Sandercock powers way to Quebec sweep

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Charlie Sandercock stole the show in the Rush Late Models’ first Quebec appearance, last weekend at Le RPM Speedway in Saint-Marcel-de-Richelieu, Que.
The Trenton driver and Brighton Speedway’s defending Late Model Division champion won both Friday and Saturday night’s feature races as the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick Rush Dirt Late Model Touring Series, powered by Pace Performance, closed out the inaugural stop in the La belle Province.
It was the first time Late Models of any kind competed at the track. It’s also been more than two years since Sandercock’s won his first career Rush Late Model Touring Series race at Merrittville Speedway.
Friday, a huge crowd at Autodrome Granby greeted Sandercock and fellow Brighton drivers Phil Potts, of Frankford, Brandon Mowat and Austin King, both of Brighton, Kyle Sopaz, of Carrying Place, Codrington’s Brad Rayner, and Trenton’s Steve Baldwin. The foursome took four of the top five positions in the feature, with Sandercock, Potts and Sopaz sweeping the podium, and Mowatt crossing the finish line in fifth spot.
After starting seventh on the grid, Sandercock powered his way into the lead by Lap 17 and never looked back, cruising to win the 40-lap feature.
In Saturday’s race, Sandercock completed the weekend sweep to earn himself $8,125 US.
Sopaz followed up his third place finish Friday by placing second Saturday, earning himself $3,000 U.S. for the weekend. Potts raced from 11th to second on Friday and eighth to third on Saturday to hel the Brighton drivers sweep the podium both nights.
Rayner was sixth. Baldwin barely edged out Mowat in a long battle for the seventh spot by just 0.082 of a second to receive the Dirt Defender “Defensive Drive of the Night” contingency. Sopaz also won the $25 FK Rod Ends second heat race.
Meanwhile, action resumes Saturday at Brighton Speedway as McDougall Insurance & Financial, The Community Press and APC Auto Parts present Fan Appreciation plus the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, Tunder Stocks and Comp 4/Mini Stocks.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors, $3 for children seven to 12, $28 for a family pass, and all children six and under are admitted free. Front gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.