Triple, double for Thomson at Peterborough! Thomson wins two features and third championship at Peterborough Speedway PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus driver Dennis Thomson had little left to prove coming...
Triple, double for Thomson at Peterborough!
Thomson wins two features and third championship at Peterborough Speedway
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus driver Dennis Thomson had little left to prove coming into the final Ontario Pro Challenge Series race for 2004. Thomson came into the final race night, which featured two features due to a 'curfew out' the last time the series was here, with a solid point lead and could basically cruise to his third straight championship. Instead the Dundas veteran driver took to the track in his usual manner and captured not one, but both of the feature races on the final race night for the series.
"The DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus was good tonight," a smiling Thomson said. "It was better at the start of the night. By the end of the second feature, the tires were starting to go, but we hung on. It is great to win the championship, but it gets harder to do every year. I want to thank the series for another great year, thanks also to Young Drivers of Canada, who supported us all year with their DriveFit program."
Going into the final race night, anyone of five drivers could have clinched second place. Melitta Canada driver Thane Woodside held the point going in, but on the pace lap of the first feature a throttle cable malfunction caused his car to roll to a stop. That basically ended his chances for second in the championship. "It's difficult after all we've been through this year," Woodside said. "But I do want to thank my crew who has worked hard all year."
Second in the Championship went to O'Connor's Transportation Dodge driver Kevin Crowhurst. Crowhurst won the first heat race of the night and came home fifth in both features on the night. "The end of the year was much better for us. I am really happy that all my sponsors stuck with me and now we are second it's great."
Third in the championship was actually a tie between Melitta Monte Carlo driver Thane Woodside and Rookie of the Year winner, www.apprenticesearch.com driver Tim Norris. Both ended up with 569 points. Woodside was second in the second feature after problems in the first, and he won the second heat race (plus he won the heat race from the postponed date). Norris also had an adventurous night as he mounted the wall in the first feature. He rebounded back with a third in the first heat race and a sixth in the second feature.
Fifth was International Truck and Engine Pontiac driver Ken Nicholson. Nicholson had a 'night of threes' as he put it. He was third in both features and was second in heat one. "It has been a good year for the International Pontiac I am already looking forward to next year."
Sixth was CARSTAR Monte Carlo driver Russ Bond. "This was just a blast to do," Bond said. "I'm just thankful to have a sponsor like CARSTAR that allows me to do this, and race in a series that is probably the best kept secret in Ontario short track racing. Next year it's on!"
Seventh went to the Da-Lite Monte Carlo of Danielle Wilson who was on a massive charge the final race night. Wilson showed her true speed and was fourth in the both features, second in the second heat race. "This was the best we've run all year. Thanks to all my sponsors, my dad, and my crew for a great year."
Eighth went to the NU-GRO Wipe-Out Dodge of Josh Nicholson. Nicholson had his problems on the final race night, but he was upbeat about his year as a whole. "Tonight wasn't the best, but we learned a lot about the NU-GRO Dodge. Next year we will be stronger."
Rounding out the points table were 9 - Robert Wickens (Cameron Motorsports/Shift Taurus) 317. 10- Mike Bell (Markham DriveLine Monte Carlo) 128. 11 Brad LeLiever (CARSTAR Monte Carlo) 45, 12 Paul Eggleton (Markham Driveline Monte Carlo) 0.
Ontario Pro Challenge Points. 1. Dennis Thomson 689 2. Kevin Crowhurst 585. 3T. Thane Woodside 569. 3T. Tim Norris 569. 5. Ken Nicholson 565. 6. Russ Bond 523. 7. Danielle Wilson 465. 8. Josh Nicholson 444. 9. Robert Wickens 317. 10. Mike Bell 128. 11. Brad LeLiever 45. 12. Paul Eggleton 0.