OHSWEKEN, Ontario – Ohsweken Speedway will have some of racing’s biggest stars invading the three-eighths-mile clay oval during the upcoming Northern Summer Nationals presented by Burger Barn, Arrow Express, Nitro 54 Variety and Bradshaw Brothers fuels.
Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu will all join the track’s Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 sprint car division to race at the two-night event, taking on Ohsweken’s stars and some of the top drivers from across the northeast on July 22-23.
Each night features a $5,000-to-win main event for the 360 sprint cars.
Next week’s event marks the return of three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Stewart to Ohsweken, as he competes there for the first time since 2013.
The current owner of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions, as well as Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Stewart is known as much for his dirt track achievements as his NASCAR success.
He is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, four-time USAC champion, two-time Chili Bowl champion and the 1997 Indy car champion, making him one of the most versatile drivers on the planet.
The Columbus, Ind., native also has three career wins at Ohsweken, including his first career World of Outlaws win on July 27, 2011. He backed that victory up with a second-straight triumph on July 31, 2012.
Stewart has also won once at Ohsweken in 360 competition, doing so on July 30, 2012.
“I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Canada. Glenn and his team always treat us so well,” said Stewart earlier this year. “I won my first Outlaw race at Ohsweken back in 2011, I remember it vividly. It was the week before the Brickyard in Indy and my victory lane check was placed in the window of my motorhome for everyone to see at IMS.
“There is always such a strong contingent of cars that come to Ohsweken for the Summer Nationals,” he added. “I hope we can put on a show for the fans.”
So far in 2019, Stewart has competed nine times with the All Stars, where he has earned three top-fives and six top-10 finishes. Stewart has also raced his 360 sprint car several times this season, primarily with the United Sprint Car Series, and has four USCS wins.
Bell will race at Ohsweken Speedway for the first time next Tuesday. The three-time and reigning Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals champion was also the 2017 NASCAR Truck Series titlist and is one of dirt track racing’s brightest stars.
Ohsweken’s multi-groove racing surface is expected to fit Bell’s exciting style well.
“I’m super excited to race at Ohsweken. I’ve always followed the racing there and it’s an amazing venue,” said Bell, a 24-year-old native of Norman, Okla., who was also the 2013 USAC National Midget Series champion at just 19 years old.
Bell is currently in his second full-time season as the pilot of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He sits second in points on the strength of four wins.
Bell recently won in a sprint car at Grandview Speedway during Pennsylvania Speedweek.
Abreu will also be making his first career appearance at Ohsweken at the Northern Summer Nationals. The ultra-popular driver has become a household name in Sprint Car racing over the past few seasons.
Abreu’s No. 24 Sprint Car has become an iconic threat to win on the national 410 Sprint Car scene in recent years, as proven by his eight career World of Outlaws wins to date.
The St. Helena, Calif., native is also a decorated midget driver, having won the 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals with the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable. Abreu, who lists Eldora Speedway as his favorite track, is excited to make his debut on Ohsweken’s high-banks.
“I’m glad our schedule allowed us to come this year,” Abreu said. “I have never raced my sprint car in Canada. I get to race the Kings Royal at Eldora and then drive right to Ohsweken from there. What a week of racing!
“I can’t wait. Thanks to Glenn for inviting me back.”
Abreu has entered 14 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events this year, with two top-five finishes and five top-10s to his name.