CASCAR Castrol Super Series - East Ford Quality Care 300 Weekend Preview July 8, 1998 KOMOKA, ON This weekend, the CASCAR Castrol Super Series East returns to Cayuga Speedway, for the second time this summer, for the Ford Quality Care 300....
CASCAR Castrol Super Series - East Ford Quality Care 300 Weekend Preview July 8, 1998
KOMOKA, ON This weekend, the CASCAR Castrol Super Series East returns to Cayuga Speedway, for the second time this summer, for the Ford Quality Care 300. But before the green flag flies on Sunday afternoon for the 300-lap feature event, a variety of race-related activities will take place in Hamilton, the closest major city to the legendary 5/8-mile Cayuga oval.
Starting with a parade, which commences at noon on Friday, several CASCAR stock cars, drivers, teams and race-related vehicles will be very prominent in Hamilton. The 'Parade for Big Brothers' will wind its way from Hamilton's City Hall to the Centre Mall. Once the parade is finished, at about 2 p.m., the CASCAR cars will go on display at Centre Mall for the rest of the day. But they won't just be sitting there. Up until 7 p.m., race fans will have the chance to experience what it's like to be on a professional stock car crew. In addition to meeting the drivers and teams, fans will be able to participate in the 'Pit Stop Tire Change'. Then, at 7:30, the professional CASCAR Castrol Super Series pit crews will take over and compete in the 'Pit Stop Contest'. Friday's activities are intended to raise money for Big Brothers, in addition to raising the profile of the Ford Quality Care 300, by bringing the action to the streets of Hamilton. Similar activities have long been popular components of the National Super Series events in London and Calgary.
Saturday morning, the CASCAR caravan heads down the road to Cayuga Speedway, in Nelles Corners, for time trials. Almost 50 teams are expected to participate in the timed runs, which will start at 12:45 p.m. and will determine the pole winner and the next 11 starters for Sunday's feature race. Next on the schedule will be the CASCAR qualifying heats, which will be followed by the Final Qualifier and the inclusion of the provisional starters. By late in the afternoon, the entire field will be set for the Ford Quality Care 300.
Sunday's race-day program at Cayuga Speedway will get underway at noon with the pre-race activities, including introductions and the autograph session, which will run until the green flag starts the race at 2:15 p.m. Peter Gibbons, of Stouffville, ON is the defending Eastern series champion and won the first race of the year at Cayuga, on May 31. As the CASCAR Castrol Super Series East begins the second half of its 1998 season, reigning National champion Dave Whitlock is tied with Windsor racer Ron Beauchamp Jr. for the Eastern points lead. Ancaster driver Neil Fair is third.
*** PIT NOTES: Parade Route:
Friday's 'Parade for Big Brothers' starts at Hamilton's City Hall, and goes along Main Street East, to Ottawa and Barton Streets, on its way to the Centre Mall... Saturday's racing card at Cayuga Speedway will also include races for Ford Technicians... In total, there have been nine Super Series events East and West run so far this season. To highlight the competitive nature of both series, only Dodge Avenger driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. has managed to win more than one event. The Windsor native captured a pair of checkered flags, within one day, in the back-to-back Eastern series races held on June 20 and 21 in Quebec...