By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – The final fan appreciation night of 2014 hosted a full grandstand as 60 cars, 14 vans, and 20 karts signed in for action on Flowmetrix and Mark Heating and Cooling night. Fans met drivers on the track at intermission for autographs and candy for the final time in 2014. Caley Weese Racing hosted the third annual NO BULL night to raise awareness against bullying.
Potts Stomps to Victory Lane
Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.) and Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) led the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model 30-lap feature to the green flag. Turner took the early lead as Mowat settled in to second ahead of David MacDonald (No.97 MacDonald Homes).
The race ran caution free and led to an intense three-wide battle for fifth between Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com), Austin King (No.89 Durmach Excellence), and Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair). Row five starter Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) was the first car to move to the cushion on a tacky track and began moving his way to the front with Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) in tow.
Potts passed Baldwin for the third spot on lap 22 and then used the cushion to get by Turner for the lead on lap 25. Potts checked out for the final five laps, leaving Turner, Sandercock, and Baldwin to settle the second spot. Sandercock stole the runner-up spot on the final lap ahead of Turner, Baldwin, and Mowat.
Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) and Terry Hunt (No.20 Krown Rust Control) won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.
Ferguson scores big win
Dan Insley (No.28 Ball Machine) and Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction) brought the OilGARD Canadian Modified 25-lap A-Main to the green flag. A trio of cautions in the first seven laps slowed the race, but Dan Ferguson (No.11 Mark Heating and Cooling) took over the point on lap four after starting eighth.
A lap seven restart saw Ferguson lead Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) and Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) as the top three in points held the top three spots on the track. Hennessy challenged Ferguson for the lead several times as the top two broke away from the pack.
Just as it looked like Hennessy had the car to make the pass for the lead, a caution at lap 17 for a Mike Lucas (No.74 A&C Insley Property Maintenance) broke the momentum. Ferguson got the better restart and Scott stole the second spot from Hennessy in a side-by-side battle. That allowed Ferguson to cruise to his fourth victory of the season over Scott, Hennessy, Paul Milligan (No.23 writeitoutloud.com), and Derrick Greig (No.48 Jim Rowe Drywall).
Hennessy and Ferguson won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.
Anderson wins Pro Stock Duel
Shawn Gregory (No.1 Like Nu Driveway Sealing) and Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision & Frame) led the field to the green flag for the second 25-lap Duel in the Dirt race. O’Hara grabbed the early lead and led until the halfway point.
O’Hara got loose in turn three on lap 12 and spun to the infield, giving up the lead to Second-place runner Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service). Anderson drew a heavy challenge from Brandon Murrell (No.19 Orange Motorsports) for the last half of the race. Murrell battled Anderson for the lead while trying to hold off Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) for second. Anderson held on to the lead for the victory while Ramsay used a last lap pass to take second over Murrell. Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair) and Jason McCrory (No.49 NOCO Fuels) completed the top-five.
O’Hara and Murrell won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.
‘The Colonel’ Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) started on the pole for the 15-lap Bill’s Johns Comp 4 A-Main with Courtney Mastin (No.97 Grosse Construction) on the outside. Sanders took the lead off the start and never looked back.
Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) drove from his seventh-place starting spot to challenge Sanders, but the Colonel held on for the victory. Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers), Emily Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix), and Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) raced in to top-five finishing positions.
A full field of Gord’s Water Vantastics put on an exciting show for their final appearance of the season in 2014. Mike Freeman (No.51) put on a dominant performance to win for the second time this season. A rollover and a van in the turn two creek caused two separate red flags. Freeman crossed the finish line ahead of Gerard Conly (No.112) and Ivan Smith (No.7x).
Steve Insley takes Canadian Mod mechanics race
The mechanics behind the Canadian Modified cars got their chance behind the wheel for the 10-lap race at the end of the night. Steve Insley drove Dan Insley’s No.28 to victory lane ahead of Rick Ferguson in the No.11 and Adam Nayler in Derrick Greig’s No.48.
Shorts, O’Blenis, and Burrows win Kart Klub Exhibition
The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub put on their annual exhibition in front of a packed crowd. A 10-lap feature was the order for each of the Box Stock 1A, Box Stock 1B, and Sportsman/Restricted divisions.
Nathan Shorts (No.20 Towne and Country Liquidation) took a commanding lead in the Box Stock 1 class and held it all the way to victory lane over Claire MacDonald (No.17 MacDonald Homes) and Keira Turner (No.92 Mark Heating and Cooling).
Kaitlyn O’Blenis (No.23 John’s Car Care) started on the pole for the Box Stock 2 feature. She held off a hard charging Jaiden Mattice (No.J3 Moroni’s Rstaurant) for the victory. Holly Denard finished third.
Carissa Burrows (No.33c) wasn’t fazed by her last-place starting position for the Sportsman/Jr. Restricted combined feature. Burrows led the first lap and never looked back. Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) raced to a second-place finish ahead of Kyle Anderson (No.17A Hunt’s Bobcat Service).
Off the Dirt
The third annual NO BULL Anti-Bullying night was hosted by Caley Weese racing. The team sold over 1900 shirts at the track and in the area in support of anti-bullying awareness and took a group picture on the frontstretch with all the supporters.
Brighton Speedway hosted the Kids Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation. The track was happy to help raise awareness and acceptance for children and adults living with autism in Canada.
Brighton Speedway also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has gone viral on social media. Brighton Speedway fans helped raise $1580 towards ALS research in Canada. ALS regional coordinator Kim Barry was on hand to accept the donation from the Brighton Speedway family. Watch the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video here.
Next Week at Brighton: Ultramar Classic Weekend
The Ultramar CST Classic Weekend opens the first of two double-header weekends in 2014 at Brighton. The Southern Ontario Sprints are on tap for both nights to decide their 2014 championships. On Saturday August 30, the SOS headline a show including the Canadian Modifieds, Comp 4s, Stingers and final round of the Pro Stock Triple Crown. The SOS will crown their champion on Sunday August 31 to headline the show alongside the Pro Late Models, Pro Stocks, and Comp 4s.
Adult admission is $20 each night. A family pass, valid for two adults and two children under age 16 is just $55. Racing begins at 7:00pm on Saturday night and at 6:00pm on Sunday.
Complete Results: Flowmetrix and Mark Heating and Cooling night (August 23, 2014)
Vanderlaan Building Products A-Main (15 Entries – 30 Laps): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 46 Brandon Mowat, 6. 97 David MacDonald, 7. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 8. 55 Mark Rayner, 9. 20 Terry Hunt, 10. 60 Norm Mayhew, 11. 77 Caley Weese, 12. 25 Greg Belyea, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 15. 9 Greg Peake.
OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (18 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 33 Ryan Scott, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 23 Paul Milligan, 5. 48 Derrick Greig, 6. 74 Mike Lucas, 7. 77 Justin Ramsay, 8. 03 Derek Bowers, 9. 07 Curtis King, 10. 28 Dan Insley, 11. 00 Shane Ostrander, 12. 13 Dale Locke, 13. 4 Zeke McKeown, 14. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 15. 12 Adam Whaley, 16. 46 Warren Mowat, 17. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 18. 81 Buckey Johnson.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (15 Entries – Duel in the Dirt 25 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 49 Jason McCrory, 6. 1 Shawn McGregory, 7. 83 Jay O’Hara, 8. 38 Art Rodgers, 9. 43 Devon Kippen, 10. 3 Paul Reed, 11. 2 Leslie Mowat, 12. 32 Eli Mayhew, 13. 7 Todd MacDonald, 14. 71 Dayna Sallans, 15. 55 Jamie Marshall.
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (12 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 94 Brady Greer, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 87 Emily Weedman, 5. 78 Shelby Mills, 6. 47 Riley Greer, 7. 8 Tyler Parker, 8. 24 Bella Cosstick, 9. 70 Becky Jamieson, 10. 97 Courtney Mastin, 11. 0 Tyler French, 12. 17 Jeff Humphrey.
About Flowmetrix: Flowmetrix Technical Services Inc. is dedicated to serving our clients’ needs by providing a full range of high quality, specialized, cost effective liquid flow measurement services to professional engineering firms, municipalities and corporations. Only by providing our clients with practical and effective solutions can we best assure the success of Flowmetrix and everyone associated with it. For information, visit Flowmetrix online at www.flowmetrix.ca.
About Mark Heating and Cooling: Mark Heating & Cooling Ltd. is a fully licensed, family owned, and insured heating and cooling contractor. Mark Heating & Cooling Ltd Offers Sales, Service & Installation for Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation as well as Fireplaces, Boilers, Hot Water Heaters & In-Floor Heating. Offering 24 hour service and free estimates. Visit their showroom at 456 County Road 1 in Picton for a full selection of furnaces, air conditions, and fireplaces. For more information, visit them online at http://markheatingandcooling.com/.
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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