Wilson Returns Triumphant in SOS Season Opener


Fans were packed in the grandstands at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night as Vanzuylen Tire & Alignment and Rock 107 welcomed back the Southern Ontario Sprints for their first of six shows on the 1/3rd mile clay oval.  It was all time Brighton Speedway feature win leader Rick Wilson returning to victory circle for his 20th feature wins in a Sprint Car at Brighton.  The May long weekend has been blessed with warm temperatures and with the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Models, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 divisions on hand, the night was topped off by a fantastic fireworks display by Mystical Distributing.

The night kicked off with the 2nd Annual Chili Competition with Del “Chili” MacGregor sweeping the victory as declared by the Rock 107 Lovely Ladies.  Sitting as the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week for May 12th “Chili” MacGregor entertained the fans before the main events kicked off.

First feature up on the night was the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Models, the #20 Terry Hunt and #12 Kyle Sopaz would lead the cars to the line.  Sopaz’s returning this week after blowing up early last weekend didn’t seem to slow him down as he and Hunt raced side by side with Sopaz crossing the line ahead at the end of lap one.  Through the pack #57 Charlie Sandercock, #11 Corey Earl were working their way from their starting spots at the back of the grid.  There was side by side action all through the field.  Sopaz was up high and had to fend off battles from Hunt and the #25 Greg Belyea.  Midway through the race Belyea would get by Hunt and now Sandercock had moved in to forth when Hunt went into turn one and got a little loose and slid up the track while Sandercock was coming with a full head of steam, the two made contact and Hunt spun going into two.  On the following restart Sopaz would again pick the high line and Belyea was down low with Sandercock and Earl lined up third and forth.  After the return to green the four drivers were aggressively going for the top spot and went into turn three four wide!  Sopaz got shuffled up into the marbles dropping two forth and when they came out of turn four it would be Sandercock, Earl and Belyea in third.  Sandercock would maintain the lead from then till the finish two catch his second feature in as many weeks but not without numerous challenges from Earl who wound up a close second and #77 Caley Weese had a steady run up to 3rd place for her first top three of the season.

The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division had 25 starters for the feature and #17 Jeff Humphry would pick up his second win of the season.  The win didn’t come easy as Jeff started near the rear of the field and had to fight off a number of challenges from his team mate #03 Justin Ramsay and #10 Travis McLean.  Humphry would run the high line most of the race while Ramsey would try lap after lap to get enough momentum to get by shooting down low in the corners but could not get it done.

The Southern Ontario Sprint show presented by Sanderson’s Automotive  featured two Brighton regulars as #77 Caley Weese was offered a ride in the #79 Dick Mahoney sprint at the last minute and #57 Charlie Sandercock took his first start in the 360 sprint car.  #11 of Chris Jones and #30 Adam West would lead the field to green with Jones jumping out to the early lead.  Jones would hold the lead till lap seven when #5 Keith Dempster got caught up on the front straight away wall and rolled hard at the flag stand much to the dismay of the crowd, Dempster was able to walk away under his own power but his #5 ride was not so lucky suffering heavy damage.  On the restart #07 Dain Naida would now pull along side Jones and although Jones again would get the jump he could not keep the hard charging Naida behind him.  With Naida up front and Jones in second #42 Rick Wilson was battling with West for third until Naida’s luck would leave him and he lost all power to the car causing a yellow.  On the ensuing restart the new battle at the front would be between Prince Edward County Star Jones and fan favorite Wilson.  The two raced side by side in an intense race where the lead swapped positions a number of times.  In behind them an equally intense battle was ensuing behind them for forth between #67 Chris Durand, West, the #25 Warren Mahoney and Sandercock for third through sixth place.  Again side by side action was thrilling the crowd as Mahoney was up high and Sandercock was down low.  Wilson would pick up his 20th career Sprint Feature at Brighton followed by Jones, Durand, Sandercock and Mahoney rounding out the top five.

As the Sanderson’s Sprints finished up their Victory Lane presentations that crowd was awed by the exciting display of pyrotechnics provided by Mystical Distributing of Trenton.  A long time track supported, Mystical provides all fireworks for the Speedway and the selection on Saturday was incredible.

The final feature of the night saw the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks in the first of their Larry’s Towing Triple Crown Features.  #72 Doug Anderson would pick up his second win in a row followed by #3 Paul Read, #35 Gerry Kimmerly, #45 Mike Schonauer and #74 Mike Lucas.  #83 Jay O’Hara held the points lead going into then night but suffered a setback with a fire in the engine compartment.  Jay got out of the car safely but has his work cut out for him this week.

The Campbellford Chrysler honors this week go to the duo #57 Charlie Sandercock and #77 Caley Weese who both did double duty on Saturday in the Late Model and Sprint Division.  Sandercock with a first in his late model and forth in the sprint finish, while Weese grabbed a nice third place finish in the late model and 11th out of 18 for her first ever time in the sprint car.

Be here early this upcoming week as Campbellford Chrysler presents Car Load Night and see Sandercock and Weese before the races.  Car Load night at the track is always a great time, fill all your seatbelts and for only $25.00 watch a fantastic night of dirt track racing.  A full race card is on hand as Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Models, The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Quinte Septic Stingers hit the 1/3rd mile oval.  Visit www.brightonspeedway.com fir complete details.

Brighton Speedway May 19 Results:

Bill Johns Comp 4 Feature: 1. Jeff Humphry (Belleville, ON ), 2. Justin Ramsay (Trenton, ON), 3. Travis McLean (Trenton, ON), 4. Terry Hough (Brighton, ON), 5. Warren Mowat (Trenton, ON),

Brighton Auto Pro Stock Feature: 1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Paul Read (Trenton, ON), 3. Jerry Kimmerly (Brighton, ON), 4. Mike Schonauer (Brighton, ON), 5. Mike Lucas (Belleville, ON),

Vanderlaan’s Pro Late Models Feature: 1. Charlie Sandercock (Belleville, ON), 2. Corey Earl (Picton, ON), 3. Caley Weese (Carrying Place, ON), 4. Kyle Sopaz (Carrying Place, ON), 5. Terry Hunt (Carrying Place, ON)

Sanderson Automotive SOS Sprints Feature: 1. Rick Wilson (Joyceville, ON), 2. Chris Jones (Picton, ON), 3. Chris Durand ( , ON), 4. Charlie Sandercock (Belleville, ON), 5. Warren Mahoney (Lefroy, ON)

Photo Tag #1

#42Rick Wilson attempts to go around the outside of #11 Chris Jones.  The two battled side by side for a number of laps before Wilson shot out front to take home his 20th SOS win at Brighton.

Photo Tag #2

#12 Kyle Sopaz is running the high line trying to keep #57 Charlie Sandercock from becoming a repeat winner.  Sandercock would eventually get by and go on to take home his second win in as many weeks.