Whitlock wins spirited CASCAR battle at Peterborough Speedway PETERBOROUGH, ON - Dave Whitlock won his third CASCAR Super Series race of the 2003 season, on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway. The Unitec/NMT Intrepid driver took the lead...
Whitlock wins spirited CASCAR battle at Peterborough Speedway
PETERBOROUGH, ON - Dave Whitlock won his third CASCAR Super Series race of the 2003 season, on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway. The Unitec/NMT Intrepid driver took the lead with just four laps to go in the 'National Fast Freight delivers the Leland 200' at the 1/3-mile Peterborough-area oval and came home almost two-thirds of a second ahead of runner-up Jim Lapcevich. Peter Gibbons completed the podium finishers in the next-to-last race of the season.
Super Series veteran Mark Dilley started on the pole and led the first 121 laps, at which point he pitted along with several other front-runners. Kerry Micks, who won this season's other CASCAR race at Peterborough, in early June, opted to stay out and assumed the lead on lap 122. And in spite of losing power steering unit on his UFCW Taurus, with 75 laps to go, Micks appeared set to make another trip to Peterborough Speedway's victory lane.
But it wasn't to be. In the closing laps, Micks led a single-file train of cars, driven by Whitlock, Jim Lapcevich, Peter Gibbons and Don Thomson Jr. Several of these competitors made contact with each other as they furiously jockeyed to improve their positions. With nine laps to go, Gibbons tapped Lapcevich and moved to third. And a few laps later, Whitlock got into the back of Micks' car in turn 1, getting the leader sideways and opening the door for Whitlock to nab the top spot.
Unfortunately for Micks, the contact with Whitlock wasn't the end of it, and by the time he was done being bounced backward, he found himself in sixth-place. Jim Lapcevich went from fourth to second in the final laps, while Gibbons survived for third.
The championship chase remained virtually unchanged following the 'Nat'l Fast Freight delivers the Leland 200'. Title contenders Thomson Jr., Micks and DJ Kennington finished fifth through seventh, respectively. Thomson will enter the final race of the season - next weekend at Cayuga Speedway - with an unofficial 55-point lead over Micks as the Home Hardware Chevy driver attempts to collect his third consecutive CASCAR National championship, and his fifth major CASCAR title in the past five summers. Kennington's Snap-On / Castrol Intrepid is third in the standings, 72 markers back of Thomson.
UNOFFICIAL CASCAR SUPER SERIES POINT STANDINGS, AFTER 10 OF 12 EVENTS: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1792 points), 2. #02 Kerry Micks (1737), 3. #37 DJ Kennington (1720), 4. #64 Mark Dilley (1692), 5. #1 Peter Gibbons (1672), 6. #33 Neil Fair (1654), 7. #22 Scott Steckly (1608), 8. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (1582), 9. #19 Brad Graham (1573), 10. #25 Jim Lapcevich (1538).
CASCAR NOTEBOOK: The Great Canadian 300 from Delaware Speedway will be broadcast Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. on SPORTSNET. Check your local listings for subsequent airings in your region... The 12th and final round of the CASCAR Super Series takes place next Sunday, August 28, at Cayuga Speedway... Mark Dilley earned the pole for the Leland 200 at Peterborough Speedway when he lapped the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 14.252 seconds, during time trials. The effort translated into a lap speed of 84.115 mph.