Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races Return This Saturday

The Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races rev back to action on Saturday, Aug. 28th (Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. – June 1, 2016 – Brighton Speedway’s 1/3-mile dirt oval roars back to live on Saturday, June 4 with one of the most anticipated events of the season. The Workman’s OK Tire School Bus Races return for the first of two dates at the speedway in 2016 presented by Lange and Fetter Ford and Hotch’s Auto Parts. Spectator gates will open at 5:00pm for the 7:00pm start time. Adult admission is just $12, seniors and children 13-17 are $10 and children 7-12 are $3.

The always-entertaining school buses race three and sometimes four wide on the racetrack. This isn’t your average trip to school. The race typically consists of 12 or more school buses racing around the track at top speed. Last year, track promoter Mark Rinaldi flipped his bus upside down on the front straightaway. In previous seasons, several buses have rubbed wheels and ended up in the creek off turn two. It’s sure to be a full night of excitement.

Also on the schedule are four of the track’s weekly racing divisions. The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models will be in action for their fifth race of the season. So far, four different drivers have gone to victory lane in the four races to begin the season. Trenton’s Charlie Sandercock holds a slim 20-point advantage over Brighton native Brandon Mowat, who has finished second in each of the past two weeks. Phil Potts, Steve Baldwin and Adam Turner complete the current top-five.

The Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds return to speed Saturday night after a thrilling race last week. Andrew Hennessy’s final corner pass of Kraig Handley gave him the point lead by a slim five point margin over Dan Ferguson. Handley sits third in the standings ahead of Derrick Greig and Doug O’Blenis, who complete the top-five.

Several Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks drivers will be in search of their first win of the season. So far, four different drivers have won in the first four races. Justin Ramsay, Wade Purchase, Doug Anderson and Brandon Murrell have all won feature events. Jonah Mutton sits second in the championship standings behind Ramsay and has a pair of second-place finishes this season. Purchase, Murrell and Leslie Mowat complete the top-five in the current championship standings. Mowat is also hungry for her first win since 2014.

In Bill’s Johns Comp 4 action, the field is looking to stop Trenton driver Tyler French. The driver of the No.0 has won three of four starts this season and has been dominant in the process. He’ll be forced to contend once again with Josh Read and Adam Flieler, who sit second and third, respectively, in the championship standings. Matthew Moore and Peter Moore, no relation, sit fourth and fifth in the current standings.

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Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Adam Turner (May 14); 1 – Steve Baldwin (May 21), 1 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28)

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 1 – Dan Ferguson (April 30); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28)

Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 1 – Justin Ramsay (April 30); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Doug Anderson (May 21); 1 – Brandon Murrell (May 28)

Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 3 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28), 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21)

Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14); 1 – Chris Lammle (May 28)

Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28)

About Lange & Fetter Ford: Located in Trenton, Ont., Lang and Fetter Ford is committed to superior sales and service. Open Monday to Saturday, Lange and Fetter Ford offers the highest quality new and pre-owned car sales. Visit them at 52 Dundas Street East in Trenton or online at Call them at (613) 392-6561.

About Hotch’s Auto Parts: With two locations in Eastern Ontario, Hotch’s Auto Parts specializes in high-quality recycled auto parts. The locations in both Ameliasburgh and Bowmanville offer only the best levels of service. All parts from Hotch’s are automatically covered under a 101 day warranty. Hotch’s Auto Parts also offers a daily delivery service to Belleville, Trenton, Napanee, Kingston, and Prince Edward County. Find out more at

Workman’s OK Tire: Workman’s Ok Tire has been located in Quinte West since 1995. Owned and operated by Mike Workman, OK Tire has built nearly 20 years of customer relationships. Experience the OK Tire difference that comes from an independently owned and operated store able to tailor service specifically to its customers. Visit their newly renovated location at 494 Bigford Road, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

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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, 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.  

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

Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson