Tacky Track and Great Looking Cars at Brighton Speedway

For Immediate Release

Angie Rinaldi

May 12, 2013


Under cloudy skies race teams and fans alike braved the frigid temperatures to cheer on the heroes of the 2013 stock car divisions at Brighton Speedway.  The 1/3rd mile oval was in prime condition for the night of racing. Five divisions took to the surface plus a special appearance from local Southern Ontario Sprint Drivers who offered a teaser to fans in anticipation of next weekend’s Southern Ontario Sprint Car Season Opener.

 The Apex Best Appearing car in each division took a slightly different twist this year.  Driver’s had an opportunity to make their own selection.  From the driver’s picks, the top five cars in each class were presented to the fans, which in turn made their selections known with loud cheers of appreciation.  The Driver Selection for the Stinger Division was #17 Jeff Inia and the Fan Selection was #24 Bella Costick. The Driver Selection for the Comp 4 Division was #97 Courtney Mastin and the Fan Selection was #94 Brady Greer. The Driver Selection for the Pro Stock Division was #72 Doug Anderson and the Fan Selection was #2 Leslie Mowat. The Driver Selection for the Canadian Modified Division was #77 Jason Curlette and the Fan Selection was #87 Andrew Hennessy. The Driver Selection for the Late Model Division was #49 Jason McCory and the Fan Selection was #77 Caley Weese.


The Quinte Septic Stinger Division made their first appearance of the season on week two and it was Steve Wells who drove his #06 Chevy to victory lane ahead of #44 Mike Brooks and 2012 champion Del MacGregor.


Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division saw a repeat dash to the checkered by #44 Tom Vance who battled his way to the front from deep in the field for the second week in a row.  Vance was followed up by two rookies #08 Josh French and #7 Brandon Gunter.  The 4 cylinder 15 lap feature was action packed with a strong field of 21 cars taking the initial green flag.


The Oilgard Anti Rust Canadian Modified Division went 25 laps and saw no less than five different leaders throughout the contest.  But it was Kraig Handley taking the lead ahead after a fierce battle with #87 Andrew Hennessy ended with Hennessy suffering Mechanical failures.  Handley would be challenged by a number of other drivers in the closing laps including 2012 champion Dan Ferguson and #19 Zeke McKeown and that’s how the three would cross the line with Handley picking his first win of the season.


A 30 Lap feature for the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models was seemed to struggle from the start to get a flow and rhythm going.  A number of cautions slowed the pace of the race and only seemed to make the drivers more anxious.  When the green flag the racing was happening there were a number of battles for the lead between #12 Kyle Sopaz and #09 Mat Vanderlinden.  Sopaz would end up tangling with lapped traffic and spinning off turn 3.  On the next restart #42 Adam Naylor would now challenge Vanderlinden with the two of them making contact with each other.  Naylor would soon after stop on the racing surface with mechanical woes.  Steve Baldwin, the 2012 most improved driver would be next to mix it up at the front.  Baldwin and Vanderlinden would trade places three times on the final lap and coming to the line for his feature win of his late model career was #5 Steve Baldwin with Vanderlinden hot on his heels and followed by #57 Charlie Sandercock who made his way back through the field after being sent tail on lap 6 for contact with another driver.


The final feature of the night, the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock’s saw #72 the Big Smooth Doug Anderson back in victory lane after a rough start to the season in week one.  Anderson came to from his eighth starting spot to pass Rob Perry on lap 15 of the 20 lap event and took the checkers.  Perry would hold on for second with Percy Walsh following him across the line for third.


The action is only getting started at Brighton Speedway and this weekend we welcome back the Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Southern Ontario Sprint Cars for their first race in the 2013 season.  Rock 107 and NOCO Fuels present the big winged warriors as well as the 3rd Annual Chili Contest!  Del “Chili”MacGregor is seeking competition to prove for the third year in a row that his Chili is still number one.  We ask that submissions be delivered to Harry’s Place below the Lucas Oil Top Deck by 6PM on Saturday.  Taste testing will happen until intermission when the winner is declared.   Green flag flies at 7:00pm each and every Saturday night, Front Gates open at 5:30pm and Pit Gates open at 4:00pm.  The racing action is underway at Brighton Speedway! Be sure to check www.brightonspeedway.com or visit us on Facebook to see up to date results, points and upcoming information.   You can also purchase your tickets for the June 20th Excel Tower 50 World of Outlaw Late Model Series race presented by Campbellford Chrysler, JJ Stewart and Dibbits Excavating.  This event is not to be missed if you’re a motorsports fan.  



Photo Tags


  1. #91 Kraig Handley battles with #87 Andrew Hennessy to take the checkered flag in the OilGard AntiRust Canadian Modified Division at Brighton Speedway Saturday Night.

 Photo 1 Handley

  1. A hard charge to the finish line saw #5 Steve Baldwin take his first feature flag on dirt at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night.




Brighton Speedway Feature Results


Bill’s Johns Comp 4 5/11/13

Feature: 1. Tom Vance (Stockdale, ON), 2. Josh French (Belleville, On), 3. Brandon Gunter (Stockdale, ON), 4. Kevin Scott (Trenton, ON), 5. Stephen Giza (Trenton, ON),


Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 5/11/13

Feature:1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Rob Perry (Wooler, ON), 3. Percy Walsh (Trenton, ON), 4. Mitch Rosborough (Picton, ON), 5. Wade Purchase* (Demorestville, ON),


OilGard Canadian Modified 5/11/13

Feature: 1. Kraig Handley (Picton, ON), 2. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON), 3. Zeke McKeown (Havelock, ON), 4. Ryan Scott (Kingston, ON), 5. Derrick Greig (Carrying Place, ON),


Quinte Septic Stingers 5/11/13

Feature: 1. Steve Wells (Picton, ON), 2. Mike Brooks, 3. Del MacGregor (Brighton, ON), 4. Joe Grabowski (Brighton, ON), 5. Jorden Pickell (Trenton, ON),


Vanderlaans Pro Late Models 5/11/13

Feature: 1. Steve Baldwin (Trenton, ON), 2. Mat Vanderlinden (Trenton, ON) 3. Charlie Sandercock (Belleville, ON) 4. Phil Potts (Frankford, On) 5. Corey Earl (Picton, ON),