Mitch Brown is joined by father Doug Brown in victory lane at Brighton Speedway Mitch Brown is joined by father Doug Brown in victory lane at Brighton Speedway Dale Calnan/ ImageFactor Media

Mitch Brown Wins SOS Season Opener At Brighton Speedway

Written by  Greg Calnan on Monday, 23 May 2016 07:33

@SOSsprints • @BrightonSpdwy • @brownie1026 • (May 21, 2016) – Brighton, Ontario – For the third straight year Mitch Brown started the Southern Ontario Sprints season in victory lane.

He led from green to checkers to capture the win over Dain Naida and Rick Wilson at Brighton Speedway.

Brown and Wilson led the 18 car field to the green flag in race one of the 2016 SOS tour. The defending champion jumped to the early lead and distanced himself from the field until a lap ten caution for Kyle Fraser. The White Lake, Ontario native damaged the front end of his car in a frontstetch melee.

The caution allowed Dain Naida to reel in the leader for a chance at the top spot. Brown was strong on the restart though and pulled away quickly from the pack. A second caution on lap 15 for a spin by Dylan Westbrook gave Naida another chance to pass the leader, however he was unable to keep pace when the field went back to green.

Brown drove the final ten laps to perfection and scored his first win of 2016 and seventh career SOS A-Main. The victory was his second in a row with the SOS after claiming the checkers in the 2015 season finale at Merrittville Speedway.

Naida was second while Wilson, Glenn Styres and Ryan Turner completed top five.

The Southern Ontario Sprints continue their 2016 season on Saturday, June 4th at South Buxton Raceway in Merlin, Ontario and Sunday, June 5th at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
2016 SEASON EVENT #1 – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY – BRIGHTON ON

ENTRY LIST
(Number Name – Hometown)
0 Glenn Styres – Ohsweken ON
01 Kyle Fraser – White Lake ON
10 Mitch Brown – Brantford ON
11j Chris Jones – Picton ON
11t Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre ON
15 Mike Ferrell – London ON
15aw April Wilson – Joyceville ON
17x Dain Naida – Tecumseh MI
25 Warren Mahoney – Lefroy ON
42w Rick Wilson – Joyceville ON
47x Dylan Westbrook – Oakland ON
66 Frank Baranowski – Mount Hope ON
71s Shawn Sliter – Port Colborne ON
77x Alex Hill – Six Nations ON
91 Ryan Turner – Caistor Centre ON
97 Cory Turner – Caistor Centre ON
98 Paul Pekkonen – Brockville ON
1-10 Jake Brown – Brantford ON

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps – Top 3 redrew for A-Feature starting positions)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 0 Glenn Styres (2)
2. 17x Dain Naida (5)
3. 91 Ryan Turner (3)
4. 15aw April Wilson (1)
5. 11J Chris Jones (6)
6. 98 Paul Pekkonen (4)
No Time

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps – Top 3 redrew for A-Feature starting positions)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 42w Rick Wilson (3)
2. 01 Kyle Fraser (4)
3. 11 Jamie Turner (2)
4. 97 Cory Turner (5)
5. 47x Dylan Westbrook (6)
6. 15 Michael Ferrell (1)
No Time

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps – Top 3 redrew for A-Feature starting positions)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 10 Mitch Brown (1)
2. 1-10 Jake Brown (2)
3. 77x Alex Hill (4)
4. 25 Warren Mahoney (3)
5. 66 Frank Baranowski (5)
6. 71s Shawn Sliter (6)
No Time

A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 10 Mitch Brown (1)
2. 17x Dain Naida (3)
3. 42w Rick Wilson (2)
4. 0 Glenn Styres (6)
5. 91 Ryan Turner (5)
6. 11 Jamie Turner (7)
7. 97 Cory Turner (11)
8. 77x Alex Hill (9)
9. 11J Chris Jones (13)
10. 47x Dylan Westbrook (14)
11. 98 Paul Pekkonen (16)
12. 1-10 Jake Brown (8)
13. 15AW April Wilson (10)
14. 66 Frank Baranowski (15)
15. 15 Mike Ferrell (17)
DNF. 01 Kyle Fraser (4)
DNF. 25 Warren Mahoney (12)
DNS Shawn Sliter
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mitch Brown (1-25)
Hard Charger – Paul Pekkonen (+5)

2016 SOS SEASON FEATURE WINNERS:
Mitch Brown – 1 (Brighton May 21)

UP NEXT:
Saturday, June 4, 2016: South Buxton Raceway – Merlin ON
Sunday, June 5, 2016: Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne ON

About the Southern Ontario Sprints: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. 2016 marks the 21st year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints, brought to you this season by The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, www.ImageFactor.ca, and www.OnDirtRacingNews.com

Website: www.SouthernOntarioSprints.com
Twitter: @SOSsprints
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