CASCAR Castrol Super Series August 12, 1998 KOMOKA, ON The CASCAR Castrol Super Series returns to action, after a two week break, for events in Ontario and Alberta this weekend. The Eastern drivers have made the long trip back from Alberta...
CASCAR Castrol Super Series
August 12, 1998
KOMOKA, ON The CASCAR Castrol Super Series returns to action, after a two week break, for events in Ontario and Alberta this weekend. The Eastern drivers have made the long trip back from Alberta and the opening two rounds of the National series and are set to return Cayuga Speedway for the GM Goodwrench Service 300 at the 5/8-mile Nelles Corners oval. The seventh date on the Eastern Super Series schedule, this weekend's race is the third of three CASCAR races to be held at Cayuga this summer.
Earnhardt Jr. coming to Cayuga
As an added weekend highlight, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be making his first-ever personal appearance at Cayuga Speedway. One of the hottest young stars to enter the NASCAR scene in recent years, the Busch Grand National Series standout will be at Cayuga from 10 a.m. until after noon on Sunday to sign autographs, meet the fans and shake hands. The third-generation racing phenom is competing in the Busch race at Michigan Int'l Speedway on Saturday afternoon and will be flying in on a Lear jet for the Cayuga appearance, before jetting back to MIS prior to the start of the GM Goodwrench Service 300 CASCAR event.
Always a popular venue, the Cayuga show will be run as a two day program, with time trials and qualifying races slated for Saturday (Aug. 15) afternoon (Time Trials commence at 12:45 p.m.), while the feature race is set to go on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Peter Gibbons of Stouffville, ON won the Cayuga 300 on May 31 and currently leads the National point standings. His Canadian Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be one of the cars to watch in the GM Goodwrench 300. The July 12 Ford Quality Care 300 was won by Hamilton's Don Thomson Jr., who thoroughly dominated the event, the season's second race at Cayuga. Another Chevrolet driver, Thomson should be a contender again this Sunday.
The July 12 race was noteworthy for drawing one of the biggest crowds in recent memory to the legendary oval facility. Another probable front-runner is Dave Whitlock, the reigning National champion and the current Eastern series points leader. The Ford Quality Care Service Taurus driver is still looking for his first feature win in '98, but has been incredibly consistent, posting top finishes on a regular basis in both the Eastern and National races.
The CASCAR Castrol Super Series West takes to the track for a Saturday night show at Hythe Motor Speedway, a 3/8-mile, high-banked oval which is located 65 km west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. The Bumper to Bumper 150 will be the sixth race of the Western championship, which is currently headed by Calgary's Wade Lee. Chevrolet Monte Carlo driver Dan Shirley won this event last summer en route to winning the Western championship and should be a contender again this year. Shirley had the fastest car on the track in the recent National series event at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park but saw his probable victory evaporate when his car's electrical system failed with just five laps remaining. Kevin Dowler is still riding high after his National series road course win in front of his hometown Edmonton crowd on August 2. The Ford Taurus driver has the distinction of being the first westerner to win a National championship race and has momentum on his side as the season championship chase heat up. Time trials for the Bumper to Bumper 150 are scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 15) at 4 p.m., with racing at 5 p.m.