Potts, Hennessy, Ramsay and Read Score Canada Day Championship Wins

Phil Potts won his second Pro Late Model feature of the season during the mid-season championships. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. (July 3, 2016) – An early morning rain shower dissipated in to a gorgeous July evening for Brighton Speedway’s annual Canada Day Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive, The Community Press and Mystical Distributing on Saturday, July 2. A total 62 cars were signed in to the pit area across the four divisions in action.

Qualifying time trials started the afternoon at 5:00pm before extended distance races for the four divisions in competition. Adam Flieler set a new track record in Bill’s Johns Comp 4 competition with a lap of 18.173 seconds, just .002 seconds faster than the mark set by Brady Greer on July 4, 2015. Phil Potts was the fast time award winner in Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model qualifying, Kraig Handley claimed the award for the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds and Jonah Mutton earned the award with the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks.

Potts Sweeps The Night For Second Win

 

Phil Potts won his second feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Phil Potts won his second feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) turned in a perfect performance on Saturday night and earned his second win of the season in the process. Potts led 47 laps of the 50-lap distance on route to the victory.

Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports) started on the front row for the main event. Belyea led the opening lap while Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) raced to second. The fourth-starting Potts was on the move, however. On the third lap, Potts raced past Sopaz in turn two for the second spot and drove past Belyea in turn four to take the lead.

From there, Potts nurtured a commanding lead over Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) and Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) who held the seconds and third spots by lap 13. At its largest, Potts’ lead was over four seconds and just five cars remained on the lead lap at the time of the race’s only caution on lap 43.

The restart was irrelevant for Potts, who never cast a shadow of doubt he would park in victory lane for the second time. Mowat used the restart to pass Sandercock for second while Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) advanced to fourth past Sopaz in the final laps.

Hennessy Steals Win From Greig

Andrew Hennessy's win was his fourth of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy’s win was his fourth of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) stole victory from the hands of Derrick Greig (No.48 Greig Truck & Trailer) with two laps to go and earned his fourth win of the season.

Greig earned the pole via the revenge redraw and proved he was up for the task. A series of cautions on lap two slowed the race early, but led to a 33-lap green flag run. Fifth starting Shawn Gregory (No.1 CPS Wood Products) drove to the front to challenge Greig following the restart and took the lead in the outside lane on lap 11.

Greig persevered on the bottom, however, and retook the top position on lap 16. From there, Greig opened a lead of 4.6 seconds over the field and the second-place runner Hennessy, who took the position from Gregory on lap 26.

It was all for not, however, as Greig was reeled in by the final caution of the night on lap 35. He paced Hennessy for three laps until the No.87 got an excellent run to the bottom of the speedway in turn two and completed the pass in turns three and four. He led the final two laps for his fourth win of the season. Greig settled for second ahead of Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy), who took third from Gregory in the dying laps. Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) completed the top-five.

Ramsay Earns Fourth Win in Five Weeks

Justin Ramsay poses with supporters from Mystical Distributing. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay poses with supporters from Mystical Distributing. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) kicked off the month of July the same way he concluded June: with a win. The Campbellford Chrylser Driver of the Month award winner for June started on the pole following the redraw and led every circuit in the 25-lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature to claim his fifth win of the season and fourth in the past five weeks.

Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) and Shawn Gregory (No.01 Rapid Rad) raced side-by-side for second behind the leader Ramsay in the opening laps. The battled continued following a lap three restart, the first of three in the race, and Gregory claimed the position.

Ramsay’s lead of 15 car lengths was eliminated by a lap 10 caution and gave Murrell a shot at the lead. However, Murrell would have his hands full contending with Wade Purchase (No.53 Independent Alternator and Starter) who drove to the front after starting 16th. Purchase took the second spot on lap 12 and was then challenged by rookie Austin Reid (No.85 Kids R Kool). Reid eventually wore out the top lane and slipped back to fourth at the finish behind Purchase and Murrell. Jonah Mutton (No.39 Apex Graphics), the division’s fast qualifier, finished fifth.

Read Scores Second Win In Thiller

Josh Read won his second Comp 4 feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Josh Read won his second Comp 4 feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Josh Read (No.04 Down To Earth Landscaping) and Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) waged the best battle of the season in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division with Read emerging the victor at the checkered flag.

Read led the opening lap after pole sitter Bella Cosstick (No.24 Active Wealth Management) had issues getting to speed on the initial start. The fourth-starting French quickly engaged in a battle for the lead, wasting little time in the 20-lap affair.

French took the lead in the bottom lane on a very slick track during the night’s final race. Read wasn’t going to fade away quietly and maintained pace with the race leader until he pounced and took the point position on lap six exiting turn four.

Read led the final 14 laps on the way to victory, but not without a multi-lap side-by-side battled with French in which the two drivers raced perfectly clean. Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) raced to a third-place finish ahead of Matthew French (No.13 Lava Clean) and Luke Toms (No.19 Diamond Detailing).

A scary incident in the final heat race of the night saw the only red flag of the evening. Glenn Hamer (No.27) went off the track in turn two and flipped upside down. Hamer was uninjured, but the damage to the car was too severe for him to continue.

Up Next – Southern Ontario Sprints Return on July 9

The Southern Ontario Sprints return for their third visit of the season on Saturday, July 9 presented by VanZuylen Tire and Electro Cables. The event is also round two of the Hotch’s Auto Parts Pro Late Model Triple Crown. Canadian Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Stingers are all on the schedule as well as a demonstration from the Brighton Speedway Kart Klub presented by Kiwanis of Trenton. Racing starts at 7:00pm. Complete event information is available at www.brightonspeedway.ca.

COMPLETE RESULTS – JULY 3, 2016 – BRIGHTON AUTOMOTIVE AND COMMUNITY PRESS CANADA DAY MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY MYSTICAL DISTRIBUTING

VANDERLAAN BUILDING PRODUCTS PRO LATE MODELS

A-Main (50 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 92 Adam Turner, 5. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 6. 25 Greg Belyea, 7. 42 Adam Nayler, 8. 77 Caley Weese, 9. 09 Robbie Wilson, 10. 89 Austin King, 11. 1 Eli Mayhew, 12. 5 Steve Baldwin, 13. 84 Tyler Rand, 14. 79 Nathan Bosma. No Time. Margin of Victory: 0.421 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 42 Adam Nayler, 5. 1 Eli Mayhew, 6. 77 Caley Weese, 7. 84 Tyler Rand. Time: 2:11.682.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 92 Adam Turner, 3. 25 Greg Belyea, 4. 46 Brandon Mowat, 5. 09 Robbie Wilson, 6. 89 Austin King, 7. 79 Nathan Bosma Time: 2:19.728.

Time Trials: 1. 29 Phil Potts 16.266 seconds, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock 16.285, 3. 12 Kyle Sopaz 16.409, 4. 09 Robbie Wilson 16.450. 5. 5 Steve Baldwin 16.560, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat 16.562, 7. 77 Caley Weese 16.594, 8. 92 Adam Turner 16.613, 9. 42 Adam Nayler 16.889, 10. 25 Greg Belyea 17.086, 11. 1 Eli Mayhew 17.099, 12. 89 Austin King 17.171, 13. 84 Tyler Rand 17.223, 14. 79 Nathan Bosma 17.614.

BAINER’S OILGARD CANADIAN MODIFIEDS

A-Main (40 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 48 Derrick Greig, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy, 6. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 7. 07 Curtis King, 8. 11 Dan Ferguson, 9. 78 Shelby Mills, 10. 03 Derek Bowers, 11. 28 Dan Insley, 12. 00 Darrell Toms, 13. 74 Mike Lucas, 14. 12 Adam Whaley. No Time. Margin of victory: 0.891 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 91 Kraig Handley, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 48 Derrick Greig, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy, 6. 00 Darrell Toms, 7. 78 Shelby Mills. Time: 2:15.907.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Shawn Gregory, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 07 Curtis King, 4. 03 Derek Bowers, 5. 28 Dan Insley, 6. 74 Mike Lucas, 7. 12 Adam Whaley. Time: 2:19.728.

Time Trials: 1. 91 Kraig Handley 16.659 seconds, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson 16.802, 3. 32 Doug O’Blenis 16.884, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory 16.928, 5. 87 Andrew Hennessy 17.041, 6. 07 Curtis King 17.437, 7. 78 Shelby Mills 17.577, 8. 03 Derek Bowers 17.660, 9. 48 Derrick Greig 17.685, 10. 28 Dan Insley 17.739, 11. 00 Darrell Toms 17.745, 12. 74 Mike Lucas 17.769, 13. 88 Josh Hennessy 17.967, 14. 12 Adam Whaley 19.229.

BRIGHTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO STOCKS

A-Main (25 Laps – 20 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 53 Wade Purchase, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 85 Austin Reid, 5. 39 Jonah Mutton, 6. 08 Brian Cross, 7. 91 Cory White, 8. 01 Shawn Gregory, 9. 55 Jamie Marshall, 10. 7 Rob Dier, 11. 2 Leslie Mowat, 12. 51 Mike Freeman, 13. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 14. 29 Phil Potts, 15. 38 Art Rodgers, 16. 02 Carissa Burrows, 17. 14 Chris Dorland, 18. 4 Dan Summers, 19. 46 Adam Switzer (DNS), 20. 23 Angie Kirby (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 39 Jonah Mutton, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 51 Mike Freeman, 4. 02 Carissa Burrows, 5. 14 Chris Dorland, 6. 53 Wade Purchase. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7 Rob Dier, 2. 08 Brian Cross, 3. 01 Shawn Gregory, 4. 91 Cory White, 5. 55 Jamie Marshall, 6. 4 Dan Summer, 7. 46 Adam Switzer. No Time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 85 Austin Reid, 3. 03 Justin Ramsay, 4. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 5. 29 Rich Sanders, 6. 38 Art Rodgers, 7. 23 Angie Kirby. No Time.

Time Trials: 1. 39 Jonah Mutton 17.041 seconds, 2. 7 Rob Dier 17.319 seconds, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell 17.319 seconds, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat 17.370, 5. 91 Cory White 17.448, 6. 85 Austin Reid 17.634, 7. 53 Wade Purchase 17.663, 8. 55 Jamie Marshall 17.671, 9. 33 Samantha Mayhew 17.677, 10. 02 Carissa Burrows 17.745, 11. 08 Brian Cross 17.748, 12. 29 Rich Sanders 18.084, 13. 51 Mike Freeman 18.104, 14. 01 Shawn Gregory 18.190, 15. 38 Art Rodgers 18.243, 16. 03 Justin Ramsay No Time, 17. 46 Adam Switzer No Time, 18. 14 Chris Dorland No Time, 19. 23 Angie Kirby No Time. 20. 4 Dan Summers No Time.

BILL’S JOHNS COMP 4s

A-Main (20 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 04 Josh Read, 2. 0 Tyler French, 3. 14 Matthew Moore, 4. 13 Matthew French, 5. 19 Luke Toms, 6. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 7. 17 Peter Moore, 8. 22 Keith Dunk, 9. 11 Adam Flieler, 10. 24 Bella Cosstick, 11. 44 Nick Hamer, 12. 10 Jeremy Toms, 13. 80 Nick Morton (DNS), 14. 27 Glenn Hamer (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Adam Flieler, 2. 13 Matthew French, 3. 22 Keith Dunk, 4. 17 Peter Moore, 5. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 6. 80 Nick Morton, 7. 19 Luke Toms. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 04 Josh Read, 2. 0 Tyler French, 3. 14 Matthew Moore, 4. 24 Bella Cosstick, 5. 44 Nick Hamer, 6. 10 Jeremy Toms, 7.27 Glenn Hamer. No Time.

Time Trials: 1. 11 Adam Flieler 18.173 seconds (New Track Record), 2. 14 Matthew Moore 18.363, 3. 19 Luke Toms 18.478, 4. 0 Tyler French 18.607, 5. 13 Matthew French 18.635, 6. 04 Josh Read 18.661, 7. 17 Peter Moore 18.695, 8. 24 Bella Cosstick 19.106, 9. 7 Kevin Hertendy 19.135, 10. 10 Jeremy Toms 19.264, 11. 22 Keith Dunk 20.119, 12. 44 Nick Hamer No Time, 13. 27 Glenn Hamer No Time, 14. 80 Nick Morton No Time.

WINNERS TO DATE

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

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

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 5 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Brandon Murrell (May 28)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4); 2 – Josh Read (June 11, July 2); 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25); 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21);

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Arthur McCauley

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28); 1 – Willy Bolton (June 11); 1 – James Turgeon (June 25)

Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18)

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


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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson
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