Peterborough III: Championship Showdown report

Micks wins Super Series finale at Kawartha as Thomson earns fourth-straight National title PETERBOROUGH, ON - The 2004 CASCAR Super Series season came to a close on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway. Don Thomson Jr. started on the pole for...

Micks wins Super Series finale at Kawartha as Thomson earns fourth-straight National title

PETERBOROUGH, ON - The 2004 CASCAR Super Series season came to a close on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway. Don Thomson Jr. started on the pole for the fifth race in a row, and for the eighth time in 12 events this season. The Home Hardware Chevy driver led twice during the berms-r-us.com 250 and came home third behind race winner Kerry Micks and runner-up Jim Lapcevich to earn his fourth consecutive CASCAR Super Series National championship.

Adding Thomson's two Eastern Championships that immediately preceded his string of National titles, the Hamilton, ON racer has put together an incredible string of six major CASCAR championships in as many years.

Peter Gibbons, Thomson's main rival for the Super Series crown coming into the event, started second but was involved in a pair of incidents with another racer that left his Canadian Tire Chevy difficult to handle. In the end, the Stouffville, ON racer finished 15th in the 250-lap race and 52-points back of Thomson in the championship chase.

"Everyone on this team works so hard and us winning this championship is just an indication of what a great car John Fitzpatrick gives me to race with each weekend and how hard guys like our crew chief Sandy Hamilton and everyone on the Fitzpatrick Motorsports team works to make this happen," said Thomson, after becoming the only four-time National champion. "This is probably the happiest day of my life. It feels very special to do something that no one else has done."

Micks was equally enthused about winning his first CASCAR feature race in over a year. The Power Water Ford driver started seventh in the field of 35 and blasted around Thomson to take the lead with just five laps to go. The Mt. Albert, ON racer had tested at Kawartha prior to Sunday's race and set his car up to handle on the outside grove. His strategy worked perfectly as he was able to drive around the front-runners, on his way to the lead.

"We came here to test and we made sure the car was going to work well in the high line," said Micks. "You save tires when the car is working well out there and you're able to make a lot of passes there. It paid off."

Pete Shepherd III came out on top in the Rookie of the Year chase, over his friend and rival J.R. Fitzpatrick. Shepherd and Fitzpatrick developed significantly as racers over the course of the season and were the prime players in the best CASCAR rookie chase in many years. The two (Shepherd and Fitzpatrick) finished ninth and 11th, respectively, at Kawartha, and were separated by just 26-points in the final rookie points chase.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers John Fitzpatrick , Peter Gibbons , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Pete Shepherd , J.R. Fitzpatrick