By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – A full night of Kart Klub racing saw 30 karts sign-in at Brighton Speedway on Thursday, August 7. The field of karts included a full slate of Brighton regulars with invaders from the Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Speedway adding to the action as well.
After a week hiatus from racing action, Jace James (No.99J) didn’t miss a beat and led all 10 laps in the Box Stock 1A feature to earn his second win of the season. James had Cameron Bristow (No.99 Bay Marine) start outside him on the front row. Jacob Down (No.57 Image Landscaping) quickly moved past Bristow for second on lap two and brought James Markland (No.21 Lawns We Do) along with him. The caution-free race allowed James to open up a 10-car length lead that Down would not be able to overcome. Markland held on to third ahead of Ryan Greig (No.48 Greig Truck and Trailer), Asher Heard (No.52G State Farm) and Bristow. Down and James won the qualifying heat races.
Carson Down tops Box Stock 1B
Carson Down (No.55 Image Landscaping) started outside row two for the 10-lap Box Stock 1B feature, but that didn’t stop him from earning another win on the season. Polesitter Max MacDonald (No.5 MacDonald Homes) led the field to green with Nathan Shorts (No.20 Towne and Country Liquidation). Max grabbed the early lead until some contact with Carson Down on lap two sent him to the back for the restart.
Claire MacDonald (No.17 MacDonald Homes) assumed the lead for the restart and held it until lap when Down took over at the point. Down’s No.55 led the final six laps for the victory, holding off Max MacDonald, Shorts, Keira Turner (No.92 Mark Heating and Cooling), and Ryan Post (No.11R Free Flow). Claire did not finish after mechanical problems ended her night on lap five.
Claire MacDonald and Jacob Down won the qualifying heat races.
Jacob Perry wins first Sportsman feature
Jacob Perry (No.9 Excel Tower Service) led the field to the green with Kyle Anderson (No.17A Hunt’s Bobcat Service) to his outside. Perry entered the night without earning a checkered flag, but grabbed the early lead. Perry protected the bottom of the track while Nathan Rinaldi (No.3 BrightonSpeedway.com) exchanged the second and third positions over the course of 10 laps.
The two drivers got to the back bumper of Perry on a couple of occasions, but could not complete the pass. Perry had to fend off the two drivers on a restart with one lap to go and was up to the task. Perry led all 15 laps for his first feature win and swept the night after earning a heat win earlier in the evening. Nathan Rinaldi earned a tough second ahead of Anderson while Anthony Rinaldi (No.77 BrightonSpeedway.com) finished fourth.
Cole Perry wheels to Box Stock 2 win
A full field of Box Stock 2 karts took to the track for a 10-lap feature with Emma Terpstra (No.22) and Cole Perry (No.23 Excel Tower Service) starting on the front row. Perry used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on the first lap and never thought twice. Cole McKeown (No.11 MacDonald Homes) tapped the back bumper of Perry a handful of times and looked to the bottom lane to make the pass, but was not able to complete it.
Perry would go on to lead all 10 laps en route to another feature win. McKeown would settle for second ahead of Tepstra. Kaitlyn O’Blenis (No.23k John’s Car Care), Holly Denard (No.02), Jaiden Mattice (No.J3 Moroni’s Restaurant) and Raiah Lough (No.07) completed the running order. O’Blenis and Perry won the qualifying heats.
Burrows takes Restricted win eight
The largest field yet in the junior restricted division saw Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) and Cornwall, Ont. driver Kobe Tallman (No.18T Tallman Trucking Centres) lead the field to the start. Tallman grabbed the lead from Rinaldi on a lap one restart. A caution on lap four regrouped the field that had begun to spread out.
Rinaldi grabbed the lead on the restart and began to grow his lead as Tallman battled teammate Ethan Bressard (No.03 D&R Motorsports) for second. Carissa Burrows (No.33c) jumped in to the mix at the halfway mark and worked past both Tallman and Bressard by lap 11. Burrows then began to track down Rinaldi. The white flag waved for Rinaldi as the race leader, but by corner two Burrows had the lead. Rinaldi battled fiercely on the outside down the backstretch, but couldn’t get the lead back on the final corner. Burrows held on for her eighth straight victory to remain the only victor in the division this year. Burrows and Rinaldi won the qualifying heats.
Kart Klub Next Action
The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub will take a one week hiatus before resuming action on Thursday, August 21 for the first of two shows over three days. A complete show on August 21 will lead up to the Kart Klub exhibition on Saturday, August 23, a shortened version of the regular night’s racing.
Racing will start at 7:00pm on August 21 with hot laps beginning at 6:30pm. Adult admission is just $5.
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 Newsletter: Sign-up for the Brighton Speedway newsletter and get all speedway information delivered straight to your email inbox! Twice a week, you will receive track news, information, and updates directly to your email. It takes just two minutes to sign-up. Click here to get started!
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