Dowler last to first to win in Toronto

Toronto, Ont. (July 7, 2002) - Edmonton, Alberta native Kevin Dowler started at the back of a 37-car grid and moved his Ford up all the way to the front to capture the CASCAR Super Series race at the Molson Indy in Toronto on Sunday. Dowler was...

Toronto, Ont. (July 7, 2002) - Edmonton, Alberta native Kevin Dowler started at the back of a 37-car grid and moved his Ford up all the way to the front to capture the CASCAR Super Series race at the Molson Indy in Toronto on Sunday.

Dowler was relegated to the back of the grid as a scratch because he started his backup car. He passed the Chevrolet of Joe Goncalves to take second place on the third-to-last lap and the Pontiac of Robin Buck on the penultimate lap and held on for the win.

With worn tires, Buck eventually finished third after sideswiping the wall on the final lap in a battle with Goncalves, who finished second with his first CASCAR podium finish in 38 races.

"I knew that I had to get a good bite off the corners because Robin and Joe were braking incredibly well," recalls Dowler. "The CASCAR drivers from Canada are so underrated for their abilities. Everyone that I reached today, it didn't matter if it was the front two guys or the guys back in 24th or 25th , they gave us courtesy and they gave us space to pass. They didn't cut you down."

Don Thompson Jr., who sat atop the CASCAR point standings going into the race, finished in fourth place.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Robin Buck , Joe Goncalves