BRIGHTON, ON (June 19, 2017)- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returned to Brighton Speedway for the first time since 2015 on Saturday night. Brandon Sheppard won the 50 lap race in his first career start at the 1/3 mile clay oval. The Southern Ontario Sprints and Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks were also in action with Chris Jones and Justin Ramsay claiming victory.
Sheppard Leads The Pack
Brandon Sheppard (No. 1) stole the lead from Frank Heckenast Jr. (No. 99) in traffic on lap 10 and then dominated the final 40 laps to earn his first career win on Canadian soil and the 12th of his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in the Mud Slingin’ 50 at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night.
“This is a heck of a racetrack,” Sheppard said. “I’ve had a quite a few first time racetrack’s this year and this is another one that hasn’t disappointed me. I watched some video from the last time these guys were here and it looked really racey and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I thought it was amazing. Hats off to the track guys and everyone at Brighton.”
Hometown driver Charlie Sandercock (No. 57) impressed with a seventh place finish. The Trenton driver ran as high as second during the middle stage of the race. His car began to fade after a lap 26 restart, however the impressive run caught the attention of the fans as well as several of the tour regulars.
Finishing a half lap behind race winner Sheppard was Tyler Erb (No. 91) in second while Morgan Bagley (No. 14) came from ninth to finish third. Devin Moran (No. 9) and Rick Eckert (No. 7) completed the top five.
Jones Ends Drought
The Southern Ontario Sprints made their second visit of the season on Saturday night. Shawn Sliter (No. 22) and April Wilson (No. 15aw) led the 17 car field to the green flag in the 25 lap main event. The pair battled back and forth for the opening 4 laps until Chris Jones (No. 11J) used the outside line to take the top position.
In his first appearance at Brighton, Josh Shantz (No. 18) moved from his sixth starting place to the runner-up spot by lap 10. He followed leader Jones around the top of the track and closed within a couple of car lengths, but was never able make a serious challenge for the lead. Jones held on to win for the first time in over two seasons. Shantz finished a close second while Rick Wilson (No. 42w) drove from his eighth starting position to end the race in third. Brother Mitch and Jake Brown completed the top five.
Ramsay Returns To Victory Lane
Josh Read (No. 04) and Steven Stachura (No. 69) started on the front row of the 20 lap Brighton Automotive Pro Stock feature. Read claimed the early lead while Stachura struggled to get the car up to speed on the opening lap. The troubles would cause him drop from the top five before being involved in an early back stretch accident.
Read would lead the opening ten laps, but gave way to point leader Justin Ramsay (No. 03) just past the half way point of the race. Ramsay checked out on the field from that point and collected his third win of the season and padded his point lead. Read maintained the second position while Doug Anderson (No. 72) finished third. Wade Purchase (No. 53) and Brandon Murrell (No. 19) finished fourth and fifth.
Up Next – Greig Truck & Trailer, Towne & Country Liquidation and Orange Motorsports
Next Saturday night Greig Truck & Trailer, Towne & Country Liquidation and Orange Motorsports present a complete race program featuring the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4’s, Quinte Septic Stingers along with the ABC Taxi Triple Crown race two for the OilGARD Canadian Modifieds.. 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.
Brighton Speedway mailing address: 775 County Road 64, Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0.
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