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).