Following is the list of award winners from the 2013 South Buxton Raceway banquet, held Nov. 23 at the Chatham Banquet Hall.
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Jim Jones scripted a perfect ending to the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Model championship race on Saturday night.
Borrowing a page from ‘The Little Engine That Could,’ Jones drove away with the 2013 championship race victory, his first since 2004 and first feature win in over two years.
“Amazing!” Jones said in the Winner’s Circle interview.
“It’s my only one all year, but it’s the big one!” he exclaimed.
The Chatham driver, affectionately known as Gentleman Jim for his class and sportsmanship over his long career, had pretty well resigned himself to a second-place finish as the laps were winding down in the 25-lap championship race.
But as the leader Dale Glassford was coming out of turn four to take the two-to-go signal from flagman Jim Van Dyk, his car slowed dramatically and came to a stop at the start-finish line.
“When I seen him slow up, I’m thinking, ‘this can’t be?’ ” Jones said about taking the lead from Glassford.
“I thought, ‘okay here’s my chance, come on little engine, let’s go.’ ”
Jones held off Chatham’s Kirk Hooker on the green-white-checkered finish to win his first championship race in nine years in dramatic fashion.
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Joel Dick capped a roller-coaster season with a smooth ride on Saturday night, leading all 30 laps to win his second Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified season championship race in the last three years.
“It was a great way to end the season,” Dick said after his flag-to-flag run.
The Leamington driver got off to a slow start before winning three straight and four features in a five-week span during a mid-season hot streak.
“Definitely, at the beginning of the season we were not a real contender but we the car figured out,” Dick said about the lead-up to his red-hot summer.
Revised with Sport Stocks, Mini-Mods, Bombers (please see note at end of results regarding driver changes for the night.