WHITLOCK FIFTH IN ATLANTIC DODGE DEALERS 300 IN NOVA SCOTIA ANTIGONISH, NS: For the second race in a row, Dave Whitlock driver of the No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger Cats/NMT Dodge Charger came from a start deep in the field to capture a top...
WHITLOCK FIFTH IN ATLANTIC DODGE DEALERS 300 IN NOVA SCOTIA
ANTIGONISH, NS: For the second race in a row, Dave Whitlock driver of the No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger Cats/NMT Dodge Charger came from a start deep in the field to capture a top five finish. Like at Barrie Speedway a week ago, Whitlock qualified seventeenth and while finishing second at Barrie, he finished fifth at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon. Rain and wind forced NASCAR to cancel Saturday's late day activities including the 300 lap Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 until Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, the teams did get in their two hour practice session and Whitlock and his team continued to make changes to the No. 39 entry and when the session ended they were shown tenth quickest on the board. A team discussion resulted in some additional changes that proved to significantly help the car in the 300 lap event.
Riverside Speedway has been a stop many teams were anticipating and it proved to live up to their expectations. The high banked 3/8th mile facility is a credit to the sport in Canada. From the pits to the grandstands everything was in top notch order for fans and racers alike.
After scrambling to change airline flights and accommodations, the teams arrived at the track Sunday for qualifying and the main event. Peter Gibbons in the No. 1 Canadian Tire Chevrolet would grab his first pole position of the year while Whitlock and his Dickies Dodge Charger would line up on the inside of row nine for the start.
The green flag waved at 3:15 for the much anticipated Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 and after a couple of early race cautions a long green flag session ensued. When the caution fell again at lap 203, Whitlock headed to pit road for much needed tires and fuel. During the long green flag run all but four cars were lapped by leader Gibbons. Whitlock lined up in fifth, one lap down to the leaders on the re-start but another caution at lap 243 gave them the beneficiary award moving them back to the lead lap and Whitlock was able to hold on for a fifth place finish. "First off I want to thank everyone at Riverside Speedway for a great event and terrific Eastern hospitality. The track and facilities are amazing here," stated Whitlock after the race. "We had a decent car but not quite the right gear and that hurt us over the final 100 laps. I want to thank my team for all their hard work and congratulate my teammate Mark Dilley on his win here."
The Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 will be broadcast on TSN, Saturday Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The final event in the twelve race schedule will be held this Sunday Sept. 23rd at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough. The first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion will be crowned this day. It is a two team race with Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion in first place with a 41 point lead over second place D. J. Kennington who pilots the No. 17 Castrol Dodge.
Dave Whitlock currently sits in tenth place in the championship standings with this one race remaining.