WHITLOCK TEAMMATES BATTLE FOR POSITION IN MONTREAL Sunday August 27, 2006, Montreal, PQ: Whitlock Motorsports teammates Mark Dilley and Dave Whitlock staged a fierce battle over the final laps of CASCAR's inaugural visit to Montreal and the...
WHITLOCK TEAMMATES BATTLE FOR POSITION IN MONTREAL
Sunday August 27, 2006, Montreal, PQ: Whitlock Motorsports teammates Mark Dilley and Dave Whitlock staged a fierce battle over the final laps of CASCAR's inaugural visit to Montreal and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Whitlock and Dilley traded paint and positions during the closing stages of the event, with Whitlock finally taking the sixth spot and Dilley crossing the line in seventh. "That was just plain fun," stated a grinning Whitlock after the race. "Mark and I have raced like that before on the ovals but this was the first time we we've done that on a road course."
The #39 NTN-Bower/Griddly Headz/Nitrex Metal Technologies Dodge Charger just kept getting better every time out on the track. When final qualifying was complete on Saturday morning, Whitlock had posted the eighth quickest time lining him up on the grid on the outside of the fourth row for the twenty three lap main event. "This track is really fast, faster than anywhere else we have ever run," stated Whitlock. "But the car was just plain good once we got the right gear in it after the first practice session."
Saturday's main event saw the front row starters #02 Kerry Micks & #88 Robin Buck check out on the rest of the field, setting a torrid pace which they would maintain for the entire twenty three laps in the caution free event. Whitlock quickly moved into seventh but on the sixth circuit of the track a little misfortune saw him loop the car. He quickly got back on track and fell into the twelfth position. The 39 Dodge Charger driver then set his sights to moving back to the front again. "I knew we could get some of those positions back," stated Whitlock. "We maybe could have finished top five if I hadn't of spun but overall a sixth is a decent finish."
Kerry Micks started from the pole and took the win, followed closely by the #88 of Robin Buck after they traded positions several times during the event including a last lap duel that would see Micks take the win by less that two tenths of a second. The final podium position went to the #22 of Scott Steckly.
The National point standings have tightened up with three full point race events remaining as front runners J.R. Fitzpatrick and Don Thomson Jr. both experienced difficulties. #84 J. R. Fitzpatrick now has a slim eleven point lead over second place #02 Kerry Micks. Thomson Jr. falls to third followed by #22 Steckly who is six points ahead of #39 Dave Whitlock who rounds out the top five.
Whitlock Motorsports now prepare for the Griddly Headz 200 from Cayuga Speedway on Labour Day weekend. This will be the last race on the existing 5/8 mile track that has been an icon in Canadian racing for over forty years. Following completion of the CASCAR event, construction will start on a new state of the art racing facility on the 300 acre parcel of land with re-opening expected in 2008. For more information on tickets, camping and all the exciting events taking place please visit www.cayugaracing.com.