Rand, Hennessy, Ramsay, French and Leclair Win on Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Night

Dean Leclair won the Workman's OK Tire School Bus Race in bus No.D3. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. – June 5, 2016 – A capacity crowd at Brighton Speedway witnessed an exciting and wacky 15 school buses battle in the Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races presented by Lange & Fetter Ford and Hotch’s Auto Parts. Sixty-one stock cars were also on hand across four divisions with a full night of racing schedule for them as well.

Dean Leclair poses in Victory Lane following his School Bus win. (Rod Henderson photo).

Dean Leclair poses in Victory Lane following his School Bus win with Anders from Lange & Fetter Ford. (Rod Henderson photo).

Leclair Wins Bus Race

Dean Leclair drove his No.D3 bus to victory lane in the 15-lap feature for the Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races. The 15 buses who started the race battled three and sometimes four wide around the 1/3-mile oval. After a couple of early cautions, Leclair emerged with the race lead and drove to a straightaway advantage over Bernie Rhebergen’s No.77 bus. A slowed bus on lap 13 brought the caution out and set up a green-white-checkered finish. Leclair and Rhebergen battled side-by-side for the final two laps with Leclair claiming the checkered flag and the bus trophy by less than a nose. Rick Sopaz and Matt Down battled to the final lap to finish third and fourth, respectively.

Rand Scores First Career Late Model Win 

Tyler Rand claimed his first career Pro Late Model win. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler Rand claimed his first career Pro Late Model win. (Rod Henderson photo).

A tacky race track was Tyler Rand’s best friend on Saturday night as the Picton, Ont. native drove to his first career Vanderlaan Building Product Pro Late Model win in his No.84 Terry’s Taxi car. Third-starting Andy Mayhew (No.1 A&A Haulage) drove to the opening lap, but Rand wrestled it back to lead lap two. Kyle Sopaz (No.12 KD Transmissions) briefly held the second spot until Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) took the runner-up position and set out to track down the race leader Rand.

Rand maintained a one-second advantage throughout most of the night as Turner could not gain on the No.84. Both cars ran the top lane of a very fast racetrack. Despite the top two drivers battling on the top, Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) made the bottom lane work and drove to third past both Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) and Phil Potts (No.29 Brighton Recycling).

Rand’s lead was erased on lap 19 when Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) spun in turn one to bring out the only yellow of the race. Rand was flawless on the restart and Turner went in to an expertise defense mode to move back to the top lane and hold the second spot over Mowat. The final 11 laps left little doubt for Rand, who claimed his first career feature win in a Pro Late Model after switching from Sprint Car competition to start the 2015 season. The win also capped a perfect night for Rand, who also won his heat. Turner, Mowat, Sandercock and Potts completed the top-five.

Hennessy Wins Second-Straight Canadian Modified Feature

Andrew Hennessy won his second-straight Canadian Modified feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy won his second-straight Canadian Modified feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) drove from the ninth starting position to claim his second win in as many weeks in the 25-lap Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified feature. Heat winner Shawn Gregory (No.1 CPS Wood Products) and Dan Inley (No.28 Ball Machine) brought the field to green, but Hennessy quickly made his way forward along with 10th-starting Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) and sixth-starting Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care).

The first yellow came out on lap seven when Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) spun in turn four, collecting Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) and Curtis King (No.07 Flowmetrix). On the ensuing restart, Hennessy drove to the lead past Gregory while Ferguson drove to second.

Andrew Hennessy led Ferguson, Gregory, O’Blenis and Josh Hennessy at the halfway point and the top-five maintained their position until a lap 18 caution for a spun Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi). The restart with seven laps to go allowed O’Blenis to power to second in the top lane past Ferguson and Gregory. Andrew Hennessy was consistent over the final seven laps on his way to the victory, holding off O’Blenis and Ferguson in the process. Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) made a late charge to claim fourth at the checkered flag while Gregory completed the top-five.

Ramsay First Pro Stock Repeat Winner

Justin Ramsay became the first Pro Stock driver to win two races this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay became the first Pro Stock driver to win two races this season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) became the first two-time winner in the Pro Stock division with his win Saturday night. After suffering a blown engine one week ago, Ramsay started fifth for the 20-lap main event. Mike Freeman (No.51 Boyer Chevrolet) took the lead over the opening four laps after starting on the pole, but Ramsay caught the top car by the time of a lap four caution for a stopped Dan Summers (No.4 Charlie Bird Band).

Ramsay claimed the lead on the restart as Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) rallied to take second. Two more restarts on lap five and lap six saw Ramsay choose both the inside and outside lanes as the field came to green. In both cases, he overcame a side-by-side battle with Anderson.

The Trenton native Ramsay was never able to distance himself from the field as a battle for second unfolded behind him between Anderson and Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors). The two drivers waged a spirited, but perfectly clean battle over a three-lap period before Murrell took the position.

Murrell did his best to track down Ramsay over the final five laps, but couldn’t get closer than a car length to the back bumper of the No.03. Anderson, meanwhile, settled for third ahead of Wade Purchase (No.53 Independent Alternator & Starter) and rookie Austin Reid (No.85 Kids R Kool). 

French Wins Fourth Comp 4 Feature

Tyler French won his fourth Comp 4 feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French won his fourth Comp 4 feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) won his fourth Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature of the season and the second round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown. The 20-la pfeature started with Peter Moore (No.17) and Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) (no relation) started on the front row. Peter Moore led the opening three laps while Josh Read (No.04 Down To Earth Landscaping) and French drove second and third, respectively.

A caution on lap three for an implement tire on the track allowed Read to claim the point on the restart as French took over second. Three laps later, French took the lead from Read and began to distance himself from the field until a second yellow on lap eight.

Perth, Ont. driver Corbin Millar (No.66) made his first start and jumped in to the top-three off the restart. After the halfway point, Millar took the lead from French and began to pull away from the field. Leading by nearly half a straightaway, Millar got pinched behind a slowed car with two laps to go, allowing French to take over the lead again. A yellow flag on lap 18 setup a two-lap dash, which French refused to squander. He claimed his fourth feature win of the season over Read, his brother Matthew French, Nathan Day (No.24 Active Wealth Management) and Matthew Moore. 

Next Week At Brighton Speedway – Vantastics

Brighton Speedway’s 49th season continues next Saturday night with a full card of racing. The Gord’s Water Vantastics make their first appearance of the season presented by Bay Marine, Towne & Country Liquidation and UCB Radio Canada. The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers are all on the schedule for the action-packed night of excitement. Race time is 7:00pm. Adult admission is just $10. See brightonspeedway.com for more information.



A-Main (30 Laps –14 Entries): 1. 84 Tyler Rand, 2. 92 Adam Turner, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 29 Phil Potts, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 7. 1 Andy Mayhew, 8. 5 Steve Baldwin, 9. 77 Caley Weese, 10. 42 Adam Nayler, 11. 25 Greg Belyea, 12. 79 Nathan Bosma, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 8 Brian Down. Time: 10:07.146. Margin of victory: 1.001 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 25 Greg Belyea, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 1 Andy Mayhew, 5. 29 Phil Potts, 6. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 7. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time: 2:00.333.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 84 Tyler Rand, 2. 77 Caley Weese, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 46 Brandon Mowat, 5. 89 Austin King, 6. 8 Brian Down, 7. 42 Adam Nayler. Time: 1:57.971.


A-Main (25 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 91 Kraig Handley, 5. 1 Shawn Gregory, 6. 48 Derrick Greig, 7. 88 Josh Hennessy, 8. 74 Mike Lucas, 9. 00 Darrell Toms, 10. 78 Shelby Mills, 11. 12 Adam Whaley, 12. 03 Derek Bowers, 13. 07 Curtis King, 14. 28 Dan Insley. Time: 12:07.361. Margin of victory: 1.966 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1 Shawn Gregory, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 12 Adam Whaley, 4. 28 Dan Insley, 5. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 6. 03 Derek Bowers, 7. 91 Kraig Handley, 8. 74 Mike Lucas. Time: 2:14.697.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 07 Curtis King, 3. 88 Josh Hennessy, 4. 09 Robbie Wilson, 5. 00 Darrell Toms, 6. 78 Shelby Mills, 7. 48 Derrick Greig. Time: 2:14.674. 


