After three weeks of rain mother nature finally cooperated for staff, drivers and fans a like.  Fans filled the stands and 103 cars packed the pits for the 2nd event of the 2021 season at the 1/3rd mile clay oval at Brighton Speedway with Castleton’s Under the Hood Automotive Services hosting the night and adding to the competitor’s purse.

The Quinte Septic Stingers would be the first feature of the night and early in the race it was full of excitement including #44 Rai-Ann Beaudrie rolling over on the from straight away.  Rai-Ann emerged from the car uninjured and was applauded by the large crowd.  When the race resumed it was the #93 of Jordan Pickell that would work his way to the front and take the lead but it was not with out challenges from a number of drivers including #18 Carter Rhodes.  Rhodes would make his way around the high side and challenge for the lead on that last lap but as the two rounded corners three and four for the last time Pickell would get the run out of four to checker and secure the win.  Rhodes would hold on for second and #95 of Chris Lammle would round out the top three.

Twenty cars were set for the Brighton Automotive Thunder Stock 20 lap feature.  #53 Wade Purchase and #72 Doug Anderson would start on the poll position with Purchase taking the lead from the green flag.  Purchase would continue to lead but the battle behind him was heating up.  On the third lap around the track the #0 of Tyler French had moved to second and the #03 Justin Ramsay was starting his march to the front from his seventh starting position.  By lap fifteen with Purchase still leading Ramsay had moved into third and would join Purchase and French in a battle for the lead.  Ramsay was working the high side, passed French for second on lap nineteen and would make a last lap effort to pass Purchase in the final corner but it was Purchase that was able to hold on for his first victory since 2019.  Ramsay and French would round out the top three.

Bill’s Johns Mini Stocks would mark Saturday night as a first for their division.  Since the classes inception in 2017 the division as always had to run with the higher horsepower Comp 4 division.   With more than 16 drivers now registered in the division, the drivers can now run as their own class.   It was rookie #16 Dawson Evans that would start fourth and take this first ever Mini Stock feature.  He was followed by #25 Lawrence Evenden and #12 Caleb Severin.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified feature would see the first repeat winner of 2021 as #1 Shawn Gregory was would start third and make his way to the front passing #5 Wally Alderdice and would not look back setting a blazing pace around the high side of the track.  A lap thirteen restart would give #69 Julian Phillips the best shot of anyone to catch Gregory but it was not meant to be on this night as Gregory had everything clicking on this night.   Phillips would finish a career best second and #32 Doug O’Blenis would come home with his second straight third place finish.

The Vanderlaan Building Products Late Models would be up next and team mates #87 Andrew Hennessy and #57 Charlie Sandercock would have the luck of the draw to start on the front row.  Hennessy would lead early as the battled each other hard and would swap positions on lap 8 but Hennessy would take the lead right back on lap nine.  On lap twenty-three the two would have start to deal with lap traffic and lap twenty-five Sandercock would thread the needle between Hennessy and the lapped cars for the lead.  Hennessy would not give up however and have to switch lines to the bottom of the track as the two duked it out for the final 5 laps.   In the end the two crossed the finish line in a thrilling finish side by side leaving many people wondering who was the winner as the waited for the official call from the scorers and using the Mylaps timing and scoring system Sandercock had crossed the line .022 seconds ahead of Hennessy for the second win of 2021.   Hennessy would have to settle for second and #311 Sam Pennachio would finish third for his second podium finish of the year.

The final feature event of the night would be the Bill’s Johns Comp 4.  #43 Devon Kippen is showing his dominance early in the 2021 season by picking up his second win of the season.  A good showing from #15 Josh Bogaard and #08 Josh Frech as they would battle it out for second with Boogard holding on the position at the checkers and French picking up third in his first appearance of 2021.

Next Saturday night, August 14th is nostalgia night at Brighton Speedway with our 2021 wall of Fame ceremonies, the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Cars and OSCAAR Hot Rod Series.  It also marks the return of the Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance 40 lap, $1,200 to win series race.  Brighton Speedway is using an online ticketing system to manage reservations and fans can go to www.brightonspeedway.com and follow the links to purchase tickets.