Chris Jones Caps Career Season with Two Podiums and a Championship at Labour Day Classic
By Greg Calnan & Angela Rinaldi
for Immediate Release
September 2, 2013
The 11th Annual Bellevue Fabricating Ltd Labour Day Classic at Brighton Speedway presented by Lucas Oil, Custom Carts and Back Yard Bouncers saw Prince Edward County Driver Chris Jones capture his first Sprint Car Championship. Large crowds filled the stands both nights and were not disappointed by great racing action around the 1/3rd mile oval. Mother Nature had her say in the weekend as well as heavy rains overnight Friday and well into the day on Saturday had fans wondering if the show would even get in. Track staff worked hard and competitors put up with a muddy pit area so the show could go on. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day and the Backyard Bouncers Kids Zone and Tail Gate party turned out to be a huge success. Sunday night looked to be a great night as the stands were packed and the pits were full. However Mother Nature would once again have an input into the evening. This time track staff had heard reports of rain coming and they put the hurry up offence on to get the night in. They were so close to getting all the events in when the rain fell at 9:15 with all the points’ events being completed. The only event that had to be disappointingly cancelled was the 3rd annual SOS Topless Dash.
Saturday nights racing was action packed and was capped off by #11j Chris Jones winning the Sanderson Tire and Automotive SOS Main Event. The win marked Chris’s third win in a row at Brighton and helped solidify his points lead going into Sunday’s Championship event. Behind Chris was team mates from the Ohsweken Speedway with #0 Glen Styres picking up second and the 7x of Jamie Collard who was the only driver within striking distance of Jones coming into the Championship weekend.
Other winners on Saturday night included #99 Arthur McCauley picking up his first win of the season in the Quinte Septic Stingers. #44 Brandon Wilkie picked up the win in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division, #72 Doug Anderson won the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks while #33 Ryan Scott increased his points lead in the OilGard Canadian Modified Division by picking up the win.
Sunday night was Championship night at Brighton for the Southern Ontario Spints and tension was in the air to see the first Brighton Area Driver win the championship. Jones who started racing at Brighton in a Pro Stock at the age of 14 spent the early years of his career racing at Brighton before moving onto Modifieds.
Jones dream season was completed after a hard fought third place finish on Sunday night. 07x Dain Naida won the race while teammate and series runner-up Jamie Collard finished second. Just 66 points separated the top two heading into SOS Championship Night. As the race, progressed both Collard and Jones worked through the field and found themselves directly behind Naida. A late race caution with six laps remaining tightened the field; however Naida would drive away to his first SOS win of the season over Collard and Jones. The podium finish for Jones was enough to clinch his first sprint car championship. It was a boisterous celebration on the track and in the grandstands as the large crowd cheered loudly for the first hometown champion in 18 seasons of SOS competition.
Sunday Night also featured a 30 lap Invitational for Comp 4’s. The race was action packed with lots of passing throughout the race which saw a number of passes between leaders #29 Rich Saunders and #97 Dan Ferguson. A late race restart would see the two of them get tangled up and open the door for #43 Tom Vance to take the $500.00 win. The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks saw a 23 car field take to the track for the 50 Lap main event and through the luck of the redraw #72 Doug Anderson would start on the outside poll. #2x Lee Winger from Ohsweken would make every attempt to challenge Anderson on a couple of late race restarts but Anderson would hold on for the Labour Day win.
The Vanderlaan’s Building Supplies Late Models would host a 30 lap topless event for the final race of the night. The race with the drivers roofs removed gives the fans a unique look at the drivers in there cockpits while under racing conditions. #57 Charlie Sandercock would pick up the win on this night after starting deep I the field but benefitting from an early caution that saw a number of the drivers head pit side for repairs including the points leader #11 Corey Earl. Earl would make it back out before losing a lap and had a masterful drive coming from the back to third place. With Sandercock’s win and Earl finishing third the points are now tied at the top between the two with just one point’s event left for the division. This one will come down to the wire.
