Caswell Captures Great Crate Race, Ferguson Wins Danny Reid Memorial

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – The 4th annual McDougall Insurance and Financial Great Crate Race for the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series attracted 33 of the top crate late model drivers in the Northeast for the region’s richest race of the season presented by Hotch’s Auto Parts, Excel Tower Service, Dibbits Excavating, Humber Nurseries, and Finishline Web Design. The John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial is the biggest race of the season for the Canadian Modifieds, paying $2000 to the winner.

Caswell Captures Second Great Crate Race Win

IMG_6665An impressive 33 cars attempted to qualify for the 4th annual McDougall Insurance and Financial Great Crate Race at Brighton Speedway, with 26 cars qualifying for the 65-lap main event. Brighton regular Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.) and John Waters (No.11W Fox Shocks) of Whitesville, NY led the field to the green flag.

Waters grabbed the early lead. On lap seven, current Brighton and Go Nuclear point leader Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) used a slide job in turn four to take the lead from Waters.

A long green flag run saw Sandercock run away with the lead and Picton, Ont.’s Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts) slot in to second. On lap 24, Clay, NY native Tim Sears Jr. (No.83X Gypsum Express) got by Earl for the runner-up spot.

A three-car battle for the lead developed between Sandercock, Sears, and West Monroe, NY driver Dale Caswell (No.88R Ameritool) after a lap 25 restart. Caswell made a daring move out of turn four to take over the lead on lap 28, but lost it to Sandercock exiting turn two. The fourth caution of the race came when Sears hit the turn four wall one lap later while running third. He did not return.

IMG_8830Following the restart, Caswell and Sandercock exchanged the lead twice in a furious battle. With Sandercock running against the cushion and Caswell on the bottom the top duo pulled away from the field until Harry Halliday (No.13two Epidemic Motorsports) spun in turn four on lap 48.

A poor restart for Sandercock allowed both Earl and Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) of Frankford, Ont. to shuffle the No.57 back to fourth. A trio of cautions after lap 50 led to a heated battle between Caswell and Belyea for the lead while Sandercock passed Earl for third.

Belyea movedto the cushion and carried enough momentum to lead lap 57 before Caswell led by a nose on lap 58. The two seemed to be running identical laps, but Belyea was forced to give up the outside lane when the pair hit lapped traffic on lap 60. Belyea couldn’t regain the track position with five laps to go.

Caswell was prefect over the final five laps to secure his second consecutive Great Crate Race win at Brighton and the $6000 winner’s cheque. Caswell’s win also narrows Sandercock’s Go Nuclear! series point lead, which sat at 29 points entering Saturday’s race.

Caswell, Sears, AJ Kingsley (No.9K Slack Chemical) of Fulton, NY, and Shayne Tenace (No.98 Go Nuclear) of Granby Centre, NY won the qualifying heats.

Ferguson Earns Danny Reid Memorial Win

IMG_6655The John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial presented by Dibbits Excavating lived up to its name as the biggest race of the year for the OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, with side-by-side racing around the track for the 17 starters.

Dale Locke (No.13 Allore Haulage) of Stirling earned the pole in the redraw and started on the front row with Picton’s Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction). Locke led the first two laps until fourth-place starter Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) took over the point on lap three.

Ferguson led Locke until a lap 11 wreck involving Warren Mowat (No.46 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) and Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment). On the restart Charlie Sandercock (No.77 Quinte West Swap & Sell) and Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) got in to the mix for the lead. Sandercock suffered a flat left front tire two laps later, and later suffered a blown motor on lap 28.

IMG_8519Locke lost his runner-up spot when he spun on lap 17, handing the second position to Hennessy. Following a lap 28 restart, Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) made it three wide behind the race leader, pushing Hennessy to fifth an Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) to second.

Ferguson seemed untouchable up front once the field got to speed, despite the best efforts of Hennessy, Scott, O’Blenis, and Kraig Handley (No.91 Flakes Water Haulage). Three restarts with 47 laps to go gave Hennessy multiple chances to steal the lead, but Ferguson was too strong.

Ferguson led the final three laps, and 47 overall, to earn the victory in the John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial and the $2000 paycheck. Ferguson and O’Blenis won the Kilmarnock Enterprise qualifying heats.

Sanders Tops Comp 4s

The Bill’s Johns Comp 4s put on an exciting show in a 15-lap feature of their own. The race got off to an exciting start with Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) grabbing the early lead.

On lap four, Bella Cosstick (No.24 Active Wealth Management) had a scary rollover in turn two, but was uninjured. When the race resumed, a furious battle for the lead between Sanders and Riley Greer (No.47 Greer Excavating) went straight to the final lap. Greer tried to steal a victory using the top lane, but Sanders earned the victory won by a nose.

Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) and Becky Jamieson (No.70 Manley Tire) won the qualifying heats.

Phillips Wins Stinger Feature

Rick Phillips (No.7 Ontario Duct Cleaning) earned the victory in a shortened Quinte Septic Stingers feature. An extended red flag on lap one after a hard wreck for Lexi Fletcher (No.41 Like Nu Driveway Sealing) delayed the race. Fletcher went to the hospital for precautionary measures and was okay. When the race resumed, Brittany Markolefas (No.21) rolled her car on the front straightaway. The race was ended with six laps complete after surpassing its time limit.

Applefest Shootout Up Next at Brighton Speedway

Applefest BannerBrighton Speedway is taking a week off next Saturday to prepare for the Benson Auto Parts Applefest Shootout. The two day show begins on Friday, September 19 featuring the Mr.DIRT 35-lap Sportsman Shootout. Saturday, September 20 features the 100-lap Mr.DIRTcar 358 Modified Shootout and the 50-lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt with Merrittville Speedway. Championships will be decided in all five of Brighton Speedway’s weekly divisions.

Complete Results: 4th annual McDougall Insurance and Financial Great Crate Race and John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial – September 6, 2014

McDougall insurance and Financial Great Crate Race (33 Entries)

Heat 1 (10 Laps – Top 5 Qualify to the A-Main, Top 3 Redraw) [Hometown]: 1. 9K AJ Kinglsey [Fulton, NY], 2. 25 Greg Belyea [Frankford, ON], 3. 11C Corey Earl [Picton, ON], 4. 81 Bret Belden [West Edmeston, NY], 5. 20 Terry Hunt [Carrying Place, ON], 6. 55 Mary Rayner [Codringlton, ON], 7. 77 Caley Weese[Carrying Place, ON], 8. 12 Kyle Sopaz [Carrying Place, ON], 9. 9 Greg Peake [Carrying Place, ON].

Heat 2 (10 Laps – Top 5 Qualify to the A-Main, Top 3 Redraw) [Hometown]: 1. 83X Tim Sears Jr. [Clay, NY], 2. 11W John Waters [Whitesville, NY], 3. 46 Brandon Mowat [Brighton, ON], 4. 10 Elmer Stevenson [ Trenton, ON], 5. 60 Norm Mayhew [Lakeport, ON], 6. 46X Sean Beardsley [Central Square, NY], 7. 14 Dustin Waters [Portville, NY], 8. 88D Brian Down [Trenton, ON].

Heat 3 (10 Laps – Top 5 Qualify to the A-Main, Top 3 Redraw) [Hometown]: 1. 88R Dale Caswell [West Monroe, NY], 2. 29 Phil Potts [Frankford, ON], 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock [Trenton, ON], 4. 5 Steve Baldwin [Trenton, ON], 5. 97 David MacDonald [Brighton, ON], 6. 92 Adam Turner [Picton, ON], 7. 11P Jordan Peters [Fort Erie, ON], 8. 89 Austin King [Port Hope, ON].

Heat 4 (10 Laps – Top 5 Qualify to the A-Main, Top 3 Redraw) [Hometown]: 1. 98 Shayne Tenace [Granby Center, NY], 2. 33X Rick Miller [Fulton, NY], 3. 13two Harry Halliday [West Monroe, NY], 4. 4 Jason Knowles [Addison, NY], 5. 09 Matt Vanderlinden [Trenton, ON], 6. 7 Brian Knowles [Corning, NY], 7. 19 Zeke McKeown [Havelock, ON], 8. 6 Jeff Sallans [Trenton, ON].

B-Main (10 Laps – Top 4 Transfer to A-Main): 1. 46X Sean Beardsley, 2. 55 Mark Rayner, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 11P Jordan Peters, 5. 77 Caley Weese [Provisional], 6. 7 Brian Knowles [Provisional], 7. 19 Zeke McKeown, 8. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 9. 89 Austin King, 10. 9 Greg Peake, 11. 6 Jeff Sallans, 12. 14 Dustin Waters (DNS), 13. 88D Brian Down (DNS).

Non-Qualifiers Race (10 Laps): 1. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 2. 19 Zeke McKeown, 3. 89 Austin King, 4. 6 Jeff Sallans, 5. 9 Greg Peake.

Great Crate Race A-Main (26 Starters – 65 Laps) [Starting Position]: 1. 88R Dale Caswell [12], 2. 25 Greg Belyea [7], 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock [3], 4. 29 Phil Potts [9], 5. 11C Corey Earl [4], 6. 33X Rick Miller [6], 7. 5 Steve Baldwin [15], 8. 11W John Waters [2], 9. 09 Matt Vanderlinden [20], 10. 13two Harry Halliday [11], 11. 46X Sean Beardsley [21], 12. 81 Bret Belden [13], 13. 92 Adam Turner [23], 14. 20 Terry Hunt [17], 15. 7 Brian Knowles [25], 16. 77 Caley Weese [26], 17. 55 Mark Rayner [22], 18. 9K AJ Kingsley [5], 19. 11P Jordan Peters [24], 20. 97 David MacDonald [19], 21. 10 Elmer Stevenson [14], 22. 98 Shayne Tenace [10], 23. 83X Tim Sears Jr. [8], 24. 4 Jason Knowles [16], 25. 46 Brandon Mowat [1], 26. 60 Norm Mayhew [18].

Hard Charger: 88R Dale Caswell – 12th to 1st.

