Race on to fin­ish be­hind Led­son for ti­tle

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - Jim Clarke op­er­ates Clarke Mo­tor­sports Com­mu­ni­ca­tions/First Draft Me­dia and cov­ers stock car rac­ing in Cen­tral and East­ern On­tario. JIM CLARKE

Things are about to wrap up for the 2019 Trail­ers Plus On­tario Leg­ends Se­ries (OLS) sched­ule, as teams head to Peter­bor­ough Speed­way for the 27th run­ning of the Au­tumn Colours Clas­sic Fri­day to Sun­day.

There’ll be ac­tion and ex­cite­ment with ev­ery turn of the wheel, as the pop­u­lar trav­el­ling group closes out an­other suc­cess­ful season.

Tour spokesper­son Jeff Drim­mie says the OLS driv­ers are as ex­cited about run­ning the season-end­ing event as they were at the open­ing date on the cal­en­dar.

“Its been a great year and ev­ery driver who has strapped into one of our cars has some­thing to be proud of,” Drim­mie said.

“We’ve had close to 45 dif­fer­ent teams score points in at least one event this season and 35 of those showed-up a few weeks ago at Sun­set. That gives our fan base a qual­ity prod­uct ev­ery time they see an On­tario Leg­ends Se­ries event.”

Head­ing into the Au­tumn Colours Clas­sic, pre­sented by Lu­cas Oil Prod­ucts and Pure Coun­try 105, Nicholas Led­son holds a 176-point ad­van­tage over Parker Traves and could clinch the 2019 cham­pi­onship by sim­ply tak­ing the green flag Sun­day af­ter­noon — ex­cept he won’t be there.

Un­der OLS rules, driv­ers can drop a fin­ish. And af­ter a stel­lar lo­cal season Led­son will take 0 points for Au­tumn Colours, and skip fall fi­nale to com­pete at the U.S. As­phalt Na­tion­als at in Sawns­boro, N.C.

“That’s a de­ci­sion that could keep the statis­ti­cians sharp­en­ing their pen­cils and work­ing late into the night to cal­cu­late the fi­nal point stand­ings,” Drim­mie said.

“There are some tight bat­tles all through the Top 10 in the over­all points and quite a few po­si­tions could be chang­ing hands be­fore ev­ery­thing fi­nally gets de­cided.”

Even though they’re a bit fur­ther down in the cur­rent stand­ings, Glenn Mor­ris, Rob Mac­Don­nell and Zac La­timer — the three driv­ers in the hunt for the 2019 Rookie of the Year hon­our — are just 24 mark­ers apart, with 654, 637 and 630 points re­spec­tively.

Trail­ers Plus On­tario Leg­ends Se­ries Top 10

1. Nicholas Led­son, No. 15n, 1533

2. Parker Traves, No. 60, 1357

3. Kenny McNi­col Jr., No. 17m, 1328

4. Dawson Drim­mie, No. 66, 1286

5. Adam Cuth­bert­son, No. 97, 1246

6. Cory Richard­son, No. 21, 1045

7. Kevin Foisy, No. 57, 1001

8. Paul Pierik, No. 33, 954

9. Gre­gory Rudzik, No. 17r, 816

10. An­drew Massey, No. 37, 783

Clarke Mo­tor­sports Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Chal­lenge Cup Top 10

1. Nicholas Led­son, No. 17n, 375

2. Parker Traves, No. 60, 337

3. Adam Cuth­bert­son, No. 79, 321

4. Kenny McNi­col Jr., No. 17m, 316

5. Dawson Drim­mie, No. 66, 303

6. Kevin Foisy, No. 57, 280

7. Mark Grif­fin, No. 58, 279

8. Jeff Forsey, No. 55, 273

9. Cory Richard­son, No. 21, 271

10. Paul Pierik, No. 33, 218 Trail­ers Plus, which of­fers new and used cargo, sport, util­ity and live­stock trail­ers and car haulers at 2223 Drum­mond Line, has been the se­ries’ ti­tle spon­sor since 1986.

JIM CLARKE CLARKE MO­TOR­SPORTS COM­MU­NI­CA­TION

Nicholas Led­son has locked up the Trail­ers Plus On­tario Leg­ends ti­tle, but there are po­si­tions to be de­cided this week­end in the fi­nale at Peter­bor­ough Speed­way’s Au­tumn Colours Clas­sic.

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