Race City: Race report

Whitlock wins the MOPAR Parts 300; Thomson re-takes the Super Series points lead CALGARY, AB - Dave Whitlock won his record-tying third MOPAR Parts 300 on Sunday afternoon at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park. The Avenue West ACDelco / NMT ...

Whitlock wins the MOPAR Parts 300; Thomson re-takes the Super Series points lead

CALGARY, AB - Dave Whitlock won his record-tying third MOPAR Parts 300 on Sunday afternoon at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park. The Avenue West ACDelco / NMT driver started eighth in the field of 28 who competed in the 300-lap affair at the high-banked, half-mile oval and patiently managed his car and tires throughout the race.

Set to record a podium finish, Whitlock was the beneficiary of his teammate's misfortune, with just 13 laps to go. Whitlock Motorsports driver Mark Dilley (NTN Intrepid) held a commanding five-second lead as the race wound down, but got caught up in an incident with a lapped car, and spun from first place. As a result of Dilley's bad luck, Whitlock assumed the lead and went on to win his third MOPAR Parts 300, by .566 seconds over the other three-time Calgary National event race winner Peter Gibbons (Canadian Tire Chevy). DJ Kennington (Snap On / Castrol Intrepid) finished third in the weekend finale, and joined fellow MOPAR-powered driver Whitlock on the post-race podium.

Over 6,200 fans were on hand on Sunday afternoon at Race City, bringing to over 12,000 the three-day total for the MOPAR Parts 500 Race Weekend.

"You put yourself in contention to win, and sometimes unfortunate things happen [to others]," said Whitlock, who also won the season opening MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway Park, in May. "We were up there at the end and capitalized on my teammate's [Dilley's] bad luck."

Two-time and defending Super Series champion Don Thomson recovered the points lead during the weekend, based on his fourth-place finish in the MOPAR 300 and his second-place result in his 100-lap qualifying sprint race, on Friday night. UFCW Taurus driver Kerry Micks entered the weekend as the points leader, but now finds himself three points back of the Home Hardware Chevy driver, in second place, as the series heads to Vancouver.

CASCAR SUPER SERIES POINTS UNOFFICIAL AS OF JULY 20, 2003 TOP 10 FOLLOWING 6 of 12 RACES: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1021 pts.); 2. #02 Kerry Micks (1018); 3. #37 DJ Kennington (977); 4. #1 Peter Gibbons (976); 5. #22 Scott Steckly (970); 6. #33 Neil Fair (962); 7. #64 Mark Dilley (947); 8. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (940); 9. #19 Brad Graham (922); 10. #14 John Fitzpatrick (915)

NEXT UP: The CASCAR Super Series will continue its western Canadian swing next weekend at the Molson Indy Vancouver. CASCAR will be making its third consecutive appearance at the event on the temporary street circuit in downtown Vancouver. Robin Buck won the race in 2002, while Al Turner emerged victorious in the inaugural CASCAR race at the Indy, in 2001. Turner will be making his second Super Series appearance of the season, in Vancouver.

TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 05 minutes and 5.335 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .566 seconds
CAUTIONS: 6 for a total of 38 laps
LAP LEADERS: #1 Peter Gibbons (1-124), #64 Mark Dilley (125-140), John Fitzpatrick (141), #23 Jeff Lapcevich (142), #64 Dilley (143-157), DJ Kennington (158-197), #64 Dilley (198-287), #39 Dave Whitlock (288-300).

-www.cascar.sympatico.ca

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers John Fitzpatrick , Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Neil Fair , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Robin Buck , Al Turner , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Jeff Lapcevich