Sandercock, King, Purchase, French, MacGregor win on Dollar Dog Night

BRIGHTON (May 10, 2015) – A full grandstand was treated to an action-packed night of racing presented by 107.9 The Breeze and Lesters Hot Dogs. The track sold out of 1000 Lesters hot dogs on Dollar Dog Night as 74 cars filled the pit area at Brighton Speedway.

Purchase Finds Victory Lane

IMG_7117The most entertaining race of the night was the final one as the 20-lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature had fans out of their seats. Polesitter Wade Purchase (No.53 Performance Auto Sales) walked away with his first career victory when the dust settled, but it wasn’t without some theatrics.

Purchase had Brian Cross (No.08 Sobey’s) on his outside for the original start. Cross settled in to second as Purchase built a five car-length lead. Sixth-place starter Doug Anderson (No.72 Morgan Brae Farms) quickly worked his way in to third and then past Cross on lap three.

Things got interesting on lap seven as Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) slid past Anderson for second, but Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) promptly took the spot, sending Mowat and Anderson back to third and fourth, respectively.

A debris caution on lap eight reset the field and Anderson took the third spot from Mowat. It led to a hard side-by-side battle for second between rivals Ramsay and Anderson. Ramsay couldn’t make the car stick up top, but refused to fall in line behind Anderson. The two drivers made contact on lap 16 and spun to the infield as both drivers were sent to the rear of the field.

With two laps to go, Mowat made a final charge for the race lead that Purchase held. Mowat drove in to turn three hard to close the gap on the race leader and got just enough of Purchase’s rear bumper to spin the No.53. Mowat was sent to the rear for the restart.

Purchase held on to the lead over the final two laps for his first career Brighton Automotive Pro Stock win. Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) earned a second-place finish ahead of Anderson, Ramsay and Cross.

Sandercock Regains Winning Form

IMG_7103Belleville, Ont. pilot Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) regained his winning form in week two to earn his first Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature win of the season.

Sandercock started sixth for the A-Main after winning his heat race. Rookie driver Austin King (No.89 Durmach Excellence in Tooling) started on the pole and led until a lap six restart enabled veteran pilot David McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) to take away the lead.

Another restart on lap 10 put Sandercock beside McDonald in a battle for the race lead. The two raced side-by-side until Sandercock took the lead on lap 11. He opened a lead over McDonald that grew as large as 10 car lengths before it was erased by a yellow flag.

“We rolled off sixth tonight and just kind of picked our way through. I had 30 laps to get there,” Sandercock said of his race strategy, “so we just kind of drove our race and did what we had to do.”

Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbitt’s Excavating) raced hard from fifth to third at the midway point before Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) began his charge through the field.

Potts made his way to second, just in time for a last lap restart. Sandercock was too strong, however, and held on for the victory. Potts finished second ahead of Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts), Steve Baldwin (No.5 Smokin’ Speedway) and Weese.

King Reigns

IMG_7106Polesitter Curtis King (No.07 Ajax Nissan) became the second driver in as many OilGARD Canadian Modified races to start on the pole and lead all 25 laps on route to victory. It was King’s first career trip to the winner’s circle.

Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) brought out the only yellow of the race when he spun on the opening lap, erasing his quick charge from sixth to second. The big mover on the restart was Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy), advancing from sixth to second in two laps.

King wasted little time opening a full straightaway lead over Handley. It appeared lapped traffic could cause some trouble for King with multiple two-car battles making it a difficult path to weave.

“I had to pass some cars on the high side, which terrifies me. I just drove the car where I was most comfortable,” King said in victory lane of his decision to glue the car to the bottom lane.

The bottom proved quickest as neither Handley nor third-place runner Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) could chip away at the lead before the checkered flag fell. Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Mike Lucas (No.74 A&C Insley Property Maintenance) completed the top-five.

French Makes it Two

IMG_7112Tyler French (No.0 ABC Taxi) is making a statement as the top dog in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division. His second win of the season on Saturday night didn’t come easily though, as he fought off a handful of tough competitors to win the first round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown.

Wellington, Ont. driver Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) took the lead on lap five from front row starter Tyler Parker (No.8 D&T Lawn Maintenance). Greer led until mechanical problems forced him to retire on lap 17.

A four-car battle for the lead saw French come out the victor, but it wasn’t without a share of three-wide action with eventual runner-up Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers), Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi), and Parker. Mills would hold on to third ahead of Parker while Courtney Mastin (No.97 DW Metal Expressions) completed the top-five in the caution-free race.

MacGregor Win Stinger Opener

IMG_7077The off-season was a week longer for the drivers in the Quinte Septic Stinger division, but it was well worth the wait for reigning champion Del MacGregor (No.19 R. Ward Construction).

The Brighton, Ont. driver debuted a new pink and purple paint scheme inspired by his three year-old daughter. His third-place starting position proved advantageous. Polesitter Mike Brooks (No.44 Doug’s Auto Glass) led early, but a flat tire sent him to the pit area for the night.

MacGregor then checked out in front of the field, leading by nearly a half lap ahead of second-place finisher Jordan Pickell (No.93 Sowerby Signs). Chris Lammle (No.95 Sowerby Signs), Arthur McCauley (No.99 Quinte West Tirecraft) and Richard McCormack (No.72 M&M Renovations) completed the top-five.

Best Appearing Winners

Brighton Speedway staff determined the best appearing car winners for all five divisions this season. Adam Nayler’s No.42 RUSH Pro Late Model, Doug O’Blenis No.32 Canadian Modified, Wade Purchases No.53 Pro Stock, Austin Reid’s No.85 Comp 4, and Del MacGregor’s No. 19 Stinger were all voted best-appearing for the 2015 season.

SOSFourWideNext Week at Brighton Speedway – May 16

Rock 107 and NOCO Fuels present the first of six visits this season for The Southern Ontario Sprints next Saturday night. The Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will each run full shows. The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks will run the first leg of the Larry’s Towing Triple Crown. Racing start at 7:00pm with spectator gates opening at 5:30pm. Adult admission is $20.

Complete Results – 107.9 The Breeze Dollar Dog Night presented by Lesters (May 9, 2015)

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 11 Corey Earl, 4. 5 Steve Baldwin, 5. 77 Caley Weese, 6. 46 Brandon Mowat, 7. 97 David McDonald, 8. 8 Brian Down, 9. 1 Andy Mayhew, 10. 20 Terry Hunt, 11. 01 Eli Mayhew, 12. 89 Austin King, 13. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 14. 84 Tyler Rand, 15. 42 Adam Nayler, 16. 92 Adam Turner, 17. 27 Jason Curlette. Total time: 31:59.584.

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 07 Curtis King, 2. 91 Kraig Handley, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 5. 74 Mike Lucas, 6. 11 Dan Feguson, 7. 1 Shawn Gregory, 8. 12 Adam Whaley, 9. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 10. 46 Warren Mowat, 11. 28 Dan Insley, 12. 84 Mark Busscher, 13. 03 Derek Bowers, 14. 83 Doug Dolan, 15. 00 Darrell Toms, 16. 88 Josh Hennessy, 17. 72 Adam Switzer. Total time: 9:46.217.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 53 Wade Purchase, 2. 55 Jamie Marshall, 3. 72 Doug Anderson, 4. 03 Justin Ramsay, 5. 08 Brian Cross, 6. 2 Leslie Mowat, 7. 51 Mike Freeman, 8. 33 Samantha Thompson, 9. 13 Ryan Connor, 10. 23 Angie Kirby, 11. 29 Rich Sanders.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (20 Laps – ABC Taxi Triple Crown Race 1): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 85 Austin Reid, 3. 78 Shelby Mills, 4. 8 Tyler Parker, 5. 97 Courtney Mastin, 6. 47 Riley Greer, 7. 07 Adam Chapman, 8. 87 Emily Weedman, 9. 94 Brady Greer.

Quinte Septic Stingers A-Main (12 Laps): 1. 19 Del MacGregor, 2. 93 Jordan Pickell, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 99 Arthur McCauley, 5. 72 Richard McCormack, 6. 07 Megan Golden, 7. 27 David Lemon, 8. 40 Brent Leggett, 9. 01 Dawson Evans, 10. 6 Tom Cole, 11. 38 Alix Woods, 12.  Chantel Golden, 13. 73 Tabitha Weese, 14. 42 Andy Fletcher, 15. 28 Mark McDonald, 16. 7 Rick Phillips, 17.  44 Mike Brooks, 18. 00 Ken Evans (DNS), 19. 41 Lexi Fletcher (DNS), 20. 89 Gary Taylor (DNS).

2015 Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 1 – Corey Earl (May 3), 1 – Charlie Sandercock (May 9)

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 1 – Andrew Hennessy (May 3), 1 – Curtis King (May 9)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 1 – Justin Ramsay (May 3), 53 Wade Purchase (May 9)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 2 – Tyler French (May 3, May 9)

Quinte Septic Stingers: 1 – Del MacGregor (May 9)

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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.

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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, 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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