Inaugural Kart Klub Champions Decided on Final Night

BRIGHTON – The final race of the inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season saw 29 karts sign in for action on championship night. With championships on the line in three divisions, a big night of racing was waiting in the wings.

Box Stock 1

MaxMacDonaldWinNo points were kept in the Box Stock 1 division as the first year drivers between the ages of 5-8 competed for fun and trophies.

On the final night of competition in 2014, six karts started the Box Stock “1A” feature. Max MacDonald (No.5 MacDonald Homes) started on the pole and led early in the race. A caution around the mid point of the race allowed second-place runner Jacob Down (No.57 Image Landscaping) a chance at the lead. MacDonald and Down traded the lead twice on the final lap before MacDonald stole it back in turn three for the victory. Trouble on the final corner shuffled Jacob back to fourth as brother Carson Down (No.55 Image Landscaping) took second and Jace James (No.99J) took away third. James Markland (No.21 Lawns We Do) finished fifth while mechanical problems forced Ryan Greig (No.48 Greig Truck and Trailer) to settle for sixth. James and Jacob Down won the qualifying heats.

ClaireMacdonaldWinThe Box Stock “1B” feature saw another six drivers take to the track for a 10-lap finale to the season. Claire MacDonald (No.17 MacDonald Homes) grabbed the lead on the opening lap while Keira Turner (No.92 Mark Heating and Cooling) grabbed hold of the second spot. MacDonald opened up a big lead that enabled her to taste victory. A lap eight pass saw Nathan Shorts (No.20 Towne and Country Liquidation) steal the second spot as Turner finished in third. Cameron Bristow (No.99 Bay Marine) finished fourth ahead of Ryan Post (No.11R Free Flow). Asher Heard (No.52G State Farm Insurance) had mechanical problems that kept him from finishing. Heard and Shorts won the six lap qualifying heats.

Box Stock 2 

MatticeWinThe Box Stock 2 championship was on the line in a tight points battle between Jaiden Mattice (No.J3 Moroni’s Restaurant) and Cole Perry (No.23 Excel Tower Service). Mattice had the benefit of starting on the pole for the 10-lap feature while Perry was challenged with starting eighth. Mattice wasted little time building a lead ahead of second-place runner Kaitlyn O’Blenis (No.23k John’s Car Care). When O’Blenis lost power on lap six to bring out a yellow, Brockville Speedway regular Kalen Draper (No.18k Draper Doors) assumed the runner-up spot. He challenged Mattice to the final lap, but could not overtake him for the lead. Mattice held on for the victory and earned the championship by a mere two points over Perry. Draper held on to second ahead of Cole McKeown (No.11 MacDonald Homes), Holly Denard (No.02), and Emma Terpstra (No.22). Perry was the sixth-place finisher ahead of O’Blenis and Raiah Lough (No.07 BOS Auto). McKeown and Draper won the qualifying heats.

Sportsman

NathanRinaldiWinThe Sportsman division was also in the midst of a close points battle between Nathan Rinaldi (No.3 BrightonSpeedway.com) and Kyle Anderson (No.17A Hunt’s Bobcat Service). The two pilots entered the night just 16 points apart, meaning a single misstep could determine the championship. Anderson started on the pole and led the opening laps until a mid-race spin from Anthony Rinaldi (No.77 BrightonSpeedway.com) brought out a yellow. Nathan stole the lead on the restart just before the halfway point and Anthony shuffled Anderson back to third. The side-by-side battle for second allowed Nathan to extend a lead that couldn’t be overcome by the time the checkered flag waved. Anderson retook the second spot ahead of Anthony Rinaldi. Nathan’s victory clinched his first championship, winning by 20 points over Anderson.

Jr. Restricted

CarissaBurrowsWinPoint leader Carissa Burrows (No.33c) had all but sewn up the inaugural Junior Restricted division championship by winning each of the first eight races. Burrows had visions of a season sweep while the other five drivers looked to find victory lane for the first time. Nathan Rinaldi (No.3) held the early lead as the polesitter. Brockville regular Dylan Litle (No.18 CP Signs) of Carleton Place made his presence felt and challenged Rinaldi for the race lead. The caution filled race led to a number of restarts where Burrows eventually grabbed the lead before the halfway point. Rinaldi through his best at the champion, but couldn’t get back to the lead and settled second as Burrows swept the season with her ninth straight victory. Rinaldi was second before Brody Desrosiers (No.90 Bay Marine), Litle, Michaela Lough (No.88x) and Hannah McCrory (No.49 Apex Graphics). Burrows and Rinaldi claimed qualifying heat race victories.

Championship Banquet

The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub banquet will take place on Friday, September 5 at the speedway to recognize the accomplishments of the young racers. The first set of champions will be crowned in the Box Stock 2, Sportsman, and Junior Restricted divisions. The Box Stock 1 drivers are all crowned champions after their first season of racing.

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Thursday night Kart Racing: The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit www.brightonspeedway.com for a full schedule.

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, ImageFactor.ca, 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

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

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