Miller, Cooper, James, Shorts, Down, McKeown and Rinaldi Claim Week 6 Kart Klub Wins

Jacob Down (No.57) and Max McDonald (No.22) race during Box Stock 2 action. (Candice Coghlin photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. (July 7, 2016) – The sixth week of racing in the Brighton Speedway Kiwanis of Trenton Kart Klub resumed on Thursday night with 36 karts signed in to the pit area. The fastest night is Kart Klub history produced some of the best racing to date in all seven divisions.

Junior Restricted

Nathan Rinaldi celebrates his second win of the season with a victory lap. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Nathan Rinaldi celebrates his second win of the season with a victory lap. (Candice Coghlin photo).

The most exciting finish of the night came in the Junior Restricted main event. Kyle Anderson took the lead on lap two from pole sitter Cole Perry after Perry led the opening circuit. Anderson was then chased by Nathan Rinaldi, who was glued to the back bumper of the No.17. Rinaldi bobbled in turn two, allowing Anderson to pull out to a 10-car length lead, but it was erased by the only caution of the race on lap eight. When the race resumed, Rinaldi did not make the same mistake twice and followed within a car length of Anderson until the final lap. On the back straightaway, Rinaldi set up the winning pass in turns three and four when he tapped Anderson’s left rear just enough to move him off the bottom groove and won the drag race to the checkered flag off turn four for his second win of the season.

Junior Restricted Results (15 Laps): 1. 3 Nathan Rinaldi, 2. 17 Kyle Anderson, 3. 23 Cole Perry, 4. 77 Anthony Rinaldi, 5. 16 Jordan Burrows.

Junior Sportsman 2

Cole McKeown poses with his father, Zeke, following his first win of the year. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Cole McKeown poses with his father, Zeke, following his first win of the year. (Candice Coghlin photo).

The Junior Sportsman 2 division also produced a thrilling feature. Polesitter Emily Peterson was the early leader but under pressure from Cole McKeown and Kaitlyn O’Blenis. McKeown took the lead on lap four while O’Blenis pressured Peterson for second and eventually took the runner-up spot on lap nine. By that time, McKeown had already checked out to a full straightaway lead and grabbed the checkered flag for his first win of the season.

Junior Sportsman 2 Results (15 Laps): 1. 11 Cole McKeown, 2. 23k Kaitlyn O’Blenis, 3. 17 Emily Peterson, 4. 48 Ryan Greig, 5. 07 Raiah Lough.

Junior Sportsman 1

Carson Down won his third feature of the season. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Carson Down won his third feature of the season. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Carson Down was the king of the track in the Junior Sportsman 1 feature as the front row starter led all 15 laps to claim his third win of the season. Down faced repeated challenges from the entire field that included James Markland, Cameron Bristown and Keira Turner. Markland stayed with the race leader, but couldn’t muster enough momentum to take the lead as Down drove to victory lane.

Junior Sportsman 1 Results (15 Laps): 1. 55 Carson Down, 2. 21 James Markland, 3. 92 Keira Turner, 4. 99 Cameron Bristow.

Rookie 2

Nathan Shorts drove to his first win in 2016. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Nathan Shorts drove to his first win in 2016. (Candice Coghlin photo).

In Rookie 2 action, polesitter Nathan Shorts had the kart to beat on this night, but wouldn’t be tamed as he dominated the field for his first win of the season. Shorts had opened a straightaway lead by the time of a lap four caution. Koen O’Hara ran second before Emma Terpstra took over the runner-up spot on lap seven. The field maintained their position over the final three laps allowing Shorts to claim the victory.

Rookie 2 Results (10 Laps): 1. 20 Nathan Shorts, 2. 22 Emma Terpstra, 3. 83 Koen O’Hara, 4. C1 Carson Lemanis, 5. 76 Ashton Leclair.

Rookie 1

Jace James celebrates his win. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Jace James celebrates his win. (Candice Coghlin photo).

