Rapid Rad and Star 93.3 present the Southern Ontario Sprints this Saturday
By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – Brighton Speedway’s 2014 season continues this Saturday as Rapid Rad and Star 93.3 present the fourth visit for the Southern Ontario Sprints. Night 13 of the chase for the championship continues for three of the speedway’s five regular divisions.
Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints
Mitch Brown (No.10b Haldex) is the only sprint car driver to park in victory lane on at Brighton Speedway this year. The Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) points battle is as close as ever. Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) leads Brown by just two points atop the standings. Brown has three wins, all at Brighton, to Styres’ one. Justin Martin (No.7m Vortex Insulation), Keith Dempster (No.5 Rochester Knighthawks), and rookie Shawn Sliter (No.71s) complete the top-five in the standings. The Saturday’s race is the fourth of six visits. The Southern Ontario Sprints championship will be decided during the Ultramar CST Labour Day classic weekend at Brighton on August 30 and 31.
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models
The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models will compete in a special Dash for Cash with $1200 on the line. The Pro Late Models were originally scheduled for a week off but an anonymous $500 sponsorship has been put up for the event. Charlie Sandercock’s No.57 added $200 to the pot and Image Landscaping later added $200 of its own to the pot. The speedway made up the remaining $100 to make it an even $1000. And then ABC Taxi threw in another $200 to increase the purse to $1200. The number of laps will be determined at the drivers’ meeting based on the number of competitors, but will be shorter than the weekly 30-lap feature.
OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds
The hot shoe in the OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds division is Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise). Ferguson is coming off three consecutive wins that have planted him second in the division standings. Ferguson trails Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive) for the division lead by 20 points. Scott assumed the lead after Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) had mechanical problems last week. Hennessy still leads the division with five wins. Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) hold positions four and five in the standings, respectively.
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks
Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) caught fire last week – literally- but that didn’t stop him from scoring a feature win. Anderson’s win grew his lead in the standings to 135 points over Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling). Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) is third ahead of Jamie Marshall (N0.55 C&L Upholstery) and Wade Purchase (No.53 Paul Turner Auto Repair).
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will look for another new feature winner after two drivers got their first wins of the year in the last two weeks. Tyler French (No.0 Empey Tire) and Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi) are the most recent winners. This week’s race will complete the 2014 edition of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown. The Greer brothers, Brady (No.94 Greer Excavating) and Riley (No.47 Clark’s Automotive), have swept the Triple Crown races so far on May 10 and June 7 respectively. Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) is the current point leader ahead of Mills, Brady Greer, Riley Greer, and Emily Weedman (No.87 Nate’s Auto Cosmedix).
Larry’s Towing Spectator One-on-One races
The third edition of the Larry’s Towing Spectator One-on-One races takes place this Saturday night. Tyler French’s Honda is undefeated in two attempts this season. Bring your car to the track to try and knock off the current champion. Racers must bring their own helmets.
As the Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive Southern Ontario Sprints are set to invade the speedway, adult admission is $20. Youths and seniors are $18, Children aged 7-12 are $5. Children six and under are always free at Brighton Speedway. A family pass, valid for two adults and two children 16 and under, is just $55.
The first green flag of the night is scheduled to fly at 7:00pm. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm before hot laps at 6:00pm.
About Rapid Rad: Located in Bayside, Ont., Rapid Rad supplies products and services to many service shops in the area. Specializing in cooling systems, fuel systems, heating and air conditioning, Rapid Rad also does parts cleaning for several companies in the area. All work is satisfaction guaranteed with service for all products, using the most up to date materials and equipment available in today’s market. For competitive pricing, stop in on Highway 2 between Belleville and Trenton or visit Rapid Rad online at www.rapidrad.net.
About Star 93.3: Star 93.3 is number one in the Peterborough and Northumberland area for Today’s Hit Music. Star 93.3 is your source for local news, weather, community events, and entertainment. Listen at 93.3FM or online at www.star933.com.
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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