Curtis King’s Second Win Earns Driver of the Week at Brighton

By Clayton Johns (July 16, 2015)

07KingVL3Curtis King has surprised a lot of people this year, including himself. The Wooler, Ont. native has won two races in the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified division at Brighton Speedway this season, the first two of his career, in just his fourth season behind the wheel of his Flowmetrix/Ajax Nissan sponsored No.07.

The second victory earned King driver-of-the-week honours for the week of July 11. The pair of wins has finally set in for King, who has steadily improved since his rookie season in 2011.

“It’s hit me. I never expected two wins so quickly or even one win,” said King. “The second win was great, but that race in itself was a high. It was an awesome race.”

King’s first career win came on May 9 and he followed it up with a repeat performance on July 11, holding off a pair of former champions in Dan Ferguson and Andrew Hennessy in the process.

With the two wins, King has seven top-10 finishes in eight starts this season, three of them top-5s. It’s been an impressive coming-out party for King, due in part to a trip south of the border over the off-season.

Ruhlman Racecars put a new front clip on his No.07 last winter. The upgrade has proved to be a difference-maker for the driver behind the wheel.

“With the old clip, the car was really inconsistent and to get it to turn I had to drive over my head. Being somewhat of a new driver and having to drive that car so hard, the outcome was not desirable many times,” King explained.

“The new car is a lot more stable, it turns in the corner and allows me to drive versus battling a car and trying to figure out a setup at the same time.”

The change gave the soon-to-be 48-year-old driver one of the missing directions for a trip to victory lane.

07King3“It’s really given me the confidence to push a little bit harder. I’ve made comments in the past that I really don’t like driving the high side and part of it was the old car,” said King. “This last race, I had to start on the outside of (Kraig Handley) and I just drove in to the corner with confidence. I made the pass stick and took the lead.”

King’s venture in to Saturday night racing at Brighton started out of a friendship with the Mowat family. Previously, he had focused on off-road racing and building hot rods. Brandon, Warren, and Leslie Mowat all field cars at the track and suggested King get involved.

“They’re kind of the ones that sparked the passion in it,” King said.

Four years later, King was able to dedicate his first win on dirt to his late father-in-law and Brighton Speedway Wall of Fame inductee, Larry Stacey.

“The first win was definitely the highlight of my career. To dedicate that win to him and everything he’s done for me and my family, it was great,” King added.

With 11 races remaining on the schedule, King has accomplished the two goals on his checklist at the start of the season. One, was to win his first race. Check. The second, was to finish in the top-five in points. The No.07 is currently fourth in the championship standings.

“I felt at the time it was something that was a long way out there, but you set your goals high and work towards them,” said King. “If we can just stay in the top-five in points, it will be a great year.”

To many, it’s already been great to witness a little piece of motorsports history.

King will be in action again this Saturday for the ABC Taxi and Hotch’s Auto Parts Salute to the Forces Race Night. Race time is 7:00pm and adult admission is just $10.

About ABC Taxi: ABC Taxi is a locally owned and operated taxi company that has served the Quinte region for over 20 years. To arrange your safe ride home after a night at the track, call ABC Taxi at (613) 392-3535 or visit them online at www.abctaxi-quinte.com.

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 www.hotchsautoparts.com.

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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, ImageFactor.ca 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

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

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