Styres, Hennessy, Ramsay, Humphrey, Rayner win on Rapid Rad, Star 93.3 night at Brighton Speedway

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – The pit area saw 70 cars sign in for action at Brighton Speedway on Rapid Rad and Star 93.3 night, featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) on Saturday. The SOS made their fourth appearance at Brighton this season for a 25-lap feature.

Styres wins SOS feature 

IMG_6298Brad Lodge (No.2 RBM Carriers) and Mitch Brown (No.10b Pro-Fit Health Club) led the 21-car Southern Ontario Sprints field to the green. Brown grabbed the early lead with fourth-place starter Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) jumping to the second spot on the first lap.

The top two quickly broke away from the field and diced there way through lapped traffic as early as lap four. Styres cut in to Brown’s lead when a group of lapped cars made it difficult for Brown to run his preferred line against the cushion. On lap 12, Brown saw his opportunity for a fourth consecutive win at Brighton disappear when something broke in the car’s front end, damaging the steering. The damage ended Brown’s race, giving the lead to Styres.

Styres led the final 13 laps of the race, holding off challenges from defending champion Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive). Styres appeared to have the victory sewn up before a caution at lap 23 slowed the field for a spinning Keith Dempster (No.5 Renway Energy) on the backstretch.

Jones and third-place runner Warren Mahoney (No.25 RBM Carriers) could not mount any serious challenge in the final two laps as Styres earned his first victory of the year at Brighton. Jones finished second while Mahoney held on to third ahead of Jamie Turner (No.11T Hank’s Discount Smokes) and Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating).

Turner, Brown, and Styres won the Wiseco Pistons qualifying heats.

Hennessy back in victory lane

IMG_6271After mechanical problems did not allow him to finish a week ago, Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) started on front row for the 25-lap OilGARD Canadian Modifieds feature with Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction). Hennessy led the first lap and grew his lead until the first caution of the race at lap six.

A red flag stopped the race two laps later when Buckey Johnson’s No.81 became engulfed in flames in turn one. Johnson was uninjured. The ensuing restart pitted Hennessy against Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) on the front row.

Hennessy once again led and survived another lap 12 restart on route to the win. Championship contenders Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) and Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) pulled in to the second and third spots, respectively, but could not track down Hennessy before the checkered flag waved.

Hennessy and Ferguson won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.

Ramsay tops Pro Stocks for fifth time

IMG_6305Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) and Brandon Murrell (No.19 Orange Motorsports) paced the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock field to the green flag for their 20-lap feature.  Mowat led early on before Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair) took over the race lead.

A trio of cautions early in the race didn’t prevent Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire), who started ninth, from racing to the lead on lap six. After the final caution of the night on lap eight, Ramsay led the final 12 laps for the victory, defeating Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) by 10 car lengths. Murrell battled to a third-place finish.

Purchase and Shawn Gregory (No.1 Like-Nu Driveway Sealing) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.

Humphrey scores first Comp 4 victory

IMG_6262Jeff Humphrey (No.17 Kleinsteuber Metal) started on the front row with Riley Greer (No.47 Clark’s Automotive) for the 20-lap Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature. The race was the final leg of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown.

The race was slowed on the first lap when Courtney Mastin (No.97 Grosse Construction) spun in turn four. Humphrey got a great restart and grew his lead to a full straightaway over Greer in the final 14 caution-free laps. Riley Greer battled with brother Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) for second. Riley held off several charges from Brady to earn the runner-up spot.

Rayner wins Pro Late Model Dash for Cash

IMG_6302Seven cars signed-in to race in the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models Dash for Cash. The 12-lap dash was put on after $1500 in sponsorship was raised over the past week to put on a show during a normal off week.

The initial start saw a scary and wild flip for Kyle Sopaz (No.12 KD Transmission) when he got airborne after unintentional contact with Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication Inc.). Sopaz was uninjured after coming to a rest on top of the outside retaining wall.

Five cars were able to finish the race with polesitter Mark Rayner (No.55 Sam’s Auto Repair) holding off challenges from Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products) to lead all 12 laps and earn the victory.

Next Week at Brighton Speedway

A full card of regular racing returns to Brighton Speedway on August 16 as Kellogg Belleville and AeCON present the Kid’s Race for the Canadian National Autism Foundation. Adult admission is just $10 and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Great Crate Race and Danny Reid Memorial Lap Sponsors

Lap sponsorships are for sale for the Pro Late Model Great Crate Race, featuring the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series, and the Canadian Modified Danny Reid Memorial. Lap sponsorships are just $25 per lap. Email to reserve a lap.

Complete Results: Rapid Rad and Star 93.3 Race Night 13 – August 9, 2014 

Southern Ontario Sprints presented by Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive A-Main (21 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 0 Glenn Styres, 2. 11J Chris Jones, 3. 25 Warren Mahoney, 4. 11T Jamie Turner, 5. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 6. 84 Tyler Rand, 7. 42w Rick Wilson, 8. 71s Shawn Sliter, 9. 77 Dain Naida, 10. 51 Lee Ladouceur, 11. 2 Brad Lodge, 12. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 13. 67 Chris Durand, 14. 10 Bob Crawford, 15. 01 Kyle Fraser, 16. 19 Cory Turner, 17. 5 Keith Dempster, 18. 15 Mike Ferrell, 19. 15aw April Wilson, 20. 10b Mitch Brown (DNF), 21. 66 Frank Baranowski (DNF).

OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (16 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 33 Ryan Scott, 4. 12 Adam Whaley, 5. 13 Dale Locke, 6. 48 Derrick Greig, 7. 74 Mike Lucas, 8. 46 Warren Mowat, 9. 07 Curtis King, 10. 03 Derek Bowers, 11. 66 Mark Packer, 12. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 13. 28 Dan Insley, 14. 8 Zac McBride, 15. 81 Buckey Johnson, 16. 32 Doug O’Blenis (DNS).

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (12 Entries – 20 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 43 Devon Kippen, 5. 2 Leslie Mowat, 6. 53 Wade Purchase, 7. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 8. 38 Art Rodgers, 9. 83 Jay O’Hara, 10. 55 Jamie Marshall, 11. 08 Angie Kirby, 12. 1 Shawn Gregory (DQ).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4 A-Main (12 Entries – 20 Laps Triple Crown Race 3): 1. 17 Jeff Humphrey, 2. 47 Riley Greer, 3. 94 Brady Greer, 4. 0 Tyler French, 5. 24 Bella Cosstick, 6. 85 Austin Reid, 7. 8 Tyler Parker, 8. 27 Nathan Day, 9. 08 Josh French, 10. 97 Courtney Mastin, 11. 29 Rich Sanders, 12. 78 Shelby Mills (DQ).

Pro Late Model Dash for Cash (7 Entries – 12 Laps): 1. 55 Mark Rayner, 2. 29 Phil Potts, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 77 Caley Weese, 5. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 6. 46 Warren Mowat (DNF), 7. 12 Kyle Sopaz (DNF).

About Rapid Rad: Located in Bayside, Ont., Rapid Rad supplies products and services to many service shops in the area. Specializing in cooling systems, fuel systems, heating and air conditioning, Rapid Rad also does parts cleaning for several companies in the area. All work is satisfaction guaranteed with service for all products, using the most up to date materials and equipment available in today’s market. For competitive pricing, stop in on Highway 2 between Belleville and Trenton or visit Rapid Rad online at

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Thursday night Kart Racing: The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit for a full schedule.

Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating,, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.

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 UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson