But even the six-time feature winner in 2012 wouldn’t be surprised if the trophy stays in the Jones family – without his name getting engraved.
“My brother’s name might be on it,” Jones said of his younger brother Trevor.
Shawn is riding a streak of four consecutive feature wins in the Tirecraft Comp 4s heading into this Saturday night’s races, which will be highlighted by the annual memorial race for his best friend.
Trevor finished in third place in last Saturday’s feature, the third time in the last four weeks that he’s finished fourth.
“They say he’s getting closer and closer each week … he’s going to win one this year,” Shawn, 20, said of his 14-year-old brother.
Schives died just three days after his 17th birthday on June 9, 2009.
Nate McNally, who drove for the Jones’ race team, won the first two Schives memorial races before Jones won his first last June.
Jones and Schives were best friends since their childhood, as the two worked on Jim Van Dyk’s race team long before they were old enough to go to the pits on race nights.
When Jones began racing at the age of 15, Schives worked on his pit crew.
Cory’s brother Jeff, who is now 17, works on both of the Jones’ brothers’ race cars.
Scott Schives and his wife Lisa will again donate a bike – this time a Mongoose Mountain Bike – to a junior fan club member in his son Cory’s memory and as a thank-you to everyone at the track for their continuous support.
Jones fourth straight feature win and sixth of the season last week cut the deficit to 17 points behind division leader Denis DeSerrano, of Cottam.
DeSerrano finished a season-low ninth on Saturday, as he has three wins and four second-place finishes in nine features
The two have combined to win all 24 features since the start of the 2011 season – Jones with 16 and DeSerrano eighth.
Trevor is third in the standings, 62 back of his brother.
While Jones will be looking for a fifth straight feature win, last Saturday’s winners will all be looking for their fourth in a row.
Jim Dale Jr.’s third straight and sixth feature win of the season last Saturday upped the Shrewsbury native’s lead to 47 points ahead of Leamington’s Joel Dick atop the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds.
Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere increased his Windride Transportation Sport Stocks lead to 86 points over teammate Jason Fox of Chatham, thanks to three straight and five feature wins on the season.
Vanderiviere, the defending series champion, has finished in the top five in all nine features this season.
Chatham’s Brad Authier reeled off his third straight and fourth Glencoe Auto Recyclers UMP Late Model feature win last Saturday but still sits fourth in points, 118 behind the leader Gregg Haskell, of Chatham.
Authier fell into a big hole because of a black in one feature and sitting out a week with a suspension later in the season.
Haskell, a two-time feature winner this season, has a commanding 90-point lead over Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford, who was suspended along with his brother Mark Glassford and Authier as the three drivers were penalized for incidents over two race weeks.
Next Saturday, June 14, is Mid-Season Championship Night, with the Topless Sprints at South Buxton in two weeks on Saturday, July 21.
Article written by Mike Bennett, Special to the Chatham-Kent Sports Network