Castrol Super Series Round ...
Castrol Super Series
Mopar Parts 250
LONDON, ON - Three-time Castrol Super Series champion Dave Whitlock showed that he's serious about going for his fourth CASCAR crown by lapping the 5/8-mile Delaware Speedway in 19.499 seconds. The Ford Motorcraft Taurus driver's time was good enough to secure the pole for Sunday's Mopar Parts 250, the first round of the 12 event Castrol Super Series.
Sitting alongside of the Petrolia, ON racer will be fellow Ford pilot Kevin Dowler, from Edmonton, AB. The Quality Care Taurus racer posted a time of 19.608 seconds. In all, a total of 38 cars participated in time trials to make the field for Sunday's 250 lap chase.
Other notable competitors include Don Thomson Jr., who won the Super Series East title in '99 and '00. The Home Hardware Chevy racer will start fourth. Behind him are a pair of Intrepid drivers, DJ Kennington (Castrol Intrepid) and Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Mopar Intrepid).
Lining up seventh for the Mopar Parts 250 will be two-time and defending Castrol Cup champion Peter Gibbons. The Stouffville, ON racer encountered engine trouble in his Canadian Tire Chevy, prior to time trials, but was able to change powerplants in time for his qualifying run.
Finally, Blue Streak Intrepid driver Al Turner will start ninth. Turner won both of the Castrol Super Series races held at Delaware Speedway last season and has to be considered a strong contender for the win on Sunday.
The top 20 starters for the Mopar Parts 250 were locked in via the time trial session. The remainder of the field was determined by a 25 lap heat race for those outside of the top 20 - which was won by Southwold, ON racer Jesse Kennedy - as well as provisional points from last season.
Spectator gates for the Mopar Parts 250 will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Exhibition races and driver autograph sessions will take place from 11:15 until 1:30. The green flag will fly on the 2001 Castrol Super Series season at 2 p.m.