Wilson, O’Blenis, Anderson, Greer, McAuley claim wins on night one of Classic Weekend

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON – A jammed pit area meant a full field of cars in five divisions for night one of the Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend at Brighton Speedway. A total 66 stock cars and 21 Southern Ontario Sprint cars signed in for action on a humid evening.

Wilson Captures SOS Victory

IMG_6559Rick Wilson (No.42W Riverside Bar & Grill) and Keith Dempster (No.5 Renway Energy) brought the 21-car Southern Ontario Sprints field to life for the 25-lap feature presented by Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive. Wilson jumped out to the early lead and had Dempster in tow as both cars ran against the cushion.

Third-place starter Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) got in to the mix early on as well. The first caution of the night came on lap two when Mike Ferrell (No.15 Four Wide Designs) spun in turn four. On the ensuing restart, the top-three held form but Mitch Brown (No.10B Pro-Fit Health Club) stole the fourth spot from Jamie Turner (No.11T Hank’s Discount Smokes).

Following a second caution on lap six for a Frank Baranowski (No.66 OTR Filters) spin, Brown dropped to the bottom lane. He used the inside line to get by Styres for third. Another caution on lap nine slowed the field, but led to a 10-lap green flag run that saw race leader Wilson get in to lapped traffic.

Wilson got in to some dicey situations that eliminated a 15 car-length lead. After Brown squeezed by Dempster for second, he tracked down Wilson’s No.42W among lapped cars. Just as Brown was poised to make the pass for the lead, the fourth and final caution of the race was displayed for a tire barrier that was brought on the track in turn one.

Brown muscled everything he had for Wilson through the final six laps, but the ‘Joyceville Jet’ was perfect in clean air. Brown worked the bottom side of the track well and held off point leader Styres for the second spot. The victory was Wilson’s first with the SOS since 2012.

Defending champion Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive) made a late pass around Dempster for fourth, capping an impressive and methodical run from the eighth starting spot.

Tyler Rand was the hard charger in the field, advancing 12 spots from his 19th starting position to finish seventh.

Wilson, Styres, and Brown won Wiseco Pistons qualifying heat races.

O’Blenis Claims First Victory of 2014

IMG_6570Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Warren Mowat (No.46 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) brought the OilGARD Canadian Modified 25-lap feature to life. O’Blenis grabbed hold of his prime opportunity and grew a big lead in the opening laps.

It was erased by a lap two caution when Paul Milligan (No.23 writeitoutloud.com) and Derek Bowers (No.03 Morton’s Crane Rental) got together in turn two.

By the halfway point, O’Blenis led a three-car breakaway from the rest of the field. Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) and Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) had come through the field to challenge for the lead. On lap 15, Hennessy stole the lead from O’Blenis out of turn four. Ferguson tried to get in to second, but O’Blenis took away the bottom lane.

Two laps later, Hennessy’s thoughts of a sixth victory on the season went up in smoke as the power plant on his No.87 expired. O’Blenis reassumed the lead for the restart.

On lap 20, Ferguson briefly got by O’Blenis for the lead out of turn four. O’Blenis refused to back down, battling to regain the point on the bottom. The two drivers made contact in turn three coming to the white flag and O’Blenis took back the top spot for good, earning his first win of the season.

Ferguson and O’Blenis won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.

Anderson Tops Pro Stocks

Jamie Marshall (No.55 C&L Upholstery) and Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) led a season-high 18-car Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature to the green flag.

The race was stopped on lap two after a hard hit between Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair), Merrittville Speedway regular Mason Smith (No.14s AZ Expediting) and Todd MacDonald (No.7 Razor’s Edge). All drivers were okay after the turn three accident.

On lap seven, rookie Brandon Murrell (No.19 Orange Motorsports) passed Mowat for the lead. Murrell led until a lap ten caution pitted him against point leader Doug Anderson for the restart (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service).

Anderson led the final 15 laps to earn the victory ahead of Merrittville regular James Thompson (No.00 Greeves Automotive) and Murrell.

Shawn Gregory (No.1 Like Nu Driveway Sealing) and Jay O’Hara (No.83 First Guaranty Collision) won the Vanderlaan Building Products qualifying heats.

Greer Back in Victory Lane

The Bill’s Johns Comp 4s engaged in one of their most thrilling races of the season on Saturday night. An early side-by-side battle between front-row starter Becky Jamieson (No.70 Manley Tire) and Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) shaped for the lead after Courtney Mastin (No.97 Grosse Construction) led the opening two laps.

The race was slowed on lap 10 as rain began to fall. The track was quickly dried and the final five laps saw Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) take over the top spot to earn the win. Mills held on to second ahead of teammate Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire).

French and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood) won the qualifying heats.

McCauley Trumps Stingers

IMG_6543The Quinte Septic Stingers finally got back in to action after rain postponed their previous event. Arthur McCauley (No.99 Quinte West Tirecraft) started on the front row with polesitter David Lemon (No.27).  The two engaged in a side-by-side battled early on until McCauley eventually took over the point.

