LONDON, ON - Following the fourth and final road course race of the year for the Castrol Super Series drivers and teams, this past weekend in Vancouver, the focus changes back to oval racing for the final race of the season, at Delaware Speedway...
LONDON, ON - Following the fourth and final road course race of the year for the Castrol Super Series drivers and teams, this past weekend in Vancouver, the focus changes back to oval racing for the final race of the season, at Delaware Speedway on Sept. 28, 29 and 30.
As was the case for the Mopar Parts 500 Race Weekend at Calgary, the Delaware race will consist of essentially two full points events; the Friday evening (Sept. 28) 100 lap sprint races, as well as the Sunday afternoon (Sept. 30) 300 lapper. The busy Delaware weekend will leave the door open - however slightly - for Kerry Micks and Al Turner to take one last opportunity to deny Home Hardware Chevy driver Don Thomson his first, and much coveted, Castrol Cup.
Thomson's seventh-place showing in Vancouver dictated that he will head to Delaware with a 66-point lead over Ford Taurus driver Micks, who won the season-opener at Delaware, back in May. Just 20 points back of Micks lurks Vancouver race winner Al Turner, whose Blue Streak Intrepid won both Delaware Castrol Super Series events in 2000. If anyone has a shot of keeping Thomson from sitting at the best table at this year's banquet, Micks and Turner - both of whom have amassed impressive Delaware résumés - are the ones to do it.
With just one race weekend to go before possibly clinching his first Castrol Cup, Thomson has one Super Series race victory to his credit in 2001. He could easily have collected five, were it not for some late race misfortune at Autodrome St-Eustache, Cayuga Speedway, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, and most recently, Race City Speedway. But Thomson's disappointment at missing out on a fistful of checkered flags is tempered by his current points lead.
"We're looking at the big picture. The missed wins aren't so hard to take considering the points situation," said the two-time Super Series East champ. "I've had years when we won four races in a year and not won the National championship, finishing second a couple of times. This year, we just have one win, but we're in good shape for the title. I want it so bad it hurts. If I only walk out of this season with the one race win and the Castrol Cup, hey, I don't have a problem with that."
Thomson says that when it comes to wins versus titles, he has a different perspective than two-time and defending Castrol Super Series champion Peter Gibbons. "Gibbons [Peter] always says, 'it's all about race wins' for him. For me, I like being on the podium at the banquet. That's what it's all about for me."
For his part, Kerry Micks is hopeful that he can overcome the points deficit at Delaware, but he knows he has his work cut out for him if he is to win his second Castrol Cup. "In '93, I was 40 points behind Steve Robblee and we were able to catch him and beat him in that last race. But it is hard to do. I'm not saying you can't do it, but it's going to be hard."