Turner, O’Blenis, Purchase, French, Phillps and Golden Win Week Two At Brighton

Adam Turner drove his No.92 Village Variety car to Victory Lane in honour of his late brother Justin. (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – May 15, 2016 – A rainy morning cleared late Saturday afternoon and allowed for five divisions of racing. Fans braved a cold night as Aecon Group presented Lesters Toonie Hot Dog night. A wide, but slick racetrack led to excellent action in all divisions as 86 stock cars filled the pit area.

Turner Dedicates Win To Late Brother

Nearly 10 years to the day after losing his brother Justin, Adam Turner (No.92 Village Variety) parked his car with a paint scheme dedicated to his late brother in Victory Lane for the first time. Turner’s car is a throwback paint scheme to the last racecar his brother drove in 2006.

“This is so special. I can’t even speak right now,” said an emotional Turner in Victory Lane. “I had to do a victory lap for him. I think he deserved it.”

Turner had to earn the win after starting in the sixth position. After struggling in his heat race, Turner wasted little time moving to the front. Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) started on the pole and led the opening nine laps. Tyler Rand (No.84 Terry’s Taxi) moved in to second, but it was short-lived as Turner took over the runner-up spot on lap eight and then moved past Sopaz for the lead one lap later.

Turner’s lead was largest at 4.1 seconds, but quickly evaporated as Turner got in to lapped traffic and Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) drove past Sopaz for second on lap 22. Sandercock reduced the lead to less than half a second, but couldn’t get any closer. Turner took the checkered flag just 0.461 seconds ahead of Sandercock, who was followed closely himself by opening night winner Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Products).

O’Blenis Goes From Worst To First

Doug O’Blenis (No.32) battled Kraig Handley (No.91) in both his heat and the feature race. Handley won the heat, but O’Blenis got the last laugh in the feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Doug O’Blenis (No.32) battled Kraig Handley (No.91) in both his heat and the feature race. Handley won the heat, but O’Blenis got the last laugh in the feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Two weeks after suffering a broken tie rod on opening night, Napanee’s Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) manufactured his pole starting position in to his first win of the season. O’Blenis dealt with just two restarts on the night, both in the first five laps. In that time, Picton’s Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) came from ninth to second to challenge the point man.

The two drivers race side-by-side for a period of time nearing the halfway mark, but O’Blenis held the lead. Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) came from 10th to join the battle at the front. Both Handley and Hennessy continuously pressured O’Blenis for the lead, but couldn’t complete the pass in lapped traffic over the final five laps. Hennessy made a final push on the last corner to take the bottom route to victory, however, O’Blenis’ momentum propelled him to victory. Handley, Hennessy, Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) and Derrick Greig (No.48 Jim Rowe Drywall) completed the top-five.

Purchase Earns Pro Stock Victory

Wade Purchase poses in victory lane following his win. (Rod Henderson photo).

Wade Purchase poses in victory lane following his win. (Rod Henderson photo).

One year following his last win, Wade Purchase parked his No. 53 Independent Alternator and Starter Monte Carlo in Victory Lane again, an excellent start to the Larry’s Towing Triple Crown for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. Also coming from the sixth starting spot, Purchase took the lead using the top lane on lap 18 and survived two late race restarts to earn the victory.

Polesitter Art Rodgers (No.38 Wilson Engines) led early on, but was overtaken on lap seven by the eighth-starting Jonah Mutton (No.39 NOCO Fuels). Purchase, meanwhile, patiently navigated his way forward and was fifth at the halfway point of the 25-lap race.

Two cautions over the final six laps forced Purchase to play defense on the restarts, but the Demorestville native used the outside lane to power to victory ahead of Justin Ramsay (No. 03 Empey Tire), who drove from 10th, and Mutton. Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) turned his first start of the season in to a fourth-place finish ahead of Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors).

French Makes It Two In A Row

Tyler French won his second Comp 4 feature in a row. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French won his second Comp 4 feature in a row. (Rod Henderson photo).

Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) wasted little time getting to the front of the pack in the first round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown for the Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. On a lap one restart following an incident that saw Luke Toms (No.19 Gardenhill Towing) land unharmed in the turn two creek, French went from sixth to first in the opening two corners.

From that point on, it was a battle for second as French checked out to a full straightaway lead over the rest of the field. Bella Cosstick (No.24 Active Wealth Management) initially held the second spot, but was quickly under pressure from Josh Read (No.04 Down To Earth Landscaping) and Adam Flieler (No.11 Double D Sports Bar). Flieler then chased Read for six laps before completing the pass for second. The runner-up finish was Flieler’s second in as many starts since returning to the division to start 2016. Peter Moore (No.17) Read, and Cosstick followed French and Flieler across the finish line to complete the top-five.

Phillips and Golden Take Stinger Openers

Rick Phillips won the Super Stinger feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Rick Phillips won the Super Stinger feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Chantel Golden won the Junior Stinger feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Chantel Golden won the Junior Stinger feature. (Rod Henderson photo).

Chantel Golden (No.5 Cannifton Garage) started on the pole for the Quinte Septic Junior Stinger feature. Golden has to withstand challenges from Dylan Lobe (No.7), James Turgeon (No.87) and Brittany Golden (No.85) in the middle of the race to earn the victory. Golden navigated lapped traffic flawlessly at the end of the race to distance herself from the rest of the pack and score the opening night win.

In Super Stinger Competition, Rick Phillips (No.7 Dennis Davy Property Maintenance) came from the third starting position before parking in Victory Lane. Phillips managed to take the lead from Arthur McCauley (No.99 East Side Tire) shortly after the midpoint of the race to earn the victory. The lap two caution was the result of Del MacGregor hitting the turn four wall hard. MacGregor exited the car on his own, but was examined by medical responders. He was okay.

Southern Ontario Sprints Return Next Week

The Southern Ontario Sprints make their first of six appearances at Brighton Speedway in 2016 next Saturday, May 21. Mix 97 and NOCO Fuels present Ontario’s only 360 Sprint Car series along with the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. Race time is 7:00pm. Adult admission is $20.

COMPLETE RESULTS – May 14, 2016 – Aecon Presents Lesters Toonie Hot Dog Night 


A-Main (30 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 92 Adam Turner, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 5. 25 Greg Belyea, 6. 5 Steve Baldwin, 7. 84 Tyler Rand, 8. 46 Brandon Mowat, 9. 42 Adam Nayler, 10. 77 Caley Weese, 11. 1 Andy Mayhew, 12. 20 Terry Hunt, 13. 8 Brian Down, 14. 01 Eli Mayhew (DNS). Time: 7:59.918. Margin of victory: 0.461 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 46 Brandon Mowat, 2. 77 Caley Weese, 3. 29 Phil Potts, 4. 84 Tyler Rand, 5. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 6. 20 Terry Hunt, 7. 01 Eli Mayhew (DNS). Time: 6:15.492.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 2. 42 Adam Nayler, 3. 5 Steve Baldwin, 4. 25 Greg Belyea, 5. 92 Adam Turner, 6. 8 Brian Down, 7. 1 Andy Mayhew (DNS). Time: 2:00.722.


A-Main (25 Laps – 14 Entries): 1. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 2. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 11 Dan Ferguson, 5. 48 Derrick Greig, 6. 88 Josh Hennessy, 7. 00 Darrell Toms, 8. 03 Derek Bowers, 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 10. 78 Shelby Mills, 11. 28 Dan Insley, 12. 1 Shawn Gregory, 13. 07 Curtis King, 14. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 11:04.021. Margin of victory: 0.152 seconds.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 91 Kraig Handley, 2. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 3. 11 Dan Ferguson, 4. 88 Josh Hennessy, 5. 03 Derek Bowers, 6. 12 Adam Whaley, 7. 09 Robbie Wilson (DNS). Time: 2:11.254.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 48 Derrick Greig, 3. 07 Curtis King, 4. 28 Dan Insley, 5. 00 Darrell Toms, 6. 1 Shawn Gregory, 7. 78 Shelby Mills. Time: 3:24.288.


A-Main (25 Laps – 18 Entries – Larry’s Towing Triple Crown Race 1): 1. 53 Wade Purchase, 2. 03 Justin Ramsay, 3. 39 Jonah Mutton, 4. 72 Doug Anderson, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 08 Brian Cross, 7. 51 Mike Freeman, 8. 2 Leslie Mowat, 9. 91 Cory White, 10. 55 Jamie Marshall, 11. 85 Austin Reid, 12. 38 Art Rodgers, 13. 29 Rich Sanders, 14. 02 Carissa Burrows, 15. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 16. 14 Chris Dorland, 17. 13 Ryan Connor, 18. 7 Rob Dier (DQ).

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 03 Justin Ramsay, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 2 Leslie Mowat, 4. 38 Art Rodgers, 5. 02 Carissa Burrows, 6. 51 Mike Freeman.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 08 Brian Cross, 2. 39 Jonah Mutton, 3. 91 Cory White, 4. 33 Samantha Mayhew, 5. 14 Chris Dorland, 6. 29 Rich Sanders.

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 53 Wade Purchase, 2. 72 Doug Anderson, 3. 55 Jamie Marshall, 4. 85 Austin Reid, 5. 19 Brandon Murrell, 6. 13 Ryan Connor.


A-Main (20 Laps – 13 Entries – ABC Taxi Triple Crown Race 1): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 11 Adam Flieler, 3. 17 Peter Moore, 4. 04 Josh Read, 5. 24 Bella Cosstick, 6. 14 Matthew Moore, 7. 7 Kevin Hertendy, 8. 06 Steven Usher, 9. 10 Jeremy Toms, 10. 13 Matthew French, 11. 27 Glenn Hammer, 12. 19 Luke Toms, 13. 22 Keith Dunk (DNS).

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 0 Tyler French, 2. 04 Josh Read, 3. 17 Peter Moore, 4. 14 Matthew Moore, 5. 06 Steven Usher, 6. 27 Glenn Hammer, 7. 22 Keith Dunk (DNS).

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 Adam Flieler, 2. 19 Luke Toms, 3. 13 Matthew French, 4. 24 Bella Cosstick, 5. 10 Jeremy Toms, 6. 7 Kevin Hertendy.


A-Main (12 Laps – 12 Entries): 1. 7 Rick Phillips, 2. 99 Arthur McCauley, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 93 Jorden Pickell, 5. 28 Mark McDonald, 6. 89 Gary Taylor, 7. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 8. 27 David Lemon, 9. 15 Nathan Buckey, 10. 01 Dawson Evans, 11. 19 Del MacGregor, 12. 07 Megan Golden (DQ).

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 07 Megan Golden, 2. 7 Rick Phillips, 3. 95 Chris Lammle, 4. 28 Mark McDonald, 5. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 6. 15 Nathan Buckey.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99 Arthur McCauley, 2. 19 Del MacGregor, 3. 01 Dawson Evans, 4. 93 Jordan Pickell, 5. 89 Gary Taylor, 6. 27 David Lemon.


A-Main (12 Laps – 13 Entries): 1. 5 Chantel Golden, 2. 7 Dylan Lobe, 3. 85 Brittany Golden, 4. 87 James Turgeon, 5. 50 Willy Bolton, 6. 88 Brittany Ivey, 7. 17 Melanie Fortier, 8. 76 Jennifer Cassalman, 9. 40 Brant Leggett, 10. 73 Tabitha Weese, 11. 63 Emily Herrington, 12. 00 Ken Evans, 13. 08 Kyle Doric.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5 Chantel Golden, 2. 00 Ken Evans, 3. 85 Brittany Golden, 4. 40 Brant Leggett, 5. 63 Emily Herrington, 7. 73 Tabitha Weese, 8. 6 Tom Cole (DNS).

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 87 James Turgeon, 2. 7 Dylan Lobe, 3. 50 Willy Bolton, 4. 08 Kyle Doric, 5. 88 Brittany Ivey, 6. 17 Melanie Fortier, 7. 76 Jennifer Cassalman.


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)

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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


Photo Attachment 1: Adam Turner drove his No.92 Village Variety car to Victory Lane in honour of his late brother Justin. Rod Henderson photo.


Photo Attachment 2: Doug O’Blenis (No.32) battled Kraig Handley (No.91) in both his heat and the feature race. Handley won the heat, but O’Blenis got the last laugh in the feature. Rod Henderson photo.