Weekend Test & Tune a success
BRIGHTON, Ont. – Brighton Speedway played host to a successful Test and Tune session for each of its five divisions on Saturday and Sunday. Both days saw over 20 drivers take advantage of valuable track time.
The track took little time to dry out Sunday afternoon and the bottom groove proved quick for most drivers.
Several Pro Late Model drivers made appearances, including defending division champion Charlie Sandercock (No.57). The veteran pilot tested a brand-new car that had yet to be painted. Following Sunday’s session, Sandercock said he feels 2014 may provide the toughest competition the track has seen in years.
“The past couple of years, the competition has been getting harder and harder,” said Sandercock. “There’s a couple of new faces in here and I really think come mid-season there’s going to be a bunch of different winners and it’s going to be tight right to the end.”
Adam Turner (No.92), Norm Mayhew (No.60), Caley Weese (No.77), Matt Vanderlinden (No.09) and Greg dPeake (No. 9) all showed off new paint schemes this weekend. Steve Baldwin was among the fastest cars on track with laps in the range of 14.7 seconds. Rookie driver Austin King (No. 89) suffered motor problems on his first lap, which will require the team to regroup before the Monster Energy and Kellogg Belleville season opener next Saturday, May 3.
Reigning OilGARD Canadian Modified champion Ryan Scott (No.33) raced on Hoosier tires for the first time this weekend after making changes from IMCA Modified rules. After a strong practice session, Scott said he is ready to defend his title.
Dan Ferguson (No.11), Andrew Hennessy (No.87), Dan Bowers (No.03), and Zac McBride (No.8) were also among the Canadian Modified group on hand.
Doug Anderson (No.72), the dominant Pro Stock driver who has won four-consecutive championships, got his fair share of track time. But he will face a heavy challenge this year from Wade Purchase (No.53) and Justin Ramsay (No.03), who both looked up to full speed.
The Comp 4 division was also well represented by Shelby Mills (No.78) and Brady Greer (No.94), among others. A handful of Stinger drivers also dusted off the cobwebs before their season begins on May 10.
Drivers will have one final chance to tweak the car Wednesday night before the season opens next Saturday. The Brighton Speedway Parade of Champions will run through downtown Brighton on May 3 at 3:00pm in support of Brighton Fair Share Food Bank. The first green flag of the season will wave at 7:00pm. Admission is just $2 with the donation of a non-perishable food item.
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, 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