EAST: St-Eustache race report, results

MONTREAL, QC - Peter Gibbons went from the front, to the back, and returned to the front - with just 20 laps to go - in Sunday afternoon's CASCAR Castrol Super Series East season finale at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. The Canadian Tire ...

MONTREAL, QC - Peter Gibbons went from the front, to the back, and returned to the front - with just 20 laps to go - in Sunday afternoon's CASCAR Castrol Super Series East season finale at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. The Canadian Tire Chevy driver lined up second in the 29-car field for the 200 lap UAP NAPA / Autopro 200 but was involved in an early-race incident with a car that had spun off turn 2, which removed most of the bodywork from Gibbons' vehicle. Although it looked like it was in rough shape, Gibbons' car was one of the fastest cars on the track. And over the final 150 laps, the reigning National champion was able to recover from the lap 50 melee and took the lead for the second and final time on lap 181. It was the second CASCAR victory in as many weekends for Gibbons, who won the National championship race at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park, last Sunday. Finishing second at St-Eustache was defending Eastern series champion, Don Thomson Jr. The Home Hardware Chevrolet driver also had to fight back from an early-race setback, in which he spun while in heavy traffic, on lap 38. Three-time National champion Dave Whitlock completed the podium finishers. The Ford Quality Care Taurus driver sustained heavy front-end damage in the same crash that collected Gibbons, but he was able to soldier on to collect his best finish of the season. Following the race, an unofficial tally of the Super Series East points has Thomson and Gibbons deadlocked atop the standings. CASCAR's tie-breaking formula in the event that two drivers accumulate the same amount of points is to award the championship to the competitor who has the most race wins. So far, Thomson has two Super Series East checkered flags in 2000, compared to Gibbons lone Eastern win, which he captured on Sunday. The final points will be released as soon as possible. $10,000 REWARD: Just hours before the final CASCAR Castrol Super Series East race of the season, driver Dave Jacombs and the Whitlock Motorsports team got a terrible surprise. Jacombs, who came into the Autodrome St-Eustache event in third place in the Eastern standings, learned that his racecar, tow vehicle, hauler and all of its contents were stolen from a parking lot in Laval, QC. Whitlock Motorsports immediately offered a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the recovery of its equipment. The tow vehicle was a black 2000 Ford F350 Supercab dually pickup truck. The race hauler is a 44' trailer with two side doors and is white with #88 Speedy Auto Service lettering. The racecar is a CASCAR Late Model Ford Taurus stock car with Speedy Auto Service identification. The team can be contacted at (519) 845-0579.

CASCAR Castrol Super Series Eastern Championship Results: UAP NAPA - Autopro 200 / August 6, 2000 Round #8 of 8 / Autodrome St-Eustache / Montreal, QC

Fin.    St.     Car#    Driver (Hometown)       Sponsor / Make  Laps
1       2       1       Peter Gibbons (Stouffville, ON) Canadian Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo     200
2       1       4       Don Thomson Jr. (Hamilton, ON)  Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo     200
3       3       98      Dave Whitlock (Petrolia, ON)    Ford Quality Care Service Ford Taurus   200
4       9       02      Kerry Micks (Mt. Albert, ON)    Ford Fast Lane Taurus   200
5       15      76      John Gaunt (Barrie, ON) Blue Streak Hygrade Motor Products Intrepid     200
6       17      22      Scott Steckly (Milverton, ON)   AW Millwrights / Pro-Lift / ERB Int'l Pontiac Grand Prix        200
7       6       99      Brad Jacques (Mt. Brydges, ON)  Exide Batteries of Canada Intrepid      200
8       14      04      Andy Farr (Chesterfield, MI)    DeWalt Intrepid 200
9       16      67      Derrick Tiemersma (Newmarket, ON)       WIX Pontiac Grand Prix  200
10      6       33      Neil Fair (Ancaster, ON)        Skoal Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo        200
11      19      19      Brad Graham (Glencoe, ON) R     Challenger Motor Freight Pontiac Grand  Prix    200
12      26      60      Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Windsor, ON) Mopar Performance Parts / Mr. Sub  Intrepid     200
13      5       64      Mark Dilley (Barrie, ON)        NTN Bearings Ford Taurus        200
14      4       17      D.J. Kennington (St. Thomas, ON)        Castrol Canada / Elgin Chrysler  Dodge  200
15      7       14      John Fitzpatrick (Ayr, ON)      WWF Chevrolet Monte Carlo       199
16      27      8       Martin Lacombe (Terrebonne, QC) R       Lacombe & Freres Demolition  Chevrolet Monte Carlo      199
17      12      51      Al Long (Ottawa, ON)    Union Energy Chevrolet Monte Carlo      199
18      20      27      John Restemeyer (Ottawa, ON) R  Future Shop Chevrolet Monte Carlo       196
19      28      48      Doug Cathcart (Carp, ON)        Cathcart Motorsports Chevrolet Monte  Carlo     194
20      23      66      Robin Buck (Oakville, ON)       UAP / NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix   188
21      24      3       Chris Fowler (Stirling, ON) R   Snap On Tools / General Motors  Chevrolet Monte Carlo   183
22      11      74      Richard Beauchamp (Ormstown, QC)        Ford Dealer Association Taurus  173
23      22      80      Donald Theetge (Boischatel, QC) R       Auto Frank & Michel / Prolab  Chevrolet Monte Carlo     167
24      10      77      Pete Vanderwyst (St. Thomas, ON)        Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo   167
25      18      72      Jacques Laperle (St-Denis, QC)  Lussier Pontiac/Buick Pontiac Grand  Prix       133
26      25      03      Jason McLellan (Mt. Forest, ON) R       Artic Clear / Thistletown / TD  Smith Dodge     118
27      8       26      Claude Leclerc (Lanoraie, QC)   Autopro Chevrolet Monte Carlo   88
28      21      57      Joe Goncalves (Concord, ON)     Sam the Record Man / Tor. Camping Ctr. Chevrolet M.C.   50
29      29      88      Dave Jacombs (Mt. Hope, ON)     Speedy Auto Service Ford Taurus 4

R after the driver's hometown denotes rookie contender MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.553 seconds // TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 30 minutes and 20.169 seconds // CAUTIONS: 10 for a total of 56 laps // LAP LEADERS: #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1-38), #1 Peter Gibbons (39-51), #64 Mark Dilley (52-58), #33 Neil Fair (59), #64 Dilley (60-61), #33 Fair (62-180) and #1 Gibbons (181-200).

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Chris Fowler , John Fitzpatrick , Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , D.J. Kennington , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Neil Fair , Brad Graham , Pete Vanderwyst , Kerry Micks , Robin Buck , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Joe Goncalves , Donald Theetge , John Gaunt