By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – A packed grandstand saw monster trucks Badlands Park Patrol and Quad Chaos put on a show to remember at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night. The 1300hp trucks destroyed over a dozen scrap cars donated by Brighton Recycling for the Adecco Summer Smash presented by Owasco RV.
Quad Chaos, driven by Aaron Cain of Indiana and Joe Sylvester of Ohio, was the star of the show. Billed as the world’s largest four-wheeler, the monster truck got up to high speeds, massive heights, and wasn’t afraid to take a run off the turn three banking to destroy a car in one single landing. Fans got plenty of excitement when the enormous truck tore up the infield with donuts as well. Young fans got to cheer for their favourite truck with temporary tattoos.
A full card of stock car racing was on tap at the speedway as well where 64 cars signed in to compete in the Summer Smash.
Sandercock tops Pro Late Models again
Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair) and Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) led the 30-lap Vanderlaan Building Products A-Main to the green flag. Belyea stormed to the lead on the high side and opened a gap of four car lengths over Rayner.
A lap 13 caution for a Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbits Excavating) spin restacked the field. A trio of cautions followed over the next six laps for single-car spins, but that was to the advantage of ninth-place starter Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating). Sandercock sliced his way through the field, passing on the top and the bottom until he reached second. Sandercock got the lead on a lap 16 restart, passing Belyea on the inside.
Sandercock and Belyea ran side-by-side for four laps before Belyea emerged with the lead on lap 25. A lap 28 caution for a Tim Kerr (No.20k Krown Rust Control) spin erased Belyea’s advantage and set up a green-white-checkered finish. Sandercock got the better restart and Belyea was unable to recover before checkers flew. Sandercock’s win is his sixth this season as Belyea settled for second ahead of third-place finished Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com).
Belyea and David McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) were the Motosports of Trenton heat race winners.
Twice is nice for Ferguson
Rookie driver Derek Bowers (No.03 Morton’s Crane Rental) and Curtis King (No.07 Flowmetrix) paced the OilGARD Canadian Modified field to start the 25-lap feature. King took an early lead but couldn’t break away from the field due to a handful of cautions in the first 10 laps.
Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) took over the point on lap four after starting seventh, and Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) followed to the front with point leader Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) in tow. The top three cars started to break away from the field when Chris Lebrun (No.19 MacDonald Homes) had an engine fire to bring out a yellow.
The remaining 15 laps ran caution free and the top trio broke away from the rest of the field but could not separate from each other. Scott led Hennessy and Ferguson at the halfway mark. Ferguson hung back in third saving his tires until he passed Hennessy for second on lap 14. Over the next six laps, Ferguson closed the gap on Scott for the race lead. He looked beneath the No.33 several times before finding a hole on lap 20 down the backstretch. Ferguson held on for the final five laps to earn his second consecutive win. Scott narrowly beat Hennessy to the line for third.
King and Ferguson won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.
Ramsay scores Pro Stock Triple Crown win
Eli Mayhew (No.32) and Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision) led the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock field to the green flag for the second race of the 2014 Larry’s Towing Triple Crown. O’Hara jumped to the lead in the 25-lap feature. He grew the lead to nearly a full straightaway until Grant Fitzpatrick (No.28 Royal Lepage) spun in turn four to bring out the first caution.
O’Hara led Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service), Wade Puchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair), and Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) for the lap 11 restart. Anderson took over the lead the following lap and Ramsay drove to second.
The final 10 laps were caution-free. Ramsay and Anderson went side-by-side for the lead with the No.03 using the bottom lane. Ramsay took the lead with eight laps to go and was able to grow a lead Anderson could not overcome. Ramsay was the first to the checkers for the fourth time this season. Anderson and Devon Kippen (No.43 Take Mike for Granite) completed the podium.
Kippen and Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.
French earns Comp 4 triumph
A 15-lap feature was the order for the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division after a week off. Nathan Day (No.27 Oak Wood Transport) and Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) led the field to green. Day led the opening five laps until Greer took over following a restart. Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire), making his first start for his own points, took the lead at lap 7 around the outside of Greer.
A final restart with two laps to go after a caution for debris gave Greer his last chance at a victory. French’s Honda was too strong on the top side though, as he cruised to his first win of the season. Greer and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) completed the podium.
Sanders and French won the qualifying heat races.
Gregory wins Vintage race
Trenton, Ont. driver Shawn Gregory (No.01) almost missed the start of the 12-lap Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club feature, but his late entrance was good enough to lead to a victory. Gregory battled side-by-side with Peter Strapper (No.28) for the race lead for two laps at the halfway point. Once Gregory got the lead, the distance was too big for Strapper to overcome. Denzil Billings Jr. (No.22x) was the third-place finisher.
Next Week at Brighton Speedway: August 2
Brighton Speedway kicks off the month of August next Saturday with a full night of racing featuring the Gord’s Water Vantastics presented by Bellevue Fabricating. All five weekly divisions will be in action, including the Quinte Septic Stingers who return after a month-long layoff.
The Wall of Fame will see the 2014 class of Brighton Speedway inductees on Saturday. Track announcer Huck Flindall will introduce two drivers and one builder to the Wall of Fame following hot laps. Racing starts at 7:00pm and spectator gates will open at 5:30pm. Adult admission is just $10.
Complete Results: July 26, 2014 – Adecco Summer Smash presented by Owasco RV
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models (16 Entries – 30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 25 Greg Belyea, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 97 David MacDonald, 5. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 6. 29 Phil Potts, 7. 55 Mark Rayner, 8. 92 Adam Turner, 9. 6 Dan Ferguson, 10. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 11. 89 Austin King, 12. 9 Greg Peake, 13. 33 Norm Mayhew, 14. 46 Brandon Mowat (DNF), 15. 20k Tim Kerr (DNF), 16. 77 Caley Weese (DNF).
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds (17 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 33 Ryan Scott, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 74 Mike Lucas, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 12 Adam Whaley, 8. 13 Dale Locke, 9. 48 Derrick Greig, 10. 46 Warren Mowat, 11. 03 Derek Bowers, 12. 28 Dan Insley, 13. 66 Mark Packer, 14. 81 Buckey Johnson, 15. 19 Chris Lebrun (DNF), 16. 36 Mitch Rosborough (DNF), 17. 8 Zac McBride (DNS).
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks (12 Entries – Larry’s Towing Triple Crown Race 3, 25 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 43 Devon Kippen, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall, 7. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 8. 83 Jay O’Hara, 9. 2 Leslie Mowat, 10. 49 Matt Ellis, 11. 32 Eli Mayhew, 12. Shawn Gregory.
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s (13 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 94 Brady Greer, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 78 Shelby Mills, 5. 00 Josh French, 6. 47 Riley Greer, 7. 17 Jeff Humphrey, 8. 8 Tyler Parker, 9. 24 Bella Cosstick, 10. 27 Nathan Day, 11. 97 Del MacGregor, 12. 85 Austin Reid, 13. 87 Jonah Mutton (DNS).
Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club (6 Entries – 12 Laps): 1. 01 Shawn Gregory, 2. 28 Peter Strapper, 3. Denzil Billings Jr., 4. 13 Steve Lackie, 5. 4 Paul Hagerty, 6. B22 Paul Billings (DNS).
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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