Potts, Hennessy, Ramsay, French, Insley Win On Bellevue Fabricating and Campbellford Chrysler Night

Phil Potts races off turn four during the Pro Late Model feature at Brighton Speedway. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

Steve Insley and Ken Haight won the Gord’s Water Vantastic feature in their No.47 van. (Rod Henderson photo).

Steve Insley and Ken Haight won the Gord’s Water Vantastic feature in their No.47 van. (Rod Henderson photo).

BRIGHTON, Ont. – July 30, 2016 – An exciting night of racing concluded a hot and steamy month of July at Brighton Speedway on Bellevue Fabricating and Campbellford Chrysler night. The Gord’s Water Vantastics made their final appearance of the season and did not disappoint with a highly entertaining show.

The vans, which feature a driver and a passenger navigator, were forced to race around the infield light pole on the backstretch as part of their eight-lap feature distance. The obstacle created all kinds of slicing and dicing as drivers had to race their opponents while avoiding incoming cars to the backstretch loop. In the end, Steve Insley and Ken Haight’s No.47 held off a tough challenge from Adam Flieler and Jenn Koebel’s No.11 to claim the checkered flag. The Lloyd Moore and Crystal Stewart No.133 was third.

Shari Belyea (left) and Greg Belyea (right) presented a $500 cheque to Brighton Speedway Kids Klub organizers Amanda O'Blenis (second from left) and Bailey Graham (second from right). (Rod Henderson photo).

Shari Belyea (left) and Greg Belyea (right) presented a $500 cheque to Brighton Speedway Kids Klub organizers Amanda O’Blenis (second from left) and Bailey Graham (second from right). (Rod Henderson photo).

At intermission, Greg and Shari Belyea of the Kids R Kool foundation presented a $500 cheque to Bailey Graham and Amanda O’Blenis, the organizers of the Brighton Speedway Kids Klub. The donation will go towards extra activities for the Kids Klub for the rest of the 2016 season as well as the 2017 year.

Potts Claims Fourth Pro Late Model Win

Brighton driver Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) scored his fourth win of the season with an impressive drive to the front in a non-stop 30-lap Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model feature. Potts started ninth in the field and methodically paced his way forward. A lightning fast racetrack where the top groove was the quick way around played to Potts’ strength.

Phil Potts claimed his fourth Pro Late Model win of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Phil Potts claimed his fourth Pro Late Model win of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Port Hope’s Austin King (No.89 Durmach Excellence In Tooling) led the field for the opening eight laps after starting on the pole. He had to contend with Picton native Tyler Rand (No.84 Terry’s Taxi) for the top spot early on. Trenton’s Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) started third, but took the lead in the inside lane on lap nine. Sopaz remained on the bottom while Potts steamrolled his way to the front in the top lane.

Potts was in second on lap 18 after passing two cars on the same lap to take the position. Sopaz held a full straightaway advantage at that point, but it quickly evaporated as Potts caught him for the lead on lap 24. One lap later Potts was in the lead using the same outside lane. Sopaz tried the top for the final five laps in a last ditch attempt to retake the point, but Potts was far too strong against the outside cushion and cruised to the victory. Rand, Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports) completed the top-five.

Hennessy Completes Six Pack

Andrew Hennessy won his sixth Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy won his sixth Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy (No.87 RJ Equipment Rentals) won for the second week in a row in a race that was nearly a carbon copy of his victory seven days prior. Polesitter Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) paced the field early and third-place starter Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) quickly jumped in to the second spot as the top two broke away from the rest of the field.

On lap six, Ferguson and Handley raced side-by-side for the lead, with each taking turns leading by a nose at the flag stand through the five-lap battle. Ferguson eventually emerged with the lead on lap 10, but Handley maintained his inside lane to retake the point at the halfway mark.

On lap 16, Ferguson brought out the second caution of the race when his transmission failed. The restart gave Hennessy a shot at the lead after he raced to second following his 11th-place starting spot. The two drivers battled wheel-to-wheel at the drop of the green flag. Hennessy made the outside lane work and took the lead on lap 20.

From there, Hennessy had to protect the point on the final restart at lap 23 where he chose the outside lane and held off Handley in the green-white-checkered finish. Derrick Greig (No.48 Greig Truck and Trailer), Shawn Gregory (No.1 PartSource) and Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) completed the top-five.

