Mosport: Race report

Gibbons wins the Exide Batteries 200km at Mosport Int'l Raceway MOSPORT, ON Peter Gibbons returned to CASCAR's victory lane by winning the Exide Batteries 200 km at Mosport Int'l Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Canadian Tire Chevy driver...

Gibbons wins the Exide Batteries 200km at Mosport Int'l Raceway

MOSPORT, ON Peter Gibbons returned to CASCAR's victory lane by winning the Exide Batteries 200 km at Mosport Int'l Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Canadian Tire Chevy driver hadn't won since the final race of the 2001 Super Series season, in spite of several strong runs during the past year.

Gibbons started fourth in the field of 27 at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course and led three times for a total of 22 of the race's 51 laps. Gibbons slipped up while leading, on lap 40, and his off-track excursion in turn 5 handed the lead to Ron Beauchamp Jr., who had been tailing Gibbons closely.

But determined not to let the win slip away, Gibbons went on a tear after recovering from the ^A'off' and quickly erased the five-second gap that separated him from the MOPAR Intrepid driver.

Once on his rear bumper, Gibbons stalked Beauchamp for a few laps. The Stouffville, ON racer took the top spot for the final time when he passed Beauchamp with just four laps to go. The Windsor, ON driver stayed close to Gibbons the rest of the way, but was unable to mount another lead challenge.

Beauchamp went on to finish second, just 1.064 seconds behind Gibbons. The final podium finisher was Scott Steckly, of Milverton, ON. The Schick Xtreme3 Pontiac driver recovered from an early race flat tire to record his best finish of the season.

Championship points leader Don Thomson continued his strong early-season run. The Home Hardware Chevy racer finished fourth in spite of a lengthy mid-race pit stop which dropped him to 16th on lap 27. In the first three races of the 2003 CASCAR Super Series season, Thomson has recorded two second-place finishes, as well as a fourth, and has put a 32-point gap between himself and his closest rival, Kerry Micks (486 points to 454). Micks finished 13th in the Exide Batteries 200 km.

The race took just one hour and 25 minutes to complete, and was slowed by a single caution flag for a total of five laps (laps 17 to 21). Several drivers pitted for tires and gas near the halfway point of the event, and were hoping that another caution flag would emerge that would allow them to recover lost ground on the leaders. But that second caution never came out.

The next CASCAR Super Series race is the ^A'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR' on June 29-29 at Cayuga Speedway. The event will feature CASCAR's best against several NASCAR stars.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Kerry Micks , Scott Steckly