BRIGHTON, Ont. (June 5, 2017)- – Brighton Speedway’s 50th Anniversary season returned to action on Saturday night as Lange & Fetter Ford and Hotch’s Auto Parts along with Workman OK Tire presented School Bus races plus a pair of ABC Taxi Triple Crown events for the OilGard Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4. The Vanderlaan Building Supply Pro Late Models and Brighton Automotive Pro Stock were also in action.
Curtis Is King Of The Canadian Modifieds
The first of round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown for the OilGard Canadian Modifieds was led to the green flag by Mike Lucas (No. 74) and Adam Whaley (No. 12). Lucas jumped to the early advantage in the 30 lap race, however his turn at the front ended quickly as Doug O’Blenis slipped by for the lead on lap 6.
At the halfway point of the race Curtis King (No. 07) closed in on O’Blenis and overtook him for the top spot. Point leader Andrew Hennessy (No. 87) worked his way through the field and managed to draw within striking distance of King in the closing laps, but was unable to make a serious challenge. King stayed smooth and steady on the inside line and cruised to the win over Hennessy. Dan Ferguson (No. 11) drove to a third place finish in his first appearance of the year.
Humphry’s Heads Back To Victory Lane
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division competed in its second round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown on Saturday. Bella Costick (No. 24) and Keith Dunk (No. 22) started on the front row of the 20 lap race, but were overtaken on the opening lap my Matthew French (No. 51). French led the opening 11 laps until Jeff Humphry (No. 17) took the top spot with 8 laps remaining. Controversy over the pass led to an altercation between the top two resulting in French’s disqualification. Humphry held on for his second win in a row while point leader Adam Flieler (No. 11) finished a close second. Tyler French (No. 0) completed the top three.
Sandercock Snags Second Straight Win
In the first three weeks of competition the Vanderlaan Building Supply Pro Late Models had three different drivers find victory lane. For the first half of the race it appeared the streak would continue as pole sitter Tyler Rand (No. 84) pulled away from second place starter Andy Mayhew (No. 1) and led the first 16 laps of the 30 lap main event. Point leader, Charlie Sandercock (No. 57), started deep in the field, but worked the outside lane to perfection and overtook leader Rand with 14 laps remaining. Sandercock was the class of the field and easily cruised to his second straight win over Rand. Kyle Sopaz (No. 12) had another solid outing finishing third.
Freeman Finds Victory Lane
The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks returned to action after a week off. Chris Dorland (No. 14) and Mike Freeman (No. 51) paced the field to the start of the 20 lap feature. Dorland led the first circuit, but was unable to keep Freeman behind him and gave up the lead one lap later. While Freeman paced the field battle for top five positions was hotly contested. A crash on lap 5 involving Doug Anderson (No. 72) and Brandon Murrell (No. 19) sent the pair of to the pits. Both would return to action, but were eliminated from contending for the win. Wade Purchase (No. 53) ran a solid race and held the runner-up position for much of the race until point leader Justin Ramsey (No. 03) slipped past in the closing laps. Freeman led the final 19 laps on the way to his first victory of the season. Ramsey padded his lead atop the standings as he crossed the finish line in second while Purchase held on to finish third.
Green Grabs Checkers
The ever popular Workman OK Tire School Busses made their first appearance of the season and saluted the packed grandstands with a four wide parade lap prior to the start of their 15 lap main event. 17 busses took the green flag and the action was non-stop from start to finish. Bob Green (No. 8) started last and maneuvered his way to the race win. The race was slowed by one red flag as a collision between Jim Loveless (No. 43) and John Kemp (No. 15) caused Kemp’s bus to roll over. Both drivers were uninjured. When the dust, tires and parts settled Green found himself in victory lane. Rick Sopaz (No. 24) finished in second while Greg Means (No. 12) drove to a third place finish. The School Busses return to action on Saturday, September 30th as part of the season ending Eve of Destruction.
Up Next – Salute to our Forces Night
Next Saturday night CANEX presents Salute to our Forces Night featuring the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Bill’s Johns Comp 4’s, Quinte Septic Stingers along with the first Duel in the Dirt qualifier for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and the Gord’s Water Vantastics. Adult admission is $10 while a family pass is just $25. Race time is 7:00pm. For more information visit www.brightonspeedway.com.
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Brighton Speedway’s 2017 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, Archer’s Poultry, B & H Carpet, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bill’s Johns, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Rock 107.9, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Gerow Propane, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, Investor’s Group, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kellogg Belleville, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lucas Oil, Maestro’s Painting Contractors, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Monster Energy, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Orange Motorsports, Owasco RV, Part Source, Pinty’s, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, Rock 107, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Sills Argo, Stix & Stones, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, The Community Press, Town and Country Liquidation, TURRIS Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Weaver Funeral Home, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products. VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.
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 Late Model division competes under RUSH Late Model Series sanctioning.
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