By Tommy Goudge (July 23, 2021) – The Pinty’s Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car series season is set to continue this Saturday, July 24 at Brighton Speedway!
Plenty of action is expected at the racy one-third mile track as drivers are ready to kick off a busy stretch of the schedule which will see them competing in five events in the next three weeks. The track is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, approximately 90 minutes east of Toronto and 30 minutes west of Belleville. Anticipation is high among teams and fans alike; Brighton hasn’t hosted a Sprint Car event in nearly two years, and fans were in the stands for the first time since 2019 when rain arrived and washed out the July 3 KoT event.
Jordan Poirier enters the weekend as the championship points leader, while Jim Huppunen, Mack DeMan, Josh Hansen, and Cory Turner are in the top five thanks to strong starts to their seasons two weeks ago. Three drivers have Brighton wins on their resumes; local favourite Chris Jones has six wins at Brighton, while Cory Turner has four, and Ryan Turner has one.
THEY SAID IT
Jordan Poirier will be racing at Brighton for the first time on Saturday. The driver from Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec won the opening round of the Knights of Thunder season on July 10 at Merrittville Speedway. Meanwhile, Chris Jones will make a much shorter trip to Brighton from Picton, Ontario and has many races under his belt at the Northumberland County oval, including six wins. Here are their thoughts heading into Saturday’s race:
Poirier – “When we got rained out last time it was the first time I was seeing the track at all. I’m excited and anxious at the same time. We put the bar high last week, and we want to do good again Saturday.”
Jones – “Brighton is a fun little place. It’s really nice to race at a place that’s only 35 minutes from home rather than three to four hours, and it’s always nice to recognize most of the faces in the crowd and to have plenty of them cheering me on.”
75% spectator capacity is permitted at this event under Step Three of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. Visit www.brightonspeedway.ca for more information.
GForceTV will have a free live broadcast from Brighton if you can’t make it to the track. Eight cameras will be in place to make sure that the broadcast is the next-best thing to being there! Visit www.gforcetv.net to catch all the action.
Make sure to visit the official website and social media pages of the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder for news and updates on Eastern Canada’s newest racing series.
KNIGHTS OF THUNDER MEDIA
About the Pinty’s Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series: Founded in 2021, the Knights of Thunder series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. Each points-paying event on the 2021 schedule will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start, and selected events will be broadcast live on GForceTV. The championship winner will be rewarded with $5,000 and a Pinty’s VIP package for the 2022 Bristol Dirt Race, while 10th place in the championship standings will pay $1,000. The 2021 Knights of Thunder Sprint Car Series is made possible with the support of Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Hoosier Tire Canada, Burger Barn, Nitro 54 Variety, Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet, and EPIC Racewear. Visit www.knightsofthunder.com for more information.
JULY 24 EVENT INFO
Knights of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series – 2021 Season Round #2
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – Racing begins at 7:00 pm
775 County Rd 64
Brighton ON K0K 1H0
2021 KNIGHTS OF THUNDER SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
* indicates live broadcast on GForceTV
Sat Jul 10 – Merrittville Speedway* (w/AST) – Winner: Jordan Poirier
Sat Jul 24 – Brighton Speedway*
Fri Jul 30 – Humberstone Speedway* (w/AST)
Sat Jul 31 – Humberstone Speedway (w/AST)
Fri Aug 6 – Merrittville Speedway (w/AST)
Sat Aug 7 – Southern Ontario Motor Speedway*
Fri Aug 13 – Merrittville Speedway (w/AST)
Sat Sept 4 – Brighton Speedway (w/AST)
Sun Sept 5 – Brighton Speedway* (w/AST)
Fri Sept 10 – Humberstone Speedway* (w/AST)
Sat Sept 11 – Merrittville Speedway
Fri Sept 17 – Merrittville Speedway* (w/AST)
Fri Oct 1 – Humberstone Speedway* (w/AST)
Sat Oct 9 – Southern Ontario Motor Speedway* (w/AST)