Sandercock, Ferguson, Anderson, Read, Freeman Earn Brighton Victories On Weese Racing Anti-Bullying Night

By Clayton Johns 

IMG_8358BRIGHTON (August 23, 2015) – An action-packed night of racing saw 63 dirt stock cars signed in for action at Brighton Speedway on the 4th annual Weese Racing Anti-Bullying Night presented by Towne and Country Liquidation and Read’s Accounting. The night also featured the final race of the season for the always-entertaining Gord’s Water Vantastics.

The Caley Weese Racing Anti-Bullying team sold over 720 neon yellow t-shirts in support of the team’s campaign against bullying. All of the supporters who purchased shirts were welcomed on to the front straightaway at intermission for a picture with Weese and the rest of the anti-bullying supporters.

Sandercock Scores Eighth Victory

IMG_8418The 20-car Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature was the largest of the year with Frankford’s Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) earning the pole alongside Brighton’s Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.).

It took two tries to get the race off the ground in what proved to be a caution-filled race that feature two red flags. Mowat led until lap 11 when he came together with second-place runner Dave McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) in turn one, sending both drivers spinning. The incident gave the lead to Picton driver Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts).

On the ensuing restart, Trenton native Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) drove past Belyea to second, setting up a hard-fought duel with Earl for the race lead. The battle was interrupted by a series of caution and two red flags. The race was stopped for the first time on lap 21 when Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) rolled on to his roof on the front stretch while running fourth. Three laps later, Elmer Stevenson (No.10 Stevenson Pipes & Plumbing) was upside down in turn one in a multi-car incident. Neither flip was violent and both drivers were uninjured.

The result was a six-lap dash between Earl and Sandercock for the victory. Earl led the first lap following the restart before Sandercock took over the top spot on lap 26 and drove to his eighth Brighton win of the season and fourth overall. Mowat drove back to a third-place finish ahead of Belyea and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Smokin’ Speedway).

Fifth Victory For Ferguson

IMG_8386The Bainer’s OilGARD Modified division yielded the best race of the night after Picton’s Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction) and Belleville’s Derek Bowers (No.03 Competition Motors) started on the front row.

Third-place started Shawn Gregory (No.1 CPS Wood Products) took the lead from Rosborough on lap three before the first yellow of the race on lap four for debris. Following the restart, Bloomfield’s Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) drove from sixth to second and set out to track down Gregory, who led by five car lengths.

The lead was erased in just three laps and Ferguson began to pressure Gregory to no avail at the halfway point. Ferguson took to the top lane on lap 17, but couldn’t carry enough momentum to gain an advantage. Gregory’s advantage was erased a lap later with the second caution of the race.

One final restart on lap 20 was the final shot Ferguson needed to gain the upper hand. On lap 23, Ferguson took the lead from Gregory in turn two following a well-executed crossover move exiting the corner. The ‘Bloomfield Bullet’ let the final two laps to earn the victory over Gregory and Picton’s Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage).

Anderson Back In Winner’s Circle

IMG_8434An 18-car Brighton Automotive Pro Stock field treated fans to an entertaining 20-lap main event. After a wreck last week, Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) started on the front row outside Rob Dier (No.30 Quinn Quest Renovations).

Anderson used the prime starting position to take the early lead with fourth-place starter and Picton native Brian Cross (No.08 Sobey’s) following closely in the runner-up spot. The race was slowed by the first of just two caution flags on lap three when Bob Green (No.26 Barink Electric) spun in turn three.

The ensuing restart allowed Jonah Mutton (No.39 NOCO Fuels) to take over second and three laps later, Rob Murray (No.1M) passed Cross for third. On the final restart of the night on lap seven, Anderson again pulled away from Mutton with a three car-length advantage. With 8 laps to go. Mutton reduced the lead to less than a single length, but couldn’t get close enough to complete the pass on Anderson before the checkered flag. The win was Anderson’s fourth of the season and second in three weeks. Murray, Leslie Mowat (No.2 Tri-County Plastics) and Art Rodgers (No.38 Wilson Engines) earned top-five finishes.

Read Completes Hat-Trick

IMG_8373The opening lap of the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature saw a scary incident with Port Hope, Ont. driver Luke Toms (No.19 Diamond Detailing) hitting the retaining wall hard in turn four. On the ensuing restart, fourth-place starter Adam Chapman (No.07 Int’l Truckload Services) grabbed the point position.

Josh Read (No.29 The Stinky Canuck) began to close on the race leader at the halfway point and had his sights set on a third win in as many weeks. On lap nine, Read took to the top lane once again and worked past Chapman to take the lead in turn three.

A final restart on lap 13 after a caution for a stopped Bailey Calbury-Reid (No.7 The Stinky Canuck) gave Chapman another shot at the point man, but Read was flawless in the green-white-checkered finish to complete the hat trick. Trenton’s Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) passed Chapman following the final restart to earn second. Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) and Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) rounded out the top-five behind Chapman. 

Freeman Sweeps Vans

IMG_0550The Gord’s Water Vantastics faced a challenging task in their final race of the season. Two implement tires were placed on both the front and back straightaways with only enough room for one van to fit between them. The drivers would be penalized a lap if they hit the tire or did not make it through.

Several drivers were up for the challenge while a number of other struggled with the new obstacle. In the end, it was Mike Freeman leading from start to finish in his No.51 and passing through all of the tire gates without issue to complete the sweep of the three Gord’s Water Vantastic events this season.

Next Week at Brighton Speedway – August 29

Brighton Speedway concludes the month of August as Comfort Zone Heating and Air Conditioning presents the final weekly racing show of the season before a trio of special events in September. The Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s are all in action. Spectator gates will open at 5:00pm before hot laps at 6:00pm and racing at 7:00pm.

Complete Results – August 22 – Read’s Accounting and Towne And Country Liquidation

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models (20 Entries)

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 25 Greg Belyea, 2. 77 Caley Weese, 3. 27 Jason Curlette, 4. 29 Phil Potts, 5. 89 Austin King, 6. 10 Elmer Stevenson, 7. 92 Adam Turner. Time: 4:11.276.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 46 Brandon Mowat, 2. 11 Corey Earl, 3. 1 Shawn Gregory, 4. 84 Dan Ferguson, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 20 Terry Hunt, 7. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time: 1:59.586.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 97 David McDonald, 3. 55 Mark Rayner, 4. 42 Adam Nayler, 5. 60 Norm Mayhew, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz (DNS). Time: 2:02.236.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models (30 Laps) : 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 11 Corey Earl, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 25 Greg Belyea, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 42 Adam Nayler, 7. 89 Austin King, 8. 60 Norm Mayhew, 9. 1 Andy Mayhew, 10. 97 David McDonald, 11. 10 Elmer Stevenson, 12. 55 Mark Rayner, 13. 29 Phil Potts, 14. 20 Terry Hunt, 15. 27 Jason Curlette, 16. 77 Caley Weese, 17. 84 Dan Ferguson, 18. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 19. 9 Nathan Bosma, 20. 92 Adam Turner (DQ). Time: 1:00:56.861. Margin of victory: 0.854 seconds.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds (16 Entries)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 48 Derrick Greig, 3. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 4. 46 Warren Mowat, 5. 12 Adam Whaley, 6. 03 Derek Bowers, 7. 07 Curtis King, 8. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 2:13.363.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 88 Josh Hennessy, 3. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory, 5. 91 Kraig Handley, 6. 00 Darrell Toms, 7. 28 Dan Insley, 9. 72 Adam Switzer. Time: 2:11.206.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 1 Shawn Gregory, 3. 88 Josh Hennessy, 4. 91 Kraig Handley, 5. 48 Derrick Greig, 6. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 7. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 8. 12 Adam Whaley, 9. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 10. 07 Curtis King, 11. 28 Dan Insley, 12. 03 Derek Bowers, 13. 72 Adam Switzer, 14. 00 Darrell Toms, 15. 46 Warren Mowat, 16. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 13:22.977. Margin of victory: 0.912 seconds.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks (18 Entries)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 08 Brian Cross, 2. 1M Rob Murray, 3. 33 Samantha Thompson, 4. 30 Rob Dier, 5. 38 Art Rodgers, 6. 53 Wade Purchase. No time.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 26 Bob Green, 4. 8 Terry Loxley, 5. 13 Ryan Connor, 6. 45 Mike Schnoauer. No time.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 29 Stu Archer, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 74 Carissa Burrows. No time.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 1M Rob Murray, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 38 Art Rodgers, 6. 33 Samantha Thompson, 7. 8 Terry Loxley, 8. 26 Bob Green, 9. 29 Stu Archer, 10. 55 Jamie Marshall, 11. 03 Justin Ramsay, 12. 45 Mike Schnoauer, 13. 13 Ryan Connor, 14. 74 Carissa Burrows, 15. 08 Brian Cross, 16. 53 Wade Purchase, 17. 30 Rob Dier, 18. 19 Brandon Murrell (DNS). No time.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s (9 Entries)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29 Josh Read, 2. 87 Emily Weedman, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 78 Shelby Mills, 5. 85 Austin Reid, 6. 19 Brandon Murrell, 7. 07 Adam Chapman, 8. 24 Bella Cosstick, 9. 19 Luke Toms. No time.

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

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 8 – Charlie Sandercock (August 22, August 15, 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: 5 – Dan Ferguson (August 22, August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13); 3 – Andrew Hennessy (August 15, June 20, May 3); 2 – Doug O’Blenis (July 25, May 23); 2 – Curtis King (July 11, May 9); 1 – Shawn Gregory (August 8); 1- Mike Lucas (June 6).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 8 – Justin Ramsay (August 15, August 1, July 18, July 4, June 13, June 6, May 16, May 3); 4 – Doug Anderson (August 22, August 8, 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); 3 – 29 Josh Read (August 22, August 15, August 8); 2 – Shelby Mills (July 18, May 23); 1 – 85 Austin Reid (August 1); 1 – Brady Greer (June 6).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 3 – Del MacGregor (August 8, July 4, May 9); 1 – 28 Mark McDonald (August 15); 1 – Adam Flieler (July 18); 1 – Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- Gary Taylor (May 23);

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 2 – Chantel Golden (August 15, July 18); 1 – 01 Dawson Evans (August 8). 


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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,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, 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, 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.  

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson