BRIGHTON – Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) rode the high side of the racetrack all the way to victory lane at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night, presented by Campbellford Chrysler and UCB Canada.
Baldwin stole the race lead from Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbit’s Excavating) on lap eight in the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Model main event. He never surrendered it throughout the final 22 circuits.
Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) was Baldwin’s top challenger as he anchored the second position on three restarts after the halfway mark. But with Baldwin restarting in his preferred outside line each time, Sandercock could not gain enough momentum on the bottom to make a pass for the lead.
In the closing laps, it looked as though lapped cars might play a part in deciding the finish, but Baldwin negotiated the traffic effortlessly and cruised to victory.
Last week’s winner, Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Supplies), maneuvered his way through the field from his ninth starting spot to score a third-place finish. Weese and Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) completed the top-five.
Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.) and David MacDonald (No.97 MacDonald homes) won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.
Whaley stands atop Canadian Mod field
Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) assumed the lead on lap 20 of the OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified feature and held off Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) in the final five laps to earn his first win of the season.
A caution filled race on a very dry slick track saw Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) steal the race lead from Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) using the top lane on lap eight.
Minor spins brought out three late race cautions and plagued Hennessy’s ability to pull away from Ferguson. On a lap 20 restart, Ferguson tried a crossover move entering turn one to duck beneath Hennessy for the lead.
Ferguson was forced to come to a near stop in the centre of the corner to avoid contact with Hennessy, and the rest of the field was forced to react. Several cars spun to avoid a wreck while Paul Milligan (No.23 Write-it-out-loud) went for a wild ride over the berm in turn two and in to the creek.
Ferguson went to the pits for repairs, while Hennessy appeared to suffer rear-end damage that ended his night. The lead was left to Whaley who had been running in the top-five prior to the wreck.
Whaley successfully glued himself to the bottom of the track and neither O’Blenis nor third-place runner Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) could make a pass on the high side. Mike Lucas (No.74 A&C Insley) finished fourth, while Ferguson fought back to fifth.
Scott and Ferguson earned Deerhaven Farm and Garden heat race wins.
Anderson dominant in second straight Pro Stock win
Ramsay took the lead on lap two from Jason McCrory (No.49 NOCO Fuels). The lead grew to half a lap when McCrory did a full 360 in turn four and the rest of the field slowed to avoid. But without any contact, the race stayed green and Ramsay checked out at the front.
But everything was erased on lap 12 when McCrory drew a caution after a broken tie rod forced him to a stop on the backstretch. Ramsay was pitted head-to-head with Anderson on the front row of the restart. The battle lasted less than a lap as Ramsay suffered a flat right rear; ending his hopes of second feature win.
Anderson led the final eight laps despite Wade Purchase’s (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair) best attempt to take over the lead. Devon Kippen (No.43 Take Mike for Granite) drove to an impressive third-place run.
Anderson and Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) were the Vanderlaan Building Supplies heat winners.
Hough dethrones Greer for Comp 4 win
The script started to look familiar in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature, but Terry Hough (No.32 The Vinyl Solution) changed the ending. Hough jumped out to an early race lead after starting sixth and cruised to his first feature win of the year.
It looked as though Hough would mix it up with Brady Greer (No.94 Greer’s Excavating) and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) for the third straight week. However, the latter two drivers got together and were forced to restart at the tail of the field on lap five.
Riley Greer (No.47 Clark’s Automotive) challenged Hough on the restart, but the No.32 was too strong.
Sanders tried to work his way back through the field, but could only make it to third over the 15-lap distance. Nathan Day (No.27 Oak Wood Transport) finished second for the first time this season.
Riley Greer and Sanders were the heat race winners.
MacGregor wins second Stinger feature
Del MacGregor (No.19 R. Ward Construction) started fifth and quickly worked his way to the front of the Quinte Septic Stingers 12-lap main event. MacGregor was under pressure only momentarily on a lap nine restart, and drove to his second win in as many starts.
