Gibbons overcomes last-row starting position to win his fifth Great Canadian 300 at Delaware Speedway LONDON, ON - In last year's edition of the Great Canadian 300, Peter Gibbons came from 16th at the start to take the win. The Canadian...
Gibbons overcomes last-row starting position to win his fifth Great Canadian 300 at Delaware Speedway
LONDON, ON - In last year's edition of the Great Canadian 300, Peter Gibbons came from 16th at the start to take the win. The Canadian Tire Chevy driver topped that impressive feat on Sunday afternoon at Delaware Speedway when he started 34th in the 300-lap APC-CANUSA Great Canadian 300 and battled his way forward to win this prestigious CASCAR Super Series race for the fifth time in his career.
Gibbons was relegated to the back row, by a ride-height infraction, following Saturday's time-trial qualifying session. Undeterred by the setback, the Stouffville, ON racer fought his way through the pack on Sunday and passed Don Thomson Jr. on lap 256 en route to the win in front of over 10,000 fans.
"We were disappointed with the infraction, but we're here to race," said Gibbons, in victory lane. "We're a high-strung team. We paced ourselves so we'd have something left at the end, and here we are in the winner's circle. We had a real good car and we made good adjustments on it for the end. I knew what we needed to do to win the show."
Second-place went to Avenue Motor Works / NMT Dodge driver Dave Whitlock, who started on the outside of the front row and led the first 74 laps of the race. The Wyoming, ON racer came home just over a second behind Gibbons.
The final podium spot - for the second year in a row in this race - went to Thomson Jr., who was involved in an incident with Whitlock on lap 1 that saw him spin to the infield grass before joining Gibbons at the back of the field. Thomson had started on the pole for the fourth race in a row and for the seventh time in 11 outings, this season, but saw that advantage evaporate just seconds into the race.
Determined to make up the lost ground, he and Gibbons carved their way forward with a vengeance. Thomson's recovery was complete when he took the lead on lap 136 and led for 70 laps. He led again late in the race, but couldn't hold off Gibbons.
DJ Kennington finished fourth in the Great Canadian 300, overcoming intense heat in the cockpit of his Castrol Dodge. Another Dodge driver, Ron Beauchamp Jr., was fifth. The MOPAR racer was involved in a mid-race traffic jam that left his hood buckled, but his crew was able to make adjustments that made Beauchamp's ride competitive at the end.
Heading into the final CASCAR Super Series race of the season, in two weeks at Kawartha Speedway, Thomson holds a slim, 17-point lead over Gibbons. Thomson has been the victor on both occasions that CASCAR has appeared at Kawartha, although Gibbons had one of those races all but won, before a cut tire robbed him of the win.