Edmonton: Dave Whitlock race notes

WHITLOCK THIRTEENTH IN EDMONTON Edmonton, AB (Sunday July 26, 2009): Dave Whitlock started in sixteenth place in his No. 39 Dickies/NMT/Prostate Cancer/POINTTS Dodge Avenger and finished the Canadian Tire 100 in thirteenth. The Whitlock ...

WHITLOCK THIRTEENTH IN EDMONTON

Edmonton, AB (Sunday July 26, 2009): Dave Whitlock started in sixteenth place in his No. 39 Dickies/NMT/Prostate Cancer/POINTTS Dodge Avenger and finished the Canadian Tire 100 in thirteenth.

The Whitlock Motorsports team were unhappy with their qualifying effort of sixteenth so they had a meeting to discuss what was needed to get the car better for the race on Saturday. The team then headed to the track early on Saturday morning to make some changes for Whitlock before the late morning race.

The 10 turn, 1.973-mile temporary road course is challenging and the cars can get spread out over the duration of the 32 lap race. A mid race caution during the 32 lap, 100 km event helped to close up the field and Whitlock made his moves and was up to 10th when a late race caution resulted in a green, white checkered finish. The cars were all lined up nose to tail and Whitlock got boxed in by several other cars and was shuffled back to 13th. "We were aiming for a top ten finish today and I thought we had it until that last caution came out. On the last lap I was trying to make a pass on the 40 car to move up to ninth, but I got into the hairpin corner too deep, the car slid sideways and I gave up three positions. Obviously, not the result we were looking for, but we completed all the laps, and the car and motor are still in one piece. We can work on it and improve for our next street race at Trois Rivieres." said Whitlock.

The Whitlock Motorsports team now set their sights on the oval track in Saskatoon -- Auto Clearing Speedway where they hope to be a contender here in NASCAR's first visit to this race track on Wednesday July 29th. Prior to that Dave will be in Wadena, Saskatchewan with teammate Mark Dilley on Tuesday for a parade through the streets and other pre race festivities, then on to the Work Authority store in Saskatoon for a show featuring the Dickies Dodge Avenger and driver Whitlock.

-credit: wm

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Series NASCAR Canada
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