Kawartha: Dave Whitlock race notes

WHITLOCK FINISHES SEASON WITH ANOTHER TOP FIVE PETERBOROUGH, ON: Sunday nights running of the Dodge Charger 250 presented by Allied Steel, marked the end of the inaugural season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2007. Dave Whitlock and...

WHITLOCK FINISHES SEASON WITH ANOTHER TOP FIVE

PETERBOROUGH, ON: Sunday nights running of the Dodge Charger 250 presented by Allied Steel, marked the end of the inaugural season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2007. Dave Whitlock and the No 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/NMT Dodge Charger team worked hard all night long to bring home their third top five finish in a row in this historic event.

Photo Courtesy of Inside Track Communications Practice earlier in the day would see Whitlock in the top ten on the time charts. [IMAGE]Qualifying was a bit of a disappointment, but for the third race in a row they have come from deep in the field to post a top five finish. Teammate Mark Dilley driving the No. 9 Dodge sponsored Avenger would earn his second Budweiser Pole Award.

When the green flag fell at 6:00 p.m. for the start of the Dodge Charger 250, Whitlock was lined up on the outside of row nine. It was a battle all night long and even after being accessed a one lap penalty for dropping down to soon to come to pit road, they rallied back to finish fifth. "We had to work very hard tonight for this finish," stated Whitlock. "My team made a lot of adjustments to the car but in the end it was running good. I want to thank my team as well as all of our sponsors for a great year and these three top fives at the end are a great momentum boost to take us into the 2008 season."

Finish 1. No. 22 Scott Steckly 2. No.1 Peter Gibbons 3. No. 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 4. No. 77 Derek Lynch 5. No. 39 Dave Whitlock. With Dodge cars taking the last four checkered flags, they were able to win the Manufacturers Cup for the second year in a row.

Even though the No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/NMT Dodge Charger finished fifth in the race, they lost a position in the standings to race winner Steckly and will be scored eleventh in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in year one.

Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Jacombs Racing prepared Wal-Mart/Tide Fusion will be entered into the history books as the first champion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. "My congratulations to Dave Jacombs and his team," said Whitlock. "Dave and I have been not only competitors over the years but friends as well and I am very happy for him and his guys."

The Dodge Charger 250 from Kawartha will be broadcast on TSN, Saturday October 1st at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: wm

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Scott Steckly , Andrew Ranger , Derek Lynch