DILLEY HAS UP AND DOWN DAY IN NO. 9 DODGE Bowmanville, ON, Sunday June 14, 2009: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge Avenger started in the ninth position and finished tenth in the Dickies 200 at Mosport International...
DILLEY HAS UP AND DOWN DAY IN NO. 9 DODGE
Bowmanville, ON, Sunday June 14, 2009: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge Avenger started in the ninth position and finished tenth in the Dickies 200 at Mosport International Raceway today. This was event number three in the thirteen race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series coast to coast schedule.
Dilley was sixth quickest after the second practice session on Saturday morning and he went on to post the ninth quickest time in time trials later in the afternoon. "We aren't quite where we need to be," stated Dilley after qualifying. "My guys will work on it and get it better for me for the race."
Sunday's Dickies 200 had the No. 9 Dodge driver as far up in the field as second on lap nineteen of the fifty-one lap event. On lap twenty, under green Dilley brought his Dodge Avenger to pit road for four tires and fuel and returned to the track in sixteenth. While other teams were cycling through their stops, Dilley continued to climb toward the front of the pack again when a flat tire forced him back onto pit road. With 20 laps to go and no further cautions, Dilley was unable to catch the lead pack and was scored down one lap in tenth position at the checkered flag. "The guys worked on the car and got it where it needed to be," stated Dilley. "We ran with Ronnie Beauchamp all day and he finished fifth, but a flat tire got us behind and we just couldn't make it back up."
Andrew Ranger started on the pole and won the event with a six second margin over second place sophomore driver Anthony Simone. J. R. Fitzpatrick came from the back to finish third after Jim Lapcevich practiced and qualified the car for him while he raced in the NASCAR Truck race last night in Michigan.
Dilley and his team will now have a three week hiatus before returning to Autodrome St. Eustache on Saturday July 11,th.
Practice had Dilley's No. 9 Dodge/Leland Dodge Avenger at the top of the charts all day so it was not surprising when he qualified the No. 9 on the front row for the start of the Delaware 200 presented by Belfor Restoration Services. "The car is a rocket," stated Dilley. "It is probably one of the best cars I have ever driven," stated the animated driver.
When the green dropped for the start of the race, Dilley quickly took his Dodge to the front of the pack. After several laps running point, Dilley would surrender the lead to D. J. Kennington who has a lot of experience on this his home track. While running with the lead pack around midpoint of the race, another car used Dilley's car to slow down in the corner resulting in a spin for the No. 9 Dodge driver. By the time he was able to re-fire the engine he had lost a lap to the leaders. Dilley knew he still had a good car and that a couple of cautions could get them back on the lead lap. A few laps later the transmission failed and Dilley had only first and second gear probably a result of the hit and spin a few laps earlier. "I can't tell you how disappointed I am tonight," stated Dilley. "We had such a great car and I was just taking it real easy on the tires waiting for our chance to move up."