Potts, Sandercock, O’Blenis, Ferguson, Ramsay, Murrell, Reid, Freeman Win on Fan Appreciation Night at Brighton

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (August 2, 2015) – The busiest night of the year at Brighton Speedway saw double features for three divisions after a July 25 rainout and Fan Appreciation night presented by Bellevue Fabricating and Campbellford Chrysler. Fans got the opportunity to meet their favourite drivers on the track at intermission for autographs, photos and treats. There were 54 stock cars and 13 mini vans signed in for the night’s action. The ninth class of Brighton Speedway Wall of Fame inductees were also honoured prior to the night’s action.

Sandercock Keeps Rolling

IMG_7642Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) started on the pole for the 35-lap Hotch’s Auto Parts Pro Late Model Triple Crown make-up feature from July 25 and turned the advantageous starting spot in to his sixth feature win of the season at Brighton and 11th overall.

A trio of cautions in the opening five laps kept the field tight and prevented Sandercock from running away from outside polesitter Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbits Excavating). After Sandercock was able to build a 10-car length lead over a 12 lap green-flag run, Eli Mayhew (No.01 A&A Haulage) spun in turn one to bring out another yellow.

Following the restart, Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) pressed Sandercock for the lead, but couldn’t maintain the same pace as the No.57. Mowat got another shot on a restart with six to go, but Sandercock’s track position led to another stop in victory lane.

Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts) battled back and forth with Weese for third over the final 10 laps with Earl earning the spot over Weese while Tyler Rand (No.84 Main Stop Ultramar) drove to fifth on a very slick racetrack after starting

Potts Earns First Win Of 2015

IMG_8183Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products) earned the pole for the second Pro Late Model feature of the evening with Andy Mayhew (No.1 A&A Haulage) to his outside.

Following a pair of opening lap spins, Potts jumped out to a huge 10 car-length lead over Mayhew. David McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) and Adam Nayler (No.42 Quinte Tire Disposal) battled for third in the opening laps as the field fought to take he bottom lane.

Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) spun in turn four to bring out the third yellow of the race on lap 13 and erase the monstrous lead Potts had built. The restart appeared to spark something under Kyle Sopaz’s No. 12 (Free Flow Petroleum). Sopaz found grip in the top lane and raced from fifth to second in five laps, passing Nayler, McDonald and Mayhew in the process.

Another yellow on lap 21 following contact between McDonald and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Smokin’ Speedway) gave Sopaz a shot at the lead. Potts, however, was flawless in the bottom lane and held off Sopaz on another late restart as well to claim his first win of the season. McDonald held on to third while Charlie Sandercon (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) claimed fourth after starting 12th and Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts) was fifth.

O’Blenis Rallies For Second Checkers

IMG_7651Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) drove from the eighth starting spot to the lead on lap 17 and fought off a swarm of contenders over the final eight laps to claim his second win of the season.

Polesitter Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) started on the front row for the event with Derrick Greig (No.48 Greig Truck & Trailer). Handley led the opening nine laps until a caution for a spun Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) at the top of turn three.

O’Blenis drove to second on the ensuing restart as five cars battled side-by-side for the top three positions, including O’Blenis, Handley, Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise), Greig, and Curtis King (No.07 Ajax Nissan).

Greig momentarily took the lead on lap 20, but spun in turn four, ending his chances at a first victory of the season. On lap 22, Ferguson passed Handley in the preferred bottom groove for second and pressured O’Blenis for the point, but the Napanee, Ont. pilot proved fastest and held on for the win.

Four For Ferguson

IMG_8217The second 25-lap feature of the night for the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds was a busy one with Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) and Dan Insley (No.28 Greer Excavating) on the front row.

Insley led the opening three laps until a yellow for Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) after he rolled to a stop in turn three with a flat tire. Whaley claimed the lead on the following restart while Shawn Gregory (No.1 CPS Wood Products) drove to second on the high side past Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction).

While Whaley tried to distance himself from the field, Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) was on the move from his 10th starting position and moved to fourth on lap seven.

