Peterborough race report

Micks wins the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 CASCAR Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway PETERBOROUGH, ON Kerry Micks moved to within two points of CASCAR Super Series leader Don Thomson Jr. by winning Saturday night's 'Dodge Dealers ...

Micks wins the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 CASCAR Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway

PETERBOROUGH, ON Kerry Micks moved to within two points of CASCAR Super Series leader Don Thomson Jr. by winning Saturday night's 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' at Peterborough Speedway. Micks started on the pole and led 99 laps including the final 39 to capture his first CASCAR feature victory since May of 2001.

The race was primarily a two-driver battle between Micks and Thomson; the pair led all but 20 circuits of the 200-lap chase around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Thomson put his Home Hardware Chevy underneath Micks' UFCW Taurus on lap 80 and was able to stretch out considerable leads on several occasions. But with 50 laps remaining, Micks started to cut into Thomson's advantage. And by lap 160, Micks was all over the defending Super Series champion.

With his handling starting to go away, Thomson was forced to relent, which opened the door for Micks to make the winning pass on lap 162. Although Thomson backed off for several laps in preparation for one final attempt at victory, he was unable to recover the lead and at the finish, came home .752 of a second behind Micks. Thomson's runner-up finish was his second in two events, giving the Ayr, ON racer his best-ever start to a Super Series season and a 329 to 327 edge in the points, over Micks.

Brad Graham's third-place result was the best of his Super Series career, and was especially satisfying following the events of two weeks ago at Delaware Speedway when the Glencoe, ON racer saw a probable second-place finish slip away with just a handful of laps to go.

Intrepid drivers DJ Kennington, Dave Whitlock, Neil Fair and Mark Dilley finished fourth through seventh, respectively. Kennington's result was especially impressive, considering he pitted from fourth place to change tires, 80 laps into the race.

The final 101 laps were run without being interrupted by a caution flag, which is uncharacteristic for Super Series races at Peterborough Speedway. The facility is known as one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. At the end, just six of the 26 who started were still on the lead lap.

RACE NOTES: During qualifying for the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200, Kerry Micks posted the fastest time of the 26 drivers who participated. The UFCW Taurus driver lapped the 1/3-mile oval in just 14.370 seconds, at a speed of 83.424 miles per hour. Mark Dilley was second with a lap of 14.403 seconds, ahead of defending race winner DJ Kennington. Both Dilley and Kennington drive Intrepids.

POINT STANDINGS: Unofficial, following two of twelve events: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (329 points), 2. #02 Kerry Micks (327), 3. #33 Neil Fair (292), 4. #37 DJ Kennington (285), 5. #19 Brad Graham (284), 6. #64 Mark Dilley (282), 7. #14 John Fitzpatrick (271), 8. #25 Jim Lapcevich (258), 9. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (256), 10. #22 Scott Steckly (254)

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers John Fitzpatrick , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Neil Fair , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Jim Lapcevich