#99 Exide Batteries / National Fast Freight Pontiac Grand Prix
Pete Vanderwyst / Castrol Super Series team
Vanderwyst sixth on Mosport road course
MOSPORT, ON - On Sunday afternoon at Mosport Int'l Raceway, Peter Vanderwyst drove the #99 Exide Batteries / National Fast Freight Pontiac Grand Prix to a sixth-place finish on the 10-turn road course. Capitalizing on a bit of good luck and a boost of horsepower, the St. Thomas, ON racer climbed as high as second in the field of 30 racers before settling for sixth in the final results.
In the season's previous three races, Vanderwyst had been in contention but was bitten by bad luck at the worst possible times. He's hoping that the encouraging result at Mosport is the turning point toward improved fortunes for the Exide / Nat'l Fast Freight team. "At the green at the end, I was staying with DJ [race winner DJ Kennington] and no one was pressuring us and it worked out well," said Vanderwyst, who sits 12th in the Castrol Super Series point standings after four events.
"I'm not content with finishing sixth, but it's our best result so far this season, so we're going to treat it as a turning point and build on it from here. "We've been running very well, but little things and bad luck have gotten us. It's one of those things where you just keep working at it and you're ready to win when your luck changes," said a philosophical Vanderwyst. "We knew we had a pretty good car coming here. We've got a new motor program and that worked out really well. We chose the wrong gear and that hurt the tires in the long run, which stopped us from hanging closer to the top guys. We'll know that for the next time we come here. But we just tried to stay out of trouble and save the car as much as possible."
According to the Exide driver, who started ninth based on his Saturday qualifying effort, there was a little confusion surrounding the running order as the laps wound down at Mosport. "We got crossed up a bit at the end. CASCAR told us we were fifth and with a couple of laps to go, we decided to pit because there were only seven cars on the lead lap and we knew we could have made it back to where we were. But then it turned out that they had us in third, so if we had have stayed out on the track from third, things could have worked out a little better for us."
MOSPORT NOTES: Vanderwyst's fellow St. Thomas, ON resident, DJ Kennington, won the Mosport 250 on Sunday afternoon. "I'm happy DJ won it," said Vanderwyst, after the race. "He's been knocking at the door for a long time and I'm glad to see his hard work paying off." Jim Lapcevich was second, ahead of series points leader Kerry Micks. The next race on the schedule for the Castrol Super Series cars is this Sunday (July 1) at the new Kawartha Speedway. "I've never tested there but I've been talking to some of the guys who have," said Vanderwyst. "But you have to take that with a grain of salt. I think we're just going to have to find out for ourselves. The big thing is just to finish these things." Once again, Vanderwyst's sponsors - Exide Batteries and National Fast Freight - has a hospitality area at Mosport for their guests. "We had a show car there and everyone had a good time," said Vanderwyst.