OPC: Round 10 Sunset summary

Bond, Norris take wins at Sunset! Ontario Pro Challenge has to settle for a 'heat only' night again! SUNSET SPEEDWAY, STROUD, ONTARIO Round 10 of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series was much the same as round nine. For the second time in a row, ...

Bond, Norris take wins at Sunset!
Ontario Pro Challenge has to settle for a 'heat only' night again!

SUNSET SPEEDWAY, STROUD, ONTARIO Round 10 of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series was much the same as round nine. For the second time in a row, the series has failed to run a feature race. At the previous round in Peterborough, time was the culprit, this time at Sunset Speedway, it was rain.

"We have been pretty lucky this year so far," Garry Shortt, a series official said of the series' record of straight features this year without a rain out. "But the last two have been problems. It is frustrating as both were shaping up to be good races." The missed Peterborough feature will be run on the final race night, but unfortunately the series will not have that same luxury at Sunset, as it was the final race night for the series at the popular Stroud, Ontario track.

The series did get both heat races in and it was the CARSTAR Monte Carlo of Russ Bond taking the first heat ahead of the NU-Gro Wipe-Out Dodge of Josh Nicholson and the Melitta Canada Monte Carlo of Thane Woodside. Behind Woodside was the DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Taurus of Dennis Thomson, the International Truck and Engine Pontiac of Ken Nicholson, the www.apprenticesearch.com Dodge of Tim Norris, the O'Connor Transportation Dodge of Kevin Crowhurst and the Da-Lite Monte Carlo of Danielle Wilson.

In heat two, Norris edged Woodside and Bond for the top spot. Behind the top three were, Thomson, Josh Nicholson, Ken Nicholson and Crowhurst.

One good thing to come out of the Sunset night was one devoted 83-year old Ontario Pro Challenge fan who sat out the whole rain delay was awarded the die cast replica Nextel Cup car that the series gives away at each track it visits. "He waited it out with us, just to see us run," said Kathy Nicholson, series director. "It only seemed fitting he get the car."

The series will be back in action this weekend at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night

QUICK NEWS Points, points and more points!

With just two rounds remaining in the Ontario Pro Challenge Series for 2004, the championship chase is closer than ever. Dennis Thomson looks set to successfully defend his title for the second consecutive year, as he has a 71 point margin over Thane Woodside. The battle will be for second through fifth; this group of drivers is covered by only 28 points.

Third belongs to Kevin Crowhurst, who has 432 points, then Rookie of the Year leader Tim Norris has 424 and Ken Nicholson has 418. Sixth place is Russ Bond with 375, he has a comfortable spot as he can't catch the others without some help, and at the same time, it would be difficult for the others to catch him. Behind Bond there is another battle brewing between Danielle Wilson with 330 and Josh Nicholson with 327.

One night you don't want to miss is the season finale at Peteborough Speedway on Sept 18 where the series will run two 20 lap features and two 10 lap heat races, (a total of 88 points up for grabs) plus the teams will be awarded the points that are on 'hold' from the heat race from round 9.

Ontario Pro Challenge Points after nine rounds.
1. Dennis Thomson 517. 2. Thane Woodside 446. 3. Kevin Crowhurst 432. 4. Tim Norris 424. 5. Ken Nicholson 418. 6. Russ Bond 375. 7. Danielle Wilson 330. 8. Josh Nicholson 327. 9. Robert Wickens 263. 10. Mike Bell 128. 11. Brad LeLiever 45. 12. Paul Eggleton 0.

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