By Angie Rinaldi with files from Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – The racing action at Brighton Speedway is hot now in the month of August. A full race card Saturday night meant five divisions of racing as well as the Gord’s Water Vantastics on Bellevue Fabricating Ltd. night at the track.
The night kicked off before any racing took to the track when past heroes were honoured for the annual Wall of Fame Inductions. The 2014 class of recipients were (L to R) Paul turner, Cecil Paul, and Peter Bontius. A dedication ceremony was held in the courtyard where their names sit amongst other great men and woman who have supported Brighton Speedway and grassroots racing throughout the decades.
Proud Sponsors in Victory Lane
The 30-lap feature for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models hit the track with polesitter Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbits Excavating) holding a strong lead. An early caution on lap ten brough the field of cars back together. On the ensuing restart, Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) took to the high side to grab first place.
The first caution seemed to breed more as the remaining 20 laps saw another six cautions allowing the Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service), Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabriciating Ltd) and Matt Vanderlinden (No. 09 Integra Racing Shocks) a chance to join the battle at the front. An exciting battle developed with Potts and Belyea both echanging the lead before Sandercock would grab the lead from Belyea on a late race restart.
Potts would make a valiant attempt to reclaim the lead one final time on lap 28 but Sandercock would hold on for the win. Vanderlinden edged Potts at the line for second and third respectively.
Third Times the Charm
The OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified feature would be a 30-lap Rona of Trenton Triple Crown event. Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) used the high side of the track to work around front row starters Zac McBride (No.8 Daddy’s Electric Tattoo) and Warren Mowat (No.46 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) and looked to gain a strong lead.
Meanwhile Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) and Ryan Scott ( No.33 J&J Automotive) picked their way through the competitive field. By the midway point in the race Ferguson had caught O’Blenis and was pressuring him from behind. A few laps later Ferguson would squeeze by on the bottom. O’Blenis would battle back on the high side in turns one and two but could not keep the momentum up through turns three and four. Ferguson would go on to win his third in a row followed by Scott and O’Blenis.
Anderson takes Duel in the Dirt point lead
In the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 25-lap feature Doug Anderson battled back from an eventful qualifier that saw his No.72 Hunts Bobcat Service Camaro catch on fire. Anderson would start deep in the field with season long rival Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire). The two would stay in touch with each other as they moved through the pack. In the early laps they emerged one and two with Anderson in the lead by mid-race.
Ramsay made a number of attempts at Anderson including a run on the high side in the final laps but Anderson would hold on to the lead and take the win. The win comes in the first race of the Brighton Speedway / Merrittville Speedway Duel in the Dirt. The first combined race for the Duel in the Dirt Championship will take place at Merrittville Speedway on Saturday September 6th with the Brighton Speedway Duel in the Dirt combined event during the Applefest Shootout Weekend on September 20.
Mills hits victory lane for the first time in 2014
The Bills John’s Comp 4 division saw a new winner for the second time in as many weeks when Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) took the race lead early and dominated the 15-lap event. Holding off Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) and Josh French (No.00). Mills had to hold off Emily Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix) and Greer on a few restarts but did so without issue on route to the popular win. Mills’ win also earns her Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week honours.
Quinte Septic Stingers
The Quinte Septic Stinger division saw a different face in victory lane for the first time this season. After Del MacGregor (No.19 R.Ward Construction) won the first five races, Christopher Lammle (No.95 Lammle Repair) drove to his first victory of the season over Andy Fletcher (No.42 Like-Nu Driveway Sealing) and Jordan Pickell (No.93 Sowerby Signs).
Gord’s Water Vantasitics
The Gord’s Water Vantastics were given an obstacle to race around for their second appearance of 2014. The drivers were forced to squeeze through the tires placed on the front straight each lap or be penalized a lap for missing them. Jody Trottman No.1048 and Jason Parks No.95 led the field the green and the two battled hard through the first few laps with Parks eventually taking the lead. Parks would hold that lead until lap 8 when Kyle Sopaz (No.12) finally worked underneath Parks for the lead. Sopaz and his passenger would go on to race the remaining four laps unscathed and never missed the tires to capture the victory. Amy Vandertoorn (No.78) drove a strong race to second place however was penalized one lap for missing the tires handing second place back to Parks.
Next Week at Brighton Speedway: August 9
Can Mitch Brown win again this season at Brighton Speedway to take four SOS features in a row? Join us Saturday August 9th as Rapid Rad and Star 93.3 presents the Sanderson Tire & Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints. Also featuring the OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4, Larry’s Towing Spectator One On One and a bonus Dash For Cash for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models.
Racing starts at 7:00pm and spectator gates will open at 5:00pm. Adult admission is just $20.
Complete Results: August 2, 2014 – Bellevue Fabricating Ltd.
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models (15 Entries – 30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 09 Mat Vanderlinden, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 77 Caley Weese, 7. 55 Mark Rayner, 8. 20 Terry Hunt, 9. 9 Greg Peake, 10. 89 Austin King, 11. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 13. 97 David McDonald, 14. 92 Adam Turner, 15. 10 Elmer Stevenson
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds (17 Entries – 30 Laps RONA Trenton Triple Crown): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 33 Ryan Scott, 4. 13 Dale Locke, 5. 74 Mike Lucas, 6. 46 Warren Mowat, 7. 12 Adam Whaley, 8. 28 Dan Insley, 9. 00 Shane Ostrander, 10. 07 Curtis King, 11. 77 Jason Curlette, 12. 03 Derek Bowers, 13. 8 Zac McBride, 14. 48 Derrick Greig, 15. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 16. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 17. 66 Mark Packer
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks (12 Entries – 25 Laps Duel in the Dirt): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick 4. 55 Jamie Marshall , 5. 43 Devon Kippen, 6. 1 Shawn Gregory, 753 Wade Purchase, 8. 38 Art Rodgers, 9. 32 Eli Mayhew, 10. 19 Brandon Murrell, 11. 71 Dayna Sallans, 12. 2 Leslie Mowat
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s (13 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 78 Shelby Mills, 2, 94 Brady Greer 3. 00 Bob Akey, 4. 67 Rick O’Hara, 5. 87 Emily Weedman, 6. 29 Rich Sanders, 7. 0 Tyler French, 8. 8 Tyler Parker, 9.97 Courtney Mastin, 10. 24 Bella Cosstick, 11. 47 Riley Greer, 12. 85 Austin Reid, 13. 17 Jeff Humphrey
Quinte Septic Stingers (17 Entries – 12 Laps) 1. 95 Christopher Lammle, 2.42 Andy Fletcher, 3. 93 Jorden Pickell, 4. 19 Bernie Rhebergen (for Del McGregor), 5. 21 Brittany Markolefas, 6. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 7.7 Rick Phillips, 8. 89 Gary Taylor, 9. 72Richard McCormack, 10. 17 Jeff Inia, 11. 07 Megan Golden, 12. 64 Chris Johnson, 13. 01 Dawson Evans, 14. 38 Alix Woods, 15. 6 Tom Cole, 16. 99 Arthur McCauley, 17. 27 David Lemon
About Bellevue Fabricating Ltd: As a competitive, multi-disciplined company with professionally qualified personnel, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd. provides custom fabrication to the marketplace while maintaining only the highest standards in product, service and safety.
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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 North East every September.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns
Photo Credit: Rod Henderson