With a rich history of success throughout the years, Brighton Speedway is set to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with a series of big shows throughout the season.
The schedule is highlighted by the SOS Sprints, as well as a special 50th Anniversary night in July which will feature the brand new OSCAAR Hot Rod Series.
“That event is meant to give fans a taste of what racing was like 50 years ago,” track promotor Mark Rinaldi said at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. “Looking forward to the season. The sponsors have been great coming on board in each of the classes. We have some of the biggest car counts in each of the classes and are looking to maintain that. Just looking for another solid season.”
Of course, it can become a battle to put together a season with solid car counts across the board as concerns rise surrounding the cost of racing. However, Rinaldi doesn’t put much thought into that as he says the cost is reasonable and relative compared to everything else in life.
“When you think about it, I know personally what the costs are as my son has started racing a race car,” he said. “It’s not cheap, but it’s a hobby and a hobby that we choose to spend our money on, and it’s not much different than snowmobling. I know people have that spent 18 thousand, 20 thousand on a new snowmobile. Its like spending money on a harley and going to ride it every week and stay in a hotel room, or getting a boat – we all know how expensive boating can be. The answer is expensive, but so is everything in life and that’s why relevant is probably one of the best terms. It’s our job as promoters to create the atmosphere that people want to spend their hobby dollars on, whether in the stands or somebody gets the bug or hangs around someone else’s shop – it’s our job to make racing that avenue people want to spend their hobby dollars on, and keep a budget in place.”
You can check out the Brighton Speedway schedule at http://www.brightonspeedway.ca/schedule/.