Westbrook Wins First Night of Labour Day Classic; Rain Claims Second Night

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Updated: September 1, 2019

Photos by Rod Henderson/CanadianRacer.com

By Tommy Goudge

BRIGHTON, Ont. (September 1, 2019) – Dylan Westbrook moved into a tie for third all-time on the Southern Ontario Sprints feature win list on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway, while Mother Nature interfered with the second half of the Labour Day Classic weekend.

Ryan Turner and Steve Lyons made up the front row for Saturday night’s 25 lap feature race. Several yellow flags slowed the pace, but Turner held serve after each restart and led the first 15 laps until Dylan Westbrook took over. Westbrook went on to claim the 18th SOS feature win of his career, and ninth at Brighton Speedway. Rain on Sunday night spoiled Westbrook’s bid for a weekend three-peat, as the 20-year-old driver also became the all-time Ohsweken Speedway feature win leader on Friday night.

Ryan Turner took over the championship points lead by coming home with a runner-up finish, followed by Steve Lyons, Jake Brown, and Mitch Brown. Jacob Dykstra, eighth row starter Cory Turner, Rick Wilson, Shane Ross, and Holly Porter rounded out the top ten. Ryan Turner, Mitch Brown, Jake Brown, and Dylan Westbrook claimed heat race wins, while Kyle Phillips won the Dash for Cash presented by Naylor Dock Systems, Docks Are Us, and Four Points Sheraton Hotels.

NOTES:
-Shawn Sliter and Dave Dykstra traded cars after heat race action on Saturday. Problems on Sliter’s 22 car necessitated the change, with Sliter jumping behind the wheel of the 71SX car which Dykstra was slated to compete with. Sliter was able to advance 11 positions in the feature and earn Hard Charger honours from Man Cave Racing.

-Feature winner Dylan Westbrook drew the number five after the race, awarding a brand new American Racer tire from Grisdale Racing Products to fifth place finisher Mitch Brown.

-The 17th Annual SOS Labour Day Classic weekend at Brighton to have a race rained out. The only other Labour Day Classic rainouts occurred in 2006 when both nights were washed out by the remnants of Hurricane Ernesto. Rick Wilson (8), Glenn Styres (4), and Dylan Westbrook (3) are now the only drivers with more than two Labour Day Classic wins; Chris Jones, Dain Naida, and Ryan Hunsinger each have two LDC wins, while Jake Brown, Mitch Brown, Cody Geldart, Joe Middlemiss, Dick Mahoney, Keith Dempster, Charlie Sandercock, Ryan Susice, and Steve Lyons each have one.

-Dylan Westbrook is now tied with Keith Dempster for third all-time on the SOS feature win list; only Rick Wilson (33) and Glenn Styres (29) remain ahead of Westbrook’s 18 wins. Westbrook also broke a tie with Dempster for third on the Brighton Speedway SOS win list; Wilson (22) and Styres (15) are again the only drivers ahead of Westbrook, who now has nine wins at Brighton.

-Ryan Turner (812), Mitch Brown (797), Cory Turner (778), Jake Brown (765), and Holly Porter (679) make up the top five in the SOS championship standings with one points-paying race remaining on the 2019 schedule. Defending champ Cory Turner and 2015 champ Mitch Brown are looking for their second career SOS titles, while the other contenders are trying for their first.

-The Southern Ontario Sprints will return to action on Saturday, September 7 at Merrittville Speedway for the final SOS points race of the 2019 season. Race time is 7:00 p.m. For additional event information, visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com

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SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019
BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY
BRIGHTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

Entry List
01 Kyle Fraser – Arnprior, Ontario
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ontario
5D Shane Ross – Thedford, Ontario
5JD Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ontario
9 Steve Lyons – Kitchener, Ontario
10 Mitch Brown – Brantford, Ontario
11 Jamie Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
11J Chris Jones – Picton, Ontario
13 Cory Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
15 Mike Ferrell – London, Ontario
21 Kyle Phillips – Grand Island, New York
22 Shawn Sliter – Port Colborne, Ontario
25 Warren Mahoney – Lefroy, Ontario
42W Rick Wilson – Joyceville, Ontario
46 Kevin Pauls – Canfield, Ontario
47X Dylan Westbrook – Scotland, Ontario
66 Frank Baranowski – Mount Hope, Ontario
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ontario
71S Dillan Sliter – Port Colborne, Ontario
71SX Dave Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ontario
84 Tyler Rand – Picton, Ontario
84S Charlie Sandercock – Trenton, Ontario
91 Ryan Turner – Caistor Centre, Ontario
98 Paul Pekkonen – Brockville, Ontario
110 Jake Brown – Brantford, Ontario

Heat Race 1 (Started) 8 laps – NT
1. 91 Ryan Turner (1), 2. 25 Warren Mahoney (2), 3. 68 Aaron Turkey (3), / 4. 21 Kyle Phillips (5), 5. 11J Chris Jones (6), 6. 84S Charlie Sandercock (7), 7. 71SX Dave Dykstra (4)

Heat Race 2 (Started) 8 laps – 2:07.490
1. 10 Mitch Brown (2), 2. 42W Rick Wilson (3), 3. 5D Shane Ross (5), / 4. 1 Holly Porter (6), 5. 15 Mike Ferrell (4), 6. 46 Kevin Pauls (1)

Heat Race 3 (Started) 8 laps – NT
1. 110 Jake Brown (2), 2. 01 Kyle Fraser (1), 3. 9 Steve Lyons (4), / 4. 66 Frank Baranowski (5), 5. 84 Tyler Rand (6), 6. DNF 11 Jamie Turner (3)

Heat Race 4 (Started) 8 laps – 2:03.355
1. 47X Dylan Westbrook (4), 2. 5JD Jacob Dykstra (1), 3. 22 Shawn Sliter (2), / 4. 13 Cory Turner (5), 5. 71S Dillan Sliter (3), 6. 98 Paul Pekkonen (6)

Dash For Cash (Started) 4 laps – 1:04.996
Presented by Naylor Dock Systems, Docks Are Us, and Four Points Sheraton Hotels
1. 21 Kyle Phillips (1), 2. 1 Holly Porter (2), 3. 13 Cory Turner (4), 4. 11J Chris Jones (5), 5. 66 Frank Baranowski (3), 6. 84 Tyler Rand (7), 7. 71s Dillan Sliter (8), 8. 15 Mike Ferrell (6)

A-Feature (Started) 25 laps – NT
1. 47X Dylan Westbrook (3)
2. 91 Ryan Turner (1)
3. 9 Steve Lyons (2)
4. 110 Jake Brown (6)
5. 10 Mitch Brown (4)
6. 5JD Jacob Dykstra (9)
7. 13 Cory Turner (15)
8. 42W Rick Wilson (11)
9. 5d Shane Ross (8)
10. 1 Holly Porter (13)
11. 84 Tyler Rand (18)
12. 25 Warren Mahoney (10)
13. 71SX Shawn Sliter (24)
14. 11j Chris Jones (16)
15. 11 Jamie Turner (22)
16. 68 Aaron Turkey (5)
17. 98 Paul Pekkonen (23)
18. 66 Frank Baranowski (14)
19. 01 Kyle Fraser (7)
20. 21 Kyle Phillips (12)
21. 84S Charlie Sandercock (20)
22. DNF 15 Mike Ferrell (17)
23. DNF 46 Kevin Pauls (21)
24. DNF 71S Dillan Sliter (19)
25. DNF 22 Dave Dykstra (25)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Ryan Turner 1-15, Dylan Westbrook 16-25
Margin of Victory – 2.315 seconds
Man Cave Racing Hard Charger – Shawn Sliter +11
Grisdale Racing Products Tire Draw Winner – Mitch Brown

Up Next:
Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ontario – September 7, 2019
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2019 SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS SCHEDULE
1. April 20 – Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, Ont.) – RAINED OUT (Spring Sizzler)
2. May 18 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – POSTPONED
2. May 25 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – RAINED OUT (rescheduled from May 18)
3. June 15 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – WINNER: CORY TURNER
4. June 22 – Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, Ont.) – WINNER: DYLAN WESTBROOK (Gary Cunningham Memorial)
5. July 6 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – WINNER: CORY TURNER
6. July 27 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – WINNER: JAKE BROWN
7. August 16 – Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, Ont.) – RAINED OUT
8. August 31 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – WINNER: DYLAN WESTBROOK (Labour Day Classic Weekend)
9. September 1 – Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ont.) – RAINED OUT (Labour Day Classic Weekend)
10. September 7 – Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, Ont.) – (SOS Championship)
NP. September 13 – Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, Ont.) – (Night Before the Nationals)
NP. September 14 – Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, Ont.) – (Canadian Sprint Car Nationals)

About the Southern Ontario Sprints: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. 2019 marks the 24th year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints tour. The 2019 schedule consists of 12 events at three different race tracks in Ontario; each SOS tour event pays a minimum of $1,200-to-win and $240-to-start. Visit www.SouthernOntarioSprints.ca for more information.

Website: www.SouthernOntarioSprints.com
Twitter: @SOSsprints
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SouthernOntarioSprints
Instagram: @southernontariosprints
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/SOSsprints

The Southern Ontario Sprints would like to thank their 2019 partners, including Brighton Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, www.ImageFactor.ca, and Grisdale Racing Products.

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