NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by Sirius Satellite Radio POST-RACE NOTEBOOK -- SUNVALLEY SPEEDWAY BRITISH COLUMBIA DODGE DEALERS DODGE AVENGER 300, JULY 15 * WHO SAYS SUMMERTIME IS REPEAT SEASON?: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series does...
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by Sirius Satellite Radio POST-RACE NOTEBOOK -- SUNVALLEY SPEEDWAY
BRITISH COLUMBIA DODGE DEALERS DODGE AVENGER 300, JULY 15
* WHO SAYS SUMMERTIME IS REPEAT SEASON?: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series does not have a long history, to say the least. In fact, it is just four races old. However, in four events there has yet to be a repeat race or Bud Pole winner. The race victors include Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevy Monte Carlo), Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford), D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Dodge) and J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet Monte Carlo) while fast qualifiers have been Kennington, Ranger, Mark Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Dodge) and Thomson. The victories posted by teammates Thomson and Fitzpatrick are the closest thing to a repeat in the series.
* CHEVY GETS A REPEAT, THOUGH: Chevrolet earned its second Canadian Tire Series win with Fitzpatrick's triumph at Sunvalley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. His teammate, Thomson, won the series' inaugural event at Cayuga Speedway Park. In the B.C. Dodge Dealers Dodge Avenger 300, Scott Steckly (No. 22 Erb Group Dodge) was the top-finishing Dodge while Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) led the blue oval contingent.
* MOBIL 1 OIL "COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE" AWARD: In addition to picking up his first win in the Canadian Tire Series and all that goes with it, Fitzpatrick also collects $1,500 from Mobil 1 as a reward for his effort.
* MOPAR FAST FIVE: This program awards the top-five finishing Dodges in the race. In this race, Steckly paced the large Dodge group and for his effort, he was awarded $2,000. Kennington's fifth-place showing was rewarded with $1,250 as the second-highest finishing Dodge. Dave Whitlock (No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger-Cats Dodge) was the third-highest finishing Dodge which earned him $1,000. The fourth and fifth-place Dodges were those of Jason Hathaway ($500) and John Gaunt ($250).
* THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT: The sentiment in racing has always been that the only lap worth leading is the last one. And Mark Dilley is becoming all too familiar with it. He has led 158 laps this season, second only to Kennington's series-leading 166, but has yet to hoist a winner's trophy. On the flipside, Andrew Ranger does have a victory to his credit, but has led the field for just nine laps in 2007.
* IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: For anyone unable to be on hand last Sunday at Sunvalley Speedway to see the spectacular finish, TSN will air coverage of the race on Sunday, July 29 at noon Eastern time.