School Buses Get Fans Excited at Brighton Speedway

For Immediate Release June 17th, 2012

Angela Rinaldi

“The Wheels on the Bus” hit the highlight reel this past Saturday night at Brighton Speedway as a packed house watched the Workman Auto Repair School buses travel the 1/3rd mile clay oval on Lange & Fetter Ford night at the races.  Large crowd on hand would not be left disappointed with an action filled night in all five divisions competing on the sunny Saturday evening.


A three wide formation start to the Workman Auto Repair School bus feature was a spectacular site and had fans on their feet during the wave lap.  Twelve busses were on hand for the evening but unfortunately Bob Green’s bus broke in the heat and he couldn’t make it to the line for the feature start.  Once the green flag dropped the mayhem started as the full size busses battled their way into turn one.  The battles heated up early in the race and on lap 5 the #29 bus of Jan Steenstra got sideways in turn four and got pushed over by Damon Pierce rolling his bus in front of the Lucas Oil Top Deck tower.  Steenstra emerged from his bus unhurt, holding his hands in the air to the delight of the large crowd.  When the bus was up righted and the race resumed it was the #9 bus of Derrick “the Maestro” Vreugdenhil that took the lead and would not relinquish it.  He was chased down by previous race winners #77 Bernie Rhebergen and #24 Rick Sopaz but in the end it was #3d “the Rookie” Tristan Leclair that would pull up second and although he had a run on Vreugdenhil, the Maestro was not going to be denied his second buss win.    

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks twenty lap feature was the “Big Smooth” #72 Doug Anderson in victory lane once again. His continued persistence to grab the checkered flag has earned him the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week honours.

The Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Models saw #57 Charlie Sandercock come from deep in the field to take his first win of the season.  Sandercock passed race long leader #42 Adam Nayler late in the race to take the lead, Nayler would them loose second spot to #5 Steve Baldwin in a one lap dash after a late race caution on lap 29 of 30. 

A twenty five lap feature for the OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds was a caution filled event that saw a number of breaks in the action leading to the race director to switch to single file restarts midway through the race.  At the end of the 25 lap affair it was the #87 Andrew Hennessy taking home his second win of the season while current points leader #33 Ryan Scott crossed the line second and #19 Zeke McKeown rounded out the top three.

The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division took their twenty laps to complete the first race in the ABC Taxi Triple Crown event and was an exciting race from start to finish.  #31 Jeff Howard lead most of the event and crossed the line first however both him and second place finisher Terry Hough failed post-race inspections putting points leader Tom Vance in victory lane at the top of the podium.  Shelby Mills who ran in the top five all night now finished second for her best ever finish.

There are only a couple more days until the Greatest Show On Dirt appears at Brighton Speedway. The Excel Tower Service 50 World of Outlaw Late Model race presented by Campbellford Chrysler, J.J. Stewart Motors and Dibbits Excavating will begin at 7:00 PM Thursday, June 20th to a sellout crowd.  Tickets are still available from the Speedway Office so be sure to get your reserved seat in advance.  The night will also include a points event for the OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4.  Mystical Distributing will be on hand to highlight the extraordinary stock car racing with a fantastic fireworks display.  Remember there will be no racing on Saturday June 22nd at Brighton Speedway so Thursday is your only chance this week to get your fix of power and speed around the 1/3 mile oval.  For more details follow Brighton Speedway on Facebook or visit


Top Five Finish Saturday June 15th, 2013

Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Model

  1. 1.       #57 Charlie Sandercock; 2.  #5 Steve Baldwin; 3. #42 Adam Nayler; 4. #49 Jason McCrory; 5. #46 Brandon Mowat

OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modified

  1. 1.       #87 Andrew Hennessy; 2. #33 Ryan Scott; 3. Zeke McKeown; 4. #74 Mike Lucas; 5. #91 Kraig Handley

Brighton Automotive Pro Stock

  1. 1.       #72 Doug Anderson; 2. #83 Jay O’hara; 3. #23 Rob Perry; 4. #36 Mitch Rosborough; 5. #2 Leslie Mowat

Bill’s Johns Comp 4

  1. 1.       #43 Tom Vance; 2. #78 Shelby Mills; 3. #29 Rich Sanders; 4. #94 Brady Greer; 5. #36 Stephen Giza

Workman Auto Repair School Bus Races

  1. 1.       #9 “Maestro” Derrick Vreugdenhil; 2. #3 Tristan LeClair; 3. #77 Bernie Rhebergen; 4. #24 Rick Sopaz

Photo Tags

1.        After blowing a motor last week, #87 Andrew Hennessy powers to the top of the podium during the OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modified Feature event on Saturday at Brighton Speedway.


2.       takes the inside lane at the Brighton Speedway on Saturday night during the Workman Auto Repairs School Bus Races.



#57 Charlie Sandercock raced from 14th to 1st to the entertainment of a packed house this past Saturday at Brighton Speedway.