Brown Claims SOS Opener; Baldwin, Anderson, Flieler Also Winners

Brantford’s Mitch Brown drove to his third straight season opening win with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Brighton Speedway. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – May 22, 2016 – A full grandstand witnessed a night of firsts as all four divisions saw drivers earn their first wins of the season Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. A total of 69 cars were signed in for the night’s action presented by Mix 97 and NOCO Fuels, including 18 Sprint Cars for the Southern Ontario Sprints season opener.

Brown Wins SOS Opener For Third-Straight Season

Mitch Brown poses in Victory Lane with representatives from Mix 97 and NOCO Fuels. (Rod Henderson photo).

Mitch Brown poses in Victory Lane with representatives from Mix 97 and NOCO Fuels. (Rod Henderson photo).

Mitch Brown (No.10 Haldex Brakes) held the pole for the Southern Ontario Sprints 2016 season opener presented by Sanderson Tire and Automotive and led all 25 laps to win the travelling series’ season kickoff for the third straight year.

Despite his pole starting position, the Brantford, Ont. native was challenged throughout the race by Tecumseh, MI driver Dain Naida (No.17x Townline Variety), who darted past second-starting Rick Wilson (No.42w FK Rod Ends) of Joyceville, Ont. on lap three.

The race ran green until rookie driver Dylan Westbrook (No.47x Ohsweken Speedway) spun in turn four. Westbrook was making his first career start at Brighton. On the ensuing restart, Naida gave Brown his best, but it wasn’t strong enough to pull even or pass the 23-year-old ace.

Brown’s lead grew to nearly a full straightaway on lap 16, the same lap of the final caution as Kyle Fraser (No.01 Oakridge Construction) suffered a broken front end after contact on the front straightaway. The final restart gave Naida his best chance at the lead, but Brown was flawless over the final nine circuits to claim his first win of the season. Naida, Wilson, Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) and Ryan Turner (No.91 Insta-Panels) completed the top-five.

Baldwin Shakes The Monkey For Pro Late Model Win

Steve Baldwin stands in Victory Lane for the first time since 2014. (Rod Henderson photo).

Steve Baldwin stands in Victory Lane for the first time since 2014. (Rod Henderson photo).

Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports & Hobbies) finally shook the monkey off his back to earn his first win since 2014 in round one of the Hotch’s Auto Parts Triple Crown for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models.

The win came in spectacular fashion as Baldwin reeled in leader Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) in traffic with six laps to go. The fifth-starting Mowat took the lead from polesitter Terry Hunt (No.20 Krown Rust Control) on lap four and hit cruise control for the next 24 laps.

After Mowat claimed the point, Baldwin wasted little time grabbing the runner-up spot and set out to track down Mowat. However, Mowat’s lead grew to a full straightaway before he was stuck behind a group of five lapped cars.

The traffic erased the lead and gave Baldwin the chance to plot his move for the win. Baldwin jumped at his chance in turn four on lap 29, dicing between a pair of lapped cars to drive around Mowat’s outside. Once both cars escaped the flurry of activity, Baldwin held off a determined Mowat for his first win since August 31, 2014. Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) claimed his second straight podium finish with a third-place run while Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) and Phil Potts (No.29 Brighton Recycling) rounded out the top-five.

Anderson Claims Pro Stock Win

Doug Anderson won his first Pro Stock race of 2016 on Saturday night. (Rod Henderson photo).

Doug Anderson won his first Pro Stock race of 2016 on Saturday night. (Rod Henderson photo).

Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) claimed his first victory of the season on Saturday night, outdueling sixth-place starter Leslie Mowat (No.2 Tri-County Plastics) and defending champion Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) to claim the victory in Brighton Automotive Pro Stock action.

The initial green flag produced a three-wide battle for the lead between the polesitter Ryan Connor (No.13 White’s Snow Plow), Rich Sanders (No.29 Orange Motorsports) and Mowat. Connor relinquished the lead to Mowat before the first caution on lap 3 when Sanders was turned to the infield after contact with Cory White (No.91 Hoosier).

Anderson used the restart to push himself to the front of the field and began to battle Mowat for the top position. The two battled side-by-side for five laps before Anderson eventually gathered enough momentum to take the lead exiting turn two.

