Monday September 4, 2000: Newmarket's Derrick Tiemersma in the ...
Monday September 4, 2000: Newmarket's Derrick Tiemersma in the #67 Tiemersma Motorsports Pontiac finished a season best 8th in this the final CASCAR Super Series event in 2000. Tiemersma who had to qualify for the 300 lap event on Sunday through the final qualifier on Saturday night was happy to finish all 300 laps of this race.
Tiemersma who has run a limited schedule this year due to lack of sponsorship entered this race at Delaware Speedway Park, as this is one of his favourite racing facilities. The #67 team came here as one of forty-two teams attempting to qualify and posted the thirteenth quickest lap during the time trials early on Friday evening. This lined the Pontiac driver up sixth in the Blue Streak 100 lap qualifier. Tiemersma ran in the top five early in the event but on lap sixty two while taking the green flag after a caution period they experienced a flat tire. Repairs were made under green putting Tiemersma down a lap. This would post them thirteenth on the night with only the top twelve being locked in to Sunday's CARQUEST 300. Tiemersma was forced to attend Saturday night to run the twenty-five lap final qualifier event where he finished a strong second.
Sunday's field for the CARQUEST 300 was set to take the green before over 13,000 enthusiastic race fans. Tiemersma started from the 28th position and his strategy was to keep the tires under the car and hope to be around at the end. The race went according to plan and a finish of 8th saw them move up twenty positions in the event. A happy Tiemersma said, "We really like this race track and have had some strong runs here before. My team had two awesome pit stops and I probably picked up six or seven positions just in the pits. The last set of tires we put on the car did not work as good as the first ones. I wish we had that set for the last run as we might have been able to move into the top five."
Derrick Tiemersma and his team wish to thank their product sponsors for the support in 2000. The Tiemersma Motorsports team hope to be able to put together the funding necessary to run the entire Eastern and National schedule in 2001.