BRIGHTON, Ont. (September 5, 2021) – Jacob Dykstra completed a weekend sweep of the Labour Day Classic at Brighton Speedway with his fourth consecutive Pinty’s Action Sprint Tour win on Sunday night.
A change of venue did nothing to slow Jacob Dykstra down on Saturday night. Dykstra took the lead late in the first Action Sprint Tour event at Brighton Speedway in more than two years, and went on to take yet another A-Main win.
Luke Stewart and Nick Sheridan were the front row starters for the 25 lap A-Main, and Stewart led the first 19 laps while Sheridan and Dykstra traded the second position back and forth. Dykstra got past Stewart on lap 20 and went on to claim his sixth AST win in seven attempts this season. Stewart settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Sheridan, Eric Gledhill, and Jesse Costa.
Allan Downey, Terry Baker, Darren Dryden, Joshua Hill, and Austin Roes took top ten finishes. Sheridan, Costa, Gledhill, and Dykstra took heat race wins, while Brett Stratford won the B-Main. Lucas Smith flipped hard in the B-Main after contacting an infield tire marker. Smith was uninjured, and planned to fix his car for Sunday night.
Austin Roes and Jesse Costa were on the front row for the 25 lap A-Main, and Costa took the lead and set off in search of his first win of the season. Costa’s season of misfortune continued, however, as he tangled with teammate Larry Gledhill and flipped hard on lap 12. The dejected Costa climbed gingerly from his damaged machine and eventually left the track for further evaluation. Dykstra inherited the lead, as he had taken the second position from Austin Roes a few laps prior.
Dykstra eventually encountered traffic after the green flag reappeared, and row four starter Allan Downey tried to run Dykstra down. Downey wasn’t able to get through traffic well enough to catch Dykstra though, and the win went to Dykstra by 2.587 seconds over Downey. Roes claimed the final podium position, followed by Nick Sheridan, Dale Curran, Brett Stratford, Eric Gledhill, Dereck Lemyre, Darren Dryden, and Joshua Hill.
Heat race wins went to Curran, Adrian Stahle, Dykstra, and Sheridan, while Darrell Pelletier won the B-Main. Dave McKnight took a hard hit after getting off track in the B-Main, but escaped without injury.
The Action Sprint Tour will next be in competition on Friday, September 10 at Humberstone Speedway, and Saturday, September 11 at Southern Ontario Motor Speedway. Visit www.actionsprinttour.com for more information.
About the Action Sprint Tour fueled by Pinty’s: Founded in 2018, the Action Sprint Tour is a traveling Winged Crate Sprint Car Series based in Ontario, Canada. Action Sprint Tour cars are powered by GM 602 crate engines modified specifically to fit a Sprint Car chassis. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2022 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2021 Action Sprint Tour is made possible with the support of Pinty’s Delicious Foods. Visit www.actionsprinttour.com for more information.
Report from Tommy Goudge