Southern Ontario Sprints Return This Saturday With 6th Annual Chili Contest

Mitch Brown is the defending Southern Ontario Sprints champion. He won twice at Brighton in 2016. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

2016 May 21 PosterBRIGHTON – May 18, 2016 – Brighton Speedway’s 49th season of racing continues this weekend as NOCO Fuels and Mix 97 present the return of the Southern Ontario Sprints for the series’ 2016 season opener. Saturday also marks the track’s 6th annual Chili Contest. Pro Late Models, Pro Stocks and Comp 4s are also on the schedule. Adult general admission is $20 and race time is 7:00pm with warm-up sessions scheduled for 6:00pm.

The annual chili contest is open to any fans or teams who want to compete for bragging rights. Participants will list their main ingredient and are encouraged to give their entry a creative and entertaining name. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative Name and Best Tasting. Angie Kirby has won the Best Tasting chili for the past two seasons.

The return of the Southern Ontario Sprints is the main event of the evening for Canada’s only touring 360 Sprint Car series. The SOS will compete at Brighton six times in 2016 as part of their 13-race schedule. This weekend will be a combination of drivers making their first start of the season while others will already be in full swing.

Brantford, Ont. native Mitch Brown is the defending series champion and has been in action since starting his season in Florida in February. He will be challenged by a number of SOS top competitors, including 2014 champion Glenn Styres, Hill’s Racing driver Dain Naida, Cory Turner and Alex Hill. Styres has won 15 times at Brighton Speedway while Naida has won three times and Turner earned his first series win at the track last season.

Brown, however, has been a tough competitor himself at Brighton, with four victories at the 1/3-mile oval to his credit including last season’s season opener. Picton driver Chris Jones, a 2013 series champion, will be another tough competitor entering the new season. Suffice it to say, the field will certainly be strong.

The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models return to action this week as well following Adam Turner’s week two win. Turner won a non-stop 30-lap feature last Saturday night, holding off a hard-charging Charlie Sandercock and point-leader Phil Potts in the dying laps. The win pushed Turner to fourth in the championship standings, just 15 points behind Sandercock and Steve Baldwin, who sit tied for second. Brighton’s Brandon Mowat completes the current top-five.

In Pro Stock action, Wade Purchase scored the week two win despite a last corner challenge from defending champion Justin Ramsay. The win was Purchase’s first in a year after he won on week two in 2015 as well. Ramsay maintains the current point lead over Jonah Mutton, who finished third one week ago, and Purchase in third. Brandon Murrell and Mike Freeman complete the current top-five in the standings.

Tyler French has been unstoppable thus far, winning every race he’s started, heats included. As a result, the Trenton native is the current point leader with a 30-point advantage over Adam Flieler. Flieler has been impressive himself to start the season with two runner-up finishes. Josh Read, Peter Moore and Luke Toms complete the current top-five in the standings.

For more information on NOCO Fuels and Mix 97’s presentation of the Southern Ontario Sprints at Brighton Speedway, visit


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Adam Turner (May 14)

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

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 1 – Justin Ramsay (April 30); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 2 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14)

About NOCO Fuels: Family owned and locally operated NOCO, founded by Reginald B. Newman in 1933, began by delivering coal to residential customers with its one-truck fleet. The one-truck fleet started by Mr. Newman has grown to over 165 trucks run by the third generation of Newman’s. NOCO is the second largest Mobil distributor in North America, and offers a full line of Mobil lubricants for automotive, fleet, industrial, metalworking, and specialty needs. They are also a proud Esso branded reseller and hauler of bulk fuels for most of the Ontario region. Find out more at

About Mix 97: Mix 97 plays Quinte’s Best Variety all day. Wake-up with Sean and Orlena every weekday from 6am to 9am. Join Devin Bellinger during the day, MJ in the afternoon’s and Jack Miller for sports. For more details and programming information, visit

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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.  

Brighton Speedway mailing address: 775 County Road 64, Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson