Sandercock, Hennessy, Murrell, French, Lammle, Golden Win On Fan Appreciation Night

Charlie Sandercock took the lead on a lap 14 restart on his way to victory lane. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

BRIGHTON, Ont. – May 28, 2016 – A capacity crowd at Brighton Speedway witnessed 90 stock cars take to the track on Dibbits Excavating and 95.5 Hits FM Fan Appreciation night. Fans got the opportunity to meet their favourite drivers on the race track at intermission for autographs, photos and plenty of candy.

Sandercock Snags Pro Late Model Victory; First of 2016 

Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) finally found his way back to Victory Lane on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. The Trenton, Ont. native took the lead on lap 11, battled briefly with Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety), but then check out up front and won by a lengthy 3.5 seconds.

Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) led on lap five after passing polesitter Terry Hunt (No.20 Krown Rust Control) on lap five. Meanwhile, Sandercock raced his way to second behind Sopaz. Following a second lap 11 restart, Sopaz and Sandercock made contact entering turn three while battling for the lead. Sopaz went off the end of turn three, spinning out of contention.

The lead then went to Sandercock. Turner took the lead on lap 12 only to have it snatched away two laps later by a hungry Sandercock who had used the top lane to find his way forward. A late caution on lap 18 was no issue for the defending champion as he cruised to the victory over Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication), who raced to second over the final 12 laps, and Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan). Steve Baldwin (No.5 Pro Advantage Sports) and Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service) drove to top-five finishes as well after Turner spun on the final corner and finished eighth. 

Hennessy Notches First Canadian Modified Win Of Season

Andrew Hennessy won his first Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy won his first Canadian Modified feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) led only one lap of the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified feature, but it was the most important one. Hennessy took the lead from Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) off turn four on the final lap to claim his first win of the season.

Polesitter Curtis King (No.07 Flowmetrix) led the field early on and managed to anchor down the bottom lane of the racetrack. He withstood challenges from Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) and Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) for throughout restarts on lap one and four.

Ferguson appeared to have the lead on lap 16, but the caution flew just as he was about to complete the pass and returned King to the point position. On the ensuing restart, Handley went to the top lane and drove past both Ferguson and King to take over the lead on lap 21. One lap later, Ferguson drove past King for second, but Handley was building a convincing lead.

With two laps to go, Hennessy got by Ferguson in turn two after the latter tried to use the top lane to gain on Handley, who was also running the top lane. Hennessy, however, was hooked up on the bottom and erased a 0.7 second lead in two laps. He drove under Handley entering turn one and completed the pass at the exit of turn four coming to the checkered flag in a thrilling finish that had the crowd on their feet. Handley maintained the second-place finish ahead of Ferguson, King and Derrick Greig (No.48 Greig Truck & Trailer).

Murrell Dominates Pro Stock Main For First Win

Brandon Murrell is the fourth different winner in as many races with the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. (Rod Henderson photo).

Brandon Murrell is the fourth different winner in as many races with the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. (Rod Henderson photo).

Gores Landing native Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) drove from the pole position and led all 20 laps on his way to winning his first Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature of the season. Murrell broke through the noise, escaped a hungry pack of drivers and was perfectly smooth on his way to the win.

Behind Murrell, the field raced three-wide, three rows deep over the opening three laps before Wade Purchase (No.53 Independent Alternator and Starter) broke through with the second position. Four laps in, Jonah Mutton (No.39 NOCO Fuels) had come from 12th to run in third. Purchase and Mutton began an entertaining battle for second while Murrell’s lead grew to a full straightaway.

It was eliminated, however, by a yellow on lap 12 for a spun Rich Sanders (No.29 Orange Motorsports). Murrell restarted in the bottom lane and locked down the line on the restart. The win was never in doubt as he advanced to an eight car-length lead at the finish. The race for second wasn’t so clear cut as Mutton drag raced Purchase to the finish. The two drivers came door-to-door at the finish and were separated by mere inches. Scores determined Mutton barely crossed the line ahead of Purchase to claim the runner-up spot. Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) and Austin Reid (No.85 Kids R Kool) completed the top-five. 

French Takes Third Comp 4 Win

Tyler French won his third Comp 4 feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French won his third Comp 4 feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French (No.0 ABC Taxi) returned to a familiar spot a top the podium as led all 15 laps of the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 main event to earn his third feature win of the season. The Trenton native started third, but passed polesitter Steve Usher (No.06) on the opening lap to claim the point position.

French had to withstand a charge from brother Matthew French (No.13) and Josh Read (No.04 Down to Earth Landscaping) on a lap eight restart following a Bella Cosstick (No.24 Off The Hook) spin in turn four. The veteran driver was flawless over the final seven circuits and claimed the victory. Read, Matthew French, Matthew Moore (No.14 Farl’s Auto Body) and Usher completed the top-five. 

Lammle, Golden Win Stinger Features

Chris Lammle won his first Super Stinger feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

Chris Lammle won his first Super Stinger feature of the season. (Rod Henderson photo).

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Brittany Golden won her first Junior Stinger feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

In Quinte Septic Super Stinger action, Chris Lammle (No.95 Lammle Computer Repair) drover from the fourth starting position to claim his first win of the season. Lammle got passed polesitter Megan Golden (No.07 Cannifton Garage) and former champion Del MacGregor (No.19 R.Ward Construction) to claim the win while holding off May 14 winner Rick Phillips (No.7 Dennis Davy Property Maintenance). At the checkered flag, Lammle led Phillips, Golden, MacGregor and Mark McDonald (No.28 Cannifton Garage).

Brittany Golden (No.85) wrestled the lead from Willy Bolton (No.50) in lapped traffic with four to go to take the Quinte Septic Junior Stinger feature. The win was Golden’s first of the season. Bolton settled for second ahead of Dylan Lobe (No.07 KC Bobcat), Ken Evans (No.00 Cannifton Garage) and James Turgeon (No.87).

Best Appearing Awards

Best appearing car awards were handed out to one driver in all five divisions of competition as selected by track officials and sponsors. Tyler Rand’s No.84 was awarded best appearing Pro Late Model while Derek Bowers’ No.03 claimed the accolade for the Canadian Modified division. Art Rodgers’ simple, but classic look won over selection personnel as he was handed the same award for the Pro Stock division. Adam Flieler claimed the Comp 4 best appearing car and Rick Phillips held the same accomplishment for the Quinte Septic Stingers.

Up Next – School Bus Races On June 4

The Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races return to Brighton Speedway on Saturday, June 4 for the first of two races presented by Lange and Fetter Ford and Hotch’s Auto Parts. The always-entertaining buses are sure to exceed expectations. Four weekly divisions are also in action, including the headline Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models. Race time is 7:00pm. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm. Additional event information is available at



A-Main (30 Laps –16 Entries): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 42 Adam Nayler, 7. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 8. 92 Adam Turner, 9. 77 Caley Weese, 10. 1 Andy Mayhew, 11. 20 Terry Hunt, 12. 84 Tyler Rand, 13. 01 Eli Mayhew, 14. 8 Brian Down, 15. 9 Chris Heard, 16. 79 Nathan Bosma. Time: 23:02.299. Margin of victory: 3.560 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 92 Adam Turner, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 20 Terry Hunt, 4. 01 Eli Mayhew, 5. 5 Steve Baldwin, 6. 77 Caley Weese, 7. 8 Brian Down, 8. 84 Tyler Rand. Time: 2:03.764.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat, 3. 25 Greg Belyea, 4. 42 Adam Nayler, 5. 1 Andy Mayhew, 6. 29 Phil Potts, 7. 79 Nathan Bosma, 8. 9 Chris Heard. Time: 2:01.870.


A-Main (30 Laps – RONA of Trenton Triple Crown Race 1 – 15 Entries): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 91 Kraig Handley, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 07 Curtis King, 5. 48 Derrick Greig, 6. 88 Josh Hennessy, 7. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 8. 03 Derek Bowers, 9. 09 Robbie Wilson, 10. 78 Shelby Mills, 11. 74 Mike Lucas, 12. 12 Adam Whaley, 13. 84 Mark Busscher, 14. 28 Dan Insley, 15. 1 Shawn Gregory. Time: 18:38.304. Margin of victory: 0.097 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88 Josh Hennessy, 2. 07 Curtis King, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 74 Mike Lucas, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 84 Mark Busscher, 8. 87 Andrew Hennessy. Time: 2:32.165.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 03 Derek Bowers, 3. 48 Derrick Greig, 4. 09 Robbie Wilson, 5. 78 Shelby Mills, 6. 28 Dan Insley, 7. 1 Shawn Gregory. Time: 2:07.551. 


A-Main (20 Laps – 19 Entries): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 53 Wade Purchase, 4. 72 Doug Anderson, 5. 85 Austin Reid, 6. 2 Leslie Mowat, 7. 08 Brian Cross, 8. 7 Rob Dier, 9. 55 Jamie Marshall, 10. 03 Justin Ramsay, 11. 14 Chris Dorland, 12. 13 Ryan Connor, 13. 29 Rich Sanders, 14. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 15. 02 Carissa Burrows, 16. 51 Mike Freeman, 17. 4 Dan Summers, 18. 31 Dayna Netzel, 19. 38 Art Rodgers (DNS). No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Brandon Murrell, 2. 08 Brian Cross, 3. 03 Justin Ramsay, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 7 Rob Dier, 6. 85 Austin Reid, 7. 38 Art Rodgers, 8. 29 Rich Sanders, 9. 4 Dan Summers. No time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 51 Mike Freeman, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat, 4. 13 Ryan Connor, 5. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 6. 39 Jonah Mutton, 7. 14 Chris Dorland, 8. 55 Jamie Marshall, 9. 31 Dayna Netzel, 10. 02 Carissa Burrows. No time.


A-Main (15 Laps – 15 Entries): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 04 Josh Read, 3. 13 Matthew French, 4. 14 Matthew Moore, 5. 06 Steven Usher, 6. 24 Bella Cosstick, 7. 44 Nick Hamer, 8. 22 Keith Dunk, 9. 80 Nick Morton, 10. 08 Josh French, 11. 10 Jeremy Toms, 12. 11 Adam Flieler, 13. 17 Peter Moore, 14. 27 Glen Hamer (DQ – Black Flag), 15. 19 Luke Toms (DNS). No time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 04 Josh Read, 2. 13 Matthew French, 3. 11 Adam Flieler, 4. 10 Jeremy Toms, 5. 08 Josh French, 6. 22 Keith Dunk, 7. 24 Bella Cosstick, 8. 17 Peter Moore. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 19 Luke Toms, 3. 27 Glen Hamer, 4. 14 Matthew Moore, 5. 06 Steven Usher, 6. 44 Nick Hamer, 7. 80 Nick Morton. No Time.


A-Main (12 Laps – 11 Entries): 1. 95 Chris Lammle, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 07 Megan Golden, 4. 19 Del MacGregor, 5. 28 Mark McDonald, 6. 01 Dawson Evans, 7. 99 Arthur McCauley, 8. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 9. 27 David Lemon, 10. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 11. 93 Jorden Pickell. No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 07 Megan Golden, 2. 01 Dawson Evans, 3. 93 Jorden Pickell, 4. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 5. 99 Arthur McCauley, 6. 41 Lexi Fletcher. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 28 Mark McDonald, 5. 27 David Lemon. No Time.


A-Main (12 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 85 Brittany Golden, 2. 50 Willy Bolton, 3. 7 Dylan Lobe, 4. 00 Ken Evans, 5. 87 James Turgeon, 6. 5 Chantel Golden, 7. 17f Melanie Fortier, 8. 08 Kyle Doric, 9. 88 Brittany Ivey, 10. 63 Emily Herrington, 11. 73 Tabitha Weese, 12. 40 Bailey Calbury, 13. 65 Darrian Johnson, 14. 76 Jennifer Cassalman. No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 50 Willy Bolton, 2. 5 Chantel Golden, 3. 85 Brittany Golden, 4. 08 Kyle Doric, 5. 40 Bailey Reid, 6. 76 Jennifer Cassalman, 7. 73 Tabitha Weese. No Time.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 00 Ken Evans, 2. 87 James Turgeon, 3. 7Dylan Lobe, 4. 88 Brittany Ivey, 5. 17F Melanie Fortier, 6. 65 Darrian Johnson, 7. 63 Emily Herrington. No Time.


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)

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

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

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 3 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28), 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)

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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, 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, Sunoco Racing Fuels, 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 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.  

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson