WHITLOCK LEADS LAPS AND FINISHES ELEVENTH IN SUBWAY 200 Hamilton, ON : No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger Cats/NMT Dodge Charger driver Dave Whitlock led laps during the the second half of Saturday nights Subway 200 at Cayuga Speedway but...
WHITLOCK LEADS LAPS AND FINISHES ELEVENTH IN SUBWAY 200
Hamilton, ON : No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger Cats/NMT Dodge Charger driver Dave Whitlock led laps during the the second half of Saturday nights Subway 200 at Cayuga Speedway but settled for an eleventh place finish at the end.
Whitlock who has been bit by racing gremlins of all sorts this year changed a motor prior to the second practice session on Saturday afternoon. After qualifying seventeenth the team had a discussion and decided that they needed to change the carburetor prior to the 200 lap main event. According to NASCAR rules, in an impound race event if you make any changes to your car after qualifying you are relegated to start in last place.
After the warm up laps, Whitlock dropped the No. 39 Dodge back to the tail end of the field for the start,and it appears the carburetor change was the right move as by lap forty he had moved into twelfth and was looking at the top ten. Just before the half way point Whitlock brought the car to the attention of his crew who made major adjustments as well as two tires and fuel. The Dickies Dodge Charger lined up on the grid in tenth for the re-start. He would then start his march to the front where on lap 130 he took the lead. After a short stint at the front, the cars handling started to go away and it continued to get worse as the race progressed and an eleventh place finish was the result. "We really thought the car would stay good for us once we got a chance to make the changes we needed on the pit stop," stated Whitlock after the race. "We used up a little too much getting up through the field and just did not have enough tires left at the end. If we hadn't gotten spun in the late stages of the race, we for sure would have finished solidly in the top 10. Still we will take the eleventh place and build on that for next week at Barrie."
Derek Lynch in the No. 77 Allied Steel Buildings Dodge Charger posted his first win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series followed closely by Andrew Ranger and D. J. Kennington. Kerry Micks and Brad Graham rounded out the top five. Ranger now takes a 122 point lead into the next event at Barrie over Kerry Micks and D. J. Kennington who are tied for second.
All three Whitlock entries, including teammates Mark Dilley and Pierre Bourque had in-car cameras and should have some great shots for the broadcast of the Subway 200 on Saturday Sept. 8th at 11 a.m.
Barrie Speedway will host event number nine in the twelve race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday Sep. 8th. Time Trials will take place at 5:30 with the Autograph Session scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and the green flag drops at 8:45 p.m. for the Atto 300. For more information please visit www.barriespeedway.com