BRIGHTON – The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub took to the track for the third time in its inaugural season on the 1/8-mile infield oval Thursday night. A full card of four divisions was on tap. Mother nature delayed racing by 15 minutes as a sun shower covered the track after the first qualifying heat of the night.
The Box Stock 1 class was divided in to A and B divisions for the second week. The division is comprised of 5-8 year-old karters behind the wheel for their first season. The night started off with a pair of heat races for both the A and B divisions before each ran their 10-lap features.
Despite starting in the last row, Carson Down (No.55 Image Landscaping) passed all the cars in the field at least once to win his first A feature this season. It took until lap eight for Carson to take the lead from Jace James (No.99J). Jace battled side-by-side with Carson for a full lap before finishing second. Jacob Down (No.57 Image Landscaping) was third. Nathan Shorts (No.20 Towne & Country Liquidators) was consistent in his battles throughout the whole race to finish fourth, while James Markland (No.21 Lawns We Do) ran a smooth race to finish fifth. Max McDonald (No.5 McDonald Homes) had some mechanical problems with his kart and finished sixth.
The Box Stock 1B class was the next feature of the evening. Claire McDonald (No.17 McDonald Homes) showed blazing speed off the initial start and took over the lead on the first lap. She never looked back and earned the victory. Keira Turner (No.92 Quinte Towing) battled hard with Cameron Bristow (No.99) to finish second. Cameron finished in third. Ryan Greig (No.48) challenged Cameron for third early in the race and looked fast as he finished fourth. Asher Heard (No.52) ran the high line to a fifth-place finish. Ryan Post (No.11R Hotch’s Auto Parts) protected the bottom of the track for a sixth-place finish.
The Box Stock 2 class took to the track for their 10 lap feature after a pair of heat races. The division is also composed of 5-8 year old drivers with some karting experience. After starting on the front row, Cole Perry (No.23 Excel Tower Service) was lightning quick and led all 10 laps for his second win of the season. The battle for second was intense as Jaiden Mattice (No.J3 Moroni’s Restaurant) and Holley Denard (No.02) battled for four full laps. Jaiden eventually was able to steal the spot away. Cole McKeown (No.11 McDonald Homes) was also able to pass Holly with one lap to go to finish third. Holly never gave up and raced Cole off the final corner to finish fourth. Emma Terpstra (No.22) looked comfortable as she finished fifth while Raiah Lough (No.07) drove a consistent race for a sixth-place finish.
The Jr. Sportsman division was next to the track for drivers aged 8-11. The Rinaldi brothers, Nathan (No.3) and Anthony (No.77) started on the front row with Kyle Anderson (No.17A) going from third. Anthony led the opening laps while Nathan and Kyle jousted for second. The two brothers then traded the lead on consecutive corners for three straight laps. After Anthony spun just shy of the halfway point, Kyle and Nathan battled for the lead. Nathan eventually drove his kart to victory lane while Kyle finished second and Anthony third.
The final race of the night was the 15-lap feature for the Jr. Restricted division, composed of drivers aged 12-15. Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) stared on the pole in his second feature of the night. The four-car field ran nose to tail in the opening laps. Rinaldi held down the lead, but Carissa Burrows (No.33c) stole the lead on lap six. Some mechanical problems ended Brody Desrosiers’ (No.90) early and he would finish fourth. As Burrows pulled away from the field on the way to victory, Rinaldi had to fend off Hannah McCrory (No.49 Apex Graphics) for second. Rinaldi encountered some handling problems in the closing laps, but managed to hold on to the spot despite heavy pressure from McCrory.
The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub is off next week, but will retake the track on Thursday, July 10 for their fourth night of racing action. Racing will once again start at 7:00pm. Admission to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars 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.
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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.
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