Eastern Series Weekend Review 98-08-16

KOMOKA, ON The CASCAR Castrol Super Series was busy this past weekend with races in Ontario and Alberta. There were several weekend highlights from both fronts. Starting with the Eastern event the GM Goodwrench 300 at Nelles Corners' Cayuga ...

KOMOKA, ON The CASCAR Castrol Super Series was busy this past weekend with races in Ontario and Alberta. There were several weekend highlights from both fronts. Starting with the Eastern event the GM Goodwrench 300 at Nelles Corners' Cayuga Speedway former National champion Dan Shirtliff drove to victory in his sponsor's race in front of the biggest crowd to fill the 5/8-mile oval in recent memory.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's fastest-rising young star, flew up following his fifth-place finish in the BGN race at Michigan Speedway on Saturday, and signed over 2,000 autographs prior to race time. With a pair of big crowds for the last two CASCAR events at the Hamilton-area oval, the phrase "Cayuga's back" was on everyone's lips on Sunday. And in the west, Don Sales won his first career CASCAR Castrol Super Series West race after five years of trying by holding off Wade Lee to win the Bumper to Bumper 150 at Hythe Motor Speedway.

GM Goodwrench Service 300 Cayuga Speedway (Ontario) CASCAR National series points leader Peter Gibbons was on the pole for the 300 lap race and was stalking race leader Dan Shirtliff, late in the race, when he got into the back of the GM Goodwrench Chevy driver. Gibbons broke a control arm in the exchange, fell off the pace, and spent several laps in the pits making repairs. He went on to finish 25th in the 38 car field.

From there, Shirtliff had a relatively easy run to the finish and took his first victory of the year. In addition to winning his sponsor's race, Shirtliff was also pleased to post a top finish after two frustrating results in the Alberta National races.

Finishing second, behind Shirtliff, was Windsor driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. The Mopar Performance Dodge driver had a strong weekend and on the strength of a second-place qualifying run and his runner-up finish on Sunday, now leads the Eastern championship chase. Ford driver Jim Lapcevich, of Hamilton, had another incredible back-to-front run. The Tim Hortons / Ford Performance Parts Taurus driver was 36th when the initial green flag flew, and progressed steadily throughout the race. He even overcame a stop-and-go penalty for visiting pit road while it was supposed to be closed. Lapcevich, who was involved in a serious highway crash on his way back from the National series races in Alberta, is living up to his hard charger status.

1998 CASTROL SUPER SERIES EASTERN SERIES POINT STANDINGS AS OF AUGUST 16, 1998

POS CAR # DRIVER/HOMETOWN POINTS

1 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr/Windsor 1128 2 98 David Whitlock/Petrolia 1096 3 55 Neil Fair/Ancaster 1018 4 27 John Gaunt/Barrie 1010 5 17 DJ Kennington/St Thomas 994 6 35 Brad Jacques/Mt Brydges 976 7 03 Jack Monaghan/Windsor 968 8 3 Dan Shirtliff/Huntsville 966 9 97 Rob Neely/Milton 956 10 93 Alex Nagy/Brantford 942 11 02 Kerry Micks/Mt Albert 932 12 77 Pete Vanderwyst/St Thomas 918 13 82 Ted McIntyre/Windsor 908 14 67 Derrick Tiemersma/Newmarket 900 15 1 Peter Gibbons/Stouffville 886 16 04 Andy Farr/Chesterfield,MI 880 17 4 Don Thomson Jr/Hamilton 876 18 25 Jim Lapcevich/Hamilton 872 19 31 Kelly Williams/Inglewood 858 20 43 Sean Dupuis/Windsor 836 21 28 Steve Robblee/Dorchester 796 21 16 Al Turner/Barrie 796 23 13 Earl Ross/Ailsa Craig 780 24 66 Robin Buck/Oakville 750 25 33 Lucien Campeau/St Eustache 736 26 51 Al Long/Ottawa 698 27 88 Dave Jacombs/Mt Hope 694 28 40 Steve Maheux/Ile Bizard,QC 668 29 52 Bill Rowse Jr/Corunna 660 30 32 Mike Alguire/London 634

PIT NOTES: The next two dates on the CASCAR schedule are the Mosport road course and CARQUEST 500 race weekends. These events will determine the National champion. The Aug. 28-30 Canadian Auction Group 300km at the legendary Mosport road course will mark the first time since 1991 that CASCAR has held an event on this circuit...

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Neil Fair , Pete Vanderwyst , Kerry Micks , Mike Alguire , Robin Buck , Al Turner , Jim Lapcevich , John Gaunt
Teams Williams