WHITLOCK FIRST DNF OF THE YEAR Wyoming, ON, Monday Sept. 11, 2006: Dave Whitlock driving the ...
WHITLOCK FIRST DNF OF THE YEAR
Wyoming, ON, Monday Sept. 11, 2006: Dave Whitlock driving the #39 NTN-Bower/Griddly Headz/Nitrex Metal Technologies Dodge Charger wound up completing only 157 laps of the St. Eustache 200 on Saturday night due to an engine failure. "This is our first dnf of the season," stated a disappointed Whitlock after the race. "We had completed every lap in the first ten events this year and hoped to finish up the year by completing them all."
Whitlock practiced in the top five all day and when time trials were complete he was fifth quickest overall. The #39 Dodge Charger driver was reasonably satisfied with the car and would line up for the 200 lap main event in fifth, with the #02 of Kerry Micks taking the pole position.
Upon the drop of the green flag, Whitlock quickly moved up into third. On lap forty, Whitlock accidentally bumped second place runner Don Thomson Jr. When he slowed up to let him get straightened out, which is the accepted procedure with most CASCAR drivers, Ron Beauchamp Jr and D. J. Kennington scooped him up the inside. The car was getting loser by the lap and when the caution came out on lap eighty-four the team took advantage of the opportunity and pitted for tires and fuel. Whitlock lined up for the restart in eleventh. He climbed back up to as high as sixth but on lap 157 with the #19 of Brad Graham dropping front suspension parts on the track in front of him, the #39 Dodge Charge lost the motor. "We are very disappointed tonight, but we will come back strong at Kawartha and see where the cards fall in the championship hunt." said Whitlock. "On a positive note though, for the second race in a row it was an all Dodge podium which bodes well for them winning the Manufacturers Cup."
The final event of the season will take place this Sunday September 17th at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough. Dave Whitlock posted a strong second place finish to D. J. Kennington in 2005 and looks forward to another solid finish here in 2006. The schedule is Time Trials at 1:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Session at 2:15 p.m. and the Dodge Charger 250 presented by The Dodge Dealers of Ontario set to start at 3:30 p.m.
J.R. Fitzpatrick takes a hefty fifty-one point lead into the final event over second place Kerry Micks, third place Don Thomson Jr is back sixty-nine points with Dave Whitlock in fourth back seventy markers.