Four Wide School Bus Action Packed Racing


Brighton Speedway Race Report

September 16, 2012

Angela Rinaldi

With fall weather quickly approaching the large crowd of race fans bundled up for Rapid Rad’s presentation of round two of the Workman Auto Repair School Bus Race and double points night for the Bainer’s Radiators Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Divisions.

The smooth and tacky track surface made for great racing all night long and was in great shape as the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks took the green flag.  #83 Jay O’Hara would get out to the early lead and not look back taking the checkered flag after 20 laps.  Following O’Hara would be #23 Rob Perry, #74 Mike Lucas, #36 Mitch Rosborough and newcomer 2X Lee Winger.  O’Hara’s double win on the night was enough to earn him the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week award.

The near capacity crowd anxiously anticipated the Start of the Workman Auto Repair School Bus races were up next for a 15 lap battle.  Down a few busses from the regular bus count the drivers that did make it to the feature were intent on making sure it was an exciting race to watch.  #9 Derek “Maestro” Vreugdenhil and #77 Brenie Rhebergen were not long making their way to the front.  The two passed each other a number of times while trying to contend with lapped traffic.  It all came down to the final corner on the last lap when Vreugdenhil dove to the inside of #325 Del “Chili” MacGregor but Rhebergen would make a bonzia move down the inside of Vreugdenhil making it four wide going into turn three.  Rhebergen’s move proved to be the winning move as he came out of turn four in the lead however Maestro was pushing him sideways and Rhebergen actually passed the flag stand pointing at the wall but still in front for the win.

Third to the feature line were the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds as the night progressed.  Reigning Champion Dan Ferguson did all he could in order to lock up the points title for a second year in a row and his third Bainer’s Radiator Championship overall by winning the double point’s event.  Ferguson was followed by #91Kraig Handley, #18 Kevin Scott, #12 Adam Whaley and #13 Dale Locke.

The fourth and final feature to the 1/3rd mile clay oval was the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division in a 20 lap double point’s battle.  Rookie Tom Vance held the lead for most of the race but #03 Justin Ramsay was fighting hard to overtake him. At the line was Vance, followed by #10 Travis McLean, #66 Mark Packer and #88 Dave Fargey to round out the top 5.

Be sure to join us this week as one of the biggest weekends of the year hit the 1/3 mile clay oval and the last chance to take in exciting stock car action for this great 2012 season.  This weekend is a double header of jammed packed racing action as Cool 100, presents the Lucas Oil DIRTcar Sportsman 35 lap Super DIRTcar Series on Friday night along with the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, plus the Season Finale for the Bills Johns Comp 4 and Quinte Towing Stingers.  Friday’s gates open at 5:30 pm and racing starts at 7 pm.

On Saturday the action returns for the final time in 2012 with the 8th annual Benson Auto Parts Applefest 358 Modified Shootout presented by VP Fuels and  This must see event will see the stars and cars of the 358 Super DIRTcar Series take their 700 horsepower Modifieds and battle it out for 100 laps for a $4000.00 pay day!  This year marks the first time that the Applefest shootout since it inauguration in 2005 that the event has been part of the Super DIRTcar Series Schedule and is sure to bring some big names to the local track from all over Ontario, New York and Quebec.  Joining the mighty 358’s on Saturday will be the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Models, the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds and the Brighton Speedway / Merrittville Speedway Duel on the Dirt for Pro Stocks.  The 50 lap event draws record car counts every year and is always a fans favorite.  Saturdays gates open at 4pm and Racing Starts at 6:00 sharp.

For complete details on the Cool 100 Applefest Shootout visit or the event website or call the speedway office at 1-866-681-1102.

Brighton Speedway Top Five Race Results 9/15/12

Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Division

Feature:1. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON), 2. Kraig Handley (Picton, ON), 3. Kevin Scott (Trenton, ON), 4. Adam Whaley (Trenton, ON), 5. Dale Locke (Stirling, ON),

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division

Feature:1. Tom Vance (Stockdale, ON), 2. Justin Ramsay (Trenton, ON), 3. Travis McLean (Trenton, ON), 4. Mark Packer (Trenton, ON), 5. David Fargey (Belleville, ON),

Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Division

Feature:1. Jay O’Hara (Brighton, ON), 2. Rob Perry (Wooler, ON), 3. Mike Lucas (Belleville, ON), 4. Mitch Rosborough (Picton, ON), 5. Lee Winger (Hamilton, ON),

Workman Auto Repair School Bus Division

Feature: 1. Bernie Rhebergen (Brighton, ON), Derrick Vreugdenhil (Trenton, ON),

Photo Tags

  1. Bernie Rhebergen battled the field, often 3 wide through the corners to take home the hardware on Saturday night during Rapid Rad’s presentation of the Workman Auto Repair School Bus Races at Brighton Speedway.

  1. Jay O’Hara #83 raced to the checkered in the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Double Points events at Brighton Speedway.

  1. Dan Ferguson #11 hung onto the points lead in the double points 30 lap Bainer’s Radiators Canadian Modified Event at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night.