Revitalized Applefest Weekend Highlights Brighton Speedway Schedule

Erick Rudolph battles Danny O'Brien on route to his second straight Applefest Shootout victory last September. Rod Henderson photo.

By Clayton Johns

2016ApplefestFINALBRIGHTON (April 14, 2016) – Brighton Speedway revealed its 2016 schedule last month and is now gearing up for the start of its 49th season of racing. Among the highlights to the track’s upcoming campaign is the 12th annual edition of the Part Source Applefest Shootout presented by Cool 100.

Inclement weather in the weeks preceding the Applefest Shootout last year forced a handful of changes to the event. The additions to the show were well received by both fans and track officials and led to the decision to adopt the new format moving forward.

This year’s edition of the show will run on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. In addition to the 358 Modifieds headlining the weekend with the Image Factor 100-lap shootout on Saturday, the Sportsman Modifieds will now compete in 35-lap events on both nights. Friday marks an invitational Sportsman race before the DIRTcar Sportsman tour race on Saturday.

Also added to the card is the Excel Tower Service Great Crate Race for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series. The 65-lap event is easily one of the biggest Crate Late Model races in the Northeast. The event in coupled with a RUSH Late Model Weekly Series invitational on Friday night.

The finale to the 2016 Duel in the Dirt between Brighton, Humberstone, Merrittville and Ohsweken Speedway’s will see the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks battle for 50-laps on Saturday evening as well. The final points night for Brighton Pro Stock drivers is also on Friday night when the Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers are also in action.

Add to the card the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club on Friday evening and the OilGARD Canadian Modifieds on Saturday night, it’s an action-packed event no racing fan will want to miss.

Adult admission to Friday night’s event is just $15 and the Saturday night season finale featuring four major events is just $28.

Brighton Speedway’s 49th season begins on Saturday, April 30 with the Monster Energy Season Opener presented by UCB Canada. Admission is just $2 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Donations support the Brighton Fare Share Food Bank.

For more information on the Monster Energy Season Opener presented by UCB Canada and the complete 2016 schedule of events, visit

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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 will host 18 events in 2016. The tour will visit 13 different racetracks in three states (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania) and Ontario while awarding $5000 to the tour champion and paying down the top 12 positions. Overall, the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will put $170,000 in cash and contingencies directly in to the hands of local racers.

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,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions. 

Brighton Speedway’s 2016 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti-Rust, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bill’s Johns, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Budweiser, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Hits 95.5 Classic Rock 107.9, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, The Community Press, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Motorsport Designs, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lester’s Hot Dogs, Lucas Oil, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Monster Energy, Mix 97 My FM 93.3, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, Owasco RV, Part Source, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Sunoco Racing Fuels, Towne and Country Liquidation, TAS Communications, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products and VanZuylen Tire and Alignment.

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.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson