Delaware: Dave Whitlock race notes

Whitlock gives Delaware jinx the Ol' Spin Wins CASCAR season opener May 18, 2003 Dave Whitlock ended years of frustration today by claiming his first ever Super Series race at his home track of Delaware Speedway, outside London, ON. With a...

Whitlock gives Delaware jinx the Ol' Spin
Wins CASCAR season opener

May 18, 2003 Dave Whitlock ended years of frustration today by claiming his first ever Super Series race at his home track of Delaware Speedway, outside London, ON. With a display of patience and tenacity that showcased the veteran talent he has become, Whitlock capitalized on excellent pit work by his crew and simply wore down the competition in one of the most exciting season openers in recent memory.

Not happy with his 11th place qualifying run on Saturday, the crew made several changes to the chassis setup overnight. And apparently, they were correct.

"This APC Auto Parts Centres / Artcal Graphics / Nitrex Metal Technologies Chrysler Intrepid was just awesome all day today" said Whitlock. "The new Mopar power was so smooth; it was strong off the corners and kept pulling all the way down the straights. Ol' Spin was a pleasure to drive, one of the best cars I've ever had here at Delaware. And how 'bout that crew today -- they did an awesome job on every pit stop."

Whitlock sets up all three team cars himself before they arrive at the track, but from there, it's up to the individual crew chief and drivers. Prior to each of the three pit stops during the Mopar 300, Whitlock's crew chief Warren Jones reviewed their plans for tire and chassis changes with Dave over the radio, and each time Dave left the decisions up to them. And each time, their strategy and execution were superb.

But a cloud hangs over the victory as CASCAR officials have requested the carburetor be sent to the manufacturer for clarification. View those comments as published by Jim Cressman at http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFre ... 90598.html

Teammate Mark Dilley qualified his new #64 NTN Bearings Intrepid in 12th. The Barrie ON resident and former champion appeared headed for a top five finish, but a late-race stop-and-go penalty was assessed for a tire-change infraction. Dilley was unable to re-gain that lost lap and finished 8th.

The newest Whitlock teammate and Rookie contender Bryan Cathcart turned in a respectable 18th place finish. Cathcart was comfortable all day in his National Fast Freight #71 Intrepid, but his first run at the Delaware 1/2 mile ended at lap 246 when a bump from behind caused a spin into the back straight wall. "We learned a lot here today, but it's just not the finish I was hoping for" said the dejected Cathcart who hails from Peterborough ON.

A schedule change sees the next CASCAR Super series event at Peterborough Speedway for a one-day event on June 7th. A press conference is scheduled on Tuesday May 20th. For more info and a complete summary of results for the Mopar 300, see www.cascar.ca

Off-track

Thursday May 22, Dave Whitlock will make an appearance in Brampton ON to celebrate the opening of Canada's first Aeroquip EXPRESS Hose Center location. Activities include an appearance by the Mayor and her attempt to set fastest time on the Tire Change Challenge game. Whitlock's Aeroquip Express / Fast Eddie Clothing Co / NMT #39 Intrepid will also be on site.

-whitlockmotorsports.com

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Bryan Cathcart