (No Time) 1) 38 Brad Knab 2) 01 Kurt Sherwood 3) 49t Gregg Dalman 4) 62 Jon Nichoson 5) 85 Dustin Daggett 6) 2w Jerry Whitney (dns)
Kenetic Photos Dash (4 Laps): (1:00.621) 1) 3b Beale 2) 7 Long 3) Wohlfeil 4) Knab
Michigan Engine Pro B-Main, 10 Laps: (No Time) 1) 85 Daggett 2) 52 Broughman 3) 54j Fox 4) 2w Whitney 5) 93 Turford 6) 72 St. Denis 7) 32 Macleod 8) 33s Schulz 9) 8 Armishaw (dns) 10) 33k Patrick (dns)
Sprints On Dirt A-Main, 30 Laps: (No time) 1) Long 2) Naida 3) Stewart 4) Daggett 5) Beale 6) Wohlfeil 7) Fox 8) Johnson 9) Sherwood 10) Broughman 11) Dalman 12) Galajda 13) Nichoson 14) Knab 15) Whitney 16) Taylor 17) Dempster 18) W. Mahoney 19) Styres 20) D. Mahoney
Lap Leaders: Jim Wohlfeil 1-2, Dain Naida 3-18, Darren Long 19-30 B&B Oval Track Supply Award Winner: Daryl Turford Kear's Speed Shop Hard Luck Award: Jim Wohlfeil Rose City Motors Front Row Challenge Winner: ($600) Not Accepted Frankland Racing Supply Award Winner: Frank Taylor High Vista Video Hard Charger: Dustin Daggett +13 All Pro Cylinder Heads Rookie of the Race: Kyle Patrick
Current SOD Points: 1) 54 Dain Naida 1144 2) 85 Dustin Daggett 1118 3) 3b Ronnie Beale 1034 4) 3w Jim Wohlfeil 963 5) 33 Bill Johnson 943 6) 54j Dave Fox 898 7) 15 Fred Bliss 841 8) 81 John Gall 829 9) 52 Mark Broughman 798 10) 7 Darren Long 729