Vanderwyst smashes pole record en route to sixth-place at Mosport. LONDON, ON - Saturday night's 'Exide presents the Mosport 250' at Mosport Speedway provided an opportunity for Exide Pontiac driver Pete Vanderwyst to shine. During qualifying...
Vanderwyst smashes pole record en route to sixth-place at Mosport.
LONDON, ON - Saturday night's 'Exide presents the Mosport 250' at Mosport Speedway provided an opportunity for Exide Pontiac driver Pete Vanderwyst to shine. During qualifying for the race, which bore the name of his primary sponsor, Vanderwyst smashed the existing CASCAR Super Series track record for the race, with a scorching lap of 21.962 around the half-mile speedway.
After starting on the pole for the 250-lap chase, the St. Thomas, Ontario racer led the first 73 laps, before his handling went away. In the end, the Exide Pontiac came home a respectable sixth in the field of 33 starters, which was good enough to boost Vanderwyst to sixth in the overall Super Series point standings, following five events.
"I just lost the handle on the car at the end. We really hit the setup early, but you have to give Don Thomson [the race winner] credit for the way his hot rod was going tonight. He knows how to get around this place. I'd like to thank Donnie for being a real gentleman, too. He could have put us a lap down at the end, but he didn't."
All in all, Vanderwyst was pleased with the outing. "We're pretty happy, though. We qualified on the pole and set a new track record. We led a bunch of laps today, which also helps us in the points." Vanderwyst was especially impressed with the work of his pit crew. "My guys got us another great pit stop (two right-side tires and fuel). We took some stagger out of the car, which tightened it up a bit, but we probably could have used some more 'wedge' in the car for the long runs. In the short runs, we were really good, and that's the way it goes."
Vanderwyst was also pleased to put on a solid performance in front of his sponsor, Exide, which had several representatives on hand for the race.
"I just want to thank Exide for putting their name on this race, and thanks to Mosport for the show today. There were a lot of Exide people here to see us do well and we're proud of that. We're back in the saddle; we've proven that in the past four oval races."
NEXT RACE: The next race on the schedule for the Exide Pontiac team is one of the most exciting events in the history of CASCAR. On Sunday, June 30, at Cayuga Speedway, five NASCAR Winston Cup racers, plus Craftsman Truck Series star Ted Musgrave, will be in CASCAR Super Series cars for the race, which is expected to draw as many at 20,000 fans to the 5/8-mile oval. Vanderwyst Motorsports is playing a significant role in the affair, as it is responsible for preparing the cars for Tony Stewart and Johnny Benson.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us this week, getting the cars ready for Johnny Benson and Tony Stewart, as well as getting our own hot rod ready," said Vanderwyst, after the Exide 250 at Mosport. "We want to get the cars as comfortable and fast as possible for the guys. A 'one-two-three' finish for the Vanderwyst Motorsports cars would really be nice."
Discussing the 'Twin-50-Plus 100' lap format of the Cayuga race, Vanderwyst said he believes his style and equipment are suited to the event. "My car today would have been perfect for that last 100 lapper next Sunday night [at Cayuga]. But we'll put a little bit more wedge in the Exide Pontiac for that race and hopefully, we can qualify up front again, lead a bunch more laps, and hopefully win the thing."