August 17, 2013- Beeton, ON’s Dwight Brown used a victory in the season finale of the Techtonix Ontario Modified Race series to secure his second consecutive division championship.
It was Brown’s fifth win in six starts in the abbreviated 2013 OMRS campaign, and came on Fan Appreciation Night at the 1/3-mile Peterborough Speedway.
“It’s a great way to wrap up the points with a win. And it’s nice to put on a show in front of packed grandstands,” stated Brown from Victory Lane.
Starting from the inside of Row Four, it took Brown nine laps to finally close in on the race leading #90 Mod of Rick Warnes. Following two laps of ‘dodge and duck’, Brown was able to squeeze his familiar #2 Bourque Transmission Modified into the lead as he and Warnes streamed into the third turn.
With a clear track in front of him, Brown stretched his advantage until the Lap 20 checkered flag, crossing the stripe four car lengths in front of Warnes, the #95 of son Rob Warnes less than a car length further behind, in third.
Season points runner-up Nick Lees (#09) was next to see the checkers, followed by the #46 of Darren Kearnan.
Reflects Brown, “We had one of those seasons where we had no issues that were debilitating, and that’s unusual. The only race we lost was the opener where we brought something new out of the box and we were a tick off. (Race winner) Darren (Kearnan) ran his own race that night, and we didn’t have enough to get around him.”
He adds, “The great thing about this series is that, no matter what speed your car is, you’ve got somebody to race with. No matter where you look on the track, there’s racing going on.”
With the demise of the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the Techtonix OMRS competitors will be looking for a new home in 2014. According to series co-founder Bill Pickford, “we’re still exploring our options, there are a couple of opportunities open for us.”
Ontario Modified Racing Series-
Peterborough Speedway- August 17, 2013
FEATURE RESULTS: 1. #2 Dwight Brown, 2. #90 Rick Warnes, 3. #95 Rob Warnes, 4. #09 Nick Lees, 5. #46 Darren Kearnan, 5. #62 Randy Hollingsworth, 6. #61 Bill Pickford, 7. #53 Mike Poulton Jr., 8. #06 Wayne Carson, 9. #77 Chad Strawn (DNF), 10. #07 Alex Lees (DNS) // HEATS: 1. #09 N. Lees, 2. #46 D. Kearnan, 3. #95 R. Warnes, 4. #2 D. Brown.
OMRS FINAL POINTS (Top 5): 1. #2 Dwight Brown (172 pts.), 2. #09 Nick Lees (136), 3. #77 Chad Strawn (123), 4. #90 Rick Warnes (119), 5. #46 Darren Kearnan (98).
Prepared by: J. Wally Nesbitt/ Corner 5 Communications