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February 6th, 2015
(Brighton, ON)… On January 14, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone were proud to make the announcement that Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario became the second Canadian speedway to join the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series. Brighton will now host a RUSH Informational Meeting at 2 PM on Saturday, February 14 at the Speedway, which is located at 775 County Rd 64, Brighton, Ontario.
“Every time we sign on a new speedway, we host a general informational meeting on RUSH,” explained Emig. “We’ll explain the aspects of the RUSH program as well as teching procedures and much more. In Brighton’s case, most of their racers that have yet to experience RUSH so this will be an important meeting to attend. This will be a great opportunity for drivers to ask questions and get the proper answers.”
The RUSH informational package will be distributed and drivers will have the opportunity to purchase their optional membership in advance. The $125 weekly membership allows drivers to be eligible for the Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Summer Chase point funds in addition to the new Bilstein Bandits Championship as well as the “Futures Cup” for those eligible members. For additional $100, drivers can join the Sweeney Touring Series. Membership also grants racers an additional $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance.
Soon after Brighton made the commitment to RUSH, Fulton Speedway in New York followed, and Tri-City Raceway Park, which will host special events in 2015, will sanction their Crate Late Model events under RUSH.
Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile dirt oval featuring Saturday night racing May through September. For more information, check out their website at www.brightonspeedway.com, follow them on Twitter @BrightonSpdwy, and like them on Facebook by searching Brighton Speedway. Brighton can be reached toll-free at 866-681-1102.
RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at firstname.lastname@example.org and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
March 19th, 2007
Fans will be able to come out and enjoy a complete race program during 2007 for the low price of $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for youths and seniors and $2.00 for children 7 – 12. As always children 6 and under are free. The 2007 family pass is priced right at $20.00 which allows two adults, and 2 children under 16 into an action packed night of racing with a free family sized popcorn. “I haven’t seen prices this low since I was in high school and working at the track as a flag man” said promoter Mark Rinaldi.
Not only will fans get a price break on the regularly scheduled complete race programs featuring Brighton Speedway’s 5 classes, but prices have also been dropped for the 6 visits that the always well received Southern Ontario Sprints make to the 1/3rd mile clay oval. Adult tickets will be $18.00, $16.00 for youths and seniors, $4.00 for children 7 to 12 and a family pass will be $45.00, a reasonable price for adding more racing action to the docket.
To start off the quality priced season, the first race event of the year is scheduled for May 5th, 2007 and admission is only $2.00 with a non-perishable food donation toward the local food banks. Green flag flies at 7:00pm.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2007 schedule and get a sneak preview of some of the 2007 cars as drivers and their cars make appearances in the Frontenac Mall in Kingston, March 22nd to 24th, the Quinte Mall in Belleville, March 26th to April 1st and the Northumberland Mall in Cobourg, April 2nd to April 7th.
For more information, and your chance to win a family pass, visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
January 12th, 2007
In 2006 the oval ice races were cancelled due to Mother Nature’s unseasonably warm temperatures. Anticipation is high and track staff is hoping that the good lady has her eyes set on a cold snap that will permit crews to build a super slick icy oval. The refurbished ice making bus is ready to go and crews are anxious to put it to the track. In 2006 the development of this bus supplied by Montgomery School Bus Transit, enabled the crew to lay ice quickly and efficiently using a heated water tank which allows the process to take place without water freezing before it hits the track.
Brighton Speedway is looking forward to the return of the 80 plus participants who studded up their tracks and tires for the 2005 event. More than 1000 people attended that day and were witness to the slip sliding action.
2007 will mark the return of the winter enduro, an event that has been absent for the past four years. Anticipation is high as Brighton enduro drivers are excited and actively working to put their cars together.
The 40th Anniversary Season is shaping up to be full of old favourites, new spectacles and to be a celebration of grassroots motorsport racing! As the finishing touches are being confirmed, fans can get their feet wet and grab an adrenaline rush early this year by visiting the 4th Annual Brighton Winterfest Ice Races. Look for more information and updates at www.brightonspeedway.com , including an opportunity to win a 40th Anniversary Season pass to the races.
September 27th, 2006
Continuing his winning streak was Len Squires (#5) of Brighton in his Bill’s Johns Comp 4. Although Squires passed the flag stand in second place, the visiting #20 from Brockville Speedway was underweight at the scale, placing Squires square in Victory Lane. A close second was Terry Loxley (#8) of Trenton who was loaned a car by fellow driver Kevin Scott (#18). Loxley was in position to take over the points from leader Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton, in this final night of regular season racing and blew up his motor during Hot Laps. Scott came to the rescue, encouraging Loxley to do what he could with his 6th place car. Although the 8 finished ahead of the 03 in the feature, it wasn’t enough to take the title as he had experienced mechanical difficulties during the qualifiers. Ramsay is the overall points champion for the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division.
The ProStock Duel On the Dirt Series that was rescheduled from the washed out Labour Day Classic, also entertained fans with hard core racing by eventual winner Rob Murray (M1) from Merritville, who was challenged repeatedly by Brighton Speedway Park drivers Matt Purchase (#53) of Picton and Brandon Gregory (#01) of Trenton, who finished second and third respectively. The race was called when the rain made conditions unsafe for racing, ending the show for the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, the Mister Signz Novice and the 358 Dirt Modifed Feature.
The real winner at this event was the CARQUEST Special Olympics fund raiser, the Law Enforcement Torch Run. CARQUEST Auto Parts is proud to be the Premier International Partner of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. The Torch Run supports a wide variety of local fund raising activities with 100% of all local funds remaining in the state or province where they are raised. $1.00 from each admission ticket, for a standing room only crowd, will stay in the local area and support our Olympians.
The next race event is the Hotch’s AutoParts 200 Lap Endurance Race on Saturday September 30th beginning at 6 pm. Gates open 4:30pm. For more information visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com or call 613.475.1102.
September 20th, 2006
The Mister Signz Pure Stock Double Points feature race once again saw the #02 of Andrew Hennessy from Picton and the #9 of Greg Peake from Brighton battle for position and points. Forcing each other to drive hard and fast, the black and white was presented to Hennessy, who is now only 45 points ahead of Peake.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified 50 lapper was a bittersweet win for Sept 9th’s Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week. After nearly being lapped during the first five laps by leader Doug O’Blenis (#32) of Shannonville, Pat Monseigneur (#07) of Brighton fought hard to come from the back of the pack with two laps to go, and drive straight into Victory Lane. O’Blenis, who led the entire race, remained in fourth place in the standings, A mere 155 points separate the top four with Shawn Gregory (#1) of Trenton at the top of the list.
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division saw lots of action on the 1/3 mile clay oval, and then felt points and standings shift following post race inspections. Going into the night Terry Loxley (#8) of Trenton was only 15 points out of top spot, and started the race strong. He experienced difficulty with the mechanics of his Dodge engine and finished 17th overall. Taking the Double Points Feature was Len Squires, #5 of Brighton, followed closely by points leader Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton. The final standings for Loxley were not looking very favourable, and it seemed that Ramsay would be in a more comfortable lead.
Following the race the #18 of Kevin Scott and the #03 of Justin Ramsay were taken into the garage under protest. Both cars did not pass the inspections and their drivers felt it where it hurt the most, points and standings. Loxley is now a mere 5 points behind Ramsay, who holds the top spot going into the final night. Only 130 points now separates the top 4, which includes the #47 of Matt Schonauer and the #5 of Len Squires. Because of Scott’s disqualification Mike Schonauer in the #45 received his first black and white banner.
The next race event is the Carquest Auto Parts Applefest 358 Modified Shootout presented by ImageFactor.ca which also includes the Lucas Oil Cash for Clash, the final race in the Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt with Merritville Speedway and a regular points night for the other classes. Green Flag flies at 7pm. For more information or to purchase advance tickets to avoid delays with admission contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
September 13th, 2006
The Mister Signz Pure Stock feature race was a battle for position and points. Cliff Mutton (#97) of Brighton lead for the first half of the race, threatened by Adam Switzer (#46) of Napanee. With just a few to go, Switzer overcame, but then was overtaken by Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton and Greg Peake (#9) of Brighton. Following the visit by Hennessy to Victory Lane only 45 points separate him from Peake, the current points leader. Third and still in contention for the championship is the #8 of Gary Vandertoorn from Brighton.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Division Championship will come down to the final two nights of racing. Celebrating his first ever win on dirt was Pat Monseigneur (#07) of Brighton who fought hard with Jeff Sallans (#51) of Trenton, to take the checker in the final lap. When the dust settled and the points were registered only 235 separate the top 5 drivers in the class.
Similarily the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division Top 5 drivers are separated by only 230 points. Out of a pack of 27 cars, current leader Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton managed to take his 7th feature win of the season. Consistent driver Terry Loxley (#8) of Trenton, who is yet to visit Victory Lane this season, is giving him a run for points, as only 15 separate them. Matt Schonauer (#47) of Brighton brought home third place after taking his first black and white of the season during qualifiers.
With the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks on a road trip to Merritville Speedway, the ever popular school bus races brought the standing room only crowd to their feet as they drove the 1/3 mile clay oval. With steering boxes blowing up, and tires flying off, it was a great show of driving skill as all 13 stayed up right and 11 finished the feature. Taking home the coveted Workman Auto Repair School Bus Race checker was Bernie Rhebbergen (#77) of Brighton.
The next race event is the Rowley Electric Super Feature Night, which includes double Points and Double laps. Green Flag flies at 7pm. For more information or to purchase advance tickets to avoid delays with admission contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
September 7th, 2006
The JC Group and Ultra Quick Lube of Brighton are putting up $50.00 cash for gas money to any team that travels to Merrittville. This is there second year in a row supporting team Brighton inn their quest for the Dual in the Dirt Challenge.
Rob Vine of the CAQUEST Auto Parts Machine Shop in Belleville is putting in an additional $10.00 for gas money to the teams that make the trip.
Rob has also put in a $100.00 bonus to the top Brighton car in the overall standings after the September 23rd race & Rob will double that to a $200.00 bonus if that driver is first overall in the final standings.
Leaf Race Wear has come to the plate to help support Team Brighton’s cost and is offering a deal on Neck Braces. As of right now neck braces are mandatory at Merrittville and will be required by Brighton Drivers. Normally the neck braces sell for $45.00 plus tax. Leaf is offering them to Brighton drivers for $25 total for this weekend only. Mark will have them on site at Merrittville.
Lets not forget Lawns We Do and DL Services for putting up the great points fund. If you see Mike or Jen Vandertoorn and Doug LeBlanc make sure you thank them for their support.
And last but not least the Daytona Automotive Equipment and Budget Automotive for putting up the $1,000.00 team challenge.
GO TEAM BRIGHTON!!!
BSP MAnagement and drivers would like to thank all of these people and businesses along with the others that support Brighton Speedway grassroots motorsport racing. Without them we wouldn’t have 1/2 of what we do and couldn’t continue to grow and prosper.
September 6th, 2006
The Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints will not revisit the 1/3 mile clay oval this season. Fans can stay up to date on their favourites by visiting the website at www.southernontariosprints.com. The Duel in the Dirt ProStock Invitational Race scheduled for Sunday Sept 3rd has been rescheduled to Saturday September 23rd in conjunction with the Carquest Applefest 358 Dirt Modified Shootout presented by Image Factor.ca.
The next race event is the Workman Auto Repair School Bus Races and Complete Race Program. Gates open at 5:30pm. Green Flag Flies at 7:00pm. For more information about this and other upcoming race events please visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com or telephone 613.475.1102.
August 31st, 2006
“We are very proud of our drivers as they have chosen again to support the Belyeas and the Cancer Society. They have proven to us, yet again, that when they believe in something they will stand together and try to change something that has somehow affected each and very one of them and us. We appreciate that they work hard to raise these funds and that they are doing another great thing for the local community,” said Mark Rinaldi, Operations Manager. The goal for this season was $6500 which was met and exceeded by more than $1,000.
With a visit from the Mid State Vintage Stock Cars the Betty Bread complete race program was fast paced with exciting racing action that indicated to fans that the drivers were also in the mood to chase for a win. Coming out on top in repeat fashion from last week were Greg Peake (#9) in his Mister Signz Pure Stock and Ronnie Wadforth (#40) in his Brighton Automotive Pro Stock. Shawn Gregory revisited Victory Lane in his #1 Canadian Modified to take his fifth win of the season and Kevin Scott (#18) took his third win in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 feature. Each of these four gentlemen are now leading their classes and heading for Division Championship honours, as long as they can continue to pick up the black and white for the remainder of the season.
The next race event is the Labour Day Classic Weekend which includes the Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints and regular class Complete Race Program on Saturday September 2nd. Sunday the 3rd will include the Kid’s Club Tailgate Party from 1 to 4pm and then a return of the Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints combined with Mini and Street Stock Invitationals and a Canadian Modified/IMCA Invitational. Saturday’s Green Flag flies at 7pm and Sunday it will drop at 6pm. Free Camping is available all weekend. For more information or to purchase advance tickets to avoid delays with admission contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
August 24th, 2006
As part of the annual CARQUEST 358 Dirt Modified Applefest Shootout presented by ImageFactor.ca this special showdown race will be comprised of the top drivers in the Lucas Oil Canadian Series and the Lucas Oil 358 Shootout Series. The Lucas Oil Clash for Cash is a meeting of the two series on a neutral site that will see 10 drivers in a 15 lap Clash for $5000.00.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Series which saw races at; Autodrome Granby, Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Edelweiss of Quebec as well as Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Speedway in Eastern Ontario wrapped up on July 29th with David Hebert, Kayle Robidoux and Yan Bussire all securing spots in the Clash.
The Lucas Oil 358 Shootout Series was contested at Western New York tracks Ransomville Speedway and Genesee Speedway as well as the Southwestern Ontario facilities of Merrittville Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and Ohsweken Speedway. The finale on August 11th at Ohsweken is where Scott Wood, Rick Richner and Pete Bicknell locked up their top three point standing positions and did their part in ensuring they will go home with a bigger pay check just by showing up at Brighton on Saturday September 23rd.
The remaining four positions will be made up from the 40 lap main event qualifying heat winners. If one of these six drivers is not able to attend then the next driver in their respective point standings in attendance will fill the position.
“It is great that Lucas Oil has stepped up to ensure that some of the best 358 drivers in Quebec, Ontario and upstate New York will be at Brighton Speedway” said promoter Mark Rinaldi. “Sponsors such as CARQUEST, ImageFactor.ca, Lucas Oil, DirtTrackDigest.com and MIX 97 are what make this event happen and we couldn’t do it with out them” continued Rinaldi.
The CARQUEST 358 Dirt Modified Applefest Shootout presented by ImageFactor.ca and the Lucas Oil “Clash for Cash” will be run on Saturday September 23rd at 7:00pm. A rain date has been added to the schedule and is set for the following day, Sunday September 24th at 4:00pm.
For more information and a chance to win free tickets to the CARQUEST 358 Dirt Modified Applefest Shootout presented by ImageFactor.ca and the Lucas Oil “Clash for Cash” visit the official event web page at http://www.imagefactor.ca/applefestshootout or http://www.brightonspeedway.com.
August 22nd, 2006
The Herrington Brother’s Farms complete race program on Saturday August 19th has set the pace for the remaining events. With a tie for first in the Mister Signz Pure Stock Division both Greg Peake (#9)of Brighton and Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton knew they had to take control if they wanted to get ahead. Neither was expecting that Doug Snarr (#5) of Brighton would take command of the race from the beginning and be the driver to beat. With less than five laps left in the race Peake caught up with Snarr and the #8 of Gary Vandertoorn from Brighton was right beside him. The three battled it out and it was Peake who took the checkered flag, by less than half a car length under the starter’s stand. Hennessy finished in fifth position. Peake leads the Division by 45 points.
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division has been the class to watch if you are a fan of driver development. With a number of rookies and second year drivers on the track no one knows what to expect when the 4 cylinders line up on the clay oval. Most fans are coming to expect that somewhere in the final five will be Terry Loxley (#8) of Trenton. Without a Feature Win in his trophy case Loxley took his qualifier win and finished second in the feature behind Len Squires (#5) of Brighton. The accumulated points put him first place in the division, a mere 50 points ahead of a tie for second place. Squires, who started late in the season and claimed the July Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Month, sits in 8th position.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Class has the top 4 drivers separated by 145 points following the Ron Herrington Salute to the Legends of Brighton Speedway on this night. The race ended just as a short rain delay occurred, but Doug O’Blenis (#32) of Shannonville, met the legend he was representing, former #22 Ladies Class Driver Shelley Gregory, for his first Feature Win of the Season. Doug now holds the fourth position, and Shelley’s grandson Shawn Gregory (#1) of Trenton, who finished second behind them, is holding title to first in the division by a mere 10 points.
The one class that the leader has a strong hold on is the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Division. The 2005 Champion, Ronnie Wadforth (#40)of Trenton, is sitting in first place by 385 points after taking his 10th trip to Victory Lane this season, in the third race of the Milbro Automotive Triple Crown Series. Once again he drove from the back of the line up to set the pace for the pack that is beginning to recognize the rear of his vehicle. Race fans are certain he took a lesson from Caley Weese (#77) of Trenton, who took her first qualifying win of the season. She too started at the back and made her way to the front and reminded everyone that she too is a past Champion (Bill’s Johns Comp 4 2004) and knows how to maneuver the oval.
The next race event is the Betty Bread Complete Race Program including the Mid State Vintage Stock Cars. Following the racing schedule fans are being invited to walk 5 laps of the track with their favourite drivers in exchange for a donation to the Chase For the Cure, a fundraiser for the Cancer Society that the Brighton Speedway Park drivers are hoping to raise $6,500 for. The green flag flies at 7pm. For more information, contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
August 1st, 2006
The program will include the 30 lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock double points event postponed from July 1st, the 40 lap RONA Canadian Modified Triple Crown Finale and the Hotch’s Auto Parts 20 lap Comp 4 Triple Crown Finale. Add to the list Fan Appreciation and the always popular Spectator One on One Racing and the night will be jam packed with something for everybody.
The kids will have their chance to play too as the Kids Club Canadian Tire Box Car Race Qualifiers will run at 6:00pm in the courtyard. There will also be the balloon toss for added fun.
For more information, and a complete race schedule visit www.brightonspeedway.com or contact 613.475.1102.
July 31st, 2006
The much anticipated Hotch’s Auto Parts Comp 4 Triple Crown Finale and 30 lap Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt race had to be postponed and a date for rescheduling is being considered by track management and staff.
Pedal to the metal, gear grinding and dirt flying dirt track racing action will continue on August 5th as Matthew Automotive presents the complete race program. Join the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, The Mister Signz Pure Stocks and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 classes as they heat up the 1/3 mile clay oval. Green Flag flies at 7pm. For more information, and a complete race schedule visit www.brightonspeedway.com or contact 613.475.1102.
July 25th, 2006
On Saturday July 22, after a 45 minute rain delay, the Deerhaven Complete Race Program kicked off with the 48 lap double feature/RONA Triple Crown Race that was delayed from July 1st. Gregory started in the pole position and never looked back. He stayed in front of the pack, and managed to keep the #24 of Rob Flindall from Peterborough behind during restarts. It was a sweet win after taking his first win of the season the week before. The regularly scheduled Bainer’s Race was a different story. Starting in 10th position Gregory started early with working his way s up from the middle. Even though drivers claimed there was only one line to drive on the tacky surface, Gregory drove in, out and around his fellow competitors and a few collisions. Left with only the #24 of Flindall in front of him, Shawn went high on the outside and low on the inside to sneak in and take the 25 lap feature. Flindall stopped and shook Gregory’s hand in the Winner’s Circle, knowing that they both had run a good race.
The last feature of the night it was almost as if Gregory had taken notes as everyone watched two repeat feature winners start from the fifth row back and find those same other lines to bring them success. Gary Vandertoorn (#8) of Brighton claimed his fourth checker in the Mister Signz Pure Stock and Ronnie “the Rocket” Wadforth (#40) in the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks drove into Victory Lane for the seventh time this season.
Another repeat winner was Jordy Pratt (#14) of Brighton who took his second feature in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4. Although he started on the pole he stayed steady and fought off the adversity that abounded within the ranks of this feature. Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton was issued a black flag and disqualified from the race for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The next race event is the Northumberland/Quinte West/Belleville Tire Complete Race Program including the Hotch’s Autoparts Comp 4 Triple Crown race three and the postponed 30 Lap Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt Feature from July 1st. Starting at 7pm the 1/3 mile clay oval will entertain fans with competitive racing. For more information, contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
July 18th, 2006
Two other drivers experienced double wins, including Ronnie Wadforth (#40), of Trenton, in the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock and Shawn Gregory (#1), also of Trenton, in the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds. Both veteran drivers claimed their respective qualifier, then doubled up to take their regularly scheduled feature.
The Mister Signz Pure Stocks, on the other hand, had two different winners represent in the Winner’s Circle on this two race feature night. A long awaited rescheduled feature was claimed by Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton, while Greg Peake (#9) of Brighton, took the regularly scheduled black and white banner. A third win for each, both drivers were taken to the shop for post race inspections. Both cars, and their drivers came out with standings and points intact.
The next race event is the Deerhaven Complete Race Program including the postponed 48 lap Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified race from July 1st. Fans who attended the rained out July 1st event will save $2.00 at the gate with their ticket stub. Starting at 7pm the 1/3 mile clay oval will entertain fans with competitive racing, and intermission will include a fan Appreciation event. For more information, contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
July 11th, 2006
During qualifying heats one first time winner was Jay O’Hara in the #83 Brighton Automotive ProStock. His division colleague Hector Asmar (#15) also took his first qualifying checker. Michael McKee, known by fans as “Hot Shoe Jr.”, in the #22 Mister Signz Pure Stock, was the qualifying win to enjoy. His first win had dad Lawrence, known as “Hot Shoe Sr”, along with many fans, wiping their eyes with joy as this driver from Maynooth took a much deserved Victory Lap.
The tacky and fast track surface worked well for Tim Phillips (#21) as 24 Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) made the tow to the 1/3 mile clay oval for round six of their 2006 season. Phillips found his way back to Victory Lane for his first win this season, and his second career win. Rick Wilson “the Joyceville Jet” finished second while Joe Middlemiss captured his second third place finish in a row. Dick Mahoney in the #79 was the first Sprint Car this season to complete an end over end flip at Brighton Speedway Park.
The Mister Signz Pure Stock feature was filled with exciting racing action as the lead was exchanged and spinouts were witnessed by fans. Taking his first Feature was Chris Turner #10 of Trenton, who kept the #8 of Gary Vandertoorn from Brighton behind him. A feat worthy of recognition as the now veteran Vandertoorn has taken 3 wins this season.
It was a big win for Ronnie Wadforth, in the #40 Brighton Automotive ProStock, as he made a revisit to Victory Lane and took his fifth win of the season. Also taking his fifth win was Justin Ramsay (#03) in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Feature. Both are vying for their respective Division Championship Title as the season leads into the second half. The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified win went to Terry Hunt in the #20, who claimed just his second win in 2006.
The next race event is the Behan Construction Complete Race Program including the MILBRO Automotive 30 lap Brighton Automotive ProStock Triple Crown Race and the postponed Mister Signz Pure Stock Race from May 27th. Starting at 7pm the 1/3 mile clay oval will entertain fans with competitive racing. For more information, contact Brighton Speedway at (613)475-1102 or visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
July 7th, 2006
The SOS returns this Saturday night as Glenn Styres carries a slim 11 point lead into race six of the 2006 season. Styres was the winner of the Southern Ontario Sprints season opener at Brighton back on May 6th. Green Flag Flies at 7pm.
SOS Top Ten Standings After Race 5 of 15
1. Glenn Styres 756
2. Bob Crawford -11
3. Warren Mahoney -22
4. Kevin Job ® -115
5. Ken Swan -132
6. Joe Middlemiss ® -135
7. Garry Evans -144
8. John Riegling -153
9. Brad Malloy ® -156
10. Adam West -181
For more information on the Southern Ontario Sprints visit http://www.southernontariosprints.com
Also this weekend Kawartha Speedway presents Round 1 of the Dirt / Asphalt Challenge.
Kawartha Speedway will host the first round of the Dirt/Asphalt challenge between Brighton Speedway and Kawartha SPeedway this Friday night July 7.
This Invitational is for all area Mini Stock drivers from both the asphalt and dirt tracks. The Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock Extravaganza is a 50 lap event that pays $250 to win and $30 to start. It boasts a total purse of over $2000.00.
Round 2 of the Dirt/Asphalt challenge will take place at Brighton Speedway on Sunday September 3. The second round will feature a 30 lap event with a purse of over $2000.00.
Both of these events are a “do not miss”, as the grass root division of motorpsorts square off for extra distance events to determine who is indeed the Mini Stock King of Southern Ontario.
Kawartha Speedway will open the pits at 3:00 pm Friday. Practice and Front gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the best “Battles of the Tracks”: the 50 lap “Mini Stock Extravaganza”.
July 3rd, 2006
Gary Vandertoorn (Brighton) in the #8 and Greg Peake (Brighton) in the #9 drove hard from the front to stay there until the last lap. As they passed the flag stand the winner was Peake, by less than ½ a car length. This trip to Victory Lane was well deserved after taking his qualifier and posting the fastest lap in the division during time trials earlier in the evening.
The remaining features, including the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock, Bill’s Johns Comp 4, and Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified will be rescheduled at a later date, as will the fireworks display from Mystical Distributing. Although the Brighton Speedway Park Cancellation Policy states that if all qualifying heats for points have been run it is considered a full evening, Speedway Management made sure that all those in attendance were advised to hang on to their ticket stubs. A $2.00 discount will apply on July 15th for anyone who redeems theirs at the gate.
The next race event is the Maestro’s Painting Contractors Complete Race Program including the Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints. Gates open at 5:30pm. Green Flag Flies at 7:00pm. For more information about this and other upcoming race events please visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com or telephone 613.475.1102.
June 30th, 2006
KID’s CLUB Members – Get your Picture with your Favourite Driver – photo ops start at 4pm so get there early.
Driver of the Week – Gary Vandertoorn #8 Mister Signz Pure Stocks
Driver of the Month Andrew Hennessy #02 – Mister Signz Pure Stocks
Green Flag Flies at 7pm
Fireworks display provided by Mystical Distributing
June 26th, 2006
Arriving at the track, unaware of what the challenge would be were, Municipality of Port Hope Mayor Rick Austin, with his sister Nancy Walsh, Town of Cobourg Mayor with his assistant Petra Kennedy, Cramahe Township Mayor Lee Dekeyser with Troy Brown, Hamilton Township Mayor Forrest Rowden with Deputy Mayor Mark Lovshin, Alnwick/Haldimand Councillors Dalton McDonald and Ray Benns, Brighton Mayor Christine Herrington with Councillor Chuck Ward, Brighton Speedway Park Team MPP Lou Rinaldi with Karen Hardy and 2004 & 2005 Champions Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan with his son Peter.
As the Star Wars theme echoed through the grandstands the teams were racing to see which team was the fastest at changing a tire on one of four Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds. All eight teams ran the electric air impact guns like professional mechanics, and coming out to face off for the final heat were team Hamilton Township, Team Cramahe, Team Brighton Speedway Park and Team Alnwick Haldimand. As the crowd cheered and the guns were blazing the checkered flag was raised by Mayor Lee Dekeyser and his partner Troy Brown, who were also the highest fund raisers.
Running on the positive energy of this fantastic event, the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds hit the track hoping they wouldn’t need to change their own tires until after the black and white was waved. Unfortunately following a major pile-up on turn four just after the green flag dropped on a restart a number of cars got twisted up on turn four and put a few out for the night. Escaping the race car carnage was the #25 car of Greg Belyea from Frankford, who wasn’t as lucky the week prior. After 70 hours of man power went in to rebuilding his car in seven days, Belyea was pleased to wave his first black and white banner of the season.
Sharing the first time winner spotlight this week was the #14 of Jordy Pratt from Brighton in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 Division. Pratt took the win away from Kevin Gregory (#12) of Trenton with only 2 laps to go, after Gregory lead the race from the start.
Similar to the fate of his brother, Brandon Gregory, in the #01 Brighton Automotive Pro Stock, lost his commanding lead in the feature with only 1 lap to go. Current points leader Ronnie Wadforth of Trenton (#40) drove through the pack to catch Brandon and then waited for the opportunity to get by him. Brandon went to high on turn four and the “Rocket” took the chance to get under him to take the final lap and his fourth trip to Victory Lane.
Also visiting Victory Lane again was Gary Vandertoorn (#8) in his Mister Signz Pure Stock qualifier and feature race. With his third official win logged into the points track management took him for a visit to the garage for an extensive post race technical inspection. Tech Inspector Steve Peake deemed the car legal, and Gary has been named the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week because of his double win.
Rounding out the program was the singing of O Canada by driver Elaine Burke (#12- Pro Stocks) as part of Brighton Speedway Park’s Salute to Canadian Forces. Fast and furious was the 10 lap Trophy Dash by the Sunoco/Tribospec Ontario Legends Series. Veteran driver Andy Warbutton was presented with the prize for winning the race in a car he borrowed for the night.
The Green Mamba Jet Car borrowed a Chrysler Lebaron from Hotch’s Auto Parts and proceeded to end the night with a show of fire and noise. Doug Rose, using 7,000 pounds of thrust and a deafening roar, proceeded to ignite and burn out the Lebaron in less than 5 minutes.
The next race event is the Brighton Automotive Canada Day Championship Program. Regular classes at Brighton Speedway Park will be conducting time trials starting at 4pm, with Double Points racing beginning at 7pm. A fireworks display provided by Mystical Distributing will light up the air as we all celebrate this Canada Day.. For more information about these events, or for a complete schedule, visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com or call 613.475.1102.
June 23rd, 2006
Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks
Bill’s Johns Comp 4
Mister Signz Pure Stocks
as well as – THE GREEN MAMBA JET CAR, the Sunoco/Tribospec Ontario Legends Series 10 Lap Trophy Dash & the Mayor’s Hospice Cup.
A great show for everyone and complimentary for our local service men and women!(with ID)
June 22nd, 2006
Sometimes running three wide in the turns, these drivers were aggressive and showed no fear as they vied for the coveted championship cup. As the dust settled Chris Basset of Brighton in the #99 “the Magic Bus” was deemed the victor, and Parkhurst Motors brought in their big tow truck to put the Maestro’s bus back on it’s wheels, while the filled grandstands cheered in amazement.
The humidity that hung in the air was matched with the plenty of heat on the track as the Campbellford Chrysler complete race program provided the fans with non stop racing action.
Feeling the heat as the front runner from the start was Zeke McKeown (#19), of Belleveille, in the Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Feature. His first ever win in this division was well earned as he kept Jeff Sallans (#72) and Ronnie Wadforth (#40) behind him despite repeated attempts by these well known and very skilled drivers.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified feature saw Chris Taylor (#02) of Picton lose a tire just as the pack was taking turn 4. His fellow competitors did what they could to avoid any damage, but the #25 of Greg Belyea ended up underneath the K5 of Scott Reid, and the #34 of Rick Sharpe got tangled with the two of them. Terry Hunt in the #20 car was caught up in the wreckage, as were Pat Monsigneur (#07) and Pete Lessard (#18). After the track was cleared and the race shortened by 5 laps, the win went to Greg Hale (#28), who was constantly threatened by Doug O’Blenis in the #32.
Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton won his qualifier and then took his second feature in as many nights of feature racing. Chris Turner (#10) started in second place and led the majority of the race. He was holding his own and headed for his first ever feature win, when in the final lap, Hennessy took the outside line and got past Turner, who got hung up on the inside of the track and spun out. Andrew took the checker on the eve of his twentieth birthday and was serenaded by the fans from the grandstands. Also visiting Victory Lane, in another repeat performance, was Justin Ramsay(#03) in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 Feature.
The next race event is the Hutchinson Fuels Complete Race Program including the Sunoco/Tribospec Ontario Legends Series 10 lap Trophy Dash, the Green Mamba Jet Car and the Mayor’s Hospice Cup. It is also Brighton Speedway Park’s salute to the Canadian Forces, which means that all CFB Trenton Personnel will be admitted free, with proper ID. The Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information about these events, or for a complete schedule, visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com or call 613.475.1102.
June 12th, 2006
The Bay of Quinte Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) display and Fundraiser for the Ride for Sight welcomed race fans and the unusually cool temperatures, and slick track conditions didn’t slow the action as the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Mister Signz Pure Stocks, provided the fans with non-stop racing action during the Dekeyser Excavating complete race program.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified feature saw Terry Hunt (#20) from Carrying Place end a long time battle for a first place finish and visit Victory Lane. Although he started in the pole position he maintained speed and control and stayed ahead of the pace of the pack of 19 cars that seemed to be driving a little more carefully, after excessive damage in past weeks, and cautiously, because of track conditions. Also starting in pole and finishing first was Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 Feature. After rookies Leslie Turcotte (#2) and Terry Hough (#46) avoided a serious collision on the back stretch, and Kevin Scott (#18) drove into the creek, Justin celebrated his fourth feature win of the season, leaving him points leader and one step closer to the Division Championshiphe fell one spot short of in 2005.
Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton, drove from 14th position straight into first to claim the black and white in the Mister Signz Pure Stock feature race. His ability to find a line in the corners and maneuver his orange Chevy between his competitors, showed the fans in attendance why he was 2005 Class Champion. Definitely a highlight for the Mister Signz Pro Stocks was an excellent fifth place finish for Bob Beatty (#55) of Roseneath. This followed his first ever checkered flag at Brighton Speedway Park during a qualifying heat.
The Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Class saw two strong forces in both the Duel on the Dirt Series with Merritville Speedway and the Milbro Automotive Triple Crown Series, provide nothing for the team or themselves towards points accumulation. Current points leader, Ronnie Wadforth (#40) was issued a black flag due to unsportsmanlike conduct during Hot Laps, and Jeff Sallans (#72) was eliminated following post race technical inspection. Hoping to take the win and earn these important points was Driver of the Week Brandon Gregory (#01) from Trenton. He was on his way to doing just that, threatened by Sallans and past Champion Grant Fitpatrick (#8) of Trenton, when the pack of cars he was working at lapping got hooked up and caused him to spin. This left the lane open for Fitzpatrick who made his move following the caution and took his first win of the 2006 season.
The next race event is the Campbellford Chrysler Complete Race Program plus the rescheduled Workman Auto Repair $ Montgomery Bus Transit School Bus Races on June 17th, 2006. Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. On Sunday June 18, 2006 the Father’s Day Endurance Race is scheduled to begin at 2pm. Pit gates open at 9am. To pre-register for this event, or for more information visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
June 7th, 2006
Being added to the Campbellford Chrysler Complete Race Program this show of massive machines being driven hard and fast around the 1/3 mile clay oval was postponed due to rain on June 4th. The competition for the coveted gold cup, and bragging rights that will last until they return for more on September 9th,is sure to be entertaining and exciting, and an appropriate send off to the school year for our younger fans.
The Lawns We Do Lawn Mower Racing originally scheduled for the 17th is being postponed until a later date. Brighton Speedway Park Management is working with the Lawn Mower Racing Association to confirm a date that works best for both of them. They are dedicated to keeping the high speed “choppers” in the line-up of racing entertainment, but as of press time there has been no date commitment.
For more information about the scheduled events at Brighton Speedway Park visit www.brightonspeedway.com or call 613.475.1102. Green flag flies at 7pm every Saturday Night from April until October.
May 29th, 2006
Including all rained out activities from May 20th, the program included the General Mills Race to Read Program celebrations, Spectator one on one racing, double Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Feature Races and Fan Appreciation. Add to all of that the first race in the Lawn’s We Do Mister Signz Pure Stock Triple Crown Series, and the regular race line-up and there was something for everyone to enjoy at the races.
Starting the program off was Kevin Courneyea of General Mills Inc., who presented Ms. Burr’s third grade class from Prince Charles Public School in Trenton with the championship trophy for the literacy based General Mills Race to Read Program. Along with the coveted trophy, a pizza party with Brighton Speedway Park drivers was the reward for reading an average of 200 minutes each over the two week time period.
The rained out Bill’s John’s Comp 4 feature from May 13th, kick started the race program for all of the fans in attendance, and saw Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton work his way from the back of the pack to take his second checkered flag.
Following the qualifying heats, and an intermission filled with drivers appreciating the fan support of grassroots motor sport racing, eight brave individuals put their own vehicles to the test in the Spectator One on One Racing event. Included in the line up were a minivan, a couple of pick ups and two almost compact cars. Well known by many at Brighton Speedway Park, former drivers Brett Minaker, in his truck, and Jeff Mutton, in his Cavalier, faced off in the final one lap race around the clay oval. With one close call, and no exchange of paint, neither would let up and the winner of the $100.00 purse was Mutton.
For the first time this season Victory Lane was not visited by Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 2005 Division Champion Ronnie Wadforth (#40). Despite many attempts to take the lead in the final 5 laps of the feature race, “the Rocket’s” Camaro could not get passed the 01 of Brandon Gregory from Trenton. Similar to the aggressive driving style of his Grandfather, Brighton Speedway Park legend Earl Gregory, Brandon drove the corners hard and would not let up on his Monte Carlo. Having the car and driver work together for success was extra sweet as he received the $50.00 bonus levied by Rob Vine of Carquest, for being the first to beat Wadforth in the 2006 season.
Also not taking a feature win for the first time this season was Mister Signz Pure Stock driver Gary Vandertoorn (#8) of Brighton. When the dust settled on the first Lawns We Do Triple Crown Race of the season, Greg Peake (#9), also of Brighton, waved the black and white, with Vandertoorn pulling in a close second. Following post race inspection the #8 was disqualified from the finish, which then gave rookie Andrew Carpenter #77 of Trenton the consolation prize.
Despite two major crashes that saw the fleet reduced from 21 to 16 cars, the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified race saw a long time racing familiar face take the checker. In only his second night in the #2 car, owned by Paul and Jennifer Kyte of Quinte Paralegal Services, Phil Potts of Brighton took a qualifying win and then stayed out in front from his pole position start to take his place in the Winner’s Circle, indicating that he knows what to do to win races.
Kevin Scott (#18) of Trenton worked his way from the middle of the pack in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 feature to take his second feature of the season, leaving him standing in first place over all. Once again making a definite statement that he is not backing away from a race was the #14 car of Jordy Pratt from Brighton, who made Scott work for the finish in the last few laps of the race.
The next race event is the Workman Auto Repair and Montgomery Bus Transit School Bus Races plus complete race program. The Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
Photo: Phil Potts (#2) Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified celebrates with General Mills Race to Read participants during Fan Appreciation on May 27th at Brighton Speedway Park.
May 26th, 2006
Qualifiers for this event will comprise of the top three drivers from the Lucas Oil Canadian Series and the top three drivers from the Lucas Oil Shootout 358 series presented by DirtTrackDigest.com as well as the winner of each qualifying heat on the night of the 23rd.
This 15 lap race will pay the winner $1,500.00 with a total purse of $5,000.00 above and beyond the scheduled 40 lap event. This means that the ten drivers who qualify for the “Lucas Oil Clash for Cash” will be guaranteed to take home no less than $600.00. If one of those ten drivers can put together a win in both the 15 lap Clash and the 40 lap main event then that driver will leave the Brighton Speedway with $3,200.00 in his/her pocket.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Series is a five race series made up of two Eastern Ontario and three Quebec tracks. Now in its 4th season the Lucas Oil Canadian Series hosts events at Autodrome Granby, Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Edelweiss, Brockville Ontario Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway throughout the months of June and July.
The Lucas Oil Shootout presented by DirtTrackDigest.com is a separate five race series that takes place in Western Ontario and Western New York State. Its inaugural season will see the series hold events at Ransomville Speedway, Genesee Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and Ohsweken Speedway.
“Seeing the top drivers from these two great series compete at Brighton Speedway in the “Lucas Oil Clash for Cash” will be one of my 2006 highlights” claims Brighton Speedway Promoter Mark Rinaldi. “There has been a lot of cooperation between promoters to make all these series and events happen but Lucas Oil is a big part of making this all happen with their support of dirt racing!”
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For more info on the CARQUEST 358 DIRT Modified Shootout presented by Imagefactor.ca or the “Lucas Oil Clash for Cash” visit http://www.imagefactor.ca/applefestshootout or http://www.brightonspeedway.com
May 22nd, 2006
For $25.00 a car load, fans can bear witness to pedal to the metal, gear grinding and dirt flying dirt track racing action. Enjoy a $6.00 Steak on a Bun while cheering for race enthusiasts who put their own street vehicles up against others as they race around the oval.
It will be a tremendous show for the General Mills Race to Read participants who will be celebrating the wrap-up of the literacy program developed by Brighton Speedway Park Management.
The Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
May 19th, 2006
Celebrate with One On One Spectator Racing…. That’s right.. Race enthusiasts and Fans can put their vehicle up against others in a race around the 1/3 mile clay oval. REMEMBER – no racing Mommy or Daddy’s (or the ex’s) vehicle though. All those who want to race must register at the grand stand gate. Each vehicle that’s going to be raced needs to provide proof of ownership by the driver, as well as insurance for that same drive rand vehicle. Proper identification is also expected.
Celebrate with an Extra Comp 4 race.. the rained our feature from Sat May 13th will be run at the beginning of the program.
What a way to kick off the long weekend season and get into racing on dirt….. as it should be!
May 15th, 2006
Although staff and management worked quickly to get the show started on time and move through the qualifiers, Mother Nature reared her ugly head and ended the show half way through the feature races.
Once again Victory Lane was visited by Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 2005 Division Champion Ronnie Wadforth (#40) from Belleville. Following his third win in as many races Track Management took his Camaro to the garage for a thorough post-race inspection. When the garage door opened Tech Inspector, Steve Peake, announced that, “The finish is Official”, indicating to those awaiting the results that Ronnie truly is “the Rocket” and drives like the champion he is because he has the ability to do so, and the automotive smarts to build a machine that works for him.
The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Double Feature race saw a first timer take the checker. Charlie Sandercock, (#57) from Trenton, is driving for his second year in this class. Prior to last season he raced in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Division. In four complete years of racing on the 1/3 mile clay oval he has never waved the black and white banner as the feature race winner. After winning his qualifier, he earned the outside pole to start the race. He obviously found his line and drove it through cautions, and a slight delay due to rain. He held off Scott Reid (#K5) of Brighton and Terry Hunt (#20) of Carrying Place each time the green flag was dropped. This forty lap feature, the first in the Triple Crown Series, seemed to belong to Sandercock right from the beginning, and he is positive there will be others like it this season.
The two rained out features will be rescheduled at a later date. The next race event is the Leadbetter’s Cowboy Burgers complete race program plus Spectator One-on-One Racing scheduled for May 20th. Fans and Race enthusiasts can put their own street vehicles up against others as they race around the oval. It will be a great show for the General Mills Race to Read participants who will be celebrating the wrap-up of the literacy program developed by Brighton Speedway Park Management. The Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
Photo: Ronnie “the Rocket” Wadforth (#40) of Belleville accepts his win from Bob Jacklyn, Corrine McQuaid and Bryan Bruneau from Trenton Travel Plaza.
May 11th, 2006
May 20th at 5:30pm – Grandstand side
Steak on a Bun and Baked Potato for only $8.00
Tickets available ONLY IN ADVANCE at the Souvenir Booth and Leadbetters Cowboy Grill at the Speedway…. so bring your extra $$$ THIS WEEK TO SADDLE UP TO THE TROUGH NEXT WEEKEND!
Make an event of it and wear your favourite Cowboy Hat, Boots and Chaps if you like. Spot prizes will be awarded for the best Cowboy Gear!
May 8th, 2006
The regular weekly racing program, including the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Mister Signz Pure Stocks, was competitive, exciting and provided the fans with non-stop racing action during the Quinte Broadcasting (Lite 107, CJBQ and the Mix 99.9) race program.
Returning to Victory Lane for the second in as many races were Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 2005 Division Champion Ronnie “the Rocket” Wadforth (#40) from Belleville and Mister Signz Pure Stock driver Gary Vandertoorn (#8) of Brighton. The Pure Stock race ended with third and fourth place final finishers Greg Peake (#9) of Brighton, and Craig Andrews (#2) of Trenton, getting hooked up on each other and towed off the track. After post race inspection Adam Switzer (#46) of Napanee was disqualified from the Pure Stock results. The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 Feature was a photo finish for second and third place. Following behind leader and first time winner Kevin Scott (#18) were Jordy Pratt (#14) and Terry Hough (#46) both of Brighton. Hough, who was finishing his first race ever, managed to stay ahead of his friend by barely a bumper and take the points for second place.
All of the finishes, as always, have their story to tell, but none like that of the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Feature race. Brandon Mowat (#46) of Wooler returned to the track ready to race after substantial damage to his car in the Season Opener. He was fast and handling the “not so grippy” track surface like the skilled driver that he is, when with 3 laps to go he experienced mechanical problems and had to leave the race. This left Scott Reid (#K5) of Brighton in the lead position on the restart. Everyone held their breath as Reid kept Chris Taylor (#02) of Picton and Greg Belyea (#25) of Frankford in his rear view mirror to take his first ever win in this class. Following the race Reid took a moment on the infield to cherish his inaugural visit to Victory Lane, one day shy of the one year anniversary of losing his father, racing legend Danny Reid (#K5). A true sportsman and racer, Scott collected himself, pulled up to the flag stand, addressed the crowd, waved his black and white and drove off to start preparing for next week’s race. Everyone knows that the K5 will be back to tell more finishing stories.
The next race event is the Trenton Travel Plaza – Wendy’s/Tim Horton’s/Mr. Sub Complete Race Program on May 13, 2006. Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
Photo: Glenn Styres (#0) “The Oshweken Flyer” won both the Dash for Cash and the Season Opening Feature as part of the Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints program at Brighton Speedway Park on May 6th, 2006.
May 5th, 2006
Race time at the Brighton Speedway is now 7:00pm. The pit gate will be open at 2:00pm.
2005 Brighton Winners:
Sept 4 Glenn Styres
Sept 3 Rick Wilson
July 30 Rick Wilson
July 9 Glenn Styres
June 11 Kyle Wilson
May 7 Adam West
2005 Final Standings:
1. Adam West 2329
2. Glenn Styres -80
3. Dick Mahoney -305
4. Bob Crawford -354
5. Warren Mahoney -360
6. Jim Porter -389
7. Craig Downie -537
8. John Watson -558
9. Gary Evans -680
10. Daryl Turford -701
For complete information visit http://www.southernontariosprints.com or
May 1st, 2006
With the grandstands full of anticipation for the wave of the 2006 inaugural green flag, close to 60 cars and their drivers did the final once over in their pits and hit the track to begin contention for the coveted season championship.
The regular weekly racing program, including the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Mister Signz Pure Stocks, kicked into gear with non-stop racing during the qualifiers. As expected there were a few mechanical difficulties, some bumping and grinding, and a lot of pedal to the medal racing action as the drivers qualified for starting positions in the features.
Following the first half of the program, the drivers brought their cars to the front straight to start their season off with a meet and greet on the track during intermission. Everyone in attendance was invited to get autographs, take pictures and shake hands with the drivers they support. All of the fans indulged in the treats and giveaways provided by the drivers to celebrate the new season and send the message that the fans are an integral part or the racing family, and a big part of the reason they strive to take the checker every Saturday night from April until October.
This night was a waving of the black and white banner for familiar faces. Waving the coveted flag for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks was 2005 Division Champion Ronnie Wadforth (#40) from Belleville. Known at the track as “the Rocket”, he started on the pole and launched himself into the lead from go. Greg Hale (#28) of Napanee, the newest member of the Stick Racing Team, followed Ronnie’s example in the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified Feature. After a bit of paint exchanging and getting readjusted to the oval at Brighton Speedway, this returning track veteran maintained his starting position and drove straight to the black and white, ahead of the astounding 19 other drivers. Also familiar to fans is the 03 of Justin Ramsay from Trenton, who took the first feature checker in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 Division. After working his way into the lead he stayed there and made a commanding statement to his fellow competitors that he will not settle for second place overall as he did in 2005.
The Mister Signz Pure Stock Division feature race was exciting to watch as the lead was threatened repeatedly by this skilled set of drivers. Gary Vandertoorn (#8) of Brighton, who took the Super Feature win at the end of 2005, kept the others in his rear view mirror as he drove his car hard and fast into Victory Lane. Steve Graham, representing Coca-Cola, met Gary on the track as he extinguished the flames under his hood on the front straight and said, “Thank you for defining the “Full Throttle” in the Full Throttle Coca-Cola Season Opener!!”
The next race event is a visit from the Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints, presented by Quinte Broadcasting on May 6, 2006. Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.
Photo: Lou Rinaldi of Brighton Speedway, along with announcer Huck Flindall, congratulates and thanks fans for the truckload of more than 1200 pounds of food donated as part of their admission to the Full Throttle Coca-Cola Season opener on April 29th.
April 27th, 2006
The lucky winner, and three of their closest friends, will be treated to the Leon’s “Best Seats in The House”, a climate controlled unit of the new and improved 4th turn hospitality suites at Brighton Speedway Park. This fully equipped booth comes with two recliners, two stools and a big screen satellite television, so the avid sports fan will not miss anything. Add in munchies and non-alcoholic beverages, and indeed the winner will be enjoying the fast and furious stock cars as they cruise the 1/3 mile clay oval.
The winning will not end with a night out in comfort. Every weekly winner qualifies for a draw at the end of the season. If their name is pulled they receive all of the Leon’s “Best Seats in the House”, presented by Mix 97, suite furnishings. All of the comfort they enjoyed in that one night will be there’s to take home.
Starting Thursday April 27th, be sure to tune in to Shawn and Ingrid at the Mix 97 for your chance to win the Leon’s “Best Seats in the House”. From this amazing view you will witness the truth in the statement that “dirt is for racing and pavement is for getting you there.”
The first green flag of the season flies April 29th at 7:00pm. Admission to the Coca-Cola Full Throttle Season Opener is just $2.00 with a donation of non-perishable food items. For more information about this and other exciting race activities visit the website at www.brightonspeedway.com.
April 26th, 2006
Admission for this event is only $2.00 with a donation of non-perishable items for the local food bank. Get a jump on the season by being there in time to watch the green flag fly at 7:00pm.
The regular weekly racing program, including the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Mister Signz Pure Stocks, is sure to keep the Coca-Cola Kids Club members and their families on the edge of their seats. Registration for the Coca-Cola kids club starts at 5:30pm, and the first 100 kids get their package free for the season.
Following this evening of fun and adventure for the family, the next race event is a visit from the Southern Ontario Sprints on May 6, 2006. For more information, or to view the full season’s schedule visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.