Jam Packed Night for Monster Trucks and World of Outlaw Stars at Brighton Speedway
Fans filed in early on Deerhaven Farm and Garden night as Adecco presented the Summer Smash Monster Trucks at Brighton Speedway. Monster Trucks Aftershock and Krazy Train were on hand in the courtyard along with World of Outlaw Late Model Stars Chub Frank and Bub McCool signing autographs and taking pictures as they filed in through the gates. Excitement was in the air as this was the first time for Monster Trucks at the track since 2007 and the first time ever World of Outlaw Stars would compete on the 1/3rd mile oval against a select few of Brighton Speedway’s own Late Model hero’s along with a full card of racing that included Mini Vans and Vintage cars for their first visits of 2012.
During the heats the monster trucks would do an intro and have a head to head race. Both trucks put on an entertaining race as Krazy Train got out to the early lead but rounding the third corner and third jump pilot Pete Robbins would get a little out of shape and both racers would come off there last jump and cross the finish line in a photo finish that was awarded to Mark Noto and Aftershock who was subbing in for Aftershock pilot Bob Robbins who became sick prior to the event.
The first feature of the night was the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and this week it was the #72 Doug Anderson returning to his winning ways after a rough week last week. Doug went to the front early and didn’t look back winning by more than a straight away over the #2 Leslie Mowat and #23 of Rob Perry. Doug’s fourth feature win of the season was enough to earn him this week’s Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Week honours.
Up next were the wild and crazy Gord’s Water Mini Van races. After some hard side by side racing that included lots of bumping and rubbing it was #67 Jim Bryant and passenger Rod Drake getting into the side of race long leader and Man Cave Racing team mate #68 Mike Burry sending Burry almost completely around. The tangle between the two team mates would allow the Sprint Van of #19 Del “Chili” MacGregor and passenger Kojak to go around the high side and take the lead, MacGregor and Kojak would not look back and go on to their first ever Mini Van win.
The Eastern Ontario Vintage Club hit the track next and it was Brighton racer Mike McCrory in the 4x Gremlin modified that lead the field to green and would take the early lead. McCrory would be chased by #B22 Steve Lackie and X22 Denzil Billings Jr. Lackie, Billings Jr. and #B10 Paul Billings would all make their way around McCrory and the three would battle for the lead. #R70 of Steve Arbuthnot would soon be in the mix of the tightly contested event. During a late race restart Arbuthnot, Billings Jr, Billings and Lackie would come out of turn 4 for the green flag and get tangled up sending Lackie’s B22 barrel rolling down the front straight. Lackie was okay but his car suffered serious damage. When the race went back to green it was the #R70 of Arbuthnot taking the win followed closely by the #X22 of Billings Jr. and the #B10 Paul Billings.
Monster Truck freestyle was up next and during the course set up that included 11 cars, mini vans, SUV’s and a pickup truck track announce Huck Flindall staged the draw on the front straight away for the upcoming Outlaw Late Model Dash. The six drivers would each pick a Frisbee up off the front straight that had a number on the bottom. World of Outlaw Star Bub McCool would draw the #1 starting position to the cheer of the energetic crowd well legendary Late Model racer and hall of famer Chub Frank would have his work cut out for him coming from the 6th starting spot. After the draw the drivers autographed the Frisbee’s and through them into the crowd.
After the draw the Monster Truck free style course was now set up and fans waited with anticipation and Pete Robins and Krazy Train were up first. Pete thrilled the crowd with a series of Jumps and wheelie’s until Pete would approach the car / pickup truck combo that he would hit with so much force it would send Krazy Train at least 15ft in the air standing straight up and down and had Pete starring at the night sky for what seemed to be an eternity. When Krazy Train finally came down, it came down with such force it would break some rear suspension off and put an end to Pete Robins freestyle run but not without a huge roar from an excited crowd. After Shock would hit the course next and would put on a great show for the fans hitting every obstacle on the infield with hundreds of flash bulbs going off in the stands. During the course clean up both drivers were brought back over to the front straight for the crowd to make the all-important decision on who was the champion of freestyle. It was hard to tell the cheers were so loud for both drivers but in the end it was Mark Noto and Aftershock taking a clean sweep of the night winning both the race and the freestyle events! After the events both drivers were very excited to compete in front of such a large and loud crowd!
Next up was the second big event of the night, the Outlaw Dash that featured four of Brighton’s Late Model Hero’s taking on two World of Outlaw stars. #57b Bub McCool would lead the drivers to the initial green of their 15 lap dash and would take the early lead over 2011 Brighton Speedway Champion #25 Greg Belyea. Bub’s lead would be short lived however as on lap four his engine would expire as he came down the front straight away leaving a trail of oil behind him. On the following restart Belyea would now be on the pole however he would have to compete with another Outlaw Star as the #1* of Chub Frank would start along the outside. Belyea and Frank would battle for a couple of laps but by lap 7 Chub had made the move on the inside of corner two forcing his way past Belyea an into the lead showing his years of experience. Chub would not look back and would go on to win the Outlaw Dash followed up by Corey Earl. Belyea too would experience a blown motor while Potts and Sandercock each had their own mechanical issues. “A number of sponsors came together to make this race possible and we can’t thank them enough” said track promoter Mark Rinaldi. Sponsors included Dibbits Excavating, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Sandercock Farms, Gord’s Water, Image Landscaping, Excel Tower Service and Hell Raiser Race Car Bodies.
Warren Mowat would pick up his second win of the season in the Bill’s Johns comp four. Mowat had his hands full with #44 Brandon Wilkie and #10 Travis Mclean who would finish second and third respectively. “This class is extremely competitive with 22 to 26 cars every week and there are a lot of tough cars out here and hard racing” said Mowat in his victory lane speech.
Brighton Speedway Results
Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified 6/23/12
Feature:1. Zeke McKeown (Havelock, ON), 2. Adam Whaley (Trenton, ON), 3. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON), 4. Jamie Marshall (Trenton, ON), 5. Kevin Scott (Trenton, ON),
Bill’s Johns Comp 4 6/23/12
Feature:1. Warren Mowat (Trenton, ON), 2. Brandon Wilkie (Trenton, ON), 3. Travis McLean (Trenton, ON), 4. Terry Hough (Brighton, ON), 5. Mark Packer (Trenton, ON),
Brighton Automotive Pro Stock 6/23/12
Feature:1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Leslie Mowat (Trenton, ON), 3. Rob Perry (Wooler, ON), 4. Mike Lucas (Belleville, ON), 5. Percy Walsh (Trenton, ON),
Gord’s Water Vantastics 6/23/12
Feature:1. Del MacGregor (Brighton, ON), 2. Jim Bryant (Brighton, ON), 3. Tristan Leclair (Trenton, ON), 4. Robin Edwards, 5. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON),
Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club 6/23/12
Feature:1. Steve Arbuthnot (Renfrew, ON), 2. Denzil Billings Jr., 3. Paul Billings (Kemptville, ON), 4. Peter Stapper (Brockville, ON), 5. Ryan Comeau (Toledo, ON),
Photo #1: Mark Noto and Aftershock crushing some cars as he makes his final jump on his way to victory in the head to head race early in the night at Brighton Speedway Saturday Night.
Photo #2: #1* World of Outlaw star Chub Frank, nicknamed “Chubzilla” wheels his 800 horsepower Late Model around Brighton Speedway.
Photo #3: Del MacGregor and his passenger Kojak race the #19 Sprint Van to victory in the Gord’s Water mini vans.