By Greg Calnan / ON DIRT Racing News – After 16 weeks of competition at Brighton Speedway the championship chase in the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Late Model division is a deadlock. Defending champion Corey Earl along with Charlie Sandercock were set to settle the title fight on the track during Applefest Weekend at the 1/3 mile clay oval… the weatherman had other ideas. Rain forced the cancellation of the final night of points racing and with the Great Crate race scheduled for Saturday, September 28th it didn’t seem fair to decide the outcome with a field full of invaders in town.
Determined to declare a winner on the track both Earl and Sandercock agreed to make racing history and settle the championship in a 1-on-1 match race. The 10 lap affair will take place following qualifying heats for the Great Crate Race on Saturday night. The winner collects 1 point and the division honours to go with it.
“It’s a great way to decide a tie, this was created on the track, it should be ended on the track.” said defending champ Earl. “Deciding based on wins or stats takes something away from it all.”
Each driver has had a season that could be considered championship calibre. Earl who at one point held over a 100 point lead in the standings boasts 4 wins to Sandercock’s 3 victories. However consistency has kept the chase tight. Sandercock has 14 top 5’s in 16 starts and no finishes outside the top 10 while Earl has 13 top 5’s, but two finishes 12th or worse.
The real winners on Saturday night will be the fans as those in attendance will see something that may only happen once in a lifetime. And the combatants couldn’t be more suited for the spotlight as both drivers have star-like personalities and a comical side to add to the equation. With a years’ worth of sweat and hard work on the line though this friendly rivalry will be tested by the time the 10 laps are completed.
When all is said and done it will be refreshing to see a championship decided by something other than a formality and the best thing is that it wasn’t manufactured. This heavyweight title bout will not only create a buzz leading up to the event, but will also give everyone that witnesses it a story to tell for many years to come.
So get ready as the Champ takes on the Challenger… 10 laps, 2 drivers and 1 championship on the line. May the best man win!
Race time at for this event is 6pm at Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario. For more details visit www.brightonspeedway.com.