CASCAR drivers take local rivalry to Mosport circuit


TORONTO – After sitting out two seasons of the CASCAR circuit, Robin Buck is back in the driver’s seat.

The Oakville racer will be behind the wheel when the CASCAR Super Series stages its first road course race this weekend (June 17-18) at Mosport International Speedway. Buck, whose last CASCAR event was in 2003, will have his Jennifer Ashley Foundation-supported Pontiac Grand Prix on the Mosport course for Sunday’s 51-lap feature race, the Clarington 200.

Qualifying for the Clarington 200, presented by Canadian Shield Anti Crime Response Corporation, begins on Saturday afternoon with the feature race set for to take the green flag on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Several other support classes will be in action at Mosport throughout the weekend.

And, according to Buck, there’s a very real possibility that his race team will compete in the remainder of CASCAR’s road course races this season.

Buck is in a select group of drivers to climb the podium on several road course events. He has three Super Series wins to his credit, two at the Toronto Indy and one in the Vancouver Indy.

Standing in his way on Sunday could be five-time and defending Super Series champion Don Thompson Jr.The Hamilton driver, who leads the 2006 Super Series points parade with 249, after just one event, earned his only checkered flag of the 2005 season at Mosport, last June in his Home Hardware Chevy. He started second and took the lead from polesitter Peter Gibbons just past the halfway point of the race, en route to the victory.

Thomson came home less than a second in front of runner-up Jeff Lapcevich of Caistor Centre. During qualifying for last year’s race, Gibbons smashed the existing CASCAR time trial record when he turned in a lap of 1 minute and 26.183 seconds around the 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course.

The CASCAR Sportsman Series will also be taking to the track at Mosport this weekend, kicking off its 2006 schedule with a 100-lap feature race on Saturday evening at Mosport Speedway. Kerwood, ON racer Dion Verhoeven will begin his title defense of CASCAR’s Ontario-based touring series at the challenging half-mile Mosport oval. Verhoeven sat on the pole for last year’s Sportsman Series event at Mosport, but the race was won by former series champ Steve Robblee.

For those who can’t get to Mosport, the Clarington 200 will be shown on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST on Sportsnet. For information regarding initial airings and replays of Super Series races, please check your local listings or visit http://www.cascar.ca/schedule/tv_schedule.html.