Cayuga II: Canada Day Shootout race report

Whitlock wins Canada Day Shootout at Cayuga HAMILTON, ON - Three-time CASCAR Super Series champion Dave Whitlock won his first race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Cayuga 2000 Speedway. The Avenue / NMT Dodge driver climbed steadily through...

Whitlock wins Canada Day Shootout at Cayuga

HAMILTON, ON - Three-time CASCAR Super Series champion Dave Whitlock won his first race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Cayuga 2000 Speedway. The Avenue / NMT Dodge driver climbed steadily through the field from his 16th starting position and took the lead from Kerry Micks with five laps to go in the ATTO Canada Day Shootout.

At the end, Whitlock finished 2.02 seconds ahead of Micks' Power Water Ford Taurus. Third place went to series points leader Peter Gibbons. The Canadian Tire / Monroe Brakes Chevy driver looked set to take his third checkered flag of the season after leading 150 of the race's 200 laps. But his team changed two tires during their one and only stop of the race (at lap 185), drawing a 'stop and go' penalty, thereby taking Gibbons out of contention for the win. CASCAR rules prohibit drivers from changing more than one tire, under caution, in the last 50 laps of the race.

Prior to that point, Gibbons was dominant at the 5/8-mile oval and appeared well on his way to earning his second Cayuga win of the season. In the end, he was the third of three lead lap finishers in the entire field. Leading up to his 'stop and go' penalty, Gibbons had lapped all but Whitlock and Micks during an extended green flag run.

Fourth-place went to defending Super Series champ Don Thomson Jr., in the Home Hardware Chevy. Thomson fought an ill-handling car all day but soldiered on, missing the podium by just one position. Rookie polesitter Pete Shepherd Jr. came home fifth after an impressive run that saw the young Brampton, ON racer lead the first 38 laps of the race, before settling into a comfortable pace that would see him notch his best-ever CASCAR finish.

PHOTOS: Cayuga - Final pit stop: (l to r) Kerry Micks, Dave Whitlock and Peter Gibbons pit near the end of the Canada Day Shootout at Cayuga Speedway. Cayuga Podium Finishers - Gibbons Whitlock Micks: (l to r) Podium finishers Peter Gibbons (3rd), Dave Whitlock (1st) and Kerry Micks.

CREDIT: G. MacPherson / Inside Track Motorsport News

CASCAR NOTEBOOK: Dave Whitlock's win was the second of the season for his Whitlock Motorsports team. Teammate Mark Dilley won at Peterborough Speedway on June 12-- Whitlock's last win took place Sept. 20, 2003 at Peterborough... Dave Whitlock finished seventh in the Canada Day Shootout in 2003-- Prior to today's win, his last Cayuga victory came in August of 2001 when he took the lead from Don Thomson Jr. on the last lap of the race.

CASCAR SUPER SERIES POINT STANDINGS AFTER 5 EVENTS (UNOFFICIAL): 1. #1 Peter Gibbons (804 points); 2. #39 Dave Whitlock (779); 3. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (759); 4. #02 Kerry Micks (730); 5. #23 Jeff Lapcevich (703); 6. #64 Mark Dilley (688); 7. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (674); 8. #19 Brad Graham (670); 9. #22 Scott Steckly (646); 10. #50 Pete Shepherd (624); 11. #10 Doug Brown (614); 12. #55 Rob Graham (609); 13. #17 DJ Kennington (603); 14. #25 Jeff Lapcevich (598); 15. #88 Dave Jacombs (574); 16. #86 Kenny Forth (556).

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Doug Brown , Jeff Lapcevich , Pete Shepherd