WHITLOCK SIXTH IN NASCAR INAGURAL VISIT TO SASKATOON Saskatoon, SK (Wednesday July 29, 2009): Dave Whitlock in the No. 39 Dickies Dodge Avenger finished sixth in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Saturday night in NASCAR`s inaugural visit to...
WHITLOCK SIXTH IN NASCAR INAGURAL VISIT TO SASKATOON
Saskatoon, SK (Wednesday July 29, 2009): Dave Whitlock in the No. 39 Dickies Dodge Avenger finished sixth in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Saturday night in NASCAR`s inaugural visit to Saskatoon.
Whitlock had high praise for the .333 mile banked oval as it has many racing grooves and lots of two wide racing.
After qualifying on Saturday afternoon the No. 39 Dodge Avenger driver was shown to be thirteenth quickest.
When the green flag dropped Whitlock`s Dickies, NMT, Prostate Cancer Canada, POINTTS Dodge Avenger quickly started moving forward and by the 50 lap mark he was inside the top ten. Pit stops would follow soon after the hundred lap mark and when all stops had cycled through only six cars were being scored on the lead lap with Whitlock shown in thirteenth. He made quick work of the lapped cars ahead of him and when the caution waved a few laps later he was given the free pass or Lucky Dog award and he moved back onto the lead lap. The final segment of the race was run under green and with the fifth place car a straightaway ahead of him, Whitlock was unable to make up any further ground and crossed the finish line in sixth place. ``I was pleased with our sixth place finish tonight," stated Whitlock after the race. "We tried a new setup today and the crew worked extremely hard all day to get the No. 39 Dickies Dodge dialed in. I feel we are headed in the right direction. We can fine tune on the setup and aim to get back on the podium at Mosport."
Scott Steckly won his second race of the year with Don Thomson Jr. Finishing second. Third was D. J. Kennington and rounding out the top five was Jason Hathaway and Anthony Simone.
The No. 39 Whitlock Motorsports, Dickies Racing Team are now being shown in sixth place in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings.
TSN will broadcast the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 from Saskatoon at Midnight EST on Saturday August 22nd. Check local listings for times in your area.
Dave Whitlock and his team now return home to Ontario after three races in Western Canada. Next on the schedule is Saturday August 8th at Mosport Speedway for event number eight of thirteen in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.