Ford of Canada CASCAR Report East: Ford Quality Care 250 at Cayuga Speedway (Hamilton, ON) West: Prince George, BC NELLES CORNERS, ON - For the second time in less than a month, Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver Kerry Micks went to victory lane, on...
Ford of Canada CASCAR Report East: Ford Quality Care 250 at Cayuga Speedway (Hamilton, ON) West: Prince George, BC
NELLES CORNERS, ON - For the second time in less than a month, Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver Kerry Micks went to victory lane, on Sunday afternoon, following a CASCAR Castrol Super Series event at Cayuga Speedway. The Ford Quality Care 250 was the eighth Eastern series event of the season and Micks' win in the 250 lap race made the day all the more enjoyable for the many guests and customers of the Oakville, ON-based carmaker who were in attendance at the Hamilton, ON area oval. The former National champion celebrated his second win of the summer with a series of smoking donuts on the front straight, much to the delight of the large crowd at the event. Kerry's Micks' win boosted him to third in the overall Eastern point standings, with just one race remaining. He's a mere 66 markers behind current leader Don Thomson. The annual CASCAR visit to Fredericton, NB, on Sept. 12, will determine the Eastern champion. Micks started ninth in the field of 39 who took the green flag for the Ford Quality Care 250 and advanced steadily while others opted to pit for tires and fuel, early in the race. The strategy paid off for the Mt. Albert, ON resident when - late in the race - his tires were in better shape and he was able to catch and pass Alan Turner and leader Pete Vanderwyst with under 10 laps remaining. After the race, Micks was overjoyed at winning again at the biggest oval track (5/8-mile) on the CASCAR circuit. "Wow, two in a row. Unbelievable. I can't believe we won both of 'em here this year. We have pretty good runs here when things don't happen." Micks was glad that his decision to pit later paid off when it counted, late in the race. "I saw the guys who pitted at 50 laps and thought they were going to be out of tires at the end of the race. That's what happened to Vanderwyst. Turner pitted the same time as me, but we had just a bit better car there at the end." In recent years, Micks had somewhat of a 'bad boy' image on the CASCAR tour. Following Sunday's win, he was greeted with cheers from the packed grandstands. According to the Taurus driver, mending his rough image was a priority for '99. "Yeah, that's what I want to hear. That was the whole deal with this year. I wanted to drive a little bit cleaner and get the fans back on our side." By all indications, the plan seems to be working. Inglewood, ON's Kelly Williams also had a strong race at Cayuga. The C.A.G. / PPG / Inside Track Taurus pilot lined up on the outside of the eighth row for the Ford QC 250 and posted an impressive seventh-place result. She was one of only 11 drivers on the lead lap at the end of the race, run under sweltering conditions. The heat took a toll on many of the machines on Sunday afternoon, with Ford drivers Mark Dilley (25th), Dave Whitlock (30th), Steve Robblee (31st) and Dave Jacombs (32nd) all experiencing various mechanical difficulties.
CASCAR Castrol Super Series (Eastern Series) Points Standings as of July 25, 1999: 1. Don Thomson Jr. (1242 points); Pete Vanderwyst (1220); 3. Kerry Micks (Ford / 1176); 4. Neil Fair (1168); 5. DJ Kennington (1146); 6. Peter Gibbons (1138); 7. Dave Whitlock (Ford / 1096); 8. Kelly Williams (Ford / 1082); 9. Ron Beauchamp Jr. (1074); 10. Mark Dilley (Ford / 1066); 11. John Fitzpatrick (1056); 12. Derrick Tiemersma (1040); 13. Al Long (1016); 14. Al Turner (996); 15. Robin Buck (980); 16. Ted McIntyre (960); 17. Andy Farr (954); Scott Steckly (936); 19. Nik Lapcevich (926); 20. Jim Lapcevich (Ford / 904)
Out West: The CASCAR Castrol Super Series West had a 150 lap race at PGARA Speedway in Prince George, BC on Saturday night. It was a night of highs and lows for the Ford contingent. On the positive side, second year CASCAR driver Fred DelPero continues to shine in his Trader Publications / Castrol GTX Taurus. The Edmonton, AB native climbed from 13th to third during the race and in doing so, moved to seventh in the overall western points chase. On the negative side, Ford Quality Care Taurus driver Kevin Dowler had a heavy crash during practice for the race and suffered a broken shoulder blade. The Edmonton, AB racer was checked out at a nearby hospital and returned to the speedway later in the evening. According to Dowler, his status for the two National events, on Aug. 6 (Calgary, AB) and Aug. 15 (Edmonton, AB) isn't in doubt. "I've started physiotherapy already and the doctor said that as long as I'm strapped in tight, there should be no problem. We'll be there." Dowler is especially anxious to defend his road course win in the Edmonton City Centre Airport race.
CASCAR Castrol Super Series (Western Series) Points Standings as of July 24, 1999: 1. Dan Shirley (846 points/); 2. Steve Jefferson (844); 3. Don Sales (796); 4. Kim Richard (772); 5. Carl Harr (758); 6. Daryl Harr (754); 7. Fred DelPero (Ford / 746); 8. Ron Larson ( 720); 9. Mike Browne (700); 10. Charlie Kirton (692); 11. Todd Nichol (674); 12. Kevin Dowler (Ford / 640)