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Dale Glassford finished atop the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models in 2014, winning both the points and season championship race.

Dale Glassford finished atop the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models in 2014, winning both the points and season championship race.

When Dale Glassford had to take a night off in mid-July, he figured his shot at a third career points championship was finished.

He figured wrong.

The Ridgetown driver capped a tremendous season by winning his second career season championship race and also completed a remarkable comeback to win the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models points title on Saturday night.

But he had a more pressing issue to deal with in Victory Lane.

“This is my wife’s birthday, and I forgot to get her a card,” Glassford said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“I hope this makes up,” he said, handing his trophy to Laurie.

While Glassford is proud of all three championship winning seasons, his 2014 titles will be remembered as the most memorable to achieve.

“This one feels special because we earned it,” Glassford said of winning a third points crown.

His first title came in 2009 when he won both the points and championship race. He shared the 2010 points crown with Chatham’s Brad Authier.

“Sometimes you get a little bit lucky when you win one of these, but this one really feels special because we did it on our terms,” Glassford said.

He was the points leader when he took the July 12 mid-season championship race night off for his daughter Billy-Jo’s wedding.

It was even tougher for Glassford as the feature was rained out that night and he had to watch the mid-season championship from his hauler the following week.

He rebounded to win the regular night’s feature later in the program, but went from a 21-point lead to a 52-point deficit by sitting out a full race night.

Glassford turned down opportunities to use a substitute driver or have another driver run his No. 60 on their car for points, a common practice at South Buxton.

“Everybody on the team, my family, we were all on the same page …either it’s us with the car or we don’t go,” Glassford said of his decision to sit out.

Dale Glassford receives his championship race trophy from Mike Sullivan, representing division sponsor Westside Performance Plus in Blenheim.

Dale Glassford receives his championship race trophy from Mike Sullivan, representing division sponsor Westside Performance Plus in Blenheim.

“So it feels good that we came back and did this together,” he said of his rally for the points title.

“We had a couple of really good nights right after (the night off), so that brought us back close, but it’s hard to make up ground because there are a lot of fast cars out here,” Glassford said.

He pointed out that the other three challengers for the points title - Chatham’s Jim Jones, Gregg Haskell and Brad Authier - all had at least one bad night down the stretch, which helped his chances.

“It wasn’t until the final three weeks when we thought we had a chance and that’s what made it fun,” he added.

Thanks to his sixth feature win of the season a week earlier, Glassford took a two-point lead over Jones heading into Saturday’s championship night.

Glassford added another three points to his lead after the heat and pursuit races, as he finished two spots ahead of Jones in the heat and one in the pursuit.

They started side-by-side in the championship race but Glassford got the jump from his outside starting position on the initial green and led all 20 laps.

Dale Glassford celebrates his 2014 titles with family, team members and sponsors. "If this was the last race of the night, I would have asked all of the fans to come out and be in the picture too," Glassford said.

Dale Glassford celebrates his 2014 titles with family, team members and sponsors. "If this was the last race of the night, I would have asked all of the fans to come out and be in the picture too," Glassford said.

“We used the pursuit as a test session, we put our feature set-up on the car and we found the high side was the place the car worked the best,” Glassford answered, as to why he chose the outside for the restart when Jones is so strong on the bottom.

Haskell emerged as the top challenger for the lead, as the two-time reigning points champion was able to close the gap on Glassford on long runs but didn’t have enough to make a pass.

“I heard him a handful of times,” Glassford said of Haskell.

“And when you can hear another car, I don’t care how good of a driver you are, it makes you nervous.

“I told the guys, I thought the 21 car was the one to beat, but at least he has to pass us, that’s the benefit of the championship night,” Glassford said, as cars are lined up by points as Haskell started in the second row.

Haskell had a good car but admitted he didn’t drive as aggressively as he could have, in respect to the drivers going for the championship.

“I can’t go throw it in the corner when they’re battling for a championship, I’m not going to be ‘that guy’ who takes out the leader and ruins their points championship,” Haskell said.

“Congratulations to Dale,” Haskell added.

Gregg Haskell has some fun with Mike Sullivan, representing Late Model division sponsor Westside Performance Plus, that he finished second in the season championship race.

Gregg Haskell has some fun with Mike Sullivan, representing Late Model division sponsor Westside Performance Plus, that he finished second in the season championship race.

Wallaceburg’s Mike Lewis, Chatham’s Erick Walker and Jones rounded out the top five.

Glassford finishes the season with seven feature wins and 16 checkered flags, tops in the class, and wound up 25 points ahead of Jones in the final standings. He also had the most wins (8) and flags (16) last year but finished second to Haskell in the points standings after missing a race night.

Haskell won his heat and pursuit races to finish the season with four feature wins and 10 checkered flags. He only had two checkereds going into August.

Chatham’s Don Gordon won the other heat, his second checkered in his limited schedule at South Buxton.

Late Models will run non-points races this coming Saturday in preparation for the Canadian Fall Shootout, a two-night event on Sept. 26-27, with $3,000 to win in the Late Model feature.

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