BRIGHTON (July 12, 2014) – A full pit area saw 62 cars sign-in at Brighton Speedway, including 20 Southern Ontario Sprints, for night 10 of the Chase for the Championship presented by Electro Cables and VanZuylen Tire and Alignment. Another full grandstand witnessed some of the best racing of the year on an extremely fast racetrack following mid-week repairs.
Brown completes SOS Hat-Trick
Mitch Brown (No.10b Haldex) started on the pole for the 25-lap Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) A-Main and never thought twice about parking his car in victory lane for the third straight time at Brighton Speedway. Brown led all 25 circuits and remains the only SOS winner at Brighton this season.
Brown survived pressure on a group of restarts before the halfway point, punctuated by a red flag at lap 13 when Shawn Sliter (No.71s) rolled on his side in turn four.
The final 12 laps ran without incident as Brown and Glenn Styres (No.0 Renway Energy) of Ohsweken, Ont. broke away from the rest of the field. Brown’s lead stretched to nearly 15 car lengths before the top pair hit lapped traffic. It looked as though Styres would get his chance to make a move for the lead when a pair of lapped cars broke Brown’s momentum.
However, the Brantford, Ont. native held off the hard-charging Styres for the victory. Alton, Ont. native Keith Dempster (No.5 Rochester Knighthawks) was third. Tecumseh, MI pilot Dain Naida (No.07 Townline Variety) was fourth and Brockville, Ont. driver Paul Pekkonen (No.98 All Out Performance) completed the top-five.
Brown, Kyle Fraser (No.01), and Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive) won the qualifying heats. For a full race report, visit www.southernontariosprints.com.
Sandercock tops Pro Late Models
Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) faced a tall order, starting from the 12th row in Saturday night’s Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model feature. The Carrying Place, Ont. driver was up to the challenge, using the top-side of the race track to quickly move forward in the 13-car field.
The only caution of the race came on lap two when Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) spun in turn four, collecting Mary Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair). The contact ended Rayner’s race, but Turner was able to continue.
Sandercock was in third by the halfway mark, chasing race leader Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Integra Racing Shocks) and second-place runner Terry Hunt (No.20 Krown Rust Control). A four-car battle for second allowed Vanderlinden to grow his lead to a full straightaway.
Sandercock battled past Hunt on lap 23 after an eight lap fight and sought out Vanderlinden. Sandercock ran right against the cushion the whole way around. His momentum allowed him to erase Vanderlinden’s lead in just four laps. Sandercock took over the point on lap 27 and led the final three laps for his fifth victory of the season. Vanderlinden would be forced to settle for second, while Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) raced to third ahead of Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) and Hunt.
Hunt and Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.
Ferguson finds Victory Lane with Canadian Mods
It took nine weeks longer than he would have liked, but Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) finally won his first Canadian Modified feature of the season. Ferguson started from 10th in the 17-car field. He battled to third by lap four after an early race yellow.
Race leader Mike Lucas (No.74 A&C Insley Property Maintenance) ran the bottom with second-place runner Curtis King (No.07 Flowmetrix) while Ferguson ran around the outside. Ferguson took over second from King on lap seven, as Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) moved through the field to third on the same lap.
Three laps later, Ferguson was able to use the highline to get by Lucas. Shortly after completing the pass, Buckey Johnson (No.81) spun in turn four to bring out the second caution of the race. Ferguson got an excellent restart and led by a full straightaway while Lucas and Hennessy battled side-by-side for second.
The lead was erased on lap 19 by a pair of cautions for separate spins in turn two. Ferguson led on the restart before Lucas, Hennessy, and Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) went three-wide for second. Hennessy prevailed in the battle for second after three laps, with Lucas falling to third. Neither driver had enough time to track down Ferguson, who found victory lane for the first time in his new car.
Zac McBride (No.8 Daddy’s Electric Tattoo), Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Ferguson won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.
Anderson back in Pro Stock Winner’s Circle
Doug Anderson (No.72) qualified on the front row for the Pro Stock 20-lap feature and led every lap for his sixth feature win of the season. Anderson was on cruise control early, leading by a half lap at lap 10.
The action took place in the battle for second between Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision and Frame), Devon Kippen (No.43 Take Mike for Granite) and Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire). Ramsay eventually took over second, using the outside lane to his advantage.
Anderson looked untouchable before Jamie Marshall spun in turn four on lap 15. That gave Ramsay a shot at the race lead. The two drivers raced door-to-door before another caution at lap 17 when O’Hara spun. The last three laps saw Ramsay hang tough on the outside of Anderson before trying a cross-over move coming to the white flag. Anderson prevailed anyhow, with Ramsay second and Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling).
Ramsay and Shawn Gregory (No.1 Like Nu Driveway Sealing) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.
Tyler French won the Spectator one-on-one races for the second straight time in his red Honda Civic. French defeated four different competitors to win the $100 prize.
Beyond the Flag Video Recap
Watch the online video recap of the night’s action on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDL4qXAzmyc&feature=youtu.be.
Next week at Brighton Speedway: July 19, 2014 Salute to the Forces night
Brighton Speedway is proud to host its annual Salute to the Forces night next Saturday, July 19. All Canadian Forces service men and women will be admitted free of charge with their military I.D. The 2014 class will be inducted in to the Brighton Speedway Wall of Fame prior to race tie. On the track, Mark Heating and Cooling presents a full card of racing featuring the first of two Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt races with Merrittville Speedway. All five regular divisions will be in action.
Upcoming Events at Brighton Speedway
July 26 – Owasco RV presents the Adecco Summer Smash Monster Trucks
August 30/31 – Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints
September 6 – McDougall Insurance and Financial Pro Late Model Great Crate Race (65 Laps) and Danny Reid Memorial
September 19/20 – Benson Auto Parts Applefest Shootout Weekend
Full Results: July 12, 2014 – Electro Cables and VanZuylen Tire and Alignment present the Southern Ontario Sprints
Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 10b Mitch Brown, 2. 0 Glenn Styres, 3. 5 Keith Dempster, 4. 07x Dain Naida, 5. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 6. 7m Justin Martin, 7. 84 Tyler Rand, 8. 25 Warren Mahoney, 9. 42w Rick Wilson, 10. 71s Shawn Sliter, 11. 10c Bob Crawford, 12. 15 Mike Ferrell, 13. 19 Cory Turner, 14. 66 Frank Baranowski, 15. 2 Brad Lodge, 16. 01 Kyle Fraser, 17. 11T Jamie Turner, 18. 11J Chris Jones, 19. 15aw April Wilson (DNS), 20. 57 Charlie Sandercock (DNS).
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 20 Terry Hunt, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 7. 92 Adam Turner, 8. 77 Caley Weese, 9. 97 David McDonald, 10. 25 Greg Belyea, 11. 46 Brandon Mowat, 12. 9 Greg Peake, 13. 55 Mark Rayner.
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 74 Mike Lucas, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 33 Ryan Scott, 6. 46 Warren Mowat, 7. 48 Derrick Greig, 8. 28 Dan Insley, 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 10. 13 Dale Locke, 11. 66 Mark Packer, 12. 07 Curtis King, 13. 03 Derek Bowers, 14. 00 Shane Ostrander, 15. 81 Buckey Johnson, 16. 19 Chris LeBrun, 17. 8 Zac McBride.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat, 4. 43 Devon Kippen, 5. 53 Wade Purchase, 6. 49 Jason McCrory, 7. 19 Brandon Murrell, 8. 1 Shawn Gregory, 9. 55 Jamie Marshall, 10. 83 Jay O’Hara, 11. 32 Eli Mayhew.
About Electro Cables: Located in Trenton, Ont.,Electro Cables is a supplier of high quality CSA, UL, and ETL electronic and electrical cables. Electro Cables offers 500 different types of standard wire and cable constructions for communications, speakers, fire alarms, security systems, and control. Superior technical support is a top priority for Electro Cables. The sales and engineering department can design custom cables for your unique applications. For more information, call (613) 394-4896, or visit Electro Cables online at www.electrocables.com.
About VanZuylen Tire and Alignment: Estbalished in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for many years, Vanzuylen Tire is the premium destination for tire purchases. With its 17 locations, the staff of Vanzuylen Tire is proud to offer complete vehicle maintenance and repair services such as oil changes, wheel alignments, preventive engine repairs and electronic system diagnostics. Vanzuylen Tire is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. For a location nearest you and to get a quote, visit www.vanzuylen.ca.
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Thursday night Kart Racing: The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit www.brightonspeedway.com for a full schedule.
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
Photo Credit: Rod Henderson, Track Photographer