McCauley grew the lead to nearly a full straightaway ahead of second-place runner Richard McCormack (No.72). The battle for third came down to the wire, but Gary Taylor (No.89 International Freight Systems) took the spot as the checkered flag flew.

Lexi Fletcher (No.41 Like Nu Driveway Sealing) and Taylor won the qualifying heats.

Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend Night Two Tonight

Ultramar LogoBrighton Speedway resumes full action tonight for night two of the Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend. The Southern Ontario Sprints are back in action again to decide their championship. Following the points race, they will race wingless. The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models are also in action, racing topless as well. The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will battle in the second half of their double shot weekend. Spectator gates open at 4:00pm and racing starts at 6:00pm.

The Classic Weekend Barbeque runs from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the courtyard outside the speedway. Meal tickets are just $10 and include pulled pork, corn, salads, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Complete Results – Night One Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend – August 30, 2014

Southern Ontario Sprints (21 Entries – 25 Laps, [Starting Position]): 1. 42W Rick Wilson [1], 2. 10B Mitch Brown [5], 3. 0 Glenn Styres [3], 4. 11J Chris Jones [8], 5. 5 Keith Dempster [2], 6. 57 Charlie Sandercock [13], 7. 84 Tyler Rand [19], 8. 11T Jamie Turner [6], 9. 25 Warren Mahoney [17], 10. 19 Cory Turner [7], 11. 71s Shawn Sliter [16], 12. 98 Paul Pekkonen [10], 13. 15AW April Wilson [15], 14. 10C Bob Crawford [18], 15. 01 Kyle Fraser [9], 16. 2 Brad Lodge [4], 17. 9NZ Havard Daniels [14], 18. 9 Jim Munsie [21], 19. 15 Mike Ferrell [12], 20. 66 Frank Baranowski 20], 21. 67 Chris Durand [11].

Southern Ontario Sprints “Dream Come True” Dash (4 Entries – 4 Laps, Previously Winless Drivers): 1. 71s Shawn Sliter, 2. 2 Brad Lodge, 3. 19 Cory Turner, 4. 15 Mike Ferrell.

OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (16 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 77 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 48 Derrick Greig, 5. 33 Ryan Scott, 6. 13 Adam Nayler, 7. 07 Curtis King, 8. 74 Mike Lucas, 9. 12 Adam Whaley, 10. 28 Steve Insley, 11. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 12. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 13. 46 Warren Mowat, 14. 03 Derek Bowers, 15. 23 Paul Milligan, 16. 81 Buckey Johnson.

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks Triple Crown 3 A-Main (18 Entries – 25 Laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 00 James Thompson, 3. 19 Brandon Murrell, 4. 03 Justin Ramsay, 5. 83 Jay O’Hara, 6. 32 Jeff Sallans, 7. 2 Leslie Mowat, 8. 1 Shawn Gregory, 9. 49 Jonah Mutton, 10. 45 Mike Schonauer, 11. 28 Grant Fitzpatrick, 12. 55 Jamie Marshall, 13. 38 Art Rodgers, 14. 71 Dayna Sallans, 15. 14s Mason Smith, 16. 7 Todd MacDonald, 17. 53 Wade Purchase (DQ), 18. 43 Devon Kippen (DNS).

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (13 Entries – 15 Laps): 1. 94 Brady Greer, 2. 78 Shelby Mills, 3. 0 Tyler French, 4. 70 Becky jamieson, 5. 8 Tyler Parker, 6. 47 Riley Greer, 7. 85 Austin Reid, 8. 87 Emily Weedman, 9. 97 Courtney Mastin, 10. 29 Rich Sanders, 11. 24 Bella Cosstick, 12. 17 Jeff Humprey (DNS), 13. 27 Nathan Day (DNS).

Quinte Septic Stingers A-Main (19 Entries – 12 Laps): 1. 99 Arthur McCauley, 2. 72 Richard McCormack, 3. 89 Gary Taylor, 4. 1 Robbie Wilson, 5. 42 Andy Fletcher, 6. 07 Meagan Golden, 7. 41 Lexi Fletcher, 8. 19 Del MacGregor, 9. 21 Brittany Markolefas, 10. 6 Mike Brooks, 11. 01 Dawson Evans, 12. 17 Wayne Inia, 13. 93 Jorden Pickell, 14. 38 Alix Woods, 15. 4 Brent Leggett, 16. 7 Rick Phillips, 17. 64 Chris Johnson (DQ), 18. 27 David Lemon (DQ), 19. 95 Chris Lammle (DQ).

About Ultramar/CST: Ultramar CST Canada co., headquartered in Montreal, includes the cardlock, home heating and motorist sales sectors in Canada. Operating close to 800 stations and 84 cardlocks (Pipeline Commercial), in addition to delivering home heating oil to over 140,000 customers, Ultramar CST Canada co. is a major player in the economy of Eastern Canada. For more information, visit: www.ultramarcst.ca.

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Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating, ImageFactor.ca, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.

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 DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September for Mr. DIRT Sportsman and 358 Modified designation.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns


Photo Credit: Rod Henderson