DILLEY QUALIFIES SIXTH IN MONTREAL Dilley's Race Ends Early with Broken Drive Shaft MONTREAL, QC, Sunday Aug. 29, 2010: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Exide/PartSource Dodge qualified sixth for the Auto Pro 100 on Sunday at Montreal's Circuit...
DILLEY QUALIFIES SIXTH IN MONTREAL
Dilley's Race Ends Early with Broken Drive Shaft
MONTREAL, QC, Sunday Aug. 29, 2010: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Exide/PartSource Dodge qualified sixth for the Auto Pro 100 on Sunday at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A broken drive shaft would result in a 31st place finish and a disappointing day for Dilley who sported new colours for this event. Exide Batteries were the title sponsor on the No. 9 Dodge for this weekend's activities.
In practice Dilley was thirteenth fastest and the car "wasn't a good as it could be" commented Dilley, so the No. 9 team headed to the garage to make changes before qualifying.
The changes clearly made a difference to the Exide Dodge as Dilley pulled off sixth place in qualifying which is his best qualifying effort on a road course. The No. 9 driver travelled the 2.079 mile road course in a time of 1:46.686 with an average speed of 91.4 mph and would have started the race on the outside of row three. Just prior to the green flag waving, NASCAR deemed the No. 9 team to have made an "unapproved change" to the car so they were moved to the rear of the rear of the thirty four car starting field.
At the drop of the green flag Dilley wasted no time in trying to make up positions and had passed eight cars on the first lap and by lap five Dilley had moved up to nineteenth. However, on lap eleven the drive shaft broke on the No.9 Exide Dodge and the day would end early for Dilley. At the conclusion of the race Dilley was scored in thirty first.
"The Exide/PartSource car was great today, but we got penalized and had to start from the back," Dilley commented after the race. "The car was definitely fast and we were making are way to the front when the drive shaft broke" he added.