Mowat, Ferguson, Freeman and Toms Score Wins On Fan Appreciation Night At Brighton Speedway

Brandon Mowat races Phil Potts for the lead during Saturday’s Pro Late Model feature. Mowat came away with his first win of the season at Brighton. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Adam Ross

BRIGHTON, Ont. – August 27, 2016 – Brighton Speedway welcomed a large crowd for the final Fan Appreciation event of the season on Kids Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation night presented by Greig Truck & Trailer, Towne & Country Liquidation and Behan Construction.

Fans took to the track at intermission to meet their favourite drivers for Fan Appreciation. (Rod Henderson photo).

Fans took to the track at intermission to meet their favourite drivers for Fan Appreciation. (Rod Henderson photo).

Three new members were added to the Brighton Speedway Wall of Fame prior to the on-track action. Former drivers Jim Woof and Bill Munro were added to the wall while George Reid was added in the builder category. A full story will follow.

The ‘Fan Appreciation’ portion of the event allowed fans to get up close and personal with the drivers on the front stretch during intermission. Drivers brought their racecars onto the front straightaway, and hundreds of fans took advantage of the opportunity to get autographs, pictures, and various treats the drivers offered.

Brandon Mowat Claims First Brighton Win Of Season

Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model main event. He used the bottom groove to protect his advantage as the first half of the race ran mostly without incident. The pace slowed dramatically with multiple caution periods and restarts through the middle portion of the 30-lap affair.

Through the restarts, championship contenders Phil Potts (No.29 Indewey Excavating) and Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) closed in to run in the top-three. Potts powered past Mowat to take the lead, but he was unable to drive away. Mowat kept him within sight, and when he was relegated to the outside groove for a late restart he found the momentum he needed to retake the top spot.

Mowat held on to secure the victory, and Sandercock worked past Potts to finish second. Caley Weese (No.77 Cool 100) and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports) completed the top-five. Entering Saturday’s event Potts and Sandercock were tied in the championship point standings. With two races remaining the battle remains nearly dead even.

Dan Ferguson (No.11) battles Doug O’Blenis (No.32) in Canadian Modified action. Ferguson scored the win, the 70th of his career. (Rod Henderson photo).

Dan Ferguson (No.11) battles Doug O’Blenis (No.32) in Canadian Modified action. Ferguson scored the win, the 70th of his career. (Rod Henderson photo).

Dan Ferguson Claims 70th Career Win

Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) earned his fourth win of the season in the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds. Ferguson started third in the feature event, and outdueled Andrew Hennessey (No.87 RJ Equipment Rentals) to secure the victory.

Ferguson was overcome with emotion in victory lane telling the fans he doubts he will race every Saturday moving forward as he and his wife, Aimus, are expecting their first child. The fans saluted Ferguson with a rousing ovation.

Mike Freeman Claims Pro Stock Checkers

In the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature event, Mike Freeman (No.51 Boyer Chevrolet) held off all challengers to score his first win of 2016. He endured numerous restarts in a race that was riddled with carnage and bent racecars.

Freeman started on the outside of the front row, and wasted no time securing the top spot and showing his dominance in the bottom groove of the racetrack. Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) quickly advanced from his seventh-place starting spot to apply pressure, but he couldn’t make a move on Freeman.

Jonah Mutton (No.39 Apex Graphics) showed the ability to make his car work on the high side as he battled with Murrell. Frequent cautions and restarts slowed his progress, and he never got close enough to challenge Freeman. In the end Freeman took the win over Murrell and Mutton. Austin Reid (No.85 Kids R Kool) and Rob Dier (No.7 Quinn Quest Renovations) rounded out the top-five.

Luke Toms Scores Third Comp 4 Win

Luke Toms (No.19 Gardenhill Towing) won the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division feature event. He made a bold move at the drop of the green flag to go three-wide between the front row starters to take the lead. Peter Moore (No.17 Sherry’s Pet Grooming) and Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) came close to Toms, but he never relinquished the lead and hung on for the win. Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) and Nick Hamer rounded out the top-five.

Annual Mechanics Races Conclude Night

Crewmembers in all four divisions had the opportunity to get behind the wheel at the end of the night in the annual Mechanics Races. Races were won by Steve Blight in Pro Late Models, Bob Beatty in the Canadian Modifieds, Grant Fitzpatrick in Pro Stocks, and Brandon Wilkie in the Comp 4 class.

Labour Day Classic Up Next

The Ultramar Labour Day Classic presented by Lucas Oil, Rock 107 and Mystical Distributing with two full nights off action featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints takes place next Saturday and Sunday September 3-4. Brighton’s five regular divisions will join the Southern Ontario Sprints throughout the weekend with topless Late Model and Canadian Modified features on Sunday night. Saturday action gets underway at 7:00pm while Sunday’s event kickstart at 6:00pm. Visit for more information.



