Vanderwyst Calgary wrap up

CALGARY, AB - The second CASCAR Castrol Super Series National race of the season was held on Sunday afternoon (July 30) at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park. The Mopar Parts 300 was the second National championship event in as many...

CALGARY, AB - The second CASCAR Castrol Super Series National race of the season was held on Sunday afternoon (July 30) at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park. The Mopar Parts 300 was the second National championship event in as many weekends to take place in Alberta and produced another disappointing finish for Pete Vanderwyst and the #77 Loctite Racing team. The St. Thomas, ON racer started 18th in the 31-car field for the 300 lap race on the high-banked, half-mile oval. And although he climbed to as high as sixth place in the running order, Vanderwyst ran got caught up in another driver's miscue, which caused him to spin to the infield grass, just past the one-third point of the race. That incident was the beginning of the end of his hopes to defend his memorable victory in last summer's Calgary National race. After that, Vanderwyst endured a series of mechanical gremlins and cut tires and limped home to a 24th place finish. "We had a really good car. I think we were up to sixth at one point. That was encouraging, but we ran into trouble soon after that, which is disappointing. "But that's the way it goes. We had a great car, but Brad Jacques got loose out of turn 4 and I got into the back end of him and we spun together. That's when I think the Panhard bar let loose a bit. I came in from a pit stop and went into turn 1. After the green flag came back out, the back end of my car let loose out of turn 4 and I dusted the wall a bit. It didn't break it right off, but it just pulled the rear end over a couple of inches and it just kept cutting tires. After that, it turned into a tough day." Vanderwyst says that he has made the decision to order a brand new oval track car for the National event at Delaware, on the Labour Day weekend. "This is a factor of having older cars. The Panhard bar broke. We're going to come back to the National event in Delaware with a brand new car. My decision was made last night before the Mopar 300 and it was cemented by what happened today. About lap 115, I believe." According to Vanderwyst, the #77 Loctite car will have a radically new look for the Delaware race. In all his time in the CASCAR Super Series, the 1999 Super Series East points runner-up has competed in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "We're going to have the Loctite Pontiac Grand Prix - with the 2000 bodystyle - at the Eastern National," confirmed Vanderwyst. "Our current car is getting to the point that when you make a change to alter the setup, the results aren't as predictable as we'd like them to be. I'm confident that with a new chassis, we'll be able to have more control in tweaking the car to where we want it to be." In other racing action in Calgary, the #77 Loctite Chevy started sixth and finished ninth - after cutting his right-rear tire just past the halfway point of the 100 lap sprint race - on Friday night (July 28).

Race Summary: The Mopar 300 was won - for the third time in his career - by Peter Gibbons. The Stouffville, ON racer lapped every other driver, except for runner-up Don Thomson Jr. - en route to the victory. Vanderwyst's fellow St. Thomas, ON resident DJ Kennington overcame a severe case of strep throat to take the final podium position in Calgary.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Pete Vanderwyst , Don Thomson Jr.