Turner, Ferguson, Ramsay, French, Freeman Win on Fan Appreciation Night

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (June 13, 2015) – Racing was nothing short of spectacular Saturday night at Brighton Speedway as another driver scored a career-first victory. A field of 56 cars jammed the pit area along with 11 mini vans for the Gord’s Water Vantastics first race of the season. Fans were also able to meet their favourite drivers on track as part of Bay Marine and Investors Group Fan Appreciation night.

IMG_7453Turner Earns First Career Pro Late Model Victory

Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbits Excavating) and Andy Mayhew (No.1 A&A Haulage) brought the 18-car RUSH Pro Late Model field to the green flag. A pair of early race cautions kept the field tight, which led to a scary incident on lap five.

Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products) flipped wildly down the frontstretch, rolling at least three times before coming to rest on top of the turn one wall. Several drivers spun to avoid hitting Potts, resulting in Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Free Flow Petroleum) and Steve Baldwin (No.5 Smokin’ Speedway) wedged together at the bottom of the track. No drivers were injured and Potts even went so far as to call the roller coaster ride “fun” after walking away under his own power.

Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety and Gas Bar) led the field back to green after passing Weese on lap three. To Turner’s benefit, the race ran caution-free for the final 27 laps. He checked out in front of the field, opening a 10-car length lead over Weese.

Turner had some trouble negotiating lapped traffic with under 10 laps to go, but was never challenged for the lead. Corey Earl (No.11 Hotch’s Auto Parts) made a late pass to get by Weese for the runner-up spot. The win was Turner’s first career in a Pro Late Model. Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Service), Austin King (No.89 Durmach Excellence in Tooling) and Dave McDonald (No.97 McDonald Homes) won the qualifying heats.

IMG_7473Ferguson Foils Foes For First Win

It took four laps and three cautions for the field of OilGARD Canadian Modified drivers to find their footing. Polesitter Warren Mowat (No.46 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) maintained the lead but had his hands full with Josh Hennessy (No.88 A&A Haulage) and Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care).

Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) burst in to the mix for the runner-up spot and created a hole on the bottom of the track to pass both O’Blenis and Hennessy in one-shot on lap eight.

Two laps later, Ferguson had tracked down Mowat for the race lead. Ferguson took to the top lane on a very tacky track and got the preferred lane exiting turn two to take the lead. O’Blenis took over second shortly after, but Ferguson grew his lead to 10-car lengths by the half-way mark and then to a full straightaway with five laps to go.

Without a caution to tighten the field, Ferguson cruised to his first victory since winning the 2014 edition of the Danny Reid Memorial. O’Blenis finished second ahead of Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive), who rallied from a flat right front on the opening lap to score a third-place finish.

IMG_7478Ramsay Scores Four

The opening corners of the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock main event was chaotic as Angie Kirby (No.23 Mr. Runningboard) spun in turn two and collected a couple of other drivers. Points leader Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) swerve to the top and landed in the creek.

Ramsay was pulled from the weeds to restart at the tail but wasted little time moving back to the front. Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) was the early leader with Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) in tow.

On lap four, Ramsay passed Murrell in turn two for second and tracked down Mowat on the backstretch. He made the pass for the lead in turn four on the same lap. Ramsay’s No.03 was on rails from that point forward growing a lead to a half lap.

The hard work was erased on lap 22 when Rich Sanders (No.29 Frank’s Auto Repair) lost a wheel on the backstretch. That gave Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Landscaping) a shot at the lead, but Ramsay was superior and led the final three laps for his fourth victory of the season. Mowat and Murrell won the qualifying heats.

IMG_7424French Edges Reid For Fourth Victory

Riley Greer (No.47 Greer Excavating) and Emily Weedman (No.87 Dent Masters) led the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 field to the green flag for the 15-lap main event. Weedman took the early lead, but Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) had other plans and capitalized on turn two bobble to take the lead on lap three.

Following the only caution of the race on lap seven, a three-car battle for the lead emerged between French, Austin Reid (No.85 Young Drivers) and Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi). Reid moved to the outside of French and momentarily took the lead on lap 10 with an excellent run off turn two. French battled back on the bottom and the two exchanged the lead twice more.

The clash continued to the final lap. The short way around proved to be enough for French, who held off Reid by less than a nose for his fourth victory of the season. Mills finished third ahead of Tyler Parker (No.8 D&T Lawn Maintenance) and Adam Chapman (No.07 Int’l Truckload Services). Mills and Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) won the qualifying heats. 

IMG_7465Freeman Rolls Van to Checkers

The Gord’s Water Vantastics provided some exciting and wacky racing in their 12-lap feature. The vans raced side-by-side for nearly four laps without incident as each driver refused to give an inch. Mike Freeman drove his No.51 to the lead following the only restart on lap four.

Freeman checked out in front of the field over the final seven circuits, but Mark McDonald (No.28) and Tom Henry (No.19) battled for second, with McDonald narrowly taking second on the final corner.

PrintUp Next: World of Outlaws Late Models Series Mud Slinger 50

The World of Outlaws Late Models Series invades Brighton Speedway for the Mud Slinger 50 next Saturday, June 20. The Southern Ontario Sprints and OilGARD Canadian Modifieds join the Outlaws for this spectacular show. Ticket sales will continue until race day and will be available at the gate, but advance ticket purchase is recommended for this reserved seating show. General admission and standing room tickets are extremely limited.

