Potts, Anderson, Greer, and Brown find victory lane
BRIGHTON – It took just 10 laps for Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan Building Supplies) to find the front of the Pro Late Model feature on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway, presented by NOCO Fuels and Rock 107. But he ran away once he got to the front to take the victory.
Potts started from the seventh position while Kyle Sopaz (No.12 KD Transmission) held the pole with Caley Weese (No.77 Dibbit’s Excavating) occupying the other half of the front row.
A caution at lap seven gave Potts a restart position in the top-five and allowed him a great chance to move towards the front. Another yellow two laps later would allow Potts to take the lead from Sopaz out of turn four.
The Brighton-native never checked the rearview again, leading by a full straightaway before a lap 17 caution for debris. But the yellow only slowed the number 29 a moment, as Potts escaped any challenge from Matt Vanderlinden (No.09 Rocket Chassis) in the final 10 laps. Opening night winner Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) made a last corner pass to steal second from Vanderlinden, who finished third. Adam Turner (No.92 Variety Village) and Sopaz completed the top-five.
Sopaz and Vanderlinden won the Deerhaven Farm and Garden qualifying heats.
Mitch Brown (No.10) led all 25 laps of the A-Main for the Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints to earn the first sprint car win in Ontario this season. Despite gritty challenges from Rick Wilson (No.42w) and Justin Martin (No.7m) on a lap 19 restart, Brown was perfect in the closing laps to earn the victory. For a full race report, visit www.ondirtracingnews.com.
Anderson scores Pro Stock Triple Crown victory
Despite starting ninth for the 25-lap main event, Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Services) stole the lead on lap 13 and survived a late race yellow for his first Brighton Automotive Pro Stock win of the season. The win for Anderson comes in the first race of the Larry’s Towing Pro Stock Triple Crown.
Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormer’s Auto Recycling) took the lead from Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair) just four laps in to the main event. But Anderson roared to the lead on lap 13, using the outside line to do so
A caution at lap 22 for a stalled Brandon Murrell (No.19 Hannah Motors) gave Mowat another shot at the point. Despite a hard side-by-side battle, Anderson prevailed for the victory.
Week one winner Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) suffered problems on lap 7 while running fourth and finished several laps down.
Jay O’Hara (No.83 1st Guaranty Collision) and Jason McCrory (No.49 NOCO Fuels) won the Vanderlaan Building Supplies qualifying heats.
Greer repeats as Comp 4 winner
Wellington, Ont.-native Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) is having the best possible start to his season. The third-year pilot won his second race in as many starts in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division on Saturday night.
It was a déjà vu three-way battle for the lead as Greer fought Terry Hough (No.32 The Vinyl Solution) and Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) for the lead.
The only caution came on lap 8 when Courtney Mastin (No.97 Grosse Construction) got stuck in the marbles in turn four. The restart put Greer, Hough, and Sanders nose to tail.
Greer glued his No.94 to the bottom groove and forced Hough to race him on the outside for the lead. Greer made contact with Hough on a couple of occasions, but the two could do no more than trade paint. Greer opened up a big enough lead in the final two laps to safely cruise to his second win. Hough and Sanders settled for second and third, respectively, for the second week in a row.
Sanders and Emily Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix) won the Bill’s Johns qualifying heats.
Brighton Speedway returns next Saturday, May 24 for night number three of the 2014 championship chase. All five weekly divisions will battle on the tough 1/3-mile clay oval. Campbellford Chrysler and UCB Canada present the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models, OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s, and Quinte Septic Stingers. Race time is 7:00pm.
Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 3. 09 Matt Vanderlinden, 4. 92 Adam Turner, 5. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 6. 89 Austin King, 7. 25 Greg Belyea, 8. 46 Brandon Mowat, 9. Steve Baldwin, 10. 77 Caley Weese, 11. 97 David McDonald.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks A-Main (Larry’s Towing Triple Crown round one, 25 laps): 1. 72 Doug Anderson, 2. 2 Leslie Mowat, 3. 53 Wade Purchase, 4. 83 Jay O’Hara, 5. 55 Jamie Marshall, 6. 43 Devon Kippen, 7. 08 Angie Kirby, 8. 33 Tim Thompson, 9. 77 Rob Disher, 10. 19 Brandon Murrell, 11. 03 Justin Ramsay, 12. 49 Jason McCrory, 13. 3 Paul Read.
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s A-Main (15 Laps): 1. 94 Brady Greer, 2. 32 Terry Hough, 3. 29 Rich Sanders, 4. 03 Tyler French, 5. 78 Shelby Mills, 6. 67 Rick O’Hara, 7. 85 Austin Reid, 8. 24 Bella Cosstick, 9. 87 Emily Weedman, 10. 97 Courtney Mastin, 11. 00 Bob Akey.
Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (25 Laps – Top-Five): 1. 10b Mitch Brown, 2. 42w Rick Wilson, 3. 7m Justin Martin, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 0 Glenn Styres.
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