Stewart, Bell & Abreu Set For Trip To Ohsweken

Rico Abreu (24) and Tony Stewart (14) will join Christopher Bell at Ohsweken Speedway in July. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

OHSWEKEN, Ontario – Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu will compete during the Northern Summer Nationals sprint car event at Ohsweken Speedway on July 22-23.

The event will feature the three dirt racing aces in a pair of $5,000-to-win and $400-to-start 360 sprint car races on back-to-back nights.

The event will carry marketing support from dedicated and loyal Ohsweken partners Bradshaw Brothers Fuels, Nitro 54 Variety, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods and Arrow Express.

“We are extremely excited to have three huge stars in Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu coming to Ohsweken Speedway this July,” said Clinton Geoffrey, Ohsweken Speedway general manager. “We are thrilled we could deliver a show with two big NASCAR stars and arguably sprint car racing’s most popular driver to our dedicated fans for another big event in 2019.”

The event will mark the return of Stewart to Ohsweken Speedway for the first time since 2013. The current owner of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and Eldora Speedway is known as much for his dirt track achievements as his NASCAR success.

A three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, four-time USAC champion, two-time Chili Bowl champion and 1997 IndyCar champion, Stewart is one of the most versatile racecar drivers on the planet. The Columbus, Ind., native also has three wins at Ohsweken, including his first  World of Outlaws win on July 27, 2011. He has also won once in 360 sprint car competition, which came on July 30, 2012.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Canada this summer. Glenn, and his team always treat us so well,” said Stewart. “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 strategically 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. I hope we can put on a show for the fans.”

Bell will make his first appearance at Ohsweken Speedway at the Northern Summer Nationals. The three-time and reigning Chili Bowl Nationals champion was also the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion.

“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, Oklahoma who was also the 2013 USAC National Midget Champion at 19 years old.

Bell has four World of Outlaws wins to his credit, including his most recent triumph on Oct. 14, 2018 at Eldora Speedway in a Tony Stewart Racing-prepared car.

Abreu will also be making his first appearance at Ohsweken. The popular driver has become a household name in sprint car racing over the past few seasons. Abreu’s No. 24 sprint car has become a threat to win on the national 410 sprint car scene in recent years, as proven by his eight World of Outlaws wins to date. Abreu is also a decorated midget driver who won the 2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals titles with the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable.

“I was scheduled to come race at Ohsweken in 2017 before some extreme circumstances forced us to cancel at the 11th hour,” said Abreu. “I’m glad our schedule allowed us to come this year. 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.”

The Northern Summer Nationals will also have connection to the 15th edition of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals next September. The winners of the two-night Northern Summer Nationals will be guaranteed starters for the 35-lap Saturday main event.