Delaware race report

Gibbons wins MOPAR 250 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway LONDON, ON Two-time CASCAR Super Series champion Peter Gibbons started the season on a winning note, Saturday night, with a victory at a familiar place. Gibbons has a long ...

Gibbons wins MOPAR 250 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, ON Two-time CASCAR Super Series champion Peter Gibbons started the season on a winning note, Saturday night, with a victory at a familiar place. Gibbons has a long history of success at Delaware Speedway and added to his impressive record at the half-mile London-area oval when he took the checkered flag in the MOPAR 250; the first of 12 events on the 2004 Super Series schedule.

Gibbons has won Delaware's fall race on four occasions, but had yet to win the track's spring race, prior to this one. The Stouffville, ON racer started fifth in the field of 36 and grabbed the lead in his Canadian Tire Chevy with 20 laps to go when he drove around race leader Steve Robblee, who was experiencing ignition trouble on his Grogan Ford. Robblee would eventually fall to 15th.

Second place in the MOPAR 250 went to Tim Hortons Chevy driver Jeff Lapcevich. He started 36th because another driver qualified his car for the race, during time trials last Saturday, while Lapcevich was taking part in a road race in Quebec, forcing him to the back. Lapcevich, the winner of both CASCAR Indy events last summer (Toronto and Vancouver) patiently worked his way through the entire field en route to his best-ever CASCAR oval finish.

Veteran racer Scott Steckly claimed the final podium position with a steady run from eighth. In just his second outing in his new oval car, the ERB Pontiac driver has finished on the podium in both. MOPAR Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. survived a late-race battle with three-time National champ Dave Whitlock to take fourth. Polesitter Don Thomson Jr. suffered a flat tire while leading at lap 40 and battled back from a two lap deficit to finish sixth in the MOPAR 250. Thomson's ability to rebound from potentially devastating setbacks has been a hallmark of each of the National titles he's collected in the past three seasons.

J.R. Fitzpatrick was the top finishing rookie. The Latta Crane Chevy driver climbed two positions, from 13th, to come home 11th in his inaugural CASCAR Super Series outing. The race was slowed 13 times for a total of 90 laps.

The second CASCAR Super Series race of the season will take place on Sunday, June 6 at Cayuga Speedway. The Power Water 200 is part of a two-day racing card at the 5/8-mile Hamilton, ON area oval, which will also feature the June 5 (Saturday) season opener for the CARQUEST Series.

Race stats:

CASCAR Super Series
Round 1 - Delaware
250 Laps
1/2-mile, high-banked oval

TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 26 minutes and 16 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.333 seconds
CAUTIONS: 13 for a total of 90 laps.

LAP LEADERS: #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1-41), #17 DJ Kennington (42-59), #39 Dave Whitlock (60-140), #77 Pete Vanderwyst (141-163), #28 Steve Robblee (164-229) and #1 Peter Gibbons (230-250).

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Pete Vanderwyst , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , J.R. Fitzpatrick