By Tommy Goudge
(May 20, 2010) – A sure sign of spring in Ontario is the opening of Sprint Car racing season. This Saturday night, the Southern Ontario Sprints tour will return to familiar territory when Brighton Speedway hosts the SOS season opener for the eleventh year in a row.
Always a fan favourite at Brighton, Joyceville’s Rick Wilson will try to add to his stellar record at the Northumberland County oval this weekend. In thirty-seven career Sprint Car events at Brighton, “The Joyceville Jet” has claimed thirteen feature victories, along with a dozen runner-up finishes.
Other active drivers with feature wins at Brighton include Glenn Styres (10), Keith Dempster (7), Warren Mahoney (3), Kyle Wilson (3), Adam West (2), Kevin Job (1), and Dick Mahoney (1).
Feature winners at Brighton last season included Glenn Styres (May 17, June 6, September 5), Adam West (July 11), Rick Wilson (August 8), and Ryan Hunsinger (September 6).
Others expected in competition on Saturday night and looking to add their names to Brighton’s sprint car win list include; Chris Jones, April Wilson, Jamie Collard, Bob Crawford, 2009 SOS Rookie of the Year Tyler Rand, Kyle Fraser, Tim Zack, Paul Pekkonen, 2010 Rookie of the Year candidates Brad Lodge, Erin Joyce, and Jim Munsie.
Don’t miss the first event of the SOS racing season on Saturday, May 22nd! Rock 107 and Van Zuylen Tire present the evening’s activities, featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints season opener, along with Brighton’s new DIRTCar Pro Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Comp 4’s.
Southern Ontario Sprints 2010 Season, Round #1
775 County Road 64
Phone: (613)-475-1102 or toll free 1-(866)-681-1102
On the Web: www.brightonspeedway.com
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Pit Gates open @ 3:00p.m., Spectator Gates Open @ 5:30p.m., Racing @ 7:00p.m.
Tickets: $18 Adults, $14 Youth and Seniors, $4 Children Ages 7-12, FREE Children Ages 6 and Under, $42 Family Pass
** Advance ticket sales are available for all SOS events at Brighton Speedway in 2010. Visit www.BrightonSpeedway.com for details. **
Please visit www.SouthernOntarioSprints.com for more news and information about the Southern Ontario Sprints! 2010 marks the fifteenth year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints, brought to you this season by Wiseco Piston, Kenetic Photos, Stealth Racewear, Triple X Race Co., ASI Racewear, The Racers Edge, BS&B Radiator, www.ImageFactor.ca, Hepfner Racing Products, Saldana Racing Products, Kreitz Oval Track Parts Inc., Keizer Aluminum Wheels, and Have Bus Racing Tours.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS HISTORY
SEASON OPENER WINNERS
May 6, 2000 – 5k Keith Dempster
May 5, 2001 – 6 Ryan Coniam
May 4, 2002 – 42 Rick Wilson
May 3, 2003 – 16w Kyle Wilson
May 1, 2004 – 6 Cody Geldart
May 7, 2005 – 30 Adam West
May 6, 2006 – 0 Glenn Styres
May 12, 2007 – 42w Rick Wilson
May 10, 2008 – 42w Rick Wilson
May 17, 2009 – 0 Glenn Styres