It was ‘double the pleasure’ for Leamington’s Joel Dick and Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford on Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.
Both drivers swept their division crowns by winning their season championship races and clinching points titles.
Dick already had the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds points title locked up going into Saturday’s races but had a battle on his hands with Belle River’s Mario Toniolo in the early goings before taking the lead with 10 laps to go and went on to win his second straight and third championship race in three years.
Toniolo held on for a second-place finish while Chatham’s Darryl Hoekstra finished third.
Toniolo also finished second in the final points standings.
Glassford led all 20 laps to win his second career championship race in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.
He went into the night with a slim two-point lead over Chatham’s Jim Jones atop the standings but emerged as the Late Model points champion for the third time of his career. Glassford finished 25 points ahead of Jones.
Chatham’s Gregg Haskell, the two-time reigning points champion, finished second and Wallaceburg’s Mike Lewis was third.
Chatham’s John Pinsonneault won the seventh Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature of the season for his ‘0′ car while Blenheim’s Trevor Jones finished second.
And with his second-place finish, Jones unofficially is the 2014 Mini-Mods season points champion one week before the division championship race.
Jones leads Pinsonneault, who moved into second in the standings, by 113 points - and the maximum a driver can accumulate is 105 points in a single race night.
Cottam’s Rob Quick, who went into the night second in points, fell out of the feature early and finished 17th, dropping to third in the standings, 118 points behind Jones.
Steve Shaw Jr. finished third and Dylan Wolters, the 14-year-old from Kingsville, was fourth for his third straight top-five finish.
Chatham’s Eric Vanderiviere won his second Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature of the season, with Merlin’s Steve Shaw second as the co-workers at Midas Auto Service Experts finished one-two on a night where their employer was a co-sponsor.
Chatham’s Eren Vanderiviere finished third as he will take a 52-point over Shaw into this Saturday’s championship night for the Sport Stocks in his bid for a fourth straight points crown.
Please check back later Sunday for expanded coverage.
Chatham’s Jim Jones and Leamington’s Joel Dick will both have front-row starting positions to defend their season championship race victories Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.
Jones won the 2013 Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models championship race, the second of his career and first since 2004.
The veteran driver took the lead with two laps to go when the fuel pump belt fell off the leader Dale Glassford’s car.
Jones and Glassford will start on the front row on Saturday as the 2014 points title is also on the line between the two drivers.
Glassford carries a slim two-point lead over Jones as the points accumulated in the heat, pursuit and championship races all go toward the finals standings.
His car was overheating, he was mired in traffic and the white flag was on the speedway.
The last place Jeff Schives thought he would wind up was in Victory Lane.
The 19-year-old Blenheim driver pulled off a stunning win in Saturday’s Autotech Bombers season championship race, with the help of a last-lap crash between the leaders.
Chatham’s Chris Ellerbeck and Blenheim’s Shawn Hope traded paint on the last lap before finally crashing just a few yards from the start finish line.
Schives, who had just moved into third place, drove past the leaders but was met with a yellow caution flag instead of the checkered as he crossed the line.
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).