Brown, Sandercock, Hennessy, and Sanders win on Vanderlaan Building Products and Bay Marine Night

By Clayton Johns 

BRIGHTON (June 14, 2014) – An exciting night of action at Brighton Speedway saw 59 cars sign in on Vanderlaan Building Products and Bay Marine night, featuring the Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints.

Brown wins second SOS feature

IMG_9802Mitch Brown (No.10b Haldex) started outside the front row of the Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main and led all 25 laps on route to his second victory of the season at Brighton.  Brown outdueled polesitter Rick Wilson (No.42w Riverside Bar) as the top duo ran first and second for the full distance.

The race saw five yellow flags for minor incidents. Glenn Styres (No.0 Arrow Express) spun over the berm in turn one on lap 11, which cost him his top-five position. Nine laps later, Tyler Rand (No.84 Five Star Racing Products) came to a stop in turn four despite running in the top five.

Wilson had his best chance to get by Brown in lapped traffic with six to go, but when the caution came out for Rand on lap 20, Brown prevailed on the single-file restart.

Brown, Rand, and Justin Martin (No.7m Vortex Insulation) were the heat race winners.

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Sandercock charges for third Pro Late Model win

IMG_9983Early in the 30-lap A-Main it looked as though the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models would see a new winner. That theory evaporated by the halfway point as Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) drove through the field to take over the lead.

The lead was not guaranteed, however, as Steve Baldwin (No.5 also drove through the field to challenge Sandercock. The two were side-by-side on the frontstretch with two laps to go, but Sandercock took away the bottom of the track. The move killed Baldwin’s momentum and Sandercock was able to hold on for the victory.

Kyle Sopaz (No.12 KD Transmission) started on the pole and led the first half of the race until Sandercock took over the point on lap 16. Sopaz was involved in a clean battle for the lead with Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair). The luck ran out for Sopaz on lap 22 when his car lost power and rolled to a stop in turn four while running third.

Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) drove up to the third spot for a podium finish. Sandercock was the hard-charger of the race.

In the second qualifying heat, Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) caught a rut in turn two.  The car was launched several feet in the air. Belyea did two complete barrel rolls in the air without touching the ground before coming to a rest over the berm in the corner.

Belyea was not injured and the car had only two broken shocks. He was able to complete the 30-lap feature later in the evening. At the end of the night, Belyea admitted he closed his eyes during the wild ride and was unsure how many times he flipped. Unfortunately, there was no on board video footage of the incident.

Rayner and Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Integra Racing Shocks) won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.

Canadian Mod Hat trick for Hennessy

IMG_5724Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) continued his dominance of the OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified division as he won his third feature in as many weeks.

While Hennessy dominated the previous two weeks, he had to come from 12th to win at Brighton Saturday night. He moved to the front quickly on lap 2 when a minor incident involving six cars at the front of the field shuffled the deck.

Mike Lucas (No.74 A&C Insley Property Maintenance) assumed the lead on lap two and ran strong. Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) was the first to challenge Lucas in a drag race down the backstretch. Scott was able to make the pass on the outside to lead lap 7.

A second caution with 10 laps to go restacked the field. Scott restarted out front with Lucas and Hennessy on the doorstep. A good restart allowed Scott to lead the next seven laps, but Hennessy battled on the bottom of the track.

A slight bobble in the centre of turn three forced Scott to the second groove and Hennessy capitalized on the mistake to lead lap 22. That was all the Picton, Ont. pilot needed as he led the final eight laps on the way to victory. Hennessy was also the hard-charger, advancing 12 positions over the 25-lap feature to score the victory.

Scott settled for second while Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) battled back to third after being sent to the rear for causing a caution on lap three.

Hennessy and Scott won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.

Sanders wins first feature in 20 years

IMG_5695‘A long time coming’ doesn’t begin to describe the two decade-long wait Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) had to park in victory lane. But after over 7000 days, Sanders finally tasted victory and did so in commanding fashion as he led all 15 laps of the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 main event.

Sanders started on the outside of the front row and never looked back. He passed polesitter Emily Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix) in the first corner then checked out to another postal code. At the finish line, Sanders beat Pro Stock regular Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire), who was driving in place of Tyler French, by a half lap.

The only caution of the race came on lap two when Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) made contact with French (No.78 ABC Taxi), who piloted for Shelby Mills.

Jeff Humphrey (No.17 Kleinsteuber Metal) won the qualifying heat. Ramsay was the hard charger, coming from sixth to finish second. Weedman ran consistent to finish third.

Next Week (June 21, 2014): Hotch’s Auto Parts and Comfort Zone Heating night

Hotch’s Auto Parts and Comfort Zone Heating present the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car club and night seven of the championship chase next Saturday at Brighton Speedway. The night will also feature all five weekly divisions, including the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s, and Quinte Septic Stingers.

The Pro Stock Mechanics will also have the chance to test their skills with a 10-lap race at the end of the night. Start time is 7:00pm with hot laps at 6:00pm and spectator gates opening at 5:30pm. Adult admission is just $10.

IMG_2749Thursday night Kart Racing

The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Round two of the season is this Thursday night. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit for a full schedule.

Results: Vanderlaan Building Products and Bay Marine night featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints

Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 10b Mitch Brown, 2. 42w Rick Wilson, 3. 5 Keith Dempster, 4. 7m Justin Martin, 5. 11j Corey Jones, 6. 25 Warren Mahoney, 7. 11t Jamie Turner, 8. 0 Glenn Styres, 9. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 10. 19 Cory Turner, 11. 15aw April Wilson, 12. 71s Shawn Sliter, 13. 9 Jim Munsie, 14. 01 Kyle Fraser, 15. 84 Tyler Rand, 16. 2 Brad Lodge, 17. 15 Mike Ferrell, 18. 10 Bob Crawford, 19. 66 Frank Baranowski, 20. 57 Charlie Sandercock.

Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 5 Steve Baldwin, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 5. 55 Mark Rayner, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat, 7. 20 Terry Hunt, 8. 77 Caley Weese, 9. 29 Phil Potts, 10. 97 David MacDonald, 11. 60 Norm Mayhew, 12. 89 Austin King, 13. 25 Greg Belyea, 14. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 15. 9 Greg Peake.

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 33 Ryan Scott, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 13 Dale Locke, 6. 74 Mike Lucas, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 48 Derrick Greig, 9. 7 Jason Curlette, 10. 07 Curtis King, 11. 03 Derek Bowers, 12. 8 Zac McBride, 13. 12 Adam Whaley, 14. 23 Paul Milligan, 15. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 16. 66 Mark Packer (DNS).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 87 Emily Weedman, 4. 47 Riley Greer, 5. 27 Nathan Day, 6. 97 Brandon Wilkie, 7. 23 Michael Dillon, 8. 17 jeff Humphrey, 9. 94 Brady Greer, 10. 78 Tyler French.

About Vanderlaan Building Products Ltd.: Located in Brighton, Ont., Vanderlaan Building Products is committed to the highest levels of construction. Vanderlaan offers high quality installation services on building products from over 20 suppliers, including North Store vinyl windows. Visit them at 13 Loyalist Drive in Brighton, online at, or call them at (613) 475-3684.

About Bay Marine: Bay Marine is the largest full sale and service marine provider in the Quinte region. Bay Marine is an Ontario’s sales leader for boats, including great names like Ranger, Lund, Moomba, Rinker, Godfrey Pontoon Boats, Hurricane Deck Boats, Striper, Sweetwater Pontoon Boats and the complete Sea-Doo line-up. In Ontario Bay Marine is a top choice for warranty, repairs, parts and service. Now a certified dealer for Can-Am, and Ski-Doo, Bay Marine is the proud supplier of the Brighton Speedway Can-Am Commander. A family-run company since 1974, visit Bay Marine in Trenton at 516 Highway 2 East, online at, or call 1-(877) 394-6691.

Thursday night Kart Racing: The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit for a full schedule. 

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Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating,, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.

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.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo courtesy of Rod Henderson