LONDON, ON - Saturday's 'National Fast Freight delivers the EXIDE Batteries 250' at Mosport Speedway produced the third different winner in as many events this season as former Castrol Super Series champion Mark Dilley picked up his first CASCAR...
LONDON, ON - Saturday's 'National Fast Freight delivers the EXIDE Batteries 250' at Mosport Speedway produced the third different winner in as many events this season as former Castrol Super Series champion Mark Dilley picked up his first CASCAR feature win since the Regina, Saskatchewan event in 1993.
The veteran racer used everything he had in his bag of tricks to hold off the Castrol Syntec Intrepid of St. Thomas, ON racer DJ Kennington in the caution-filled closing laps of the event held on the half-mile Mosport oval. "When there's five [laps] to go, you gotta do whatever you can," said Dilley, driver of the NTN Taurus, after the race. "I really wasn't trying to brake-check that much."
Racers have good memories and the fact that Kennington had a quicker car - yet opted not to get too physical in his attempts to grab the top position from Dilley - wasn't lost on either competitor. Immediately after the race, Kennington emerged from his car and poked his head inside of Dilley's cockpit. "You owe me one... I was there," said the runner-up, who wanted to make sure Dilley knew that the #17 Castrol Intrepid could have forced the issue, possibly endangering both drivers' good finishes. For his part, Dilley recognized that Kennington had raced him cleanly and appreciated the good deed.
"Without a guy like DJ running behind you, you'd be a little worried about it," said Dilley of his closest rival. "But he ran me hard and that's why he's the great racer he is."
The 'National Fast Freight delivers the EXIDE Batteries 250' was slowed 13 times for a total of 57 laps, with many of the caution periods occurring late in the 125-mile chase. While the slowdowns gave Kennington several opportunities to challenge Dilley for the lead, they also robbed third-place finisher Al Turner of the momentum he needed to mount a charge.
"We just couldn't get any long runs," said the driver of the Blue Streak Intrepid, who won Round #2 at Peterborough Speedway. "What killed me was all the restarts. I got my tires all dirty with junk and I just couldn't get them clean. I didn't realize it was so dirty. When we got running there again with about 19 to go, I couldn't believe it. I thought I had four flat tires."
Turning to the points chase, Race #1 winner Kerry Micks' seventh-place finish was good enough for him to hold onto his lead in the hunt for the Castrol Cup. The Mt. Albert, ON racer (456 points) sits just 22 markers ahead of Turner. Dave Jacombs and Dilley are tied for third with 424. Castrol Super Series veteran Kelly Williams is third (412 pts.) after three rounds.
POINT STANDINGS (After Round #3 of 12): 1. #02 Kerry Micks (Ford / 456 points); 2. #76 Al Turner (Intrepid / 434); 3. #88 Dave Jacombs (Ford / 424); 3. #64 Mark Dilley (Ford / 424); 5. #31 Kelly Williams (Pontiac / 412); 6. #22 Scott Steckly (Chevrolet / 408); 7. #4 Don Thomson Jr (Chevrolet / 402); 8. #35 Kevin Dowler (Ford / 398); 9. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Intrepid / 385); 10. #9 Robbie Thompson (Intrepid / 381); 11. #33 Neil Fair (Chevrolet / 377); 12. #04 Andy Farr (Intrepid / 374); 13. #99 Pete Vanderwyst (Pontiac / 368); 14. #8 Teri MacDonald-Cadieux (Chevrolet / 356); 15. #19 Brad Graham (Chevrolet / 354); 16. #14 John Fitzpatrick (Chevrolet / 348); 17. #80 Donald Theetge (Chevrolet / 344); 18. #17 DJ Kennington (Intrepid / 330); 19. #3 Chris Fowler (Chevrolet / 324); 20. #00 Bill Innes (Ford / 312); 21. #56 Scott Fletcher (Chevrolet / 304); 22. #57 Joe Goncalves (Chevrolet / 300); 23. #36 Rod Sauder (Intrepid / 298); 24. #1 Peter Gibbons (Chevrolet / 255); 25. #97 Rob Neely (Intrepid / 244); 25. #25 Jim Lapcevich (Chevrolet / 244); 27. #94 Mark Graham (Chevrolet / 236); 28. #98 David Whitlock (Ford / 221); 29. #29 Kevin Trevellin (Ford / 220); 30. #20 Scott Lindsay (Chevrolet / 218)
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