BRIGHTON – Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.) glued himself to the bottom of the racetrack and led 16 laps to win his first career Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Model feature event at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night. Mowat used a lap 14 pass to steal the lead from Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Integra Racing Shocks) on Fan Appreciation night, presented by Dibbits Excavating.
Fans were able to meet their favourite drivers on the track at the intermission as part of Dibbits Excavating Fan Appreciation night.
The Pro Late Model race was slow to start as a pair of cautions on lap one slowed the field. On the third attempt, Vanderlinden wasted no time jumping to the lead from his third-place starting spot over polesitter Terry Hunt (No.20 Krown Rust Control). With an increasingly slick racetrack, Vanderlinden was the only driver to try the highline and carved out a small cushion at the top of the track.
Mowat slowly closed the gap and the two drivers ran wheel-to-wheel for the lead at lap 6. The high side gave Vanderlinden the momentum early on, but the grip deteriorated in the following laps. As the top pair worked through lapped traffic, Vanderlinden could not get around Norm Mayhew (No.60 Only Soultions). Mowat spotted his opportunity and guarded the bottom lane to take over the point
Once he gained the lead, Mowat sprinted his way to the finish line, leaving Vanderlinden to fend for the second spot. The battle for third was heated in the closing laps as Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) and Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) chased Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety). Turner held the position while Baldwin outdueled Sandercock for fourth.
Hunt and Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Supply) won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.
Hennessy dominant in Canadian Modified win
It took three races, but 2008 champion Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) dominated Saturday night to win his first OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified A-Main of the season. The win comes in the first round of the RONA Trenton Triple Crown. After an accident took him out of the lead last week, Hennessy said in victory lane the win this week was more satisfying.
“It’s great. I want to win them all,” said Hennessy
The lead belonged to Dale Locke (No.13 Allore Haulage) early on, but Hennessy overtook the point on lap three. Hennessy held a full straightaway lead over Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) before it was deleted on lap 15 when Derek Bowers (No.03 Morton’s Crane Rental) spun in turn four.
But the Picton, Ont. native wasn’t fazed as he anchored himself to the bottom of the racetrack. Hennessy’s dominance was never in doubt. His lead increased as Ferguson went three-wide for the third spot with Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive). Derrick Greig (No.48 Jim Rowe Drywall) finished a solid second as Ferguson, O’Blenis and Scott complete the top-five, respectively.
Hennessy and Greig picked up Deerhaven Farm and Garden supply heat race wins earlier in the night.
Anderson tops Pro Stocks for third straight week
Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) won on opening night, but the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock division has been the Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) show ever since. The multi-time champ made an exciting three-wide pass on lap 16 to get by Ramsay and Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair) in a single corner to win the A-Main.
Early on it looked as though Ramsay would get his second win of the year as he led by a half straightaway over Purchase and Anderson. But the lead was erased for the second week in a row when Art Rodgers (No.38), who was making his first start of the year, spun in turn four on lap 13.
Ramsay held the lead for a pair of laps on the restart before Anderson made the daring pass for the lead. Ramsay lost the handling in the high groove late in the race and was shuffled back to fourth. Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormers Auto Recycling) and Jason McCrory (No.49 NOCO Fuels) filled the void to finish second and third, respectively. Purchased would settle for fifth
Purchase and Anderson were the victors in the Vanderlaan Building Supplies qualifying heats.
Riley Greer wins first Comp 4 feature
After several early season mechanical problems, Riley Greer (No.47 Clark’s Automotive) finally saw the fruits of his labour and scored his first career Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division feature win. Greer started on the pole for the 15-lap feature, and led every circuit en route to victory.
The Wellington, Ont. pilot saw his lead disappear when his older brother, Brady Greeg (No.94 Greer Excavating), went over the berm in turn four to cause the only caution of the race. Riley was excellent on the restart and continued to lead.
Brady fought back to second and held off Nathan Bosma (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix), who was a substitute driver for Emily Weedman, and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing). Terry Hough (No.32 The Vinyl Solution) finished fifth.
The win marks the third time in four races a Greer brother has won the main event. Brady won the opening two races before Hough ended the streak on May 24.
Tyler French (No.78 Dibbits Excavating) won the first qualifying heat as a substitute for Shelby Mills, while Hough picked up the other heat win.
Larry’s Towing 1-on-1 Spectator Race
Jordy Pratt swept through the spectator races to take home the $100 winner’s prize. His red Honda Civic had some competition from Adam Davidson’s Acura RSX in the final, but Pratt won the two-lap finale against his best friend
School Bus races next week – June 7, 2014
The first of two school bus races this summer takes place next weekend at Brighton Speedway. The always-popular bus races are sure to attract a capacity crowd once again. A full card of regular racing is also on tap, featuring the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models, OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s, Quinte Septic Stingers
Adult admission is $12, senior/student tickets are $10, and children 7-12 are just $3. A $35 family pass admits two adults, two children, and includes a family-size popcorn.
Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the first hot lap session scheduled for 6:00pm. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.
Complete Results: Dibbits Excavating Fan Appreciation Night (May 31, 2014)
Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Model A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 46 Brandon Mowat, 2. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 6. 77 Caley Weese, 7. 25s Ryan Scott, 8. 25 Greg Belyea, 9. 9 Greg Peake, 10. 20 Terry Hunt, 11. 29 Phil Potts, 12. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 13. 60 Norm Mayhew, 14. 89 Austin King, 15. 97 David MacDonald.
OilGARD Anto-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (30 Laps – RONA Trenton Triple Crown race 1): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 48 Derrick Greig, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 33 Ryan Scott, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 77 Jason Curlette, 8. 13 Dale Locke, 9. 74 Mike Lucas, 10. 08 Brian Cross, 11. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 12. 46 Warren Mowat, 13. 07 Curtis King, 14. 8 Zac McBride, 15. 03 Derek Bowers, 16. 66 Mark Packer (DNS), 17. 81 Buckey Johnson (DNS).
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 49 Jason McCrory, 4. 03 Justin Ramsay, 5. 53 Wade Purchase, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall, 7. 19 Brandon Murrell, 8. 33 Tim Thompson, 9. 08 Angie Kirby, 10. 83 Jay O’Hara, 11. 38 Art Rodgers, 12. 43 Devon Kippen, 13. 71 Dayna Sallans (DNS).
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 47 Riley Greer, 2. 94 Brady Greer, 3. 87 Nathan Bosma, 4. 29 Rich Sanders, 5. 32 Terry Hough, 6. 27 Nathan Day, 7. 78 Tyler French, 8. 00 Bob Akey, 9. 97 Courtney Mastin, 10. 3 Matt French, 11. 67 Rick O’Hara (DNS), 12. 70 Josh French (DNS), 13. Bella Cosstick (DQ).
About Dibbits Excavating: Dibbits Excavating is an excavating contractor located in the Quinte Region. Dibbits offers a full range of excavating services and a wide variety of soil products. Dibbits has continuously expanded since its inception in 1970. Visit them at 132 Country Road 40 in Trenton. Dibbits is a proud sponsor of Brighton Speedway and several racers, including Late Model drivers Caley Weese and David MacDonald, and Comp 4 driver Shelby Mills.
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
Photos courtesy of Rod Henderson