With Labour Day behind us the month of September continues to heat up with some of the best racing of the season still left to come. This week coming is some of the biggest paying events of the season with the $2,000.00 to win 50 Lap Danny Reid Memorial presented by John’s Equipment and the McDougall Insurance & Financial $5,000.00 to win 65 Lap Great Crate Race presented by Excel Tower Service, Dibbits Excavating and Hotch’s Auto Parts. Come watch as Brighton’s best battle it out against the top drivers in the region for big money and extra laps! Gates Open at 5:30 and racing starts at 7pm!
Brighton Speedway Race Results Saturday, August 31st
Bills’s Johns Comp 4
Feature:1. Brandon Wilkie (Trenton, ON), 2. Rich Sanders (Picton, ON), 3. Tyler French, 4. Shelby Mills (Brighton, ON), 5. Riley Greer (Wellington, ON),
Brighton Automotive Pro Stock
Feature:1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Leslie Mowat (Trenton, ON), 3. Rob Perry (Wooler, ON), 4. Percy Walsh (Trenton, ON), 5. Jason Preece (Trenton, ON),
OILgard Canadian Modified
Feature:1. Ryan Scott (Kingston, ON), 2. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON), 3. Kraig Handley (Picton, ON), 4. Warren Mowat (Trenton, ON), 5. Dale Locke (Stirling, ON),
Quinte Septic Stingers
Feature:1. Arthur McCauley (Trenton, ON), 2. Del MacGregor (Brighton, ON), 3. Jorden Pickell (Trenton, ON), 4. Christopher Lammle (Trenton, ON), 5. Bella Cosstick (Trenton, ON),
Sanderson Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints
Feature: 1. Chris Jones (Demorestville, ON), 2. Glen Styres (Ohsweken, ON), 3. Jamie Collard (Burford, ON), 4. Dain Naida (Techumseh, MI), 5. Charlie Sandercock (Consecon, ON)
Brighton Speedway Race Results Sunday, September 1st
Bill’s Johns Comp 4 30 Lap Invitational
Feature:1. Tom Vance (Stockdale, ON), 2. Shelby Mills (Brighton, ON), 3. Kyle Sopaz (Trenton, ON), 4. Jeff Howard (Codrington, ON), 5. Becky Jamieson (Napanee, ON),
Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 50 Lap Invitational
Feature:1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Lee Winger (Hamilton, ON), 3. Rob Perry (Wooler, ON), 4. Robbie Wilson (Trenton, ON), 5. Leslie Mowat (Trenton, ON),
Vanderlaan’s Building Supplies Topless Late Models
Feature: 1. Charlie Sandercock (Belleville, ON), 2. Phil Potts (Frankford, On), 3. Corey Earl (Picton, ON), 4. Caley Weese (Carrying Place, ON), 5. Adam Turner,
Sanderson Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints Championship
Feature: 1. Dain Naida (Techumseh, MI), 2. Jamie Collard (Burford, ON), 3. Chris Jones (Demorestville, ON), 4. Tyker Rand (Picton, ON), 5. Kyle Fraser (White Lake, ON)
IMG 2646 A hard fought battle between the 29 Fowl Mood Phil Potts and the Bellevue Fabricating #57 Charlie Sandercock in the 30 lap Late Model feature at Brighton Speedway Sunday night put Sandercock tied for first place in the Late Model points race.
IMG 2681 The Winner of the Aaron’s Best Seats in the House presented by Rock 107 was drawn at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night. Bessie Nestorovski has won a new leather sofa, reclining love seat and 40″ flat screen TV compliments of Aaron’s Furniture Trenton.
IMG 2133 The Southern Ontario Sprint Championship race on Sunday at Brighton Speedway saw 07x Dain Nada take the checkered flag but it was the County’s own #11 Chris Jones who was crowned the 2013 Champion.