The Shootout Is Upon Us!
The beginning of fall is soon upon us and with that the Cool 100 Applefest Shootout at Brighton Speedway highlights every racers schedule. The two-day show will feature the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, the DIRTcar Sportsman North and West Series, Northeast Late Model Alliance second last race, the Canadian Modified / UMP Challenge Series finale and the Duel on the Dirt Thunder Stock final battle. On top of this the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club closes out their season and there is an invite to Mini Stocks and Comp 4’s to participate during Friday night’s events as well.
The collection of series and races to be performed will be phenomenal with drivers and fans from all over Ontario, Quebec and parts of the United States.
Friday night the DIRTcar Sportsman series will see the best from the North and the best from the West in a combined points event. Promoter Mark Rinaldi is expecting close to 40 Sportsman teams to descend upon the 1/3rd mile clay oval in Brighton, Ontario for some high-speed competitive racing. Driver’s will compete over two days in a battle for the bushel of apples on Saturday night.
Also racing on a stacked race card on Friday will be the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club. The 50’s/60’s Champion is Tim Charland with a comfortable point lead heading into the weekend. In the 70’/80’s division the title still up for grabs with only 5 points separating Steve Billings and Sheldon Hoogwerf.
The Mini Stocks and Comp 4 cars will be competing for one prize this Friday night with expected arrivals from the East and the West in an open invitational. The $300 payout for this division should entice teams to travel the distance for this epic weekend of excitement.
Thunder Stocks teams traveling in from the West for the Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt Series will have a chance to try out the track before their final race in the series on Saturday night. Steve Shaw of Southern Ontario Motor Speedway sits tied with Brighton’s Justin Ramsay at 310 points heading into Saturday. Billy Bleich and Donny Lampman from Humberstone are right behind with 306 and 299 respectively.
A two-day event for the Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance has 20 pre-registered teams as of noon on Wednesday with more expected to arrive on Friday. The series has just three races left, with the final night scheduled for October 4th at Fulton. On Friday night the 25-lap event offers $1,000 to the winner, while the 50 lap Great Crate Race on Saturday night will see the winner drive away with a $4,000 pay day.
The Everything Small Engine Canadian Modified / UMP Challenge will host an event each day this weekend to close out their points battle. Dennis Lunger sits ahead of Brighton Champion Andrew Hennessy going into Friday’s event but Kraig Handley is close behind them. This two-track series between Brighton and Southern Ontario Motor Speedway has seen races on neutral territory at Humberstone Speedway, Merrittville Speedway and Ohsweken Speedway and will finish Saturday night.
The DIRTcar 358 Modifieds will make their annual visit to the dirt track by the lake in Brighton. The event does not account for points; however, it is heralded as a must-race event for series competitors. The race was created in 2005 as an opportunity for drivers from both East and West to compete on neutral territory at the end of season. Track promoter, Mark Rinaldi, along with Greg Calnan of Image Factor Media worked together to make the race a marquee. Heading into the 15th edition of the Applefest Shootout it has definitely become one of the favourite races on every competitors list.
The Cool 100 Applefest Shootout Double Header kicks off Friday at 6:30 PM, spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and Admission is Adults $20.00, Youths & Seniors $18.00, Children 7-12 $5.00 Family Pass $55, Children 6 & Under Free. All tickets are available at the Front Gate. On Saturday, September 20th on track action begins early at 3:00 PM for Heats and Time Trials. Feature racing starts at 7:00 PM. Admission for Adults is $30.00, Youths & Seniors $25.00, Children 7-12 $7.00 Family Pass $80, Children 6 & Under Free.
Additional information can be found at http://imagefactor.ca/applefestshootout/