WHITLOCK FOILED OF PODIUM FINISH AT MOSPORT But Team Encouraged by Strong Run up Front Bowmanville, On, Sunday August 10, 2008: Dave Whitlock driving the No. 39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC/POINTTS Dodge Avenger was looking for his first podium finish...
WHITLOCK FOILED OF PODIUM FINISH AT MOSPORT
But Team Encouraged by Strong Run up Front
Bowmanville, On, Sunday August 10, 2008: Dave Whitlock driving the No. 39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC/POINTTS Dodge Avenger was looking for his first podium finish of the year on Sunday afternoon but was foiled by a late race bump from another competitor and relegated to a tenth place finish.
The Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 was slated for Saturday evening but late afternoon showers turned to all out rain forcing NASCAR to cancel the remainder of Saturday's race calendar and reschedule for Sunday afternoon.
HPIM1775.JPG Sunday dawned sunny but prior to the re-scheduled time trial session at 10:30 a.m. the rain started again and NASCAR decided to go straight to the 200 lap race at noon and provided the line up based on the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings. Whitlock who currently sits in 11th would line up in row six on the inside.
The first 100 laps of the race ran relatively caution free but when the yellow flag flew at lap 109 everyone ducked onto pit road for tires and fuel. Whitlock brought his No. 39 Dickies Dodge into the pits from the seventh position after having moved up four from the start. A lightning quick stop by his team sent him back out in fourth. The next caution would come out a few laps later for current points leader Scott Steckly who had led all 125 laps until his motor expired, handing over the lead to Whitlock teammate Mark Dilley.
During a series of caution flags over the next forty laps Whitlock was able to move by two more competitors and was running second to teammate Dilley until the late race bump which sent the No. 39 Dickies Dodge spinning. After the ensuing caution, Whitlock would line up at the tail end of the lead lap in eleventh. With only fifteen laps to go Whitlock was able to fight back to another top ten finish. "Our car performed today the way we know it can and we were aiming for a podium finish," said Whitlock, "maybe even a 1-2 Whitlock teammate finish. Just to bad for all our sponsors and guests who were in attendance cheering us on today but we showed what we care capable of."
Kerry Micks passed Mark Dilley with less than two to go to take the win with D.J. Kennington taking third. Don Thomson Jr. and Peter Gibbons rounded out the top five.
The Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 will be aired on TSN on Sunday August 17th at 12 Noon EST.
The Whitlock team prepare now for the fourth and final road course event of the year at Trois Rivieres, Quebec Friday-Sunday, August 15- 17th. Then a weekend off before heading into the final four oval track events of 2008.
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