John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial (17 Entries)

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 4 Redraw): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 13 Dale Locke, 3. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 4. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 5. 74 Mike Lucas, 6. 48 Derrick Greig, 7. 12 Adam Whaley, 8. 28 Dan Insley, 9. 66 Mark Packer.

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 4 Redraw): 1. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 2. 77 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 33 Ryan Scott, 5. 46 Warren Mowat, 6. 03 Derek Bowers, 7. 81 Curtis King, 8. 07 Brandon Mowat.

John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial A-Main (50 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Feguson, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 4. 33 Ryan Scott, 5. 91 Kraig Handley, 6. 74 Mike Lucas, 7. 48 Derrick Greig, 8. 07 Brandon Mowat, 9. 81 Curtis King, 10. 28 Dan Insley, 11. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 12. 66 Mark Packer, 13. 12 Adam Whaley, 14. 23 Paul Milligan, 15. 77 Charlie Sandercock, 16. 13 Dale Locke, 17. 46 Warren Mowat.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (13 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 47 Riley Greer, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 27 Nathan Day, 5. 70 Becky Jamieson, 6. 7 Steve Insley, 7. 94 Brady Greer, 8. 87 Emily Weedman, 9. 97 Courtney Mastin , 10. 24 Bella Cosstick, 11. 8 Tyler Parker, 12. 17 Jeff Humphrey, 13. 78 Shelby Mills.

Quinte Septic Stingers A-Main (18 Entries – Shortened to 6 Laps): 1. 7 Rick Phillips, 2. 19 Del MacGregor, 3. 89 Gary Taylor, 4. 6 Mike Brooks, 5. 4 Brant Leggett, 6. 38 Alix Woods, 7. 7. 07 Meagan Golden, 8. 21 Brittany Markolefas, 9. 93 Jorden Pickell, 10. 27 David Lemon, 11. 01 Dawson Evans, 12. 95 Mike Lammle, 13. 42 Andy Fletcher, 14. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 15. 99 Arthur McCauley (DQ), 16. 17 Jeff Inia (DQ), 17. 72 Richard McCormick (DQ), 18. 64 Chris Johnson (DQ).

About the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series: The Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series is a travelling crate engine Late Model series that competes in New York and Ontario. Established in 2011, the Go Nuclear! series has become one of the premier crate Late Model series in the Northeast. For more information and a series schedule, visit

About McDougall Insurance and Financial: McDougall Insurance has been successfully operating for over 65 years. We have grown to include over 140 employees and 21 offices, from Oshawa to Ottawa Valley. As the largest brokerage in Eastern Ontario, we represent over 25 insurance companies, offering you optimal selection and competitive rates. Our online service provides reliable 24/7 connection with the same dedication and genuine care we consistently provide in-house. When you choose McDougall Insurance, you get ongoing quality service for life. We’re real people working for you, since 1946. For more information, visit

About John’s Equipment: John’s Equipment provides personalized service and has the flexibility to deal with the varying needs of many customers, both large and small. The family owned company has been in business for 20 years serving the equipment and repair needs of the Quinte area and Southern Ontario.  At John’s Equipment Sales & Service Ltd. the primary goal is to provide the best service at a competitive price. John’s Equipment is a dealer for top Equipment Lines such as JCB Heavy Equipment, Bobcat and Cub Cadet. For more information at

About Excel Tower Service: Greg Belyea establishedExcel Tower Service in 2006.  Excel Tower Service install telecommunications and transmission towers, as well as provide technical services.  Their client list includes some of the top telecommunications companies in Canada, such as Rogers Communications, SBA Canada, Wind Mobile, and Nokia Siemens. For more information, visit

About Dibbits Excavating: Dibbits Excavating is an excavating contractor located in the Quinte Region. Dibbits offers a full range of excavating services and a wide variety of soil products. Dibbits has continuously expanded since its inception in 1970. Visit them at 132 Country Road 40 in Trenton. Dibbits is a proud sponsor of Brighton Speedway and several racers, including Late Model drivers Caley Weese, and David MacDonald, and Comp 4 driver Shelby Mills. 

About Hotch’s Auto Parts: With two locations in Eastern Ontario, Hotch’s Auto Parts specializes in high-quality recycled auto parts. The locations in both Ameliasburgh and Bowmanville offer only the best levels of service. All parts from Hotch’s are automatically covered under a 101 day warranty. Hotch’s Auto Parts also offers a daily delivery service to Belleville, Trenton, Napanee, Kingston, and Prince Edward County. Find out more at 

About Finish Line Web Design:

Finish Line Web Design is owned and operated by Craig Revelle of Gananoque, Ontario Canada. As a young child, Craig developed a passion for the sport of auto racing and dreamed to one day be involved in the sport he loved on a full time basis, and has fulfilled that dream and much more over the past few years. Craig’s website design and motorsports marketing skills are self-taught.  By hard work, determination and surrounding himself with the right people, he has started his business from scratch and grown it each and every year since its inception in 2009. Visit for more information. 

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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 DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September for Mr. DIRT Sportsman and 358 Modified designation.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson