Subject: CASCAR - Edmonton Wrap-up Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:24:12 -0400 CASCAR Castrol Super Series - National Championship Edmonton, AB - Bumper to Bumper Motorsport Classic 300km August 4, 1998 KOMOKA, ON For the past few seasons, some of...
Subject: CASCAR - Edmonton Wrap-up Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:24:12 -0400
CASCAR Castrol Super Series - National Championship Edmonton, AB - Bumper to Bumper Motorsport Classic 300km August 4, 1998
KOMOKA, ON For the past few seasons, some of the top drivers in the western division of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series have appeared to be on a par with their eastern competitors. On several occasions, western racers looked ready to break through to victory lane in a National championship event, but none made it. That all changed on Sunday afternoon at Edmonton's City Centre Airport when Kevin Dowler took the checkered flag in the Bumper to Bumper Motorsport Classic 300km road course event in front of his hometown crowd.
The Ford Quality Care Service Taurus driver ran a steady race and took advantage of the misfortune of Oakville, ON's Robin Buck, who got caught up with a backmarker while leading, just five laps from the end of the 110-lap event on the 2.75-km, 11-turn circuit.
As Buck struggled to get going after the spin with Prince George, BC's Steve Jefferson, Dowler charged to the front and never looked back. With an 11-plus second lead at the finish, the capacity crowd cheered wildly as their hero took the first-ever win by a western competitor in a CASCAR Castrol Super Series National event. Buck recovered to hold on to second place. It was the first podium result for the UAP/NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix driver, who took the disappointment of not winning in stride. Pete Vanderwyst drove a steady pace throughout to take third place in his Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The St. Thomas, ON driver was elated with the result of his first-ever road racing outing.
Following the first two National Series events of the season, the Western and Eastern divisions will take a week off before their next regional series races, on August 15 and 16, respectively. After that, it's back into National mode as Round Three is scheduled for Aug. 28-30, on the road course at Ontario's Mosport Park. Peter Gibbons of Stouffville, ON leads the National point standings after two events of the four-race series. The Canadian Tire Chevrolet driver had a difficult race on Sunday, however, and finished 24th in the field of 31 racers. That result, combined with top runs by many of Gibbons' closest pursuers, considerably tightened the National championship chase as the series heads to Ontario for its final two events.
Point Standings CASCAR Castrol Super Series National Point Standings, after two rounds, as of August 2, 1998: 1. Peter Gibbons (Stouffville, ON /622 pts.) 2. Dave Whitlock (Petrolia, ON / 598) 3. Dan Shirley (Saskatoon, SK / 596) 4. Kerry Micks (Mt. Albert, AB / 574) 5. Sean Dupuis (Windsor, ON / 558) 6. Pete Vanderwyst (St. Thomas, ON / 556) 7. Kevin Dowler (Edmonton, AB / 554) 8. Billy Rowse Jr.(Corunna, ON / 550) 9. Robin Buck (Oakville, ON / 544) 10. Don Thomson Jr. (Hamilton, ON / 538) 11. Neil Fair (Ancaster, ON / 536) 12. DJ Kennington (St. Thomas, ON / 532) 13. Dan Shirtliff (Huntsville, ON / 532) 14. Carl Harr (St. Albert, AB / 528) 15. Jim Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON / 518) 16. John Gaunt (Barrie, ON / 512) 17. Rob Neely (Milton, ON / 512) 18. Al Turner (Barrie, ON / 496) 19. Dave Jacombs (Mt. Hope, ON / 496) 20. Kelly Williams (Inglewood, ON / 490) 21. Alex Nagy (Brantford, ON / 490)
*** PIT NOTES: DJ Kennington sat on the pole for the Bumper to Bumper 300km. The St. Thomas, ON driver had an oil leak, early on, which caused a fire under the hood and filled his car with smoke for 35 laps before clearing. The Castrol Dodge driver recovered from the setback for a solid sixth-place finish. Kennington and Peter Gibbons each won one of the 20-lap qualifying heat races...