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Andrew Reaume (W05) gets a run on the inside of Dale Glassford on the backstretch. Reaume got by Glassford on the high side coming out of turn four on the last lap to win the annual Don Hendricks memorial race for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models on Saturday.

Andrew Reaume (W05) gets a run on the inside of Dale Glassford on the backstretch. Reaume would later get by Glassford on the high side coming out of turn four on the last lap to win the annual Don Hendricks memorial race for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models on Saturday.

Revised Edition

Andrew Reaume is too young to remember when Don Hendricks was a dominant driver at South Buxton Raceway.

But even the Hall of Famer Hendricks would have tipped his hat to Reaume after his dramatic last lap pass for the win on Saturday night.

Reaume waited until the final turn on the last lap to get around Dale Glassford to win the annual Don Hendricks memorial race for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.

“This means a lot, I know the stories my dad (Brett) tells, he was one of the greats” Reaume said of Hendricks, a three-time track champion who last raced in 1985 and died 10 years later at the age of 48.

Reaume won the 2007 and 2008 track championships and has raced primarily on the Ohio Late Model circuit the last five years.

When the 30-year-old Blenheim native returns to race at his home track, it is usually a checkered night.

Reaume has won his last four appearances at South Buxton in a Late Model – all in someone else’s car.

Saturday’s win was his second this year, both driving for Chatham’s Erick Walker.

Photos by James MacDonald ApexOne Photo; Click on Multimedia icon for James’ web site.

Reaume drove Kirk Hooker’s car to the 2012 Canadian Fall Shootout and last year’s inaugural Gord DeWael memorial.

“I like being a part of this history and having my name on their trophies,” he said of winning the Hendricks and DeWael memorials, as both drivers were among the track’s inaugural Hall of Fame class on May 10.

Glassford, who had won the previous two Hendricks memorials, took the lead from Chatham’s Jim Jones on the third lap and Reaume moved into second two laps later.

Reaume stalked Glassford for the next 15 laps, sticking the nose under the leader going into the corners, before finally making the pass on the high side coming to the checkered.

Andrew Reaume receives the Don Hendricks' memorial trophy from Don's wife Joyce, along with Sharon, Scott and Kyle Hendricks, along with car owner Lynn Walker.

Andrew Reaume receives the Don Hendricks' memorial trophy from Don's wife Joyce, along with Sharon, Scott and Kyle Hendricks, along with car owner Lynn Walker.

“I kept trying the bottom but he had really good traction coming off, I’d get beside him but he’d take off,” Reaume said of his pursuit of Glassford.

As they were coming out of turn four to take the white flag, Reaume moved to the top of the track but Glassford also went high to block.

“We got squeezed up and we made a little contact, but the next corner it worked out,” Reaume said.

“I rolled to the top and he gave me room that time, I found a cushion and I was able to it pull off,” he said of the winning pass.

Glassford admitted he knew he was in trouble on Reaume’s first attempt to pass on the high side.

“I did a little bit of a slide job and pushed him up but I think that threw off my momentum going in (turns) one and two,” said the Ridgetown native.

“When he was beside me on the back straightaway, that was the race.

“I knew if he could get the run on the outside going into the last corner, that was a little faster and I wouldn’t get the run I needed,” Glassford said.

While he was disappointed losing the race that close to the finish line, Glassford said he enjoyed the battle with Reaume.

“When you can run that close to someone and push it right to the edge knowing you’re not going to take each other out … that’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Three Chatham drivers – Jim Jones, Gregg Haskell and Brad Authier – rounded out the top five.

Glassford padded his division lead to 14 points over Jones but is taking the June 12 mid-season championship night off and at this time is not planning to put a substitute driver in his car or ask anyone else to out a ‘60’ on their car to run points.

Blenheim’s Brent Colby and Glassford won the heats while Jones won the pursuit.

Coulter ‘wins one for Simpson’ with dominating run

Leamington’s Justin Coulter also won as a feature as a substitute driver – but in his own car.

Coulter, running for points for Rodney’s Brad Simpson, won the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature.

Justin Coulter waves the checkered flag after winning the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds. He is joined by Ted Simpson, owner of Simpsons Fence, his grandson Cole Murray, and SBR flag girl Allie Massender.

Justin Coulter waves the checkered flag after winning the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds. He is joined by Ted Simpson, owner of Simpsons Fence, his grandson Cole Murray, and SBR flag girl Allie Massender.

“Brad called me today (Saturday) and asked if I’d run points for him,” Coulter said, as Simpson’s car was severely damaged in a crash in the June 21 feature.

