EAST: East: Pete Vanderwyst New Brunswick report

ST. THOMAS, ON - The CASCAR Castrol Super Series East held its fifth race of the season, at New Brunswick Int'l Speedway, on Sunday afternoon. The tight, 1/3-mile oval is set just outside of Fredericton, NB and once again drew a large crowd of...

ST. THOMAS, ON - The CASCAR Castrol Super Series East held its fifth race of the season, at New Brunswick Int'l Speedway, on Sunday afternoon. The tight, 1/3-mile oval is set just outside of Fredericton, NB and once again drew a large crowd of fans to the series' lone Maritime visit of the season. Pete Vanderwyst was quick in the early going in his Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but a broken clutch near the one-quarter mark of the 200 lap event ended his day early. In the final tally, the St. Thomas, ON racer finished 19th. "We had a little problem in tech before going to the grid - the car was too low - which put us to the back of the pack for the start," said Vanderwyst, after the race. "After we took the green flag, we just started moving and picking our way forward. Some guys had some bad luck and we were having good luck and made a lot of progress on a track that is very tough to pass on." Indeed, the NBIS circuit is traditionally one of the facilities where track position is critical. It's rare for a driver to make up a lot of positions under green. But the #77 Loctite Chevy was on a tear in the young laps and climbed to eighth place before slowing and heading to the pits, where Vanderwyst and crew were to discover that the clutch was through for the afternoon. "About a quarter of the way into the race, we spit the clutch out of the car and it ended our day. Tough luck. There's no padding on the disk and all of the asbestos is gone. That makes it hard to swallow because we had a really good car and were coming forward in a hurry. I could go on the outside where not many others were running." According to Vanderwyst, the Maritime oval can be a frustrating place to race. "It was a rough race - especially at the beginning. Everybody was beating and banging and you feel boxed in. There's a guy to your right and he's coming down on you, but you can't let off because there's another one right on your bumper and he's going to nail you. It's a physical track." If there was any consolation for the disappointing result, it was the eastern hospitality that was in evidence once again for the Super Series' fourth annual visit.

"We all love coming down to New Brunswick because the people are so nice and the fans are great but this track takes a heavy toll on these cars."

Coming Up: The busy CASCAR Castrol Super Series East schedule continues this Sunday afternoon, in Quebec, at Autodrome Chicoutimi. It will be the first ever Super Series visit to the 1/3-mile, banked oval, which is located two hours north of Quebec City. Vanderwyst - who was second in the Eastern points in '99 - heads to Quebec in 11th place in the current standings.

Race Report: Barrie, ON racer Al Turner picked up his third Super Series feature victory of the season, on Sunday afternoon, at New Brunswick Int'l Speedway. Turner started second behind defending National champion Peter Gibbons and hounded him until making the race's only pass - for the lead - on lap 161. From there, Turner stretched out his lead on Gibbons, who held off last year's top Eastern rookie, Scott Steckly, at the finish. Following five events, defending Super Series East champion Don Thomson Jr. leads the point standings by 13 points over National champ Peter Gibbons.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Pete Vanderwyst , Al Turner , Scott Steckly