LONDON, ON - Following a two year absence from the Labour Day Long Weekend race schedule at Delaware Speedway, the CASCAR Super Series will be back in action at the half-mile London-area oval, this weekend, for the Great Canadian Race...
LONDON, ON - Following a two year absence from the Labour Day Long Weekend race schedule at Delaware Speedway, the CASCAR Super Series will be back in action at the half-mile London-area oval, this weekend, for the Great Canadian Race Weekend.
The Labour Day Super Series race at Delaware is one of the oldest traditions in Canadian stock car racing. Boosting the profile of Sunday afternoon's 300 lap feature race will be Friday night's 50-lap 'CASCAR Challenge', as well as Saturday night's CARQUEST 150; the next-to-last event on the 2003 CARQUEST Sportsman Series schedule.
The inaugural 'CASCAR Challenge' is a non-points invitational event that will pay $10,000 to the winner. The 20 eligible competitors have earned their way into the event by either collecting a Super Series pole or win in the time going back to, and including, last year's Great Canadian 300 at Delaware Speedway.
Drivers Neil Fair, Steve Robblee, Don Thomson Jr., Dave Whitlock, Kerry Micks, Peter Gibbons, Robin Buck, Jeff Lapcevich, Mark Dilley, Brad Graham and DJ Kennington earned the first 11 positions based on those criteria, as is past champion Sean Dupuis. The rest of the field will be comprised of the top points contenders, who have not otherwise qualified for the race.
Saturday's schedule at Delaware will include time trials for both the CARQUEST 150, as well as for Sunday's Great Canadian 300. Steve Robblee, the three-time and defending CARQUEST Sportsman Series champ, enters the weekend with a seven-point lead over Quebec's Richard Beauchamp in the third of four mandatory 150-lap races on the Sportsman Series schedule. The CARQUEST 150 is scheduled to start Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.
The main event of the weekend, the Great Canadian 300, will take place Sunday afternoon at Delaware Speedway. The race is the 10th of 12 on this year's Super Series schedule. Winners of this race earn a prominent place in Canadian stock car history. Steve Robblee won the 2002 Great Canadian Race, in what was a rare Super Series appearance for the Dorchester, ON racer. Entering this weekend's action, Don Thomson narrowly leads his prime rivals for the championship Kerry Micks and DJ Kennington. Just 58 points separate these three drivers, all of whom finished on the podium in the series' most recent race, at Mosport Speedway.
EVENT SCHEDULE GREAT CANADIAN RACE WEEKEND DELAWARE SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2003
7:45 p.m. CASCAR Challenge Line-Up Draw
8:00 p.m. Racing begins, including Modifieds & Trucks & CASCAR Challenge
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2003
6:20 p.m. Sportsman Time Trials
7:00 p.m. CASCAR Super Series Time Trials
8:00 p.m. CARQUEST 150 SPORTSMAN SERIES RACE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2003
11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
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.