Dowler wins wet one at Mosport. Ford Quality Care Taurus racer vaults to fifth in the points after road course victory. MOSPORT, ON - Almost two years since his last CASCAR Super Series win, on the streets of Toronto, Kevin Dowler returned to ...
Dowler wins wet one at Mosport.
Ford Quality Care Taurus racer vaults to fifth in the points after road course victory.
MOSPORT, ON - Almost two years since his last CASCAR Super Series win, on the streets of Toronto, Kevin Dowler returned to victory lane on Sunday afternoon, at Mosport Int'l Raceway. The Ford Quality Care Ford Taurus driver relied on a combination of skill and good fortune to emerge victorious in one of the strangest stock car races in Canadian history.
The Edmonton, Alberta racer drove from 16th to first - in the pouring rain - to win the race, which was cut in half to 32 laps. Having stopped for hand-grooved 'rain' tires earlier in the race, Dowler found himself at the back of the pack through much of the event, which was halted several times by inclement weather.
Following his fifth CASCAR outing at Mosport, Dowler was relieved to finally win a Super Series race on the classic road course. "It's been a tough deal. We've worked so hard. To finally get rewarded with a win... at this point, we'll take 'em however we can get 'em. This is the start of good things."
After making the switch to grooved tires, Dowler was content to bide his time. But when it was clear that the impending time limit would drastically reduce the number of laps, Dowler and his team decided that it was time to move.
"I was just trying to be safe out there, but then, Billy [Burns, crew chief] got on the radio to me and said, 'If you wreck it, we can fix it.' So, I just drove it."
Over the next few laps, Dowler came through the pack like a rocket, easily passing several 'slick'-shod cars as the rain intensified. Running second on lap 29, Dowler decided to make his move on race leader, Peter Gibbons. Coming side-by-side through turn 10, Dowler got the jump on the inside lane. As the pair drag raced down the front-straight, Gibbons hit standing water and his car darted into the inside retaining wall. From there, the caution flag was displayed and Dowler went on to take the yellow and checkered flags, after 32 laps.
"It was a tough deal for Pete [Gibbons], but he couldn't get it out there. He was on slicks and he wasn't there anymore at the end. I had it in high gear [coming out of turn 10 on the inside of Gibbons], came over the curb on the inside, held the car down [on the inside] and he just lost it."
Coming across the line behind Dowler were Don Thomson Jr. and Dave Jacombs. Following four events, Dowler's Ford Quality Care Ford Taurus sits fifth in the championship points chase, which is topped by co-leaders DJ Kennington and Mark Dilley.
Putting the race into perspective, Dowler has now won CASCAR Super Series road course events at the Molson Indy Toronto, the Edmonton City Centre Airport and Mosport Int'l Raceway. He will be gunning for the 'grand slam' late in July at the Molson Indy Vancouver.
"This is going to help my life, a lot," smiled Dowler, after the race.
NEXT RACE: The fifth CASCAR Super Series race of the season will take place this Saturday night (June 22) at the Mosport Speedway oval. The half-mile facility features tight corners and long straights.