Trois-Rivieres race report

Teammates Thomson and Fitzpatrick finish 'one-two' in CASCAR's Arctic Cat 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières TROIS-RIVIERES, QC -- On August 7, 2001, Don Thomson Jr. was cruising at the front of the field in the CASCAR race at the Grand...

Teammates Thomson and Fitzpatrick finish 'one-two' in CASCAR's Arctic Cat 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC -- On August 7, 2001, Don Thomson Jr. was cruising at the front of the field in the CASCAR race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières when his car suddenly lost power on the final lap of the race he had dominated from the green flag. The heartbreaking turn of events was something that Thomson never forgot. In the five years since, the Home Hardware Chevy driver has thought often about 'the one that got away.'

On Sunday, Thomson was able to erase the memory of that painful day by winning the Arctic Cat 100 on the streets of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. To make the victory even sweeter, he was followed across the finish line by his Fitzpatrick Motorsports teammate J.R. Fitzpatrick (Milwaukee Tools Chevy), whose second-place result was good enough to maintain his spot atop the CASCAR Super Series point standings following six events. Thomson, the five-time and current National champion, jumped to second in the points on the strength of his first win of the season.

"After what happened here five years ago, I didn't know if we would ever come back to Trois-Rivières," said Thomson, almost exactly five years to the day from CASCAR's only other appearance at the legendary Canadian road racing event. "It feels really good, especially considering the disappointment of losing the race with one corner to go the only other time we were here."

Thomson continued, "We started second behind Kerry Micks, who took the early lead. There was a big crash in turn 1, and soon after, I could tell Kerry was having engine problems and he pulled off. From there, it was pretty uneventful other than the fact that I had my teammate J.R. [Fitzpatrick] breathing down my neck the entire race. I have always dreamed of having us finish 'one-two' in a race, and I'm so proud that we were able to do it today." With the win, Thomson became the sixth different Super Series winner in six events held so far this season.

Third-place went to Ron Beauchamp Jr. in his MOPAR-sponsored Dodge Charger. The Windsor, ON racer started fifth in the 25-car field and had a solid run to the podium finish. Former CASCAR road race winner Robin Buck came home fourth in Dave Jacombs' Lou's BBQ / CPS Ford, while Mark Dilley guided his Dodge-sponsored Charger to an impressive fifth-place result on the 10-turn temporary street circuit.

The crash on the opening lap of the Arctic Cat 100 eliminated DJ Kennington (Castrol Dodge) and brought out the lone caution flag of the race. Super Series rookie Jason Hathaway continued his strong season with a seventh-place finish in the Snap On Dodge Charger, while Oshawa, ON's David Thorndyke's climb from 22nd at the start to 13th at the end earned him the Fast Eddie Hard Charger Award. J.R. Fitzpatrick's lap of 1 minute and 11.665 seconds garnered the Milwaukee Tools Chevy driver the Goodyear Belts & Hoses Fastest Lap Award.

The CASCAR Super Series returns to action next Saturday (Aug. 12) at Mosport Speedway, near Bowmanville, Ontario.

-www.cascar.ca

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Jacombs , Mark Dilley , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Kerry Micks , Robin Buck , Don Thomson Jr. , J.R. Fitzpatrick , Jason Hathaway , David Thorndyke