Cayuga: Sunday race report

Gibbons makes it two in a row with a dominant performance in the Power Water 200 at Cayuga HAMILTON, ON - Peter Gibbons has a long history of being dominant late in the racing season. But in 2004, the two-time National champion is showing he can...

Gibbons makes it two in a row with a dominant performance in the Power Water 200 at Cayuga

HAMILTON, ON - Peter Gibbons has a long history of being dominant late in the racing season. But in 2004, the two-time National champion is showing he can be a force early in the schedule, too. The Canadian Tire / Monroe Brakes Chevy driver won his second CASCAR Super Series race in as many events, this season, when he handily won the Power Water 200 at Cayuga 2000 Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Gibbons started third in the 31-car field and after leading a single lap just after the halfway point of the race, powered past race leader Kerry Micks with 30 laps remaining in the 200-lap feature. After blasting into the top position, Gibbons left the field in his wake as he stretched out his lead to over 5 seconds by the time he took the checkered flag.

According to Gibbons, his decision to start the 2004 season with the car he used in 2003 has been a key to his success. In the past, the Stouffville, ON racer has spent the first few races developing new equipment. But this season, Gibbons is coming out of the blocks on a tear largely because his car was already tweaked into winning form in '03. Any way you look at it, Gibbons' quick start to the Super Series season has sent a sobering message to any of his competitors who started the season with championship aspirations.

Turning to runner up Kerry Micks, the Mt. Albert, ON driver all but wore out his tires in the late laps of the Power Water 200. In fact, it was all he could do to hold onto second place. Micks had to push his equipment hard to get into contention after starting 24th. He led laps 131 to 169, but was no match for Gibbons after the final lead change was made.

Dave Whitlock's Avenue / NMT Dodge was a close third. The Wyoming, ON driver started fifth in the Power Water 200. After two events, Gibbons leads Whitlock by 57 points in the championship chase.

Unofficial Point Standings after 2 events (top 15): 1. #1 Peter Gibbons (366 points); 2. #39 Dave Whitlock (309); 3. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (306); 4. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (288); 5. #23 Jeff Lapcevich (284); 6. #02 Kerry Micks (278); 7. #19 Brad Graham (276); 8. #17 DJ Kennington (263); 9. #22 Scott Steckly (252); 10. #7 Sean Dupuis (250); 11. #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick (242); 12. #11 Ron VanEs (240); 13. #55 Rob Graham (238); 14. #82 Ted McIntyre (236); 15. #14 John Fitzpatrick (230)

CASCAR NOTES: The CASCAR Super Series resumes next Saturday night with the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 at Peterborough Speedway, in Peterborough, ON-- Super Series regular Brad Graham won the CARQUEST Series season opener on Saturday evening at Cayuga 2000 Speedway. The Glencoe, ON racer led the first 61 laps, before the lead passed to Steve Munro. Graham recovered the top spot on lap 97 and came home just over a second ahead of Munro to record the win.

MOPAR 250 TELEVISION BROADCAST: The MOPAR 250 from Delaware Speedway will air on SPORTSNET East and Ontario starting Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The 90-minute broadcast starts Sunday, June 6 at 8:30 p.m. on SPORTSNET PACIFIC and in the WEST on Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Race details:
TIME OF RACE: 1 hours, 46 minutes and 37 seconds // MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.442 seconds // CAUTIONS: 8 for a total of 42 laps. // LAP LEADERS: #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1-110), #1 Peter Gibbons (111), #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (112-130), #02 Kerry Micks (131-169), and #1 Gibbons (170-200).

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers John Fitzpatrick , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Jeff Lapcevich , J.R. Fitzpatrick