Dempster, Baldwin, Thompson, Hough, Pekkonen Claim Night Two Classic Wins

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – The second half of the Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend saw another full pit area greet a busl grandstand. A total 51 stock cars and 21 sprint cars were signed in for action presented by Lucas Oil, Extreme Rush Adventures, Mystical Distributing, Rock 107, and Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive.

Dempster Captures SOS Season Finale

IMG_6590The 19th Southern Ontario Sprints championship was on the line Sunday night in the series’ final points night of 2014. Ohsweken, Ont.’s Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) entered the night with a 65-point lead over Brantford, Ont.’s Mitch Brown (No.10B Pro Fit Health Club).

Keith Dempster (No.5 Renway Energy) and Jamie Turner (No.11T Hank’s Discount Smokes) brought the 21-car field to life for the final 25-lap main event of the season. Dempster wasted little time building a convincing lead on an icy slick racetrack.

The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on lap two when Mount Hope, Ont.’s Frank Baranowski (No.66 OTR Filters) spun off the track in turn four. The restart allowed April Wilson (No.15AW FK Rod Ends) to race past Turner in to second while Dempster held the lead.

Despite a very slick track on the second night of back-to-back races at Brighton, a clean race led to a 21-lap green flag run. Dempster encountered lapped traffic and with most drivers running the bottom groove, Wilson closed the gap on the leader.

Brown picked his way methodically through the field from his 12th starting position. He sat fourth when Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) went up in smoke on the frontstretch with 23 laps complete to cause the second caution of the night.

Dempster held two lapped cars between himself and Wilson for the restart, with Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive) sitting third. Brown made a daring move entering turn three, moving to the high lane and somehow found enough traction to get by both Jones and Wilson for the second position.

Brown ran out of time as Dempster left little doubt about the victory, grabbing the win by over two seconds and running the fastest overall lap of the race. Wilson’s third-place finish was her best of the year with the SOS.

Styres, Jones, and Cory Turner (No.19 Alliance Concrete) won the qualifying heats.

Baldwin Steals Late Model Thriller

IMG_6603The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models ran roofless in their 30-lap feature. Rookie driver Austin King (No.89 Durmach Excellence in Tooling) and Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) started on the front row for the unique race.

Belyea took the early lead with Norm Mayhew (No.60 Hannah Motors) riding in the second position. A good battle for the third position began early between Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbit’s Excavating), Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair) and Brandon Mowat (No.46 Vanderlaan Building Products).

Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products) negotiated his way in to the top-five by the mid-point of the race and had Steve Baldwin (No.5 battling him for position.

The first caution of the race came on lap 26 when Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Intergra Racing Shocks) spun in turn two. Weese was sideways in turn one on the restart to bring out another yellow.

On the restart, Baldwin blew past Potts and Mayhew for the second spot. Another caution on lap 29 meant a one lap dash with Belyea and Baldwin pitted head-to-head. Baldwin carried the momentum in to turn one, and found enough bite off turn two to clear Belyea down the backstretch. Baldwin glued his No.5 to the bottom in turn three and raced to his third win of the season.

Rayner and Belyea won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.

Thompson Invades for Pro Stock win

IMG_6581A 50-lap invitational was on the card for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. The redraw format placed current Brighton point leader Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) on the pole for the feature with Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) in the co-pilot seat.

Anderson led the first eight laps until a caution for Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision). Humberstone Speedway regular James Thompson (No.00 Greeves Automotive) grabbed the lead on the ensuing restart.

A number of cautions in the latter half of the race saw Thompson and Anderson repeatedly restarting door-to-door. Thompson was able to hold off Anderson’s push for the lead by maintaining the bottom lane. Anderson ran against a small cushion on the top to try and find a way around Thompson.

The most dramatic restart was with three laps to go. Anderson got an excellent jump and led briefly by a nose, but could not clear Thompson to take away the bottom. The two raced the final three laps without contact. Thompson found enough bite off of turn four to earn the victory. Anderson held on for second ahead of Jonah Mutton (No.49 Apex Graphics).

Mowat and Thompson won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.

Hough Finds Winner’s Circle

IMG_6609A 30-lap Bill’s Johns Comp 4 invitational capped off the main features of the evening. Five outside invaders were set to challenge the Brighton hosts for the checkered flag.

Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) and Barrie Speedway asphalt regular Dave Crumbie (No.64 Amsoil) led the field to the green. Reid was fastest early on and held a 15-car length lead. A number of cautions erased Reid’s lead and allowed Crumbie to assume the point on lap 22. The following lap, the front-end on Reid’s No.85 broke and ended his chance of victory.

Crumbie would see a similar fate as a wheel fell off the No.64 on a lap 25 restart, handing the lead to Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire). French’s lead didn’t last long though as Terry Hough (No.97 Grosse Construction) took over the top spot. Hough, who’s own car was destroyed earlier in the season, was a substitute driver for Courtney Mastin.

