Dowler fourth in the race, and points, at Montmagny Ford Quality Care Taurus racer improves 12 positions in 200 laps MONTMAGNY, QC - Kevin Dowler's first visit to Autodrome Montmagny, near Quebec City, was a successful one. Although the Ford ...
Dowler fourth in the race, and points, at Montmagny
Ford Quality Care Taurus racer improves 12 positions in 200 laps
MONTMAGNY, QC - Kevin Dowler's first visit to Autodrome Montmagny, near Quebec City, was a successful one. Although the Ford Quality Care Taurus driver didn't qualify in the top half of the field for Sunday's 200-lap CASCAR Super Series outing, the Edmonton, AB driver had a strong race, and progressed through the majority of the field, to post a hard-fought fourth-place finish.
"This was a great day for the Ford Quality Care Taurus team," said Dowler, after the event at the one-third-mile oval, located just east of Quebec City. "I can leave Quebec with a good fourth-place result and feel good that we're proving to everyone that we can race on oval tracks, as well."
"We just didn't have it in qualifying, whether it was the driver or the car, I don't know. But we just stuck to our strategy and that was to save the car for the end. We were really good around mid-race... really strong. And we made a call to come in and put a tire on it, and that made the difference. That was with about 50 laps to go, at the end, that's exactly what we needed."
In the closing laps, the action among the top three drivers was furious, and nearly resulted in a pile-up as the trio exited turn 4, on lap 198. "I didn't want to get too close to the front guys because they were three-wide at times," continued Dowler, who is heading to the penultimate race of the season in fourth place in the CASCAR Super Series points.
Commenting on the progress he made from his 16th-place starting spot on the starting grid, Dowler joked, "If we got points for passing the most cars out there, we would have made a big jump in the points." In terms of the point standings, Dowler finished behind the only three drivers who are ahead of him, as the season approaches its climax.
"We didn't lose any big points to the leaders. We're still chasing Donnie [Thomson], DJ [Kennington] and 'Whit' [Dave Whitlock]."
NEXT RACE: The Ford Quality Care Taurus team will be back in action this coming weekend (Sunday afternoon, August 18) at Kawartha Speedway, near Peterborough, Ontario. Dowler is looking forward to the race. "We were doing OK last year, the first time CASCAR raced there, but we were bumped. But we feel like we've got a good handle on it, and with two races left on the schedule, we're looking for a strong finish to the season." According to the Ford Quality Care driver, it's almost too bad that the season is approaching its conclusion. With just a few dates left on the schedule, Dowler feels that his team is really starting to come together. "We're getting more and more comfortable in the car. The level of communication between Bill Burns [crew chief of the #35 Quality Care Taurus] and myself, during the race, is amazing. It's really starting to click. We have a great team."