Mowat, Klager, Sandercock, Locke, Sanders, and Freeman win on Deerhaven Farm & Garden night at Brighton

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – A pit area filled with 66 racecars and 17 Gord’s Water Vantastics greeted a jammed grandstand at Brighton Speedway for Deerhaven Farm and Garden night. The TUSA Canada East Mod Lites were on hand for their only visit of the season.

Mowat scores emotional first career Pro Stock win

IMG_5909The story was several years in the making, but Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) finally won her first career Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature. Mowat outdueled a very strong Shawn Gregory (No.1) for the race lead on a pair of restarts with two laps to go to secure the victory.  The victory earned Mowat Campbellford Chrysler driver of the week.

Mowat was emotional in victory lane as the win comes just two weeks after the passing of her father, Peter Turcotte. She was greeted my friends and family in victory lane, including husband and Canadian Modified driver Warren Mowat.

On the racetrack, Devon Kippen (No.43 Take Mike for Granite) survived a pair of spins and raced back to a third-place finish. Rookie Brandon Murrell (No.19 Orange Motorsports) drove from 12th to 6th to earn the Hard Charger award.

Mowat and Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats. 

IMG_1459Klager dominates for Mod Lite win

Paul Klager (No.1 Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not) dominated the 20-lap main event for the TUSA Canada East Mod Lites. After qualifying third quick, the Beamsville, Ont. pilot pulled the pole in the invert draw. He never wavered as he led every lap of the A-main to pick up his first TUSA Canada East victory of the season.

Klager held a half-lap lead over Mount Hope, Ont.’s Jeffrey May (No.23 when the only caution of the race came at lap 18. May tried to stick with Klager for the two-lap dash, but would settle for second. Fourteen year-old Jesse Hudson (No.94 M&T Machining) of Oxford Station, Ont. stole the third spot from Syracuse, NY driver Jim Boggett (No.12 Pro Race Cars) in the final five laps to sweep the podium for the canucks.

Boggett won the eight lap qualifying heat race.

Sandercock strong for fourth Pro Late Model victory

Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) survived the carnage of a caution-filled 30-lap feature for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models and found victory lane for the fourth time this season. Sandercock, who started eighth, was also the hard charger in the 17-car field.

IMG_1398Norm Mayhew (No.60 Only Solutions) led early in the race and through several cautions. After contact on the front stretch, Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) and Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbits Excavating) were tangled in turn one on lap nine for the third caution of the race.

Mayhew led until lap 11 when the driveshaft snapped to end the Lakeport, Ont. driver’s night. Following the yellow, Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair) assumed the lead for the restart, but Sandercock stole the point position in the bottom groove.

It was all for not though as the caution flag came out before the lap could be completed when Tim Kerr (No.20 Krown Rust Control) and Steve Baldwin (No.5 got together in turn four. Weese suffered heavy damage to the nose cone of her car when she had nowhere to go but in to the side of Kerr’s No.20.

Sandercock took over the lead for good on the ensuing restart and cruised to the victory by a full straightaway. Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) quietly drove up to second while Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) drove to a third-place finish. Rayner would settle for fourth while Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) completed the top-five.

Weese and Rayner won the Motosports of Trenton qualifying heats.

Locke wins second Canadian Modified event

IMG_5894Dale Locke (No.13 Allore Haulage) used his pole starting position to his advantage and led all 30 laps of the RONA Trenton Triple Crown race for his second OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified victory of the season. Locke’s win snaps a streak of four consecutive victories for Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive), who finished second.

The race was slowed for the first time on lap four when Zac McBride (No.8 Daddy’s Electric Tattoo) and Curtis King (No.07 Flowmetrix) made hard contact with the outside wall on the frontstretch. The damage ended the race for both drivers.

The race saw just one more caution, on lap 12, which led to a fierce three-car battle for the lead between Locke, Hennessy, and Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive). Locke protected the bottom from Hennessy while Scott battled on the outside for second.

Hennessy raced Locke clean despite several opportunities to drive the car underneath the No.13. Meanwhile, Scott did everything he could to find traction in the outside lane. One of few drivers able to make it stick, Scott simply ran out of time but finished third.

Hennessy was the Hard Charger after starting 12th. Locke and Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.

Comp 4 Hat-trick for Sanders

IMG_5848Just three weeks ago, Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) was celebrating the first victory of his 20-year racing career. The Brighton, Ont. driver is making up for lost time now as he won his third consecutive race on Saturday night. Sanders started from the seventh spot and drove his way through the field to earn the Hard Charger award.

Sanders stole the lead from polesitter Nathan Day (No.27 Oak Wood Transport) on lap five. The only caution of the race came on lap six when Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) got in to Riley Greer (No.47 Clark’s Automotive) in turn three. Sanders laid down a perfect restart and checked out from the rest of the field. ‘The Colonel’ beat the rest of the field to the checkers by a full straightaway.