The Rookie 1 main event saw a couple of lead changes as Ryan Greig led the opening lap. However, Carson McKee and Jace James chased Greig’s No.48. On lap 4, James took the lead and never looked back despite the best efforts of McKee, who ran second after Greig’s kart suffered a power failure. Brooklyn Bowers raced to the third position and a podium finish.

Rookie 1 Results (10 Laps): 1. 99J Jace James, 2. 66 Carson McKee, 3. 03 Brookyln Bowers, 4. 48 Ryan Greig, 5. 74 Mike Lucas.

Box Stock 2

Tyson Cooper poses in victory lane with his mom, Bailey Graham, and their dog Charlotte. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Tyson Cooper poses in victory lane with his mom, Bailey Graham, and their dog Charlotte. (Candice Coghlin photo).

The Box Stock 2 feature took a couple of tries to get off the ground with a pair of cautions on the opening lap. Once the drivers sorted themselves out it was Tyson Cooper who held the lead after starting on the pole. Max McDonald followed in close pursuit and looked for a moment to have a run on Cooper’s No.87jr. Cooper was too flawless over the final five laps and drove to his second Box Stock 2 win of the season.

Box Stock 2 Results (10 Laps): 1. 87jr Tyson Cooper, 2. 22 Max McDonald, 3. 57 Jacob Down, 4. 9 Cooper McKeown, 5. 71 Trevyn McCrillis.

Box Stock 1

Gabe Miller won his second straight Box Stock 1 feature. (Candice Coghlin photo).

Gabe Miller won his second straight Box Stock 1 feature. (Candice Coghlin photo).

A fury of activity in the Box Stock 1 feature, the track’s entry level division, produced all kinds of passing. Colby Ellis was the early leader, but it was Colton Lockridge driving to the lead early on. He would not go uncontested, however, as Gabe Miller rocketed to the front in his No.51and took the lead on lap eight, leading the final two laps for his second straight win.

Box Stock 1 (10 Laps): 1. 51 Gabe Miller, 2. 5c Colton Lockridge, 3. 20 Nathan Shorts, 4. 15 Gordie Miller, 5. 1 Coleson Gregory, 6. 89 Colby Ellis, 7. 10 Chris Lough.

Up Next – Kart Klub Demonstration Sat. July 9

The Brighton Speedway Kiwanis of Trenton Kart Klub will be featured during Saturday’s VanZuylen Tire & Alignment and Electro Cables Southern Ontario Sprints event. Drivers from the Kart Klub will get their chance to race on the infield oval between stock car races. Saturday’s event beings at 7:00pm. Event details are available at

Winners To Date

Box Stock 1: 2 – Colton Lockridge (June 9, June 16); 2 – Tyson Cooper (May 26; June 2); 2 – Gabe Miller (June 30, July 7)

Box Stock 2: 2 – Jacob Down (May 26; June 2); 2 – Trevyn McCrillis (June 9, June 30); 2 – Tyson Cooper (June 16, July 7)

Rookie 1: 3 – Jace James (June 9, June 16, July 7); 1 – Ryan Greig (May 26); 1 – Brooklyn Bowers (June 2); 1 – Carson McKee (June 30)

Rookie 2: 2 – Emma Terpstra (June 2, June 16); 1 – Koen O’Hara (May 26); 1 – Ashton LeClair (June 9); 1 – Carson Lemanis (June 30); 1 – Nathan Shorts (July 7)

Jr. Sportsman 1: 3 – Carson Down (May 26, June 16, July 7); 1 – Cameron Bristown (June 2); 1 – James Markland (June 9); 1- Keira Turner (June 30)

Jr. Sportsman 2: 2 – Kaitlyn O’Blenis (May 26, June 30); 1 – Emily Peterson (June 2); 1 – Holly Denard (June 9); 1 – Chandler Leclair (June 16); 1 – Cole McKeown (July 7)

Jr. Restricted: 4 – Kyle Anderson (June 2, June 9, June 16, June 30); 2 – Nathan Rinaldi (May 26, July 7)

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Photo Attachment: (Candice Coghlin photo).