Delaware II: Qualifying report

Dilley leads the all-Whitlock Motorsports front row in qualifying for the Great Canadian 300 LONDON, ON - Just one day after winning the $10,000-to-win 'CASCAR Challenge' at Delaware Speedway, Mark Dilley's dream weekend continued on Saturday ...

Dilley leads the all-Whitlock Motorsports front row in qualifying for the Great Canadian 300

LONDON, ON - Just one day after winning the $10,000-to-win 'CASCAR Challenge' at Delaware Speedway, Mark Dilley's dream weekend continued on Saturday night when he captured the pole for Sunday's Great Canadian 300 at the London, ON-area half-mile oval.

Dilley will start alongside of his teammate Dave Whitlock as part of an all-Whitlock Motorsports front row. Dilley's MOPAR-powered NTN Intrepid circled the Delaware oval in just 19.600 seconds, for a lap speed of 91.837 mph. That compared to 19.613 seconds / 91.776 mph for Whitlock's 'Dare to Dream' Intrepid.

A total of 31 cars participated in time trials for Race #10 of 12 on this year's Super Series schedule. Don Thomson Jr. posted the third-quickest time in qualifying and will start on the inside of the second row. His nearest championship points rivals, Kerry Micks and DJ Kennington, will start fourth and sixth, respectively. The spectator gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning at Delaware, and the feature race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2 p.m.

On Friday evening at Delaware Speedway, CASCAR veteran Mark Dilley won the inaugural 'CASCAR Challenge' non-points event. The victory was worth $10,000 cash to the Barrie, ON resident, who powered away from the field in the late-going, to handily defeat Dave Jacombs and Peter Gibbons. In all, almost $30,000 was up for grabs in the CASCAR Challenge, which featured 20 of CASCAR's top competitors.

Last year's Great Canadian 300 winner, Steve Robblee, lost control of his car while battling for the lead of the CASCAR Challenge. The Dorchester, ON racer rode the entire length of the front-straight on two wheels before coming to rest with a bang in turn 1. The damage to Robblee's Super Series Taurus was too extensive to be repaired prior to Saturday night's qualifying session, which means that the popular veteran won't be able to defend his victory in the Great Canadian 300.

As of lap 80 of Saturday night's CARQUEST 150 CARQUEST Sportsman Series race at Delaware Speedway, Robblee was running in seventh position after starting at the back of the 37-car field. Robblee was involved in a heavy crash during time trials for the event. Robblee is the Sportsman Series points leader and is trying to capture a fourth consecutive CARQUEST Series crown. Richard Beauchamp, Robblee's nearest points rival, lost 15 laps in the pits in the early going of the CARQUEST 150 and sits 34th at lap 80.

EVENT SCHEDULE GREAT CANADIAN RACE WEEKEND DELAWARE SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2003
11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
11:15 12:15 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
1:00 p.m. Winged Wheels Demonstration
1:30 p.m. Introductions
2:00 p.m. START: THE GREAT CANADIAN 300

CASCAR NOTEBOOK: The Couche-Tard 200 from Autodrome Old Milwaukee / St-Eustache will air at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1 on SPORTSNET. Check your local listings for subsequent airings in your region.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr.