From Brighton Speedway – Being dubbed the GCR2, one of the biggest events in the northeast for Dirt Late Model Racing will return in 2012. McDougall Financial and Insurance will once again be the title sponsor for the $5,000.00 to win event that drew record car counts and crowds to the 2011 inaugural Great Crate Race. The biggest change for this year’s event is the date, the event will move up one week on the calendar to Saturday, September 8th. Last season the event conflicted with not only other Dirt Late Model races in the northeast but also with other big Sprint Car and DIRTCar events in the area, “this new date seems to work out better for everyone involved” states track promoter Mark Rinaldi
“We are grateful to have McDougall Insurance and Financial back for a second year as title sponsor as well as associate sponsors; Excel Tower Service, Dibbits Excavating, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Finishline Web Design and Tenacious Racing plus King Landscaping and Stone are giving 100.00 per qualifier win. Without these sponsors we could never make an event of this magnitude happen.” Rinaldi continues
“Veteran driver Greg Belyea came to us with this idea in the off season last year, we worked together with some other key players to promote the event and it really turned out better than expected”. The event in its first year drew 29 cars from 7 different tracks in Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania. This year with the new date and expected growth in the class we could easily see 40 plus cars for the second year! “We expect this event to continue to grow for years to come!”
Third year veteran and the first owner / driver tandem to commit to the return of Late Models to Brighton Speedway in 2010 was Stuart Archer and Phil Potts and although they didn’t have the winning results in the inaugural year of the Great Crate Race they can’t wait for the follow up edition “The Great Crate Race is an opportunity to compete in a big money race against out of town cars at my home track” said Potts when asked about the return. Also a third year veteran Caley Weese in her #77 Bob Peirce Late Model is excited about the return event “It’s awesome to have this high profile race here at home! Most of the time we would need to travel several hours to compete in an event of this magnitude and this one is on our home turf!” Weese who had a rough start last year and qualified 26th for the main event impressed many in attendance with her strong march through the field throughout the 65 lap event to a 6th place finish narrowly missing out of the top five but earning her the Hard Charger Award for the event.
This season the GCR2 will once again take place with the John’s Equipment Danny Reid Memorial Modified event. The event in honour of a Brighton Speedway Hall of Famer has turned into a fan and driver favorite and one trophy that every modified driver strives to put on their wall. 2011 Modified Champion Dan Ferguson has decided to stay in the Modified Division in hopes for a repeat of his 2011 Danny Reid Memorial win. “That was hands down the biggest win of his 12 year carrer and a great race” said Ferguson. There will be a lot of new blood in the modified division this season and another great race is expected.
These two great events are made possible in part by the support of a number of great sponsors such as McDougall Insurance and Financial, John’s Equipment, Excel Tower Service, Finishline Web Design, Dibbits Excavating, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Tenacious Racing and King Landscaping and Stone. Brighton Speedway has additional marketing and sponsorship opertunities available for these and other great events throughout the season and you may contact the speedway office. The complete Brighton Speedway schedule is expected to be released shortly at www.brightonspeedway .com, for more info on these events or others email email@example.com