Kawartha: Mark Dilley race report

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DILLEY ENDS SEASON WITH A WELL DESERVED FOURTH Peterborough , ON , Saturday September 25, 2010: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Part Source/Exide Dodge qualified in ninth place and finished the Kawartha 250 in fourth place. In practice...

DILLEY ENDS SEASON WITH A WELL DESERVED FOURTH

Peterborough , ON , Saturday September 25, 2010: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Part Source/Exide Dodge qualified in ninth place and finished the Kawartha 250 in fourth place.

In practice Dilley was twelfth fastest and the team headed back to the drawing board to make some changes before qualifying. In qualifying Dilley registered a time of 18.339 with an average speed of 73.6 mph which put him in ninth place on the inside of row five to start the final event of the 2010 season.

As the green flag dropped Dilley settled into ninth. Inside the first 75 laps there were three cautions and Dilley maintained his position throughout the restarts. On the third caution, Dilley came to pit road and topped up on fuel. The No.9 team did a great job and Dilley was back on the race track in no time and was able to restart in sixth place.

Dilley was running in sixth when another caution came out on lap 125. The leaders all came to pit road and Dilley changed left side tires and restarted in ninth place.

By this time, most of the leaders had taken all four tires and Dilley was not able to stay with the lead pack and fell back to twelfth. When caution came out on lap 155 he was able to make his way to pit road for right side tires. After this, Dilley was on a mission; he had fresher tires than everyone and quickly made his way up through the pack.

Dilley had made his way up to sixth and made a great move in lapped traffic to take over the fifth position. He was battling hard to catch the fourth place car, but needed a caution to tighten up the field. The caution never came, but Dilley was still able to cross the finish line in fourth.

After the race Dilley commented that "The car was really good, we went with a softer set up this time and it really worked for us. Another top five is a great way to end the season and we are looking forward to 2011."

Mark Dilley finished the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series eighth overall in the point standings.

-source: lj/woms

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