Hough had to overcome another restart on lap 29, but held on for his second victory of the season. French settled for second and Peterborough Speedway regular Ryan Oosterholt (No.79 Farm Bro Racing) finished third.

Crumbie, Reid, and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) won the qualifying heats.

Pekkonen wins Topless Sprint Exhibition

IMG_6622Seven Southern Ontario Sprints drivers returned to the track to conclude the Classic Weekend with a 15-lap wingless sprint exhibition. Second-place starter Paul Pekkonen (No.98 All Out Performance) took the lead from polesitter Dick Mahoney (No.25M RBM Carriers) on lap two and never looked back.

April Wilson challenged for the lead, but couldn’t find enough bite to get past Pekkonen. Wilson held off a challenging Chris Jones for the runner-up spot.

Jones Wins Mechanics Race

IMG_6616The Pro Late Models returned to the track for a 10-lap mini race, but with a different set of drivers behind the wheel. The Late Model mechanics race led to an exciting battle between Tim Jones, driving Corey Earl’s No.11, and Steve Blight, racing Greg Belyea’s No.25. The two exchanged the lead twice with two laps to go before Jones narrowly edged Blight at the line for the victory.

Great Crate Race and Danny Reid Memorial Next Saturday, September 6

Brighton Speedway is set to welcome the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series for the 4th annual, $6000-to-win McDougall Insurance and Financial Great Crate Race. The 65-lap race holds a $20,000 purse and will feature the best crate late model drivers in the northeast.

The OilGARD Canadian Modified 50-lap John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial invitational is also on the card with $2000 to the winner. Lap sponsorships are still available for $25 by contacting Racing begins at 7;00pm and spectator gates open at 5:00pm. Adult admission is $20.Great Crate Race Banner

Complete Results: Night Two Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, Extreme Rush Adventures, Mystical Distributing, Rock 107, and Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive – August 31, 2014

Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (21 Entries – 25 Laps) [Starting Position]: 1. 5 Keith Dempster [1], 2. 10B Mitch Brown [12], 3. 15AW April Wilson [5], 4. 11J Chris Jones [3], 5. 01 Kyle Fraser [4], 6. 0 Glenn Styres [9], 7. 19 Cory Turner [6], 8. 11T Jamie Turner [2], 9. 67 Chris Durand [7], 10. 10C Bob Crawford [13], 11. 84 Tyler Rand [10], 12. 98 Paul Pekkonen [15], 13. 25 Warren Mahoney [11], 14. 71s Shawn Sliter [18], 15. 2 Brad Lodge [17], 16. 15 Mike Ferrell [16], 17. 9NZ Havard Daniels [14], 18. 9 Jim Munsie [21], 19. 66 Frank Baranowski [20], 20. 57 Charlie Sandercock [8], 21. 42W Rick Wilson [19].

Southern Ontario Sprints Wingless Dash (7 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 2. 15AW April Wilson, 3. 11J Chris Jones, 4. 25 Warren Mahoney, 5. 01 Kyle Fraser, 6. 25M Dick Mahoney, 7. 67 Chris Durand.

Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models A-Main (16 Entries – 30 Laps): 1. 5 Steve Baldwin, 2. 25 Greg Belyea, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 92 Adam Turner, 5. 11 Corey Earl, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat, 7. 97 David MacDonald, 8. 55 Mark Rayner, 9. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 10. 60 Norm Mayhew, 11. 77 Caley Weese, 12. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 9 Greg Peake, 15. 20k Tim Kerr, 16. 12 Kyle Sopaz (DNS).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Invitational A-Main (15 Entries – 50 Laps): 1. 00 James Thompson, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 49 Jonah Mutton, 4. 55 Jamie Marshall, 5. 03 Justin Ramsay, 6. 19 Brandon Murrell, 7. 38 Art Rodgers, 8. 77 Rob Disher, 9. 1 Shawn Gregory, 10. 2 Leslie Mowat, 11. 45 Mike Schonauer, 12. 83 Jay O’Hara, 13. 08 Angie Kirby, 14. 71 Dayna Sallans, 15. 53 Wade Purchase.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Invitational A-Main (19 Entries – 30 Laps); 1. 97 Terry Hough, 2. 0 Tyler French, 3. 79 Ryan Oosterholt, 4. 47 Riley Greer, 5. 78 Shelby Mills, 6. 7 Steve Insley, 7. 8 Zac McBride, 8. 27 Nathan Day, 9. 85 Austin Reid, 10. 29 Rich Sanders, 11. 23 Michael Dillon, 12. 64 Dave Crumbie, 13. 70 Becky Jamieson, 14. 8S Geneva Sheffield, 15. 68 Brandon Crumbie, 16. 94 Brady Greer, 17. 87 Nate Bosma, 18. 24 Bella Cosstick, 19. 17 Jeff Humphrey.

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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