At the 10-lap mark, Gregory pulled within one length of Whaley for the lead, but his momentum was crushed by a caution on lap 11 for a spun Warren Mowat (No.46 Cormier’s Auto Recycling). Gregory took the lead on the following restart, with outside momentum to pass Whaley.

Ferguson challenged Whaley for the runner-up spot on lap 16 and took the position before passing Gregory on lap 18 for the lead. With two laps to go, Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) slid in to second on the bottom, but had no time to catch the leader Ferguson, who won for the second time in three races.

Lucky Seventh For Ramsay

IMG_8168Jonah Mutton (No.39 Apex Graphics) started on the outside of the front row for the final 25-lap race of the Larry’s Towing Pro Stock Triple Crown with Samantha Thompson (No.33 Mayhew Graphics) and quickly used the advantage to jump to the point.

Meanwhile, the sixth-place starter, Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) quickly thrust in to a battle with Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) and Thompson on lap 3. Mutton grew his lead to seven car lengths when Ramsay was clear in to second on lap six.

At the halfway mark, Ramsay and Mutton led the field by a full straightaway. The two drivers raced side-by-side for five laps, with Mutton on the bottom and Ramsay on top.

On lap 17, Ramsay found enough traction in the top lane to take the lead. The final seven laps were no contest as Ramsay cruised to the victory in the caution-free race over Mutton, Anderson, Wade Purchase (No.53 Performance Auto Sales and Leasing) and Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors).

Murrell Claims First Pro Stock Win

IMG_8134Ryan Connor (No.13 Pappa’s Pizzaland) and Jonah Mutton (No.39 Apex Graphics) started on the front row for the 20-lap July 25 make-up feature for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. Mutton took the early lead, but was slowed by a pair of cautions in the opening four laps, including a red flag for Angie Kirby (No.23 Mr. Runningboard) who lost a right-rear tire and flipped upside down in turn two.

Mutton suffered mechanical problems later in the race, ending his chances at the victory and handing the lead to Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors). Murrell was under siege from point leader Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) and Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service).

Ramsay and Anderson fought door-to-door for second, allowing Murrell to briefly distance himself. Anderson slipped underneath Ramsay with two to go while Murrell glued his No.19 to the very bottom lane. Anderson got close to Murrell, but didn’t have enough momentum or time to complete the pass.

The win was Murrell’s first, holding off the division’s top two drivers and Wade Purchase (No.53 Performance Auto Sales) and Rich Sanders (No.29 Frank’s Auto Repair), who completed the top-five.

Reid Scores First Career Win

IMG_8189Brighton, Ont. youngster Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) earned his first career win Saturday night in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 15-lap A-Main. The race, however, was stopped as soon as it was started. Three cars came together in turn two, resulting in Tyler French (No.0 ABC Taxi) landing upside down and off the racetrack. Emily Weedman (No.87 Dent Masters) and Luke Toms (No.19 Diamond Detailing) were involved, but not serious injuries were reported.

When the race resumed, Adam Chapman (No.07 Int’l Truckload Services) took over the lead on the first lap and opening a sizeable lead over Reid. Five laps later, Reid tracked down the point-man and completed the pass on the frontstretch.

Reid ran away from the field over the final 10 laps to claim his first career win. Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) narrowly missed the second spot after a thrilling side-by-side battle for second with Josh Read (No.29 Frank’s Auto Repair).

Freeman Wins Vantastics

IMG_8173Megan Golden (No.07) led the Gord’s Water Vantastics feature early on amongst a fury of three-wide racing around the racetrack. Drivers clearly were unfazed by contact as they rubbed doors and wheels all the way around the oval. On lap five, Mike Freeman drove his No.51 to the lead and led the final five laps of the 10-lap feature to claim his second Vantastic win of the season.

Wall of Fame

Brighton Speedway honoured its ninth class of Wall of Fame inductees on Saturday night with an induction IMG_8124ceremony prior to the night’s action. The three inductees were Winston Handley, Yvonne Gibson and Bob Prud’Homme. Winston Handley has been a long time fan and sponsor of the speedway who has sat in the same seat since the 1970s. His nephew, Kraig Handley, currently races in the Canadian Modified division. Yvonne Gibson has been an employee at the track for over 40 years, primarily as a scorer, and has missed just two nights of racing in that time. Bob Prud’Homme was a long time racer at the speedway and remains involved with his grandson, Carson Lemanis, who races in the track’s Kart Klub on Thursday night. A full story on the inductees to come.

