Trois-Rivieres: Dave Whitlock race notes

WHITLOCK RACES DICKIES DODGE AVENGER BEFORE LARGE CROWD IN TROIS RIVIERES Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Dave Whitlock and his No.39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger team were on track for a top five finish on Sunday in the...

WHITLOCK RACES DICKIES DODGE AVENGER BEFORE LARGE CROWD IN TROIS RIVIERES

Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Dave Whitlock and his No.39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger team were on track for a top five finish on Sunday in the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres 100 when two spinning cars on the track caused him to take evasive action resulting in a drive train problem.

Dave Whitlock continues to hone his road racing skills and the team was very pleased with their ninth place qualifying effort on Saturday. NASCAR road race qualifying has half the cars on the track at one time for a fifteen minute timed session. With fourteen cars on the track it can be difficult to get all the way around the 10 turn, 1.53 mile circuit without encountering another car which can slow down your time. "I know the car has more in it," stated Whitlock after qualifying. "I only got two clean laps early in the session before other cars started playing a factor."

Sunday's Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres 100 was run in front of a packed grandstand of appreciative race fans. On the first lap on the tight racing surface, Whitlock got shuffled back a few positions but he knew it was early going. By lap 21 of the 42 lap event he was solidly in the top ten and moving forward. A few short laps later, two spinning cars in front of him caused the No. 39 driver to take evasive action. When Whitlock went to pull away from the incident something in the drive train broke and he was done for the day. "I am disappointed for my team and sponsors today, but when a new part breaks there is not much you can do about it," stated Whitlock after the race. "We were on track for a top five finish today. Now we look forward to the final four oval events and hope to take our No. 39 Dickies Dodge to victory lane before the end of the year."

Andrew Ranger was able to slip by a spinning Scott Steckly & J. R. Fitzpatrick on the last turn of the last lap to take the win with Steckly recovering for second and Jason Hathaway finishing third for his first podium finish in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. D.J. Kennington and J.R. Fitzpatrick would finish fourth and fifth.

The Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres 100 will be broadcast on Sunday August 31st at 1 a.m. EST on TSN.

-credit: wm

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Whitlock , D.J. Kennington , Scott Steckly , Andrew Ranger , J.R. Fitzpatrick , Jason Hathaway