Kart Klub Final Night

This past Thursday night the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub revved it up one last time for the shortened 2020 racing season.  A season high 57 karts rolled in the pit area in hopes to chase that last checkered flag as the leaves begin to turn here in south eastern Ontario.

As always the Box Stock 1 Class hit the track first with another great count of first year drivers – 9 in total ready for action.  #27 Reilly Day and #97 Max Taylor got the front row after both won their respective qualifying events.  #97 Taylor got to corner 1 first as the #10 of Jase Menard and #51t Lynden Taylor followed through,  the trio picked their way around lapped traffic as the 10 laps clicked down.  An early evening tacky track made for some good racing as with 2 to go the #51t Taylor found the “Charlie Sandercock LIne” waaayyyy up top and was able to hold on to it passing and picking up the win.  #97 Max Taylor crossed 2nd, followed by Menard, #18 Sterling Bent and 48jr Knoxin Wells coming back for 5th.
Rookie 1 was next  – #82 Reese Harrison and #760 Oliver Collins held back the field of 10 karts as they paced the clay oval.  Harrison hard down the bottom got the early advantage with the #0 of Kolton French hanging on the back bumper for the 2 spot.  One trick in racing is to see what line is working in previous races and try to use it to your advantage, #80 Brock Beattie lap after lap ran the cushion and gained spot after spot as they raced towards that checkered flag.  Hard work, great control and the outside line stole the show as Beattie got the win over #760 Collins, 3rd through 5th had #0 French, #82 Harrison and #9 Ryhs Massey.
A tight group of 4 Junior Sportsman 1 methanol breathing machines fired up and roared down the frontstretch #1 Coleson Gregory was first into corner 1 but 2nd out of 2 with #18 Elliot Stacey hugging the tires and pulling into the lead.  Stacey ran a smooth line with both Gregory and #99d Ethan Dobb lined up in train race form just waiting on a slip up from the #18 machine.  15 laps went fast, but before the checkers fell Gregory was able to make the pass on Stacey putting his #1 Gregory Racing ride at the top of the podium one last time in 2020, Stacey held on for 2nd and Dobb 3rd,  Bryce Massey had to take his #93 pit side very early in the event and ended his night with a DNF.
Box Stock 2 rolled off of the grid area – #19 Bentley Davidson and #01 Blake Gregory paced the pack of 4 as the speedway lit up and the sun went down.  Green waved and Davidson drove hard on the lower line with Gregory, #7 Tate Black and #95 Cole Robson trailing behind.  4 very even, very smooth drivers made the 10 lap feature go by fast and with a green to checkers win Bentley Davidson sealed the deal, Gregory, Black and Robson followed through 2nd to 4th.
#9c Charley Smith-Wilson and #51 Gabe Miller were at the top of the lineup board for the Rookie 2  – 10 lap feature event.  The #9c had the line and got the lead early with a couple of hard charging karts  – #10 Landen Menard and #9s Summer Vallier coming from deep in the field and making it a 3 kart battle.  Trying down low Menard passed for the lead and was closely followed by the #9s of Vallier moving the Smith-Wilson #9c out.  In the end the #10 of Menard pulled away for the win, #9s Vallier 2nd, #09 Gavin Quaterna 3rd, #51 Gabe Miller 4th and #70 Finley Mahoney in the top 5 of the 8 kart field.
Always entertaining Junior Sportsman 2 were up next with #9t Garren Taylor and #48 Ryan Greig on the front row of the 10 kart, 15 lap event.  Taylor took control early until Greig had a nice run on the bottom and overtook the lead spot for a short few laps.  Multiple caution flags with many drivers hungry for that final checkerd flag made it so that restarts were very important, 2 of the best on the night were #71 Trevyn McCrillis and #35d Dylan Moore as they were able to pick their ways from the 6 and 7 starting spots to the front.  McCrills ended the season off with a W, Moore 2nd, #48 Greig, #01 Tyson Gregory and #15 Gordie Miller rounded the top 5.
Junior Restricted lined up for an intense 15 laps of action, with #91 Bailey Andrews and #33 Caydie Lucas keeping the pack squared up.  Andrews got the jump but his lead was short lived as #74 Lexi Lucas charged past on the inside line and pulled a sizeable advantage on the field of 8 karts.  Lucas looked like the race was wrapped up until a late race caution grouped the karts back up and put the #35b of Brennan Moore on the back bumper of the 74 kart – Moore had a good run on the bottom off of corner 2, the pair were even until the 74 of Lucas spun in the marbles up high putting the 74 to the rear and in the end to the pit area with mechanical issues.  Upon restart Moore cruised to the victory over #21 James Markland, #99 Cam Bristow, #22 Callie Mahoney and #91 Andrews in the top 5.
Stock Lite, last on the night, under the lights – #11 Cole McKeown and #83 Koen O’Hara holding back #23k Kaitlyn O’Blenis and #12 Holly Denard in her first start of the year.  Hard on the loud pedal the 23k of O’Blenis squeezed up the inside and made it stick as she got the top spot.  A flawless performance saw the O’Blenis #23k go green to checkers and pickup the final win of the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season, Koen O’Hara cruised to 2nd as #12 Denard and #11 McKeown tested the structural integrity of their bodys and bumpers as they crossed the line in the 3 and 4 spots in an entertaining race.
Thats it,Thats all! for the shortened 2020 Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season, we appreciate the support from all families, sponsors, officials and track prep crew to get kids out there and doing this sport we all love.  See ya in 2021.
StoryTime by Zeke McKeown Media.