PETERBOROUGH, ON - All three of CASCAR's major touring divisions will be in action this weekend. On Saturday evening (June 7), the CASCAR Super Series will hold its second event of the season 'the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' at Peterborough ...
PETERBOROUGH, ON - All three of CASCAR's major touring divisions will be in action this weekend. On Saturday evening (June 7), the CASCAR Super Series will hold its second event of the season 'the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' at Peterborough Speedway.
Due to the tight, fast racing that is always part of the equation at the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval, Super Series races at Peterborough are among the favourites of many CASCAR fans. Most of the drivers enjoy racing there, too, because it reminds them of the style of 'short track' action where most of them cut their teeth in the sport. The track does, however, have a reputation for exacting a heavy toll on equipment.
DJ Kennington is the defending winner of the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200', at Peterborough. The #37 Snap On Tools / Castrol Intrepid driver earned a degree of 'Peterborough payback' in 2002 after having the victory slip away - due to a misstep in traffic - in 2001. The St. Thomas, ON resident's win in last year's 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' was his lone Super Series feature checkered flag of the season, during which he earned his second-consecutive runner-up result in the championship chase.
Another driver to watch on Saturday night will be Peterborough resident - and Super Series rookie - Bryan Cathcart, driver of the #71 National Fast Freight Intrepid. Although in just his first full season in CASCAR, Cathcart is a veteran in terms of stock car racing experience at Peterborough Speedway and has probably turned more laps there than any other driver in Saturday's starting field.
The 40-year-old actually finished 24th in last year's 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' in one of the two Super Series races he participated in last season. This year, however, Cathcart is looking for more. In 2002, rain washed away qualifying and the starting field was lined up based on the point standings following the season opener at Delaware, which meant Cathcart had to start his first race from the rear.
There are several keys to success when it comes to CASCAR racing at Peterborough Speedway. Patience is a major virtue for those hoping to have a quick and intact car at their disposal for the end of the race. It also helps to guarantee that there will still be rubber left on the tires for the final push. And protecting the brakes from as much abuse as possible is another concern of every driver.
While track position is an important part of doing well at Peterborough, those who succeed in the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' will have to negotiate their way through the incredibly thick traffic that seems to surround the entire track for most of the race; especially during extended 'green flag' runs.
Heading into the second Super Series race of the season, reigning champion Don Thomson Jr. sits atop the point standings, following the Delaware opener. Not known for bringing home top finishes in the first few races of the season, the Home Hardware Chevy driver is looking to change that trend and remind everyone that he's very serious about capturing his third-consecutive Super Series National title. After one event, it appears he's well on his way.
In other CASCAR action, on Friday evening, Delaware Speedway will host the first round of the CARQUEST Sportsman Series. The 100 lap race at the half-mile London, ON area oval will see veteran driver Steve Robblee commence his quest for a fourth consecutive CARQUEST points championship.
And out west, Round #2 of the EMCO Western Series - the AutoClearing Chrysler Super Store 150 - takes place on Saturday (June 7) night at Bridge City Speedway in Saskatoon, SK.
EMCO Taurus driver Kevin Dowler enters the event in search of his second victory of the season, after winning the season opener in British Columbia on May 24. Several 'Sportsman' drivers from Saskatoon's thriving CASCAR community have also registered to compete in the race. One of them, Chris Shirley, surprised the fans and competitors when he won this event in 2002.