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Trevor Jones won the Tirecraft Mini-Mods championship race on Friday, completing the sweep for the division after clinching the season points title on Sept. 13.

Trevor Jones won the Tirecraft Mini-Mods championship race on Friday, completing the sweep for the division after clinching the season points title on Sept. 13.

The race summary will show that Trevor Jones started first and won the Tirecraft Mini-Mods season championship race.

But what the stats won’t show, is how the 16-year-old Blenheim native had to pass virtually the entire field - including passing three cars in one swoop on a restart with three laps to go - to get to Victory Lane.

Jones started fourth on the late single-file restart behind Chatham’s John Pinsonneault, Dresden’s Matt Sorrell and Blenheim’s Elliot Wilton but jumped to the high side when the three-lead cars all slowed and took the lead as the pack came out of turn two.

Jones led the final three laps to add the championship race trophy to his season points title.

“I thought I was going to finish fourth,” Jones admitted.

“I was lucky the caution came out because it gave me a last chance, and lucky that whatever happened to Pinsy (Pinsonneault) happened and I was there to get by,” Jones said of the turning point of the race.

On lap six, it looked like Jones’ chances of winning were done when he spun coming out of turn four while battling Cottam’s Rob Quick.

The rest of the field - with the exception of Pinsonneault, fourth-place Sorrell and fifth-place Wilton - got caught up in the melee.

John Pinsonneault (0) goes to the high side to take the lead from Trevor Jones (27T) on the first lap.

John Pinsonneault (0) goes to the high side to take the lead from Trevor Jones (27T) on the first lap.

“I got a little loose in that corner, spun out a bit … sorry to whoever was in that,” Jones said of the incident, which led to two cars being towed to the pits and several others with damage.

Jones figured the accident also damaged his chances of adding the championship race win to his season points crown.

“I thought maybe I’d get back up to a top five, I never thought I’d win, I thought for sure the ‘0′ car would be in Victory Lane,” Jones said of Pinsonneault.

While Jones had to work his way back through the field after the accident, Pinsonneault was counting down the laps as he held off Sorrell and Wilton as the race went green until lap 17 until a caution set the stage for a single-file restart with three to go.

Sorrell got under the back of Pinsonneault’s car as the green flag came out, lifting the leader off the ground, while Wilton had to get off the gas to avoid causing a crash.

Jones, who had worked his way to fourth for the restart, drove to the high side and passed all three cars before they got to turn two, then held off Sorrell and Wilton for the final three laps to complete the Mini-Mod title sweep.

“I was going to try to make a move on the bottom when the green came out but I saw them all pile up behind Pinsy, so I went to the outside and it worked,” Jones described his winning move.

Pinsonneault, meanwhile, made it around the track one more lap before pulling on the infield with smoke pouring from under the hood - and likely from under his helmet.

“The car ran great all night, the temperature was good, oil pressure was good, it didn’t have a miss at all, everything was perfect,” a calm Pinsonneault said at his hauler after the race.

“Then on that last restart, whoever was behind me lifted me up, I over-revved it and blew it.

John Pinsonneault (0) and Matt Sorrell (49) battle for the lead.

John Pinsonneault (0) and Matt Sorrell (49) battle for the lead.

“I tried everything I could to get off him, but it was too late and the car lit up in flames,” Pinsonneault said.

The Chatham driver, who led the class with seven feature wins and 24 checkered flags, couldn’t help but notice Sorrell was running the No. 49 of Brett Hope on his panels for points, as Pinsonneault had several run-ins with both Hope brothers - Brett and Kyle - through out the season.

“I’m pretty upset, they’re a good a bunch of guys, it just happened to be a 49 on the car,” he said of the Sorrell team.

“It’s a tough way to lose one, I don’t know how happy they are to (try to) win like that, but it is what it is,” added Pinsonneault, as the damage to his motor kept him out of Saturday’s $1,000-to-win feature as a part of the Canadian Fall Shootout.

Sorrell apologized for the incident in his post-race interview after accepting his second-place trophy.

“I think I got under Johnny, and I’m sorry about that, because I think I blew his motor up,” Sorrell said.

“He was hooked under the front end of me and I couldn’t go anywhere, next thing I knew I had Trevor going around the outside of us.

“Sorry to Johnny about that,” Sorrell repeated.

Wilton, who by coincidence was running Kyle Hope’s No. 93 for points, said he was stuck in no-man’s land when Sorrell and Pinsonneault got hooked.

” I didn’t have anywhere to go, by the time I went to turn right, Trevor was already there and it was too late,” the Blenheim native said.

“I got lucky to get around a couple of the wrecks, but I was worried with that last caution, a lot of those fast guys who had gone to the back, had probably come back through and would be be on my tail (for the restart).

“I really wanted to bring home a fifth-place points position for Kyle and we were able to do that,” Wilton added.

Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano, the three-time and defending Mini-Mod points title before moving up to Modifieds this year, finished fourth in his father Norm’s No. 96.

Leamington’s Brandon Windsor, the 2009 points champion who returned to racing in August after a four-year hiatus, came home fifth.

Jones clinched the points title on Sept. 13, the family’s fourth crown in five years. His older brother Shawn won three in a row from 2010-12, his first coming at age 19.

“It feels really good, it’s been never been done before in my family,” Trevor said of his title sweep, as Shawn never won a championship race.

Pit Stops

  • Jones’ sweep helped make track history, as for the first time since South Buxton expanded beyond two classes, all divisions had drivers win both the points and championship race - Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models, Leamington’s Joel Dick in the Schinkels Gourmet UMP Modifieds, Chatham’s Eren Vanderiviere in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks and Blenheim’s Jeff Schives in the Autotech Services Bombers.
  • Sorrell would have started 16th and Wilton 18th running their own numbers, as the starting field was determined by points, but they started fourth and fifth, respectively, by running the Hope brothers’ numbers for points. The Hopes returned to their hockey teams, Brett his third year at Buffalo State College and Kyle for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
  • The Mini-Mods ran hot laps at the start of the night, then waited to run their season championship as the final race race of the night, following the Shootout qualifying heats for the UMP Late Models and Modifieds, plus heats and the feature for Ohsweken Crate Sprints.
  • The Mini-Mod championship race was posted when rain shortened the Sept. 20 race night.
  • The UMP Late Models and Modifieds ran two rounds of heat races, with drivers accumulating points on their finish and the number of positions gained in each heat, plus a 20-point bonus for winning.
  • Three-time Late Model Shootout winner Andrew Reaume, of Blenheim and 2008 winner Chris Ross, of Charing Cross won the second round heat races. Brian Ruhlman, the 2011 winner from Clarklake, Mich., and Eric Spangler from Lake City, Mich., won the first round heats.
  • Reaume accumulated the most points while Ross was second and Ruhlman was third. Chatham’s Brad Authier, Spangler and Glassford rounded out the top six.
  • Ruhlman was also a winner in the first round of three heats in the Modifieds, along with Chatham’s Louis Clements and Brian Speelman. Shrewsbury’s Jim Dale Jr., Belle River’s Mario Toniolo and Dick won the second round heats.
  • Seven cars qualified for the dash because of a tie for sixth between Dale Jr. and Dick. Ruhlman finished first, followed by Leamington’s Justin Coulter, Speelman, Chatham’s Eugene Hoekstra and Merlin’s Brad McLeod.
  • Brantford’s Jake Brown won the feature race for the Ohsweken Crate Sprints, with Caledonia’s Mike Thorne second and Dylan Westbrook, from Scotland, Ont. Third.
  • Chatham’s Tyler Hendricks finished 10th as he exited early with mechanical issues after and early crash.
  • Dave Larocque of Windsor, won the Sunrise Rotary Club’s 50-50 draw, worth $841.50. He is a member of the Tom Reimer No. 74 Mini-Mod race team, as Reimer won a 50-50 draw himself earlier this month.

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