Chilly Night Leads to Good Racing Saturday night as we head into the Applefest Shootout!

September 14th Race Report

By Angela Rinaldi

It was a cool fall night at the track as fans bundled up to watch their favorite drivers compete on Ultramar CST Belleville night at the races.  It was also the second and final demonstration by the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub as kids got out on the mini oval to show off their driving skills in preparation for next season when the Klub will run regularly on Thursday nights.

Saturday night was also the final appearance for the Larry’s Towing Spectator 1 on 1 races that saw eleven fans take their street vehicles to the track for one lap dash against each other.  The final match saw Tyler French of Frankford take on Thomas Vink.  French who has won twice before this season kept his winning streak alive through the final round.

Quinte Septic Stinger feature saw #42 Andy Fletcher start on the pole and lead the entire twelve lap race to win the second feature of the season.  #19 Del MacGregor the current point’s leader did what he needed to do in order to maintain his points lead but #93 Jorden Pickell took 2nd ahead of #18 Shawn MacGregor.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature had a first time feature winner when #94 Brady Greer held off #11 Adam Fleiler for the win.  #43 Tom Vance remained consistent with a top three finish and goes into the last two weekends with a solid points lead over #44 Brandon Wilke who finished fifth.

In the OILGuard Anti Rust Canadian Modified Division Andrew Hennessy recovered from a rough weekend on Labour Day Weekend that saw him put the #87 car into the front straight wall.  Hennessy started on the front row and lead from lap 1 to lap 30 in the extra distance the third race of the RONA Trenton Triple Crown event.  Hennessy was chased to the line by current points leader #33 Ryan Scott.  Scott started deep in the field but used consistency to make his way to second by the end.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks saw Doug Anderson showing again his smooth driving skills as he worked his way from twelfth starting spot to pas #83 Jay O’Hara on the final lap.  O’Hara had a straight away lead with about five laps remaining but a couple of bobbles in turn four allowed Anderson to close the gap and make the pass on the final lap.  O’Hara would hold on to finish second.

The Brighton Speedway Kart Klub saw sixteen karts attend the second demonstration of the year.  In the box stock division that has kids racing as young as 5 years old saw #02 Holly Denard win her heat while #35 Brandon Moore picked up the 10 lap feature win with his first visit to the mini oval.  In the junior division it was #77 Anthony Rinaldi that won his heat and it was his brother #3 Nathan Rinaldi that came from the 6th starting spot to take the win in the 12 lap feature.  In the senior division was Dylan Kirkland picking up both the heat and feature events.

Saturday night’s exciting racing leads into the busiest and most exciting race weekends of the season as the 9th Annual Applefest Shootout Weekend is upon us!  The Applefest Shootout Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, Coca Cola and  starts Friday night with the DIRTcar Sportsman Super Dirt Series accompanied by the TUSA Mod Lites, the Eastern Ontario Vintage Cars, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bills Johns Comp 4’s and Quinte Septic Stingers for a very full night of racing.  Night two of the Shootout weekend is highlighted by the mighty 358 DIRTcar Modifieds in a 100 lap Super Dirt Series Event.  The stars and cars of the 358 Modifieds love their annual visit to the 1/3rd mile oval and look forward to battling it out for 100 laps on neutral territory.  Saturday night will also feature the TUSA Mod Lites Canadian Nationals event, the Merrittville Speedway/Brighton Speedway Dual in the Dirt Combined event for Pro Stocks plus the final point’s night for the Canadian Modifieds and Late Models.  Adding to the excitement and drama of the weekend, going into Saturday the Late Model Championship is tied between #11 Corey Earl and #57 Charlie Sandercock.

Be sure to join us for this marquis event both nights as gates open at 5:30 and racing starts at 7:00pm sharp on Friday night.  Saturday night the start time moves up an hour to 6:00pm and the gates open at 4:00 pm for this busy night.  For complete details for the  Applefest Shootout Weekend events visit the event specific web site or

Brighton Speedway Race Results Saturday September 14th

Bill’s Johns Comp 4

1st. 94 Brady Greer, Wellington; 2nd. 11 Adam Flieler, Trenton; 3rd. 43 Tom Vance, Stockdale; 4th, Rich Sanders, Picton; 5th. 44 Brandon Wilkie, Trenton

Brighton Automotive Pro Stock

1st. 72 Doug Anderson, Trentonl; 2nd. 83 Jay O’Hara, Brighton; 3rd. 1 Shawn Gregory, Trenton; 4th. 03 Justin Ramsay, Trenton; 5th. Jason Preece, Trenton

OILgard Anti Rust Canadian Modified RONA Triple Crown

1st. 87 Andrew Hennessy, Picton; 2nd. 33 Ryan Scott, Kingston; 3rd. 74 Mike Lucas, Belleville; 4th. 46 Warren Mowat, Trenton; 5th. 12 Adam Whaley, Trenton

Quinte Septic Stingers

1st. 42 Andy Fletcher, Carrying Place; 2nd. 93 Jorden Pickell, Trenton; 3rd. 18 Shawn MacGregory, Brooklin; 4th. 17 Jeff Inia, Colborne; 5th. 06 Steve Wells, Picton

Photo Tags

IMG 3361: The 20 Lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature event on Saturday Night at Brighton Speedway saw #83 Jay O’Hara of Brighton valiantly battling for the lead against the #72 “Big Smooth” Doug Anderson.


IMG 2759: #94 Brady Greer took his first Checkered Flag in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. Seen here receiving his prizes from sponsor Paul Murray of Ultramar CST Belleville.


IMG 2749:  Three classes and 16 young drivers took to the small oval for the 2nd presentation of the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub. Holly Burrows and Nathan Rinaldi had a hard fought battle in the Juniors event.