SOUTH BUXTON – Until Saturday, Chris Ross felt like he'd been going backwards all season.
That changed when the problems with his car disappeared and he finally drove to the winner's circle at South Buxton Raceway.
Ross took the checkered flag in the Gord Gotelaer memorial feature race for Late Models.
“We've been fighting nothing but gremlins and going backwards all season,” Ross said in a news release from the raceway.
Ross began in the third position, but he quickly passed Mike Lewis and Brad Authier for first place. He soon had a half-track lead and finished more than 9.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Lewis.
Jason Haskell finished in third place.
Brian Speelman ended a 10-year wait by winning the Modifieds' feature.
“I feel like Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” he said. “I want to thank all the guys that help me out at the track, my family and my sponsors.”
Speelman passed Joey Brousseau for the lead after trying for several laps to get under him.
“I was kind of being patient and I knew I was pushing it,” Speelman said. “I knew Joey was going to be fast, so I knew I couldn't wait too long.”
Brousseau was second and J.J. Beaulieu was third.
Marshall Hereygers won a neck-and-neck battle with Andrew Pfahler for the lead in the Mini Mods' feature. Hereygers held on to win the race, as Larry Hart placed second and Pfahler was third.
“That was one heck of a race, I gave it everything I've got,” Hereygers said.
Steve Shaw Sr. won his second Thunderstocks feature of the season. Myles Homeniuk was second and Steve Shaw Jr. was third.
Former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will visit the track this Saturday to race with the UMP Modifieds. Regular admission prices apply.