Ford of Canada Weekend Report July 20, 1999

CASCAR makes impressive Toronto Indy debut TORONTO, ON - Several Ford CASCAR teams helped to make history this past weekend by participating in the Miller Lite 100 at the Molson Indy Toronto. The Saturday afternoon race on the temporary street...

CASCAR makes impressive Toronto Indy debut

TORONTO, ON - Several Ford CASCAR teams helped to make history this past weekend by participating in the Miller Lite 100 at the Molson Indy Toronto. The Saturday afternoon race on the temporary street circuit on the grounds of Exhibition Place was the first time that Canada's top stock car series has taken part in a motorsports extravaganza of such magnitude. The reaction by most who witnessed the race was extremely positive. As a group, the CASCAR drivers put on an excellent show, which featured close, clean racing throughout the entire 34 lap event. A total of four Ford Taurus pilots ended up in the top 13 finishers in Toronto, including: Jim Lapcevich (sixth), Dave Jacombs (eighth), Kelly Williams (12th) and Kevin Dowler (13th). Three-time and defending CASCAR National champion Dave Whitlock was running in the top 10 when he got tied up in an incident with another car as he was trying to make a pass with a few laps remaining. He would eventually finish 19th. CASCAR West driver Kevin Dowler is a former road racing regular and posted the third fastest lap during qualifying, in his Ford Quality Care Taurus. A flat tire early in Saturday's feature event dashed his hopes of winning in Toronto, but he enjoyed the experience, nonetheless. "We got a flat tire, right off the start. It was really sad," said Dowler, who flew to British Columbia immediately following the race to compete in a CASCAR Super Series West race in Quesnel, BC. "We never even considered a flat tire. We picked up a little stone or something early in the race and I thought we went out with too low a tire pressure, but then we found out that that wasn't it. It's too bad because the Ford Quality Care Taurus was decent. I don't know if we would have been in the top three, but we would have been in the top five for sure." Regardless of how his own day went, Dowler was pleased with the experience of being part of the Toronto Molson Indy. "I was really happy for CASCAR as a whole because the event went off without a hitch. There was a bit of banging, but that's racing. And I think the fans really enjoyed it. It was fun."

Out West: Barely able to catch his breath following the CASCAR debut at the Molson Indy Toronto, Kevin Dowler found himself strapped into the seat of his #35 Ford Quality Care 'oval car' Taurus on Sunday afternoon for the Gold Pan / United Concrete 150 at Quesnel, BC's Gold Pan Speedway. The race was the fourth Western points race of the CASCAR season and saw Dowler line up on the pole for the 150 lap event. The Edmonton, AB native led for the first 74 laps, but was passed by eventual race winner Steve Jefferson of Prince George, BC. Dowler would eventually finish sixth and is currently fourth in the western points chase. Fellow Edmontonian Fred DelPero was eighth at Quesnel, in his Trader Publications Taurus.

Race Notes: Oakville, ON racer Robin Buck nabbed his first CASCAR checkered flag in the Miller Lite 100 at the Toronto Molson Indy. Buck is an accomplished road racer, but had his hands full throughout the race as he was chased by stock car regulars Al Turner and Billy Rowse, who finished second and third, respectively.... In the Western series event at Gold Pan Speedway on Sunday afternoon, Steve Jefferson took his first checkered flag of the season, ahead of Carl Harr and Don Sales.

Coming up: This weekend, the CASCAR Super Series returns to Cayuga Speedway in Nelles Corners, ON for the Ford Quality Care 250 on Sunday afternoon. The event is the eighth race of the Eastern season and will be the culmination of a weekend of racing activity in the Hamilton, ON area. Starting on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Hamilton's City Hall, a parade will wind its way through the streets of the downtown core (Main and King streets) before concluding at the Centre Mall. Many of the CASCAR stock cars that will compete at Cayuga Speedway on Saturday and Sunday will be on display there throughout the afternoon. From 3:00 to 6:30 on Friday, fans in attendance at Centre Mall will have a chance to try their hands at changing a tire on the Ford Quality Care Taurus of three-time CASCAR National champion Dave Whitlock. Then, at 7:00 p.m., the 'pros' will take centre stage as many of the top pit crews in CASCAR will compete for cash in a pit stop competition at the Centre Mall. "We're excited about the Ford Quality Care 250 and all of the activities that are taking place in the days leading up to the event," said Ford of Canada's Craig Chisamore. "The parade route has been expanded from last year and with the top three teams competing for $1000, $750 and $500, respectively, in the CASCAR Pit Stop Competition, it should be quite a display."... The CASCAR Castrol Super Series West will also be in action this weekend, with a Saturday night event at PGARA Speedway in Prince George, BC.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Kevin Dowler , Dave Whitlock , Robin Buck , Al Turner , Jim Lapcevich , Carl Harr , Steve J
Teams Williams