Southern Ontario Sprints
WESTBROOK WINS $2,598 PEKKONEN MEMORIAL AT BRIGHTON
Photo credit: Rod Henderson (www.canadianracer.com)
By Tommy Goudge
BRIGHTON, Ont. (June 10, 2023) - Dylan Westbrook's journey to Brighton Speedway was an adventure on Saturday night, but once he got there his route to victory lane became straightforward.
Westbrook's hauler was damaged when a tire blew out on the highway on Saturday afternoon, but the team was able to get some much-needed roadside assistance and get to the track. Westbrook was quickest in timed hot laps, won his heat race, and led all 25 laps of the A-Main to claim $2,598 as the winner of the Paul Pekkonen Memorial.
Darren Dryden got past Mitch Brown for the second position early in the race while Westbrook pulled away. A yellow flag just before the halfway mark erased Westbrook's lead, but Dryden was unable to mount a challenge. A red flag quickly followed after contact between Ryan Turner and Jordan Poirier sent Poirier flipping. Turner was able to finish the race, but current Empire Super Sprints points leader Poirier was done for the night.
Westbrook cruised to the win, followed by Dryden, Brown, Shone Evans, and Cory Turner. Liam Martin, Josh Hansen, and Tyeller Powless were the next three across the finish line, while four drivers - Kyle Phillips, Chris Jones, Rick Wilson, and Ryan Turner - were eventually paid and awarded ninth place prize money and points.
Westbrook earned $100 from Ackland Insurance for posting the quickest lap in timed hot laps, while Jones took home $150 from Trailer Pros Canada for gaining the most positions in the A-Main.
Southern Ontario Sprints Race Report
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Brighton, Ontario, Canada
A-Main [Started] 25 laps - NT
- 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 2. 12DD-Darren Dryden; 3. 10-Mitch Brown; 4. 87X-Shone Evans; 5. 17-Cory Turner; 6. 9-Liam Martin; 7. 88H-Josh Hansen; 8. 77T-Tyeller Powless; 9. 21-Kyle Phillips; 9. 11-Chris Jones; 9. 42W-Rick Wilson; 9. 15-Ryan Turner; 13. 84-Tyler Rand; 14. 68-Aaron Turkey; 15. 12-Alex Bergeron; 16. 98-Evan Reynolds; 17. 19D-Allan Downey; 18. (DNF) 28-Jordan Poirier; 19. (DNF) 90-Travis Cunningham
Trailer Pros Canada Hard Charger ($150) - Chris Jones
Ackland Insurance Quick Time ($100) - Dylan Westbrook (12.017 seconds)
Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps - 1:55.731
- 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 2. 21-Kyle Phillips; 3. 19D-Allan Downey; 4. 90-Travis Cunningham; 5. 88H-Josh Hansen; 6. 12-Alex Bergeron; 7. (DNS) 11-Chris Jones
Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps - NT
- 9-Liam Martin; 2. 15-Ryan Turner; 3. 10-Mitch Brown; 4. 84-Tyler Rand; 5. 42W-Rick Wilson; 6. 28-Jordan Poirier
Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps - NT
- 87X-Shone Evans; 2. 12DD-Darren Dryden; 3. 77T-Tyeller Powless; 4. 17-Cory Turner; 5. 68-Aaron Turkey; 6. 98-Evan Reynolds
About the Southern Ontario Sprints tour: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. Each points-paying event on the 2023 schedule will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start, while a dozen events will pay $2,500-to-win or more, including five Nitro 54 Variety Super Series events paying at least $3,000-to-win. A points fund in excess of $16,000 will be divided among competitors thanks to the support of Tammy Ten Media, and selected events will be broadcast live on GForceTV. The fastest qualifier for each SOS event will receive $100 from Ackland Insurance, while the Hard Charger in each A-Main will receive $100 from Trailer Pros Canada. Visit www.southernontariosprints.com for more information.
Article Credit: Tommy Goudge
Submitted By: Thomas Goudge