Mid-Season Championships, Time Trials, and Fireworks this Saturday at Brighton
By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON (July 3, 2014) – The Canada Day Mid-Season Championships presented by Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing will kick off the month of July at Brighton Speedway this Saturday. Extended features for four divisions are sure to excite another full grandstand. Mystical Distributing will present a full firework display at the end of the night as an added bonus. Fans will also get the chance to take in time trials prior to qualifying heats.
The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models will run one of their longest races with a 50-lap feature to headline the night. The field will battle through single-car time trials to determine their heat race starting orders. Current point leader Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) set the fast time last year with a lap of 15.175 seconds. Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) and Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) complete the current top-three in the standings.
The OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds will do battle for 40 laps and compete in their own set of time trials. Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) set the fast time in 2013 at 16.622 seconds. Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) is the current points leader and earned Driver of the Month honours after he continued a streak of four consecutive wins in June. He holds a narrow 45-point lead over Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) while Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) is third.
The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks will turn 25 laps for their feature event after time trials. Point leader Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) set the fast time last season at 18.037 seconds. Fresh off her first career win, Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) is just 35 points behind Anderson in the standings while Justin Ramsay (No. 03 Empey Tire) sits third.
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will also get the chance to lay down their quickest lap before the 20-lap main event. Tom Vance set last year’s fast time but has moved on from the division. Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) leads the standings after three consecutive victories. Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) and Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) are 145 and 235 points behind Sanders, respectively.
The Quinte Septic Stingers return to action after a week off with a regular 12-lap feature. They will not compete in time trials. Del MacGregor (No.19 R. Ward Landscape) is undefeated so far this season. He sits a top the standings ahead of Jordan Pickell (No.93 Sowerby Signs) and Christopher Lammle (No.95 Lammle Repair).
Time trials will begin at 5:00pm. The first qualifying heats will fire at the regular 7:00pm start time. Hot laps will take place prior to time trials. An extra $125 is on the line in time trials for each division. The fastest car will earn a $75 bonus while the fastest car outside the top-five in points will receive an extra $50.
With extra distance races on tap, adult admission will be $15. A family pass is just $40 for Saturday’s event. Come for the races, stay for the fireworks.
Brighton Speedway is mourning the passing of Pro Stock driver Tim Thompson. Tim passed away at Kingston General Hospital on July 1 following injury complications after a workplace fall. He was 58. The family will receive friends at the Napanee Chapel of the Wartman Funeral Home on Saturday, July 5 from 6-9pm. The funeral service will follow in the Chapel on Sunday, July 6 at 2pm.
About Brighton Automotive: Brighton Automotive is a high-quality auto aftermarket parts dealer serving the Northumberland and Quinte regions in Eastern Ontario. Brighton Automotive began in 1988 and has grown over the past 26 years. Its current location at 140 Prince Edward Street in Brighton offers a showroom featuring many Canadian-made parts at competitive prices. Stop in and visit their friendly and knowledgeable staff to help keep your vehicle in peak performance condition. Visit them online at www.brightonauto.ca or call (613) 475-3685.
About Mystical Distributing: Mystical Distributing is your one-stop shop for fireworks in Canada. Every year, Mystical brings the best variety of fireworks from around the world to the Canadian market. Some of their newest products, like the Launch Kontrol Electronic Firework Ignition System, are unmatched in today’s market. For all of your Firework needs, visit Mystical online at www.mysticaldistributing.ca or contact their Eastern office in Trenton at (613) 394-7056.
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Thursday night Kart Racing: The inaugural Brighton Speedway Kart Klub season is now in full swing. Racing takes place on the infield Karting oval on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. Admission is just $5 to see the next generation of Brighton Speedway stars. Its high-adrenaline fun in a small package! Visit www.brightonspeedway.com for a full schedule.
Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil, Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Quinte Septic, OilGARD Anti-Rust (a division of Bainer’s), Brighton Automotive, Bill’s Johns, Sanderson’s Tire & Automotive Centre, Mystical Distributing Company Ltd., ROCK 107, T.R.S. Communication, Campbellford Chrysler, Cool 100.1, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating, ImageFactor.ca, Workman’s OK Tire Quinte West, NOCO Fuels, Star 93.3, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Ultramar CST, Benson Auto Parts, Brighton Recycling and Excel Tower Services.
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 Pro Late Model division competes under UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns
Photo Credit: Rod Henderson, Track Photographer