Tuesday May 23, 2000: Newmarket's Derrick Tiemersma and the ...
Tuesday May 23, 2000: Newmarket's Derrick Tiemersma and the #67 Tiemersma Motorsports Pontiac team did not start the CASCAR Castrol Super Series 2000 tour the way he would have liked after breaking a valve spring in the motor fifty-three laps into the 250-lap event. After taking a provisional starting position and lining up thirty second on the grid for Sunday's Mopar 250 at Delaware Speedway just west of London, Tiemersma was steadily moving up through the pack when bad luck got them.
The practice and time trials sessions on Saturday were strong for Tiemersma as he was consistently in the top fifteen. The back luck started on the first lap of the heat when he drifted high in turn two and rubbed the wall. The car then rode the wall on two wheels for several hundred feet before safely landing on all four wheels. Although Tiemersma was unhurt the car sustained damage that required working into the late hours of the night.
A disappointed Tiemersma said after the Mopar 250 on Sunday "We know we can run in the top ten but without sponsorship we have to be so careful because if we wreck the car or the motor we know we could be done for the year. We usually run well at Cayuga so I am looking forward to going there in two weeks."
Tiemersma finished the 1999 campaign in 11th place in the Eastern points just four points out of the top ten and was the 1998 Gates Rookie of the Year where he completed an amazing 98.7% of all laps entered.
The next event on the schedule for the #67 Tiemersma Motorsports team is the Parade and Pit Stop Competition being held in downtown Hamilton on Saturday June 3rd then off to Cayuga Speedway for the Ford Quality Care 250 on Sunday June 4th.