WHITLOCK SUFFERS IGNITION FAILURE AT ST. EUSTACHE Not one but two ignition boxes fail on the Dickies Dodge Avenger ST. EUSTACHE, MONDAY JULY 7, 2008: Dave Whitlock and the Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger team had trouble on Saturday night in...
WHITLOCK SUFFERS IGNITION FAILURE AT ST. EUSTACHE
Not one but two ignition boxes fail on the Dickies Dodge Avenger
ST. EUSTACHE, MONDAY JULY 7, 2008: Dave Whitlock and the Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger team had trouble on Saturday night in the Kodak 250 from Autodrome St. Eustache when not one but two ignition boxes failed on the No. 39 Dodge. This was event number four on the thirteen race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season.
Whitlock would practice in the top ten during the afternoon session but was a little off the mark for qualifying and found himself back in the seventeenth starting position for the evening event.
At the drop of the green flag the No. 39 Dodge driver would quickly move just outside the top ten. Whitlock reported to his team that the car was fairly good and they discussed what minor adjustments would be made when it came time for pit stops.
On lap 104 the car just suddenly quit. Whitlock quickly changed over to the back up ignition system to see if that would help but still had no power. After checking to make sure he hadn't accidently shut off the motor with the kill switch he rolled behind pit wall to the attention of his team. It was finally deduced that both ignition boxes were bad, a fact that astounded everyone but repairs were made and Whitlock re-entered the race track fifty laps down to the leaders. At this point it was just a matter of getting some laps in and making sure the car was where they wanted it to be set up wise. The Dickies Dodge crossed the finish line with a disappointing 20th place finish. "We thought we were going to be a top ten car tonight for sure, "said a disappointed Whitlock after the race. "We were going to make some adjustments on our pit stop and were just work on hitting our marks and staying out of trouble. Two ignition boxes failing is unheard of and I tested the back up during practice so it was working fine earlier in the day." After the event it was found that two other competitors had similar situations so the crew will go back to the race shop and work on a solution.
Eventual winner Scott Steckly posted his third win of the season and fourth of the last five events going back to the last race in 2007 at Kawartha Speedway. D. J. Kennington followed in second with Kerry Micks taking the final podium position.
Dave Whitlock and his teammate Mark Dilley now prepare for the Western Swing on the thirteen race 2008 schedule with the Saturday July 18th event at Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. The following weekend, July 25/26th they compete at the Edmonton Rexall Indy as a support series to the IRL event on the temporary course at the Edmonton Regional Airport.
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