Checkered flag going to be waving for the rest of the summer

Article and images by Tim Burgess

In order to get the 2021 season underway, the Brighton Speedway family started firing on all cylinders and immediately poured on the gas.

“This year is really just a recovery from the last year and a half. To be honest, we are still adjusting the schedule as more restrictions loosen up,” explains Mark Rinaldi.  “Some of our events are contingent on the border opening up, so those are still in doubt, but no matter what-  we will have exciting weekly racing from now until October 2.

Brighton Speedway has been a family business since 1980. Mark and Angela Rinaldi are the present owners of Brighton Speedway. They purchased the racetrack from Marks’s father, Lou Rinaldi, in 2010.

Mark promotes the racetrack and Angela looks after general management duties. With car racing in their blood, they work together as a well-oiled team. Mark has held every position since the age of 8 when he sold programs.

On Saturday nights, when at full capacity, the racetrack employs approximately 60 workers. Mark says, “We do have a number of great friends who volunteer to help us get ready for the season or in this case, the reopening, or any other projects that come along.  There is always someone willing to lend a helping hand and we could not be successful without them.”

Even though the race track has been shut down, bills still needed to be paid to maintain the facility during the 21 months since the track was last able to hold a revenue-generating event.  On opening night on July 3, which was the first time the track has been open since October 2019, 700 eager got a little wet, eager to watch a full race card, only to have Mother Nature wash out the event.

However, July 10, a 25% capacity audience in attendance, sunny skies and high energy resulted in a sold-out event with over 700 fans eager to see 104 cars race.

The racers are part of a big racing community and most work together to help anyone that needs it.  Most are friends on and away from the track.

Until the end of the summer, racing takes place every Saturday night. It is a night out for the whole family.

“We are thankful to be open,” explains Mark. “We are thankful for the drivers and fans that stuck with us through all of this and look forward to getting the rest of the season in.”

Tickets and information can found at  www.brightonspeedway.com.

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