FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO - Round 11 of the 2004 Ontario Pro Challenge Series was one of the most exciting events ever put on by three year old series, and at the end of the night, O'Connor Transportation Dodge Intrepid driver Kevin Crowhurst was all...
FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO - Round 11 of the 2004 Ontario Pro Challenge Series was one of the most exciting events ever put on by three year old series, and at the end of the night, O'Connor Transportation Dodge Intrepid driver Kevin Crowhurst was all smiles. Crowhurst won the feature, heat race #2 and came within a point of taking over second place in the championship with one race night to go.
"It [tonight] was beautiful," Crowhurst said. "I didn't think it was going to happen at all this year. Everything that could go wrong has this year, but tonight everything was just perfect." Earlier in the week, Crowhurst had found some mechanical problems with his car, "We had found some stuff that was bent and with the help of Dennis Thomson it was just awesome. I have to thank all my sponsors for sticking it out. None of us thought we were going to get this far this year just a perfect night."
The feature was the finale of a race night that saw lots of side, by side racing. Crowhurst and Dennis Thomson went side by side across the finish line in heat two, while Tim Norris and Russ Bond were did the same in an earlier heat race. Most of the cars came back with at least one 'donut' on the side, but two cars the Da Lite Monte Carlo of Danielle Wilson and the NU-GRO Wipe-Out Dodge of Josh Nicholson suffered more damage after contact on the back straight. Each car made the feature race, and both drivers were very appreciative of what has become 'tradition' in the series. When a car is damaged, all the teams come together to get the damaged car fixed and out for the next race. "There was at least one person from each team helping us get the Da-Lite car back in action, thanks to all the teams that helped us," said John Wilson. Down at the other end of the pits, Nicholson had a crowd around his car also, "I have to thank the teams that send us help, I appreciate it." Nicholson said.
Behind Crowhust in the feature came the leader in the Rookie of the Year chase, www. apprenticesearch.com driver Tim Norris. Norris had a strong night, and he leapt from fourth on the line up to second in the feature, courtesy of a great, if unorthodox start. "I missed a shift on the start and I grabbed another gear and got it back where it was suppose to be, " Norris said. "By the time I realized where I was, I was 20 feet deeper into the corner than I should have been but it all worked out for the best."
Third in the feature was the DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus of Dennis Thomson, who came from the back twice to end up with a good result. "The DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Taurus was a really good race car tonight I was happy with it in the feature. I'm really looking forward to Peterborough."
Fourth in the feature was the International Truck and Engine Pontiac of Ken Nicholson. He was followed closely by the CARSTAR Monte Carlo of Russ Bond and the Shift/Cameron Motorsports Taurus of Robert Wickens. Rounding out the field were Josh Nicholson in the NU-GRO Wipe-Out Dodge, Thane Woodside who won the first heat race in the Melitta Canada Monte Carlo, and Danielle Wilson in the Da-Lite Monte Carlo.
The series will be back in action on September 18 for the season finale at Peterborough Speedway.