By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – A busy start to July saw 67 cars sign in at Brighton Speedway for the Canada Day Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing. A capacity crowd took in time trials, extended features for all divisions, and a full fireworks show.
Pro Late Models: Earl back in Victory Lane
After setting the fast time in time trials and winning his heat, Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) started on the front row with Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models50-lap A-Main. Potts made the topside of a very slick racetrack work to lead the opening lap.
A side-by-side battle for second between Belyea and row two starter Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) on lap four allowed Potts to pull away. Potts and Sandercock ran the top lane as a true cushion formed for the first time this season.
A lap 10 caution for debris in turn four erased Potts’ lead. The top pair ran single-file for the next 17 green flag laps. Sandercock cut in to Potts’ lead several times but never enough to make the pass.
On lap 27, Sandercock was put in an awkward position at the exit of turn two. Brian Down (No. 88 Unique Landscaping) fell off the pace and attempted to roll to the pit area. With Mark Rayner (No. 55 Sam’s Auto Repair) on the bottom, Sandercock had no space to split between the two drivers and made hard contact with Down. Sandercock eventually returned but several laps down.
That left Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts) to restart at the front. Earl wasted no time and passed Potts on the bottom out of turn two. Potts stayed close for some time but lost the car over the cushion on lap 35. That allowed Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) to take second but Earl’s lead was insurmountable. The win was the first in 2014 for Earl.
Belyea and Sandercock won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats. Belyea was the Top Gun in time trials with a fast lap of 15.317 seconds.
Canadian Modifieds: Hennessy wins on late race restart
Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) and Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) led the field to the green flag for the 40-lap OilGARD Canadian Modified feature. O’Blenis took the early lead using the outside lane.
After a trio of early cautions, Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) drove quickly through the field and passed O’Blenis on the outside on lap 12 for the lead. A couple of innocent spins around the halfway point caused cautions that prevented Ferguson from growing his lead over Scott. Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) picked his way to third after starting fifth.
After another caution on lap 32, Hennessy stole the lead on the bottom on the restart and never looked back. The win was his fifth this season. Scott finished second while Ferguson settled for third.
Scott, O’Blenis, and Dale Locke (No.13 Allore Haulage) won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats. Ryan Scott was the Top Gun in time trials with a lap of 16.374 seconds.
Pro Stock: Anderson wins fourth Pro Stock feature
Anderson led early while Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) began to work his way through the field. A lap 14 caution gave Ramsay a chance to challenge Anderson for the lead. The two cars ran less than one length apart for five laps before Ramsay moved to the outside.
Ramsay made the pass for the lead on the outside out of turn four on lap 19. After a restart on lap 21, the two drivers were side-by-side in turn three. Running on the bottom, Anderson hit a rut in the track and bobbled the car up a lane and made contact with Ramsay. Slowing to avoid contact with the wall, Ramsay also suffered a flat tire that ended his chances of winning. Brandon Murrell (no.19 Orange Motorsports) finished second, his best result of the year, and Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) was third.
Anderson and Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision and Frame) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats. Anderson was the Top Gun in time trials with a lap of 17.289 seconds.
Comp 4: Sanders wins fourth straight
Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) may have taken some time to find victory lane but he can do no wrong now. Sanders won his fourth consecutive Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature on Saturday night after starting outside the front row.
Polesitter Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) led the first two laps before Sanders assumed the lead. The only caution of the race came on lap eight when Tyler Parker (No.8 Crowe Bros. Roofing) and Nathan Day (No.27 Oak Wood Transport) made contact on the frontstretch causing the No. 8 to spin to the infield.
Sanders opened a huge lead in the closing laps of the 20-lap feature. Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) passed Mills for second and would take the spot to the checkers. Mills was third after winning the Top Gun award in time trials earlier in the day with a lap of 19.324 seconds.
Mills and Jeff Humphrey (No.17 Kleinsteuber Metal) won the qualifying heats.
Stingers: MacGregor still undefeated
Del MacGregor’s (No.19 R. Ward Construction) dream season continues in the Quinte Septic Stinger division. MacGregor started on the pole and led all 15 laps of the A-main, holding off a determined Rick Phillips (No.7 Ontario Duct Cleaning) and Jeff Inia (No.17) for his fifth win of the season.
The only caution of the race came on lap four when Dawson Evans (No.01 Smitty’s Appliances) and Megan Golden (No.07 Ontario Duct Cleaning) made contact in turn four. Evans got the worst of it as he hit the tire barrier at the end of the turn four wall, but managed to return.
Chris Lammle (No.95 Lammle Repair) had sewn up the second spot, but the car broke and lost power on the final corner. He would coast to an 11th place finish.
MacGregor and Phillips won the qualifying heats.
Next Week at Brighton: Electro Cables and VanZuylen Tire and Alignment present the Southern Ontario Sprints
The Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints return to Brighton for the third time next Saturday night. Mitch Brown has won both races so far at in 2014. The Larry’s Towing spectator one-on-one races return for the second time as well. Pro Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, and Pro Stocks will also be on hand for a full night of action.
Complete Results: Canada Day Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models A-Main (50 Laps): 1. 11 Corey Earl, 2. 5 Steve Baldwin, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 25 Greg Belyea, 5. 77 Caley Weese, 6. 97 David McDonald, 7. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 8. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 9. 92 Adam Turner, 10. 55 Mark Rayner, 11. 20 Terry Hunt, 12. 9 Greg Peake, 13. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 14. 88 Brian Down, 15. 46 Brandon Mowat.
