Delaware: Qualifying notes, starting grid

Thomson wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 300 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway LONDON, ON - On Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, Don Thomson made it clear that he's very serious about winning a third consecutive CASCAR Super...

Thomson wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 300 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, ON - On Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, Don Thomson made it clear that he's very serious about winning a third consecutive CASCAR Super Series championship. During time trials for Sunday's season opening race - the MOPAR 300 - the Home Hardware Chevy driver lapped the half-mile, London area oval in a time of 19.432 seconds.

The lap, which translated into a speed of 94.164 mph, was the fastest of the 33 competitors who qualified for Sunday's 300-lap race. Thomson's pole was the 12th of his Super Series career, and came at the track where he secured his second Super Series championship, last September.

Starting alongside Thomson will be another racer who has a long history of success at Delaware Speedway. Steve Robblee recently secured his 100th CASCAR victory, when he won the May 2 Sportsman feature race at Delaware. And last fall, Robblee won the season-ending CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware, coming from a lap down to win the Great Canadian 300. Robblee's fastest lap, during qualifying for Sunday's MOPAR 300, was 19.575 seconds (91.954 mph). In all, 17 drivers recorded laps times of 20 seconds or less.

The MOPAR 300 will start at 2:15 on Sunday afternoon.

<pre> DELAWARE SPEEDWAY - MOPAR 300 - SUNDAY, MAY 18 11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open 11:15 a.m. Driver Autograph Session 12:35 p.m. Parade Laps, Official Welcome, Driver Introductions, Anthems 2:15 p.m. GREEN FLAG: MOPAR 300

CASCAR Super Series STARTING GRID: MOPAR 300 Round #1 // May 18, 2003 // Delaware Speedway // London, Ontario

ST.     #       DRIVER (HOMETOWN)                       SPONSOR/MAKE                                            TIME
1       4       Don Thomson Jr. (Hamilton, ON)          Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo                     19.432
2       28      Steve Robblee (Dorchester, ON)          Ron O'Brien Remax/CGC Ford Taurus                       19.575
3       1       Peter Gibbons (Stouffville, ON)         Canadian Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo                     19.643
4       19      Brad Graham (Glencoe, ON)               Challenger Motor Freight Pontiac Grand Prix             19.668
5       60      Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Windsor, ON)         MOPAR Performance Parts/Exide Intrepid                  19.717
6       7       Sean Dupuis (LaSalle, ON)               Havoline/CANUSA/APC Chevrolet Monte Carlo               19.721
7       24      Cole Pearn (Mt. Brydges, ON)            Kubota Canada Pontiac Grand Prix                        19.722
8       14      John Fitzpatrick (Ayr, ON)              Cambridge Rigging Chevrolet Monte Carlo                 19.727
9       52      Ron Sheridan (Strathroy, ON) R          Restoration Masters/ Dale Wurfel Pontiac Grand Prix     19.742
10      37      D.J. Kennington (St. Thomas, ON)        Snap On Tools/Castrol Canada Intrepid                   19.745
11      39      Dave Whitlock (Wyoming, ON)             APC/Artcal Intrepid                                     19.753
12      64      Mark Dilley (Barrie, ON)                NTN Bearings Intrepid                                   19.825
13      02      Kerry Micks (Mt. Albert, ON)            UFCW Canada Ford Taurus                                 19.831
14      77      Pete Vanderwyst (St. Thomas, ON)        Exide Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix                      19.839
15      22      Scott Steckly (Milverton, ON)           Schick Xtreme3/Razor Mag./ERB Pontiac Grand Prix        19.853
16      33      Neil Fair (Ancaster, ON)                Skoal Inc./Mac's Intrepid                               19.899
17      55      Rob Graham (Bothwell, ON)               OKI/Doering Brown Chevrolet Monte Carlo                 19.995
18      25      Jim Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON)            Fastline Motorsports Chevrolet Monte  Carlo             20.014
19      71      Bryan Cathcart (Peterborough, ON) R     National Fast Freight Intrepid                          20.117
20      10      Doug Brown (Brantford, ON)              NAPA/Autopro Chevrolet Monte Carlo                      20.177
21      32      Mike Alguire (London, ON)               Industrial Waterproof Systems/A-DOR Pontiac Grand Prix  20.226
22      5       Nik Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON)            Chevrolet Monte Carlo                                   20.266
23      86      Kenny Forth (Lynden, ON)                Labour Ready/820 CHAM/Rockton Berry Farm Ford Taurus    20.333
24      94      Mark Graham (Odessa, ON)                Jumbo Video/Microplay/Coca-Cola Chevrolet Monte Carlo   20.823
25      44      Marv Wilder (Toronto, ON)               Longbow Freight Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo           21.216
26      41      John Tsoumaris (Toronto, ON)            BAK-A /John's Unique Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo         21.234
27      46      Kevin Trevellin (LaSalle, ON)           Silver Station/Windsor Organ Transplant Ford Taurus     21.581
28      56      Jim Bray (Brantford, ON)                Trailers By Jim Bray Chevrolet Monte Carlo              22.630
29      00      Billy Innes (Simcoe, ON)                Regional Auto Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo               TOO LOW
30      88      Dave Jacombs (Mt. Hope, ON)             FAG/Inroble Brakes Taurus                               TOO LOW
31      43      Bob Merrifield (Belle River, ON)        Remax Preferred Realty/Mortgage Intelligence Intrepid   TOO LIGHT
32      91      Doug Day (Waterloo, ON)                 Twin City Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo              NO TIME
33      93      Joe Goncalves (Concord, ON)             Holmar Plumbing Chevrolet Monte Carlo                   NO TIME

R after the hometown denotes Rookie contender.


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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Cole Pearn , John Fitzpatrick , Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Nik Lapcevich , Dave Whitlock , Ron Sheridan , D.J. Kennington , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Neil Fair , Brad Graham , Pete Vanderwyst , Kerry Micks , Mike Alguire , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Jim Lapcevich , Marv Wilder , Joe Goncalves , Bryan Cathcart , Doug Brown , Kenny Forth , John Tsoumaris , Mark Graham , Doug Day