Gregory’s Return To Victory Lane Earns Co-Driver of the Week

By Clayton Johns

IMG_8891BRIGHTON (August 12, 2015) – It’s been a long time since car No.1 was in victory lane but Shawn Gregory snapped a long winless streak on August 8. The 22-year racing veteran drove his Canadian Modified to the Winner’s Circle in dramatic fashion, holding off Dan Ferguson over the final laps, to earn Co-Driver of the Week for the week ending August 8.

Gregory’s season started out slow, but the months of July and August have been kind to the Carrying Place, Ont. native who has earned three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including last week’s victory. The success has come from a lot hard work as well as trial and error on his new Pierce Chassis, said Gregory.

“It’s been just about everything. From springs and shocks to scaling it weekly. We’re just tweaking this and that a little bit at a time to where we’ve gotten a happy spot with it,” he said.

IMG_8258At the beginning or the season, Gregory felt he lost momentum coming in to the corners and had too much bite on exit. Now, he has the car capable of running right where he likes it.

“I’m trying to get it to run the outside. I like the outside of the track where I can let it hand and go,” said Gregory.

The Gregory family has a long history at Brighton Speedway. Shawn is the third generation of racecar drivers and is ushering in the fourth. Shawn’s oldest son, Brock, races in the Junior Restricted division at Brighton’s Kart Klub on Thursday nights.

At just 14, Brock is two years ahead of his father, who started in Brighton’s Street Stock division at age 16. The first season in 1993 was spent behind the wheel of a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, which he shared with his grandmother, who also raced the car. It just serves to prove the Gregory family’s passion for racing.

“My father got me in to it when I was 16. From there on in, we’ve been racing. The last few years have been off and on, but this year we decided to go back to the Canadian Modified again and try to run a full season and get top-five in points,” said Gregory. “We’re there now and it’s been a big jump since the middle of the season.”

Gregory’s return to the Canadian Modified division this season and recent success is due in part to help from Doug O’Blenis. The two drivers have “twin chassis’” which has allowed them to collaborate on setup ideas, Gregory said.

Gregory, the 2006 Canadian Modified track champion, feels he’s found a good baseline that will allow him to compete for a second track title in 2016.

“The season’s starting to wrap-up now. We’re planning for next year now that we’ve got the car figured out and working well,” he said. “It will be a much better start next year for sure.”

However, it doesn’t mean Gregory is any less focused on staying in the top-five in the championship standings, or vying to win the division’s most prestigious race, the $2000-to-win 50-lap Danny Reid Memorial on September 12.

“We have the big 50-lap race coming up. We’re just trying to go forward for that and keep in the top-five here throughout the rest of the season. I’m happy with that and finishing there for my sponsors and my crew because they help me out like crazy,” Gregory explained.

If nothing else, Gregory has proven the No.1 team will be a contender for the win the rest of the season.

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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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

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