Kart Klub Adventure 4

As our far from normal summer rolls on here in southeastern Ontario the Brighton Speedway ramped up for a big week under the mid-August sunshine with karts back in action on Thursday night and racecars hitting the big track for the 2nd time this season on Saturday night.  Respectable kart counts in all divisions all season had 50 karts in the pit area ready to go.

A big field of 8 Box Stock 1 karts roll onto the clay oval for the first feature event of the night – #101 Jase Patterson and #18 Sterling Bent started up front and took the green.  The #18 of Bent got the advantage and led the first lap as the field behind him sorted themselves out,  #97 Max Taylor and #27 Reilly Day worked their karts through the action and by Bent for the lead.  A great race saw the pair swap the lead back and forth as they weaved their way through traffic like a Friday night on the DVP, a great last lap moved secured the win for the #97 of Taylor over #27 Day, #51t Lynden Taylor 3rd, #100 Hannah Harrison and #18 Bent rounded the top 5.
Rookie 1 class was next on the lineup board  – #0 Kolton French and #31 Brody Davidson were on point as they started the 10 lap main event.  It took a couple of restarts to get rolling with 8 eager drivers fighting for room on the racetrack – but eventually, the #31 of Davidson cleared the action and pulled into the lead followed by #19 Audrey Toms.  Davidson ran some very clean laps up front challenged only once by the #19 of Toms which was unsuccessful.  Davidson got the win, Toms for 2nd, #9 Rhys Massey, #80 Brock Beattie, and #82 Reese Harrison were in the top 5.
Junior Sportsman 1 took to the dusty clay oval with #18 Elliot Stacey and #99d Ethan Dobb winding up the field,  side by side down the frontstretch the pair battled into corner 1 but leaving just enough room for points leader #1 Coleson Gregory squeeze through on the catfish lane.  Gregory took command and pulled on the pack in a green to checkers race picking up the W and extending his points lead,  #18 Stacey, #99d Dobb and #93 Bryce Massey finished the running order.
4 Box Stock 2 racers lined up and headed out, paced by #01 Blake Gregory and #7 Tate Black.  Hard on the gas and using the outside line #7 Black charged to the lead followed through by Gregory and #19 Bentley Davidson.  A mid race caution for a mixup between Gregory and Davidson caused heartbreak for the #7 of Black as he was sent pitside with a mechanical issue ending his evening.  As the race resumed #01 Blake Gregory used the clean air and cruised to the win over #19 Davidson and #95 Cole Robson.
Points leader #10 Landen Menard and #09 Gavin Quaterna started up front for the Rookie 2 class, Menard and his crew hit the setup perfectly for the dry August race as he pulled on the pack of 7 karts battling behind him.  Some 2 and 3 wide racing over the course of the 10 lap feature made it exciting as they chased the #10 of Menard lap after lap.  As the checkers flew it was Menard leading over a hard charging #51 Gabe Miller,  #14 Holden Paul ended up 3rd  – after tech, #70 Finley Mahoney and #9c Charley Smith-Wilson rounded the top 5.
Fast paced Junior Sportsman 2 race karts led by #28 Ashton Sanderson and #48 Ryan Greig rolled off of corner 4 and down the straightaway at speed.   Sanderson pulled to the early lead until #01 Tyson Gregory powered though on the inside out of corner 2 taking the top spot.  Mid pack action throughout the main event saw racers changing positions and lines trying to reel in the leader in.  All attempts were for not as the #01 of Tyson Gregory made it an undefeated night for the Gregory Racing crew with wins in 3 classes,  #35d Dylan Moore had a strong race taking the 2nd place plaque back to Elgin, #15 Gordie Miller 3rd, #48 Ryan Greig 4th and #22 Nolan Chatten 5th.
Campbellford native #22 Callie Mahoney and #21 James Markland started the Junior Restricted feature as the green waved – but it was #35b Brennan Moore that jumped to the top spot of the 7 kart field.  Moore led followed by Markland and #74 Lexi Lucas in third – the trio pulled away as the laps counted down.  Some nice driving and the new lettering job on the #21 of Markland was the advantage as he pulled hard to the bottom of Moore and to the lead late in the 15 lap event.  Markland held on and picked up his first win of the season over Lexi Lucas, Brennan Moore, #91 Bailey Andrews and #33 Caydie Lucas.
Last on the night under the racetrack lights, the Stock Lite class with #11 Cole McKeown and #23k Kaitlyn O’Blenis up front.  Napanee’s O’Blenis used the outside cushion and fired off of corner 4 securing the lead into the first corner, McKeown and #83 Koen O’Hara chased.  The battle for the 2 and 3 spots was intense with the #11 and #83 throwing crossover passes at each other as the O’Blenis machine distanced herself and picked up the 1st place plaque and extended her points lead.  McKeown ended up 2nd and O’Hara 3rd.
With the shortened 2020 racing season winding down at the little clay oval – the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub will be back in action next Thursday night August 20th.  Please stay up to date at www.brightonspeedway.com or the Go Kart Racing Facebook page.
StoryTime – by Zeke Mckeown Media