DIAPPOINTMENT FOR DILLEY AT DELAWARE
London, ON, Sunday June 6, 2010: Mark Dilley driving the new PartSource/Exide Batteries No. 9 Dodge Avenger kicked off the season with a 12th place finish.
Dilley started the first 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event in 9th place in the Keystone Light200 at Delaware Speedway. "We didn't qualify as well as we had hoped" stated the veteran driver, "but we have a great car."
More disappointment followed for the No. 9 Part Source/Exide Dodge when it got caught up in a collision on the second lap. "I had nowhere to go" commented Dilley, but the crew got that fixed and after making some chassis adjustments and getting tires, Dilley was making a run for the lead. Charging hard, Dilley took over the lead on lap 131 and maintained it for 25 laps before falling back. "We just didn't have the tires, we pitted early and it was a good strategy, but I just couldn't keep up at the end."
With two laps to go there was a caution and Dilley restarted just outside the top ten. The green-white-checkered finish lead to chaos and Dilley got caught up in one of the wrecks, but still managed to cross the finish line in 12th in the Keystone Light 200.
Finish: 1. D.J Kennington, 2. JR Fitzpatrick, 3. Jeff Lapcevich 12. Mark Dilley
The Delaware 200 presented by Keystone Light will be aired on TSN on Saturday, June 12th at 2 p.m. EST.
The next event for the No.9 Part Source Dodge will be at Mosport International Raceway, just outside of Bowmanville, ON.