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CASCAR returns to Quebec for the Whelen 200 Super Series race at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache LONDON, ON -- Following a one-year hiatus, the CASCAR Super Series is set to return to Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. This Saturday night ...

CASCAR returns to Quebec for the Whelen 200 Super Series race at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache

LONDON, ON -- Following a one-year hiatus, the CASCAR Super Series is set to return to Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. This Saturday night (June 4), the Montreal-area oval will play host to the Whelen 200.

Heading into the 200-lap feature race, Ron Beauchamp Jr. leads the points chase on the strength of his victory in the season-opening MOPAR 250 at Delaware Speedway, on Victoria Day. The MOPAR Parts / Exide Dodge Charger driver has history on his side as he heads to the flat, 4/10th-mile Montreal track in search of his second-consecutive Super Series checkered flag.

Back in June of 1998, Beauchamp -- who now has three career Super Series wins -- won features on consecutive days (June 20 & 21, respectively) at Autodrome St-Eustache and Circuit Ste-Croix. Beauchamp is hoping that lightning strikes again for him in La Belle Province and that he is once again able to leave Quebec with a two-race winning streak intact.

But before he can do that, the Windsor, ON racer will have to overcome a determined field of rivals. Peter Gibbons has a pair of Super Series race wins at St-Eustache ('00 & '01). The Canadian Tire Chevy driver has a knack for being strong at the end of races at the flat Montreal oval.

Castrol Dodge driver DJ Kennington won the last Super Series race at St-Eustache, in '03. The St. Thomas, ON racer came home in front of Scott Steckly (Erb Pontiac) and Don Thomson. Thomson, incidentally, claimed the final podium position in that race while behind the wheel of Kennington's back-up car, after his #4 Home Hardware Chevy was stolen the night before the race.

Avenue Motor Works Dodge driver Dave Whitlock heads to the Whelen 200 after a strong, second-place showing in the MOPAR 250. The three-time Super Series National champion scored a checkered flag following a rain-shortened race at Autodrome St-Eustache in 2002.

Another driver to watch will be Brad Graham. The driver of the Challenger / Logel's Dodge looked set to collect his first-ever Super Series win in the St-Eustache event in '03, but fate intervened and he fell out of the race after leading the first 167 laps of the 200-lap affair. According to the Glencoe, ON driver, "St-Eustache owes us one."

Representing Quebec in the Whelen 200 will be Andre Coursol, who finished a solid third in the CASCAR Sportsman Series points last season. The St-Jerome, QC resident drives the CARQUEST Chevrolet Monte Carlo and is always a crowd favourite when Canada's top racing circuit visits Quebec.

Qualifying for the Whelen 200 is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday evening. The night's racing card includes other regular St-Eustache hometrack classes. The 200-lap CASCAR Super Series feature will take the green flag at 9:00 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Dave Whitlock , André Coursol , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Brad Graham , Scott Steckly