DILLEY RUNS UP FRONT EARLY IN TROIS RIVIERES Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Driving the No. 9 Dodge Avenger, Mark Dilley was aiming for a top three finish on the final road course event of the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire...
DILLEY RUNS UP FRONT EARLY IN TROIS RIVIERES
Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Driving the No. 9 Dodge Avenger, Mark Dilley was aiming for a top three finish on the final road course event of the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, but a part failure ended his day early on Sunday.
Dilley was really happy with his car after practice and qualifying at this 10 turn 1.53 mile street course circuit. "I think we have a car that can challenge for a top three finish," said Dilley after qualifying in the sixth position in Saturday's timed qualifying session.
It didn't take long for the No. 9 Dodge Avenger driver to move up into the top five in Sunday's 100 km event. On lap 13 an opportunity HPIM1852.JPG presented itself and he moved past the 22 of Steckly and the 7 of Tagliani to move into third position. After later dropping back to fourth, Dilley was black flagged on lap 26 of the 42 lap event and sent to the pits. "I dropped back behind Tagliani and was running in fourth just staying close but driving the car easy when a rear gear started going," said Dilley. "I know we could have been right up there at the end as we ran ahead of Ranger all day. It's really tough when a part breaks, it's stuff you just don't have any control over."
Andrew Ranger won the event in front of his home province fans with Steckly second, Jason Hathaway third, D. J. Kennington fourth and J. R. Fitzpatrick fifth. Mark Dilley was officially scored in 20th.
The Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres 100 will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday August 31st at 1 a.m. EST.
Next up for the Mark Dilley and the No. 9 Dodge Avenger team is the Coke Zero 200 at Cayuga Speedway on Saturday August 30th. For more information on the event including tickets, directions and schedule please visit www.cayugaspeedwaypark.ca.