Thomson wins the 'Berms R Us presents the Clarington 200' CASCAR Super Series race at Mosport Int'l Raceway OSHAWA, ON - Four-time and reigning CASCAR Super Series National champion Don Thomson Jr. took a big step toward his 'drive for five'...
Thomson wins the 'Berms R Us presents the Clarington 200' CASCAR Super Series race at Mosport Int'l Raceway
OSHAWA, ON - Four-time and reigning CASCAR Super Series National champion Don Thomson Jr. took a big step toward his 'drive for five' with a win in the Berms R Us presents the Clarington 200 on Sunday afternoon at Mosport International Raceway.
The Home Hardware Chevy driver started on the outside of the front row and led the entire second half of the 51-lap chase around the 10-turn Mosport road course. Thomson pitted while leading on lap 16 and recovered several positions as the rest of the racers eventually made their stops.
The Hamilton, ON driver last won at the legendary Mosport road course in 1991; his rookie year in CASCAR racing. With the victory, Thomson moved past Ron Beauchamp Jr. to take the Super Series points lead following three events.
"This year, our early pit stop strategy worked," beamed Thomson, in victory lane. "We thought that if we came in early, we would be in front by the time everyone else made their stops because it's really tough coming back through traffic."
CASCAR's formerly undisputed 'king of the road courses', Jeff Lapcevich, finished second at Mosport. The Fastline / Tim Hortons / EMCEA Transport Chevy driver could run with Thomson in the final half of the event, but couldn't mount an effective challenge for the lead.
Lapcevich's runner-up result ended a lengthy string of CASCAR road course victories for the Caistor Centre, ON racer, dating back to 2003.
The final podium position went to sophomore Super Series racer J.R. Fitzpatrick; one of Thomson's two teammates in the Fitzpatrick Motorsports stable. The young driver kept his cool in the late going, while running fifth, and moved into his first Super Series podium spot when Peter Gibbons and Kerry Micks (PowerWater Ford), who were battling for third-place with just two laps remaining, went off together in turn 8. The incident opened the door for young Fitzpatrick's best-ever Super Series result.
Gibbons was able to recover for a fourth-place finish in his Canadian Tire Chevy. He posted the fastest lap of the race (1:27.216), on lap 42, to earn a cash award from Goodyear Belts & Hoses.
Next across the line was Jim Lapcevich (Fastline / EMCEA Transport / Tim Hortons Chevrolet), in front of Mark Dilley (PowerWater / Exide / Mobil 1 Dodge Charger), Ron Beauchamp Jr. (MOPAR / Exide / Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) and Brad Graham (Challenger / Logel's Dodge), who finished eighth.
The next CASCAR Super Series race takes place in two weeks (July 1-3) at Barrie Speedway. The newly-reconfigured track will host several racing events during the Canada Day Weekend, leading up to the Dodge Charger 300 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario, on Sunday, July 3.