Dilley wins Dodge Charger 300 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario CASCAR Super Series race at Barrie Speedway BARRIE, ON - CASCAR Super Series veteran Mark Dilley was once a part-owner of Barrie Speedway. His intimate knowledge of the ...
Dilley wins Dodge Charger 300 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario CASCAR Super Series race at Barrie Speedway
BARRIE, ON - CASCAR Super Series veteran Mark Dilley was once a part-owner of Barrie Speedway. His intimate knowledge of the newly re-configured speedway paid off on Sunday afternoon with a victory in the Dodge Charger 300 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario.
Dilley's Dodge / Mobil 1 / Power Water / Exide Dodge Charger started third in the 300-lap affair and led three times, including the final 50 tours of the high-banked, 1/3-mile tri-oval. Dilley, a resident of Barrie, ON, emerged relieved, exhausted and thrilled following the race.
The new racing surface, which was laid down just last fall, took a beating over the Canada Day Northern 500 Race Weekend. Intense heat and a doubleheader weekend featuring both the Super Series and the CASCAR PowerWater Sportsman Series resulted in portions of the track coming up during the Super Series feature event.
"Wow. That was like driving on ice," said Dilley, after the win. "Every turn felt like driving down a dry road and then hitting six inches of slush right when you want to turn. That started about lap 30." Race officials took the opportunity to clear the track of the asphalt debris during two red flag stoppages, but the relief from the tough handling conditions was only short-lived as the clutter quickly returned on each occasion. "Once I saw what was going on, my whole plan was to stick to the bottom of the track," continued Dilley. "Call me a 'bottom hugger' if you want, but that's what I had to do to bring that Dodge home in one piece."
Finishing second to Dilley was another CASCAR veteran with a strong history at Barrie Speedway. Kerry Micks of Mt. Albert, ON started on the pole in his PowerWater Taurus and in spite of a strong effort to unseat Dilley from the top spot late in the race, was forced to settle for second.
Castrol Dodge Charger driver DJ Kennington came home third after charging forward from the 18th starting position in the 22-car field.
Super Series points leader and four-time National Champion Don Thomson led once for 58 laps but he also fell victim to the debris that slickened the outside groove, and dropped several positions after leaving the low-line on one occasion, en route to a fourth-place finish in his Home Hardware Chevy. Three-time National champ Dave Whitlock (Avenue Motor Works Dodge Charger / Wyoming, ON) rounded out the top-five finishers in the event that was slowed 12 times for a total of 83 caution laps.
The next CASCAR Super Series race takes place next weekend at the Molson Indy Toronto. Jeff Lapcevich of Caistor Centre, ON (Fastline / Tim Hortons / EMCEA Transport Chevy) is the defending winner of the CASCAR street circuit race on the grounds of Toronto's Exhibition Place circuit.