“I’m not running points, so anything to help the local guys who are out here every Saturday,” Coulter said.

Coulter took the lead from Chatham’s Louis Clements on lap seven and led the rest of the way.

Leamington’s Joel Dick finished second in a reverse of last Saturday’s feature finish.

“I think it’s all starting position, when you can start close to the front, it makes things easier,” said Coulter, who started third row inside.

It was his same starting position from a week earlier when it took Coulter 18 laps to get up to second but had no time to run down the leader.

This time, it was Dick who ran out of time it took him 13 laps to get from his sixth row starting spot in 18-car field to into second, but he could not run down Coulter.

“It’s a lot easier being in front of him,” Coulter said of his Leamington counterpart.

Dick had won the previous two features and seven of the first eight going into Saturday.

Clements held on to fining third, with Chatham’s Eugene Hoekstra fourth and Belle River’s Mario Toniolo, who won the heat and dash preliminary races, finished fifth.

Wheatley’s Justin Mills won his first career checkered in the first heat.

Shaw gives it a ‘thumbs up’ after his green-to-checkered run

Merlin’s Steve Shaw led all 20 laps to win the Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature, holding off Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere for the final 13 circuits for his third feature win of the year.

It was their third one-two finish of the season, with Shaw winning twice.

Steve Shaw in the winner's circle for the third time in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods.

Steve Shaw in the winner's circle for the third time in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks.

Shaw almost lost the lead on lap six when he shot up the track in turn four but was saved when a caution waved for a multi-car crash behind the leaders in turn three.

“I got in the corner a little too deep, had to jack the brakes, Eren got into to me a little and it jerked the steering wheel out of my hand,” said Shaw, who thought he broke his thumb in the incident as he brushed the wall.

“I got a break when the caution came out,” he said.

Shaw restarted on the bottom on all but one restart.

“The car worked rally good at the bottom, I just coasted it (into the turns) got back on it and she stuck coming off.”

He admitted starting on the front row, after finishing four laps down in 10th a week earlier, enhanced his chances of winning as Vanderiviere started in the fifth row and worked his way into second on lap seven.

“We put a lot in the car, I don’t know how it would have worked in traffic,” Shaw said.

“It was definitely a bonus to start where I did.”

Kingsville’s Rob Young and the Lajeunesse brothers – Doris from Essex and Patrick from Harrow – rounded out the top five.

Chatham’s Eric Vanderiviere and Grande Pointe’s Tyler Lozon were the heat race winners while Shaw won the pursuit, as he leads the division with eight checkereds but trails Eren Vanderiviere by 44 points.

Pinsonneault ‘Hopes’ win is first of many more to come

Chatham’s John Pinsonneault  won the third Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature for his race team, withstanding a strong challenge from Blenheim’s Brett Hope.

“The 49 was fast, I had to get the jumps on the restarts or he would have won this,” Pinsonneault said of the battle with Hope.

“We needed this,” Pinsonneault said. “We haven’t had a lot going for us lately …  breaking the car or accidents.

“But I think we have everything figured out, we should be up here more often,” he said.

John Pinsonneult Jr. received the checkered from flag girl Allie Massender for the second time this season - and the third for the car - in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods.

John Pinsonneult received the checkered from flag girl Allie Massender for the second time this season - and the third for the car - in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods.

Merlin’s Jody Mason led the first four laps and Blenheim’s Trevor Jones led lap five before Pinsonneault took the lead just before a caution waved.

The final 10 laps was a battle between Pinsonneault and the Hope brothers, Brett and Kyle.

Jones also had a fast car but was penalized twice for spinning out cars in front of him – Kyle Hope and Dresden’s Matt Sorrell - while battling for top-five positions both times.

Pinsonneault found a line on the low side and pinned his ‘0’ car to the bottom.

The caution came out with three to go but had the advantage of a single-file restart to keep the Hope boys at bay.

“I was roasting the tires on the bottom, I knew that was the fast way around and if he (Brett Hope) wanted to pass he was going to have to go around me,” said Pinsonneault, who won his second feature while Tim Mackenzie won the other for the ‘0’ team.

Brett Hope finished second, giving him two wins and two runner-up finishes in the last four weeks.

He also took over the division lead by 25 over Jones.

Kyle finished third, with Sorrell and Tilbury’s Gerry Rivait Jr. fourth and fifth.

The Hope boys both won heats while Jones won the other heat and Pinsonneault took the dash.

Brett Hope and Pinsonneault are tied with nine checkereds each.

Schives right on track with his fifth Bombers’ feature

Blenheim’s Jeff Schives learned a valuable lesson in the Autotech Bombers heat race.

There wasn’t going to be a lot of passing on the new infield track.

Schives started in the fourth row and only moved up three spots to finish fifth in the heat race.

Jeff Schives waves the checkered flag after his fifth Autotech Bombers feature win, and his first on the new infield track.

Jeff Schives waves the checkered flag after his fifth Autotech Bombers feature win, and his first on the new infield track.

A flat tire and an eighth-place finish a week earlier actually helped Schives this Saturday as he started on the pole and led all 15 laps for this fifth feature win of the year.

“I just held my line on the bottom, if anyone wanted to go by, they’d have to do it on the outside,” Schives said.

“I knew it was hard to do from the heat race,” he said of the difficulty passing on the new track.

Rookie drivers Nick Glassford of Ridgetown and Blenheim’s Austin Pickering had season-high best second and third-place finishes while Chatham’s Brandon Ardis and Chris Ellerbeck rounded out the top five.

Shrewsbury’s Eric Heintz and Merlin’s Cale Johns won the heats.

It was the Bombers’ first time running the new oval track on the infield, which was constructed over the past week. The previous track started on the front stretch and went onto the infield.

Schives said it is going to take the class a few weeks to get use to the new racing surface.

“It’s totally different, it was a lot slower, tighter, so you just have to hold your line, there’s not a lot of room to pass,” he said.

“I like the bigger track better, it was easier to drive,” Schives admitted.

Pit Stops

    It was a matter of time before Belle River's Mario Toniolo won his first checkered flag of the season, and he liked it so much, he did in twice Saturday, winning his heat and the dash in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds.

    It was a matter of time before Belle River's Mario Toniolo won his first checkered flag of the season, and he liked it so much, he did in twice Saturday, winning his heat and the dash in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds.

  • While Reaume has four straight ‘pinch-driving’ wins in his last four appearances in the Late Models, he also drove for Brian Speelman in the Modifieds, finishing third in the June 7 feature. Reaume drove for Walker, who was attending a wedding. Reaume said he is unsure if he’ll race again at South Buxton before the Canadian Fall Shootout on Sept. 26-27.
  • The top-four finish in the Mini-Mods feature – Pinsonneault, Brett Hope, Kyle Hope and Sorrell – was also the top-four finish in the dash.
  • Chris Garton of Ridgetown won $772 in the Chatham-Kent Big Brothers Big Sisters 50-50 draw.
  • Simpson’s Fence and All-Canadian Tools and Industrial Supplies, two long-time supporters of South Buxton, were the night’s sponsors.
  • The Southern Ontario Sprits visit South Buxton on Saturday, with Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick and Ridgetown’s Adam West in the field. The SOS is also in action on Friday at Ohsweken, racing with the Corr-Pak series.
  • The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at the Tilbury Kinsmen will be selling beer, which fans can purchase and take to their grandstand seats to enjoy.

Blenheim’s Andrew Reaume stalked Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford for 15 laps before pouncing on turn four of the final lap for a dramatic ‘pass-for-the-win’ in the annual Don Hendricks Memorial race for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models on Saturday night.

Andrew Reaume is too young to remember when Don Hendricks was a dominant driver at South Buxton Raceway.

But even the Hall of Famer Hendricks would have tipped his hat to Reaume after his dramatic last lap pass for the win on Saturday night.

Reaume waited until the final turn on the last lap to get around Dale Glassford to win the annual Don Hendricks memorial race for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.

“This means a lot, I know the stories my dad (Brett) tells, he was one of the greats” Reaume said of Hendricks, a three-time track champion who last raced in 1985 and died 10 years later at the age of 48.

Reaume won the 2007 and 2008 track championships and has raced primarily on the Ohio Late Model circuit the last five years.

When the 30-year-old Blenheim native returns to race at his home track, it is usually a checkered night.

Reaume has won his last four appearances at South Buxton in a Late Model - all in someone else’s car.

Saturday’s win was his second this year, both driving for Chatham’s Erick Walker.

He drove Kirk Hooker’s car to the 2012 Canadian Fall Shootout and last year’s inaugural Gord DeWael memorial.

“I like being a part of this history and having my name on their trophies,” he said of winning the Hendricks and DeWael memorials, as both drivers were among the track’s inaugural Hall of Fame class on May 10.

Glassford, who had won the previous two Hendricks memorials, took the lead from Chatham’s Jim Jones on the third lap and Reaume moved into second two laps later.

Reaume stalked Glassford for the next 15 laps, sticking the nose under the leader going into the corners, before finally making the pass on the high side coming to the checkered.

“I kept trying the bottom but he had really good traction coming off, I’d get beside him but he’d take off,” Reaume said of his pursuit of Glassford.

As they were coming out of turn four to take the white flag, Reaume moved to the top of the track but Glassford also went high to block.

“We got squeezed up and we made a little contact, but the next corner it worked out,” Reaume said.

“I rolled to the top and he gave me room that time, I found a cushion and I was able to it pull off,” he said of the winning pass.

Glassford admitted he knew he was in trouble on Reaume’s first attempt to pass on the high side.

“I did a little bit of a slide job and pushed him up but I think that threw off my momentum going in (turns) one and two,” said the Ridgetown native.

“When he was beside me on the back straightaway, that was the race.

“I knew if he could get the run on the outside going into the last corner, that was a little faster and I wouldn’t get the run I needed,” Glassford said.

While he was disappointed losing the race that close to the finish line, Glassford said he enjoyed the battle with Reaume.

“When you can run that close to someone and push it right to the edge knowing you’re not going to take each other out … that’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Three Chatham drivers - Jim Jones, Gregg Haskell and Brad Authier - rounded out the top five.

Glassford padded his division lead to 14 points over Jones but is taking the June 12 mid-season championship night off and at this time is not planning to put a substitute driver in his car or ask anyone else to out a ‘60′ on their car to run points.

Blenheim’s Brent Colby and Glassford won the heats while Jones won the pursuit.

Leamington’s Justin Coulter also won as a feature as a substitute driver - but in his own car.

Coulter, running for points for Rodney’s Brad Simpson, won the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature.

“Brad called me today (Saturday) and asked if I’d run points for him,” Coulter said, as Simpson’s car was severely damaged in a crash in the June 21 feature.

“I’m not running points, so anything to help the local guys who are out here every Saturday,” Coulter said.

Coulter took the lead from Chatham’s Louis Clements on lap seven and led the rest of the way.

Leamington’s Joel Dick finished second in a reverse of last Saturday’s feature finish.

“I think it’s all starting position, when you can start close to the front, it makes things easier,” said Coulter, who started third row inside.

It was his same starting position from a week earlier when it took Coulter 18 laps to get up to second but had no time to run down the leader.

This time, it was Dick who ran out of time it took him 13 laps to get from his sixth row starting spot in 18-car field to into second, but he could not run down Coulter.

“It’s a lot easier being in front of him,” Coulter said of his Leamington counterpart.

Dick had won the previous two features and seven of the first eight going into Saturday.

Clements held on to fining third, with Chatham’s Eugene Hoekstra fourth and Belle River’s Mario Toniolo, who won the heat and dash preliminary races, finished fifth.

Wheatley’s Justin Mills won his first career checkered in the first heat.

Merlin’s Steve Shaw led all 20 laps to win the Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature, holding off Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere for the final 13 circuits for his third feature win of the year.

It was their third one-two finish of the season, with Shaw winning twice.

Shaw almost lost the lead on lap six when he shot up the track in turn four but was saved when a caution waved for a multi-car crash behind the leaders in turn three.

“I got in the corner a little too deep, had to jack the brakes, Eren got into to me a little and it jerked the steering wheel out of my hand,” said Shaw, who thought he broke his thumb in the incident as he brushed the wall.

“I got a break when the caution came out,” he said.

Shaw restarted on the bottom on all but one restart.

“The car worked rally good at the bottom, I just coasted it (into the turns) got back on it and she stuck coming off.”

He admitted starting on the front row, after finishing four laps down in 10th a week earlier, enhanced his chances of winning as Vanderiviere started in the fifth row and worked his way into second on lap seven.

“We put a lot in the car, I don’t know how it would have worked in traffic,” Shaw said.

“It was definitely a bonus to start where I did.”

Kingsville’s Rob Young and the Lajeunesse brothers - Doris from Essex and Patrick from Harrow - rounded out the top five.

Chatham’s Eric Vanderiviere and Grande Pointe’s Tyler Lozon were the heat race winners while Shaw won the pursuit, as he leads the division with eight checkereds but trails Eren Vanderiviere by 44 points.

Chatham’s John Pinsonneault Jr. won the third Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature for his race team, withstanding a strong challenge from Blenheim’s Brett Hope.

“The 49 was fast, I had to get the jumps on the restarts or he would have won this,” Pinsonneault said of the battle with Hope.

Merlin’s Jody Mason led the first four laps and Blenheim’s Trevor Jones led lap five before Pinsonneault took the lead just before a caution waved.

The final 10 laps was a battle between Pinsonneault and the Hope brothers Brett and Kyle.

Jones had a fast car but was penalized twice for spinning out cars in front of him - Kyle Hope and Dresden’s Matt Sorrell.

Pinsonneault found a line on the low side and pinned his ‘0′ car to the bottom.

The caution came out with three to go but had the advantage of a single-file restart to keep the Hope boys at bay.

“I was roasting the tires on the bottom, I knew that was the fast way around and if he (Brett Hope) wanted to pass he was going to have to go around me,” said Pinsonneault, who won his second feature while Tim Mackenzie won the other for the ‘0′ team.

Brett Hope finished second, giving him two wins and two runner-up finishes in the last four weeks.

He also took over the division lead by 25 over Jones.

Kyle finished third, with Sorrell and Tilbury’s Gerry Rivait Jr. fourth and fifth.

The Hope boys both won heats while Jones won the other heat and Pinsonneault took the dash.

Brett Hope and Pinsonneault are tied with eight checkereds each.

Blenheim’s Jeff Schives learned a valuable lesson in the Autotech Bombers heat race.

There wasn’t going to be a lot of passing on the new infield track.

Schives started in the fourth row and only moved up three spots to finish fifth in the heat race.

A flat tire and an eighth-place finish a week earlier actually helped Schives this Saturday as he started on the pole and led all 15 laps for this fifth feature win of the year.

“I just held my line on the bottom, if anyone wanted to go by, they’d have to do it on the outside,” Schives said.

“I knew it was hard to do from the heat race,” he said of the difficulty passing on the new track.

Rookie drivers Nick Glassford of Ridgetown and Blenheim’s Austin Pickering had season-high best second and third-place finishes while Chatham’s Brandon Ardis and Chris Ellerbeck rounded out the top five.

Shrewsbury’s Eric Heintz and Merlin’s Cale Johns won the heats.

It was the Bombers’ first time running the new oval track on the infield, which was constructed over the past week. The previous track started on the front stretch and went onto the infield.

Schives said it is going to take the class a few weeks to get use to the new racing surface.

“It’s totally different, it was a lot slower, tighter, so you just have to hold your line, there’s not a lot of room to pass,” he said.

“I like the bigger track better, it was easier to drive,” Schives admitted.

Pit Stops

On a night they were running his memorial race, Don Hendricks’ grandson Austin Bisschop won the feature in the Eastern Canadian Karting series at Goodwood Kartways near Toronto. Austin’s mom is Vanessa, daughter of Joyce and Don Hendricks.

While Reaume has four straight ‘pinch-driving’ wins in his last four appearances in the Late Models, he also drove for Brian Speelman in the Modifieds, finishing third in the June 7 feature. Reaume drove for Walker, who was attending a wedding. Reaume said he is unsure if he’ll race again at South Buxton before the Canadian Fall Shootout on Sept. 26-27.

The top-four finish in the Mini-Mods feature - Pinsonneault, Brett Hope, Kyle Hope and Sorrell - was also the top-four finish in the dash.

Chris Garton of Ridgetown won $772 in the Chatham-Kent Big Brothers Big Sisters 50-50 draw.

Simpson’s Fence and All-Canadian Tools and Industrial Supplies, two long-time supporters of South Buxton, were the night’s sponsors.

The Southern Ontario Sprits visit South Buxton on Saturday, with Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick and Ridgetown’s Adam West in the field. The SOS is also in action on Friday at Ohsweken, racing with the Corr-Pak series.

The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at the Tilbury Kinsmen will be selling beer, which fans can purchase and take to their grandstand seats to enjoy.

Glassford took the lead from Chatham’s Jim Jones on lap two and Reaume moved into second three laps later.

Glassford, the winner of the past two Hendricks memorials, did everything he could to hold off the hard challenger until the last lap when Reaume got a run on the high side coming out of turn two.

Reaume carried the momentum along the backstretch and through the final corner, getting by Glassford coming out of turn four and won the sprint to the finish line.

It was Reaume’s second feature win in two appearances in a Late Model at South Buxton this season, driving Erick Walker’s W05 machine both times.

Leamington’s Justin Coulter also won as a ’substitute driver,’ as he was in his own car but running points for Rodney’s Brad Simpson as he won the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature.

Merlin’s Steve Shaw led all 20 laps to win his third Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature of the year.

Chatham’s John Pinsonneault Jr. won the ‘0′ car’s third Tirecraft Mini-Mods feature, holding off Blenheim’s Brett Hope over the final 13 laps.

Blenheim’s Jeff Schives won his fifth feature in the Autotech Bombers, as the entry-level class ran on a new infield track this week for the first time.

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