Potts Takes it to Victory Lane While Monster Trucks Thrill the Fans!
By: Angie Rinaldi
Despite overcast skies anxious fans filled the stands at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night as Deerhaven Farm and Garden presented the Adecco Summer Smash event! This is the second year that the Speedway has highlighted the Monster Trucks “Aftershock” and “Krazy Train” and fans of all ages loved the car smashing high flying event! Saturday night’s Stock Car Racing was also some of the best racing of the season with late race passes being a deciding factor in three of the four classes.
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division was the first feature of the night and current point leader Tom Vance started up front due to his misfortune of mechanical issues last week. Vance was able to overcome that one bad week and return to his winning ways in his #43 Honda Prelude. Vance led Green to Checkers but will have his work cut out for him next week when he has to start near the rear of the field. Behind Vance were #19 of Rob Murrell and #31 who this week had Rob Brooks substituting for Jeff Howard.
Vanderlaan’s Building Supplies Late Models hit the track next and it was Pole Sitter #97 David MacDonald who led the first 8 circuits around the 1/3 mile oval when a caution came out for the #92 of Adam Turner. On the restart second in points #5 Steve Baldwin would make his way around MacDonald for the lead but it was #29 of Phil Potts who fell as far back as seventh place before he started his march to the front that was putting the show on. Potts would start his way to the front and it would take him until Lap 27 of the 30 lap feature when he would get a nose under Baldwin just enough to get Baldwin out of shape and make the pass for the lead. Baldwin would try and get Potts back but to no avail as Phil Potts and the Foul Mood racing team would return to victory lane for the first time this season and the first time in almost a year.
The Drivers in the OilGard Canadian Modified feature once again put on a great race that has become the norm for that division in 2013 but the surprise was rookie #07 Curtis King avoiding a couple of early cautions and going on to lead the first 20 laps of the 25 lap event. It looked like King was destined for his first ever feature win as he fought hard to hold the #11 Dan Ferguson and last week’s winner #87 Andrew Hennessy at bay behind him. On the 21st lap King would encounter a lapped vehicle and Hennessy who was already working the outside would make his way around and into the top spot! Hennessy was able to hold on for the final for circuits and take home his second win in as many weeks as he tries to chase down the point leader #33 Ryan Scott. King would finish with a career best second place while #11 Dan Fergusson would round out the top three.
The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks was the last feature of the night and after the Late Model and Canadian Modified Feature these drivers had their work cut out for them if they were going to top the previous two races as well as a Monster truck show that came before them. But determined to be more than just field fillers these drivers put on what might have been the best race of the night. #72 Doug Anderson has pretty much dominated this division all season but with a season high car count of 18 cars Anderson had his work cut out for him. By lap 12 of the 20 lap event Anderson still had not cracked the top 5. #03 Justin Ramsay had made his way around #23 Rob Perry and #83 of Jay O’Hara and while Perry and O’Hara faded guys like #26 Bob Green and #53 Wade Purchase were moving forward and battling with Ramsay. At lap 15 Purchase was starting to show a nose under Ramsay who was running the high side of the track and Anderson had moved past Green for third. It was a three car battle with Ramsay up high and Purchase and Anderson running the low side. Just when it looked like Purchase would get under Ramsay for the lead coming out of turn two his right rear axle broke on lap 18. Purchase would move to the high side to clear the track but during his exit Anderson would get slowed down behind him leaving it looking like Ramsay’s show with two to go. However Anderson can never be counted out and Ramsay would get slowed by a lapped car coming to the white flag opening the door for Anderson going into turns one and two for the final time. Anderson not one to pass up an opportunity took full advantage and went on to win his 7th victory of the season followed by Ramsay and Bob Green.
Be sure to join us next week as Owasco RV hosts Fan Appreciation and the Gord’s Water Vantastics. The evening will also feature the Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Comp 4’s. Gates open at 5:30 and racing starts at 7:00 pm sharp each Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and we remind fans that we have full concessions on site. Be sure to check the web site at www.brightonspeedway.com or visit us on Facebook to keep up to date on all that is happening in our racing world.
Results for July 27, 2013
Bill’s Johns Comp 4
Feature: 1. Tom Vance (Stockdale, ON), 2. Brandon Murrell (Gores Landing, ON), 3. Jeff Howard (sub Rob Brooks) (Codrington, ON), 4. Rich Sanders (Picton, ON), 5. Brandon Wilkie (Trenton, ON),
Brighton Automotive Pro Stock
Feature: 1. Doug Anderson (Trenton, ON), 2. Justin Ramsay (Trenton, ON), 3. Bob Green (Trenton, ON), 4. Jason Preece (Trenton, ON), 5. Mitch Rosborough (Picton, ON),
Oilgard Canadian Modified
Feature: 1. Andrew Hennessy (Picton, ON), 2. Curtis King (Wooler, ON), 3. Dan Ferguson (Bloomfield, ON), 4. Kraig Handley (Picton, ON), 5. Derrick Greig (Carrying Place, ON),
Vanderlaan’s Building Supplies Pro Late Models
Feature: 1. Phil Potts (Frankford, On), 2. Steve Baldwin (Trenton, ON), 3. Corey Earl (Picton, ON), 4. Mat Vanderlinden (Trenton, ON), 5. Charlie Sandercock (Belleville, ON),
(IMG 7184) #07 Curtis King avoiding a couple of early cautions lead the first 20 laps of the 25 lap event feature event at Brighton Speedway Saturday night but #87 Andrew Hennessy got by him in the end.
(IMG 6805) The Fowl Mood Race team hit victory lane for the first time in 2013 after making in through the field of Pro Late Models Saturday night at Brighton Speedway.
(IMG 6873) The Monster Trucks Krazy Train and Aftershock took the air during the Adecco Summer Smash exhibition at Brighton Speedway.