WHITLOCK FINISHES DICKIES 200 IN RAIN Bowmanville, ON, Monday June 16, 2008: The running of the Dickies 200 on Father's Day Sunday at Mosport International Raceway would take on a new twist this year. Not only were the teams battling...
WHITLOCK FINISHES DICKIES 200 IN RAIN
Bowmanville, ON, Monday June 16, 2008: The running of the Dickies 200 on Father's Day Sunday at Mosport International Raceway would take on a new twist this year. Not only were the teams battling each other on the track but Mother Nature would play a role as well when rain started with ten laps to go.
Sunday's running of the Dickies 200 started under beautiful sunny skies with the No. 39 Dickies/NMT Dodge Avenger of Dave Whitlock lined up to start seventh after a good qualifying run the day before. "We had a really good car in practice as we were third in the first one and fifth overall in the second one so seventh was fairly close to where we thought we would start," commented Whitlock after qualifying.
Whitlock started seventh but fell back just outside of the top ten where he ran for much of the race. The No. 39 Dickies Avenger was running in 15th when the rain started on lap 41 and a decision was made with six laps remaining to come to pit road and take on rain tires. The caution flew a couple of laps later causing a green, white, checkered finish. This made for an exciting finale for the fans as race leader Gibbons fell back to ninth after electing not to pit for rain tires and J. R Fitzpatrick picked up several positions to take the win. Whitlock made up a few positions and took the checkered flag in 14th. "This was not the finish we were hoping for that's for sure," stated Whitlock after the race. "At least we are taking it home in one piece as there were a lot of crashed cars once the rain started," he added. "I want to thank Dickies and all their fans who were in attendance on Father's Day to join us for a day at the track."
Teammates Bourque & Dilley had very different results. Bourque stayed out in the rain but when the caution fell with only 2 laps to go he ducked into the pits for rain tires and was able to pick up several spots to finish a career best 7th in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. While Dilley who had a front running car broke a clutch early in the race and wasn't able to finish.