PETERBOROUGH, ON - Defending CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson took a big step toward another National title on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway when he won the Kawartha Racetrack Slots 200 at the Peterborough, ON area speedway. The ...
PETERBOROUGH, ON - Defending CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson took a big step toward another National title on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway when he won the Kawartha Racetrack Slots 200 at the Peterborough, ON area speedway. The Hamilton, ON resident also won last year's inaugural CASCAR race at Kawartha.
Thomson started on the pole in his Home Hardware Chevrolet and led until almost the halfway point of the race before he was passed by fellow front-row starter Peter Gibbons (Canadian Tire Chevy). Gibbons, Thomson and most of the other front-runners pitted for a new right-side tire following a red flag stoppage at lap 115. The race was halted by a heavy impact, in turn 1, by Thomson's teammate John Fitzpatrick, who emerged shaken but unhurt from the scary looking wreck.
Scott Steckly (ERB / AW Millwrights Pontiac) and Kevin Dowler (Quality Care Taurus) stayed out and moved into the top two positions, but would pay the price later in the 200 lap race, when their older tires wore out.
Steckly led from laps 116 to 157, until he was passed by Gibbons, who won the race off pit road involving those who came in for a new right-side Goodyear tire, on lap 115. With less than 50 laps to go, Gibbons appeared set to make his first trip of the season to victory lane, but a cut tire dashed his hopes for the win. On lap 168, the two-time National champion slowed dramatically because of the flat. Steckly, who was still second at the time, was forced to jump on the brakes to avoid hitting Gibbons, which opened the door for Thomson to charge into the lead.
From there, Steckly would eventually have his own flat tire to contend with, while Dowler held on for sixth. Al Turner (Blue Streak Intrepid) and Ron Beauchamp (Mopar Parts / Mr. Sub Intrepid) were involved in some of the most competitive racing throughout the event, and progressed to take the second and third spots, respectively, at the finish.
The final CASCAR Super Series race weekend takes place at the end of September at Delaware Speedway, near London, ON.
CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: Racing fans will have an opportunity to watch CASCAR's finest compete against six of NASCAR's top racers when SPORTSNET airs the 'Canada Day Shootout, presented by Dodge', starting Tuesday night (Aug. 20). The race, which took place at Cayuga Speedway in front of 15,000 fans, will have its initial airings on SPORTSNET WEST and PACIFIC on Tuesday (Aug. 20) at 3:00 p.m. Viewers who watch SPORTSNET EAST will see it Wednesday (Aug. 21) at 7:00 p.m., while those in ONTARIO can catch the action Wednesday (Aug. 21) at 9:00 p.m. Please check cascar.ca for the times of subsequent airings of this event.
PHOTO: (L to R) Al Turner (3rd), Don Thomson (1st) and Ron Beauchamp (3rd) took the top three spots in Sunday's Kawartha Racetrack Slots 200 at Kawartha Raceway. The event was the next-to-last CASCAR Super Series race of the season.