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Time runs out at Peterborough! Track curfew postpones feature event PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO Round nine of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series had to be postponed due to the Peterborough track curfew, which says no racing...

Time runs out at Peterborough!
Track curfew postpones feature event

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO Round nine of the Ontario Pro Challenge Series had to be postponed due to the Peterborough track curfew, which says no racing after 11:00p.m. Rain earlier in the race night caused the schedule to run behind and as a result the Ontario Pro Challenge Series only ran one heat race.

"It was tough on our guys," Series co-ordinator Kathy Nicholson said. "They were all lined up, but didn't get to race." The series along with Peterborough Speedway has rescheduled the feature to be run along with the series finale on Sept 18. In the one heat race that was run, Melitta Canada Monte Carlo driver Thane Woodside won. He was followed by CARSTAR Monte Carlo driver Russ Bond and the DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Taurus of Dennis Thomson.

QUICK NEWS ONTARIO PRO CHALLENGE SERIES HITS THE 'ROAD' AT MOSPORT

MOSPORT, ONTARIO On Sunday, August 15, seven Ontario Pro Challenge Series drivers turned laps in a demonstration race at Mosport International Raceway on the road course. Drivers taking part were Dennis Thomson (DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus), Ken Nicholson (International Truck and Engine Pontiac), Josh Nicholson (NU-GRO Wipe-Out Dodge Intrepid), Mike Bell (Markham Driveline Monte Carlo), Tim Norris (www.appreticesearch.com Dodge Intrepid), Robert Wickens (Shift/Cameron Motorsports Ford Taurus) and Russ Bond (CARSTAR/Dupont Monte Carlo). The drivers did a demonstration race at lunch for the BARC (British Auto Racing Club) regional event. Series official Garry Shortt put together the race, and the teams and cars impressed the 'road racers' with their speed on the tricky road course.

During the same day at Mosport, the CARSTAR Monte Carlo of Russ Bond has the 'road course' kit already installed. Bond entered the CARSTAR Monte Carlo in the GT sprints on Sunday and he started at the tail (40th) and finished a very respectable 13th overall and he won the GT-B class. Series champion Dennis Thomson took the wheel of the CARSTAR Monte Carlo and completed the afternoon GT Sprint race. Both drivers were all smiles when they returned to the paddock. "First, it is way too cool to get out here with an oval setup, old tires and be competitive," Bond said. "I also have to thank my car owner for letting me go out there we still have a championship to fight for. Both times I have been here with Pro Challenge cars, I have raced, so I never get to see them run on the track. Dennis drove my car in the second race it was cool to see it run. I don't think I've ever used sixth gear in it before!"

Ontario Pro Challenge Points after eight rounds.
1. Dennis Thomson 495. 2. Thane Woodside 421. 3. Kevin Crowhurst 416. 4. Tim Norris 401. 5. Ken Nicholson 399. 6. Russ Bond 349. 7. Danielle Wilson 323. 8. Josh Nicholson 304. 9. Robert Wickens 263. 10. Mike Bell 128. 11. Brad LeLiever 45. 12. Paul Eggleton 0.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike Bell , Robert Wickens