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Don Thomson Jr. wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 250 CASCAR Super Series opener LONDON, ON Three-time and defending CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson Jr. signaled his intention to collect a fourth National title on Saturday evening at ...

Don Thomson Jr. wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 250 CASCAR Super Series opener

LONDON, ON Three-time and defending CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson Jr. signaled his intention to collect a fourth National title on Saturday evening at Delaware Speedway. The Home Hardware Chevy driver was the fastest of 38 drivers who participated in time trials for the season-opening MOPAR 250 at the half-mile London-area oval.

Thomson circled the track in 19.682 seconds for a speed of 91.454 mph. Defending race winner Dave Whitlock held the provisional pole for a while, but was knocked to the outside of the front row by Thomson. Whitlock's Avenue / NMT Dodge lapped the Delaware oval in 19.740 secs. (91.185 mph).

Thomson's pole effort was all the more impressive considering Saturday was the first time he's had his new 'oval' car on track. With only 20 laps of practice, Thomson and his team thrashed to settle on a competitive setup.

"When we got here, we struggled big," said Thomson of his brief practice outings. "We made so many adjustments, it wasn't funny-- so many I couldn't tell you."

Perennial Super Series front-runner DJ Kennington will start third on Sunday in his Castrol Dodge, alongside the top starting rookie in the field, Rob Graham of Bothwell, ON.

CUTLINE: Don Thomson earned the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 250 at Delaware Speedway. CREDIT: G. MacPherson / Inside Track Motorsport News.

CASCAR NOTEBOOK: Ontario Pro Challenge Series racer Dennis Thomson the brother of three-time champ Don Thomson Jr. qualified the #23 Tim Horton's Chevy on behalf of regular driver Jeff Lapcevich, who is competing in a road course race in Quebec-- Super Series rookie Rob Graham posted the quickest time during practice for the MOPAR Parts 250. The former CARQUEST Series driver will start fourth in Sunday's feature race--Super Series rookie J.R. Fitzpatrick is the son of veteran racer John Fitzpatrick. They have a bet riding on the outcome of the MOPAR 250. The one who finishes better than the other in Sunday's feature race will have the second Fitzpatrick Motorsports ride for the entire Super Series season. The 'loser' will participate in only select events. The youngster qualified 14th fastest for the MOPAR 250, while his John will line up 25th--

SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2004
11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
11:15 noon 12:15 p.m. Autograph Session
12:35 p.m. Parade Lap
1:30 p.m. Welcomes: Delaware Management, CASCAR Management, MOPAR Representatives, Driver Introductions, Invocation, National Anthems
2:00 p.m. START: MOPAR 250 (250 LAPS)

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers John Fitzpatrick , Dave Whitlock , Don Thomson Jr. , J.R. Fitzpatrick