Micks wins at Cayuga CAYUGA, ON - Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver Kerry Micks made his long-awaited return to the winner's circle at Cayuga Speedway on Sunday afternoon (June 27) in the CASCAR Castrol Super Series' Cayuga 250. The Mt. Albert, ON...
Micks wins at Cayuga
CAYUGA, ON - Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver Kerry Micks made his long-awaited return to the winner's circle at Cayuga Speedway on Sunday afternoon (June 27) in the CASCAR Castrol Super Series' Cayuga 250. The Mt. Albert, ON racer has enjoyed success during the past few seasons, but has been openly dissatisfied because of his lack of victories on the ultra-competitive CASCAR tour. But that all changed on Sunday at Cayuga as Micks and his crew combined some excellent pit strategy with some top-notch driving en route to the win on the 5/8-mile Hamilton, ON area oval. "We qualified 10th and came back strong for the win," beamed the Ford driver, from the winner's podium. "But early on, we didn't think we were going to be that strong. It's pretty amazing. The car was a little loose and so we changed springs right before the race. We didn't hit it right on. But then, we came in for our stop and our tire guy made the adjustment during with the new tires. The car was right on after that." According to Micks, it was the early pitting strategy - as much as anything else - that contributed to the win. "We didn't have to pass a lot of cars after we went back out [after pitting]. All the cars that were ahead of me after we pitted went in themselves for the next yellow. When they stopped, I probably went from eighth to first and didn't have to pass those cars." The victory by Micks marks a return to the form he displayed a few seasons ago when he won the National championship. It's no coincidence that he is in a car built by the same person as when he won CASCAR's top honour. "I have to thank Peter Schotanus. He always builds a good car and we're glad to be running well again." Other Ford drivers enjoyed success on the weekend, including C.A.G. Taurus driver Kelly Williams. The Inglewood, ON racer came home in seventh place in the field of 38 starters at Cayuga. Quality Care Ford pilot Dave Whitlock was 10th, while Hamilton, ON's Jim Lapcevich was 12th in his Tim Horton's Taurus, just ahead of NTN Bearings Ford driver Mark Dilley. Texaco-Havoline Taurus racer Steve Robblee was 14th and Dave Jacombs, in his newly sponsored Speedy Muffler Taurus, was 16th. In terms of the Eastern points chase, Micks stands fourth after five races, while Whitlock is sixth. Dilley is eighth in his first season after returning to CASCAR as a full-time competitor. The next race on the Eastern series schedule is the CDS Tech 200 at Mosport Speedway on July 10-11.
HYTHE, AB - By finishing third, Ford driver Fred Del Pero posted his first-ever CASCAR Castrol Super Series West podium finish in the Bumper to Bumper 150 at Hythe Motor Speedway, in Hythe, AB on Saturday night (June 26). The Trader Publications Taurus racer was a rookie in '98 and has shown steady progress in his short CASCAR career. A broken radiator hose thwarted the efforts of Ford Quality Care Taurus driver Kevin Dowler. The Edmonton, AB resident won the second race of the season, at Saskatoon, SK, but could only muster a 15th at Hythe. After three Western races, Dowler is fourth in the Western point standings.
Race Notes: Finishing second to Kerry Micks in the Cayuga 250 was Derrick Tiemersma of Newmarket, ON. It was the best career finish for the young driver. Ted McIntyre of Windsor, ON was third... Kim Richard of Calgary, AB notched his first ever CASCAR feature win in the Hythe Motor Speedway event on Saturday evening. Points leader Dan Shirley was second, ahead of Fred Del Pero.