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Louis Clements (3C) works the outside on Joe Brosseau (47B) en route to the shortened Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature.

Louis Clements (3C) works the outside on Joe Brosseau (47B) en route to the shortened Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature.

One down, four to go.

Jeff Schives was crowned the 2014 Autotech Services Bombers season points and championship race winner on Saturday night. (See other post on the Home Page).

This Saturday, we’ll be crowning the champions in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Westside Performance UMP Late Models.

Leamington’s Joel Dick unofficially locked up the Modifieds points championship with his seventh-place finish in a feature that was halted after nine laps because of unsafe track conditions. Chatham’s Louis Clements was awarded the win.

Dick exited Saturday with a 109-point lead over Belle River’s Mario Toniolo, with 105 points the maximum a Modified driver can accumulate in a single race night.

The Westside Performance UMP Late Model points race, however, will go right down to the final lap of the championship race.

Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford leads Chatham’s Jim Jones by two points going into Saturday night - thanks to Glassford’s sixth feature win of the season and Jones’ third-place finish.

Jones is the defending championship race winner.

Meanwhile, the Tirecraft sponsored divisions both saw their leaders win features on Saturday night to pad their leads with two race nights remaining, including the Sept. 20 championship night.

Chatham’s Eren Vanderiviere won his sixth feature and posted his first three-for-three sweep of the season to open a 60-point lead over Merlin’s Steve Shaw in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks.

Blenheim’s Trevor Jones leads Cottam’s Rob Quick by 83 points - an increase of 62 points over the last two race nights - following his fourth feature win in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods.

Photos by James MacDonald ApexOne Photo (Click on ‘Multimedia’ icon for his complete photo collection from Saturday night).

Dick clinches points title, Clements keeps feature streak in tact

All season, Joel Dick has repeatedly said the points don’t mean anything.

And after apparently clinching the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds season points crown on Saturday night, he still didn’t want to talk about it.

“Let’s save it for next week,” he said, after his seventh-place finish in Saturday’s shortened feature at South Buxton Raceway.

Louis Clements was declared the winner after Brad McLeod’s rollover in turn two on lap nine.

McLeod hit a rut that had opened up during the Late Model feature. Officials called the race at that point because it was not safe for the drivers to continue.

After discussing possible scenarios with drivers, including resuming the feature before this Saturday’s season championship race, the race was ruled official and Clements the winner.

“You don’t like to win that way but the way our season has gone, we’ll take it,” said Clements, who missed five weeks with motor issues.

Louis Clements waves the checkered flag after winning his heat race on Saturday. He didn't get a Victory Lane celebration for his feature win, as he was in his pit about 30 minutes after the race ended when he was declared the winner.

Louis Clements waves the checkered flag after winning his heat race on Saturday. He didn't get a Victory Lane celebration for his feature win, as he was in his pit about 30 minutes after the race ended when he learned he had been declared the winner.

Clements passed Merlin’s Joe Brosseau after a lap six restart and led the final three laps, as the two drove virtually door-to-door all nine laps.

“I was worried about starting on the outside of him, my whole thought on the initial start was getting through (turns) one and two without hitting that hole and upsetting the car,” he said.

“I honestly don’t know how I missed it, I got through it pretty good and came out of two door- to-door (with Brosseau), so it worked out better than I imagined.

“It was a lot of fun racing with Joe,” Clements continued.

“We were racing hard but racing clean, we did bump a couple of times but that was because of the track surface.”

Chatham’s Brian Speelman, Belle River’s Mario Toniolo and Merlin’s Jeff Daniels rounded out the top five.

Clements, who won his heat race earlier in the night, didn’t know the Modified drivers had been summoned for the post-race meeting.

“I didn’t know I had won until Jeff (Daniels) came over here and told me,” Clements said.

The victory extends his streak to four years winning at least one feature since moving up to the Modifieds in 2011.

“That’s something I was saying to the guys a couple of weeks ago, we’re running out of time and I’d love to keep that streak alive,” Clements said after his fifth career Modified win.

Brosseau picked up heat and dash checkereds while Toniolo won the other heat, coming on the heels of his first Modified feature win a week earlier.

Glassford, Jones taking Late Model points race to the finish line

When Dale Glassford took a night off for his daughter’s wedding on July 12, he figured his chances of a third career division championship were over.

But two months later, he regained the division lead by two points over Chatham’s Jim Jones heading into championship night.

“A lot of people offered to drive the car or run my number to keep me in the points race, but I said it before, we live or die by the sword … it wouldn’t be the same for me and my crew to have someone else run for us,” said Glassford.

The Ridgetown driver said his focus changed after taking that night off.

“We’ve been coming out here just trying to have fun and win races instead of worrying about points,” he said.

“If you get a bit of lead, then you get points racing, worried about where you’re finishing.

“But when it comes down to the end like this, you can’t help but think about it,” he continued.

Dale Glassford (60) dives to the bottom to hold off Brad Authier (1A) in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Model feature.

Dale Glassford (60) dives to the bottom to hold off Brad Authier (1A) in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Model feature.

“Jimmy’s fun to race with, he’s consistent … it’s basically whoever wins or finishes ahead, so it’s going to be pretty exciting,” Glassford said, looking ahead to championship night.

Glassford took the lead from Chatham’s Brad Authier on a lap nine restart and led the rest of the way.

“He’s good on tacky tracks, so I figured I either had to follow him until he messed up or get him on a restart,” Glassford said of his strategy against Authier.

“It was just kind of luck how it worked out, I got a decent jump and the track went away after that.”

Authier went to the high side through one and two but he hit the same rut that would later claim McLeod in the Modified feature.

Authier had no choice but to stay on the low side and wound up following Glassford for the remaining laps.

Authier won the heat and pursuit earlier in the program.

Jones finished third while Chatham’s Patrick Haskell and Matt Wauthier rounded out the top five.

Chatham’s Gregg Haskell, who won the past two features, exited on lap 10 after he hit the same rut. He finished eighth to fall 83 points off the lead, all but ending his hopes of a third straight title.

Jones is the defending championship race winner and also won the 2004 points and championship race.

Glassford won the 2009 championship race and points championship and tied with Authier for the 2010 points title.

Vanderiviere impressed with his race team and rookie driver after his sixth win

Eren Vanderiviere has had some memorable battles with several drivers over his 12-year career at South Buxton Raceway.

Now, there’s a new kid on the block trying to knock him off his throne.

Vanderiviere took a giant step towards a fourth straight Tirecraft Sport Stocks season division championship with his sixth feature win of season.

But he had to wrestle the lead away from 14-year-old Jake Hooker, as the Chatham rookie led the first 10 laps and was holding his own against veteran drivers.

Hooker didn’t shy away of a three-wide with Vanderiviere and Steve Shaw through turns three and four at one point and still came out with the lead.

Vanderiviere, however, got a run lap around on the inside around the ‘D’ and took the lead through turns one and two, and led the rest of the way.

“Give him a couple of years and we’re going to be chasing him,” Vanderiviere, 28, said of Hooker.

They three-wide - Eren Vanderiviere (29), Steve Shaw (17) and Jake Hooker (38H) in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature.

They're three-wide - Eren Vanderiviere (29), Steve Shaw (17) and Jake Hooker (38H) in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature.

“He’s got a good motor and he’s not scared, he’s improving every week and he’s going to be right there battling with us … seat time is all it takes,” Vanderiviere added.

While the Merlin driver threw accolades at the rookie, he had higher praise for his own crew.

“We broke the motor last week, and it just goes to show you what this team is all about,” said Vanderiviere, who rebounded from his first DNF the previous by sweeping all three races on Saturday.

“They spent every night last week working on the car, and a big credit to Mike Legue who took time off work to make sure the motor was back together,” Vanderiviere said.

“The car was working great tonight .. I told the guys before the night to let’s go out and win the last four features and call it a year.

“We got one off that list,” he said.

Essex’s Doris Lajeunesse finished second for the third week in a row while Shaw was third and Hooker finished fourth, his career best finish.

Vanderiviere picked up the maximum 115 points with his heat, pursuit and feature wins, extending his lead to 60 points over Shaw with two race nights remaining.

He also trails Shaw by one in the checkered flag department.

Wheatley’s Steve Clements won the other heat.

Jones takes advantage of leaders’ crash to win feature, pad points lead

It must have been a ‘Blenheim thing.’

Like his good friend Jeff Schives, Trevor Jones was running third in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature and took the lead when the leaders crashed late in the race.

Jones held off Merlin’s Jody Mason and 14-year-old Dylan Wolters, of Kingsville, over the final four laps for his fourth feature win of the season.

“It’s my lucky day, I thought I was going to finish third, I didn’t have the best set up tonight,” the 16-year-old Jones said.

Trevor Jones picked up his fourth Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature of the year.

Trevor Jones picked up his fourth Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature of the year.

He had all but relegated himself to a third-place finish while Cottam’s Rob Quick and Chatham’s John Pinsonneault battled for the lead.

But on lap 16, the leaders got together between turns one and two and brought out the caution.

Both had to pit for tire repairs as Quick, who led the first 16 laps, came back to finish eighth and Pinsonneault ninth.

Quick was also knocked out of the feature while leading a week earlier when his car broke.

Jones, who trailed Quick by 22 points after the Aug. 2 race night, now leads by 83 points with two race nights remaining - a swing of 105 points in five weeks.

“I really want it, I just have to try to keep running and finishing consistent,” Jones said of his title hopes.

Chatham’s Rick Balasin and Kingsville’s Larry Hart rounded out the top five.

Quick won his heat and pursuit while Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano - driving for his father Norm - and Leamington’s Brandon Windsor won the other heats, the first checkereds for both cars.

Pit Stops

  • McLeod’s rollover was the fourth of the night. Maidstone’s Murray Morrison and Blenheim’s Ryan Bonner rolled over in the Bombers while Blenheim’s Brett Hope rolled in the Mini-Mod feature after the rear end of his car broke.
  • Elliott Wilton had Kyle Hope’s No. 93 on his car, running points for his Blenheim teammate. Hope is preparing for the NHL Prospects Camp in Traverse City, Mich. with the Columbus Blue Jackets this week. He has signed with the Blue Jackets’ AHL farm team, the Springfield Falcons.
  • The Junior Fan Club members had a blast on Halloween In September, dressing in costume, trick-or-treating in the pits and enjoying a wagon ride before the races.
  • Saturday’s Autotech Bomber championship race marked the end of the class’s second season.
  • Tom Reimer, driver of the No. 74 Mini-Mod from Essex, won $694 in the Chatham Kinsmen 50-50 draw.

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