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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Humberstone Speedway announces 2017 schedule

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Humberstone Speedway has announced its 58th season schedule of Sunday night racing at the historic oval in Port Colborne, Ontario. The season kicks off on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. as ATTAR Metals presents the 2nd annual Dawn of Destruction, featuring a $1,000-to-win Enduro and the Construction Crush Off Championships plus Flag Pole Race, Ladies Race, Side By Side race and more. Gates will open that day at 11 a.m. for the grandstands. Rules are available online at humberstonespeedway.com.

The official 58th season opener presented by Country 89 will take place on Sunday, May 21 with race No. 1 for the BEI Lightning Series for the Sportsman plus a full card of RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and a 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby. May 28 will feature a full card plus race No. 1 of the Cooper Motorsports Minvans of Mayhem Series.

June 4 will feature the first of two visits from the Southern Ontario Sprints, followed by CAA Night on June 11 featuring the Mod Lites plus Performance ATV presenting the first side-by-side UTV race in Niagara. On June 18, a Father’s Day Special will see a full card plus Vintage Cars and a 40-lap Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier. On June 25, J.N’E. Towing presents the Crate Sprint Cars, a full card of racing plus race No. 2 of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

On July 2, Humberstone Speedway will present a Showdown in memory of Harold Sonnenberg, with $1,000-to-win specials for all classes plus the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour; a Kids Power Wheel Race will also be held that night. July 9 will be a full card plus a racers-only “Grudge Match” Demolition Derby and Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. July 16 will be Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the RUSH Late Models. July 23 will be Fan Appreciation Night featuring $1 Hot Dogs presented by Verge Insurance plus All Canadian Championships Time Trials for the Street Stocks and Performance ATC side-by-side UTV Race. July 30 will have a full card and the second visit of the season by the Crate Sprint Cars, plus Time Trials for the Sportsman for the All Canadian Championships and race No. 3 of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

The All Canadian Championships will be held August 6, with Vintage Cars as well as a five-star show plus Humberstone’s Salute to the Troops, honoring the Wounded Warriors of Canada. August 13 will be the second visit of the season for the Southern Ontario Sprints, and August 20 will be a full show plus Mod Lites and race No. 4 of the Minvan Mayhem Series. The month of August ends with a two-day special for Pete Cosco Memorial Weekend. Saturday, August 26, Rankin Construction presents the inaugural visit by the Race of Champions Dirt Series Big Block Modifieds plus an RoC Sportsman Tour event and the Mini Stocks. Sunday, August 27 will feature the Pete Cosco Memorial for the Modifieds, featuring the Big Blocks vs. the 358 Small Blocks.

Season Championships for all divisions will be held on September 3, and September 10 will be the annual Safecracker 100 presented by Mike Knapp Ford, featuring the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series in a 100-lap shootout. On September 17, ATTR Metals presents the annual Eve of Destruction, Canada’s wildest Motorsports events including a Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby.

A major change for 2017 will be at the admission gate, where anyone 18 and under will be admitted free on race nights starting on May 21. “Allowing age 18 and under free admission will hopefully attract High School students in the region to come out and join us for a Sunday night of fun,” said General Manager Bob Davidson. “Humberstone is working hard to keep the cost down, making us the most affordable family entertainment in the region. With this, we are looking to increase both our fan base and driver rosters, and that’s what we need to do to keep growing the sport.”

Keep up with the action at humberstonespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Humberstone Speedway.

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