'International' win for Nicholson Ken Nicholson collects first career feature win at Peterborough Speedway PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO -- Round seven of the Ontario Pro Challenge series produced the third different feature race winner of the year....
'International' win for Nicholson
Ken Nicholson collects first career feature win at Peterborough Speedway
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO -- Round seven of the Ontario Pro Challenge series produced the third different feature race winner of the year. That winner was International Truck and Engine Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ken Nicholson. Nicholson went flag to flag to collect his first career Ontario Pro Challenge Series feature race win. "Finally," Nicholson said. "The car was great -- the International Pontiac. I scuffed in some new tires and they felt really, really good. I ran my others through the heats and it didn't give me exactly what I wanted -- so I swapped them out."
Nicholson, with two fifth place finishes in the heats, took the pole for the feature, with and inversion pill of five. Nicholson's colourful orange and black International Truck and Engine Pontiac had a healthy lead at the halfway point in the feature. "I was looking for the two to go, then the one to go -- but the caution came out, Nicholson said. "When the two to go did come out, I could see Thane [Woodside] and Dennis [Thomson] battling so I thought, 'just keep at it' and leave me alone [laughs]."
After taking the very popular win -- all the other drivers offered their congratulations -- Nicholson was able to savour the moment. "It feels really good. We've been close before. I was lucky enough to get a good starting spot and it worked out, so we'll take the win." With the win, Nicholson moved up to fourth in the championship.
Second in the feature -- for the fourth straight race -- was Melitta Canada's Thane Woodside, who also took the heat 1 race win. Woodside had a thrilling fight with two time champ, and current points leader Dennis Thomson for second during the feature. "It was great," Woodside said of the race with Thomson. "I got into him a little the lap before, and backed out to give him back his position. Then I was able to get him coming out of one and two -- it was a thrill for me for sure. The racing is very close -- it got a little hairy during the heat races, but things settled down in the feature."
Third in the feature was DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus driver Dennis Thomson. "Third is okay," Thomson said. "We ran good in the heats -- got lots of heat points. All in all we were close in total points for the night. The DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus was a little tight in the feature and Thane [Woodside] was able to get by -- he ran an awesome race."
Fourth in the feature was the www.apprenticesearch.com Dodge of Tim Norris. Norris also tasted victory for the first time, as he won the second heat race. Fifth went to the O'Conner Dodge of Kevin Crowhurst, sixth was the CARSTAR Monte Carlo of Russ Bond. Seventh was the Cameron Motorsports/Shift Ford Taurus of Robert Wickens, and rounding out the field were Da-Lite Monte Carlo driver Danielle Wilson and NU-GRO Wipe-Out Dodge of Josh Nicholson.
Ontario Pro Challenge Points after seven rounds. 1. Dennis Thomson 430. 2. Kevin Crowhurst 364. 3. Thane Woodside 361. 4. Ken Nicholson 346. 5. Tim Norris 344. 6. Russ Bond 301. 7. Danielle Wilson 284. 8. Josh Nicholson 264. 9. Robert Wickens 219. 10. Mike Bell 128. 11. Brad LeLiever 45. 12. Paul Eggleton 0.