LONDON, ON - Former Castrol Super Series champion Kerry Micks survived an attrition-filled Mopar Parts 250 to win Sunday's season opener at Delaware Speedway. The Ford pilot came to the 5/8-mile oval without a sponsor, in hopes of making a ...
LONDON, ON - Former Castrol Super Series champion Kerry Micks survived an attrition-filled Mopar Parts 250 to win Sunday's season opener at Delaware Speedway. The Ford pilot came to the 5/8-mile oval without a sponsor, in hopes of making a statement. And that he did. Micks, who hails from Mt. Albert, ON, took the lead for good on lap 169 of the 250 lap chase and never looked back.
Finishing second to Micks was another past Castrol Super Series champion, Ron Beauchamp Jr. The Windsor, ON resident was leading the Mopar 250 two years ago when he was involved in a heavy crash with a lapped car. Since that time, the Mopar Intrepid racer has struggled to find a winning setup for the ovals. Beauchamp was relieved and overjoyed, after the race, content that he's back on track and in contention for the Castrol Cup.
Polesitter Dave Whitlock led the first 75 laps of the race in his Motorcraft Quality Parts Ford Taurus. The Petrolia, ON resident - who has three Castrol Super Series championships to his credit - recovered from a lengthy pit stop late in the race but ran out of time in his hunt for the leaders. He came home third.
The race was tough on equipment - as well as championship hopes - for many of the top contenders. Two-time and defending Castrol Cup champion Peter Gibbons ran into electrical system problems before the green flag flew and was unable to start the race. Don Thomson suffered a broken right-front suspension after contact with two other racers and finished 20th in the field of 38 starters. Finally, Al Turner, who won both of last year's Castrol Super Series races at Delaware Speedway, got out of line and climbed the back wall coming off turn 2, braking the Blue Streak Intrepid's Panhard bar in the process, dropping him to 18th at the finish. The next round of the Castrol Super Series is next Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway.