Triple Set Of Wins Earns Tyler French Driver of the Month

Tyler French poses in victory lane following his most recent Comp 4 win on May 28 with supporters from Dibbits Excavating. (Rod Henderson photo).

BRIGHTON, Ont. – June 3, 2016 – Tyler French is off to the hottest start of any Brighton Speedway driver during the 2016 season. The Trenton, Ont. native racked up three wins and 760 of a possible 800 points in the opening month of the season. Perhaps most impressive is French is doing it with a different car than the one he drove to eight wins during the 2015 campaign.

“There hasn’t been much of a change from my first car last year. I remembered everything I did (with that car),” French said. “It’s the same setup and the same people working on the same type of car. It’s good to have the same team working on the same cars every year because you don’t forget much.”

So far this season, French’s worst result was a sixth-place finish on May 21 when he fought a big push in the car. He has worked the problem out of the car now and is primed for an even faster June, a scary thought for the rest of the field.

“I have it setup perfectly. My car hasn’t worked the same as the first two nights, but we figured it out. The car should be even faster this weekend,” French stated. “With that kind of racecar there’s not that much you can do. It’s all about the driving.”

French runs as part of the Dirty Fast Racing team, which includes Pro Stock drivers Justin Ramsay, and Canadian Modified rookie Shelby Mills. The trio, along with a dedicated crew, work together to make sure all three of their cars are in top shape. It comes with a little support as well from Kevin Empey, the owner of Empey Tire where both French and Ramsay are employed.

“I can’t thank my boss enough. He lets me bring my car to work when we’re busy and lets us wrench on it when we’re not doing anything else to make sure all the cars are done for the weekend,” French said. “If it wasn’t for Kevin, I wouldn’t really get much time to work on it.”

The driver of the Empey Tire/ABC Taxi No.0 also has an another reason to be excited about the 2016 campaign. He has two brothers, Matthew and Josh, racing alongside him this year.

“It’s pretty cool, we’ve never done it before. We’ve both substituted for people and been on the track at the same time, but we’ve never race a full season before,” he said. “I hope they get the bugs worked out of their cars, because last weekend was a lot of fun racing at the front with Matt, but made me nervous at the same time.”

After falling short of the championship last year by a single position to his teammate Mills, French is eager to earn himself the Comp 4 crown this time around.

“I want to try and take the championship. I know I have the car to do it and the right team,” French said. “I just have to be careful out there. Last year, the one black flag on the fourth night of racing cost me the championship.”

However, it won’t be easy. The Comp 4 division is as competitive as ever this season and French knows he’ll have to be at the top of his game to accomplish his goal.

“There’s a lot of good drivers out there. Some of them are still having some trouble working the bugs out of their car,” French explained, “but I can’t wait until they do because it’s going to be fun racing once everybody gets their cars working right. I can’t wait to start battling it out with them.”

Tyler French and the rest of the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division return to action on Saturday, June 4 for the Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races presented by Lange & Fetter Ford and Hotch’s Auto Parts. Gates open at 5:00pm for the 7:00pm race time.


Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Adam Turner (May 14); 1 – Steve Baldwin (May 21), 1 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 1 – Dan Ferguson (April 30); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 1 – Justin Ramsay (April 30); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Doug Anderson (May 21); 1 – Brandon Murrell (May 28)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 3 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28), 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Chris Lammle (May 28)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28)

About Lange & Fetter Ford: Located in Trenton, Ont., Lang and Fetter Ford is committed to superior sales and service. Open Monday to Saturday, Lange and Fetter Ford offers the highest quality new and pre-owned car sales. Visit them at 52 Dundas Street East in Trenton or online at Call them at (613) 392-6561.

About Hotch’s Auto Parts: With two locations in Eastern Ontario, Hotch’s Auto Parts specializes in high-quality recycled auto parts. The locations in both Ameliasburgh and Bowmanville offer only the best levels of service. All parts from Hotch’s are automatically covered under a 101 day warranty. Hotch’s Auto Parts also offers a daily delivery service to Belleville, Trenton, Napanee, Kingston, and Prince Edward County. Find out more at

Workman’s OK Tire: Workman’s Ok Tire has been located in Quinte West since 1995. Owned and operated by Mike Workman, OK Tire has built nearly 20 years of customer relationships. Experience the OK Tire difference that comes from an independently owned and operated store able to tailor service specifically to its customers. Visit their newly renovated location at 494 Bigford Road, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

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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, 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, VP Racing Fuels 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.

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Photo Credit: Rod Henderson