Delaware Speedway Park CARQUEST 300 preview

DELAWARE, ONTARIO, CANADA (August 23, 2000) -- Labor Day Weekend, one of the longest continuous Canadian motorsport sponsorships will continue as CARQUEST Auto Parts celebrates its 19th year of involvement with Canada's biggest, oldest and...

DELAWARE, ONTARIO, CANADA (August 23, 2000) -- Labor Day Weekend, one of the longest continuous Canadian motorsport sponsorships will continue as CARQUEST Auto Parts celebrates its 19th year of involvement with Canada's biggest, oldest and richest stock car race, the $130,000 CASCAR Castrol Super Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, part of the CARQUEST 500 Race Weekend.

Held annually Labor Day weekend at Delaware Speedway Park, near Delaware, Ontario, last year's CARQUEST 300 recorded a record Sunday attendance of 13,221 and a total of 21,975 for the three-day weekend. This year's CARQUEST 500 Race Weekend is sure to surpass those numbers.

The CASCAR Castrol Super Series declares its new National champion annually at the CARQUEST 300 and this year's event will be no different. Again the favorite is Peter Gibbons, the defending event and series champion. Last year Gibbons, a Stouffville, ON native, led twice during the CARQUEST 300 for a total of 101 laps en route to victory for the second consecutive year. Finishing second to Gibbons was Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver Kerry Micks. The Mt. Albert, ON racer started deep in the field of 35 CASCAR Super Series drivers and progressed steadily throughout the event, even overcoming a flat tire earlier in the afternoon. The final podium position went to Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo driver Pete Vanderwyst. On the strength of his showing, the St. Thomas, ON native climbed to fourth in the final National rankings. Don Thomson (Home Hardware Chevrolet / Hamilton, ON) fell short in his quest to win a National title and finished second in the points by 84 markers. St. Thomas, ON racer DJ Kennington was third after the fourth and final National event of the summer, just six points back of Thomson.

This year Gibbons will again be challenged by last year's top challenges as each vie to have their name engraved on the coveted Castrol Cup alongside previous National Champions.

EVENT SCHEDULE

The CARQUEST 500 Race Weekend kicks off Friday, September 1st with the AutoPLACE 100 at 8 p.m. and the Blue Streak 100 at 9 p.m. Saturday features final qualifying for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, along with support divisions. Then Sunday, September 3rd, the CARQUEST 300 begins at 2:15 p.m.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE

The CARQUEST 300 will air in Canada September 26th at 7 p.m. ET on SportsNet. In the United States, SpeedVision will air the race February 4, 2001 at 1 p.m. ET.

DIRECTIONS TO DELAWARE SPEEDWAY PARK

From East of London:

Take Hwy. 401 westbound to Hwy 402 and head west. Exit on Hwy #2 east to town of Delaware. Turn left on Gideon Dr. (at the Delaware Variety). Delaware Speedway is approximately 3 km on your right.

From Windsor/Detroit:

Take Hwy. 401 eastbound to exit 157. Head north to town of Melbourne. Turn right at Hwy #2 (east) to town of Delaware. Turn left on Gideon Dr. (at the Delaware Variety). Delaware Speedway is approximately 3 km on your right.

From Sarnia/Port Huron:

Take Hwy 402 eastbound to Hwy #2. Exit on Hwy #2 east to town of Delaware. Turn left on Gideon Dr. (at the Delaware Variety). Delaware Speedway is approximately 3 km on your right.

ABOUT CARQUEST AUTO PARTS AND AUTOPLACE

CARQUEST Corporation began 26 years ago with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are almost 4,000 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores across North America. CARQUEST supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment. CARQUEST is committed to providing auto parts and services of the highest quality and greatest value to help people repair their cars. The AutoPLACE Automotive Repair Professionals and AutoPLACE Collision Repair Professionals networks are offered as a wide range of benefits and program support by CARQUEST, to help them succeed at the task of maintaining today's complex fleet of vehicles. Another marketing program offered is the Vehicle Service Centre Network, which is designed to help the installer business grow. CARQUEST is ready to respond to the challenges faced by changes in the market place. CARQUEST is a sponsor of the 2001 Special Olympics Winter World Games to be held in Anchorage, AK. Helping to raise over a half-million dollars for the Special Olympics movement, CARQUEST stores across the U.S. and Canada will make one of the largest charitable contribution in the history of the company.

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