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models Time Trial results: 1. 25 Greg Belyea, 15.317 seconds; 2. 29 Phil Potts, 15.583; 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 15.673; 4. 20 Terry Hunt, 15.763; 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 15.769; 6. 55 Mark Rayner, 15.794; 7. 77 Caley Weese 15.948; 8. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 15.958; 9. 92 Adam Turner, 16.154; 10. 11 Corey Earl, 16.214; 11. 97 David McDonald, 16.322; 12. 46 Brandon Mowat, 16.440; 13. 88 Brian Down, 16.769; 14. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 28.161; 15. 9 Greg Peake, No Time.
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (40 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew, Hennessy, 2. 33 Ryan Scott, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 46 Warren Mowat, 5. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 07 Curtis King, 8. 48 Derrick Greig, 9. 00 Shane Ostrander, 10. 03 Derek Bowers, 11. 23 Paul Milligan, 12. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 13. 74 Mike Lucas, 14. 8 Zac McBride, 15. 28 Dan Insley, 16. 13 Dale Locke, 17. 66 Mark Packer (DNS).
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds Time Trial results: 1. 33 Ryan Scott, 16.374 seconds; 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 16.591; 3. 13 Dale Locke, 16.596; 4. 11 Dan Ferguson, 16.614; 5. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 16.634; 6. 23 Paul Milligan, 16.640; 7. 07 Curtis King, 16.666; 8. 77 Jason Curlette, 16.698; 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 16.778; 10. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 16.856; 11. 48 Derrick Greig, 17.007; 12. 74 Mike Lucas, 17.035; 13. 46 Warren Mowat, 17.036; 14. 66 Mark Packer, 17.266; 15. 03 Derek Bowers, 17.561; 16. Dan Insley, 17.702; 17. 8 Zac McBride, 18.216; 18. 00 Shane Ostrander, No Time.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 03 Justin Ramsay, 5. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 6. 1 Shawn Gregory, 7. 38 Art Rodgers, 8. 43 Devon Kippen, 9. 3 Jay O’Hara, 10. 53 Wade Purchase, 11. 2 Leslie Mowat, 12. 32 Eli Mayhew, 13. 49 Jason McCrory (DQ).
Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Time Trials results: 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 17.289 seconds; 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 17.506; 3. 03 Justin Ramsay, 17.529; 4. 83 Jay O’Hara, 17.641; 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 17.666; 6. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 17.965; 7. 49 Jason McCrory, 18.133; 8. 1 Shawn Gregory, 18.153; 9. 43 Devon Kippen, 18.155; 10. 53 Wade Purchase, 18.226; 11. 55 Jamie Marshall, 18.341; 12. 32 Eli Mayhew, 19.485; 13. 38 Art Rodgers, No Time.
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 85 Austin Reid, 3. 78 Shelby Mills, 4. 47 Riley Greer, 5. 97 Courtney Mastin, 6. 8 Tyler Parker, 7. 70 Becky Jamieson, 8. 87 Emily Weedman, 9. 17 Jeff Humphrey, 10. 94 Brady Greer, 11. 27 Nathan Day (DQ).
Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Time Trial results: 1. 78 Shelby Mills, 19.324 seconds; 2. 29 Rich Sanders, 19.354; 3. 87 Emily Weedman, 19.416; 4. 17 Jeff Humphrey, 19.462; 5. 47 Riley Greer, 19.521; 6. 85 Austin Reid, 19.649; 7. 94 Brady Greer, 19.655; 8. 27 Nathan Day, 19.790; 9. 97 Courtney Mastin, 20.494; 10. 8 Tyler Parker, 21.111; 11. 70 Becky Jamieson, No Time.
Quinte Septic Stingers A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 17 Jeff Inia, 4. 99 Arthur McCauley, 5. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 6. 01 Dawson Evans, 7. 07 Megan Golden, 8. 42 Andy Fletcher, 9. 38 Alix Woods, 10. 6 Tom Cole, 11. 95 Christopher Lammle, 12. 29 Stu Archer, 13. 64 Chris Johnson, 14. 93 Jordan Pickell, 15. 27 David Lemon, 16. 21 Brittany Markolefas.
About Brighton Automotive: Brighton Automotive is a high-quality auto aftermarket parts dealer serving the Northumberland and Quinte regions in Eastern Ontario. Brighton Automotive began in 1988 and has grown over the past 26 years. Its current location at 140 Prince Edward Street in Brighton offers a showroom featuring many Canadian-made parts at competitive prices. Stop in and visit their friendly and knowledgeable staff to help keep your vehicle in peak performance condition. Visit them online at www.brightonauto.ca or call (613) 475-3685.
About Mystical Distributing: Mystical Distributing is your one-stop shop for fireworks in Canada. Every year, Mystical brings the best variety of fireworks from around the world to the Canadian market. Some of their newest products, like the Launch Kontrol Electronic Firework Ignition System, are unmatched in today’s market. For all of your Firework needs, visit Mystical online at www.mysticaldistributing.ca or contact their Eastern office in Trenton at (613) 394-7056.
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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