Ontario Racer Charges to RoC Dirt Sportsman Win

Ohsweken, Ontario – James Michael Friesen of Saint Catharines, Ontario, claimed his second victory of the 2019 Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series presented by Product 9 season this past Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway as part of Night 2 of the Northern Summer Nationals.


It was the third time Friesen has visited victory lane in his career and he became the second consecutive driver to win from the 11th place starting position.


“We had a good car and just plugged away all night,” smiled Friesen in victory lane. “Things just went our way and the late caution really helped me out. Brad (Rouse) is one of the best in the business and any time you beat him, it’s a great feeling. I’m proud of efforts tonight and hopefully we can keep things rolling forward.”


Friesen held off Brad Rouse of Saint Catharines, Ontario, the defending Series Champion and 2017 Series Champion, Chad Chevalier of Port Colborne, Ontario.


Adam Leslie of Saint Catharines, Ontario and the most recent Series winner, Dylan Davidson also of Saint Catharines, Ontario rounded out the top-five.


Greg Panunte, Davidson and Rouse won the qualifying races.


The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Wilwood Engineering, Wilbert’s U Pull-It, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.


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Ohsweken Speedway

Arrow Express & Nitro 54 Variety Northern Summer Nationals Night 2 30

Feature Finish –

Position, Driver, Car Number, Starting Position


1.) James Michael Friesen      72            11

2.) Brad Rouse                        18r           4

3.) Chad Chevalier                  12            8

4.) Adam Leslie                       15            7

5.) Dylan Davidson 73            5

6.) Darrell Farraway 66            10

7.) Justin Sharp                       8s            2

8.) Jordan Cosco                     17c          14

9.) Robbie Johnston               33j           12

10.) Jay Mallory                       20            16

11.) Emily Puchalski                12p          15

12.) Tyler Puchalski 21p          9

13.) Dave DiPietro                  68            6

14.) Chris Waters                    119          5s

15.) Sam Junkin                       2              18

16.) Matt Sharpe                     5s            20

17.) Lee Mallory                      44            21

18.) Greg Panunte                   99p          3

19,) Joey Herramans               57            17

20.) Rob Sader                        93            22

21.) Dan Ferguson  11            1

22.) Chris Hawkins  25            24

23.) Trevor Wright                  09            13

24.) Michel Beyore  54a          23


Qualifying Race Winners: Greg Panunte; Dylan Davidson; Brad Rouse


-Race of Champions Press Release

-Photo credit: Alex and Helen Bruce Racing Photos

Ontario Racer Charges to RoC Dirt Sportsman Win