TORONTO, ON - Robin Buck, the road racing specialist who won the inaugural Castrol Super Series event at the Toronto Molson Indy in '99, returned to victory lane on Saturday afternoon at the Exhibition Place track. The UAP/NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix...
TORONTO, ON - Robin Buck, the road racing specialist who won the inaugural Castrol Super Series event at the Toronto Molson Indy in '99, returned to victory lane on Saturday afternoon at the Exhibition Place track. The UAP/NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix driver started on the pole for the 31-lap race and led all but two circuits en route to his second career Super Series win. A large, sun-drenched crowd cheered Buck to the victory.
Finishing second to the Oakville, ON resident was the Home Hardware Chevrolet of Don Thomson Jr. The Hamilton, ON racer was involved in a multi-car crash during qualifying on Saturday morning and was relived that the repairs that he and his team made during the day were effective. Following the race, Thomson said he "didn't have enough car left" to challenge Buck for the win.
The third podium position went to Barrie, ON driver Al Turner, who started fifth in his Blue Streak Intrepid. Turner was pushing hard late in the race and grazed the wall on the entrance to the front straightaway. According to Turner, when he first hit the wall, he was convinced that he'd ruined his chances of even finishing the race. Fortunately for him, though, he was able to soldier on to a third place finish and even threatened Thomson for second in the final laps.
The race was the final event of the Saturday schedule at the Toronto Molson Indy and marked the halfway point of the Castrol Super Series season. With six races remaining, the chase for the Castrol Cup is incredibly tight. With his second place finish, Al Turner grabbed the points lead by a single point over Don Thomson (864 to 863). Just one point back (with 862) is Kerry Micks, who held the lead since winning the season opener at Delaware Speedway in May. Micks was involved in a pair of incidents in turn 3 at the end of the Lakeshore Blvd. straight and finished 11th.
The second half of the Castrol Super Series season commences in two weeks at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache.