CASCAR Castrol Super Series National Championship Round ...
CASCAR Castrol Super Series National Championship Round #3 of 4 Mosport Park UAP/NAPA Presents Canadian Auction Group 300 km
BOWMANVILLE, ON Scott Maxwell is a quick learner. Prior to this weekend's CASCAR Castrol National Super Series race at Mosport Park, the experienced road racer had very limited experience behind the wheel of a CASCAR Late Model stock car. But after two days of practice and qualifying, the Toronto racer was up to speed and ready to challenge for the win in Sunday's 'UAP/NAPA Presents Canadian Auction Group 300 km' road course event on the challenging Mosport road course.
Driving the STP/Ford Performance Parts Taurus, Maxwell had a race-long chase with former road racer Robin Buck and emerged victorious in the 75 lap affair. Buck, driving the UAP/NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix, led on several occasions as he and Maxwell took off on the rest of the 30 car field to wage their own battle.
In the end, Maxwell's fresher tires gave him an edge on Buck and he was able to take the win in his first ever CASCAR feature. "I had a ball," said Maxwell, after the race. "It was a steep learning curve and one more day in the car would have been great. We took a bit of a chance with the setup and it really paid off." Asked if he'd consider a change from his road racing career to pursue a CASCAR future, the Ford driver didn't think a full-time switch would be very easy.
"I'm lucky that I know my way around Mosport; that gave me a bit of an advantage. But trying to find two or three 10ths of a second on an oval would be a completely different situation and would be very tough. You'd have to commit to it 100 per cent, like Robin has. But right now, I'm not willing to do that because I want to pursue my road racing career." Buck was an easy second, ahead of Barrie's Alan Turner (Blue Streak Chevrolet Monte Carlo). The North York fireman posted the top finish of those without extensive road racing roots and was pleased with his performance.
"To be on the same podium with guys like Scott Maxwell and Robin Buck is a huge accomplishment," said Turner. "I had eight laps on this track before Saturday's qualifying race. I really enjoy road racing and if it's good for CASCAR to be at these tracks, then it's good for me."
Western series points leader Wade Lee (Calgary, AB / GM Goodwrench Pontiac Grand Prix) was the top finishing non-eastern runner and ended up in fourth after an exciting back and forth late-race dice with Turner.
The National championship points race has a new leader following Round #3 at Mosport Park. Defending champion Dave Whitlock rode to a steady seventh place in Sunday's main and heads to the series' finale, this weekend at Delaware Speedway Park, with an eight point lead over Robin Buck. The points leader entering the Mosport race was Peter Gibbons of Stouffville, ON, but he encountered mechanical problems early in the race and later crashed twice en route to a 28th place result. Gibbons, who won Round #1 in Calgary in late July, dropped to third in the National standings, a dozen points behind Whitlock, who is looking strong in his quest for a record third National crown.
Scott Maxwell's win in the UAP/NAPA Presents Canadian Auction Group 300 was a grand finale to a great day. Earlier in the afternoon, Maxwell had won the Canada GT Challenge Cup race, also held at Mosport... During qualifying and practice for the 300 km CASCAR ytrace, several teams had engine trouble. Many teams feared that the trend would continue during the race. But as was the case with the Edmonton road course event in early August, no motors went south during the race itself... Robin Buck was in position to win both the Edmonton and Mosport road course races, but ended up finishing second in both. "It was a good race," noted Buck. "The lead changes were a result of the traffic, but I don't think we had the horsepower that Scott's Ford did."