Next Week at Brighton Speedway – August 8 – Southern Ontario Sprints

The Southern Ontario Sprints presented by Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive return to Brighton Speedway for their fourth appearance of the 2015 season on Saturday, August 8 presented by Star 93.3 and Rapid Rad. The Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will all be in action. Race time is 7:00pm.

Complete Results – August 1
Bellevue Fabricating and Campbellford Chrysler Fan Appreciation Race Night

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 1 presented by Motosports of Trenton (8 Laps): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 11 Corey Earl, 3. 97 David McDonald, 4. 1 Andy Mayhew, 5. 77 Caley Weese, 6. 92 Adam Turner, 7. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time:

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 2 presented by Motosports of Trenton (8 Laps): 1. 55 Mark Rayner, 2. 84 Tyler Rand, 3. 42 Adam Nayler, 4. 46 Brandon Mowat, 5. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 7. 5 Steve Baldwin, 8. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time:

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps – 15 Entries): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 3. 97 David McDonald, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 11 Corey Earl, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat, 7. 5 Steve Baldwin, 8. 92 Adam Turner, 9. 42 Adam Nayler, 10. 84 Tyler Rand, 11. 79 Nathan Bosma, 12. 77 Caley Weese, 13. 55 Mark Rayner, 14. 1 Andy Mayhew, 15. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time: 28:47.567.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (From July 25 – 35 Laps – Hotch’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Race 2 – 15 Entries): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat, 3. 11 Corey Earl, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 84 Tyler Rand, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 7. 55 Mark Rayner, 8. 92 Adam Turner, 9. 5 Steve Baldwin, 10. 42 Adam Nayler, 11. 97 David McDonald, 12. 1 Andy Mayhew, 13. 01 Eli Mayhew, 14. 29 Phil Potts, 15. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time: 19:28.055.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 1 presented by Deerhaven Farm and Garden (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 88 Josh Hennessy, 4. 12 Adam Whaley, 5. 28 Dan Insley, 6. 91 Kraig Handley, 7. 72 Adam Switzer, 8. 48 Derrick Greig.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 2 presented by Deerhaven Farm and Garden (8 Laps): 1. 00 Darrell Toms, 2. 07 Curtis King, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory, 5. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 6. 54 Chris Lebrun, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 09 Robbie Wilson.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds (25 Laps – 15 Entries): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 1 Shawn Gregory, 4. 91 Kraig Handley, 5. 12 Adam Whaley, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 9. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 10. 28 Dan Insley, 11. 72 Adam Switzer, 12. 88 Josh Hennessy, 13. 54 Chris Lebrun. Time: 15:22.817.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds (From July 25 – 25 Laps – 15 Entries): 1. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 07 Curtis King, 4. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 5. 91 Kraig Handley, 6. 1 Shawn Gregory, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 9. 88 Josh Hennessy, 10. 28 Dan Insley, 11. 12 Adam Whaley, 12. 00 Darrell Toms, 13. 48 Derrick Greig, 14. 72 Adam Switzer, 15. 09 Robbie Wilson. Time: 15:36.805.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 1 presented by Vanderlaan Building Products (8 Laps): 1. 39 Jonah Mutton, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 6. 33 Samantha Thompson, 7. 17 Rob Archer, 8. 13 Ryan Connor, 9. 2 Leslie Mowat.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 2 presented by Vanderlaan Building Products (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 38 Art Rodgers, 4. 26 Bob Green, 5. 55 Jamie Marshall, 6. 01 Shawn Gregory, 7. 51 Mike Freeman, 8. 23 Angie Kirby, 9. 08 Brian Cross.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (25 Laps – Larry’s Towing Triple Crown Race 3 – 18 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 72 Doug Anderson, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall, 7. 01 Shawn Gregory, 8. 38 Art Rodgers. 9. 2 Leslie Mowat, 10. 26 Bob Green, 11. 33 Samantha Thompson, 12. 17 Rob Archer, 13. 13 Ryan Connor, 14. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 15. 29 Rich Sanders, 16. 08 Brian Cross, 17. 51 Mike Freeman, 18. 23 Angie Kirby (DNS). No Time.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (From July 25 – 20 Laps – 18 Entries): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 03 Justin Ramsay, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 29 Rich Sanders, 6. 13 Ryan Connor, 7. 55 Jamie Marshall, 8. 39 Jonah Mutton, 9. 08 Brian Cross, 10. 51 Mike Freeman, 11. 2 Leslie Mowat, 12. 23 Angie Kirby, 13. 33 Samantha Thompson, 14. 30 Rob Dier (DNS), 15. 27 Rob Perry (DNS).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Heat 1 presented by Brighton Trophy: 1. 07 Adam Chapman, 2. 0 Tyler French, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 78 Shelby Mills, 5. 24 Bella Cosstick, 6. 19 Luke Toms, 7. 87 Emily Weedman, 8. 7 Bailey Calbury-Reid, 9. Josh Read. No Time.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps – 8 Entries): 1. 85 Austin Reid, 2. 29 Josh Read, 3. 78 Shelby Mills, 4. 24 Bella Cosstick, 5. 07 Adam Chapman, 6. 87 Emily Weedman, 7. 0 Tyler French, 8. 19 Luke Toms, 9. 7 Bailey Calbury-Reid. No Time.

Gord’s Water Vantastics Winner: 1. 51 Mike Freeman.

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 6 – Charlie Sandercock (July 25, July 11, July 4, June 6, May 16, May 9); 2 – Kyle Sopaz (July 18, May 23); 1 – Adam Turner (June 13); 1 – Corey Earl (May 3).

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 4 – Dan Ferguson (August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13); 2 – Doug O’Blenis (July 25, May 23); 2 – Curtis King (July 11, May 9); 2 – Andrew Hennessy (June 20, May 3); 1- Mike Lucas (June 6).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 7 – Justin Ramsay (August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13, June 6, May 16, May 3); 2 – Doug Anderson (July 11, May 23); 1 – 19 Brandon Murrell (July 25); 1 – 53 Wade Purchase (May 9).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 6 – Tyler French (July 25, July 4, June 13, May 16, May 9, May 3);2 – Shelby Mills (July 18, May 23); 1 – 85 Austin Reid (August 1); 1 – Brady Greer (June 6).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Del MacGregor (July 4, May 9); 1 – Adam Flieler (July 18); 1 – Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- Gary Taylor (May 23);

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (July 18).

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.

About Campbellford Chrysler: Campbellford Chrysler is located on Hwy.30 just south of Campbellford and is one of the top dealers for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep in the Quinte area. The Brighton Speedway Dodge Ram pacetruck is provided by Campbellford Chrysler, For every test drive at Campbellford Chrysler, receive a FREE family pass to regular Saturday night racing at Brighton Speedway. Visit them online at www.campbellfordchrysler.ca.

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About RUSH Late Model Racing: The RUSH Dirt Late Model Series sanctions weekly crate late model racing at 14 dirt tracks in five U.S. states (Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) and one Canadian province (Ontario). The weekly series boasts a points fund of over $27,000. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series boasts two separate tours, north and south, that compete from April to October. The two touring series will combine for 24 events across the Northeast in 2015 with an annual points fund in excess of $30,000.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Bazell Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

Brighton Speedway’s 2015 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bay Marine, Belleville Bulls, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Benson Auto Parts, Bill’s Johns, Breeze 107.9, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Extreme Rush Adventures, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, Investor’s Group, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kellogg Belleville, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lucas Oil, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Monster Energy, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Owasco RV, Part Source, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Rock 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Small Engine Fuels, Star 93.3, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Town and Country Liquidation, TRS Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products. VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.

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 RUSH Late Model Series sanctioning.

Brighton Speedway mailing address: 775 County Road 64, Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns


Photo Credit: Rod Henderson