Delaware Speedway qualifying report

LONDON, ON - DJ Kennington won the pole for the Mopar Parts 250, the first race of the 2002 CASCAR Super Series season, on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway. The Castrol SYNTEC Intrepid racer was the fastest of 41 drivers who participated in...

LONDON, ON - DJ Kennington won the pole for the Mopar Parts 250, the first race of the 2002 CASCAR Super Series season, on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway. The Castrol SYNTEC Intrepid racer was the fastest of 41 drivers who participated in time trials, lapping the half-mile oval in 19.618 seconds, which translated into a speed of 91.752 miles per hour.

Kennington finished fourth in the final 2001 Super Series point standings. The St. Thomas, ON racer went on a tear after a technical infraction in the Delaware opener last year, posting consistent finishes throughout the remainder of the season. Sunday's pole position will be Kennington's first since he was fastest in qualifying for the Peterborough Speedway race, early last season.

Starting alongside of Kennington will be the Canadian Tire Chevy of Peter Gibbons, who won 'The Great Canadian Race' at Delaware Speedway last September. Both front row drivers have traditionally been very strong at Delaware and have to be counted among the contenders to win the Mopar Parts 250.

The second row will see Pete Vanderwyst and Steve Robblee start side-by-side. Vanderwyst is hoping to bounce back after a frustrating 2001 season, while Robblee is a two-time Super Series champion, who currently competes full-time in the CASCAR CARQUEST Series.

The top 20 starting positions for Sunday's Mopar Parts 250 were set by the time trial results. The remainder of the field was determined via Saturday night's 25-lap Final Qualifiers' race, which was won by Al Turner, and by time trial results and provisional positions based on last year's final points. Twenty competitors took part in the Final Qualifiers' race.

MOPAR PARTS 250 NOTES: Kerry Micks is the defending winner of the Mopar Parts 250. The Mt. Albert, ON racer used his quick start at Delaw...re Speedway to propel him to second place in the final 2001 CASCAR Super Series point standings... Three-time CASCAR National champion Dave Whitlock sat on the pole for both Delaware Speedway races in 2001. He spun on the first lap of his two timed laps on Saturday afternoon and will start 23rd in the 250, three spots behind defending Super Series champ Don Thomson Jr. ... Dave Jacombs holds the track record for CASCAR Super Series qualifying at Delaware Speedway. He circled the half-mile oval in 19.343 seconds on May 19, 2000...

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Delaware will open its spectator gates at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. The driver autograph session will start at 11:15, and will be followed by the driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The green flag to start both the Mopar Parts 250 and the CASCAR Super Series season is scheduled to fly at 2 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Dave Whitlock , Pete Vanderwyst , Kerry Micks , Al Turner , Don Thomson Jr.