Hamilton, ON: Dave Jacombs in the ...
Hamilton, ON: Dave Jacombs in the #88 Speedy Auto Service/Dynomax Performance Exhaust Taurus finished 8th which was good enough to return them to fifth in the Castrol Super Series point standings. The Great Canadian 300, the final event on the CASCAR tour in 2001 took place before another packed house at Delaware Speedway on Sunday.
Forty-two cars took to the track for time trials early on Friday evening and when the session was done Jacombs had the fifteenth quickest time. They lined up seventh on the grid later on Friday evening for their 100 lap qualifying event. The Speedy Taurus ran as high as fifth but a late race incident in front of Jacombs cost him two spots and he crossed the finish line in the same position that that he started - seventh.
The Speedy Taurus driver started the Great Canadian 300 on Sunday afternoon from the fourteenth position and Jacombs knew that he had to take care of the car to be around at the end. Tires were again a problem for them as they experienced two flats over the duration of the race. On lap 90 after pitting for a right rear tire Jacombs came back onto the track and lined up at the rear of the field. Coming to the green flag another competitor got into the side of Jacombs and while the Speedy/Dynomax Taurus didn't look the best the damage proved to be just cosmetic. After chasing down the leaders on lap 173 Jacombs took the Speedy Taurus to the front where he led until lap 190 when the caution flew again and Jacombs ducked into the pits for another tire stop. The #88 Taurus restarted in seventh place and was set to make it to the finish of the 300 lap event. Running in fifth with only about fifty laps remaining, another tire started to go flat. By the time a caution came out and they could get to the pits for a replacement Jacombs had lost a lap to the front runners and he was scored as the eighth place finisher. A happy Jacombs said after the race, "We are just really happy to get back into fifth in the point standings. Our trip west was costly points wise as we dropped back to sixth after Vancouver. We were really happy with the car today. My crew worked very hard again and it paid off. The Speedy/Dynomax Taurus started out lose but we made an adjustment on our first pit stop and it was great after that. Flat tires just cost us positions at the end."
Podium finishers 1. #1 Peter Gibbons 2. #17 D.J. Kennington 3. #22 Scott Steckly