The race was red flagged on lap two when Megan Golden (No.07) made contact with another car on the frontstretch and was turned sideways. Golden made hard, head-on contact with the outside wall before coming to a stop. The car momentarily rolled on to its side before coming to a rest on all fours. Golden did not suffer any injuries.
MacGregor and Geoff York (No.3 Patterson Auto Parts) picked up heat race wins.
Insley wins Comp 4 mechanics race
When the dust settled from championship competition, six Comp 4 mechanics assumed control of the race cars for a 10-lap friendly. Steve Insley drove Brady Greer’s No.94 to the checkered flag. While Greer was not behind the wheel, the car won a race for the third straight week.
Next Week – May 31, 2014
Dibbit’s Excavating presents the first Fan Appreciation night of the year next Saturday with four divisions on the schedule. Fans will be able to meet drivers on the track for autographs at intermission. The OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds will run the first round of the RONA Trenton Triple Crown. The Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s are also on the card. Larry’s Towing one-on-one spectator races will also take place for the first time this season.
Start time is 7:00pm and adult admission is just $10.
Complete Results – May 24, 2014 presented by Campbellford Chrysler and UCB Canada
Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 5 Steve Baldwin, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 92 Adam Turner, 6. 97 David MacDonald, 7. Brandon Mowat, 8. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 9. 60 Norm Mayhew, 10. 20 Terry Hunt, 11. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 12. 9 Greg Peake, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 88 Brian Down.
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 12 Adam Whaley, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 33 Ryan Scott, 4. 74 Mike Lucas, 5. 11 Dan Ferguson, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 00 Shane Ostrander, 9. 8 Zac McBride, 10. 08 Brian Cross, 11. 03 Derek Bowers, 12. 77 Jason Curlette, 13. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 14. 23 Paul Milligan, 15. 13 Dale Locke, 16. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 17. 48 Derrick Greig, 18. 66 Mark Packer.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 53 Wade Purchase, 3. 43 Devon Kippen, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 33 Tim Thompson, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall, 7. 03 Justin Ramsay, 8. 3 Paul Read, 9. 49 Jason McCrory, 10. 19 Brandon Murrell.
Bill’s Johns Comp 4 A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 32 Terry Hough, 2. 27 Nathan Day, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 24 Bella Cosstick, 5. 47 Riley Greer, 6. 87 Emily Weedman, 7. 78 Shelby Mills, 8. 97 Courtney Mastin, 9. 85 Austin Reid, 10. 94 Brady Greer, 11. 03 Tyler French.
Quinte Septic Stingers A-Main (12 Laps): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 29 Stu Archer, 3. 7 Rick Phillips, 4. 93 Jordan Pickell, 5. 17 Jeff Inia, 6. 6 Tim Cole, 7. 28 Mark MacDonald, 8. 42 Andy Fletcher, 9. 95 Christopher Lammle, 10. 07 Megan Golden, 11. 01 Dawson Evans, 12. 3 Geoff York, 13. 99 Arthur McCauley, 14. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 15. 64 Chris Johnson, 16. 89 Gary Taylor.
About Campbellford Chrysler: Campbellford Chrysler is located on Hwy.30 just south of Campbellford and is one of the top dealers for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep in the Quinte area. The Brighton Speedway Dodge Ram pacetruck is provided by Campbellford Chrysler, For every test drive at Campbellford Chrysler, receive a FREE family pass to regular Saturday night racing at Brighton Speedway.
About UCB Canada: UCB Canada (Cobourg 90.7 FM and Belleville 102.3 FM) is a Christian radio network which is a part of UCB international, a family of affiliated Christian Media Ministries operating in over 20 countries. The mission is to spread God’s Word and UCB Canada produces its own program, The Word For You Today, to help impart this mission. UCB Canada is the voice of NASCAR in Canada.
Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating, ImageFactor.ca, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.
About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September. The weekly Pro Late Model division competes under UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns