2023 Canadian Screen Awards.

Best Original Music, Factual, Lifestyle, Reality, or Entertainment

Derek Miller

Friday Night Thunder

"You Gotta Push the Limits or Stay Behind"


Friday Night Thunder is the first-ever documentary series about the exhilarating world of sprint car racing and the Indigenous families that participate in this extremely dangerous sport. Friday Night Thunder explores the minds and lives of Indigenous race car drivers and their families that come together every week in pursuit of not much more than a thrill and bragging rights of a win. With high odds of injury and low odds of winning money, these families invest considerable resources to support drivers that are risking life and limb for the adrenaline-inducing spectacle. After the pandemic forces Ohsweken Speedway in the Six Nations community to close for another season in 2021, the drivers hit the road to race at tracks around Southern Ontario, making the hobby even more expensive. But, that’s racing and these drivers will do anything to hit the dirt. Join them on another fun, heartfelt and thrilling season of sprint car action on Season 2.

Episode Synopsis:
Humberstone's double-header weekend wraps up with a top 10 finish for Aaron, who proves the following week that he's on a roll. Derek travels to the Southern Ontario Motor Speedway to help Dan in the pit, only to witness Dan's wildest and scariest ride yet.

Derek Miller





Production Company:

Big Soul Productions Inc.