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Brighton Speedway Media Day 2005

Brighton Speedway Promoters Mark Rinaldi (left) and Maria Morris (centre); announcer Huck Flindall

On April 22, Brighton Speedway held its 2005 Pre-Season Press Conference and Media Day. The event was held at the 1/3 mile clay oval located on County Road 65, just south-east of the town of Brighton, Ontario. Several drivers had their cars on display. Photos are below.

Brighton Speedway has created a program called "Race to Read" to encourage Grade 3 children to read outside of school. Several Brighton Speedway drivers visited local schools during the week of April 18 to kick-off the program. The children will track the number of minutes that they spend reading and the results, totalled by class room, will be posted on the Speedway's web site. The participating students will be recognized at the Speeday on May 21 for "Race to Read Night".

Lucas Oil has recently joined Brighton as the sponsor of the points fund. With the support of Lucas, 2005 will have the largest point fund in the history of the track.

Track improvements have continued over the off-season. There have been grandstand upgrades, additional fencing and extra lighting in the pits. The biggest addition is the new Corporate Hospitality Area and Beer Garden. It is locate beside the grandstand by turn 4. The area will allow Brighton Speedway's corporate clients the ability to entertain guests at a night of the races.

The 2005 season offers an action-packed schedule. Admission to the opening night on April 30 is only $2 with a donation to the food bank. The following week, May 7, is the first visit of the Southern Ontario Sprints.
The SOS cars return on June 11, July 9, July 30 and as part of the Labour Day Classic Weekend double-header.

The "Victoria Day Dirt Works Weekend" is a two-day event. Saturday night is a regular racing night. Sunday night features the DIRT Sportsman Series, the return of Late Models for the first time in many years and the first Brighton event of the Can-Am Challenge. The Can-Am Challenge is a series for the Modifieds that takes place between Brighton and Thunder Alley Speedway in New York.

The Labour Day Classic Weekend has the regular Brighton Speedway classes plus the Southern Ontario Sprints on both Saturday night and Sunday night. There will be live music following the races on Saturday and fireworks on Sunday.

A member of the media tries out Greg Peake's Novice Division car

The high-powered DIRT 358 Modifieds will be appearing on September 24.

Sunday afternoon is also a busy day at Brighton. On some Sundays, there will be endurance races, motocross racing (free admission) and ATV races. Other special events on Saturday nights are a small car demo derby, school bus races, spectator racing, lawn mower racing, New York State Mini-Sprints and the Mid-State Vintage Stock Cars.

The highlight of the 2005 Media Day was a chance for members of the media to take to the track in a stock car. Greg Peake, of the Novice Division, was kind enough to allow the media members to use his car.

I'd like to thank Brighton Speedway for putting on a great Media Day. If you would like more information about Brighton Speedway, check their web site at www.brightonspeedway.com.

Andy Fletcher, Comp 4 Division

Greg Peake, Novice Division

Elaine Burke, Pro-Stock Division

Ken Ohno, Pro-Stock Division

Tim Burke, Canadian Modified

Dan Ferguson, the 2004 Brighton Speedway Canadian Modified Points Champion, has moved up to DIRT Sportsman