TORONTO, ON - Reigning CASCAR Castrol Super Series National Champion Peter Gibbons grabbed his fourth and arguably most important pole of the Eastern Series season on Friday afternoon at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The Stouffville, ON racer...
TORONTO, ON - Reigning CASCAR Castrol Super Series National Champion Peter Gibbons grabbed his fourth and arguably most important pole of the Eastern Series season on Friday afternoon at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The Stouffville, ON racer lapped the temporary street circuit at the Toronto Molson Indy in 1 minute and 20.662 seconds to earn the pole for Saturday afternoon's Exide 99 Street Fight; the seventh event on the CASCAR East schedule. Gibbons's Canadian Tire Chevrolet overcame a stuck throttle early in the half-hour timed qualifying session and he posted the speedy lap in his eighth tour around the challenging Indy track. An early morning practice session was hampered by light rain, which saw half of the 41 competing drivers take to the track on slicks, while the others put treaded rain tires on their CASCAR Late Models for the first time in series history. Starting on the outside of the front row will be Edmonton, AB driver Kevin Dowler. The former road racer is a CASCAR veteran and is experienced on the Indy track. The combination of experience and his starting position make the Ford Quality Care Service Taurus driver a contender for victory on Saturday. Al Turner's Blue Streak Intrepid will line up behind Gibbons, on the inside of Row 2. He'll be looking for his fourth CASCAR feature win of the season. The Barrie, ON resident finished second to Robin Buck in last year's inaugural CASCAR Indy event. The lone afternoon qualifying session was slowed by a pair of red flags. Defending race winner Robin Buck, of Oakville, ON, encountered oil system problems and managed to get in only five laps. The UAP / NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix driver has his work cut out for him on Saturday afternoon as he'll be starting 34th in the 41-car starting field. Whether or not he can make it to the front, it should be exciting to watch his charge from deep in the pack. Castrol Dodge racer DJ Kennington lost a motor during qualifying and was busy installing a new motor late into the evening on Friday. Kennington, who hails from St. Thomas, ON, is another talented road racer and will line up 38th. The green flag falls on the Exide 99 Street Fight at 3:15 p.m.
EXIDE 99 STREET FIGHT NOTES: Damon Sharpe will contend his first ever CASCAR race on Saturday afternoon. The Stouffville, ON racer will be working on the other side of the wall in the Exide 99 Street Fight, in a second Gibbons Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Sharpe is one of Gibbons' senior crew members and will have backing from Logel's. Like the second-starting Kevin Dowler, the father and son team of Carl and Daryl Harr are also from Edmonton and have made the long journey to participate in their second consecutive CASCAR Indy race. Carl Harr currently leads the CASCAR Castrol Super Series West points chase on the strength of two victories so far this season.
CASCAR Castrol Super Series East Qualifying Results / Starting Grid: Exide 99 Street Fight / July 15, 2000 Round #7 / Exhibition Place / Toronto, ON
Start Car# Driver (Hometown) Sponsor / Make Time (Mins: Secs.)
1 1 Peter Gibbons (Stouffville, ON) Canadian Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:20.662 2 35 Kevin Dowler (Edmonton, AB) Ford Quality Care Service Taurus 1:21.231 3 76 Alan Turner (Barrie, ON) Blue Streak Hygrade Motor Products Intrepid 1:21.636 4 25 Jim Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:22.072 5 77 Pete Vanderwyst (St. Thomas, ON) Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:22.304 6 02 Kerry Micks (Mt. Albert, ON) Ford Fast Lane Ford Taurus 1:22.729 7 2 Carl Harr (Edmonton, AB) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:22.896 8 97 Rob Neely (Milton, ON) Midas Dodge 1:23.333 9 25 Jeff Lapcevich (Ancaster, ON) Discovery Ford / Tim Horton's Taurus 1:23.525 10 0 Howie Scannell Jr. (Milton, ON) Collision World / Active Ultrahall Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:23.849 11 99 Brad Jacques (Mt. Brydges, ON) Exide Batteries of Canada Intrepid 1:24.020 12 4 Don Thomson Jr. (Hamilton, ON) Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:24.095 13 57 Joe Goncalves (Concord, ON) Sam the Record Man Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:24.257 14 71 Daryl Harr (Edmonton, AB) John Deere Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:24.259 15 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Windsor, ON) Mopar Parts / Mr. Sub Intrepid 1:24.359 16 64 Mark Dilley (Barrie, ON) NTN Bearings Ford Taurus 1:24.382 17 88 Dave Jacombs (Mt. Hope, ON) Speedy Auto Service Ford Taurus 1:24.414 18 31 Kelly Williams (Inglewood, ON) AOL Canada / Inside Track / Cdn. Kawasaki Ford Taurus 1:25.264 19 98 Dave Whitlock (Petrolia, ON) Ford Quality Care Service Ford Taurus 1:25.515 20 03 Jason McLellan (Mt. Forest, ON) R Artic Clear / Thistletown / TD Smith Intrepid 1:25.551 21 3 Chris Fowler (Stirling, ON) R Snap On Tools / General Motors Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:25.586 22 27 John Restemeyer (Ottawa, ON) R Future Shop Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:25.669 23 21 Damon Sharpe (Stouffville, ON) R Logel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:25.748 24 41 John Tsoumaris (Toronto, ON) John's Unique Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:25.753 25 51 Al Long (Carp, ON) Union Energy Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.028 26 22 Scott Steckly (Milverton, ON) AW Millwrights / ERB Group Pontiac Grand Prix 1:26.093 27 75 Steve Smith (Burlington, ON) Holmar Plumbing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.424 28 67 Derrick Tiemersma (Newmarket, ON) Stihl / Lawn Boy / Toro Pontiac Grand Prix 1:26.454 29 56 John Fletcher (Milton, ON) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.642 30 33 Neil Fair (Ancaster, ON) Skoal Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.645 31 14 John Fitzpatrick (Ayr, ON) WWF / Nabisco Planet Snaks Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.762 32 86 Kenny Forth (Lynden, ON) R Rockton Berry Farm Country Mkt. Ford Taurus 1:26.873 33 94 Mark Graham (Odessa, ON) Jumbo Video Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:26.886 34 66 Robin Buck (Oakville, ON) UAP / NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix 1:27.365 35 80 Donald Theetge (Boischatel, QC) Auto Frank & Michel / Prolab Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1:28.170 36 28 Steve Robblee (Dorchester, ON) Texaco Havoline Ford Taurus 1:29.036 37 04 Andy Farr (Chesterfield, MI) DeWalt Intrepid 1:33.230 38 17 D.J. Kennington (St. Thomas, ON) Castrol Canada / Elgin Chrysler Dodge 1:33.721 39 29 Kevin Trevellin(LaSalle, ON) Ford Taurus 1:34.555 40 69 Scott Watkins (Milton, ON) Johnny Bower Goal Tending School Pontiac Grand Prix 1:34.628 41 43 Bob Merrifield (Belle River, ON) Remax Preferred Realty Dodge 1:36.178
* R after the driver's hometown denotes rookie contender