Sunday June 18, 2000: Newmarketâ€™s Derrick Tiemersma in the ...
Sunday June 18, 2000: Newmarket’s Derrick Tiemersma in the #67 Thornhill Lawn Equipment/Toro/Lawn Boy Pontiac Grand Prix got taken out early in the Exide 200. A disappointing finish of thirty-fourth was the result after lining up 16th on the staring grid.
While practice times were not as good as Tiemersma had hoped they would be, he went on to time trial a respectable 16th fastest out of the 38 participants in attendance. This lined the #67 Pontiac up second on the starting grid for the heat race. Tiemersma followed the #28 Steve Robblee entry for a few laps before passing him and taking over the lead about the midpoint of the race. In the end he was unable to hold off a hard charging Scott Steckly and had to settle for a second place finish.
The strategy going into the Exide 200 for the Tiemersma team was to save the tires and try to stay out of trouble early and be in a position to challenge for a good finish at the end. Unfortunately for the #67 team a part time participant on the tour got over aggressive thirty four laps into the two hundred lap event and hit the Tiemersma car several times before spinning him around and causing a major crash at the entrance to pit road. Not only was Tiemersma done for the day but so also was the #76 Al Turner/Blue Streak Intrepid who was in third place in the points going into the event. A frustrated Tiemersma said after the race “I do not know what this guy was doing. You can’t get aggressive like that forty laps in and expect to finish the race. I wasn’t the only one he hit and put out by that point he had already caused another incident. It’s disappointing as we added Thornhill Lawn Equipment as a sponsor for this race and we really wanted to do well for them. I think we had a real shot at a top six today and we would have liked to have been there at the end for them.”
The next event on the schedule for the #67 Tiemersma Motorsports entry will be the Exide 99, Toronto – CASCAR at the Indy, July 15th. This event is being televised live on CTV Sportsnet at 3:00 p.m.