Siblings Riley and Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) raced side-by-side for second in the closing laps. Riley eventually held on to the spot while Brady finish third.

Emile Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cozmedix) and Mills won the qualifying heats.

Freeman dominates Vantastics

IMG_5880The Gord’s Water Vantastics made their first of two appearances at the speedway and the Mike Freeman/Jane Mastin (No.51) made clear their intent to win. Freeman/Mastin cruised through the 15-lap race and led by a half lap at the finish. Matthew Moore (No.133) drove solo to a second-place finish and Jim Bryant/Rod Drake (No.57) battled hard to earn a podium spot.

The only caution of the race came on lap four when the No.21 van of Adam Flieler/Sam Gartshore died over the berm in turn three.

Freeman was far too strong with Mastin in the navigator’s seat and cruised to the victory. The action behind the No.51 was fierce as vans battle three and four wide for spots in the top-five. The Gord’s Water Vantastics return to the track on August 2.

Next Week – Canada Day Championships

Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing present the Canada Day Championships next Saturday featuring fireworks and time trials for the four primary stock car classes. Time trials will begin at 5:00pm for the Vanderlaan Pro Late Models, OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. The Quinte Septic Stingers will be in attendance. Adult admission is just $15.

Complete Results (06/28/14) – Deerhaven Farm and Garden night

TUSA Canada East Mod Lites A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 1 Paul Klager (Beamsville, Ont.), 2. 23 Jeffrey May (Mount Hope, Ont.), 3. 94 Jesse Hudson (Oxford Station, Ont.), 4. 12 Jim Boggett (Syracuse, NY), 5. 41 Evan Leonard (Stoney Creek, Ont.), 6. 99 Mathieu Robinson (Gatineau, QC), 7. 08 Cody Flemming (Syracuse, NY), 8. 33 David Brown (Truxton, NY).

Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 55 Mark Rayner, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 97 David McDonald, 7. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 8. 89 Austin King, 9. 46 Brandon Mowat, 10. 9 Greg Peake, 11. 77 Caley Weese, 12. 88 Brian Down, 13. 5 Steve Baldwin, 14. 20 Terry Hunt, 15. 60 Norm Mayhew, 16. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 17. 6 Dave Barberstock.

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (30 Laps – RONA Trenton Triple Crown Race 2): 1. 13 Dale Locke, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 33 Ryan Scott, 4. 11 Dan Ferguson, 5. 12 Adam Whaley, 6. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 7. 48 Derrick Greig, 8. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 9. 46 Warren Mowat, 10. 74 Mike Lucas, 11. 77 Jason Curlette, 12. 03 Derek Bowers, 13. 28 Dan Insley, 14. 66 Mark Packer, 15. 07 Curtis King, 16. 8 Zac McBride.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 2 Leslie Mowat, 2. 1 Shawn Gregory, 3. 43 Devon Kippen, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 6. 19 Brandon Murrell, 7. 55 Jamie Marshall, 8. 72 Doug Anderson, 9. 32 Eli Mayhew, 10. 83 Jay O’Hara, 11. 71 Dayna Sallans (DNS), 12. 03 Justin Ramsay (DQ), 13. 49 Jason McCrory (DQ).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 29 Rich Sanders, 2. 47 Riley Greer, 3. 94 Brady Greer, 4. 87 Emily Weedman, 5. 27 Nathan Day, 6. 85 Austin Reid, 7. 97 Courtney Mastin, 8. 8 Tyler Parker, 9. 78 Shelby Mills, 10. 3 Matthew French, 11. 24 Bella Cosstick, 12. 70 Becky Jamieson.

Gord’s Water Vantastics Feature Top-10 (15 Laps): 1. 51 Mike Freeman/Jane Mastin, 2. 133 Matthew Moore, 3. 57 Jim Bryant/Rod Drake, 4. 1 Rick Sopaz, 5. 68 Mike Bury/Mackenzie Bury, 6. 95 Jason Parks, 7. 55 Tristan Leclair, 8. 29 Jan Steenstra/Theresa Sanders, 9. 07 Megan Golden/Carrie Richardson, 10. 15 Nathan Buckley/Jeremy Lorentz.

About Deerhaven Farm and Garden Supply: Located in Belleville, Ont., Deerhaven Farm and Garden is a licensed dealer for all John Deere, Polaris, STIHL Power Equipment, and Victory Motorcycles. Whether you’re in need of new equipment, repairs, or simply the best service in Eastern Ontario, call on Deerhaven. Remember nothing runs like a Deere. Visit them in Belleville at 896 Bell Blvd. West, call (613) 962-5021, and online at

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Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating,, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.

About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September. The weekly Pro Late Model division competes under UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson, Track Photographer