St-Eustache "make-up" round preview

CASCAR Super Series returns to Montreal for a make-up Super Series race at Autodrome St-Eustache TORONTO, ON -- Just weeks after a successful inaugural appearance at the Grand Prix de Montreal, the CASCAR Super Series is returning to ...

CASCAR Super Series returns to Montreal for a make-up Super Series race at Autodrome St-Eustache

TORONTO, ON -- Just weeks after a successful inaugural appearance at the Grand Prix de Montreal, the CASCAR Super Series is returning to Montreal, Quebec for a 200-lap race at Autodrome St-Eustache. The flat, 4/10-mile oval has long played host to Canada's top stock car tour. This Saturday night's race is a make-up date for one that was rained out earlier in the summer. With the postponement, the St-Eustache event takes on new and increased significance, given that it's now the next-to-last points event on the 2006 Super Series schedule.

The race will go a long way toward determining the Super Series points championship. As he has for most of the season, Milwaukee Tools Chevy driver J.R. Fitzpatrick will enter the St-Eustache event as the Super Series' points leader. If anyone was anticipating that the third-year CASCAR competitor would fold under the pressure of being in the thick of his first championship chase, it hasn't happened. The Cambridge, ON resident continues to post top-finishes in his quest for his first CASCAR title.

Fitzpatrick enjoys a 44-point lead over second-place driver Kerry Micks. The Mt. Albert, ON Ford racer has a pair of wins to his credit in 2006, but is coming off a frustrating 18th-place finish in last Sunday's race at Cayuga Int'l Speedway where he suffered a power loss with 30 laps to go. By failing to finish at Cayuga, it dealt a serious setback to Micks' hopes for earning a second career Super Series crown.

Three-time CASCAR champ Dave Whitlock (NTN-Bower / Griddly Headz Dodge) is a former race winner at St-Eustache (in 2002) and has captured checkered flags in two of the last three Super Series feature races (Mosport & Cayuga). His strong runs late in the schedule have lifted the Wyoming, ON racer to within one point of Micks, in third.

Behind them, in fourth place overall, is Don Thomson Jr., the five-time and defending CASCAR National champ. The Home Hardware Chevy driver has experienced a change of fortune this season and finds himself in unfamiliar territory with two races remaining, a full 58 points back of his Fitzpatrick Motorsports teammate, J.R. Fitzpatrick.

Time trials for Saturday night's 200-lap CASCAR Super Series race at Autodrome St-Eustache are scheduled for 8 p.m., while the green flag is scheduled to fly on the feature race at 9:30 p.m.

WESTERN SERIES: Last Saturday night (Sept. 3), Vernon, BC's Sun Valley Speedway played host to the next-to-last CASCAR Flo~Pro.Com Western Series race of the season. Kamloops, BC racer Jim White was dominant in his MOPAR / Kamloops Dodge-sponsored Charger, taking his second victory of the season and extending his points lead in the process. White earned the pole position for the Brandt Tractor 200 and led 103 of the 200 feature laps around the ½-mile tri-oval.

Edmonton's Kevin Dowler, the five-time Western Series champ, brought his EMCO Ford Taurus home in second, just ahead of another multi-time title winner, Wade Lee. The Calgarian guided the Thirsty Dog Pup Pontiac to the final podium position. With the win, White will head to the season-finale, at Saskatoon's Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, with a 23-point lead over Dowler.

SCHEDULE: Autodrome St-Eustache

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2006
5:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m. CASCAR Practice
8:00 p.m. CASCAR Time Trials
9:10 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:30 p.m. START: CASCAR Super Series 200 lap Feature Race

-credit: cascar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Dave Whitlock , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , J.R. Fitzpatrick