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Wilson Lands In OPC Top-Five At Flamboro

Wilson Lands In OPC Top-Five At Flamboro

WATERLOO – Dale Wilson had an impressive run at Flamboro Speedway to finish fourth on Saturday night.

After turning 20 years old earlier in the week, Wilson got a late birthday present in the form of a top-five and fell just short of a podium finish.

“The car was a little tight in the feature, but we had a lot of power out of the corner and I was really happy,” said Wilson.

The young driver from Waterloo, Ont. started the night with a fourth-place finish in his heat.

Wilson was consistent from the opening green flag in the feature, running in his fourth-place starting spot. Early in the race, Wilson battled for the top spots with the series veteran.

“I had a good car, a very good car,” explained Wilson. “I had a long, drawn out battle with Dennis Thompson (No.02), and he eventually got the better of me, but that’s just experience.”

Around the midway point of the 30-lap feature, Wilson slid back a few stops as the handling started to go away.

“Towards the halfway point, my car started to tighten up and became a little bit undriveable,” said Wilson.

“Some of the cautions definitely helped. I moved back to about seventh but then I was able to grab a few positions off restarts and finished fourth.”

Wilson tried to track down third place runner Justin Billington (No.24), but a tight racecar didn’t help his cause in the final laps. Wilson held off series rookie Mike Westwood (No.91) to earn his fourth-place finish.

Through two races of the 12-event OPC schedule in 2014, Wilson said he has learned where he needs to improve over the course of the summer in his new car.

“I have some learning to do when it comes to saving the car so that I’m there for the last bit of the race,” said Wilson. “I can’t be letting the veterans get away at the beginning of the race, but I can’t be letting them get away at the end either.”

The series takes a three-week break before shifting its focus to Sauble Speedway on June 14. Sauble does have some similarities to Flamboro, but Wilson said a new track will require a few adjustments.

“The biggest change is that we have to move the sway bar,” said Wilson. “I think there is a lot more speed at Sauble. You have to carry more in to the corners.”

Wilson’s 2014 campaign is supported by Warren Leis of AW Millwrights and Greg Toneguzzo of Rite Way Mechanical.  The entire Wilson Motorsports team would like to thank the sponsors for their continued support.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns

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Photo attachments courtesy of Eric Uprichard (OntarioOval.com) and Thompson Photography.

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Dale Wilson Equipped For New OPC Season

Dale Wilson Equipped For New OPC Season

By Clayton Johns – WATERLOO, Ont. – After four seasons of Ontario Pro Challenge competition, Dale Wilson is set to step in to a new ride for the 2014 season. Wilson acquired series veteran Ken Nicholson’s car over the off-season and will debut the new car in the series opener at Sunset Speedway on May 10.

The 19 year-old Wilson is one of the youngest competitors with the OPC, which forced him to earn the respect of his competitors in different ways. Now with four years experience to his name, mainstay drivers like Dennis Thomson, Kyle Batty, and Nicholson, still help the young driver off the track. But that all changes once the green flag drops.

“On the track, you have to race them clean, you have to race them smart, and you have to race them hard,” said Wilson, a second-year law student at Carleton University. “That is one of the ways to gain respect from the top guys in that series.”

Consistent top-five finishes is on Wilson’s 2014 checklist. After missing the second half of 2013 when his car was sold and to attend school, Wilson is anxious to get behind the wheel again.

But getting back to victory lane is the top priority. Wilson last took a heat win at Sauble Speedway last May and has not won a feature since July 2012 at Varney Speedway.

“I want to get some more feature wins than the one per season we’ve been able to establish,” said Wilson.

While the season starts on May 10, Wilson is also eyeing the series first trip of the season to Flamboro on May 24 for a victory.

“I can’t really put my finger on it,” explained Wilson. “Every time we’ve gone there everything seems to work and click.”

Wilson hopes his clean, consistent and economical driving style will help him win again. The Waterloo, Ont. native has a seriously superstitious routine he believes will help him achieve his goals.

“I’m a very superstitious person,” laughed Wilson. “I have to put my ear plugs in the same way, the tape has to be the right length, I have to put each belt on individually. And if it doesn’t work, you change it up.”

Longtime sponsors AW Millwrights and Rite Way Mechanical will support Wilson’s fifth season. Wilson says he likes the new look despite moving away from his retro Dale Earnhardt-esque paint.

“I actually really like the car, I think it looks great,” said Wilson. “Its more suited to the colours of AW Millwrights.”

The preparation of the new car and impressive paint scheme would not have been possible, Dale said, without hard work from Dennis Thomson, Ken Nicholson, and his father Stephen Wilson.  A full season is thanks to the support of AW Millwrights and Rite Way Mechanical’s Greg Toneguzzo.

Follow Dale Wilson and the 2014 Ontario Pro Challenge Series season at www.prochallengeracing.com.

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Mosport: Brown Wins Again, Thomson Takes Pro Challenge Checkers

Mosport: Brown Wins Again, Thomson Takes Pro Challenge Checkers

(BOWMANVILLE, ON – July 6, 2010)  The summer celebrations that started with the Canada Day festivities, continued last Saturday as Mosport Speedway, with the assistance of Rental City, presented the first Fan Appreciation Night of the season.  On board for the evening were all three of the home divisions as well as the Ontario Pro-Challenge series making their annual appearance

Rental City held a raffle to help raise funds for the local food bank. They were able to raise approximately $1000.  The fantastic prizes that were up for grabs was a 32″ television and an Xbox 360 gaming system.

THE THORSONS EVT SIX OR LESS

Saturday night did not start well for points challenger Duane Jeffery as contact between the #26 Can-Du Camaro and Ryan DiBello in the first heat race, ended their night early.

With the two contenders knocked from competition, it left the remaining 15 cars a wide-open shot for the feature victory.

Kevin Hinds took his #57 PS Auto Wreckers Pontiac to the win in the night’s first heat sprint, and by the luck of the draw, also started the 20 lap feature from the pole position.

Taking advantage of his front row placing, Hinds immediately launched into the lead, leaving the #69 U-Haul Dodge Shadow of Heath McDonald to fend off the hard charging Fedele DiBello (#12 Maxwell Motors Chevy).  Clearing McDonald on lap five, DiBello set off in pursuit of the rapidly disappearing back bumper of Hinds.

Behind the lead trio, a four car battle was brewing between Anthony DiBello (#27), past champion Ryan Oosterholt, current points leader Kevin Pickford and Chris Mulder.

At the front of the field, despite his best efforts, Fedele DiBello could not track down Hinds. The #57 Grand Am crossed the stripe with a four car length advantage, giving Hinds his first feature win of the season.

“I was pushing really hard, probably way too hard, and brushed the wall in (turn) Two,” explained Hinds.  “I backed off a bit and just tried to keep running a smooth line.”

Anthony DiBello (#27 DAK Enterprises Cavalier) managed to grab the third spot on the next-to-last lap, with Pickford (#19 Priestly Demolition Skyhawk) edging McDonald to claim a hard-fought fourth place.

THE BOB’S TOWING SPORTSMAN

Courtice’s Brad Stevenson has been on a hot streak lately, and last Saturday the pilot of the #77 Sanfords Racing Engines Monte Carlo made it three feature wins on the season.  He added to his points total with a victory in the evening’s sole heat race.

Taking the green flag from third position, Stevenson slotted in behind pole sitter Bill Northam (#85 Five Points Mall Pontiac) and the #63 Marksman Club Monte Carlo of John Baker Jr.  Working past ‘Big John’ on the second lap, Stevenson moved onto the point one tour later when Northam slid high as the pair exited the first corner.

With a clear track in front of him, Stevenson ran uncontested to the checkered flag, stretching out his advantage over the 15 lap race distance.

“Bob (Rip) Rippington has been helping us,” said Stevenson.  “My car is working great, it runs like it’s on rails.”

Baker was able to squeeze past Northam on lap five to earn the runner-up spot, and with the handling on the #85 Grand Prix deteriorating; Northam also surrendered positions to Ken Downer (#73) and long-time Mosport competitor Bob Kish (#78).

THE R.P.OIL LTD. LATE MODELS

The last thing that Late Model feature race leader Terry Betts wanted to see was a fast-closing Dwight Brown filling his mirrors. And his fears proved justified as Brown used the outside line to power past the #86 Pingle’s Farm Monte Carlo to claim the victory in the 20 lap dash.

Surging past early race leader John Baker Jr. (#23 Freeman Motorsports Fusion) on lap two, Betts, with a clear track, opened up a considerable, 10 car length gap on the rest of the field.  Brown, starting from the
inside of Row Four, found himself boxed in amongst a six car pack.  He eventually was able to get by each car, one at a time until he found himself in second position by the race’s halfway point. Going into full pursuit mode, Brown edged his #12 Bourque Transmission Chevrolet ever closer to the race leader, finally moving into the lead as the front running duo powered down the front straight.

Picking up one car length per lap, Brown took the checkers with Betts following in a well-deserved second place.  Jim ‘the Professor’ Rossiter survived a race long duel with Baker to carry his #66 Roy Nichols Motors Impala to a third place finish, with Baker holding off Amanda Connolly (#16) and Todd Delisle (#22) for fourth.

“A lot of guys don’t like racing on these hot, sticky nights,” said the race winner.  “it makes the car harder to drive.  But I had fun, it was great racing with Terry, we never seem to find each other when we on the track.”

THE ONTARIO PRO-CHALLENGE

>From rather humble beginnings, the Ontario Pro-Challenge Series has grown into a well-represented and highly competitive division.

On Saturday night, 16 of these miniature (5/8 scale) NASCAR look-alikes took to Mosport Speedway for their annual appearance.

Following two, 10-lap heat races, claimed by the Fords of Tim Norris (#88) and Dennis Thomson (#02), Norris led the field to the green flag to begin the 25 lap feature. With Thomson’s Taurus filling his mirrors, Norris led the opening handful of laps before a major, five-car incident on lap five slowed the proceedings.

Once the track was clear, Thomson used his experience to take the low line through Turn Two, edging past Norris for the lead.  Once clear of traffic, Thomson never looked back, taking the checkered flag for his fourth feature win of the season.

“This is a quirky track,” said Thomson. “You have to have a car that you can work around the bumps to be successful. This is a new car this year, but it feels just as good as the old one.  It seems to work really well here.”

Norris was hard pressed to maintain his runner-up position, as he led a four car procession to the stripe, followed to the line by the son and father tandem of Josh (#66) and Ken (#99) Nicholson with Dario Valente (#71) rounding out the top five.

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Mosport         ryan@mosport.com
800-866-1072 (office)

Photo 1 – R.P. Oil Ltd. Late Model feature race winner Dwight Brown

Photo Credit – PeterBrand.ca

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