Kenseth wins Canada Day Shootout NASCAR's winningest driver wins with late pass on CASCAR's best. HAMILTON, ON - Prior to Sunday's 'Canada Day Shootout, presented by Dodge' at Cayuga Speedway, many wondered how quickly the visiting NASCAR ...
Kenseth wins Canada Day Shootout
NASCAR's winningest driver wins with late pass on CASCAR's best.
HAMILTON, ON - Prior to Sunday's 'Canada Day Shootout, presented by Dodge' at Cayuga Speedway, many wondered how quickly the visiting NASCAR racers would be able to get up to speed in the CASCAR Late Models. Matt Kenseth answered that question when he drove his DeWalt Taurus around the outside of defending CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson Jr. with just 7 laps to go in the 100-lap final segment at the 5/8-mile Hamilton-area oval. Kenseth, who is Winston Cup's winningest driver this season - with three victories to his credit - survived a furious late-race challenge by Thomson (Home Hardware Chevy) and took the popular win in front of a vocal capacity crowd. At the finish, Kenseth and Thomson raced cleanly in the inaugural 'Canada Day Shootout', with only .272 of a second between them as they charged under the checkered flag. Blue Streak Intrepid racer Al Turner came home third, less than a second behind the second-place Thomson.
The next-best running NASCAR racer, for much of the event, was NASCAR Truck Series regular Ted Musgrave. The Mopar / Chrysler Financial Intrepid driver was running fourth with 10 laps to go when he ran out of gas. Like Kenseth and Musgrave, the rest of the NASCAR 'guests' performed admirably. Ken Schrader (9th), Tony Stewart (11th), Johnny Benson (11th) and Dave Blaney (14th) all proved to be more than capable of making the adjustment to the CASCAR machinery.
CASCAR NOTES: In time trials for the 'Canada Day Shootout, presented by Dodge' at Cayuga Speedway, Don Thomson continued where he left off the previous Saturday at Mosport Speedway, taking the pole for the race with a 21.480 second lap around the 5/8-mile Cayuga oval. Proving that he was able to quickly adapt to being in a CASCAR Late Model, visiting NASCAR racer Ted Musgrave - who took the Truck Series points lead on Saturday night at the Milwaukee Mile - posted the second quickest time during qualifying (21.512 seconds). Based on their qualifying efforts, Thomson and Musgrave secured the top two positions, respectively, for the start of the 100-lap feature race-- In the first of two 'NAPA Twin 50' qualifying races, Don Thomson led all 50 laps en route to a 2.685-second win over Al Turner and Mark Dilley. The second 50 lap sprint saw Peter Gibbons lead the first 11 laps, before Ted Musgrave blasted around the outside of him off turn 2. Gibbons briefly re-took the lead following a mid-race restart, but Musgrave's Beauchamp Motorsports-prepared Intrepid proved to be too strong, and the NASCAR racer once again took the lead with a power move entering the backstraight. At the finish, Musgrave won the second NAPA Twin 50 by just 0.153 of a second over Gibbons-- Matt Kenseth won the 10 lap race featuring the six NASCAR racers. The 'Auto Parts Plus / Auto Plus Charity Shootout for the Rick Hansen Institute' was sponsored by Uni-Select. Kenseth received the $5,000 winner's cheque for the win, and immediately turned it over to CASCAR racer Al Turner's son, James, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Rick Hansen Institute, to aid its work in spinal cord injury research.
POINT STANDINGS (UNOFFICIAL AFTER 6 OF 12 EVENTS: 1. #4 Don Thomson (935 pts.), 2. #17 DJ Kennington (877), 3. #64 Mark Dilley (872), 4. #39 Dave Whitlock (835), 5. #9 Robbie Thompson (793), 6. #35 Kevin Dowler (783), 7. #22 Scott Steckly (782), 8. #76 Al Turner (766), 9. #99 Pete Vanderwyst (762), 10. #1 Peter Gibbons (755), 11. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (744), 12. #93 Joe Goncalves (742), 13. #02 Kerry Micks (734), 14. #19 Brad Graham (723), 15. #33 Neil Fair (714)
NEXT RACE: The CASCAR Super Series returns to action this coming weekend at the Molson Indy Toronto.