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BRIGHTON — A little mist created a racy track adding to the excitement at Brighton Speedway for the Southern Ontario Sprints season opener Saturday night.
The long anticipated action-packed night presented by Vanderlaan Building Products Ltd. and Deerhaven Farm and Garden featured the Southern Ontario Sprints presented by Sanderson Tire & Automotive, Vanderlaan Building Products Ltd. Northeast Late Model Alliance Home Track Race 1, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds, Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt Brighton Automotive Thunder Stock Race 2 and Quinte Septic Tank Stingers.
After a pair of season opener rainouts, Holly Porter and 2018 champ Cory Turner were eager to lead the field of 18 Southern Ontario Sprints to the green flag. On the second time by Turner slid past Porter and took off. A pair of cautions and some lapped traffic slowed a furious pace but nothing was going to keep Turner from victory lane as Porter, Ryan Turner, Mitch Brown and Picton’s Chris Jones waged a fierce single file battle for the lead. Turner flew to victory lane with Porter in second, Ryan Turner third, Brown fourth and Jones fifth.
It only took Carrying Place’s Caley Weese two laps to grab the lead from her third starting position in the 35-lap Vanderlaan Building Products Ltd. Northeast Late Model Alliance home track race 1. Trenton’s Steve Baldwin went to war with Weese for the top spot in a thrilling back and forth affair. By the eighth time by the flag stand Baldwin snatched the lead and sped off while Trenton’s Charlie Sandercock continued to muscle his way up from his 10th starting position into third. Sanderock went door-to-door with Baldwin, took the lead on Lap 14 and never looked back as he went on to score his fourth feature win of the season. Baldwin earned a hard fought second, Weese an equally well deserved third place finish, Brighton’s Brandon Mowat was fourth and Andy Mayhew fifth.
“I can’t believe it,” were the words Linc Brown cried as he parked his No. 99 machine in victory lane four races into his Bainer’s OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds career at Brighton.
Having just made the switch from pavement this season Brown called the win unbelievable, but for race fans seeing was believing as Brown snapped up the lead from pole sitter Jonah Mutton, of Brighton, with only seven laps of the 25-lap feature to go. Brown flew to victory lane with Napanee’s Doug O’Blenis taking runner up, Picton’s Andrew Hennessy finished third, Mutton fourth and Frankford’s Adam Whaley fifth.
From the drop of the green flag the Brighton Automotive Thunder Stocks treated fans to a stellar show in the Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt Race 2. Consecon’s Terry Gorgerat and Ameiliasburg’s Angie Kirby led the 20-car field to green in the 20-lap feature. Trenton’s Mike Freeman was quick to take the lead from his fourth starting position while Frankford’s Steven Stachura, Demorestville’s Wade Purchase and Beleville’s Jeff Humphrey treated fans to a three-wide battle for third place. Freeman and Purchase went back and forth but it would be the 51 that would hang tough on the outside for the win. Purchase took second, Humphrey third, Stachura fourth and Trenton’s Justin Ramsay fifth.
Daniel Dick was a force to be reckoned with in his No. 22 machine in the 12-lap Quinte Septic Junior Stinger feature race. He scooped up the lead on the fourth lap and hammered down to victory lane scoring his first ever checkered flag. Brighton’s Terry Blight took home second, Brad Collar third, Steve Darling fourth and Ethan Schoep fifth.
Having just made the jump from junior to the Quinte Septic Senior Stinger Division Kyle Gregory was determined to score his second win of the season. He wasted no time taking the lead and sailed to victory lane with Jordan Pickell in second, Brian Cross third, Aiden Fletcher fourth, and Megan Golden fifth.
Up next Fidelity Engineering & Construction presents the Gerow Propane Summer Smash Monster Truck Extravaganza featuring Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution and Matt Cody in Iron Warrior along with a full race card including Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Thunder Stocks and Comp 4/Mini Stocks. Adult admission is $20 and a Family Pass is only $55. The green flag drops at 7 p.m., Front Gates will open at 5 p.m. Early entry is encouraged to ensure great seats.