Engine headaches hold back Thomson in CASCAR 100 inaugural

Hamilton’s Don Thomson slipped to third place in the Super Series points race after fighting engine problems Saturday at the inaugural CASCAR 100 at the G.P. de Montreal.

Thomson had to start second last in the 24-car field when engine failure surfaced during Saturday morning time trails. The Chevy Monte Carlo’s engine woes continued during the race and Thomson had to settle for 13th place while Kerry Micks of Mt. Albert, Ont., became the first driver to win two Super Series events this season.

And Thomson’s teammate, J.R. Fitzpatrick, also driving a Monte Carlo, had the same engine virus during time trials. He started from the No.22 pole position but managed to work his way to eighth place when the 23-lap race finished on the 13-turn, 4.359 km Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road circuit. The results was good enough for J.R. to keep him in first place in the points derby. He leads Micks 1,357 to 1,346, with Thomson in third at 1,324.

Micks, driving his Canadian Detailing Services Ford Taurus started on the pole and came out on the winning end of a race-long, back-and-forth battle with Lou’s / CPS Ford driver Robin Buck. Micks’ other victory of the campaign took place in mid-June at Mosport International Raceway.

Micks led the first 11 laps before slipping in the hairpin 10-turn, allowing Buck, from Campbellville, to take the lead.

On lap 17, Micks dove underneath Buck in turn 10 and was able to pull in front on the exit from the tricky corner. From there, the duo posted furious lap times, almost two seconds quicker than their rivals. On the last lap, Buck mounted one last challenge, pressuring Micks to go across the final chicane. The final few hundred metres came down to a drag race between the pair, which Micks was able to win by a nose. His margin of victory at the checkered flag was less than two-tenths of a second.

Third-place went to ERB Dodge Charger driver Scott Steckly, of Milverton, Ont. Steckly cruised in third through the entire race, finishing comfortably ahead of Hamilton’s Jim Lapcevich and his EMCEA Transport / Tim Hortons Chevy, and DJ Kennington (Castrol Dodge Charger), who were fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Super Series, and the Sportsmen Series, comes to Cayuga Speedway for the Labour Day weekend, Sept. 2-3.

Points standings (top 15)
1.J.R. Fitzpatrick (1357 pts.); 2. Kerry Micks (1346); 3. Don Thomson Jr. (1324); 4. Scott Steckly (1300); 5. Dave Whitlock (1294); 6.Mark Dilley (1252); 7. Ron Beauchamp (1238); 8.Brad Graham (1223); 9. DJ Kennington (1214); 10. Doug Brown (1205); 11. Jim Lapcevich (1203); 12. Peter Gibbons (1192); 13. Jason Hathaway ® (1154); 14. Ron Van Es (1058); 15. Kent Nuhn (1044).