Dawson Evans’ First Win Scores Co-Driver of the Week

By Clayton Johns

01EvansBRIGHTON (August 12, 2015) – In just his second year behind the wheel of car No.01 in the Quinte Septic Stinger division, Dawson Evans has already checked a major accomplishment off the racing bucket list. The 15 year-old driver from Frankford, Ont. earned his first career win last Saturday night in the Quinte Septic Junior Stinger 12-lap main event.

“The best part of it was probably listening to people cheering while I was getting out of the car and then getting the plaque,” said the soft-spoken 10th grader at Belleville’s Bayside Secondary School.

Evans started on the pole for the feature event in his Cannifton Garage / Gilmour Meats sponsored car and led every lap of the feature race to earn the win. He had to hold off another up and coming driver towards the end of the race in Nathan Buckey. Nonetheless, Evans said he was confident.

“I was nervous afterwards when I had to go and stand in front of everyone, but I wasn’t nervous in the racecar,” said Evans.

IMG_8218While he can’t yet drive on the street, it hasn’t stopped the youngster from jumping behind the wheel on the racetrack. Evans’ racing adventure started from the grandstand one Saturday night at Brighton Speedway in 2013.

“My grandpa, my dad and I were in the stands watching the races. A few of the other racers came up to sit with us and they had a car for sale,” said Evans. “My grandpa said ‘do you wanna race?’. I said yes and he bought me the car.

The Evans family prepared the car over the winter and Dawson raced for the first time in 2014. His first season was strong for a rookie driver. He earned two top-10 finishes in eight races against one of the most competitive classes at the track. He admits it was challenging at first, but Evans has gotten the hang of dirt racing’s basics.

“It’s really slippery and you slide everywhere,” explained Evans of his initial reaction to racing on the dirt. “At first I started going a little bit slower and kept getting faster and faster.”

Following Dawson’s first season, Ken Evans, Dawson’s father, purchased his own car to make Saturday night racing a family affair. So far this year, Dawson is fourth in points with two top-5 finishes and four top-10s. He’s one spot ahead of his dad, who has three top-10 finishes this year.

“It’s been fun. We joke around a lot. He always says he’s going to try and beat me, but he hasn’t yet,” joked Dawson.

Like any racecar driver, Dawson has set goals for his racing future. While he plans to continue getting the feel for dirt racing in the Stinger division this year, he hopes to move up to a full stock car division in the coming years.

“In a few years I want to try a Pro Stock car. There’s not really anything in particular about them, I just think they’re cool,” he said.

It appears the plan is on track so far.

2015 Drivers Of The Month

May – Doug Anderson / Justin Ramsay

June – Andrew Hennessy

July – Justin Ramsay

2015 Drivers Of The Week

May 9 – Wade Purchase (Pro Stock)

May 16 – Tyler French (Comp 4)

May 23 – Kyle Sopaz (Pro Late Model)

June 6 – Mike Lucas (Canadian Modified)

June 13 – Adam Turner (Pro Late Model)

June 20 – Andrew Hennessy (Canadian Modified)

July 4 – Dan Ferguson (Canadian Modified)

July 11 – Curtis King (Canadian Modified)

July 18 – Shelby Mills (Comp 4)

July 25 – Brandon Murrell (Pro Stock)

August 1 – Austin Reid (Comp 4)

August 8 – Dawson Evans (Stinger) / Shawn Gregory (Canadian Modified)

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 6 – Charlie Sandercock (July 25, July 11, July 4, June 6, May 16, May 9); 2 – Kyle Sopaz (July 18, May 23); 1 – Adam Turner (June 13); 1 – Corey Earl (May 2).

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 4 – Dan Ferguson (August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13); 2 – Doug O’Blenis (July 25, May 23); 2 – Curtis King (July 11, May 9); 2 – Andrew Hennessy (June 20, May 2); 1 – Shawn Gregory (August 8); 1 – Mike Lucas (June 6).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 7 – Justin Ramsay (August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13, June 6, May 16, May 2); 3 – Doug Anderson (August 8, July 11, May 23); 1 –Brandon Murrell (July 25); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 9).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 6 – Tyler French (July 25, July 4, June 13, May 16, May 9, May 2);2 – Shelby Mills (July 18, May 23); 1 – Josh Read (August 8); 1 – Austin Reid (August 1); 1 – Brady Greer (June 6).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 3 – Del MacGregor (August 8, July 4, May 9); 1 – Adam Flieler (July 18); 1 – Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- Gary Taylor (May 23);

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Dawson Evans (August 8); 1 – Chantel Golden (July 18).

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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.

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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.  

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns


Photo Credit: Rod Henderson