Justin Ramsay Earns Driver of the Month With Spectacular June

Justin Ramsay drivers his Empey Tire/ABC Taxi No.03 off turn four at Brighton Speedway on June 25, 2016. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. (June 30, 2016) – Justin Ramsay’s 790 of a possible 800 points in the month of June have earned the Rossmore, Ont. pilot Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Month honours.

Ramsay pulled off a near perfect month. He won all four of his qualifying heat races in June and three of four feature finishes. The only race he didn’t win was on June 11 when he finishes second to Doug Anderson in a furious and classic battle. Not too shabby a month for the driver dubbed the ‘Rossmore Rocket’.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve definitely had the car working the way I want. We changed quite a few things, but last week it worked wherever I wanted it to go. It’s back to the 2015 car. It only took half a season, but we figured it out,” the current Pro Stock point leader remarked with a laugh.

Ramsay has come through the field on several occasions, including on June 11 during his second-place run when he rallied from the rear of the field to second in just nine laps. While it may look easy from a grandstand cushion, it’s a different view from Ramsay’s seat.

Justin Ramsay celebrates his fourth win of the season at Brighton Speedway with Ben Sandercock of Deerhaven Farm & Garden on June 25. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay celebrates his fourth win of the season at Brighton Speedway with Ben Sandercock of Deerhaven Farm & Garden on June 25. (Rod Henderson photo).

“It’s challenging every week. I just get a mindset and I drive to the hole. I try not follow anybody. I want to be in a fresh line for myself,” Ramsay explained. That’s why sometimes it ends up being four-wide because I don’t pay attention to the car that’s beside the car I’m beside. I’m going for the open hole.”

With the calendar set to flip to July and eight races already in the books, Ramsay knows the dog days of the season and the summer are just around the corner. It’s those weeks and nights in the shop that can make or break a champion. To keep fresh, Ramsay and his Dirty Fast Racing team make sure to dedicate a day away from racecars.

“We try to keep Sundays for other stuff and to stay away from the shop. We keep Sundays open unless somebody’s car is smashed up, but it’s a full-time job,” Ramsay commented.

Ramsay’s winning percentage is a cool .500 so far this season (he’s won four of eight starts). Some might consider it monotonous to park in victory lane each week, but a checkered flag never gets old, he says.

“It never gets old. This year’s been good. Everybody’s stepped their game and it’s been tough,” added Ramsay.

The toughest, yet most exciting, part of Ramsay’s season schedule begins this weekend. The first combined race for the Duel on the Dirt series takes place at Ohsweken Speedway. Ramsay will also compete in a handful of other triple-header weekends throughout July and August as he travels throughout the southern part of Ontario.

“When everybody from out of town comes, or when you go out of town, it’s a blast. Those are the races we look forward to,” Ramsay said excitedly. “We make sure the car is 100% to go run the series.”

Justin Ramsay will return to action at Brighton Speedway on Saturday, July 2 for the Canada Day Mid-Season championships presented by Brighton Automotive and the Community Press featuring a Mystical Distributing Fireworks show. Time trials begin at 5:00pm before racing starts at 7:00pm. Spectator gates open at 4:00pm. Adult admission is $15. Complete event information is available at www.brightonspeedway.ca.


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 2 – Steve Baldwin (May 21, June 11); 2 – Adam Turner (May 14, June 18); 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28); 1 – Tyler Rand (June 4)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 3 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18); 2 – Dan Ferguson (April 30, June 25); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Curtis King (June 11)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 4 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18, June 25); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Brandon Murrell (May 28)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4), 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25);1 – Adam Flieler (May 21); 1 – Josh Read (June 11);

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Arthur McCauley

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28); 1 – Willy Bolton (June 11); 1 – James Turgeon (June 25)

Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18)

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

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media


Photo Credit: Rod Henderson