Brown Takes SOS Opener; Sandercock, Ramsay, French also Winners

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (May 17, 2015) – An impressive field of 64 cars filed entry across four divisions as NOCO Fuels and Rock 107 presented the opening race of the Southern Ontario Sprints 20th Anniversary Season on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. Fans were treated to a spectacular fireworks display on behalf of Mystical Distributing throughout the evening.

IMG_7172Brown Rockets to SOS Opening Win

Brantford, Ont. driver Mitch Brown (No.10b Haldex) rocketed to the season opening win with the Southern Ontario Sprints. Brown started sixth for the 25-lap main event and quickly raced in to the third spot behind front row starters Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) and Paul Pekkonen (No.98 All Out Performance).

A lap 12 caution for a spun Keith Dempster (No.5 Renway Energy) erased Styres’ lead. Brown passed Pekkonen for second off the restart, but the raced was stopped two laps later when Joyceville, Ont. driver Rick Wilson (No.42w Riverside Bar & Grill) made contact with Tecumseh, MI native Dain Naida (No.77 Townline Variety) in turn four. The contact sent Wilson flipping violently in to the turn four wall. Neither driver was injured.

On the ensuing restart, Belleville, Ont. pilot Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) made his way in to third with Picton, Ont.’s Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive) anchoring fifth.

As the leaders hit traffic with five laps to go, Brown had caught the race leader, Styres. Just in front of the lead group, rookie driver James Thompson (No.22 Greeves Automotive) and Bob Crawford (No.10c CarStar) spun at the top of turn one. Styres had nowhere to go, but in to the side of Thompson. Brown narrowly avoided the wreck and managed to maintain power and hold the lead.

Brown shot away from the field on two final restarts, holding off fast-moving Kokomo, IN native Parker Price-Miller (No.77p Townline Variety). Sandercock maintained third ahead of Jones and Pekkonen.

The race was slowed by caution four times and stopped for one red flag.

IMG_9790French Completes Hat-Trick

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 driver Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) continued his dominance and won the division’s 15-lap feature event for his third win in as many starts this season. French remains undefeated at Brighton in 2015.

French started ninth in the 10-car field, but was near perfect in the opening laps. He took his Dirty Fast Racing machine to second by lap three and set his sights on race leader Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating). Greer had grown a sizeable six car-length lead, but it was no match for French, who took over the point position on lap six and lever looked back.

The only caution of the race came on the final lap but French evaded his competitors on the restart to claim the win over his teammate Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) and Greer.

IMG_9540Sandercock Claims Win Two

Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) drove through the field from his 10th-place starting spot and passed Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) on lap 21 to claim his second victory of the season at Brighton.

Potts started ninth in the 17-car field, but was inside the top-five on lap three, while Sandercock followed suit by lap nine. Potts passed polesitter Adam Turner (No.92 Mark Heating & Cooling) for the lead. Adam Nayler (No.42 Quinte West Tire) took the second spot from Turner moments later.

Sandercock then used a mid-race restart to get by Nayler for the runner-up spot. Potts held a lead of eight car-lengths with 12 laps to go, but had trouble navigating lapped traffic. Sandercock erased Potts’ advantage and used the top line to take the lead on lap 21.

A restart on lap 24 after Turner’s power plant went up in smoke allowed Potts a mulligan, but Sandercock was in no mood to relent. Sandercock led the final six laps uncontested as Potts and Nayler completed the podium.

IMG_7136Ramsay Wins Second

The opening race of the Larry’s Towing Triple Crown for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks led to another thrilling battle. Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) brought the 14-car field to the green flag for the 25-lap main event.

Opening night winner Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) wasted little time getting to the front from his third starting spot, passing Mowat for the race lead on lap two. Following a restart on lap two, Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) took over the second spot.

On lap 16, a caution for a big piece of debris in turn one restacked the field, with Ramsay, Anderson and Mowat holding the top three spots. The order changed when Mowat spun alone in turn three on lap 18, handing third to Wade Purchase (No.53 Performance Auto Sales and Leasing).

Anderson couldn’t muster a momentum advantage on the restart, allowing Ramsay to cruise the final seven laps to victory. Purchase, Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) and Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) completed the top-five.

5th Annual Chili Contest

The 5th annual Brighton Speedway Chili contest was held at Harry’s Place turn four bar throughout the night. When all the chili was gone and the people had voted, Angie Kirby won the title and a Brighton Speedway mini-pass for the second-year in a row. Three-time chili-champ Del MacGregor was the runner-up.

Next Weekend at Brighton Speedway – May 23, 2015

Brighton Speedway’s 48th season resumes Saturday, May 23 as AeCon and UCB Canada present a full card of racing for all five weekly divisions, including the first round of the OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Rona Trenton Triple Crown.

Adult admission is just $10. A family pass is just $25 and is valid for two adults and two children 16 and under. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the first green flag scheduled for 7:00pm.

Complete Results – NOCO Fuels and Rock 107 present the Southern Ontario Sprints (May 16, 2015)

Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 10b Mitch Brown, 2. 77p Parker Price-Miller, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 11j Chris Jones, 5. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 6. 11t Jamie Turner, 7. 25 Warren Mahoney, 8. 77 Dain Naida, 9. 5 Keith Dempster, 10. 19 Cory Turner, 11. 01 Kyle Fraser, 12. 15aw April Wilson, 13. 66 Frank Baranowski, 14. 77x Alex Hill, 15. 71s Shawn Sliter, 16. 0 Glenn Styres, 17. 10c Bob Crawford, 18. 91 Ryan Turner, 19. 22 James Thompson, 20. 42W Rick Wilson, 21. 15 Mike Ferrell, 22. 7m Justin Martin (DNS), 23. 9 Jim Munsie (DNS). Time: 26:57.323.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 42 Adam Nayler, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 11 Corey Earl, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat, 7. 89 Austin King, 8. 97 David McDonald, 9. 77 Caley Weese, 10. 84 Tyler Rand, 11. 1 Andy Mayhew, 12. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 13. 8 Brian Down, 14. 79 Nathan Bosma, 15. 92 Adam Turner (DNF), 16. 27 Jason Curlette (DNF), 17. 01 Eli Mayhew (DNS). Time: 19:19.889.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (25 Laps – Larry’s Towing Triple Crown Race 1): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 53 Wade Purchase, 4. 55 Jamie Marshall, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 08 Brian Cross, 7. 51 Mike Freeman, 8. 26 Bob Green, 9. 2 Leslie Mowat, 10. 13 Ryan Connor, 11. 29 Rich Sanders, 12. 33 Samantha Thompson, 13. 38 Art Rodgers, 14. 23 Angie Kirby.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 94 Brady Greer, 4. 85 Austin Reid, 5. 97 Courtney Mastin, 6. 24 Bella Cosstick, 7. 07 Adam Chapman, 8. 87 Emily Weedman, 9. 47 Riley Greer, 10. 8 Tyler Parker (DQ).

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 2 – Charlie Sandercock (May 9, May 16), 1 – Corey Earl (May 3)

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 1 – Andrew Hennessy (May 3), 1 – Curtis King (May 9)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 2 – Justin Ramsay (May 3, May 16), 53 Wade Purchase (May 9)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 3 – Tyler French (May 3, May 9, May 16)

Quinte Septic Stingers: 1 – Del MacGregor (May 9)

About Rock 107: Rock 107 is Quinte’s source for Classic Rock. Be sure to tune-in to Anderson in the Morning and Middays with Rick Kevan for the best classic rock in Qunite. Listen at 107.1 or online at

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.  We are also a proud Esso branded reseller and hauler of bulk fuels for most of the Ontario region.

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About RUSH Late Model Racing: The RUSH Dirt Late Model Series sanctions weekly crate late model racing at 14 dirt tracks in five U.S. states (Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) and one Canadian province (Ontario). The weekly series boasts a points fund of over $27,000. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series boasts two separate tours, north and south, that compete from April to October. The two touring series will combine for 24 events across the Northeast in 2015 with an annual points fund in excess of $30,000.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Bazell Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.

Brighton Speedway’s 2015 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bay Marine, Belleville Bulls, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Benson Auto Parts, Bill’s Johns, Breeze 107.9, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Extreme Rush Adventures, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Motorsport Designs, Investor’s Group, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kellogg Belleville, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lucas Oil, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Monster Energy, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Owasco RV, Part Source, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Rock 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Small Engine Fuels, Star 93.3, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Town and Country Liquidation, TRS Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products. VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.

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 Series sanctioning.

Brighton Speedway mailing address: 775 County Road 64, Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0. 

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson