Sandercock, Ferguson, Ramsay, French, MacGregor Win Mid-Season Championships

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (July 4, 2015) – A total of 87 cars signed in for the Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. Drivers in all five divisions raced extra distance feature events, while three drivers set new track records in single-car time trials.

Sandercock Tops RUSH Pro Late Models

57SandercockVLCharlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) scored his fourth win of the season and eighth RUSH Late Models Weekly Series win in Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Model action on Saturday night. Sandercock also set fast time in time trials earlier in the day.

Sandercock took the lead from polesitter Steve Baldwin (No.5 Smokin’ Speedway) on lap 13 following a lengthy side-by-side battle. Baldwin fought hard on the bottom lane before Sandercock eventually cleared the No.5 while running against a thin cushion at the top of the track.

“We made some changes on the car this week and we didn’t get a chance to test it before time trials so it wasn’t exactly how we wanted it, but we pulled through and we got it done,” said Sandercock. “We had a good race with Steve on the outside and once I knew I was clear of him I went to the bottom and didn’t have to push my car to the limits.”

Baldwin earned the pole in the redraw in front of the fans with David McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) taking the outside of the front row.

A trio of yellows slowed the race’s opening 11 laps and three more followed over the final 39 circuits, primarily for single-car incidents. All 19 starters finished the race.

Sandercock cruised out in front of the field after a lap 20 restart. Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) slid underneath Baldwin for second on lap 22 and saved his equipment for a late challenge.

He got the opportunity on a restart with 12 to go, but Sandercock proved the stronger of the two cars and held on for the victory while avoiding a dicey three-wide situation in lapped traffic on the final lap. Turner, Baldwin, Kyle Sopaz (No.12 KD Transmission) and Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) completed the top-five.

Ferguson Perfect For Second Canadian Modified Win

11FergusonIt was a picture perfect night for Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) in the Canadian Modified division. Ferguson set a new Canadian Modified track record in single-car time trials with a lap of 15.598 seconds, breaking Ryan Scott’s 2014 record of 16.374 seconds.

Ferguson took the lead on a lap 13 restart following a caution for leader Shawn Gregory (No.1 Like-Nu Driveway Sealing). He led the final 27 laps of the 40-lap feature and won by 4.565 seconds over Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care).

“I’m glad we could pull it off tonight,” said Ferguson. “You never know how far ahead you are, but I stayed within two feet of the (implement) tire, so I knew O’Blenis couldn’t come up the bottom.”

The first half of the race was slowed several times for single-car incidents that kept Ferguson and Gregory from battling side-by-side for the lead. Point-leader Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) drove to a fourth-place finish after suffering a flat right-rear tire on lap five.

O’Blenis did an excellent job holding off Gregory in the second-half of the race, who advanced to third, after his lap 13 spin. Hennessy and Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) completed the top-five.

Ramsay Scores Hat-Trick

03 RamsayIn one of the best Brighton Automotive Pro Stock races the track has seen this year, Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) and Doug Anderson (No.72 Morgan Brae Farms) put on a classic show racing side-by-side for the lead for 20 laps with Ramsay emerging the winner for the fifth time this season.

Ramsay set a new Pro Stock track record in time trials with a lap of 16.573 seconds, shattering Anderson’s previous record of 17.289 seconds. He then won his Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heat race and capped off the hat-trick with a 30-lap feature race win, which was also the second round of the Larry’s Towing Triple Crown.

Mike Freeman (No.51 Boyer Chevrolet) started on the front row with Anderson for the main event. Anderson led the opening lap with Ramsay advancing to second from fourth by lap two. The two drivers raced side-by-side for the lead on lap five and never touched as the battle continued in the same fashion over the next 25 laps.

Following a lap 20 restart, it appeared Anderson had taken the lead for good until Ramsay found another gear on the top and pulled an impressive crossover move in turns three and four to take the lead for good.

Anderson suffered mechanical problems one lap later and was forced to pull to the pit area. Ramsay cruised to the victory over the final five laps ahead of Leslie Mowat (No.2 Tri-County Plastics), Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery), Wade Purchase (No.53 Performance Auto Sales) and Grant Fitzpatrick (No.28 LA Sales & Service).

 

French Earns Fifth Win

0FrenchVLTyler French (No. 0 Empey Tire) took the lead on a lap 16 restart after leader Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) flipped upside down and led the final four laps to earn his fifth Comp 4 win of the season.

French and Greer started on the front row for the 20-lap feature and battled hard for the lead. Greer took the early lead, but had it erased twice by cautions on lap five and 15.

Following a lap 15 restart, Greer and French were side-by-side for the race lead. One lap later, the two appeared to make contact entering turn three. Greer’s No.94 caught the banking with just enough momentum to roll on to its roof. French made slight contact with Greer once the car had rolled, but both drivers were uninjured.

French went on to claim the victory over his teammate Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi). Riley Greer (No.47 Greer Excavating), Emily Weedman (No.87 Dent Masters) and Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) completed the top-five.

Greer set a new Comp 4 track record in time trials with a lap of 18.175 seconds, eclipsing Mill’s 2014 record of 19.324 seconds.

 

MacGregor Blasts Stinger Competition

19 MacGregorVLDel MacGregor (No.19 R.Ward Construction) won his second Quinte Septic Stingers feature of the season after taking the lead on lap six and led the final nine laps of the extended 15-lap feature to earn the victory.

Polesitter Adam Flieler (No.11 On Target Dog Training) led the opening five laps and was in prime position for his first win of the season when he suffered a flat right front tire, ending his night. MacGregor then took over the point and navigated traffic flawlessly on route to the victory.

Arthur McCauley (No.99 East Side Tire) and Andy Fletcher (No.42 Like-Nu Driveway Sealing) battled closely for second over the final five laps. Fletcher settled in to second with three to go, but ran out of time to pass the defending champion MacGregor. McCauley, Rick Phillips (No. 7 Ontario Duct Cleaning), and Matt French (No.41 Broken Arrow) completed the top-five.

IMG_3789Next Week at Brighton Speedway – July 11

The Southern Ontario Sprints return to Brighton Speedway for the third time this season on July 11 for an action-packed show presented by Electro Cables and Van Zuylen Tire. The Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models, the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, and the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks are all on the card as well with regular weekly shows. Race time is 7:00pm and spectator gates are scheduled to open at 5:00pm.

Complete Results – July 4, 2015

Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (50 Laps – 19 Entries): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 92 Adam Turner, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 5. 29 Phil Potts, 6. 25 Greg Belyea, 7. 77 Caley Weese, 8. 84 Dan Ferguson, 9. 97 David McDonald, 10. 11 Corey Earl, 11. 42 Adam Nayler, 12. 46 Brandon Mowat, 13. 89 Austin King, 14. 55 Mark Rayner, 15. 20 Terry Hunt, 16. 79 Nathan Bosma, 17. 27 Jason Curlette, 18. 60 Norm Mayhew, 19.1 Andy Mayhew. Time: 32:12.672.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 92 Adam Turner, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 42 Adam Nayler, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 1 Andy Mayhew, 7. 27 Jason Curlette.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 97 David McDonald, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 11 Corey Earl, 4. 60 Norm Mayhew, 5. 20 Terry Hunt, 6. 89 Austin King.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 5 Steve Baldwin, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 84 Dan Ferguson, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 55 Mark Rayner, 6. 79 Nathan Bosma.

Vanderlaan Bulding Products RUSH Pro Late Models Time Trial Results: 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock 14.371 seconds, 2. 29 Phil Potts 14.395, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat 14.461, 4. 84 Dan Ferguson 14.529, 5. 97 David McDonald 14.565, 6. 12 Kyle Sopaz 14.590, 7. 5 Steve Baldwin 14.640, 8. 60 Norm Mayhew 14.687, 9. 92 Adam Turner 14.692, 10. 25 Greg Belyea 14.772, 11. 11 Corey Earl 14.837, 12. 77 Caley Weese 14.867, 13. 42 Adam Nayler 14.927, 14. 20 Terry Hunt 14.929, 15. 55 Mark Rayner 15.044, 16. 1 Andy Mayhew 15.226, 17. 89 Austin King 15.422, 18. 79 Nathan Bosma 15.496, 19. 27 Jason Curlette 16.576.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (40 Laps – 16 Entries): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 1 Shawn Gregory, 4. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 5. 12 Adam Whaley, 6. 74 Mike Lucas, 7. 07 Curtis King, 8. 46 Warren Mowat, 9. 72 Adam Switzer, 10. 23 Paul Milligan, 11. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 12. 88 Josh Hennessy, 13. 91 Kraig Handley, 14. 66 Mark Packer, 15. 03 Derek Bowers., 16. 00 Darrell Toms (DNS). Time: 30:18.264.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 2. 74 Mike Lucas, 3. 1 Shawn Gregory, 4. 03 Derek Bowers, 5. 66 Mark Packer, 6. 23 Paul Milligan, 7. 00 Darrell Toms, 8. 91 Kraig Handley.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Feguson ,2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 36 Mitch Rosbourgh, 4. 88 Josh Hennessy, 5. 07 Curtis King, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 72 Adam Switzer.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Time Trial Results: 1. 11 Dan Ferguson15.598, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis 15.844, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy 15.872, 4. 74 Mike Lucas 15.948, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy 16.039, 6. 1 Shawn Gregory 16.072, 7. 07 Curtis King 16.232, 8. 23 Paul Milligan 16.245, 9. 03 Derek Bowers 16.347, 10. 36 Mitch Rosborough 16.564, 11. 00 Darrell Toms 16.593, 12. 12 Adam Whaley 16.962, 13. 66 Mark Packer 17.114, 14. 46 Warren Mowat 17.187, 15. 91 Kraig Handley 18.626, 16. 72 Adam Switzer 21.436.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (30 Laps – 18 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick,  6. 29 Rich Sanders, 7. 13 Ryan Connor, 8. 38 Art Rodgers, 9. 26 Bob Green, 10. 33 Samantha Thompson, 11. 08 Brian Cross, 12. 51 Mike Freeman, 13. 72 Doug Anderson, 14. 19 Brandon Murrell, 15. 39 Jonah Mutton, 16. 17 Rob Archer, 17. 23 Angie Kirby, 18. 30 Rob Dier.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 39 Jonah Mutton, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 5. 30 Rob Dier, 6. 13 Ryan Connor.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 19 Brandon Murrell, 3. 08 Brian Cross, 4. 38 Art Rodgers, 5. 33 Samantha Thompson, 6. 23 Angie Kirby.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 51 Mike Freeman, 3. 53 Wade Purchase, 4. 29 Rich Sanders, 5. 26 Bob Green, 6. 17 Rob Archer.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Time Trial Results: 1. 03 Justin Ramsay 16.573, 2. 72 Doug Anderson 16.620, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat 16.970, 4. 53 Wade Purchase 17.054, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell 17.165, 6. 55 Jamie Marshall 17.242, 7. 51 Mike Freeman 17.272, 8. 08 Brian Cross 17.272, 9. 39 Jonah Mutton 17.308, 10. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick 17.509, 11. 38 Art Rodgers 17.543, 12. 29 Rich Sanders 17.599, 13. 13 Ryan Connor 17.709, 14. 33 Samantha Thompson 17.753, 15. 26 Bob Green 17.900, 16. 30 Rob Dier 18.299, 17. 23 Angie Kirby 19.000, 18. 17 Rob Archer No Time.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 A-Main (20 Laps – 10 Entries): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 47 Riley Greer, 4. 87 Emily Weedman, 5. 85 Austin Reid, 6. 19 Luke Toms, 7. 94 Brady Greer, 8. 07 Adam Chapman, 9. 24 Bella Cosstick, 10. 8 Tyler Parker (DQ).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 19 Luke Toms, 4. 8 Tyler Parker, 5. 07 Adam Chapman

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 94 Brady Greer, 2. 85 Austin Reid, 3. 47 Riley Greer, 4. 87 Emily Weedman, 5. 24 Bella Cosstick.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Time Trial Results: 1. 94 Brady Greer 18.175, 2. 0 Tyler French 18.415, 3. 85 Austin Reid 18.611, 4. 78 Shelby Mills 18.618, 5. 47 Riley Greer 18.998, 6. 19 Luke Toms 19.078, 7. 87 Emily Weedman 19.109, 8. 07 Adam Chapman 19.448, 9. 8 Tyler Parker 19.493, 10. 24 Bella Cosstick 19.556.

Qunite Septic Stingers A-Main (15 Laps -24 Entries): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 42 Andy Fletcher, 3. 99 Arthur McCauley, 4. 7 Rick Phillips, 5. 41 Matt French, 6. 93 Jordan Pickell, 7. 95 Chris Lammle, 8. 40 Brant Leggett, 9. 44 Mike Brooks, 10. 07 Meagan Golden, 11. 01 Dawson Evans, 12. 33 Geoff York, 13. 00 Ken Evans, 14. 21 Brittany Markolefas, 15. 6 Tom Cole, 16. 89 Richard Todd, 17. 5 Chantel Golden, 18. 11 Adam Flieler, 19. 25 Lawrene Evenden, 20. 64 Christian Johnson. DNQ: 15 Nathan Buckey, 65 Kenny Johnson, 73 Tabitha Weese, 89 Richard Todd.

Quinte Septic Stingers Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 64 Christian Johnson, 2. 11 Adam Flieler, 3. 99 Arthur McCauley, 4. 42 Andy Fletcher, 5. 15 Nathan Buckey, 6. 00 Ken Evans.

Quinte Septic Stingers Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 33 Geoff York, 2. 44 Mike Brooks, 3. 28 Mark McDonald, 4. 40 Brant Leggett, 5. 01 Dawson Evens, 6. 73 Tabitha Weese.

Quinte Septic Stingers Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 41 Matt French, 2. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 07 Meagan Golden, 5. 65 Kenny Johnson, 6. 89 Richard Todd.

Quinte Septic Stingers Heat 4 (6 Laps): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 5 Chantel Golden, 4. 6 Tom Cole, 5. 21 Brittany Markolefas, 6. 93 Jordan Pickell.

Winners to Date

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

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 2 – 11 Dan Ferguson (July 4, June 13); 2 – Andrew Hennessy (June 20, May 3); 1- 74 Mike Lucas (June 6); 1 – 32 Doug O’Blenis (May 23); 1 – Curtis King (May 9)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 5 – Justin Ramsay (July 4, June 13, June 6, May 16, May 3); 1 – Doug Anderson (May 23); 1 – 53 Wade Purchase (May 9)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 5 – Tyler French (June 13, May 16, May 9, May 3); 1 – 94 Brady Greer (June 6), 1 – Shelby Mills (May 23)

Quinte Septic Stingers: 2 – Del MacGregor (July 4, May 9); 1 – 95 Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- 89 Gary Taylor (May 23);

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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.

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

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