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Whitlock breaks Delaware jinx with a win in the MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway LONDON, ON - Three-time CASCAR Super Series National champion Dave Whitlock ended years of frustration at Delaware Speedway when he won the MOPAR 300, on Sunday ...

Whitlock breaks Delaware jinx with a win in the MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, ON - Three-time CASCAR Super Series National champion Dave Whitlock ended years of frustration at Delaware Speedway when he won the MOPAR 300, on Sunday afternoon. Racing in front of a crowd of over 10,000 at the half-mile, London area oval, Whitlock took the lead with a lap 288 pass on reigning Super Series champion and race polesitter Don Thomson.

Once out front, Whitlock - who started 11th in the 32-car field - extended his lead over Thomson and finished 2.5 seconds ahead of the Home Hardware Chevy driver. Following the win - which was Whitlock's first Super Series feature victory at Delaware in 11 years of trying - the Wyoming, ON racer said, "I'm happy to finally get this Delaware monkey off my back. Actually, it was more like a gorilla."

Whitlock's win was also significant because it came in his first outing behind the wheel of his APC /Artcal Intrepid, after years of driving Ford vehicles. Whitlock is still searching for a primary sponsor and hopes that his win in the season opening CASCAR Super Series race will help him in his quest for backing.

Finishing third at Delaware was veteran racer Neil Fair, in his Skoal Inc. / Mac's Intrepid. Fair came from 16th at the start.

The race was slowed eight times for a total of 44 laps. Red flags brought the race to a halt, on two occasions. One involved CASCAR's winningest driver, Steve Robblee. The Remax Ford Taurus racer lost his brakes on the way into the first turn on lap 155 and slammed the outside wall, at speed, which sent his car tumbling down the banking. Fortunately, the Dorchester, ON racer was unhurt.

The other stoppage was for a scary fire inside the car of Hamilton, ON racer Nik Lapcevich. The driver's compartment of his Chevy was fully engulfed for several seconds before he was able to come to a stop and exit his charred racecar, with minor burns.

The next CASCAR Super Series race is June 7 at Peterborough Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Nik Lapcevich , Dave Whitlock , Neil Fair