Thomson boosts points lead with win at Peterborough; his second CASCAR victory in as many weeks PETERBOROUGH, ON - After his drought-ending CASCAR Super Series win last week at Mosport, Don Thomson Jr. wasn't about to wait another two...
Thomson boosts points lead with win at Peterborough; his second CASCAR victory in as many weeks
PETERBOROUGH, ON - After his drought-ending CASCAR Super Series win last week at Mosport, Don Thomson Jr. wasn't about to wait another two years before making his next trip to victory lane. The Home Hardware Chevy driver started on the pole in Saturday night's Power Water 200 at Peterborough Speedway and led twice for a total of 125 laps en route to his second win in as many weeks.
Thomson passed race leader Peter Gibbons with 57 laps remaining in the 200-lap affair and cruised through traffic to reach the finish line over two seconds ahead of Gibbons' Canadian Tire Chevy. The third and final podium position went to Power Water Taurus driver Kerry Micks, who came from 11th at the start and battled his way back toward the front after pitting for tires with 80 laps to go.
After the race, Thomson attributed his success to the more aggressive approach he's taken to the last two events, as well as to the team's decision to pit early in the race for two right-side tires. "Like I said after Mosport, we're going for it," said Thomson. "And we were set on our strategy for the race, which was to pit earlier for good tires. I can't say why we didn't win races for the two years before Mosport, but this is a great time to get hot," concluded Thomson, who left Peterborough with a 22-point lead over Gibbons in the Championship chase with a pair of events remaining (1725 to 1703).
Not usually content to settle for second-place, Gibbons noted that he was involved in contact with another car earlier in the race that hurt his car's handling for the rest of the night. Under better weather conditions, the Stouffville, ON racer might have pitted for a late charge, but with a light rain falling at various times during the race, Gibbons was reluctant to forfeit track position by pitting and then having the situation turn disastrous by a race-shortening downpour.
As for Micks, the Mt. Albert, ON racer had the fastest car on track, at times, but his final pit stop didn't improve his car's handling and he advanced to third when Brad Graham's engine expired with seven laps to go. DJ Kennington and Pete Shepherd rounded out the top five finishers in the Power Water 200. Shepherd was the top-finishing rookie racer at Peterborough. Round #11 of the CASCAR Super Series takes place next weekend at Delaware Speedway, near London.
PETERBOROUGH NOTES: During time trials for the Power Water 200, Don Thomson earned his sixth pole of the season (in 10 events) when he lapped the high-banked, 1/3-mile Peterborough oval in a time of 14.261 seconds, which translated into 84.061 mph. The effort earned the Home Hardware Chevy driver the 20th pole of his Super Series career. Thomson became the all-time CASCAR leader in that category earlier this season-- Former CASCAR regular Neil Fair made his second Super Series appearance of the season in Saturday's Power Water 200--
<pre> CASCAR SUPER SERIES POINTS AS OF AUG. 28, 2004: 1. 4 Don Thomson Jr. 1725 2. 1 Peter Gibbons 1703 3. 39 Dave Whitlock 1661 4. 02 Kerry Micks 1610 5. 23 Jeff Lapcevich 1578 6. 64 Mark Dilley 1556 7. 22 Scott Steckly 1506 8. 17 DJ Kennington 1483 9. 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 1464 10. 50 Pete Shepherd III 1417 11. 19 Brad Graham 1408 12. 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick 1384 13. 55 Rob Graham 1337 14. 25 Jim Lapcevich 1328 15. 88 Dave Jacombs 1288