Brighton Pro Stock Rivals Win Driver of the Month

By Clayton Johns

IMG_5879BRIGHTON (June 6, 2015) – Brighton Speedway announced its drivers of the month for May. Pro Stock drivers Doug Anderson and Justin Ramsay are co-winners of the monthly honour. The award is based on the most points earned in a month by any weekly driver at Brighton Speedway. The two drivers are tied at the top of the Pro Stock standings with 755 points.

Anderson is the Pro Stock incumbent after winning five consecutive division championships behind the wheel of his No.72. The streak will be challenged again in 2015 as Ramsay, who wheels the No.03, seeks to dethrone the veteran after finishing second in the standings one year ago.

Both drivers are remarkably consistent, rarely finishing outside the top-five. Neither has done so in four starts this season. Each insists there’s no formula for success beyond hard work.

“We’re constantly working on the car and trying different things. I don’t have any secrets, really,” Ramsay said.

“I’ve always stressed that 95 per cent of your work is always done at home in the garage. If I want to try something, I do at home so it’s done right,” Anderson explained. “I only do small adjustments at the racetrack.”

Flat tire and mechanical problems hampered Ramsay’s efforts to start his 2014 campaign. A number of adjustments and upgrades have eliminated those issues, at least so far. The Rossmore, Ont. driver believes he has hit on a setup that works consistently without significant changes.

IMG_4883“Last year, I tried too much,” Ramsay admitted. “I probably went out every night with a different setup just to try stuff. The car is effortless to drive (this year).”

The story has been slightly different for Anderson, nicknamed the Big Smooth, who has toyed with several ideas after the introduction of new suspension rules during the offseason.

“We’re not afraid to try things. We throw stuff at it that most people wouldn’t dream of putting in to a car,” Anderson said. “It might not be what the setup book will tell you, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.”

The two drivers have combined to win three of four races so far this season. Two for Ramsay, one for Anderson. Ramsay won on opening night, but Anderson’s first win didn’t come until week four. There were some visibly anxious moments for fans of the No.72 who had come to expect victories early and often. Anderson insists he was never worried.

“We were still finishing in the top three. One thing I’ve stressed is don’t worry about winning. All you’ve got to do is finish and be consistent. Consistency’s the name of the game,“ he explained.

It’s clear on any Saturday the crowd is divided in its support. It has a Dale Earnhardt vs. Jeff Gordon feel. The combination of cheers and boos as each driver is introduced offers a nostalgic feeling reminiscent of the late 1990s. Half cheer for the veteran champion, the other half for the upstart.

On the track the two men are clear rivals, but maintain there is no bitterness once helmets are removed.

“I don’t hold any grudges against him or anything like that. I take nothing away from Justin. He’s put a good race program together. I enjoy racing with him,” Anderson said.

“We might have our bangs and our bumps, but that’s what two guys do who want to win all the time who have really good cars.”

“I can’t say I don’t like him. There’s the odd thing that happens, but that’s racing,” Ramsay said. “It’s kind of nice to keep the fans thinking there’s a rivalry because it keeps them on the edge of their seat.”

But don’t expect either to give an inch on the racetrack.

“Yeah, we have a rivalry. I have a rivalry with everybody I race with because I always want to beat them,” Anderson added.

“I don’t want him to win. If I don’t win, I want someone else to win. I don’t want Doug to win,” Ramsay said.

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson