A total of 18 358 Dirt Modifieds were on hand Saturday night at the Brighton Speedway for the first annual ImageFactor.ca Applefest 358 Dirt Modified Shootout.
Brian McDonald, Rob Pietz and Chris Jones captured the heat wins in front of a full crowd. All three drivers qualified for the ImageFactor.ca 'Apple Dash' along with the Sponsors Choice Wild Card driver Mark Hitchcock. Rob Pietz would find the fast way around for the 4 lap dash win.
The 40 lap feature brought the fans to their feet as Small Block Dirt Modifieds returned to the 1/3 mile clay oval for the first time in 22 years. Bill Mullin led the field to the green but it was outside pole sitter Kyle Dingwall who would steal the show. Dingwall quickly found his way to the front and stretched out to a sizeable lead. Rob Pietz was one of the fastest cars in the feature but spun early to bring out a caution. Dingwall meanwhile would continue to stretch his lead on restarts and easily pick his way through lapped traffic. A late race caution would bunch the field and bring second place runner Chris Jones to the back bumper of the leader. When the green flag flew however Dingwall easily pulled away and cruised the victory. Jones came home with a solid second on his home track while Lee Ladeceur finished third. Rob Pietz recovered from the earlier spin to finish fourth and Mark Hitchcock rounded out the top five.
An excited Dingwall was greeted in Victory Lane by friends and family as well as a fresh serving of Brighton grown apples and a jug of the areas finest cider. The ImageFactor.ca Applefest 358 Dirt Modified Shootout was a great success and should only grow in the years to come. The Brighton Speedway and ImageFactor.ca would like to thank all of the teams, staff and fans who helped make this such a great event.
ImageFactor.ca Applefest 358 Dirt Modified Shootout Results (40 laps): 1. #66 Kyle Dingwall, 2. #11 Chris Jones, 3. #12 Lee Ladeceur, 4. #69 Rob Pietz, 5. #95 Mark Hitchcock, 6. #72 Eric Gauvreau, 7. #3 Bill Mullin, 8. #115 Stephane Lafrance, 9. #1 Peter Mantha, 10. #98 Paul Pekkonen, 11. #96m Brian McDonald, 12. #20 Steve Bilow, 13. #35 Adam Moore, 14. #82 Doug Haldane, 15. #21 Jeff Ciglich, 16. #69x Harm Vanderweide, 17. #31x Andy Lloyd, 18. #84 Dave Heaslip (DNS) // Heat Wins: #96m Brian McDonald, #69 Rob Pietz, #11 Chris Jones // ImageFactor.ca 'Apple Dash': 1. #69 Rob Pietz, 2. #96m Brian McDonald, 3. #11 Chris Jones, 4. #95 Mark Hitchcock
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