Tickets can be purchased at the Brighton Speedway office for $40 CAD, Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling the office at 1(866) 681-1102. A $4 convenience charge applies to phone orders. For more information, visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

Complete Results – June 13, 2015 – Bay Marine and Investors Group

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps – 18 Entries): 1. 92 Adam Turner, 2. 11 Corey Earl, 3. 77 Caley Weese, 4. 42 Adam Nayler, 5. Greg Belyea, 6. 97 Dave McDonald, 7. 1 Andy Mayhew, 8. 89 Austin King, 9. 60 Norm Mayhew, 10. 79 Nathan Bosma, 11. 27 Jason Curlette, 12. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 13. 46 Brandon Mowat, 14. 29 Phil Potts, 15. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 16. 5 Steve Baldwin, 17. 11P Jorden Peters, 18. 55 Mark Rayner. Time: 24:06.030

OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps – 16 Entries): 1. 11 Dan Ferguson, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 4. 74 Mike Lucas, 5. 46 Warren Mowat, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 88 Josh Hennessy, 8. 1 Shawn Gregory, 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 10. 72 Adam Switzer, 11. 03 Derek Bowers, 12. 66 Mark Packer, 13. 91 Kraig Handley, 14. 00 Darrell Toms, 15. 28 Dan Insley, 16. 36 Mitch Rosborough. Time: 17:15.733

Brighton Automotive Pro Stock A-Main (25 Laps – Duel On The Dirt Race 1 – 11 Entries): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat, 4. 19 Brandon Murrell, 5. 53 Wade Purchase, 6. 08 Brian Cross, 7. 13 Ryan Connor, 8. 55 Jamie Marshall, 9. 29 Rich Sanders, 10. 23 Angie Kirby, 11. 33 Samantha Thompson.

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps – 11 Entries): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 85 Austin Reid, 3. 78 Shelby Mills, 4. 8 Tyler Parker, 5. 07 Adam Chapman, 6. 97 Courtney Mastin, 7. 87 Emily Weedman, 8. 19 Luke Toms, 9. 24 Bella Cosstick, 10. 47 Riley Greer, 11. 94 Brady Greer.

Gord’s Water Vantastics A-Main (12 Laps): 1. 51 Mike Freeman/Laura Weedman, 2. 28 Mark McDonald/Marlene Brown, 3. 19 Tom Henry, 4. 42 Nick Crouter, 5. 78 Amy Vandertoorn/Rob Vanderlinden, 6. 95 Brad May/Rachel MacGregor, 7. 133 Lloyd Moore, 8. MM Jason Parks/Steve Darling, 9. 55 Tristan LeClair/Cody Juby, 10. 5 Chantel Golden/Megan Golden, 11. 58 Brody Jordan/Matt Jordan.

Winners to Date

Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models: 3 – Charlie Sandercock (June 6, May 16, May 9); 1 – Adam Turner (June 13); 1 – Kyle Sopaz (May 23); 1 – Corey Earl (May 3)

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 1 – 11 Dan Ferguson (June 13); 1- 74 Mike Lucas (June 6); 1 – 32 Doug O’Blenis (May 23); 1 – Andrew Hennessy (May 3); 1 – Curtis King (May 9)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 4 – Justin Ramsay (June 13, June 6, May 16, May 3); 1 – Doug Anderson (May 23); 1 – 53 Wade Purchase (May 9)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (June 13, May 16, May 9, May 3); 1 – 94 Brady Greer (June 6), 1 – Shelby Mills (May 23)

Quinte Septic Stingers: 1 – 95 Chris Lammle (June 6), 1- 89 Gary Taylor (May 23); 1 – Del MacGregor (May 9)

About Bay Marine: Bay Marine is the largest full sale and service marine provider in the Quinte region. Bay Marine is an Ontario’s sales leader for boats, including great names like Ranger, Lund, Moomba, Rinker, Godfrey Pontoon Boats, Hurricane Deck Boats, Striper, Sweetwater Pontoon Boats and the complete Sea-Doo line-up. In Ontario Bay Marine is a top choice for warranty, repairs, parts and service. Now a certified dealer for Can-Am, and Ski-Doo, Bay Marine is the proud supplier of the Brighton Speedway Can-Am Commander. A family-run company since 1974, visit Bay Marine in Trenton at 516 Highway 2 East, online at www.bay-marine.com, or call 1-(877) 394-6691.

About Investors Group: Investors Group is a part of IGM Financial, and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, one of Canada’s largest and most respected companies. At Investors Group, our clients’ investment portfolios benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our world-class roster of money management professionals. For more information, visit www.inverstorsgroup.com.

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About RUSH Late Model Racing: The RUSH Dirt Late Model Series sanctions weekly crate late model racing at 14 dirt tracks in five U.S. states (Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) and one Canadian province (Ontario). The weekly series boasts a points fund of over $27,000. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series boasts two separate tours, north and south, that compete from April to October. The two touring series will combine for 24 events across the Northeast in 2015 with an annual points fund in excess of $30,000.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Bazell Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

Brighton Speedway’s 2015 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bay Marine, Belleville Bulls, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Benson Auto Parts, Bill’s Johns, Breeze 107.9, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Extreme Rush Adventures, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, Investor’s Group, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kellogg Belleville, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lucas Oil, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Monster Energy, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Owasco RV, Part Source, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Rock 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Small Engine Fuels, Star 93.3, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Town and Country Liquidation, TRS Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products. VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.

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 Series sanctioning.

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

Media Contact: Clayton Johns


Photo Credit: Rod Henderson