WHITLOCK SEVENTH IN FINAL CASCAR EVENT Monday September 18, 2006, Peterborough, ON: Dave Whitlock driver of the ...
WHITLOCK SEVENTH IN FINAL CASCAR EVENT
Monday September 18, 2006, Peterborough, ON: Dave Whitlock driver of the #39 NTN-Bower/Griddly Headz/Nitrex Metal Technologies Dodge Charger finished seventh in what was to be CASCAR's (Canadian Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) last sanctioned event. In exciting news last Tuesday, NASCAR and Canadian Tire announced that they will partner in a new series in 2007 which will be named the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Qualifying had D. J. Kennington driver of the #17 Castrol Dodge taking the pole position, with Whitlock posting the 6th quickest time overall and team mate Mark Dilley starting 3rd. Early on in the Dodge Dealers of Ontario Dodge Charger 250 presented by Mopar, Whitlock would run as high as third until they pitted on lap one hundred. "We thought we were good to go," stated Whitlock. "We got the caution when we needed it and we pitted for tires, fuel and an adjustment and my team made a fantastic stop and got us out first, so we hoped we would be good to go until the end." Another pit stop on lap one-seventy-one for another right rear tire and adjustment didn't pan out and the #39 Dodge Charger driver held on during the final seventy five laps to take seventh. "The NTN/Griddly Headz Charger started off just a bit loose," said Whitlock after the race. "When we made our pit stop we made some adjustments to tighten it up but we went a bit to far, came in an adjusted again but over the final hundred laps it was a handful. On a positive note though I have to thank my team, as they got me out of the pits first on both of our pit stops - awesome job by all of them."
Teammate Mark Dilley in the Dodge sponsored Charger, took his first checkered flag of the season giving Mopar two of the three podium finishers again this week. In light of the great efforts by all the Mopar teams, they have for the second year in a row won the Manufacturers Cup. Congratulations to Mopar and everyone involved in making this another stellar year for Dodge & Mopar.
Going into this event, Whitlock was in 4th in CASCAR National points hoping to catch the 2005 National Champion Don Thomson Jr. to capture the third place position but it was not to be and Whitlock unofficially finishes fourth one point ahead of teammate Mark Dilley who finished fifth. Congratulations also to Fitzpatrick Motorsports as youngster J. R. Fitzpatrick won his first championship here in CASCAR but it is sure to be just one of many more championships along the way for him. With capturing this championship J. R. was able to knock five time Champion and teammate Don Thomson Jr. off the throne into second place. Third place in the standings went to the #02 of Kerry Micks.
The Hot Head Henry powered by Griddly Headz from Cayuga Speedway will be re-broadcast on Sportsnet - East Thursday Sept. 21st @ 2:00 p.m., Ontario Tuesday Sept. 19th @ 2:00 p.m or Friday Sept. 22nd @ 2:00 p.m., West Monday Sept. 18th @ 2:00 p.m. and Pacific Wednesday Sept. 20th @1:00 p.m.
Next up for Whitlock Motorsports is the Racing With James Turner Charity Golf Tournament, this Tuesday Sept. 19th at National Pines just outside of Barrie. This is the 7th year for this event that has raised almost $200,000.00 for several charities including Rick Hansen Man in Motion, Canadian Diabetes Association, Leukemia Foundation and this year some of the funds will go to a CASCAR family member, granddaughter of Ron Beauchamp Sr. - Emily Beauchamp who is two years old and suffers from Spina Bifida. A number of CASCAR race cars including teammates Dilley & Whitlock's race cars will be on display on the golf course and a great day is always had by all who attend.
Whitlock Motorsports would like to take this opportunity to thank all their sponsors, supporters and fans for this great 2006 season and we look forward to great things in 2007 in the new NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. We would also like to thank Tony & Linda Novotny for bringing us the CASCAR Super Series and giving us the opportunity to move forward next year into the new series with NASCAR.