BRIGHTON, Ont. – August 6, 2016 – Oakland, Ont. native Dylan Westbrook (No.47x Bradshaw Fuels) stole the lead from his car owner Glenn Styres (No.0 Case IH) on lap 10 and never looked back to earn his second straight win with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Brighton Speedway.
The fourth-starting Westbrook quickly jumped to the front, but it was Styres leading the opening nine laps despite Chris Jones’ (No.11J Jones Automotive) pole starting position. Dain Naida (No.17x Townline Variety) took the second spot on lap two, but was quickly overtaken by Westbrook on lap five.
Two laps later, a scary incident occurred in turn three. Mitch Brown (No.10 Haldex Brakes) flipped wildy off the track after contact with Rick Wilson (No.42w Draper Doors) in a battle for the fourth position. Brown was uninjured, but understandably shaken.
On the following restart, the 17-year-old Westbrook got an impressive jump and built momentum in the top lane in order to take the lead from Styres out of turn four on the 10th lap.
A trio of restarts from lap 11 to 18 forced Westbrook to be sharp. He set an incredibly slow pace coming back to the green flag. The strategy proved effective as Westbrook got an excellent restart each time.
He survived Styres’ slide job attempt on a lap 17 restart and pulled away from Naida by over two seconds at the checkered flag. The win was Westbrook’s third this season on the tour. Shawn Sliter (No.22 Giletta Flooring) rallied to a third-place finish.
The series is back in action on Sunday, August 7 at Humberstone Speedway for round eight of the 2016 season.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
2016 SEASON EVENT #7 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016
BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY – BRIGHTON ON
(Number Name – Hometown)
0 Glenn Styres – Ohsweken, ON
01 Kyle Fraser – White Lake, ON
2w Lee Winger – Mount Hope, ON
10 Mitch Brown – Brantford, ON
11J Chris Jones – Picton, ON
15 Mike Ferrell – London, ON
15aw April Wilson – Joyceville, ON
17x Dain Naida – Tecumseh, MI
22 Shawn Sliter – Port Colborne, ON
25 Warren Mahoney – Lefroy, ON
42w Rick Wilson – Joyceville, ON
47x Dylan Westbrook – Oakland, ON
57 Charlie Sandercock – Trenton, ON
98 Paul Pekkonen – Brockville, ON
1-10 Jake Brown – Brantford, ON
Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 4 Redrew For Feature Starting Position)
1. 1-10 Jake Brown
2. 17x Dain Naida
3. 47x Dylan Westbrook
4. 15aw April Wilson
5. 15 Mike Ferrell
6. 25 Warren Mahoney
7. 2w Lee Winger
- 57 Charlie Sandercock (DNS)
Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 4 Redrew For Feature Starting Position)
1. 0 Glenn Styres
2. 10 Mitch Brown
3. 11J Chris Jones
4. 42w Rick Wilson
5. 98 Paul Pekkonen
6. 01 Kyle Fraser
- 22 Shawn Sliter
FEATURE (25 Laps)
1. 47x Dylan Westbrook
2. 17x Dain Naida
3. 22 Shawn Sliter
4. 42w Rick Wilson
5. 0 Glenn Styres
6. 15aw April Wilson
7. 1-10 Jake Brown
8. 98 Paul Pekkonen
9. 2w Lee Winger
10. 11J Chris Jones
11. 25 Warren Mohoney
12. 15 Mike Ferrell
13. 10 Mitch Brown
14. 01 Kyle Fraser
- 57 Charlie Sandercock (DNS).
Margin of Victory: 2.406 seconds.
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Glenn Styres 1-9, Dylan Westbrook 10-25
2016 SEASON FEATURE WINNERS:
Dylan Westbrook – 3 (South Buxton July 2, Brighton July 9, Brighton August 6), Mitch Brown – 2 (Brighton May 21, Brighton June 18), Ryan Susice – 1 (Humberstone June 5), Dave Dykstra – 1 (Ohsweken July 1)
Humberstone Speedway – Sunday, August 7, 2016
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. 2016 marks the 21st year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints, brought to you this season by The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, www.ImageFactor.ca, and www.OntarioOvalOnDirt.com.
Photo Attachment: Dylan Westbrook poses in victory lane with representatives from night sponsor Rapid Rad. (Rod Henderson photo).