Dowler wins soggy NAPA 250 at Mosport. OSHAWA, ON - The CASCAR Super Series held its first ever race in wet conditions, on Sunday afternoon, at Mosport Int'l Raceway. The 'NAPA presents the Clarington 250' was initially scheduled for 64 laps ...
Dowler wins soggy NAPA 250 at Mosport.
OSHAWA, ON - The CASCAR Super Series held its first ever race in wet conditions, on Sunday afternoon, at Mosport Int'l Raceway. The 'NAPA presents the Clarington 250' was initially scheduled for 64 laps around the 10-turn road course, but rain throughout the afternoon cut that distance in half.
Kevin Dowler of Edmonton, AB was one of a handful of racers who ducked into the pits on lap 18 to put on grooved 'rain' tires, while many others soldiered on using traditional 'slick' tires. The strategy of those who decided not to stop appeared to be the way to go, until the rain intensified following a lengthy stoppage at lap 27. Back under green flag conditions, Dowler and the others quickly carved through the pack ahead of them and by lap 29, leaders Peter Gibbons and Jeff Lapcevich could no longer stay on the track.
Lapcevich slid into a gravel trap, while Gibbons crashed hard into the wall on the front-straight, just as Dowler was passing him at the end of lap 29. At the finish, Dowler led defending Super Series champion Don Thomson, and Dave Jacombs, across the line, as they were shown the yellow and checkered flags, to end the race after 32 laps. All three drivers had stopped for 'rain' tires earlier in the event.
The next CASCAR Super Series race is next Saturday at the Mosport Speedway oval, located just to the west of the road course. Mark Dilley is the defending winner of that event.
CASCAR NOTES: The first CASCAR Super Series race broadcast of the season will take place Monday night (June 17) on Sportsnet. The Mopar Parts 250 from Delaware Speedway was the first race of the season. In the East, Ontario and West markets, the race airs at 9:00 p.m. Pacific fans can catch it at 7:00 p.m.