London, Ontario - UFCW Canada Racing for a Cure Team, driver Kerry Micks from Mt. Albert, Ontario, driving the Micks Motorsports Ford Taurus, finished a very respectable 4th place in Sunday's MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario.
Micks finished just behind three-time CASCAR Super Series National champion Dave Whitlock of Wyoming, Ontario. Whitlock, driving the APC / Artcal Dodge Intrepid, won the MOPAR 300. Don Thomson Jr. from Hamilton, Ontario in the Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo, finished second and third place went to Neil Fair, racing the Skoal Inc./Mac's Dodge Intrepid from Ancaster, Ontario.
"I am very happy with the overall weekend. We were not satisfied with our qualify position on Saturday but we had a lot of new crew members and it's going to take a little while for the team to gel," stated Kerry Micks. "We had a first place car, or at least a podium finish until a tire went away near the end of the race. Everything will come together and in time the UFCW Canada Racing for a Cure #02 Taurus will be 100%," he added.
Micks started the race from a 13th place qualifying position. At lap 100 Micks pulled down pit road for a pit stop. The crew changed the right rear tire and fueled the car. By lap 144 he had moved into 3rd place behind race leaders Brad Graham and Don Thomson Jr.
The race was red flagged at lap 155 with Micks running in second position, Steve Robblee lost his brakes when on the way into the first turn and slammed the outside wall at a speed, which sent his car tumbling down the banking.
When the race restarted at lap 157, Micks, trailed Brad Graham and was followed by Dave Whitlock, Pete Vanderwyst's Exide Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix and Jim Lapcevich's Fastline Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
It took Micks 'the Iron Man' only 170 laps to maneuver the UFCW Canada Racing for a Cure Team to the front of the field. Micks lead the race for 18 laps in front of a crowd of over 10,000 spectators at the half-mile, London area oval.
At lap 187, while leading the race ahead of Vanderwyst and Lapcevich, Micks headed to the pits for two right side tires and fuel, expecting to go the distance. On the restart of lap 192 he was in fifth place.
By lap 209 Micks had climbed to third spot when the car became loose. At the next caution at lap 259 he pitted for the crew to change a tire that would tighten up the car. At the restart on lap 267 he had dropped to 8th position.
Micks was able to finish the race with a very satisfactory 4th place position at the checkered flag.
"After the restart at lap 267 the car was strong and I was wishing the race was ten laps longer or that we could get another caution to tighten up the field," explained Kerry Micks. "I am very happy with the car and the Micks Motorsports crew. Everyone did a great job and I'm proud of them all," he added. "On top of that, we had great success in raising awareness about leukemia research through the exposure our car received."
UFCW Canada and Micks Motorsports takes pride in its involvement in raising both funds and awareness for The Leukemia Research Fund of Canada. In 2003, the fans can call 1-866-865-0202 and donate to this very special charity.
Kerry Micks and the UFCW Canada Racing for a Cure Team are looking forward to the next event of the 2003 season and racing for the CASCAR Super Series National Championship at Peterborough Speedway in Peterborough on Saturday, June 7th.
Kerry Micks 'the Iron Man' and the UFCW Canada Racing For A Cure Team finished the CASCAR Super Series Championship in 11th place a mere two points out of the top ten in 2002. Micks Motorsports had seven top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes with his best finish, a second place in Calgary, Alberta.