Edmonton: Mark Dilley race notes

DILLEY COMES FROM BACK TO FINISH NINTH IN EDMONTON Edmonton, AB, Monday July 28, 2008: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Dodge Avenger started the Edmonton NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 100 on Saturday from the twenty first starting position...

DILLEY COMES FROM BACK TO FINISH NINTH IN EDMONTON

Edmonton, AB, Monday July 28, 2008: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Dodge Avenger started the Edmonton NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 100 on Saturday from the twenty first starting position and battled back for a ninth place finish.

Dilley's Dodge sponsored Avenger was eleventh quickest in practice and they stepped it up a bit in qualifying with the eighth fastest time. However due to a clutch problem during the qualifying session, the team had to make repairs. NASCAR rules state that if you remove a sealed item on the car after qualifying you must start at the rear of the field for the main event. As the transmission is a sealed part and it had to be removed to replace the clutch, Dilley was forced to move to the twenty first starting position for the race.

The three caution periods helped the No. 9 Dodge move up with the field being so spread out it is hard to pass. "We had a decent car today and we are happy we were able to get from 21st to 9th in only 32 laps," said Dilley after the race. "The cautions helped us as it closed up the field and gave us the opportunity to pass more cars."

Dilley now sits 10th unofficially in the championship points race going into event number seven, the NASCAR Nationwide event this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Practice and qualifying are set for Friday August 1st with the Napa 100 scheduled for 10:20 a.m. on Saturday August 2nd.

-credit: wm

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Mark Dilley