OPCS: Season finale preview

Showdown set for season finale at Peterborough! Thomson set to defend, battle for second between four drivers BRANTFORD, ONTARIO This Saturday night, September 18 could well be a night to remember for the Ontario Pro...

                Showdown set for season finale at Peterborough!

Thomson set to defend, battle for second between four drivers

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO This Saturday night, September 18 could well be a night to remember for the Ontario Pro Challenge Series. The series will run its 2004 season finale at Peterborough Speedway, but with a twist. There will be two features one to make up for a 'curfew-out' a few weeks ago which will determine the final points positions.

DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus driver Dennis Thomson is fairly safe at the top of the standings with a 78 point lead heading into the night. "We'll go for the win with the DriveFit, Young Drivers of Canada Ford Taurus, but we'll also try not to get mixed up in the hectic battle for second in the championship," Thomson said. "That should be a good fight to watch."

Behind Thomson, Melitta Canada's Thane Woodside, O'Connor's Transportation Kevin Crowhurst, www.apprenticesearch.com Tim Norris and International's Ken Nicholson will all have calculators going after each time the cars run on Saturday night to see where they stand. Woodside leads going into the night by one point over Crowhurst. Norris is only 13 points behind. "We really want the rookie of the year title, which seems safe," Norris said. "But with a good night and some bad luck for others we could vault up a few positions." Norris also has to have an eye behind him as Ken Nicholson is only 12 points shy of the Rookie of the year leader.

The series is scheduled to run two heat races plus two features during the night. The line-up for the first feature is set from the earlier race that was postponed. On the pole is CARSTAR Monte Carlo driver, Russ Bond, who is sixth in the championship chase. "Thane, who is in the championship chase, is on the outside of me for the first feature, and my goal that night is to race hard for the win, but not impact the chase for second place between any of the drivers involved," Bond said. "In a perfect world, they'd get to sort it by themselves. The only ones I can see winning, are the fans it will be a heck of a race, or races.

The other battle that needs to be decided on the final night is that between NU-GRO Wipe Out Dodge driver Josh Nicholson and Da Lite Monte Carlo driver Danielle Wilson. There is only two points separating the two youngsters as they do battle for seventh overall in the championship.

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