By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – The karting track came alive again last Thursday night at Brighton Speedway after taking a week off. An impressive 27 karts across five divisions signed in to race at the small 1/8-mile clay oval inside the larger Brighton Speedway 1/3-mile.
The Box Stock 1A class was the first race on the track for a 10-lap feature. The drivers between five and eight years old put on an intense battle. Brighton’s Claire MacDonald (No.17 MacDonald Homes) started second but lead the first lap. Claire held an iron tight grip on the top spot and led each lap for the feature win. It wasn’t easy though, as she survived a green-white-checkered finish and held off a hard charging Carson Down (No.55 Image Landscaping) to find victory lane. After Carson, Max MacDonald (No.5 MacDonald Homes), Cameron Brtisow (No.99), Nathan Shorts (No.20 Towne and Country Liquidation), and Jace James (No.99J) completed the finishing order.
The Box Stock 1B class next took to the track for another lightning quick 10-lap feature that saw some spectacular side-by-side racing. James Markland (No.21 DLS Group) and Asher Heard (No.52 State Farm) led the field to the green. Third-place start Jacob Down (No. 57 Image Landscaping) of the Carrying Place made an excellent move on a lap three restart to take over the lead and never looked back. Keira Turner (No.92 Quinte Towing), and Asher Heard battled side-by-side for second for a pair of laps before Keira eventually took the spot. Keira would go to finish second ahead of James Markland, Asher Heard, Ryan Greig (No.48 Greig Truck and Trailer) and Ryan Post (No.11R Free Flow).
Sportman drivers made their way on to the track next. What the three-kart field lacked in quantity, they certainly made up for in excitement during the 15-lap feature. Polesitter Anthony Rinaldi (No.77) led the field to green and took control of the first two laps. Kyle Anderson (No.17A) got underneath Anthony in turn one to take over the lead on lap three. Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) slipped in to the second spot shortly after. He tried feverishly to get by Anderson while holding off brother Anthony as the three karts ran nose-to-tail for all 15 laps. Anderson would hold on for the victory over Nathan and Anthony.
The Box Stock 2 class headed to the track for a 10-lap feature of their own. Emma Terpstra (No.22) and Cole McKeown (No.11 MacDonald Homes) led the field to green. Terpstra led early on, but a trio of cautions gave Jaiden Mattice (No.J3 Moroni’s Restaurant) a chance at the lead. Jaiden took over the lead forcing Emma to second. Raiah Lough (No. 07) was third ahead of Cole McKeown, Cole Perry (No.23 Excel Tower Service), Holly Denard (No.02), and Kaitlyn O’Blenis (No.23k John’s Car Care).
The final race of the night was an exciting 15-lap feature for the Junior Restricted division, the fastest karts to race on the track. The drivers range in age from 12-15 years old. Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) led the field to the green with Brody Desrosiers (No.90) on the outside. Rinaldi held the early lead while Carissa Burrows (No.33c) quickly got to the outside. A caution at the halfway point after Hannah McCrory (No.49 Apex Graphics) spun in turn four tightened the field back up. The battle for the lead heated up in the dying laps as Burrows got by Rinaldi. The No.3 fought back though and briefly took back the lead as the two drivers worked around lapped traffic. Burrows, however, made an equally impressive move one corner later that would lead to her fifth feature win of the season. Rinaldi held on to second ahead of Desrosiers, McCrory, and Michaela Lough (No.88x).
The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub returns to action again this week on Thursday night for a full night of racing. The first green flag is scheduled for 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.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns