Third place was the safe place to be for the three eventual championship race winners at South Buxton Raceway.
It took different circumstances but Grande Pointe’s Tyler Lozon, Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. and Blenheim’s Jeff Schives all rallied to win their division’s season championship races on Saturday night.
Lozon won his second straight Windride Transportation Sport Stocks championship race, going from third to the lead on lap 17 when the leader Eren Vanderiviere and second-place Steve Shaw tangled.
Shaw Jr. finished third on the track but wound up with the championship trophy in a wild Tirecraft Mini-Mod championship race. The winner Elliot Wilton of Blenheim was disqualified for an illegal manifold intake in post-race tech inspection while Denis DeSerrano was docked one position for a late race incident with Shaw Jr., who was declared the winner.
Schives was also running third midway through the Bomber championship when the Bonner brothers - Dylan and Evan - both were forced to the pits allowing Schives to take the lead and the first official Bomber championship.
Leamington’s Justin Coulter won his second Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified feature in just his third night at the track while Chatham’s Kirk Hooker won a feature in his first time behind the wheel in the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models.
Meanwhile, Chatham’s Gregg Haskell clinched his second straight UMP Late Model points championship while DeSerrano locked up his third career Mini-Mod crown.
The Modifieds and Late Models will hold their championship night on Sept. 21, after a weekend off this coming Saturday at South Buxton.
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The Shaws will looking to make history at South Buxton Raceway on Saturday in the first of two season championship nights.
There have been several father-son combinations over the 42 years at South Buxton Raceway, but none have ever won season championship races in the same year.
John Pinsonneault and John Pinsonneault Jr. are the only father-son duo to win championship races - Senior in the 1991 Stingers and Junior in the 1999 and 2002 Comp 4s.
“That would be cool,” said Steve Shaw, as he and son Steve Jr. will be taking aim at history.
The Point Standings are updated. Please go to Track Stats icon and click on 2013 Standings.
The line-ups for this Saturday’s Championship Races for the Tirecraft Mini-Mods, Windride Transportation Sport Stocks and Bombers will be according to points at the conclusion of their heat races.
All championship races will be extended by five laps.
There will be no crack-the-whip races for the Mini-Mods and Sport Stocks, since these races would have no bearing on the Championship Race line-ups.
Drivers must have raced on three (3) race nights during the 2013 season to be eligible for the Championship Races in Sport Stocks and Mini-Mods as well as the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change on Sept. 21.
There will be non-points races for the Mini-Mods, Sport Stocks and Bombers on Sept. 21.
Fun Night will include Mechanics, Powder Puff and Staff races, along with Hot Dog races, Grudge races.
Other special races that night, including the possibility of features being run in the opposite direction, are being considered.
Lower pit and grandstand prices will also be announced.
Ticket information for the annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Chatham Banquet Hall (former CAW Hall on Merritt Ave.), will also be announced.
The pits open at 4:30 p.m., grandstand at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday on the first of two Championship Nights.
And a reminder, there is no racing on Saturday, Sept. 14.