Ross takes finale at Brighton as Oakes gets title
BRIGHTON, Ontario (Sept. 19) — Chris Ross of Wallaceburg, Ontario, won a lead-swapping duel with John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., over the final 10 laps to capture the Ontario Dirt Late Models season finale at Brighton Speedway.
While Ross and Lobb battled, Greg Oakes of Franklinville, N.Y., caught the lead duo in the closing laps, turning the race at the 45-year-old third-mile oval into a three-car battle heading for the checkers.
Ross earned $2,000 for the victory while Lobb and Oakes got the second and third spots. Kirk Hooker of Chatham, Ontario, was fourth and Jeff Dayman of Welland, Ontario, rounded out the top five finishers. Oakes wrapped up the series championship with his third-place finish.
Notes: Ross drives a Rocket Chassis sponsored by Ross RV, Lube Tech, Valvoline and Ray-Mac Distributors. ... Runner-up John Lobb got Bernheisel Rookie of the Year honors on the tour. ... The series drew 26 drivers overall .... Greg Oakes finished with 437 points to finish ahead of Chris Ross (421), John Lobb (412), Adam West (373) and Jeff Dayman (366).
ODLM @ Brighton: (1) Chris Ross, (2) John Lobb, (3) Greg Oakes, (4) Kirk Hooker, (5) Jeff Dayman, (6) Mike Lewis, (7) Adam West, (8) Jason Haskell, (9) Darren Peters, (10) Gregg Haskell, (11) Keith Cameron, (12) Tim Gillispie, (13) Rick Baker, (14) Brad Authier, (15) Tim Kerr, (16) Jim Jones, (17) Jim Mason, (18) Paul Rivait. Heat race winners (among 18 cars): Hooker, Authier.