For the first time in a long time, a train of haulers lined up on the long pit road into the Brighton Speedway for race night #1 on the Kart Klub schedule 2021 edition.  A great opening night presented by Hennessy’s Mobile Pressure Washing saw 47 methanol breathing race machines unloaded, as drivers and crews prepped for action.  8 divisions of race karts tested the track through practice and qualified through heat races setting up starting orders for the evenings feature events.

Box Stock 1 is made up of first year drivers as young as 5 years old – they were first to take to the track for the 10 lap feature event.  On the front row #21 Mason Petherick and #87 Weston Mitts raced out of corner 4 to the green flag, Mitts used the top line to take the lead down the front stretch and through corner 1 as Petherick and # 14 Wesley Hoard chased after.  It took a lap or 2 but after some smooth driving and speed the #21 of Petherick found the top line and was able to work by Mitts for the lead,  with clean racetrack ahead Petherick put the cruise control on his BW Contracting sponsored kart and took the first win of the season.
Next up the Rookie 1 division – #19 Bentley Davidson and #31 Brody Davidson on the point with 7 karts making it to the line.  It was the Blush Floral #19 hard on the inside line pulling out to the lead, followed through corner 1 and 2 by the #31 and 3rd place starter #01 Blake Gregory.  Clean air was the name of the game tonight as the #19 of Davidson ran some nice laps and was untouched putting together 10 laps for the win.  Brody Davidson 2nd, #01 Gregory 3rd, #27 Reilly Day 4th, #0 Kolton French rounded the top 5 with an exciting effort.
Jr.Sportsman 1 fired up and roared on to the little clay oval next – #80 Brock Beattie and #99 Bryce Massey paced the field to green.  Beattie got the jump as he pulled down the front straight, with Massey, #9 Rhys Massey and  #09 Charley Smith-Wilson filing in line.  Fast and smooth #80 could have left his brake pedal at home as he definitely didn’t use it for 10 laps – feature win #1 in 2021 for Brock Beattie, Rhys Massey found speed late in the race but was too little too late coming home 2nd, with Bryce 3rd and Wilson-Smith 4th.
6 Box Stock 2 drivers ready to go led by #101 Jace Patterson and #23 Albert Hodkinson – Patterson used the grip on the bottom coming out of turn 4 and pulled into the lead uncontested for a few laps, as a hard charging #2 Liam McPeak picked his way from the rear of the field to challenge for the lead at the halfway point of the race.  A nice outside move put McPeak in the top spot over Patterson, but his chance of victory faded fast as mechanical issues caused heartbreak in the #2 camp ending his night.  A wake-up call was all Jace Patterson needed to get back on the gas and he didn’t look back after that picking up his first career win, #48 Knoxin Wells battled hard to the runner up spot over Albert Hodkinson, and #10 Cole Cousineau and #16s Sophie Deline rounded the top 5.
#70 Finley Mahoney and #10r Riley Deline lined up on the front row of 8 Rookie 2 division karts for 10 laps of action.  The Wuis Brother’s Contruction #70 rolled down the front stretch in the 1st spot with Deline and #44x Tyler Green battling for 2nd. Deline searched for a lane to pass Mahoney, with success he moved to the lead as Mahoney fell into 2nd.  Laps clicked off as Mahoney tried a few times to regain the top spot until a late race spin put the #70 of Mahoney to the tail of the field.  Trenton’s Riley Deline cruised to the win with a hard charging #19 Audrey Toms getting 2nd .  3rd through 5th saw – Tyler Green, #08 Chase Cousineau and #07 Mason Richter.
Jr. Sportsman 2 put on a show for the next race up – veteran kart drivers #9s Cooper McKeown and #71 Trevyn McCrillis ready to go up front.  McCrills won the battle to corner 1 as McKeown fought hard to his inside, down the back straight Trenton native #1 Coleson Gregory made it 3 wide and stole the lead going into turn 3.  Gregory tried to keep his distance as the 7 karts behind him ran every possible line on the little track as they played a game of chess at 60 km/h.  As the checkers fell Gregory Racing was on top, #57 Jacob Down kept it clean and moved to 2nd, McCrills and McKeown crossed the line side by side for 3rd and 4th and #8 Raiden Steane brought home 5th.
The #74 A&C Insley Property Maintenance kart of Lexi Lucas and #55 Image Landscaping kart of Carson Down wound up the 8 kart field.  Lucas found speed on the low line as #01 Tyson Gregory and the #55 Down slid around the cushion.  A great race between the #01 and #55 with some nice passes allowed Lexi Lucas to pull to a 4 kart advantage over the action behind her.  Lucas got the W, #01 Gregory wins the battle as he was able to hold off Down for 2nd, 4th place goes to #899 Cam Bristow and #21 James Markland squeezed into 5th in the closing laps.
Stock Lite was last on the track with the sun setting behind the grandstands – #11 Cole McKeown and #48 Ryan Greig were the only ones to make the call on the night – #14 Holden Paul had mechanical issues on the line and posted a DNS.  Mckeown ran his McDonald Homes ride with confidence as he held off 3 attempts from the Greig Truck and Trailer #48 to overtake the top spot.  After a late race yellow the pair fought and crossed the line side by side McKeown with the advantage and the win.
Racing will resume THURSDAY, JULY 8TH  after a 1 week break for the Canada Day holiday.  Please stay up to date at www.brightonspeedway.com or the Go Kart Racing Facebook page.
StoryTime – by Zeke McKeown