A-Main (20 Laps – 18 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 72 Doug Anderson, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 85 Austin Reid, 6. 51 Mike Freeman, 7. 39 Zeke McKeown, 8. 2 Leslie Mowat, 9. 29 Rich Sanders, 10. 91 Adam Davidson, 11. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 12. 14 Chris Dorland, 13. 13 Ryan Connor, 14. 02 Carissa Burrows, 15. 7 Rob Dier, 16. 4 Dan Summers, 17. 08 Brian Cross (DNS), 18. 55 Jamie Marshall (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 85 Austin Reid, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 4. 39 Zeke McKeown, 5. 4 Dan Summers, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall (DNS). No time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 7 Rob Dier, 4. 29 Rich Sanders, 5. 51 Mike Freeman, 6. 02 Carissa Burrows. No time.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 53 Wade Purchase, 3. 13 Ryan Connor, 4. 91 Cory White, 5. 14 Chris Dorland, 6. 08 Brian Cross. No time.


A-Main (20 Laps – ABC Taxi Triple Crown Round 2 – 15 Entries): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 04 Josh Read, 3. 13 Matthew French, 4. 24 Nathan Day, 5. 14 Matthew Moore, 6. 17 Peter Moore, 7. 22 Keith Dunk, 8. 06 Steven Usher, 9. 66 Corbin Millar, 10. 11 Adam Flieler, 11. 44 Nick Hamer, 12. 27 Glenn Hamer, 13. 19 Luke Toms, 14. 08 Josh French (DNS), 15. 10 Jeremy Toms (DNS). No time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 04 Josh Read, 2. 14 Matthew Moore, 3. 66 Corbin Millar, 4. 19 Luke Toms, 5. 08 Brian Cross, 6. 44 Nick Hamer, 7. 06 Steven Usher, 8. 22 Keith Dunk. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 17 Peter Moore, 3. 24 Nathan Day, 4. 13 Matthew French, 5. 27 Glenn Hamer, 6. 10 Jeremy Toms, 7. 11 Adam Flieler. No Time.


Feature Top-5 (15 Laps – 15 Buses): 1. D3 Dean Leclair, 2. 77 Bernie Rhebergen, 3. 24 Rick Sopaz, 4. 55 Matt Down, 5. 11 Tim Leavey.

Heat Winners: 9 Paul Quick, 11 Tim Leavy, 77 Bernie Rhebergen.


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

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

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

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4), 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Chris Lammle (May 28)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28)

About Lange & Fetter Ford: Located in Trenton, Ont., Lange and Fetter Ford is committed to superior sales and service. Open Monday to Saturday, Lange and Fetter Ford offers the highest quality new and pre-owned car sales. Visit them at 52 Dundas Street East in Trenton or online at www.langefetterford.ca. Call them at (613) 392-6561.

About Hotch’s Auto Parts: With two locations in Eastern Ontario, Hotch’s Auto Parts specializes in high-quality recycled auto parts. The locations in both Ameliasburgh and Bowmanville offer only the best levels of service. All parts from Hotch’s are automatically covered under a 101 day warranty. Hotch’s Auto Parts also offers a daily delivery service to Belleville, Trenton, Napanee, Kingston, and Prince Edward County. Find out more at www.hotchsautoparts.com.

Workman’s OK Tire: Workman’s Ok Tire has been located in Quinte West since 1995. Owned and operated by Mike Workman, OK Tire has built nearly 20 years of customer relationships. Experience the OK Tire difference that comes from an independently owned and operated store able to tailor service specifically to its customers. Visit their newly renovated location at 494 Bigford Road, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

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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.

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 Weekly Series sanctioning.

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

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson