Dowler wins from the back row; switch to backup car proves to be the winning move for Edmonton racer. TORONTO, ON - Kevin Dowler's second career Molson Indy Toronto CASCAR Super Series win won't soon be forgotten. With his lap 34 pass on race ...
Dowler wins from the back row; switch to backup car proves to be the winning move for Edmonton racer.
TORONTO, ON - Kevin Dowler's second career Molson Indy Toronto CASCAR Super Series win won't soon be forgotten. With his lap 34 pass on race leader Joe Goncalves, on the entry to turn 3 of the 11-turn, 2.825 km circuit, Dowler completed an incredible 'back-to-front' run through the entire field, en route to the astounding victory.
After suffering a blown motor just two laps into the Saturday morning qualifying session, the Ford Quality Care Taurus driver made what turned out to be a superb decision. Rather than drop a new motor into the team's primary car, the Edmonton, AB resident instead opted to start Saturday afternoon's feature race in his backup machine.
The call meant that he would have to drop back from his already lowly 33rd starting spot, and take the green flag from the end of the back row, in 37th, for the 36-lap race around the tight Exhibition Place circuit. Throughout the race, Dowler picked his way through the field, advancing to third for the restart on lap 33.
The caution immediately prior to that restart had erased a comfortable five-second lead that polesitter and race dominator Robin Buck had enjoyed for much of the event. But on the restart, Goncalves dove into turn 1 and managed to make it onto the lengthy Lakeshore Blvd. straight ahead of Buck.
Seconds later, Dowler also managed to get past Buck's NAPA Pontiac. On the entry to turn 3, under heavy braking, Dowler dove to the inside of Goncalves' Wooden Sticks Chevrolet, and went on to win the race by just over half a second.
Dowler was obviously elated with the win, after riding a roller coaster of emotions throughout the day. For Goncalves, the runner-up finish was the first podium result of his entire CASCAR Super Series career. Buck was also gratified with the outcome, as his season has proven somewhat frustrating to this point. The Campbellville, ON racer is looking at the Indy result as the turning point of his season.
Super Series points leader Don Thomson finished fourth in his Home Hardware Chevy, ahead of the Castrol Intrepid of DJ Kennington. CASCAR Western Series regulars Carl and Daryl Harr took part in the Molson Indy Toronto, once again. The father and son duo finished sixth and 30th, respectively.