Flat tire drops Vanderwyst to 15th at Autodrome Montmagny. MONTMAGNY, QC - The common theme running through the rundown of Pete Vanderwyst's lower finishes, in 2002, has been the presence of flat tires. That trend continued on Sunday afternoon...
Flat tire drops Vanderwyst to 15th at Autodrome Montmagny.
MONTMAGNY, QC - The common theme running through the rundown of Pete Vanderwyst's lower finishes, in 2002, has been the presence of flat tires. That trend continued on Sunday afternoon at Autodrome Montmagny. The Exide Pontiac driver started ninth in the 200-lap race at the flat, 1/3-mile Quebec City-area track, but ran into trouble when the right-rear tire went flat, forcing him to the pits. The problem was compounded later in the race when the same thing happened again, bringing him pitside for a second stop.
And given the quick lap times that the teams were turning, the St. Thomas, Ontario racer lost a total of four laps while his team made the Exide Pontiac race-ready again. At the end of the afternoon, Vanderwyst came home 15th , four laps down on the leaders. Heading into the next-to-last race of the CASCAR Super Series season, Vanderwyst is 11th in the overall point standings.
"We had two flat tires today," sighed Vanderwyst, after emerging from the Exide Pontiac on the steamy summer afternoon. "It's tough to come all this way and have the guys work so hard only to have it go south because of a couple flats. On the bright side, it was the right-rear tires that went down, so we seem to have figured out the problem with our flat right-fronts," joked Vanderwyst.
And when it wasn't flat tires that the team was fighting, it was a fickle handling condition. "We just had a real loose car, and then it went really tight, and back again. It just wasn't a good day for us."
The Exide team's difficulty during the race was all the more frustrating because the team had enjoyed a solid practice session on Saturday afternoon, under similar conditions to Sunday afternoon's race. The trip to Autodrome Montmagny was the first-ever by CASCAR's top division.
"Yesterday in testing, we did some long runs and I was really happy with the car. But for whatever reason, we just missed it today and it turned into a long afternoon."
Following the race, the ultra-competitive Vanderwyst said the distance traveled to reach Autodrome Montmagny made the result all the more frustrating.
"It's tough to come all the way out here, driving all night, and then head back home after a race like this. But we'll get to Kawartha and try to do it all over again. On the bright side, we're bringing the car home in one piece."
RACE SUMMARY: Dave Whitlock won his second CASCAR Super Series race of the season, at Autodrome Montmagny. The veteran driver took the lead on lap 169 of the 200 lap affair, and held off DJ Kennington and reigning Super Series champ Don Thomson Jr. to take the checked flag for the second time in as many outings in the province of Quebec, this season. Whitlock won, back in June, at Autodrome St-Eustache, near Montreal.
NEXT RACE: The CASCAR Super Series' 11th event of the season will take place this coming weekend at Kawartha Speedway, near Peterborough, Ontario. "We didn't do too well at Kawartha last year, so we're hoping to figure that place out and score a good finish," concluded Vanderwyst. The 200-lap race is a one-day show, scheduled for Sunday afternoon (August. 18).