BRIGHTON, ON – Fans at Brighton Speedway witnessed an exciting and wacky 19 school bus battle on Saturday night. The ever-popular Workman OK Tire School Bus Races presented by Lange and Fetter Ford headlined a full race card with the Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Thunder Stocks, Comp 4’s, Mini Stocks and the Gord’s Water Vantastics.
Sandercock scores third win
Polesitter No. 5 Steve Baldwin and No. 46 Brandon Mowat waged one of the most epic side-by-side battles on the night that saw the veterans toss the lead back and forth for the majority of the 30-lap late model affair. The pair thrilled fans to a fierce fight for the lead as No. 57 Charlie Sandercock muscled his way up from his seventh starting position. Sandercock put the hammer down as he hunted the 46 and with five laps to go the 57 secured the lead. Sandercock flew to victory lane with Mowat in second, No. 87 Andrew Hennessy finished third, No. 311 Sam Pennacchio and No. 89 Austin King was fifth.
O’Blenis finally a bride
After two consecutive second place finishes, Canadian Modified No. 32 Doug O’Blenis was determined to get it done in the 25-lap main event Saturday night. O’Blenis passed polesitter No. 1 Shawn Gregory at the drop of the green flag and took off. On the 18th time Gregory spun out on turn four pushing him to the back of back. Gregory pushed hard through the pack to try and catch O’Blenis but the 32 was thirsty for victory. When the checkers fell it was O’Blenis at the top of the podium with No. 5 Wally Alderdice in second, Gregory picked up a well-deserved third place, No. 29 Rich Sanders fourth and No. 26 Bob Green fifth.
Ramsay rides to VL again
Thunder Stock driver No. 72 Doug Anderson looked like he was well on his way to securing his second consecutive win of the season as he dominated in the 20-lap affair. But with only one lap to go No. 03 Justin Ramsay slid past Anderson and rode to victory lane leaving the 72 to settle for second. No. 26 Kraig Handley was third, No. 17 Jeff Humphrey fourth and No. 1 Brock Gregory fifth.
Flieler’s bus flies to victory lane
Much to fans’ delight 19 full sized school buses took the green flag with exceptional racing in the oversized gladiators, often three and four wide through the corners. No. 7 Jay McArthur flipped his bus on its side coming into turn 4 and the crowd cheered as he jumped out uninjured. No. 75 Frank Flieler went on to win the race with No. 77 Bernie Rhebergen in second, No. 55 Paul Quick third, No. 28 Del MacGregor fourth and No. 53 Mike Workman fifth.
Rinaldi rules Mini Stock feature
Anthony Rinaldi was flawless in his No. 7 Mini Stock from start to finish. He led all 20 laps of the main event from start to finish. As hard as the No. 96 Cole Abrams tried to close the gap with Rinaldi he couldn’t come close as the 7 drove to victory lane securing his first win of the season. Abrams was second, No. 11 Mike Whyte third, No. 16 Dawson Evans fourth and No. 14 m Matthew Moore fifth.
Checkers fly for French
Determined to get to victory lane No. 08 Josh French took off as the green flag fell on the 15-lap Comp 4 affair. With No. 43 Devon Kippen hot on his heels the pair duked it out for the top spot. On the fifth time by French drove too wide allowing Kippen to snap up the lead. French never lost sight of Kippen as he chased down the leader. Kippen spun out and French rode the 08 to victory lane with No. 15 Josh Bogaard in second, No. 97 Kyle Gregory in third, No. 44 Tommy Bailey fourth and Kippen fifth.
MacGregor’s minivan makes it rain checkers
It only took No. 19 Del MacGregor three laps to move his way up from seventh starting position into second place in the Gord’s Water Vantastics 12-lap event. He rode that minivan on the rails and by lap 5 he was in the lead and on his way to victory lane. No. 3 Kevin Carruthers scored second, No. 121 Hunter Triemstra third, No. 55 Tristan LeClair fourth and No. 179 Derek Anderson fifth. MacGregor was thrilled as he jumped from his minivan and took his rightful checkered flag dedicating his long-awaited win at Brighton to his dear father, the late Orval MacGregor.
Race fans get buckled in for the month of September! The Labour Day Classic Sprint Car Extravaganza presented by Brighton Automotive and Corr-Pak is set for two days of action packed racing. Saturday night 6 classes will rock the race card with the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Cars, The Action Sprint Tour Crate Sprint series, Vanderlaan Building Products Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Thunder Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4’s and Mini Stocks. Sunday’s earlier start time at 6:00 om will see the sprints once again, the Thunder Stocks battle it out for their final points and Stingers replace the Modifieds in the line up. Two days of racing to kick off September. There’s no place else to be on Saturday night then at Brighton Speedway.
Photo Credit Rod Henderson, CanadianRacer.com