Tuesday July 4, 2000: After a day long rain delay the CASCAR Super Series teams finally took to the track at Autodrome Chicoutimi in Northern Quebec for the first time Monday. Dave Jacombs in the ...
Tuesday July 4, 2000: After a day long rain delay the CASCAR Super Series teams finally took to the track at Autodrome Chicoutimi in Northern Quebec for the first time Monday. Dave Jacombs in the #88 Speedy Auto Service/Raybestos Brakes Taurus finished the Autopro 150 in second place after challenging eventual winner #4 Don Thomson in the late stages of the race for his best career CASCAR finish.
Qualifying saw Jacombs and the Speedy Taurus take to the track 24th of the 25 cars in attendance. On the second of two qualifying laps he posted a blistering 16.179 just shy of the fastest time of the day a 16.166 of Don Thomson Jr. In the heat race, Jacombs finish 4th after starting at the rear of the field in ninth. Time trials and heats saw Jacombs pick up thirteen valuable points for the competitive Eastern Super Series.
At 2 p.m. the green flag flew for the start of the Autopro 150 with Jacombs and the #88 Speedy Auto Service/Raybestos Brakes Taurus lined up on the front row for the third time this season. Early in the event Jacombs dropped back to fourth on this one groove race track. Several early caution flags resulted in Jacombs lining up on the outside row for the restarts. As eventual fifth place finisher Peter Gibbons in the #1 Canadian Tire Chevrolet found out running on the outside can be difficult as he went right off the end of the track in turn one during practice and lost a considerable amount of practice time repairing the car. By lap 60 Jacombs had worked his way up to the second spot and on lap eighty-eight, using lapped traffic he passed Don Thomson Jr. in the Home Hardware Chevrolet to take over the lead. This same lapped traffic turned these positions around again when one of them turned Jacombs sideways in turn one and while he did a fantastic job of keeping the car on the track, Thomson was able to take over the point again. While Jacombs posted consistent times with Thomson he was never able to take the lead back again. An elated Jacombs said after the race “We keep posting career bests with this team and I know it is just a matter of time before the first win comes to us. I was disappointed when the lapped car got into us but a second keeps us strongly in third in the Eastern Points and gives us a great foundation for the National.”
The Jacombs Racing/Speedy Auto Service/Raybestos Brakes Taurus team was not the only Whitlock Motorsports prepared car to have a great day. Dave Whitlock in the #98 Quality Care Taurus also finished on the podium in third and Mark Dilley in the #64 NTN Bearings Taurus finished 8th.
The CASCAR Super Series teams are looking forward to a much-needed weekend off so they can prepare their cars for the next event. The Exide 99 Street Fight as part of the Toronto Indy weekend is the next event on the CASCAR Super Series Eastern schedule July 15th. The CASCAR teams will be making history when they take to the streets of Toronto, as Sportsnet will broadcast this event live on Saturday July 15th starting at 3 p.m.