Apollo Motorsports Toronto race summary

Dowler wins again at the Toronto Indy; Ford Quality Care Taurus racer becomes CASCAR's winningest driver of 2002. TORONTO, ON - Proving he can win in dry conditions, as well as on wet surfaces, Kevin Dowler stunned everyone at the Toronto Indy,...

Dowler wins again at the Toronto Indy; Ford Quality Care Taurus racer becomes CASCAR's winningest driver of 2002.

TORONTO, ON - Proving he can win in dry conditions, as well as on wet surfaces, Kevin Dowler stunned everyone at the Toronto Indy, on Saturday afternoon, with his spectacular 'back-to-front' charge to the checkered flag. The Ford Quality Care Taurus driver suffered an engine failure, just moments into the Saturday morning qualifying session, and was forced to start at the back of the pack in Saturday afternoon's 36-lap race after opting to race in his backup car.

Traditionally a difficult place to pass, the Exhibition Place temporary street circuit gave the Edmonton, AB racer an opportunity to shine. His Quality Care Taurus carved through the back of the field in short order. Once near the front of the pack, Dowler methodically picked up positions - many while under heavy braking - in some very tight sections of the concrete-walled track.

In the end, Dowler advanced 36 positions in 36 laps en route to his second CASCAR Super Series race win of the season, and his second Toronto Indy CASCAR victory. Following four annual CASCAR events at the 11-turn, 2.825 km track, Dowler and Robin Buck each have a pair of wins to their credit.

Despite the daunting challenge of starting 'scratch' for the race, Dowler attacked the event with a plan. "Starting at the back, you had to save your tires. I knew that Robin [Buck] and the other leaders were going to be battling hard. I was fortunate that the cautions came out when they did. And I just kept on running around in high gear, to stop from spinning the tires. That was the only way I was going to get forward bite... and it paid off."

Combining his two wins with the June 30 victory by Matt Kenseth in the "Canada Day Shootout" at Cayuga Speedway, Dowler's Apollo Motorsports team has three CASCAR Super Series wins to its credit thus far in 2002. "This is a pretty good year for our Ford Quality Care Taurus," continued Dowler. "We won at Mosport in the rain, so I guess I showed I can do it in the 'dry', too."

Discussing his progress toward the front, Dowler continued, "I was surprised that I caught the fast group of cars as fast as I did... like Donnie Thomson, Peter Gibbons and Ron Beauchamp. They were having their own battle. We had some great Performance Friction brakes on the car. They were awesome and they were still in great shape at the end. We could have run another 36 laps after this one. I don't know if the driver would have made it, though. My Ford Quality Care team did a great job coming together in the face of adversity. We won because of it."

Joe Goncalves finished second at the Toronto Indy, to earn his first ever CASCAR podium appearance. Polesitter Robin Buck led for most of the race, and finished third.

NEXT RACE: Dowler's Ford Quality Care Taurus will race in his home province of Alberta on July 19-21 when the CASCAR Super Series makes its annual visit to Race City Speedway. Dowler, who is currently fifth in the point standings, is hoping to overcome the handling gremlins that dogged him in the most recent oval race, at Cayuga. "I'm excited about the way things have gone for us this year. The next thing is to get a handle on the ovals. We'll do our best to make that happen at Race City."

-kdr-

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Dowler , Peter Gibbons , Robin Buck , Joe Goncalves