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CASCAR Super Series returns to Vancouver. VANCOUVER, BC - The third of three road racing events on the CASCAR Super Series schedule takes place this weekend at the Vancouver Indy. Following last Sunday's race in Calgary, many of the teams have...

CASCAR Super Series returns to Vancouver.

VANCOUVER, BC - The third of three road racing events on the CASCAR Super Series schedule takes place this weekend at the Vancouver Indy. Following last Sunday's race in Calgary, many of the teams have already started their trek through the Canadian Rockies, toward Vancouver, and the temporary street circuit at Concord Pacific Place.

Saturday afternoon's race on the 12-turn, cement-walled course will mark the second year that Canada's top stock car series has competed at the Vancouver Indy. Al Turner won the last year's inaugural event, after a race-long battle with Kevin Dowler, who just weeks ago scored a stunning 'back-to-front' victory in Toronto.

Turner, whose Blue Streak Intrepid currently sits seventh in the Super Series points, is still searching for his first checkered flag since his win in Vancouver, last Labour Day. Given that he won the pole and the race in last year's first-ever CASCAR chase around Concord Pacific Place, Turner has to be considered one of the front-runners for victory this time around.

Dowler's impressive Toronto win also places him on the list of solid contenders in Vancouver. Another is Jim Lapcevich, who is coming off his first CASCAR Super Series win in eight seasons, at Calgary. On Monday's night's Raceline Radio Show, heard across Canada, Lapcevich joked that he was "pleased to finally get the monkey off his back... it was an adult monkey." Given the way the former CASCAR rookie of the year dogged race leader Robin Buck around the track in Toronto, in early July, the Hamilton, ON resident is a solid bet for success on the streets of Vancouver, this Saturday.

And speaking of Buck, the Campbellville, ON racer dominated the entire race weekend in Toronto, except for the final few laps when a caution, combined with worn-out tires, dropped him to third at the checkered flag. But his performance in Toronto showed that Buck is back on his game and should be a force in Vancouver. Points leader Don Thomson saw his cushion shrink slightly in Calgary. The defending National champion currently leads second-place runner DJ Kennington by just 43 points, heading into Round #9 of the 12-race schedule.

CASCAR VANCOUVER INDY - WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday, July 26, 2002
CASCAR Practice 12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
CASCAR AUTOGRAPH SESSION (Thunder Alley) 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CASCAR Qualifying 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 27, 2002
CASCAR Qualifying 8:25 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
CASCAR AUTOGRAPH SESSION (Thunder Alley) 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CASCAR Feature Race 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 PM p.m.

CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The 'NAPA presents the Clarington 250' road course event from Mosport Int'l Raceway will be on Sportsnet Wednesday night (July 24) at: East @ 8 p.m., Ontario @ 9 p.m., West @ 8 p.m. and Pacific @ 5 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Robin Buck , Al Turner , Jim Lapcevich