Gibbons wins second straight Super Series race, in Sunday's 'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR' at Cayuga HAMILTON, ON Peter Gibbons collected his second consecutive CASCAR Super Series win, on Sunday evening, at Cayuga Speedway....
Gibbons wins second straight Super Series race, in Sunday's 'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR' at Cayuga
HAMILTON, ON Peter Gibbons collected his second consecutive CASCAR Super Series win, on Sunday evening, at Cayuga Speedway. The Canadian Tire Chevy driver started on the pole and led all but a dozen laps of the 'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR'.
For the final 105 laps, he was hounded by runner-up Pete Vanderwyst, who was making his first Super Series start since suffering a ruptured appendix shortly after his fifth-place finish in the season opener at Delaware Speedway, in May. With 50 laps remaining in Sunday's race at the 5/8-mile Cayuga oval, Gibbons didn't think his tires were up to the task of holding off Vanderwyst for the final segment of the race. The Stouffville, ON racer actually planned to make a pitstop to address his loose handing condition, but was talked out of doing so by his crew chief.
The call turned out to be a winning decision, as Gibbons was able to hold off Vanderwyst, despite the St. Thomas, ON racer's best attempts to wrestle the lead away from the two-time National champion. Exiting the final turn, on lap 200, Vanderwyst gave Gibbons a bump. Both lunged for the line, with Gibbons edging Vanderwyst by less than two-tenths of a second at the checkered flag.
Kerry Micks, the runner-up in the championship chase, was third in the 'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR', after narrowly edging the MOPAR-powered Intrepid of DJ Kennington. Three-time CARQUEST Sportsman Series champion Steve Robblee rounded out the top-five finishers.
A trio of NASCAR Winston Cup racers took part in Sunday's race at Cayuga. Kenny Wallace finished 18th in the 37-car field, despite receiving a 'stop and go' penalty for rough driving. Sterling Marlin drove the Beauchamp Motorsports-prepared Coor's Light MOPAR to a 23rd-place result, while Geoffrey Bodine battled an ill-handling car for most of the day, and came home 32nd in the final 200-lap segment.
During qualifying for the 'Dodge Canada Day Shootout, presented by MOPAR', Peter Gibbons set the fastest time, with a lap of 21.553 seconds around the 5/8-mile Cayuga oval. Kerry Micks was second fastest at 21.598 seconds. By posting the two fastest times during time trials, Gibbons and Micks earned the front two spots for their respective 50-lap qualifying sprint races, as well as for the 200-lap feature race.
In the first 'Twin 50', Gibbons led early until Dave Whitlock took control at the one-third point of the race. The three-time National champion held the lead the rest of the way, narrowing edging Pete Vanderwyst. Don Thomson was third, despite engine troubles that forced to him change engines prior to the start of the 200-lap finale. Kerry Micks started on the pole for the second 'Twin 50' and led the first 42 laps, at which point the UFCW Taurus driver ran out of gas and fell off the pace, thus handing the lead to DJ Kennington, who guided his MOPAR-powered Intrepid to the win. Brad Graham finished second, ahead of the MOPAR trio of Ron Beauchamp Jr. Neil Fair and NASCAR star Sterling Marlin.
CASCAR NOTEBOOK: The third round of the CASCAR Super Series the 'Exide Batteries 200 km' road course event from Mosport Int'l Raceway will be broadcast on Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. on Sportsnet... CASCAR announced that the Super Series will be racing at Peterborough Speedway for the second time this season on Saturday, September 20. The 200-lap race is a replacement for an event that was to have taken place at Kawartha Speedway.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.169 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 46.580 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 41 minutes and 00 seconds
CAUTIONS: 10 for a total of 64 laps
LAP LEADERS: #1 Peter Gibbons (1-81), #19 Brad Graham (82-93) and #1 Peter Gibbons (94 - 200).