Anderson, a Trenton native, had to withstand the final restart of the night on lap nine with Ramsay on his back bumper. The ‘Big Smooth’ was just that, however, and cruised to his first victory of the season ahead of Ramsay, Jonah Mutton (No.39 NOCO Fuels), Mowat and Mike Freeman (No.51 Boyer Chevrolet).

Flieler Claims Comp 4 Victory

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Adam Flieler claimed his first Comp 4 feature victory of the 2016 season. (Rod Henderson photo).

After a two-year absence from Comp 4 competition, it took Adam Flieler just three races to park his No.11 Double D Sports Bar & Grill car in victory lane. The Trenton, Ont. driver caught Josh Read (No.04 Down To Earth Landscaping) on lap eight and completed the pass for the lead one lap later and never looked back on his way to victory in the 15-lap Bill’s Johns Comp 4 main.

Luke Toms (No.19 Diamond Detailing) led early after starting on the pole, but Read quickly relegated Toms to second on lap three as Flieler drove to third.

Five laps later, Flieler caught the race leader while racing in traffic. The two engaged in a hard wheel-to-wheel battle over the next two laps before Flieler assumed control of the field. Flieler set out to complete the final six laps uncontested, but a red flag at lap 11 halted his effort.

Luke Toms appeared to catch an implement tire in turn four. The contact upset the car and sent Toms flipping wildly before his No.19 came to a rest on its side to draw the red conditions. Toms walked away from the vehicle uninjured under his own power.

Following the restart, Flieler had to withstand a hard challenge from rookie Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) down the backstretch with two laps to go before taking the checkered flag. Moore earned the runner-up spot at the checkers in a drag race with Read, who settled for third. Jeremy Toms (No.10 Diamond Detailing) and Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) completed the top-five.

Fan Appreciation Up Next At Brighton Speedway

Brighton Speedway returns to action next Saturday night with it’s first Fan Appreciation night of the season presented by Dibbits Excavating and 95.5 Hits FM. Fans will have the chance to meet their favourite drivers on the track for autographs and photos at intermission.

All five weekly divisions will be in action, including the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers. Adult admission is just $10. Race time is 7:00pm.

COMPLETE RESULTS – May 21, 2016 – NOCO Fuels and Mix 97 present the Southern Ontario Sprints Season Opener with Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive

SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS PRESENTED BY SANDERSON’S TIRE AND AUTOMOTIVE 

A-Main (25 Laps – 18 Entries): 1. 10 Mitch Brown, 2. 17x Dain Naida, 3. 42w Rick Wilson, 4. 0 Glenn Styres, 5. 91 Ryan Turner, 6. 11 Jamie Turner, 7. 97 Cory Turner, 8. 77x Alex Hill, 9. 11j Chris Jones, 10. 47x Dylan Westbrook, 11. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 12. 1-10 Jake Brown, 13. 15aw April Wilson, 14. 66 Frank Baranowski, 15. 15 Mike Ferrell, 16. 01 Kyle Fraser, 17. 25 Warren Mahoney, 18. 71s Shawn Sliter (DNS). Time: 13:24.906. Margin of victory: 1.255 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Glenn Styres, 2. 17x Dain Naida, 3. 91 Ryan Turner, 4. 15aw April Wilson, 5. 11j Chris Jones, 6. 98 Paul Pekkonen. Time: 5:32.607.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 42w Rick Wilson, 2. 01 Kyle Fraser, 3. 11 Jamie Turner, 4. 97 Cory Turner, 5. 47x Dylan Westbrook, 6. 15 Mike Ferrell. Time: 7:12.286.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 10 Mitch Brown, 2. 1-10 Jake Brown, 3. 77x Alex Hill, 4. 25 Warren Mahoney, 5. 66 Frank Baranowski, 6. 71s Shawn Sliter. Time: 6:47.806. 

VANDERLAAN BUILDING PRODUCTS PRO LATE MODELS 

A-Main (35 Laps – Hotch’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Race 1 – 16 Entries): 1. 5 Steve Baldwin, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 29 Phil Potts, 6. 77 Caley Weese, 7. 84 Tyler Rand, 8. 42 Adam Nayler, 9. 25 Greg Belyea, 10. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 11. 1 Andy Mayhew, 12. 20 Terry Hunt, 13. 79 Nathan Bosma, 14. 8 Brian Down, 15. 9 Chris Heard, 16. 01 Eli Mayhew (DNS). Time: 10:53.141. Margin of victory: 0.371 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 77 Caley Weese, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 84 Tyler Rand, 4. 92 Adam Turner, 5. 42 Adam Nayler, 6. 79 Nathan Bosma, 7. 8 Brian Down, 8. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time: 2:00.732.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 25 Greg Belyea, 2. 1 Andy Mayhew, 3. 20 Terry Hunt, 4. 46 Brandon Mowat, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 29 Phil Potts, 7. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 8. 9 Chris Heard. Time: 2:02.177.

BRIGHTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO STOCKS

A-Main (20 Laps – 19 Entries): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 39 Jonah Mutton, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 51 Mike Freeman, 6. 53 Wade Purchase, 7. 85 Austin Reid, 8. 91 Cory White, 9. 08 Brian Cross, 10. 7 Rob Dier, 11. 29 Rich Sanders, 12. 02 Carissa Burrows, 13. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 14. 13 Ryan Connor, 15. 19 Brandon Murrell, 16. 14 Chris Dorland, 17. 31 Dayna Netzel, 18. 38 Art Rodgers (DNS), 19. 4 Dan Summers (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 51 Mike Freeman, 3. 7 Rob Dier, 4. 39 Jonah Mutton, 5. 29 Rich Sanders, 6. 14 Chris Dorland, 7. 4 Dan Summers. No time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 08 Brian Cross, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 38 Art Rodgers, 6. 85 Austin Reid. No time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 53 Wade Purchase, 2. 91 Cory White, 3. 13 Ryan Connor, 4. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 5. 02 Carissa Burrows, 6. 31 Dayna Netzel. No time.

BILL’S JOHNS COMP 4s

A-Main (15 Laps – 16 Entries): 1. 11 Adam Flieler, 2. 14 Matthew Moore, 3. 04 Josh Read, 4. 10 Jeremy Toms, 5. 0 Tyler French, 6. 06 Steven Usher, 7. 44 Nick Hamer, 8. 70 Becky Jamieson, 9. 22 Keith Dunk, 10. 27 Glen Hamer, 11. 19 Luke Toms, 12. 17 Peter Moore, 13. 24 Bella Cosstick, 14. 7 Kevin Hertendy (DQ), 15. 08 Josh French (DNS), 16. 13 Matthew French (DNS). No time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Adam Flieler, 2. 19 Luke Toms, 3. 17 Peter Moore, 4. 27 Glen Hamer, 5. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 6. 06 Steven Usher, 7. 10 Jeremy Toms, 8. 08 Josh French.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 04 Josh Read, 3. 14 Matthew Moore, 4. 24 Bella Cosstick, 5. 13 Ryan Connor, 6. 44 Nick Hamer, 7. 22 Keith Dunk, 8. 70 Becky Jamieson.

BAINER’S OILGARD CANADIAN MODIFIEDS DASH

Dash (10 Laps – 5 Entries): 1. 48 Derrick Greig, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 07 Curtis King, 4. 88 Josh Hennessy, 5. 78 Shelby Mills. Time: 2:46.694.

WINNERS TO DATE

Southern Ontario Sprints: 1 – Mitch Brown (May 21 – Brighton Speedway)

Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Adam Turner (May 14); 1 – Steve Baldwin (May 21)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 1 – Dan Ferguson (April 30); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 1 – Justin Ramsay (April 30); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Doug Anderson (May 21)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 2 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14), 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14)

About NOCO Fuels: Family owned and locally operated NOCO, founded by Reginald B. Newman in 1933, began by delivering coal to residential customers with its one-truck fleet. The one-truck fleet started by Mr. Newman has grown to over 165 trucks run by the third generation of Newman’s. NOCO is the second largest Mobil distributor in North America, and offers a full line of Mobil lubricants for automotive, fleet, industrial, metalworking, and specialty needs. They are also a proud Esso branded reseller and hauler of bulk fuels for most of the Ontario region. Find out more at www.noco.com.  

About Mix 97: Mix 97 plays Quinte’s Best Variety all day. Wake-up with Sean and Orlena every weekday from 6am to 9am. Join Devin Bellinger during the day, MJ in the afternoon’s and Jack Miller for sports. For more details and programming information, visit www.mix97.com.  

About Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive: Sanderson Tire & Automotive is a family owned and operated automotive tire and repair centre located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Sanderson Tire & Automotive is a proud supporter of the Southern Ontario Sprints at Brighton Speedway.

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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 RUSH Late Model Weekly Series sanctioning.  

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

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