The Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series debuted in 2022.
The championship is for winged Sprint Cars. These open-wheel tube frame vehicles have a high power-to-weight ratio and are limited to a fuel-injected 360-cu.in. V8 engine. Strict rules only permit the use of steel blocks equipped with spec cylinder heads from General Motors, Ford or Mopar. Even the intake ports are required to match specific gasket dimensions from Fel-Pro. The motor produces approximately 700 horsepower. Power from the engine is transferred through an in-or-out gearbox. As a result, the cars are not equipped with a starter motor and require a push to start.
The chassis rules are simple. They must be a four-post design and cannot use chassis or suspension cockpit adjustable devices. Brakes are limited to steel, aluminum or titanium rotors. Spec Hoosier Tires are mounted on eighteen-inch wide wheels on the right rear and on the left rear, wheels must not exceed fifteen inches.
After a race, this competitive package must weigh no more than 1,500 pounds (with the driver and no fuel).
The 2022 Knights of Thunder schedule consists of ten events at three tracks. The season starts in June and ends the first weekend of October. To make up for races lost due to the Global Pandemic, three contests have been designated as the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.
Round three of the Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series was held at Ohsweken Speedway. The event was for the 17th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. The race attracted thirty-seven entries vying for thirty spots in the A Main. After the two qualifying sessions, there were four heats races and a B Main to determine the starting order. Drivers competed in a thirty-five-lap contest around the 0.375-mile dirt oval to decide who would take the grand prize of $10,000.
|The pace lap for the 17th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway. Leading the field of thirty drivers down Ohsweken’s back straight is the pole-sitter, Paulie Colagiovanni, in the No. 10C IndyKart Raceway sponsored 360 Sprint Car. Starting beside Colagiovanni is the No. 79 Mechanical Service Co. 360 Sprint Car driven by Jordan Thomas. Row two is occupied by Ryan Coniam and Josh Hansen.|
|In July, the 16th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals was held at Ohsweken Speedway. At that event, Paulie Colagiovanni finished in the runner-up position after starting in fourth place. Upon his return to the track, Colagiovanni qualified fifth fastest and won the third heat race. He started the A Main on the pole in the No. 10C IndyKart Raceway 360 Sprint Car and held the top spot to the checkered flag.|
|Stewart Friesen was a regular on the dirt track scene in southern Ontario and the northeastern United States but has moved on to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Friesen was invited to compete in the Knights of Thunder and NASCAR Pinty’s Series during the 17th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. In both events, he finished a strong second after challenging the winners.|
|When the Knights of Thunder stopped at Ohsweken Speedway for the 16th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, Cory Turner finished eighth after starting twenty-fifth. When the series visited for the 17th running, Turner would deliver much better results. He qualified third and finished second in his heat race, driving the No. 13 Petroplus 360 Sprint Car. Turner started the A Main in seventh place and finished third.|
|Jordan Thomas started on the outside of the front row for the 17th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway. The driver of the No. 79 Mechanical Service Co. sponsored 360 Sprint Car was only ninth fastest in the first qualifying session but rebounded to finish second in the first heat race. However, during the A Main, Thomas finished fourth after being passed by Stewart Friesen and Cory Turner.|
|It appeared that it was going to be Dylan Westbrook’s night. Westbrook topped the timesheets in the two qualifying sessions, turning a time of 14.657-seconds. His performance earned him the Qwick Wick Fastest Qualifier Award and the Fastest Canadian Award. Westbrook started fourth in heat race one and grabbed the victory. Unfortunately, he was the second retirement of the A Main, completing only nineteen laps.|
|Local driver Aaron Turkey found a seat in the NASCAR Pinty’s 100. Turkey drove the No. 99 Buck Down Boys TV Dodge Challenger. He recorded the quickest time in Monday evening’s Qwick Wick Hot Lap Dash and collected the $1,500 prize. The next day, Turkey finished thirteenth in the Pinty’100. Driving the No. 68 Buck Down Boys TV 360 Sprint Car in the Canadian Nationals, Turkey started twenty-fifth and finished nineteenth.|
|The top three finishers for round three of the 2022 Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series and the 17th running of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway. In the center is the winner, Paulie Colagiovanni, who led flag-to-flag for the victory. On the left is NASCAR Camping World Truck competitor and the runner-up, Stewart Friesen. The final spot belongs to the third-place finisher, Cory Turner.|
|1||1||Knights of Thunder||Paulie Colagiovanni||IndyKart Raceway||35|
|2||10||Knights of Thunder||Stewart Friesen||Kingpin Farms||35|
|3||7||Knights of Thunder||Cory Turner||Petroplus||35|
|4||2||Knights of Thunder||Jordan Thomas||Mechanical Service||35|
|5||9||Knights of Thunder||Mitch Brown||Hill's Tires & Gas||35|
|6||20||Knights of Thunder||Nick Sheridan||Vibrent Farms||35|
|7||8||Knights of Thunder||Matt Farnham||Fibreworks Composites||35|
|8||3||Knights of Thunder||Ryan Coniam||Four-Six Group||35|
|9||22||Knights of Thunder||Mikey Kruchka||Tammy Media||35|
|10||11||Knights of Thunder||Jordan Poirier||Regifab Steels||35|
|11||4||Knights of Thunder||Josh Hansen||Ackland Insurance||35|
|12||18||Knights of Thunder||Todd Hoddick||Fibreworks Composites||35|
|13||19||Knights of Thunder||Tyler Rand||Ellbrook Excavating||35|
|14||13||Knights of Thunder||Brayden Cooley||Glenn Styres Racing||35|
|15||6||Knights of Thunder||Jake Brown||Car Quest||34|
|16||27||Knights of Thunder||Liam Martin||O'Neil's Equipment Sales & Service||34|
|17||17||Knights of Thunder||Baily Heard||NTM Mechanical||34|
|18||24||Knights of Thunder||Holly Porter||Glenn Styres Racing||34|
|19||25||Knights of Thunder||Aaron Turkey||Buck Down Boys TV||34|
|20||16||Knights of Thunder||Jim Huppunen||Upper Canada Consultants||34|
|21||23||Knights of Thunder||Jason Barney||E & V Energy||34|
|22||15||Knights of Thunder||Mack DeMan||Carstar Collision||34|
|23||28||Knights of Thunder||Dale Gosselin||Dale Gosselin Racing||34|
|24||12||Knights of Thunder||Glenn Styres||Glenn Styres Racing||33|
|25||14||Knights of Thunder||DJ Christie||Castrol / Qwick Wick||33|
|26||26||Knights of Thunder||Jacob Dykstra||JR's Riverside Bait & Tackle||32|
|27||29||Knights of Thunder||Shone Evans||Big Red Excavating||31|
|28||21||Knights of Thunder||Jamie Turner||Burger Barn||Did Not Finish|
|29||5||Knights of Thunder||Dylan Westbrook||Stys Tree Service||Did Not Finish|
|30||30||Knights of Thunder||John Burbridge Jr||Gale's Auto Aftermarket||Did Not Finish|
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