Ramsay Wins Tough Pro Stock Feature

Justin Ramsay poses with Paul Crouter of Bellevue Fabricating following his sixth win this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay poses with Paul Crouter of Bellevue Fabricating following his sixth win this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) overcame a lap five incident and drove through the field over the final 20 laps to win his sixth Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature of the season. The race was also the final leg of the Larry’s Towing Pro Stock Triple Crown.

Mike Freeman (No.51 Boyer Chevrolet) took the early lead, but contact with Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Landscape Service) in turn four while the two battled for the lead on lap five created chaos. Anderson spun, collecting a handful of cars, including Ramsay, and after a brief trip to the pit area, all were sent to the rear for the restart.

Wade Purchase (No.53 Independent Alternation and Starter) assumed the lead and had to deal with Rich Sanders (No.29 Orange Motorsports) in a thrilling side-by-side battle. The two drivers raced that way for 10 laps until Purchase emerged with the lead. Ramsay, meanwhile, was in fourth by the time of a lap 18 caution and used the restart to jump to second.

From there, he tracked down Purchase and took the lead on the outside with two laps to go, the same lane he used to get to the front. Purchase couldn’t recover the top spot over the final two circuits and settled for second ahead of Sanders, Anderson and Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors).

French Scores First Comp 4 Win Since June

Tyler French celebrates his fifth win of the season with Bellevue Fabricating's Paul Crouter. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French celebrates his fifth win of the season with Bellevue Fabricating’s Paul Crouter. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) waited patiently for the opportunity to get by Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) and capitalized on a chance with two laps to go to win his sixth Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature of the season.

The caution-free race saw Moore jump to an early lead after starting outside the front row. On lap 13, Moore slipped up to the top lane in turn four and French drove to the bottom as they race in to turn one. French completed the pass for the lead in turn three and led the final lap and a half to secure the victory.

Luke Toms (No.19 Gardenhill Towing) raced nose-to-tail with the top two cars and held the third position at the finish. Peter Moore (No.17 Sherry’s Pet Grooming) and Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) completed the top-five.

Up Next – Southern Ontario Sprints Return August 6

2016 Aug 6 PosterThe Southern Ontario Sprints return for their fourth visit of the season on Saturday, August 6 for Rapid Rad and MyFM 93.3 night presented by Sanderson Tire and Automotive. The Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds battled in the final round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown while the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers are also on the card. The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models have the night off. Gates will open at 5:30pm for the 7:00pm start. Adult admission is $20 and a family pass is just $45. More event information is available at www.brightonspeedway.ca.



A-Main (30 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 3. 84 Tyler Rand, 4. 92 Adam Turner, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 7. 46 Brandon Mowat, 8. 89 Austin King, 9. 1 Andy Mayhew, 10. 25 Greg Belyea, 11. 01 Eli Mayhew, 12. 42 Adam Nayler. Time: 7:42.278. Margin of Victory: 1.238 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 2. 92 Adam Turner, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 89 Austin King, 5. 84 Tyler Rand, 6. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time: 2:00.573.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 42 Adam Nayler, 2. 1 Andy Mayhew, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 29 Phil Potts, 5. 46 Brandon Mowat, 6. 25 Greg Belyea. Time: 2:03.816.


A-Main (25 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 91 Kraig Handley, 3. 48 Derrick Greig, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 8. 78 Shelby Mills, 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 10. 11 Dan Ferguson, 11. 00 Darrell Toms, 12. 03 Derek Bowers (DNS). No Time. Margin of victory: 0.327 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 12 Adam Whaley, 2. 88 Josh Hennessy, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 5. 07 Curtis King, 6. 03 Derek Bowers. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Shawn Gregory, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 48 Derrick Greig, 5. 78 Shelby Mills, 6. 00 Darrell Toms. No Time.


A-Main (20 Laps – 19 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 53 Wade Purchase, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 72 Doug Anderson, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 51 Mike Freeman, 7. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 8. 39 Jonah Mutton, 9. 28 Dan Insley, 10. 14 Chris Dorland, 11. 02 Carissa Burrows, 12. 38 Art Rodgers, 13. 85 Austin Reid, 14. 7 Rob Dier, 15. 23 Angie Kirby, 16. 08 Brian Cross, 17. 2 Leslie Mowat, 18. 46 Adam Switzer, 19. 6 James Boyer (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 85 Austin Reid, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 28 Dan Insley, 4. 08 Brian Cross, 5. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 6. 6 James Boyer, 7. 38 Art Rodgers. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 39 Jonah Mutton, 2. 51 Mike Freeman, 3. 53 Wade Purchase, 4. 14 Chris Dorland, 5. 29 Rich Sanders, 6. 53 Wade Purchase. No Time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 72 Doug Anderson, 4. 7 Rob Dier, 5. 46 Adam Switzer, 6. 02 Carissa Burrows. No Time.


A-Main (15 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 14 Matthew Moore, 3. 19 Luke Toms, 4. 17 Peter Moore, 5. 94 Brady Greer, 6. 24 Jeff Humphrey, 7. 11 Adam Flieler, 8. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 9. 22 Keith Dunk, 10. 44 Nick Hamer (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17 Peter Moore, 2. 44 Nick Hamer, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 14 Matthew Moore, 5. 11 Adam Flieler, 6. 19 Luke Toms, 7. 24 Jeff Humphrey, 8. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 9. 22 Keith Dunk, 10. 94 Brady Greer. No Time.

Feature (12 Laps – Top-Five): 1. 47 Steve Insley/Ken Haight, 2. 11 Adam Flieler/Jenn Koebel, 3. 133 Lloyd Moore/Crystal Stewart, 4. 47x Adam Switzer/Dave Franklin, 5. 01 Bryer McLean/Keltin McLean. No Time.


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)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 6 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 23, July 30); 3 – Dan Ferguson (April 30, June 25, July 16); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Curtis King (June 11); 1 – Josh Hennessy (July 9)

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)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 5 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4, July 30); 2 – Josh Read (June 11, July 2); 2 – Josh French (June 18, June 25); 2 – Luke Toms (July 16, July 23); 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21);

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

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

Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18); 1 – Dylan Westbrook (July 9)

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

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

About Campbellford Chrysler/JJ Stewart Motors: Campbellford Chrysler and JJ Stewart Motors have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying their customer’s needs. JJ Stewart Motors, located in Norwood, and Campbellford Chrysler, located on Hwy.30 just south of Campbellford, are among the top dealers for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep in the area. The Brighton Speedway Dodge Ram pace truck is provided by Campbellford Chrysler. Receive a FREE family pass to regular Saturday night racing at Brighton Speedway when you test drive at Campbellford Chrysler. Visit them online at www.campbellfordchrysler.ca and www.jjstewart.ca.

About Bellevue Fabricating:
Located in Belleville, Ont., Bellevue Fabricating has been in business since 1975. As a competitive, multi-disciplined company with professionally qualified personnel, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd. provides custom fabrication to the marketplace while maintaining only the highest standards in product, service and safety. Dedicated to quality craftsmanship in both design and fabrication, the company has the ability to produce a broad scope of customized metal products. Bellevue Fabricating offers a complete range of services to meet the stringent demands of a multitude of industries. For more information, visit www.bellefab.com or call (613) 968-6721.

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Brighton Speedway’s 2016 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti-Rust, Battlefield Equipment Rentals, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Belleville Boyer Nissan, Belleville Transmission & Auto, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bicknell Racing Products, Bill’s Johns, BJ McColl Fams, Bonn Law, Boyer Chevrolet Napanee, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Budweiser, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian Energy, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Hits 95.5, Classic Rock 107.9 The Breeze, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, The Community Press, Cool 100, CSC Products, Davis Auto Repair, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Eastern Overhead Doors, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, First Place Trailers, Gerow Propane, Gilmour’s Meat Shop, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Hellraiser Race Bodies, Hewbrook Incorporated, Hits FM 95.5, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Humber Nurseries, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, JJ Stewart Motors, John’s Equipment, Jones Automotive, KD Transmission, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, KOA Campground of Brighton, Krown Rust Control Trenton, Lange & Fetter Ford, Larry’s Towing, Leaf Racewear, Leclair Electric, Lester’s Hot Dogs, Lucas Oil, Maestro’s Painting, Mark Heating & Cooling, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Monacoe’s Hair Salon & Day Spa, Monster Energy, Motosports of Trenton, Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing My FM 100.9/93.3, Mystical Distributing, NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint, NOCO Fuels, Owasco RV, Part Source, Peter’s South End Garage, Qunte Mall, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, REMAX (Saoirse Graham & Nicole Parks), ROCK 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stewart Electric, Stix & Stones Billiards, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Target Fabrication, TAS Communications, The Trentonian, Therapeutic Massage Centre, Towne and Country Liquidation, Turris Communications, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Vanderlaan Building Products, Vandermeer Toyota, VanZuylen Tire and Alignment, The Vinyl Solution, Vito’s Restaurant, VP Racing Fuels and Workman’s OK Tire.

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson