Josh Read’s Hat-Trick Captures Driver of the Week

By Clayton Johns

IMG_8380BRIGHTON (August 27, 2015) – It’s been an impressive coming out party for Trenton, Ont. native Josh Read in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division over the past month. The veteran driver made a return to Brighton Speedway on July 18 and has been almost unstoppable since. In six starts since, Read has yet to finish outside the top-five and is now on a three-race win streak. Those impressive stats have earned him Driver of the Week honours for the week ending in August 22.

“The car just seems to be working on the outside for me. The right tires make a big difference. I spoke to Brandon Wilkie, who built the car, and he told me what tires to put on it,” Read explained. “As soon as I did that, it started working really well out there.”

The first win came on August 8 and ended a 10 season winless streak for Read.

“It was awesome. It was one of those things where you start to feel you don’t have it anymore,” Read said of the relief the win provided.

After rules were changed mid-season to make Read’s car legal at Brighton, he welcomed the chance to return to his home racetrack. Read had started the season racing in the Rookie division at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday nights.

IMG_8373“I love Brighton. It’s home to me. It’s where I grew up. My whole family raced there: my father (Pete Read) and my uncle (Paul Read) raced here,” Read said. “My whole family’s been there. When they opened the rules up so I could bring my car down, that just made my day.”

Saturday night racing on Brighton’s dirt is a family affair for Read. His step-son, Bailey Calbury-Reid, 16, began racing in the Comp 4 division midway through the season alongside him as well.

“I love it. It gives us more time together and we bond a lot better over this. He’s always wanted to do it and I was kind of afraid to put him in a car. But I finally said he’s got to do it and he wants to, so put him in it,” Read said.

“It’s just about having fun, that’s all it is. My wife and kids love it and then we got my son Bailey a car. It’s kind of more for him to get in to it.”

While Read only returned to Brighton in the middle of the season, he is far from a rookie. He began racing at the age of 16 in the late model division in one of his father’s former cars. He then took to racing his own cars in the 4-cylinder, Pro Stock, Bomber and, most recently, on asphalt with the Hurricane Midget series.

With this season going as strong as it, Read plans to challenge for the Comp 4 division championship in 2016 before challenging himself with a purpose-built racecar in two years.

“I’m going to run that car again next season and the following season go to a Modified,” Read said. “I’ve always wanted to, it’s just that the funds weren’t always there.”

He hopes his racing career will continue to blossom, especially now that the skill is second-nature every time he straps in to the racing seat.

“It’s one of those things that just comes to me because I’ve been doing it so long. I never really had the car to win. I was always up there with everybody, but it wouldn’t quite do it for me.”

He certainly has given himself the tools to be at the front every week. Read will try for his fourth consecutive win on Saturday, August 29 when the Comp 4 division returns to action.

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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)

August 15 – Charlie Sandercock (Pro Late Model)

August 22 – Josh Read (Comp 4)

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 8 – Charlie Sandercock (August 22, August 15, 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 3).

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 5 – Dan Ferguson (August 22, August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13); 3 – Andrew Hennessy (August 15, June 20, May 3); 2 – Doug O’Blenis (July 25, May 23); 2 – Curtis King (July 11, May 9); 1 – Shawn Gregory (August 8); 1- Mike Lucas (June 6).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 8 – Justin Ramsay (August 15, August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13, June 6, May 16, May 3); 4 – Doug Anderson (August 22, August 8, July 11, May 23); 1 – 19 Brandon Murrell (July 25); 1 – 53 Wade Purchase (May 9).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 6 – Tyler French (July 25, July 4, June 13, May 16, May 9, May 3); 3 – 29 Josh Read (August 22, August 15, August 8); 2 – Shelby Mills (July 18, May 23); 1 – 85 Austin Reid (August 1); 1 – Brady Greer (June 6).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 3 – Del MacGregor (August 8, July 4, May 9); 1 – 28 Mark McDonald (August 15); 1 – Adam Flieler (July 18); 1 – Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- Gary Taylor (May 23);

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 2 – Chantel Golden (August 15, July 18); 1 – 01 Dawson Evans (August 8).

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About RUSH Late Model Racing: The RUSH Dirt Late Model Series sanctions weekly crate late model racing at 14 dirt tracks in five U.S. states (Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) and one Canadian province (Ontario). The weekly series boasts a points fund of over $27,000. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series boasts two separate tours, north and south, that compete from April to October. The two touring series will combine for 24 events across the Northeast in 2015 with an annual points fund in excess of $30,000.

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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 RUSH Late Model Series sanctioning.

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson