Pete Vanderwyst Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo CASCAR Castrol Super Series Peterborough Speedway Post-Race Report PETERBOROUGH, ON It wasn't his favourite track to race at, but Pete Vanderwyst notched a solid 11th place finish last Saturday...
Pete Vanderwyst Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo CASCAR Castrol Super Series Peterborough Speedway Post-Race Report
PETERBOROUGH, ON It wasn't his favourite track to race at, but Pete Vanderwyst notched a solid 11th place finish last Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway. That result, in the fifth race of the 1998 CASCAR Castrol Super Series season, was good enough to move the Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo driver to sixth in the Eastern point standings, just 86 markers behind series leader and defending National champion Dave Whitlock.
"We had a good car in qualifying. Next to Neil Fair, who was on the pole, we were the top Chevy during time trials," said the St. Thomas racer, who also won the 15-lap heat race for the 'Fast Qualifiers' and lined up in ninth-place for the 150 lap feature. "During the second restart [on lap 69], we got hung out to dry and were dropped back to 15th. We got stuck on the high side and couldn't get down. There just wasn't a second groove tonight.
"We got caught up with the guys running at the back and there was a crash with a bunch of them (on lap 71). They were just beating on each other, like no end. We also had a right-rear tire going down near the end of the race about the last 30 laps so it was one of those deals."
Somehow, Vanderwyst's Loctite Chevy was spared serious damage in the crash, but he resumed in 12th place in the 30-car field.
"The crew did a really good job getting the car ready for this race, as usual, and the next thing we have to do is get a handle on these little short tracks. We've got St. Eustache figured out, but it's just a matter of experience at each track, and we're still getting that.
"Peterborough is a tough little bowl [1/3-mile] and it's just a matter of time before we get used to it. The way you drive here is not to give anyone an inch. Everyone drove like that, and we had to, too. I've never been a fan of racing at this place [Peterborough]. We'll take what we got. The car is in good shape leaving here, which is a bonus. We have to just accept it and get ready to head to Cayuga."
The next Eastern series race on the CASCAR schedule is the Ford Quality Care 300 at Cayuga Speedway on July 11-12. Vanderwyst was seventh in this season's first race at Cayuga, on May 31.
Race Summary: Barrie's John Gaunt won his first Super Series race in four years, at Peterborough, on June 27. Running second to polesitter Neil Fair for most of the race, Gaunt was able to grab the lead, with 10 laps remaining, when Fair was involved in an incident with a car trying to stay on the lead lap. Despite his best efforts, Fair was unable to re-pass Gaunt. Windsor's Sean Dupuis was third.