WHITLOCK TENTH IN EDMONTON Edmonton, AB, Monday July 28, 2008: Dave Whitlock driving the No. 39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger moved up twelve positions from twenty second to tenth in the Edmonton NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 100 ...
WHITLOCK TENTH IN EDMONTON
Edmonton, AB, Monday July 28, 2008: Dave Whitlock driving the No. 39 Dickies/NMT/PCRFC Dodge Avenger moved up twelve positions from twenty second to tenth in the Edmonton NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 100 on Saturday.
Whitlock's Dickies Dodge Avenger was tenth quickest after Friday's practice session and they went on to post the thirteenth quickest time in qualifying later in the afternoon. "We made a few changes after practice in the morning and were confident that we would be solid in qualifying but a clutch problem kept us from getting a better lap time," stated Whitlock after qualifying. NASCAR mandates that if you remove a part that is sealed after qualifying you must move to the rear of the starting field for the race. As the transmission is a sealed unit that had to be removed to replace the clutch the Dickies Avenger was forced to the back of the 22 car field. "We have done a lot of research on clutches this year as there have been failures among the teams due to the new transmissions we are using," stated Whitlock. "We thought we had found the right combination but it is back to the drawing board."
Edmonton 2008-1 110-1.jpg While Whitlock was shown in the thirteenth starting position for the Edmonton NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 100, he ultimately dropped back before the drop of the green flag to start twenty second. Three caution periods during the race helped them to continue to move to up and come back to finish tenth. "We knew we brought a good car here as our motors have been performing strong on the road courses," stated Whitlock after the race. "Moving up twelve positions here was a huge feat for this team as on these long road courses the field gets spread out so far that it can be very hard to overtake a car and there are limited passing zones."