Thomson takes 2005 opener at Flamboro Speedway Three time champ starts fourth year off with a win FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO Dennis Thomson, driver of the Thomson Signs Ford Taurus got the 2005 campaign of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series off to...
Thomson takes 2005 opener at Flamboro Speedway
Three time champ starts fourth year off with a win
FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO Dennis Thomson, driver of the Thomson Signs Ford Taurus got the 2005 campaign of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series off to a thrilling start, as he took the first feature race win of the year at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. The series was supposed to kick off at Sunset Speedway two weeks ago, but that night was rained out.
At Flamboro, Thomson took the lead from the pole in the 20-lap feature. He never lost that lead, and was able to build a nice lead and hold on to take his first feature win of the year. Behind Thomson was Melitta Canada Chevy Monte Carlo driver, Thane Woodside. Woodside took the win in heat 2. Third in the feature went to the Lucas Oil Dodge Intrepid of Tim Norris. Behind Norris came was the Markham DriveLine Chevy Monte Carlo of Paul Eggleton, and rounding out the top five was Josh Nicholson in the NU-Gro Wipe Out Dodge Intrepid.
Sixth was the O'Connor Transportation Dodge Intrepid of Kevin Crowhurst, which had an eventful night. On the last lap of the first heat race, Crowhurst was battling with F1-K/MMG Financial Dodge Charger driver Russ Bond for fourth when there was contact that sent them both hard into the outside wall.
All the crews came to the assistance of Crowhurst, so his car could be repaired in time for the feature. "I have to thank all the teams that came down to help us out, especially the Dennis (Thomson), Ken (Nicholson), the 88 team, and Russ Bond and his guys." Crowhurst's Dodge was missing all the bodywork in front of the door, but he managed to wheel the ailing car to a well deserved fifth place finish in the feature.
Rounding out the field in the feature were, Ken Nicholson in the International Truck and Engine Pontiac Grand Prix, who was seventh. Nicholson did take the win in the first heat race of the night. Eighth went to Danielle Wilson in her Adidas Monte Carlo, ninth went to Brad LeLiever in his Barrie Honda/Georgian Pontiac Chevy Monte Carlo, and Austin Stegnar in his Ford Taurus rounded out the field. Not competing in the feature was Russ Bond, who was disqualified for the night after the contact with Crowhurst in the heat race.
The series now takes two weeks off before heading to Peterborough Speedway on June 11.