Thomson Dominates Full Throttle 200 BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) led 181 of the 209 laps of the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 presented by Canadian Shield Anticrime Response ...
Thomson Dominates Full Throttle 200
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) led 181 of the 209 laps of the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 presented by Canadian Shield Anticrime Response Corporation and won the race by 0.703 seconds over Mark Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge).
Thomson, racing out of Ayr, Ont., started the race in the third position, but the veteran driver knew what kind of car he had under him. He took the lead for the first time on lap 10 when he worked past teammate and polesitter J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet). He lost the lead only for brief spans the rest of the way.
His dominate performance kicked into high gear after his pitstop during the third caution period on lap 89. The car responded to the new right-side tires installed during that stop. Thomson felt the car really changed for the better at that point and became what he expected after he posted the top time in both practice sessions earlier in the day.
"The car really didn't like the tires we put on for qualifying and started the race on," said Thomson. "I was surprised at our time in qualifying, but when we put on that other set of tires, it really took off."
Thomson has now won a pair of NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio races after having won the series' inaugural event in May.
"It's not often that you get a car like this," he stated. "We have not had the best luck this year, but it all came together tonight."
Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) fresh off his win last week in Montreal finished third and on the podium once again. Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Super 8 Dodge) and Derek Lynch (No. 77 Canadian Shield Dodge) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Fitzpatrick, Scott Steckly, John Gaunt, Doug Brown and D.J. Kennington rounded out the top 10.
The race was slowed eight times due to caution covering 59 laps. The lead changed hands seven times involving four drivers.
In the championship point standings, Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) retained the lead despite his 13th-place finish in this race. Thomson moved into the second slot just 37 points off Ranger's pace. Kennington is third followed by Fitzpatrick, both within 77 points of the lead.
Fitzpatrick won his second Bud Pole Award of the season when turned a lap in 21.592 seconds for an average lap speed of 83.364 mph on the 1/2-mile oval.
The Canadian Tire Series is back on the track next weekend for its fourth and final road course event of the season--the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec.