John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial Headlines Championship Weekend

Andrew Hennessy is the defending winner of the Danny Reid Memorial for the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

2016 Danny Reid Memorial PosterBRIGHTON, Ont. – September 7, 2016 – Brighton Speedway will crown five division champions on Saturday night and the Danny Reid Memorial will be centre stage. The 50-lap, $2000-to-win event for the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds will help crown the champion in that division’s biggest race of the year.

The Danny Reid Memorial is held annually in memory of the late Danny Reid who passed away during an event at Brighton Speedway in 2005. This year’s edition of the John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial will feature a unique format for the division’s biggest race of the year.

Drivers will line-up their eight-lap heat races based on the existing handicapping procedure. From there, the top three finishers in each heat (or top-two finishers if there are three heats) will qualify for the Costa Del Mar K5 Dash presented by CJ Media. A dash inversion will determine the starting line-up for the dash.

The finishing order for the five-lap dash, in honour of Danny Reid’s car number, will determine the starting order for the 50-lap main event. The dash winner will receive a $200 bonus and a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses as well as the pole for the Danny Reid Memorial.


Andrew Hennessy is the defending Danny Reid Memorial winner and has locked up the 2016 Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified championship. So far this year, Hennessy has finished 16 of his 17 starts in the top-five and holds a 320-point lead entering the final event. The maximum number of points a driver can earn in a single night is 200.

The battle for second between 2014 Danny Reid Memorial winner Dan Ferguson and Picton’s Kraig Handley is tight with just 10 points separating the two drivers. Fourth-place is also up for grabs with Derrick Greig only 25 points ahead of Josh Hennessy for the position.

Pro Late Battle Down To Final Night

The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models have the tightest point battle of the tracks’ four weekly divisions. Phil Potts sits on top of the standings entering the final night with a 45-point advantage of Charlie Sandercock. Sandercock has won the last three titles after also winning in 2010 and Potts is looking for his first Pro Late Model track championship after winning the 2008 Pure Stock crown.

Two other drivers remain mathematically alive in the championship chase. Two-time winner Adam Turner is 170 points off the lead in third while Brandon Mowat sits 175 markers back in fourth. Those two drivers would need both Potts and Sandercock to fail to start the feature in order to win the championship. Their five-point separation means the third spot will come down to the final lap. Kyle Sopaz is fifth in the standings.

Tyler French To Be Crowned Comp 4 Champion

Tyler French holds an impressive 410-point lead over rookie Matthew Moore in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 standings. French dominated the division in 2016 with six wins and 16 top-5s in 16 starts. He would love to go out with a lucky seventh win to cap a spectacular year.

Matthew Moore sits 110 points up on Peter Moore for second in the standings. Adam Flieler and Luke Toms complete the top-five in the standings entering the final night of points competition.

Stinger Championships Up For Grabs

The Quinte Septic Stinger divisions both have tight points battles. Just 10 points separate Cousins Brittany and Chantel Golden at the top of the Junior Stinger Standings. Willy Bulten also remains in contention 95 points off the lead.

In the Super Stinger division, multi-time champion Del MacGregor currently holds a slim 15-point advantage over Chris Lammle for the championship. Both drivers have two wins in nine races this year, but Lammle has two additional top-five results. With one race left, the championship will likely come down to whoever finishes ahead in Saturday’s feature.

The Brighton Automotive Pro Stock are off from action on Saturday, September 10 to allow drivers to compete in the third combined race for the Duel in the Dirt Pro Stock Series at Merrittville Speedway. Their championship will be decided on September 23 during the Applefest Shootout weekend.

Adult admission for the Danny Reid Memorial is $15 and $13 for Youths and Seniors. A family pass, valid for two adults and two youths, is $40. Grandstand gates open at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 10. Hot laps start at 6:00pm and racing begins at 7:00pm. Additional event information is


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 4 – Phil Potts (April 30, July 2, July 16, July 30); 3 – Steve Baldwin (May 21, June 11, July 23); 2 – Adam Turner (May 14, June 18); 2 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28, July 9); 1 – Tyler Rand (June 4); 1 – Brandon Mowat (August 27); 1 – Greg Belyea (September 4)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 6 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 23, July 30); 4 – Dan Ferguson (April 30, June 25, July 16, August 27); 2 – Josh Hennessy (July 9, August 6); 2 – Curtis King (June 11, September 3); 2 – Shawn Gregory (August 20, September 4); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14);

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 7 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 30, August 20, September 3); 2 – Wade Purchase (May 14, July 16); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 2 – Brandon Murrell (May 28, July 23); 2 – Jonah Mutton (July 9, September 4); 1 – Austin Reid (August 6); 1 – Mike Freeman (August 27)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 6 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4, July 30, September 3); 3 – Luke Toms (July 16, July 23, August 27); 2 – Josh Read (June 11, July 2); 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25); 2 – Adam Flieler (May 21, August 6); 1 – Jeff Humphrey (August 20)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 2 – Del MacGregor (July 9, August 6); 2 – Arthur McCauley (June 25, August 20); 2 – Mark MacDonald (July 23, September 3);1 – Rick Phillips (May 14);

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 3 – Willy Bulten (June 11, July 23, September 3); 2 – Brittany Golden (May 28, August 6); 2 – Dylan Lobb (July 9, August 20); 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – James Turgeon (June 25);

Southern Ontario Sprints: 4 – Dylan Westbrook (July 9, August 6, September 3, September 4); 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18);

Go Nuclear Late Model Series: 1 – Charlie Sandercock (June 25)

Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club: 1 – Shawn Gregory (July 16)

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Brighton Speedway’s 2016 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti-Rust, Battlefield Equipment Rentals, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Belleville Boyer Nissan, Belleville Transmission & Auto, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bicknell Racing Products, Bill’s Johns, BJ McColl Fams, Bonn Law, Boyer Chevrolet Napanee, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Budweiser, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian Energy, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Hits 95.5, Classic Rock 107.9 The Breeze, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, The Community Press, Cool 100, CSC Products, Davis Auto Repair, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Eastern Overhead Doors, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, First Place Trailers, Gerow Propane, Gilmour’s Meat Shop, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Hellraiser Race Bodies, Hewbrook Incorporated, Hits FM 95.5, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Humber Nurseries, Motorsport Designs, JJ Stewart Motors, John’s Equipment, Jones Automotive, KD Transmission, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, KOA Campground of Brighton, Krown Rust Control Trenton, Lange & Fetter Ford, Larry’s Towing, Leaf Racewear, Leclair Electric, Lester’s Hot Dogs, Lucas Oil, Maestro’s Painting, Mark Heating & Cooling, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Monacoe’s Hair Salon & Day Spa, Monster Energy, Motosports of Trenton, Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing My FM 100.9/93.3, Mystical Distributing, NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint, NOCO Fuels, Owasco RV, Part Source, Peter’s South End Garage, Qunte Mall, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, REMAX (Saoirse Graham & Nicole Parks), ROCK 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stewart Electric, Stix & Stones Billiards, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Target Fabrication, TAS Communications, The Trentonian, Therapeutic Massage Centre, Towne and Country Liquidation, Turris Communications, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Vanderlaan Building Products, Vandermeer Toyota, VanZuylen Tire and Alignment, The Vinyl Solution, Vito’s Restaurant, VP Racing Fuels and Workman’s OK Tire.

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.

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson