Southern Ontario Sprints invade Brighton Speedway for Ultramar Classic Weekend
By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON – Brighton Speedway is ready for the first of three huge events to conclude the 2014 season. The Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) will thunder in to Brighton Speedway for two full nights of racing this Labour Day weekend. Lucas Oil, Rock 107, Extreme Rush Adventures, and Mystical Distributing present the SOS for the final time this season on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.
Southern Ontario Sprints
The fifth and sixth SOS races of the season at Brighton will decide the 2014 champion. Mitch Brown (No.10b Pro-Fit Health Club) of Brantford, Ont. won the first three races of the year. Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH Tractors) of Ohsweken, Ont. won the most recent meeting at Brighton on August 9 and enters the final weekend as the points leader. Brown is second in the championship standings, trailing Styres by 70 points. A full points race on each night means the championship is far from settled. Styres is seeking his first SOS championship since winning in 2010. An SOS crown would be the first championship for the 21 year-old Brown.
Saturday, August 30
The OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers will also be in action on Saturday.
The OilGARD Canadian Modified division holds the tightest points battle of the weekly Brighton divisions. Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) is the current points leader by 20 markers over Ryan Scott (No.33 J&J Automotive). Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) is also in the mix, 100 points behind Scott. Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) and Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) round out the current top-five in the standings.
The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks are one of two weekly divisions to pull a double header for the Classic Weekend. Point leader Doug Anderson (No.72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) is fresh off his sixth victory of the season. He leads Leslie Mowat (No.2 Cormier’s Auto Recycling) and Justin Ramsay (No.03 Empey Tire) for the top spot in the standings.
The Bill’s Johns Comp 4s will also pull double duty this weekend, racing on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Rich Sanders (No.29 Fowl Mood Racing) increased his point lead with a win last Saturday night. Brady Greer (No.94 Greer Excavating) remains in championship contention in the second spot ahead of Shelby Mills (No.78 ABC Taxi).
The Quite Septic Stingers have been the victim of rainfall twice so far this season, limiting their on track action. Del MacGregor (No.19 R.Ward Construction) leads the standings on the strength of four feature wins to start the year. Rick Phillips (No.7 Ontario Duct Cleaning) is second in the standings. Chris Lammle (No.95 Lammle Auto Repair) sits third after his win on August 2.
Sunday, August 31
The Southern Ontario Sprints will headline another full card of racing on Sunday evening. The SOS will crown the 2014 champion following their 25-lap feature. The SOS ‘Dream’ race for drivers who have yet to win an SOS race will run after the primary feature. One driver is guaranteed to pick up their first checkered flag in a sprint car.
At the conclusion of the SOS point race, the sprint cars will remove the top wing and race topless for bragging rights to conclude their season.
The Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models will also compete topless on Sunday. The second-last points race of the season will see the drivers remove the roof. Drivers will have the opportunity to hot lap minus the roof on Saturday, but will not get in to race action until Sunday. Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) enters as the point leader with two points races remaining. Steve Baldwin (No.5 cigarchief.com) and Phil Potts (No.29 Vanderlaan) occupy the second and third spots in the standings.
Night two of the Ultramar Classic Weekend will also include the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. Mystical Distributing also presents a full firework show to conclude the weekend.
Classic Weekend Barbeque
The annual Labour Day Classic weekend tailgate barbeque will take place in the speedway parking lot prior to Sunday’s racing from 1pm to 3pm. A $10 meal ticket includes pulled pork, corn, several salad choices, and a beverage. The barbeque will also feature a show and shine. A dunk tank will get some fans wet as well. Tickets are available at the speedway office during the week or at the souvenir booth on Saturday night for just $10.
Adult admission is just $20 per night for the Ultramar Classic Weekend. Senior admission is $18. A family pass, valid for two adults, two children under 16 and a family-sized popcorn, is just $55. All tickets options are available at the gate. Two-day passes are not available for this event. Reserved seating is not available.
The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 30 . Spectator gates will open at 5:00pm
Racing will begin one hour earlier than the regular start time on Sunday, August 31 at 6:00pm with spectator gates scheduled to open at 4:00pm.
Crate Motor Draw
A brand new 602 General Motors Crate Motor is up for grabs by draw. Tickets are just $10 for a chance to win the still-wrapped engine and are available from the speedway office, or the souvenir booth on race day.
Following the Ultramar Classic Weekend, two huge events will conclude the 2014 season at Brighton Speedway. On September 6, Brighton Speedway welcomes the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series for the 65-lap and $6000-to-win Great Crate Race. Brighton Speedway regular Charlie Sandercock is the current Go Nuclear! point leader.
The Canadian Modifieds will also battle for 50 laps with $2000 on the line in the Danny Reid Memorial. Both races are invitationals and will not count towards weekly championships. Lap sponsors are available for both races at a cost of $25. Contact the speedway office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve lap sponsorships.
The racing season concludes with the Benson Auto Parts Applefest Shootout weekend on September 19-20. The Mr.DIRT Sportsman 35-lap feature headlines Friday’s race while the Mr. DIRT 358 Modified 100-lap event headlines Saturday’s action.
About Ultramar/CST: Ultramar CST Canada co., headquartered in Montreal, includes the cardlock, home heating and motorist sales sectors in Canada. Operating close to 800 stations and 84 cardlocks (Pipeline Commercial), in addition to delivering home heating oil to over 140,000 customers, Ultramar CST Canada co. is a major player in the economy of Eastern Canada. For more information, visit: www.ultramarcst.ca.
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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 DIRTcar sanctioning. The track’s flagship Applefest Shootout Weekend attracts drivers, fans, and sponsors from across the NorthEast every September for Mr. DIRT Sportsman and 358 Modified designation.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns
Photo Credit: Rod Henderson