Tough outing for Dilley at Peterborough Speedway Exide Dodge Charger driver fought handling trouble throughout PETERBOROUGH, ON -- Mark Dilley would just as soon forget Sunday afternoon's CASCAR Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway.
Tough outing for Dilley at Peterborough Speedway
Exide Dodge Charger driver fought handling trouble throughout
PETERBOROUGH, ON -- Mark Dilley would just as soon forget Sunday afternoon's CASCAR Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway. The Exide / Dodge / PowerWater / Mobil 1 / Dodge Charger driver finished 21st in the 200-lap feature race after battling handling troubles throughout the first half of the race.
Things got tougher just past the halfway point of the feature when the #9 Dodge hit oil and spun out in turn 3, leading to heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. The Whitlock Motorsports crew went to work repairing the damage and eventually returned Dilley to the track. In the end, the bright-red Charger completed 153 laps.
The Barrie, ON resident qualified eighth-fastest for the race, which was originally scheduled for Saturday night at Peterborough. The weatherman had another plan for the schedule and the feature was bumped to Sunday afternoon.
Once the green flag flew to start the race, the Exide Dodge Charger stayed within the top 10. All the while, however, Dilley was fighting hard just to keep the car on the racing groove. He lost that fight at lap 110 when he hit a slick patch, sending him into the wall.
"We're not sure what happened with the car yet, but we suspect that something broke," said Dilley, after the race. "I tried to stay competitive, but we eventually spun and that caused a lot of damage when it backed into the fence. After that, we just tried to get in as many laps as we could."
The result was especially frustrating, given that Dilley has a long history of success at Peterborough. "It does make it tough, but you do what you can to soldier on. I really look forward to coming to Peterborough so it's disappointing not to do well here... we should be good here. It was just a long weekend and we missed the setup."
The next CASCAR Super Series race is on the Labour Day weekend at Delaware Speedway, near London. "We love racing at Delaware and we're turning our attention toward bouncing back from this race with a good result there," continued Dilley. "There are three races left on the schedule for the Dodge / PowerWater / Mobil 1 / Exide / Dodge Charger team in 2005 and we're going to try to win some more races before the season's done.
MOPAR Dodge Charger driver Ron Beauchamp won Sunday's 200-lap CASCAR Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway. The veteran racer collected his second checkered flag of the season by holding off polesitter Kerry Micks over the closing laps of the race.
Mark Dilley's Whitlock Motorsports teammate Dave Whitlock earned the final podium position at Peterborough in his Avenue Motor Works Dodge Charger.