Baldwin, Hennessy, Murrell, Toms, MacDonald, Bulten Win At Monster Truck Summer Smash

Monster Truck Temperature Rising, driven by Doug Seabrook of Ottawa, Ont., was the fan-voted winner of the Freestyle jump contest. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. (July 24, 2016) – Brighton Speedway welcomed Monster Trucks Temperature Rising and Anger Management for the Adecco Monster Truck Summer Smash presented by Owasco RV on Saturday night. The two trucks destroyed several Brighton Recycling scrap cars and a now very flat limousine to thrill the capacity crowd. Fans voted Temperature Rising, driven by Doug Seabrook of Ottawa, Ont., as the winner of the Monster Truck freestyle contest. The steamy July night also provided some of the best racing yet this year with 88 cars signed in to the pits across six stock car divisions.

Baldwin Exorcises Demons

Steve Baldwin won the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model feature for the third-time this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Steve Baldwin won the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model feature for the third-time this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

A roller coaster month of July finally produced some fruit for Trenton’s Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports) who won his third feature of the season in Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model competition on Saturday night. Baldwin started fourth for the 30-lap A-Main but took the lead from Adam Nayler (No.42 Quinte Tire Disposal) in turn four on the opening lap and never relinquished his grip on the top spot on his way to victory.

Despite leading all 30 laps, the win certainly didn’t come easy for Baldwin. After taking the point, Baldwin had to contend with Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) on a lap 10 restart. Sandercock attempted to get underneath Baldwin, who was running the top lane, but couldn’t maintain the same pace.

On the same restart, Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) and Phil Potts (No.29 Indewey Excavating) drove past Nayler to third and fourth, respectively. At the halfway mark, Mowat slid in front of Sandercock in close quarters to take second and set out to track down Baldwin.

The final restart came on lap 19 following a Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) spin in turn four. Potts used the preferred outside lane to take third from Sandercock. With five laps to go Baldwin’s lead was 0.8 seconds over Mowat, but it evaporated quickly. Both Mowat and Potts reeled in the leader and set up a three-car battle for the lead at the white flag. Potts stole second from Mowat and made a last ditch attempt to steal the win on the final corner, but Baldwin powered around the top to claim the victory. Potts, Mowat, Sandercock and Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) complete the top-five.

Hennessy Steals Fifth Win From Whaley

Andrew Hennessy won his fifth Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy won his fifth Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy capitalized on a late-race opportunity to take the lead from Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) and led the final four laps to park his RJ Equipment Rentals No.87 in Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified victory lane for the fifth time this season.

The Picton, Ont. native started sixth in the 14-car field while Whaley started on the pole. Fourth-starting Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) jumped to the lead on the opening lap, but a caution waved to produce the first restart. The second and final caution on the second lap saw Whaley get an excellent jump as he drove around the top to reclaim the lead.

From there, he paced O’Blenis with a comfortable one-second advantage. That changed on lap 13 when Hennessy took the runner-up spot in turn two and began to pressure Whaley for the top spot. Two laps later, Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) got by O’Blenis for third and the Hennessy brothers came after the No.12.

Andrew Hennessy glued himself to Whaley’s back bumper in the top lane and waited for an opportunity. The chance came on lap 21 when Whaley got over the cushion in turn three and Hennessy pointed his No.87 to the bottom to take the lead. He drove away from that point on, winning by 2.7 seconds over Whaley, Josh Hennessy, O’Blenis and Justin Ramsay, who made his first Canadian Modified start in the ABC Taxi No.78 normally driven by his girlfriend Shelby Mills.

Murrell Holds Off Tough Challenge For Pro Stock Win

The final race produced a dry slick racetrack and it played to Brandon Murrell’s hand perfectly in the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock main event. The Gores Landing, Ont driver’s car came alive for the feature as he drove from fourth to pass five-time champion Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) for his second victory of the season in his Hannah Motors No.19.

Anderson led early on from his pole starting position, but was slowed by the only caution of the race for the 21-car field when Cory White (No.91 Hoosier) spun in turn three after Mike Freeman’s Boyer Chevrolet No.51 leaked fluid on the track. Murrell got the outside of Anderson on the restart and made the top lane work.

The two drivers battled side-by-side for two laps before Murrell emerged with the lead on lap five. Behind the top two cars, Wade Purchase (No.53 Independent Alternator and Starter) and Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) made their way to the third and fourth positions, respectively.

