Tiffany Ellis always envisioned her first feature win - celebrating with her family and crew members, photographers snapping pictures and a post-race interview for the cheering fans from the Winner’s Circle.
The Cottam driver finally captured her first career win on Saturday - but there was no celebration at the track.
Ellis didn’t know she had officially won until Sunday afternoon.
“Did I win?” she asked the phone caller.
The outcome of the race was put on hold until track officials again reviewed the video of a race-ending three-car crash involving Ellis and two other leaders.
The 27-year-old was naturally a little emotional upon receiving the news, some 17 hours after the fact, that she was a first-time South Buxton Raceway feature race winner.
“I can’t believe this,” she said.
Eight drivers fought the law, but the law won - and going away!
Joe Barnes, an Ottawa County sheriff in western Michigan, raced like he had the siren blaring and lights flashing on his No. 19 machine as he led all 20 laps of the Ontario Topless Sprints feature race at South Buxton Raceway on Saturday night.
And for Bares, his victory was like returning to the scene of the crime.
“This is where I won by first ever sprint car heat race,” said Bares, recalling his first visit to South Buxton with the Sprints On Dirt 360-wing series in 2001.
“It’s nice to come back here, close the deal and win a feature,” added the Traverse City native.
Bares started in the second row with Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick and they ran one-two for the final 18 circuits around the 3/8th-mile ‘D’ shaped oval.
The Ontario Topless Sprints roll into South Buxton Raceway on Saturday for their first of two trips this season.
The OTS will join South Buxton’s regular five classes for an exciting six divisions of dirt car racing action.
Kyle Patrick - The Tilbury Tornado - has confirmed he will take the wings off of his 33K sprint to race again with the OTS.
Patrick finished third, behind the winner John Watson of St. Thomas and runner-up Justin Martin of Rodney, in last year’s OTS feature on June 15.
Lefroy’s Warren Mahoney and his father Dick Mahoney from Newmarket - both regulars on the Southern Ontario Sprint series and former South Buxton winners - rounded out the top five.
The OTS has raced once this season.
Joe Bares, of Traverse City. Mich, won at Crystal Motor Speedway on May 25 in a field of 20 cars - mainly from the Michigan Traditional Sprints series.
The series will be at Freedom Speedway in Delevan, N.Y., for its first appearance in that state on Friday before heading here for Saturday’s show at South Buxton.
Point Standings; Checkered Flags updated (see Track Stats)