Mosport II: Oval track race report

Thomson wins Mosport Speedway 200 and assumes CASCAR Super Series points lead BOWMANVILLE, ON - Don Thomson Jr. ended a winless streak that dated back to August 18, 2002 when he led all but one lap of Saturday night's Mosport Speedway 200 at the...

Thomson wins Mosport Speedway 200 and assumes CASCAR Super Series points lead

BOWMANVILLE, ON - Don Thomson Jr. ended a winless streak that dated back to August 18, 2002 when he led all but one lap of Saturday night's Mosport Speedway 200 at the half-mile, Bowmanville-area speedway.

The win moved the Home Hardware Chevy driver to the top of the CASCAR Super Series point standings with just three races remaining in his quest for a record fourth National championship. Canadian Tire Chevy driver Peter Gibbons had led the title hunt since winning the first race of the season, at Delaware Speedway, but saw his lead margin evaporate following a ninth-place result at Mosport.

The race started with Thomson on the pole for the fifth time in nine events in 2004. And aside from a single lap led by Gibbons while Thomson was in the pits, Thomson led the entire race. Although Thomson has been very consistent while earning his three Super Series titles in the past three seasons, he was often openly frustrated that he wasn't winning races during that time. His Mosport victory put an end to a two-year drought and removed that monkey from his back.

Second-place went to NTN Dodge driver Mark Dilley, for the second time in as many races. The Barrie, ON racer was runner-up to his teammate Dave Whitlock three weeks ago in Calgary's MOPAR 300. At Mosport on Saturday night, Dilley came home almost a full second back of Thomson. The third and final podium position went to Castrol Dodge driver DJ Kennington, who continues to rebound from a difficult first half of the season.

Whitlock kept himself in the running for a fourth CASCAR Super Series National championship with a fourth-place finish at Mosport. The Avenue / NMT Dodge racer came home ahead of Jeff Lapcevich, who battled back after starting 22nd.

The race was slowed by seven cautions for a total of 41 laps. Rookie drivers J.R. Fitzpatrick and Pete Shepherd III were sixth and seventh, respectively, and continue to challenge each other for the Rookie of the Year honours. Heading to next weekend's race at Peterborough Speedway, Shepherd sits just 24 points ahead of Fitzpatrick in the rookie chase.

<pre> CASCAR SUPER SERIES UNOFFICIAL POINTS AS OF August 21, 2004: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. 1550 2. #1 Peter Gibbons 1539 3. #39 Dave Whitlock 1527 4. #23 Jeff Lapcevich 1463 5. #02 Kerry Micks 1450 6. #64 Mark Dilley 1439 7. #22 Scott Steckly 1365 8. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 1356 9. #17 DJ Kennington 1335 10. #19 Brad Graham 1288 11. #50 Pete Shepherd III 1272 12. #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick 1248 13. #55 Rob Graham 1215 14. #25 Jim Lapcevich 1202 15. #88 Dave Jacombs 1158

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Jim Lapcevich , Jeff Lapcevich , Pete Shepherd , J.R. Fitzpatrick