This past Thursday night the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub revved it up one more time for the 2021 racing season.  A great turnout of nearly 50 race karts rolled in the pit area in hopes to chase that checkered flag and put some more laps down on the fast clay oval.

    As always the Box Stock 1 Class hit the track first with another great count of first year drivers – 7 in total ready for action.  #77 Max VanDyk and #87 Weston Mitts on the front row, ready to go for their 10 lap feature event.  #87 Mitts got to corner 1 first as the #42 Liam Pakenham and #09g Grayson McColman followed through,  the trio picked their way around lapped traffic as the 10 laps clicked down.  An early evening tacky track made for some good racing as Mitts had the kart to beat and was able to stay in the top spot and pick up the win.  #42 Pakenham crossed 2nd, followed by McColman, #77 VanDyk and #07 Conner Vancott coming back for 5th.
    Rookie 1 was next  – #27 Reilly Day and #19 Bentley Davidson held back the field of 6 karts as they paced the clay oval.  Davidson hard down the frontstretch got the early advantage with the Day #27 hanging on the back bumper for the 2 spot – A fast field of drivers kept spectators the edge of the seats with some great 2 wide racing mid pack.   In the end the Blush Floral sponsored #19 was the star of the show on the night with a flawless performance – Davidson with the win.  A last corner pass down on the catfish line put Kolton French’s #0 in the second spot over Reilly Day’s #27, #16s Sophie Deline, #7 Tate Black and #01 Blake Gregory rounded the running order.
   A tight group of 6 Box Stock 2 methanol breathing machines fired up and roared down the frontstretch – #23 Albert Hodkinson was first into corner 1 with #08L Lily Ray chasing after.  A couple laps down and 3rd place starter #101 Jase Patterson decided it was time to go – with some nice threading the needle moves on the top 2 he found himself atop the scoring tower, Belleville’s Liam McPeak threw out a rope and followed through to the 2nd spot.  Checkers in sight – Patterson nailed down another win on the season with McPeak getting only close enough to watch and collect a 2nd.  #23 Hodkinson 3rd, #08L Ray 4th and #10 Cole Cousineau in the top 5.
   #07 Mason Richter and #09 Charley Smith-Wilson were at the top of the lineup board for the Rookie 2  – 10 lap feature event.  After a rough first lap, Richter’s Anson Construction sponsored machine charged to the top spot down the back straightaway as an all out battle waged behind him – with 11 starters in the race, things were gonna get dicey.  A great track and clean air was what Richter was hoping for as he counted laps down to his first feature win of 2021 – a gaggle of karts thundered behind in a very entertaining show and as the checkered flag waved it was anyone’s guess on who would get a podium spot.  Ritcher -1st, #19 Audrey Toms 2nd, #20 AJ Peeters 3rd, #31 Brody Davidson and #10r Riley Deline rounding the top 5 of 11.
   8 fast Junior Sportsman 2 drivers were prepped and ready with #71 Trevyn McCrillis and #9s Cooper McKeown on the front row for a 15 lap main event.  McCrillis hard off the inside when the green flew as McKeown shuffled his way in line to follow the fast #71 through corner 1 and 2 – Raiden Steane sorted things out and moved to the 3rd spot at the front of a 6 kart train.  Laps clicked off and the McCrillis / McKeown karts were able to put a little distance on the action behind as invaders – #22 Nolan Chatten and #35d Dylan Moore climbed their way up the scoring tower.  Last corner – checkers in the air  – McCrillis in the lead – McKeown dives hard to the edge of chaos and beyond, McCrillis bobbles and crosses the line 1st – karts scatter to avoid the backwards facing #9s in the middle of the track – #22 Chatten outside for 2nd, #35d inside for 3rd, #57 Jacob Down 4th and #89 Kolby Ellis coming home with at 5th.
   Junior Restricted lined up for an intense 15 laps of action, with #899 Cam Bristow and #55 Carson Down keeping the pack squared up.  Bristow used the bite on the inside line to pull to the lead as a hard charging #01 Tyson Gregory snuck through to the 2nd spot by the end of lap 1.  Bristow – Gregory, Gregory – Bristow as the pair ran 2 wide side by side for multiple laps, with the low line eventually proving to be the faster line the Like Nu Driveway Sealing #01 put himself in sole possession of the top spot.  A great run by Bay Lake resident Jonelle Burke as she climbed the scoring tower and worked past the #55 and the #899 to the 2nd spot as laps counted down.  Late season setup has the #01 Gregory machine on the top of the order again this week as Tyson gets the W, Burke for runner up, 3rd through 5th saw Bristow, Down, and #93 Grace Hodkinson.
   Stock Lite, last on the night, under the lights – #14 Holden Paul and #48 Ryan Grieg holding back #11 Cole McKeown and #74 Lexi Lucas 20 laps of action on the table.  Hard on the loud pedal the #14 of Paul squeezed up the inside and made it stick as he got the top spot as 3rd place starter McKeown drafted through on the low line.  Paul with some very clean laps had an onlooking #11 of McKeown keeping the dust of his back bumper for the first 5 laps as the pair separated from Greig and Lucas.  But, before the half way flags got crossed McKeown saw light to the inside of the #14 and ran hard down the inside line as the leaderboard changed – with #11 at the top.  Smooth and fast from there on the Bellevue Fabricating #11 of McKeown sealed the deal with a win, Paul for the 2nd spot, Greig #48 and Lucas #74 rounded the running order.
   With only ONE WEEK LEFT on the 2021 Brighton Speedway Kart Klub schedule – don’t miss your chance to come out and see where the stars of tomorrow got their start.  THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2 – Racing starts at 6:30  – $10 per person to come watch some exciting racing action.  Please check www.brightonspeedway.com or the Go Kart Racing Facebook page for any updates.
StoryTime – by Zeke McKeown