What's New with the Teams of CASCAR??? TORONTO, ON - Now that Spring is here and the MOPAR 250 from Delaware Speedway is only a handful of weekends away I thought I'd get in touch with some of the CASCAR teams to see what they've been up to...
What's New with the Teams of CASCAR???
TORONTO, ON - Now that Spring is here and the MOPAR 250 from Delaware Speedway is only a handful of weekends away I thought I'd get in touch with some of the CASCAR teams to see what they've been up to during the winter months.
Team Fastline has been busy at their Hamilton shop over the winter months. Jim and Jeff Lapcevich raced in an ice racing event in Thunder Bay recently, also Jeff has been racing in the Grand AM Cup. The Shreiner Racing team placed 11th in Daytona while the last event in Homestead Jeff's co-driver destroyed their Mustang Cobra before he could take his stint behind the wheel. Jeff and his wife are also expecting their second child any day now. Speaking of additions Billy Knowles and the entire Fastline crew are pumped about their new McColl piece that just arrived at the shop!
Two time National CASCAR Champion Peter Gibbons has re-signed with Canadian Tire for 2004. Now living in Mooresville, North Carolina, Peter has been busy building motors for customers North and South of the border. Gibbons Motorsports' Stouffville, Ontario shop will be busy also preparing and maintaining cars for other CASCAR competitors for the 2004 season.
D.J. Kennington has been busy at his St. Thomas, Ontario shop. Kennington will be entering his 11th year of CASCAR racing this season. If D.J. completes the 2004 schedule and starts race number one of 2005 he will take over as Iron Man of CASCAR from Kerry Micks. The #17 CASTROL DODGE crew has been doing some springtime racing with the USAR PROCUP boys. Look for D.J. and the Mihalco Motorsports #77 Ford at the first Northern USAR event on April 17th at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway.
Pete Shepherd Jr. and the ATTO Team have been busy at their Brampton, Ontario shop gearing up their #50 DODGE. Like all the MOPAR powered teams, the Shepherds are waiting on the new fiberglass DODGE nose to come in from Performance Fibreglass.
Petey has been fine-tuning his skills in during SPEEDWEEKS racing a Super Late Model, plus he had some time to pose with THE ATTO GIRLS at this year's PERFORMANCE WORLD car show.
Challenging Shepherd for Rookie-of-the-Year will be Bothwell, Ontario's Rob Graham who ran a couple of Super Series races in 2003. The Doering Brown / Gdox-Global Documentations Solutions/ Hully Gully / Royal Purple team has purchased two pre-owned CASCAR racers, the #60 MOPAR oval machine and the #24 Pearn road course car, and transformed them into Monte Carlos.
TEAM MOPAR has been busy this off-season! The Beauchamp Boys have been welding and bolting together two new DODGES for their assault on the upcoming season. For the first time Ron Beauchamp Jr. will have a purpose-built road course car. The Windsor, Ontario driver put together a stellar run at Mosport International Raceway last season with a strong second place finish. A new McColl oval track car has also been built and Tim Ellas will be back on top of the pit cart as crew chief for the #60 MOPAR DODGE.
MICKS MOTORSPORTS have been retooling their fleet of Taurus (Tauri?). Never one to take a break the #02 crew have readjusted their CASCAR racers accordingly to the new CASCAR rules. Terry Wilson has returned back to Mick Motorsports and Damon "Dynomite" Sharpe will be back onboard as the crew chief for 2004.
Series veteran Kelly Williams was deep into negotiations with a sponsor over the winter months but nothing materialized. The entire Williams Motorsport gear (2 cars and 3 motors) was sold to Kent Nuhn. The Nuhn crew raced ALSTAR in 2003 finishing 15th overall. Kelly was busy over the winter hosting a TV called "Mechanical Chicks" which was shot in Halifax.
Three time Super Series Champion Don Thomson Jr. has been busy replacing his #4 Home Hardware Monte Carlo that was stolen last year prior to the St-Eustache event. The Fitzpatrick Team will be busy in 2004 fielding cars for three different drivers. Don, team owner John Fitzpatrick and John Ryan Fitzpatrick will be Super Series racing in 2004. A young standout in the 2003 CARQUEST SPORTSMAN SERIES, John Ryan will race 5 events in 2004 and will preserve his rookie status for a run at the title in 2005.
Ron Van Es from Hamilton Ontario recently purchased a Monte Carlo from Fitzpatrick Motorsports (an ex-Plazek car) and will compete in 5 Super Series races. The team will use DSE 1 / Dale Stroud power under the hood of their CASCAR racer. Ron has raced in the Legend cars series and recently competed at New Smyrna Speedway.
The CASCAR Super Series is Canada's top level of stock car racing, with 12 events held in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia. Over 150 race teams across the country compete in CASCAR's three series': the EMCO Western Series, CARQUEST Sportsman Series, and the Super Series.