Brighton Speedway Pro Late Models hit the pavement

By Clayton Johns

Belyea at KawarthaBRIGHTON (July 10, 2014) – This weekend marks a double header for the Brighton Speedway Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models. The division will compete in its regularly scheduled 30-lap feature at Brighton on Saturday night before taking to the pavement Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway. The 20-lap, $500-to-win feature is part of the OSCAAR Racing Summer Rush event. The event also features 50-lap OSCAAR Super Late Model, and 25-lap OSCAAR Modified races.

Last year, nine cars made the drive up Highway 28 to try their cars on the black top with full dirt setups including tires. Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) will return to defend his 2013 title at Kawartha. Belyea was quick on the dirt last weekend at Brighton, setting the fastest time in time trials with a lap of 15.317 seconds around the 1/3-mile clay oval. Last year’s runner-up, Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Integra Racing Shocks) has had a roller coaster year so far at Brighton and will look to capture his first checkered flag of the year.

Potts at KawarthaFormer Kawartha Speedway Late Model regular Norm Mayhew (No.60 Mayhew Graphics) will be in attendance with hopes of improving on his third-place finish. Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products) was fourth last year and will look to use the momentum from an already excellent year on the dirt. Potts is third in the championship standings at Brighton with one weekly win to his credit. He also earned a win with the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge series at Cornwall Motor Speedway. David McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) also intends to compete at Kawartha.

Many of the Saturday night Pro Late Model regulars at Brighton are expected to compete in the double header weekend. The second round of the Mini Stock Nationals could also draw a handful of Brighton Speedway Comp 4 regulars. A minimum $100 is up for grabs to the top finishing Brighton driver.

Racing is scheduled to start at 2:30pm. Adult general admission is $25. Pit pass admission is $35. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 10.

About the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models compete every Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. They race under sanctioning from DIRTcar, the premier organizing body for dirt racing in the North Eastern United States and Canada. The Pro Late Models are powered by either 602 or 604 General Motors “Crate” engines.

About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September. The weekly Pro Late Model division competes under UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September.

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.