Murrell pulled away briefly, but Anderson caught him again on lap 12 while Purchase and Ramsay battled alongside one another for third. As the top lane faded, Murrell anchored his No.19 to the bottom of the track and never wavered on the way to his second win of the season over Anderson, Ramsay and Purchase.

Twice Is Nice For Toms

It took Luke Toms (No.19 Diamond Detailing) a year and a half of racing to earn his first win, but just seven days to score the second as the Port Hope, Ont. pilot won his second straight Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature on Saturday night. The race was also the final leg of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown.

Third-starting Kevin Hertendy (No.7 Sine’s Flooring) led the opening lap, but a caution on lap two slowed the field. Port Hope’s Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) drove to the lead on the restart, but Toms was in tow. Toms stalked the No.14 over the next three laps and made the winning pass for the lead in turn two on lap five.

From there, the race ran caution free with Peter Moore (No.17 Sherri’s Pet Grooming) advancing to second ahead of point-leader Tyler French (No.0 ABC Taxi). Peter Moore challenged Toms for the lead, but couldn’t wrestle it away before the checkered flag. After winning the first two portions of the ABC Taxi Triple Crowm, Tyler French’s third-place finish solidified the crown for the Trenton, Ont. driver.

MacDonald, Bulten Take Stinger Wins

In Quinte Septic Super Stinger action, Mark MacDonald (No.28 Cannifton Garage) used his pole starting spot to his full advantage and led all 12 laps for his first win of the season. Arthur McCauley (No.99 East Side Tire) made a late charge at the front, but MacDonald’s lead was insurmountable as he drove to victory lane. Trenton’s Chris Lammle (No.95 Lammle Computer Repair) was third.

The Quinte Septic Junior Stinger feature produced an excellent side-by-side battle between front row starters Willy Bulten (No.50) and Brittany Golden (No.85 Rapid Rad). The two drivers raced side-by-side on multiple occasions throughout the 12-lap feature and never made contact. Bulten eventually solidified his second win of the year with a smooth line through lapped traffic. Golden settled for second ahead of Kyle Doric (No.08).

Up Next

2016 July 30PosterBrighton Speedway returns to action next Saturday, July 30 as Bellevue Fabricating and Campbellford Chrysler present the Gord’s Water Vantastics along with the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. It is round three of the Larry’s Towing Pro Stock Triple Crown. Racing gets underway at 7:00pm. Adult admission is $10 and a family pass is just $25. More information is available at



A-Main (30 Laps – 15) Entries): 1. 5 Steve Baldwin, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 92 Adam Turner, 6. 42 Adam Nayler, 7. 77 Caley Weese, 8. 1 Andy Mayhew, 9. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 10. 20 Terry Hunt, 11. 09 Robbie Wilson, 12. 84 Tyler Rand, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 8 Brian Down, 15. 79 Nathan Bosma. No Time. Margin of Victory: 0.229 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 20 Terry Hunt, 2. 92 Adam Turner, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 84 TylerRand, 5. 77 Caley Weese, 6. 5 Steve Baldwin, 7. 09 Robbie Wilson, 8. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time: 2:10.133.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Andy Mayhew, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 4. 89 Austin King, 5. 46 Brandon Mowat, 6. 42 Adam Nayler, 7. 8 Brian Down. Time: 2:10.356.


A-Main (25 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 12 Adam Whaley, 3. 88 Josh Hennessy, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 78 Justin Ramsay, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 48 Derrick Greig, 8. 03 Derek Bowers, 9. 74 Mike Lucas, 10. 11 Dan Ferguson, 11. 84 Mark Busscher, 12. 00 Darrell Toms, 13. 1 Shawn Gregory, 14. 91 Kraig Handley. No Time. Margin of victory: 2.782 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Shawn Gregory, 2. 91 Kraig Handley, 3. 48 Derrick Greig, 4. 12 Adam Whaley, 5. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 6. 84 Mark Busscher, 7. 00 Darrell Toms. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 78 Justin Ramsay, 2. 07 Curtis King, 3. 74 Mike Lucas, 4. 11 Dan Ferguson, 5. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 6. 88 Josh Hennessy, 7. 03 Derek Bowers. No Time.


A-Main (20 Laps – 21 Entries): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 03 Justin Ramsay, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 7 Rob Dier, 6. 39 Jonah Mutton, 7. 2 Leslie Mowat, 8. 91 Cory White, 9. 08 Brian Cross, 10. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 11. 29 Rich Sanders, 12. 51 Mike Freeman, 13. 02 Carissa Burrows, 14. 28 Dan Insley, 15. 38 Art Rodgers, 16. 14 Chris Dorland, 17. 6 James Boyer, 18. 46 Adam Switzer, 19. 85 Austin Reid (DQ), 20. 13 Ryan Connor (DNS), 21. 23 Angie Kirby (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 53 Wade Purchase, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 51 Mike Freeman, 5. 91 Cory White, 6. 39 Art Rodgers, 7. 14 Chris Dorland. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 7 Rob Dier, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 6 James Boyer, 6. 02 Carissa Burrows, 7. 23 Angie Kirby (DNS). No Time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 08 Brian Cross, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 5. 28 Dan Insley, 6. 46 Adam Switzer, 7. 13 Ryan Connor. No Time.


A-Main (20 Laps – ABC Taxi Triple Crown Race 3 – 11 Entries): 1. 19 Luke Toms, 2. 17 Peter Moore, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 24 Jeff Humphrey, 5. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 6. 22 Keith Dunk, 7. 14 Matthew Moore, 8. 10 Jeremy Toms, 9. 44 Nick Hamer, 10. 11 Adam Flieler (DNS), 11. 37 Taylor Conroy (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Luke Toms, 2. 44 Nick Hamer, 3. 10 Jeremy Toms, 4. 0 Tyler French, 5. 14 Matthew Moore, 6. 37 Taylor Conroy (DNS). No Time.

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 11 Adam Flieler, 2. 17 Peter Moore, 3. 24 Jeff Humphrey, 4. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 5. 22 Keith Dunk. No Time.

A-Main (12 Laps – 11 Entries): 1. 29 Mark MacDonald, 2. 99 Arthur McCauley, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 19 Del MacGregor, 5. 93 Jorden Pickell, 6. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 7. 27 David Lemon, 8. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 9. 7 Rick Phillips, 10. 89 Gary Taylor, 11. 01 Dawson Evans (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 27 David Lemon, 2. 99 Arthur McCauley, 3. 19 Del MacGregor, 4. 28 Mark MacDonald, 5. 89 Gary Taylor, 6. 7 Rick Phillips. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 93 Jorden Pickell, 2. 95 Chris Lammle, 3. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 4. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 5. 01 Dawson Evans (DNS). No Time.


A-Main (12 Laps – 16 Entries): 1. 50 Willy Bulten, 2. 85 Brittany Golden, 3. 08 Kyle Doric, 4. 87 James Turgeon, 5. 40 Brant Leggett, 6. 5 Chantel Golden, 7. 00 Ken Evans, 8. 4 Tony Reid, 9. 17 Melanie Fortier, 10. 76 Jennifer Cassalman, 11. 63 Mike Harrington, 12. 73 Tabitha Weese, 13. 6 Tom Cole, 14. 68 Wayne Jordan (DQ), 15. 77 Ryan Bebee (DQ), 16. 7 Dylan Lobb (DQ). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 85 Brittany Golden, 2. 00 Ken Evans, 3. 50 Willy Bulten, 4. 5 Chantel Golden, 5. 6 Tom Cole, 6. 76 Jennifer Cassalman, 7. 73 Tabitha Weese, 8. 63 Mike Harrington. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7 Dylan Lobb, 2. 40 Brant Leggett, 3. 87 James Turgeon, 4. 08 Kyle Doric, 5. 77 Ryan Bebee, 6. 68 Wayne Jordan, 7. 17 Melanie Fortier, 8. 4 Tony Reid. No Time.


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 3 – Phil Potts (April 30, July 2, July 16); 3 – Steve Baldwin (May 21, June 11, July 23); 2 – Adam Turner (May 14, June 18); 2 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28, July 9); 1 – Tyler Rand (June 4)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 5 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 23); 3 – Dan Ferguson (April 30, June 25, July 16); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Curtis King (June 11); 1 – Josh Hennessy (July 9)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 5 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2); 2 – Wade Purchase (May 14, July 16); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 2 – Brandon Murrell (May 28, July 23); 1 – Jonah Mutton (July 9)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4); 2 – Josh Read (June 11, July 2); 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25); 2 – Luke Toms (July 16, July 23); 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21);

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Arthur McCauley; 1 – Del MacGregor (July 9); 1 – Mark MacDonald (July 23)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 2 – Willy Bolton (June 11, July 23); 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28); 1 – James Turgeon (June 25); 1 – Dylan Lobb (July 9)

Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18); 1 – Dylan Westbrook (July 9)

Go Nuclear Late Model Series: 1 – Charlie Sandercock (June 25)

Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club: 1 – Shawn Gregory (July 16)

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