A-Main (30 Laps – 22 Entries): 1. 46 Brandon Mowat, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 92 Adam Turner, 7. 84 Tyler Rand, 8. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 9. 55 Mark Rayner, 10. 1 Andy Mayhew, 11. 89 John Owen, 12. 60 Norm Mayhew, 13. 85 Austin Reid, 14. 73 Trevor Lewis, 15. 8 Brian Down, 16. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 17. 25 Greg Belyea, 18. 42 Adam Nayler, 19. 79 Sean O’Brien, 20. 20 Terry Hunt, 21. 01 Eli Mayhew, 22. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). No Time. Margin of Victory: 1.065 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 42 Adam Nayler, 3. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 4. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 55 Mark Rayner, 7. 8 Brian Down, 8. 89 John Owen. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 46 Brandon Mowat, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 84 Tyler Rand, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 73 Trevor Lewis, 6. 01 Eli Mayhew, 7. 60 Norm Mayhew. Time: 1:57.344.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Andy Mayhew, 2. 20 Terry Hunt, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 85 Austin Reid, 5. 79 Sean O’Brien, 6. 09 Robbie Wilson, 7. 92 Adam Turner. No Time.


A-Main (25 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 1 Shawn Gregory, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 48 Derrick Greig, 8. 03 Derek Bowers, 9. 78 Shelby Mills, 10. 84 Mark Busscher, 11. 88 Josh Hennessy, 12. 07 Curtis King. No Time. Margin of victory: 0.522 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Shawn Gregory, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 48 Derrick Greig, 5. 03 Derek Bowers, 6. 78 Shelby Mills. Time: 2:08.028.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 12 Adam Whaley, 2. 07 Curtis King, 3. 88 Josh Hennessy, 4. 91 Kraig Handley, 5. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 6. 84 Mark Busscher. No Time.


A-Main (20 Laps – 21 Entries): 1. 51 Mike Freeman, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 39 Jonah Mutton, 4. 85 Austin Reid, 5. 7 Rob Dier, 6. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 7. 2 Leslie Mowat, 8. 29 Rich Sanders, 9. 28 Dan Insley, 10. 31 Dayna Netzel, 11. 17 Rob Archer, 12. 02 Carissa Burrows, 13. 53 Mat Purchase, 14. 72 Doug Anderson, 15. 13 Ryan Connor, 16. 03 Justin Ramsay, 17. 45 Mike Schonauer, 18. 08 Brian Cross, 19. 91 Cory White, 20. 14 Chris Dorland, 21. 38 Art Rodgers. No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 28 Dan Insley, 4. 51 Mike Freeman, 5. 7 Rob Dier, 6. 91 Cory White, 7. 33 Samantha Mayhew. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 53 Mat Purchase, 4. 13 Ryan Connor, 5. 31 Dayna Netzel, 6. 72 Doug Anderson, 7. 14 Chris Dorland. No Time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 08 Brian Cross, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 02 Carissa Burrows, 5. 45 Mike Schonauer, 6. 17 Rob Archer, 7. 38 Art Rodgers. No Time.


A-Main (15 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 19 Luke Toms, 2. 17 Peter Moore, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 14 Matthew Moore, 5. 44 Nick Hamer, 6. 32 Terry Hough, 7. 2 Jeff Humphrey, 8. 22 Keith Dunk, 9. 10 Jeremy Toms, 10. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 11. 11 Adam Flieler, 12. 13 Matthew French (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Luke Toms, 2. 2 Jeff Humphrey, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 17 Peter Moore, 5. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 6. 13 Matthew French. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 44 Nick Hamer, 2. 14 Matthew Moore, 3. 32 Terry Hough, 4. 22 Keith Dunk, 5. 10 Jeremy Toms, 6. 11 Adam Flieler. No Time.


Pro Late Models:Steve Blight

Canadian Modifieds: Bob Beatty

Pro Stocks: Grant Fitzpatrick

Comp 4s: Brandon Wilkie


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 4 – Phil Potts (April 30, July 2, July 16, July 30); 3 – Steve Baldwin (May 21, June 11, July 23); 2 – Adam Turner (May 14, June 18); 2 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28, July 9); 1 – Tyler Rand (June 4); 1 – Brandon Mowat (August 27)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 6 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 23, July 30); 4 – Dan Ferguson (April 30, June 25, July 16, August 27); 2 – Josh Hennessy (July 9, August 6); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Curtis King (June 11);

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 6 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 30); 2 – Wade Purchase (May 14, July 16); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 2 – Brandon Murrell (May 28, July 23); 1 – Jonah Mutton (July 9); 1 – Austin Reid (August 6); 1 – Mike Freeman (August 27)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 5 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4, July 30); 3 – Luke Toms (July 16, July 23, August 27); 2 – Josh Read (June 11, July 2); 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25); 2 – Adam Flieler (May 21, August 6);

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 2 – Del MacGregor (July 9, August 6); 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Arthur McCauley (June 25); 1 – Mark MacDonald (July 23)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 2 – Brittany Golden (May 28, August 6); 2 – Willy Bolton (June 11, July 23); 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – James Turgeon (June 25); 1 – Dylan Lobb (July 9)

Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18); 2 – Dylan Westbrook (July 9, August 6)

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

Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club: 1 – Shawn Gregory (July 16)

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson