Sandercock, Hennessy, Ramsay, Reid, MacDonald and Golden Round-Up Brighton Wins

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (August 16, 2015) – A hot and humid evening at Brighton Speedway turned out some of the best racing of the season as 86 stock cars piled in to the pit area for Greig Truck & Trailer and Ajax Nissan’s presentation of the Kids Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation. The track crew provided one of the raciest surfaces of the season with plenty of grip in all lanes throughout the entire evening.

Sandercock Rides The Cushion To Seventh Win

IMG_8319After going winless over his past two races at Brighton, Trenton, Ont. native Charlie Sandercock returned to the track with a vengeance and drove from 11th to win his seventh main event of the season on Saturday night. The 35-lap race was the final leg of the inaugural Hotch’s Auto Parts Triple Crown for the Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models.

Picton’s Andy Mayhew and Codrington’s Mark Rayner were on the front row for the feature event. Rayner jumped to an early lead in the much faster top lane. A trio of cautions at lap three delayed the race, but the ensuing restart proved Sandercock would be a driver to beat. He raced from the sixth row starting position to fifth by lap five and on lap 11 had passed both Mayhew and Tyler Rand for second.

He set out to track down the race leader, Rayner, who held a full straightaway lead on lap 11. Three laps later, Sandercock erased the deficit and on lap 16 used the lapped cars as a pick to pass Rayner for the lead. Once out front, Sandercock cruised to the win by 4.9 seconds over Wooler driver Adam Nayler, who passed Rayner on the last lap. Picton’s Adam Turner, Mayhew and Trenton’s Kyle Sopaz earned top-five positions.

Sandercock’s win completed a sweep of the Triple Crown events, handing him the inaugural crown.

Hennessy Battles Back To Victory Lane

IMG_8308Polesitter Kraig Handley led the first 23 laps of the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified feature, but fellow Picton native Andrew Hennessy swooped to the bottom lane to claim the point with two laps to go and drove away with his third win of the season.

Handley and Hennessy pulled away from the field early on, leaving third-place runner Doug O’Blenis 10 car lengths behind in third. While Handley continued to run the middle of the track, Hennessy was unable to capitalize in the bottom lane. The lead the two drivers had built was erased on lap 16 when the caution flew for debris.

Handley continued to lead on the ensuing restart, but O’Blenis and Bloomfield’s Dan Ferguson battled for the third position. An additional restart on lap 21 following Mitch Rosborough’s spin atop turn one pitted the top-four against each other once again. Handley gained the initial advantage, but both Hennessy and Ferguson stayed close.

Hennessy jumped at the first opportunity to take the bottom lane past Handley, which came on lap 23. Ferguson followed suit, but was not able to track down the race leader before the checkered flag waved. Handley, O’Blenis and Josh Hennessy completed the top-five. The win was Hennessy’s first since June 20.

Ramsay Dominates For Eighth Win

IMG_8299Rossmore, Ont. driver Justin Ramsay assumed the lead on a lap 17 restart and led the final three laps for his eighth Brighton Automotive Pro Stock win of the season. Front row starter Rich Sanders led the opening lap after passing polesitter Bob Green, but third-place runner Mike Freeman of Quinte West quickly jumped in to the mix.

The race was slowed on lap seven when Ramsay spun in turn four while trying to avoid contact with another driver. His spin caused contact with Trenton’s Doug Anderson, who was turned in to the outside wall, and Rod Dier. Both Anderson and Dier’s nights ended as a result of the contact.

Sanders continued to lead Green on the restart until Freeman maneuvered his No.51 to the point on lap 10, sliding past Sanders on the bottom of turn three. Ramsay was on the move behind him, racing from 6th to 2nd in just two laps.

A caution with three laps to go erased Freeman’s five car-length lead, but also caused his Camaro to overheat. As Freeman went to the pit area, Ramsay was handed the top spot and was unchallenged on route to his eighth win of the season over Brighton’s Jonah Mutton, and Carrying Place driver Leslie Mowat.

Reid Wins Second In A Row

IMG_8328Trenton’s Tyler French started on the pole for the 15-lap Bill’s Johns Comp 4 A-Main looking to avenge a blown motor one week ago. His teammate Shelby Mills of Trenton quickly snatched the lead away on lap three, but the story was ninth-place started Josh Reid who advanced to second by lap three.

Reid drove to Mills’ back bumper and the two battled side-by-side for the point until lap nine. With six laps to go, Reid drove to the top side of Mills in turn three and completed the pass exiting the final corner. From there he led the final five laps with a five car-length lead to earn his second win in as many weeks after going 10 years without a win. Mills, Austin Reid, James Seymour and French completed the top-five.

MacDonald and Golden Earns Stinger Wins

IMG_8283Corbyville’s Mark MacDonald started on the pole for the Quinte Septic Super Stinger feature alongside Trenton native Jorden Pickell and used the track position to lead all 12 laps on route to his first win in the division. Brighton driver David Lemon drove from third to battle MacDonald for the race lead. On lap seven, Lemon got an excellent run down the backstretch and gained the inside lane from MacDonald. He couldn’t complete the pass in turn four and bowed out the next lap due to mechanical problems. That allowed MacDonald to check out in front of the field, leaving Carrying Place pilot Andy Fletcher to claim the runner-up spot from Pickell with two laps to go.

IMG_8293Stirling native Chantel Golden started outside the front row of the Junior Stinger feature, but it was more than enough to cruise to her second victory of the season. After passing polesitter Tom Cole in turn two on the opening lap, she pulled away from the rest of the field in the caution-free race. By the her sister, Megan Golden, moved in to second on lap four, there was no chance of catching the race leader. Frankford’s Ken Evans finished third, one spot ahead of his son Dawson who won last week’s feature.

Next Week at Brighton Speedway – August 22 is Weese Racing Anti-Bullying Night

The 4th annual Caley Weese Racing Anti-Bullying night will take place next Saturday night. Fans who purchase an anti-bullying t-shirt at the track for $10 or who have already bought one will take their picture with Caley Weese, her No.77 Pro Late Model and the rest of the anti-bullying supporters in their fight to stand up to bullying. Towne and Country Liquidation presents a full race program for the Pro Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Comp 4s and the final race of the season for the Gord’s Water Vantastics.

Complete Results – August 16 – Greig Truck and Trailer, Ajax Nissan

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models (18 Entries)

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 1 (8 Laps): 97 David McDonald, 2. 55 Mark Rayner, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 6. 8 Brian Down. Time: 2:03.393.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 92 Adam Turner, 2. 1 Andy Mayhew, 3. 77 Caley Weese, 4. 25 Greg Belyea, 5. 29 Phil Potts, 6. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time: 1:59.614.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 84 Tyler Rand, 2. 42 Adam Nayler, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 11 Corey Earl, 5. 79 Nathan Bosma, 6. 27 Jason Curlette. Time: 2:01.583.

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models (35 Laps – Hotch’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Race 3) : 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 42 Adam Nayler, 3. 92 Adam Turner, 4. 1 Andy Mayhew, 5. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 6. 5 Steve Baldwin, 7. 29 Phil Potts, 8. 11 Corey Earl, 9. 84 Tyler Rand, 10. 55 Mark Rayner, 11. 97 David McDonald, 12. 27 Jason Curlette, 13. 77 Caley Weese, 14. 8 Brian Down, 15. 46 Brandon Mowat, 16. 79 Nathan Bosma, 17. 25 Greg Belyea, 18. 01 Eli Mayhew. Time: 19:56.835.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds (17 Entries)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 48 Derrick Greig, 3. 46 Warren Mowat, 4. 00 Darrell Toms, 5. 28 Steve Insley, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 74 Mike Lucas, 8. 12 Adam Whaley, 9. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 8:34.173.

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 3. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 4. 1 Shawn Gregory, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy, 6. 91 Kraig Handley, 7. 72 Adam Switzer, 8. 03 Derek Bowers. Time: 4:06.308

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 88 Josh Hennessy, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 46 Warren Mowat, 8. 12 Adam Whaley, 9. 74 Mike Lucas, 10. 48 Derrick Greig, 11. 28 Steve Insley, 12. 1 Shawn Gregory, 13. 03 Derek Bowers, 14. 72 Adam Switzer, 15. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 16. 00 Darrell Toms, 17. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 11:30.268.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks (19 Entries)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 08 Brian Cross, 2. 30 Rob Dier, 3. 26 Bob Green, 4. 17 Rob Archer, 5. , 6. , 7. 74 Carissa Burrows.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 39 Jonah Mutton, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 2 Leslie Mowat, 5. 33 Steve Mayhew, 6. 24 Roger Koebel.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 51 Mike Freeman, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 5. 29 Rich Sanders, 6. 8 Terry Loxley.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat, 4. 53 Wade Purchase, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 7. 17 Rob Archer, 8. 29 Rich Sanders, 9. 33 Steve Mayhew, 10. 55 Jamie Marshall, 11. 51 Mike Freeman, 12. 26 Bob Green, 13. 08 Brian Cross, 14. 74 Mike Lucas, 15. 13 Ryan Connor, 16. 72 Doug Anderson, 17. 30 Rob Dier, 18. 8 Terry Loxley, 19. 24 Roger Koebel.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s (9 Entries)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s Heat (8 Laps): 1. 85 Austin Reid, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 29 Josh Reid, 4. 0 Tyler French, 5. 07 James Seymour, 6. 87 Del MacGregor, 7. 19 Luke Toms, 8. 7 Bailey Calbury-Reid, 9. 4 Bella Cosstick.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 29 Josh Reid, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 85 Austin Reid, 4. 07 James Seymour, 5. 0 Tyler French, 6. 87 Del MacGregor, 7. 24 Bella Cosstick, 8. 7 Bailey Calbury-Reid, 9. 19 Luke Toms (DNS).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers (14 Entries)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 27 David Lemon, 2. 42 Andy Fletcher, 3. 7 Rick Phillips, 4. 19 Del MacGregor, 5. 11 Adam Flieler, 6. 89 Nathan Day, 7. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 8. 41 Lexi Fletcher.

Quinte Septic Super Stingers Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 33 Geoff York, 2. 28 Mark MacDonald, 3. 93 Jorden Pickell, 4. 95 Chris Lammle, 5. 72 Mike Callahan, 6. 99 Arthur McCauley (DNS).

Quinte Septic Super Stingers A-Main (12 Laps): 1. 28 Mark MacDonald, 2. 42 Andy Fletcher, 3. 93 Jorden Pickell, 4. 95 Chris Lammle, 5. 7 Rick Phillips, 6. 33 Geoff York, 7. 89 Nathan Day, 8. 99 Arthur McCauley, 9. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 10. 72 Mike Callahan, 11. 25 Lawrence Evenden, 12. 27 David Lemon, 13. 11 Adam Flieler, 14. 19 Del McGregor (DQ).

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers (9 Entries)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 01 Dawson Evans, 2. 00 Ken Evans, 3. 07 Megan Golden, 4. 87 James Turgeon, 5. 6 Tom Cole, 6. 38 Brittany Ivey, 7. 5 Chantel Golden, 8. 73 Tabitha Weese, 9. 40 Brant Leggett (DQ).

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers A-Main (12 Laps): 1. 5 Chantel Golden, 2. 07 Megan Golden, 3. 00 Ken Evans, 4. 01 Dawson Evans, 5. 6 Tom Cole, 6. 40 Brant Leggett, 7. 38 Brittany Ivey, 8. 73 Tabitha Weese, 9. 87 James Turgeon.

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 7 – Charlie Sandercock (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: 4 – Dan Ferguson (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); 3 – Doug Anderson (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); 2 – 29 Josh Read (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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