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Brighton Speedway Media Day 2006

Rick Wilson (#42w) “The Joyceville Jet” became the all-time Southern Ontario Sprint feature winner record holder with his 16th win on June 10th at Brighton Speedway Park. Celebrating with Rick is Mitch Dekeyser from Dekeyser Excavating.

On June 10, Brighton Speedway held its 2006 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.

The night included regular racing plus the second visit of the season for the Southern Ontario Sprints. The Sprints will be back for four more visits this year. Race fans should make a point to see these super fast cars at Brighton this year.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the track is that the hospitality suite has been been completed. It was built at the beginning of last year but remained basic concrete block and was open-air. This year it has been finished with siding and has been closed in with windows and doors.


Once again, the Rinaldi family, owners of Brighton Speedway, have put together an action-packed season of racing and special events.


Brighton Speedway and Kawartha Speedway have teamed up for the "Fast and Furious" weekend on August 11-12. For one low price, fans can see the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models on the paved, 3/8 mile oval at Kawartha Speedway on the Friday night and the following night, see the Southern Ontario Sprints on the dirt at Brighton.

Doug Rose's "Green Mamba" jet-powered drag car roars into Brighton on June 24. Rose will use the jet engine to destroy a car.

For the second year, Brighton and Merrittville Speedway are holding the "Duel on the Dirt" series. The mini-series for Pro Stocks features two home track events at Brighton on June 10 and July 1, two home track events at Merrittville on May 22 and August 7 (both holiday Mondays) and two combined events: Sept 3 at Brighton (Sunday) and September 9 at Merrittville. Points are paid for each event and an overall winner declared. Last year's winner was Mike Dooley from Merrittville Speedway.

The Labour Day Classic Weekend returns for 2006. Saturday, September 2 will see the Southern Ontario Sprint cars take to the track in addition to the regular Brighton classes. Sunday's racing begins at 6:00pm and will feature the Comp 4 Dirt / Asphalt Challenge, the Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt Round 3, Canadian Modified / IMCA Challenge Round 2, the SOS Super Feature and the Mystical Distributing Fireworks Show.

The regular racing season wraps up on September 23 with the Carquest Applefest 358 Dirt Modified Shootout presented by ImageFactor.ca. The night features the last night for the regular Brighton classes, the 15-lap $1500-to-win "Clash for Cash" for the 358 Modifieds courtesy of Lucas Oil and a 40-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds.

Other special events include School bus racing, lawn mower races, the Mid State Vintage Stock Cars and various Kids' Club events. The action isn't limited to Saturday nights either. Many Sunday afternoons see either the Lakeshore
Dirt Riders moto cross events, ATV races or 200-lap Enduros.

If you would like more information about Brighton Speedway, check their web site at www.brightonspeedway.com.


Here is the official summary of the night's races:

Not only did the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) provide a show with a record number 28 cars in the pits of Brighton Speedway Park, but local favourite Rick Wilson (#42w) “The Joyceville Jet” became the all-time leader in SOS victories on Saturday, June 10th. This victory, in the Sobey’s SOS Feature, was his 16th career win, moving him ahead of previous leader Keith Dempster (#32) of Princeton, ON. The racing action had all of the fans on the edge of their seats, as the dust flew as fast as the 24 winged warriors who started the feature. As always Wilson saw through the clouds and emerged as the consistent force he is. We know he will be in the lineup again when they return to Brighton on July 8th.

The Bay of Quinte Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) display and Fundraiser for the Ride for Sight welcomed race fans and the unusually cool temperatures, and slick track conditions didn’t slow the action as the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and Mister Signz Pure Stocks, provided the fans with non-stop racing action during the Dekeyser Excavating complete race program.

The Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modified feature saw Terry Hunt (#20) from Carrying Place end a long time battle for a first place finish and visit Victory Lane. Although he started in the pole position he maintained speed and control and stayed ahead of the pace of the pack of 19 cars that seemed to be driving a little more carefully, after excessive damage in past weeks, and cautiously, because of track conditions. Also starting in pole and finishing first was Justin Ramsay (#03) of Brighton in the Bill’s John’s Comp 4 Feature. After rookies Leslie Turcotte (#2) and Terry Hough (#46) avoided a serious collision on the back stretch, and Kevin Scott (#18) drove into the creek, Justin celebrated his fourth feature win of the season, leaving him points leader and one step closer to the Division Championshiphe fell one spot short of in 2005.

Andrew Hennessy (#02) of Picton, drove from 14th position straight into first to claim the black and white in the Mister Signz Pure Stock feature race. His ability to find a line in the corners and maneuver his orange Chevy between his competitors, showed the fans in attendance why he was 2005 Class Champion. Definitely a highlight for the Mister Signz Pro Stocks was an excellent fifth place finish for Bob Beatty (#55) of Roseneath. This followed his first ever checkered flag at Brighton Speedway Park during a qualifying heat.

The Brighton Automotive Pro Stock Class saw two strong forces in both the Duel on the Dirt Series with Merritville Speedway and the Milbro Automotive Triple Crown Series, provide nothing for the team or themselves towards points accumulation. Current points leader, Ronnie Wadforth (#40) was issued a black flag due to unsportsmanlike conduct during Hot Laps, and Jeff Sallans (#72) was eliminated following post race technical inspection. Hoping to take the win and earn these important points was Driver of the Week Brandon Gregory (#01) from Trenton. He was on his way to doing just that, threatened by Sallans and past Champion Grant Fitpatrick (#8) of Trenton, when the pack of cars he was working at lapping got hooked up and caused him to spin. This left the lane open for Fitzpatrick who made his move following the caution and took his first win of the 2006 season.

The next race event is the Campbellford Chrysler Complete Race Program plus the rescheduled Workman Auto Repair $ Montgomery Bus Transit School Bus Races on June 17th, 2006. Green Flag flies at 7:00pm. On Sunday June 18, 2006 the Father’s Day Endurance Race is scheduled to begin at 2pm. Pit gates open at 9am. To pre-register for this event, or for more information visit the web-site at www.brightonspeedway.com.

FEATURE FINISHES (TOP 5)

Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds

1 Terry Hunt (20) – Carrying Place
2 Tim Burke (06) – Carrying Place
3 Scott Reid (K5) - Brighton
4 Charlie Sandercock (57) - Trenton
5 Greg Belyea (25) - Frankford

Brighton Automotive ProStock
1 Grant Fitzpatrick (8) – Trenton
2 Brandon Gregory (01) – Trenton
3 Elaine Burke (12) – Carrying Place
4 Dan Ferguson (11) - Picton
5 Caley Weese (77) – Carrying Place

Bill’s Johns Comp 4
1 Justin Ramsay (03) – Brighton
2 Jamie Briscoe (5) – Trenton
3 Jordy Pratt (14) – Brighton
4 Terry Loxley (8) – Trenton
5 Matt McMurdo (21) - Brighton

Mister Signz Pure Stock

1 Andrew Hennessy (02) – Picton
2 Chris Rice (06) – Picton
3 Andrew Carpenter (77) – Brighton
4 Gary Vandertoorn (8) – Brighton
5 Bob Beatty (55) - Roseneath

Sobey’s Southern Ontario Sprints (Top 3)
1. Rick Wilson #42w – Joyceville, ON
2. Glenn Styres #0 – Oshweken, ON
3. Warren Mahoney #25 – Lefroy, ON