Castrol Super Series Mopar Parts 250 Micks leads Castrol Super Series points after one race Castrol Super Series // Round ...
Castrol Super Series
Mopar Parts 250
Micks leads Castrol Super Series points after one race
Castrol Super Series // Round #1 // Delaware Speedway
LONDON, ON - The Castrol Super Series held its first race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Delaware Speedway. With the majority of those in attendance anticipating a win by one of last year's series frontrunners - like Peter Gibbons, Don Thomson Jr. or Al Turner - Kerry Micks slipped quietly forward from his 12th-place starting position to claim the victory at the half-mile southwestern Ontario oval.
For Micks, the win couldn't have come at a better time. The Mt. Albert, ON racer started his season without a primary sponsor and entered the Mopar 250 looking for a strong finish so that he could attract some backing for the remainder of the Castrol Super Series campaign.
Asked if he was making a statement with the win, the Ford driver replied, "You got it. I want to get a name on this car." Micks, the '93 Castrol Cup champion, heads to the season's second race - this Saturday night at the 1/3-mile Peterborough Speedway - with a slim 13-point lead over Mopar Intrepid racer Ron Beauchamp Jr.
Beauchamp hails from Windsor, ON and was as relieved as Micks to post a top finish at Delaware. The former Super Series champ has been racing under a dark cloud for the past two seasons and is hoping that his good showing in the Mopar Parts 250 will signal a change in fortune. "We're back on track. My crew is awesome; they worked so hard over the winter. Mopar Parts has been right there behind me during two years of bad luck. We're going to turn it around for them this year. It felt great to run near the front in our sponsor's race and be there at the end challenging for the win."
TOUGH TIME IN TECH: Although the final results were locked in as the field passed under he checkered flag on Sunday at Delaware Speedway, two teams failed to get through tech lane unscathed and were stripped of the points and prize money they earned on Sunday.
"The third place car of Dave Whitlock and the fourth place car of DJ Kennington were disqualified for having parts that didn't conform to CASCAR specifications," said CASCAR's National Technical Director, Brian Thomas. "Whitlock's problem was a carburetor that had been modified in a performance enhancing way. We don't allow any modifications to the carburetors; that's why we buy them directly from the manufacturer and distribute them to the racers. Kennington had a clutch that was too light. We have a minimum weight rule and his was under it by at least 10%."