Wade Purchase Earns Driver of the Week With Pro Stock Win

Wade Purchase drove his No.53 Pro Stock to Victory Lane on the second night of action at Brighton Speedway on May 14. (Rod Henderson photo).

BRIGHTON – May 19, 2016 – Wade Purchase is the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week for the week ending May 14, 2016. The Demorestville, Ont. native earned his first win of the season, 371 days following his week two victory in 2015. The win was particularly impressive considering Purchase drove the top lane on route to the victory after starting sixth and being pushed backwards early on.

“It was huge. I watched (Adam) Turner turn 30 beautiful laps right up on the top, so I knew that’s where I had to be. I put it there and it worked,” Purchase explained.

Wade Purchase poses in victory lane following his May 14 win. (Rod Henderson photo).

Wade Purchase poses in victory lane following his May 14 win. (Rod Henderson photo).

The driver of the Independent Starter & Alternator/Team Remax of Wellington/KD Transmission No.53 is excited to see his hard work over the winter pay dividends so quickly. The team installed a new GM 602 Crate motor as the primary power plant for this season and a new body after deciding the team’s Chevrolet Bel Air look from 2015 was a hindrance in the weight department.

The Crate pulls all the way down the straight stretch. With my built motor, I felt like I lost two drag races every lap. The Crate is definitely the way to go,” Purchase explained. “We have four corners that are all solid and new, so if we finish races we should be there every week.”

Purchase has set a handful of goals to achieve this season, including finishing in the top-three of the championship standings come September.

“I figured that was a pretty achievable goal. I’ve always been hanging around there, I just haven’t been able to pull through at the end,” Purchase reasoned. “If we can get a handful of wins, two or three, then that would be a good year.”

The success won’t come alone, Purchase said. A large part of his success is due to the support of his team which includes his father Mat Purchase, his sister Stephanie Purchase, girlfriend Kali Michael and friends turned crew members Travis Coates and Kevin Rallison. Fellow competitor Brian Cross has also supported Purchase’s efforts.

“You definitely have to have people behind the scenes. Those are the people that make it happen, whether its sponsors or crew guys putting in the long hours. It’s a long season and it takes those people to make it happen,” Purchase said, thanking his support team.

After watching close friend Adam Turner win the Pro Late Model feature a few minutes earlier, the victories for both Turner and Purchase were especially meaningful.

“It was pretty sweet to be able to win one race in the same line right after Adam. He’s like a brother to me and got me in to racing. It just turned out to be one week before (the 10th anniversary) of his brother Justin’s passing. It was a lot bigger than what it felt like initially,” Purchase explained.

Purchase will try to replicate his success and build on the emotional win when the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks return to action for their third event of the season this Saturday as NOCO Fuels, Mix 97 and Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive present the Southern Ontario Sprints, Pro Late Models, Pro Stocks and Comp 4s. Race time is 7:00pm.

Wade Purchase would like to thank his 2016 sponsors, including Independent Alternator and Starter, Team Remax of Wellington, KD Transmission, TAG, Dino’s Pizza, Milpond Music and Part Source.

About NOCO Fuels: Family owned and locally operated NOCO, founded by Reginald B. Newman in 1933, began by delivering coal to residential customers with its one-truck fleet. The one-truck fleet started by Mr. Newman has grown to over 165 trucks run by the third generation of Newman’s. NOCO is the second largest Mobil distributor in North America, and offers a full line of Mobil lubricants for automotive, fleet, industrial, metalworking, and specialty needs.  They are also a proud Esso branded reseller and hauler of bulk fuels for most of the Ontario region. Find out more at www.noco.com. 

About Mix 97: Mix 97 plays Quinte’s Best Variety all day. Wake-up with Sean and Orlena every weekday from 6am to 9am. Join Devin Bellinger during the day, MJ in the afternoon’s and Jack Miller for sports. For more details and programming information, visit www.mix97.com. 

About Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive: Sanderson Tire & Automotive is a family owned and operated automotive tire and repair centre located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Sanderson Tire & Automotive is a proud supporter of the Southern Ontario Sprints at Brighton Speedway.

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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, ImageFactor.ca 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, Sunoco Racing Fuels, 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 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