Back to the track! The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub was ready for action this past Thursday night after the last scheduled week off for the 2021 racing season.  Nearly 50 race prepped karts signed in as teams put the final touches on their methanol burning, race tuned machines. Practice and qualifying races were run setting the stage for some great feature events.

The Box Stock 1 division headed out onto the little dirt oval first, with #09g Grayson McColman and #87 Weston Mitts on the front row of 5.  McColman got the jump and took the lead early with Mitts throwing a rope out to tag on the back of the fast #09g, Mitts didn’t take long to overcome the top spot as the pair were able to separate themselves for much of the race.  Until – the white flag lap – 3rd running #42 Liam Pakenham found the floor with the go fast pedal setting up a HUUUGE slide job out of corner 4 to take the win and the #1 trophy, Mitts settled for 2nd, #21 Mason Petherick and #14 Wesley Hoard inherited the 3 and 4 spots as the #09g failed post race inspection.
The always entertaining Rookie 1 class had 7 karts make the call to green – 2 drivers hailing from Trenton Ontario – #97 Max Taylor and #19 Bentley Davidson paced the field.  As the thunder of flatheads rolled around for lap 1 – the Nu Driveway Sealing #01 of Blake Gregory had made his way to the top of the scoresheet with #0 Kolton French and #7 Tate Black in the draft into the top 3.  As laps clicked off on the 10 lap event the Gregory machine showed speed until mechanical failure ended his night, French and Black worked their way past and clear to the front.  As the checker flag fell the Empey Tire #0 Kolton French jumped to the top of the podium with #7 Tate Black in the runner up spot, #16s Sophie Deline battled her way to 3rd with #19 Davidson and #97 Taylor rounding the top 5.
Junior Sportsman 1 had #09 Charley Smith-Wilson and #80 Brock Beattie up front for the feature event.  A hard outside line off the cushion gave Beattie the lead as he charged down the backstretch and tried to put space between him and a fast #09 kart chasing him down.  It took a few laps but all eyes were on the Smith-Wilson #09 as she worked the outside and was able to pull even with the race leader for a lap or so before losing bite high out of turn 4 and had to lift to regain control.  That was all #80 Brock Beattie needed to cruise the remaining laps and pickup the W, #9 Rhys Massey ran hard to get the 2 spot, Charley-Smith settled for 3rd and #99 Bryce Massey closed out the running order.
5 Box Stock 2 karts rolled off the grid with #23 Albert Hodkinson and #2 Liam McPeak keeping the pace to the green flag, the outside line was faster out of 4 as the Bay Marine sponsored #2 of McPeak got the lead by the 2nd corner.  A nice smooth race and a great line by the McPeak machine had him out to a 6 kart advantage over 2nd place running #101 Jase Patterson, until the edge was pushed a little too high – a late race spin out of corner 4 caused the yellow flag to fly and McPeak to restart at the tail of the field.  Jase Patterson took his chance and ran with it – picking up the win over #23 Hodkinson, #10 Cole Cousineau, McPeak ended up 4th in the #2 and #08 Lily Ray came home with a 5th.
An exciting race of 9 Rookie 2 karts rumbled down the backstraight ready for action – #11 Carson Cousineau and #20 AJ Peeters hit the go pedal first as they charged to the starters stand side by side.  Slight advantage to the inside line as Cousineau pulled into the lead, 2 and 3 wide behind him as everyone was looking for a chance at the top spot.  8 laps in and 2 to go Castleton native Carson Cousineau opened the door on the backstretch as a waiting Audrey Toms was ready – #19 snuck through on the catfish lane and set her eyes on the checkers.  Cousineau stuck on the outside looking, in as a line of karts freight trained by down low forcing the #11 from the leaderboard.  When the dust settled it was Toms with the win, Peeters 2nd, #31 Brody Davidson 3rd, #70 Finley Mahoney 4th and #10r Riley Deline in the 5th spot.
Junior Sportsman 2 next up – #89 Kolby Ellis and #57 Jacob Down up front for 15 laps of action.  Ellis found bite down low and got the drive off corner 4 as he shot to the lead spot, #9s Cooper McKeown filed through to 2nd as the battle raged behind them.  By the half way point of the race a hard charging #1 Coleson Gregory had picked his way through to 3rd as he set his sights on the leaders.  A nice move on a perfectly handling #1 as Gregory threaded the needle and passed McKeown and Ellis for the number 1 spot as he rolled to victory lane in his CPS Wood Products sponsored kart.  McKeown came home 2nd, #71 Trevyn McCrillis 3rd, #9 Summer Vallier and #8 Raiden Steane rounded the top 5.
7 Junior Restricted karts  – #01 Tyson Gregory and #21 James Markland on the loud pedal coming out of Turn 4. The scoring tower saw #01 in the top spot, with the number #21 trying to stay within striking distance in the 2nd spot. 1 caution flag in the 15 laps of feature racing action saw the Gregory machine hooked on rail as he went green to checkers in a flawless event, Markland held on the runner up spot, #899 Cam Bristow, #93 Grace Hodkinson and #55 Carson Down finished up 3rd thru 5th.
Last on the night – Stock Lite. #14 Holden Paul has had a taste for winning the last couple weeks with a couple qualifier wins but hasn’t quite been able to put together 20 laps of speed to capture that elusive feature win, outside of him #74 Lexi Lucas looking for a second win on the season.  Paul was ready and a great start put a good 3 kart advantage on the pack chasing behind, a single file, fast race is what #14 needed.  4 karts lined up like a train is how it started and how it finished, Holden Paul with the win follow through by Lucas, #11 Cole McKeown and #48 Ryan Greig.
Join us this Thursday night August 12th for some high speed action on the little oval starting at 6:30 pm.
StoryTime by Zeke McKeown