BRIGHTON, Ont. – The 51st season at Brighton Speedway has sped by faster than the competition on the track. Although only one weekend of dirt racing remains on the schedule it certainly is a case of ‘saving the best for last’. Cool 100 presents the 14th Annual Applefest Shootout Weekend along with Lucas Oil Products, Coca-Cola, VP Fuels and Image Factor Media.  The action packed two-night program runs Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd.

The excitement begins on Friday night at 7:00 PM as the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will compete in their first night of back to back series events. Friday will also feature the first of two nights for the Northeast Late Model Alliance as well as a special Comp 4 / Mini Stocks event.  Thunder Stocks will get a warm up for their Saturday night 50 lap event and Friday will mark the second visit of the season by the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club.

An exciting ALL NEW format is on tap for Saturday.  New this year heats and time trials will begin at 3:00 PM in the afternoon.  After all the heats are complete the speedway will take a short break for track rework as well as redraws for all five divisions will take place in the court yard at 6:00 PM.  Then at 7:00 PM the real action that will include 235 Feature laps will take to the track!  “This new format will allow us to run through the races at a reasonable pace well taking the appropriate time to celebrate the great event that this is. In the past we have had to rush through the events and haven’t event been able to have proper victory lane ceremonies due to time constraints and this will not be an issue with the new start time” states track promoter Mark Rinaldi.

Saturday will feature the return of the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds as they compete in the $5,000 to win, 75 lap Applefest Shootout. The Northeast Late Model Alliance will return for the 50 lap Great Crate Race. The winner of that event will walk away with $4,000. Saturday will also include three $1,000 to win races as DIRTcar Sportsman Series will return along with the finale for the Insta Insulation  Duel on the Dirt Thunder Stock Series and the Canadian Modified/UMP Modified Showdown.

Six drivers have etched their name in the DIRTcar 358 Modified portion of the Applefest Shootout history books. Mat Williamson won his first Applefest Shootout in 2017 and dethroned the events only three time winner Eric Rudolph (2014, 2015, 2016). Two drivers have won the event twice, including Mario Clair (2007, 2013) and Pete Bicknell (2008, 2010). Kyle Dingwall won the inaugural event in 2005 and Tim O’Brien picked up a victory in 2011. The race was rained out in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Brent Begolo and Johnathan Ferguson picked up their first Applefest basket of apples in 2017 winning on Friday and Saturday night respectively.  Combined there have been eleven different drivers that have won the DIRTcar Sportsman part of the event. Cody McPherson (2012, 2016) and Gary Lindberg (2014, 2015) are the only two drivers to have won twice. In addition to the 2017 winners, six different drivers including Martin Pelletier (2016), Shane Pecore (2013), Chris Herbison (2010), Nic Cupolo (2009), James Michael Friesen (2008) and Mark D’Ilario (2007) also have a single win in the Sportsman race at Applefest.

The Great Crate Race has seen four different winners over the first six editions of the race. Charlie Sanderock is the most recent winner and has managed to claim the checkers three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017) and has not lost yet this season in the combined NLMA events picking up the most recent win back in August at the Cornwall Motor speedway.  Dale Caswell of West Monroe, NY is the only other repeat winner with back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014 and will be on hand to try and de-throne Sandercock in the 2018 running of the event.  Lee Gill of Lafargeville, NY won the inaugural race in 2011 while Chuck Meyers claimed the victory in 2012.

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

IMG 2514   2017 winner Mat Williamson took home the prize in the 75 Lap DIRTcar 358 Modified Division and is set to return this weekend to try it all again.


Cool 100 Applefest Shootout Weekend!

Brought to you in part by VP Racing Fuels, Lucas Oil,, Coca Cola, Hoosier Racing Tires, Dibbits Excavating, Vanderlaan Building Products, Hotch’s Auto Parts.

Event Schedule

Friday, September 22 – 7PM Start
VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman Series (35 Laps – $1000-to-win)
Lucas Oil Go North East Late Model Alliance (30 Laps – $1200-to-win)
Coca Cola Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club (25 Laps)
Cool 100 Comp 4 Open – Home Track Rules Apply (25 Laps)
Hoosier Racing Tires Thunder Stocks – (20 Laps)

Pit Gate: 3:00pm, Spectator Gate: 5:30pm, Racing Starts: 7:00pm
Pit Admission: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members
Admission – Adults: $20, Youths/Seniors: $18, Children (7-12): $5, Under 6: Free, Family Pass: $55

Saturday, September 23 – 3PM Start DIRTcar 358 Modified Shootout (75 Laps – $5000-to-win)
Hotch’s Auto Parts  Northeast Late Model Alliance Great Crate Race (50 Laps – $4000-to-win)
VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman Series (35 Laps – $1000-to-win)
Cool 100 Canadian Mod/ UMP Modified Challenge (25 Laps – $1000 to win)
Hoosier Racing Tires Duel on the Dirt Thunder Stock Series (40 Laps – $1000-to-win)

Pit Gate: 12:00pm, Spectator Gate: 1:00pm, Racing Starts: 3:00pm
Pit Admission: $35 members, $40 non-members
Admission – Adults: $30, Youths/Seniors: $25, Children (7-12): $7, Under 6: Free, Family Pass: $80.

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About the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club: The Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club (EOVSCC) is a travelling series of open-wheel modifieds styled as 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s stock cars. The EOVSCC was formed with the intent of providing a safe, affordable and competitive racing platform to honour and showcase the historical roots of dirt stock car racing in Ontario. The club offers a very exciting and unique brand of Dirt Modified Racing throughout Eastern Ontario and Northern New York State. For more information, visit

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