Thomson opens NASCAR Canadian Tire series with backyard victory


Hamilton’s Don Thomson, Jr. collected one of the biggest wins in Canadian stock car racing history in the Dodge Dealers 200 at Cayuga Speedway Park on Saturday night. The race was the first ever for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio.

Thomson, who races out of Ayr, Ont., had one objective in mind long before the flag was dropped to start the event. “I wanted to win this race ever since it was announced,” he said.

The event came down to a green-white-checker finish and the winner was able to hold off a hard charging Mark Dilley by 0.126 seconds at the finish line. Thomson won the race with an average speed of 54 mph.

Bud Pole Winner D.J. Kennington led the first lap but was off the pace before turn one as a result of a broken rear trailing arm. It would not be the night’s only lead change.There were 16 lead changes among eight drivers with Thomson leading the most laps, 77.

Peter Gibbons was third followed by series newcomer Andrew Ranger. Derek Lynch crossed the line in fifth place. John Gaunt, Jason Hathaway, Joey McColm, Kent Nuhn, and Kerry Micks rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Canadian Tires Series resumes on June 16-17 on the roadcourse of Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, on Toronto’s eastern outskirts.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-Dodge Dealers 200 results

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) Don Thomson, Jr., Ayr, Chevrolet, 200 laps, 54.381 mph, $5,050.
2. (7) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 200, $3,140.
3. (12) Peter Gibbons, Stouffville, Ont., Chevrolet, 200, $2,640.
4. (11) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Quebec, Ford, 200, $1,825.
5. (13) Derek Lynch, Warksworth, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,625.
6. (18) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,580.
7. (19) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,540.
8. (16) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,500.
9. (20) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Pontiac, 200, $1,460.
10. (9) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 195, fuel pump, $1,420.
11. (10) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 194, accident, $1,175.
12. (5) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 194, accident, $1,140.
13. (2) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 191, steering, $1,100.
14. (8) Doug Brown, Brantford, Ont., Dodge, 188, accident, $1,075.
15. (14) Jim Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 187, suspension, $1,055.
16. (17) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 185, $1,035.
17. (23) Richard Durivage, Jr, St. Eustache, Quebec, Chevrolet, 150, electrical, $1,015.
18. (15) Jeff Lapcevich, Caistor Centre, Ont., Chevrolet, 148, accident, $995.
19. (21) Bob Merrifield, Belle River, Ont., Dodge, 142, suspension, $975.
20. (3) Ron Van Es, Stoney Creek, Ont., Chevrolet, 135, suspension, $930.
21. (6) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 90, motor, $915.
22. (22) Bryan Cathcart, Peterborough, Ont., Chevrolet, 65, fuel pump, $890.
23. (1) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 45, handling, $2,375.

Race Stats

Time of Race: 2 hours 17 minutes 55 seconds.
Margin of Victory: .126 seconds.
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kennington (108.251 mph, 20.785 seconds).
Caution Flags: 18 for 85 laps.
Lead Changes: 16 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kennington 1; D. Thomson,Jr. 2-16; R. Van Es 17-26; D. Thomson, Jr. 27-45; M. Dilley 46-98; K. Micks 99; M. Dilley 100-105; D. Brown 106-111; J. Hathaway 112; D. Brown 113-121; D. Thomson,Jr. 122-145; R. Beauchamp, Jr. 146-160; D. Thomson, Jr. 161-164; R.Beauchamp, Jr. 165-181; D. Thomson, Jr. 182-183; R.Beauchamp, Jr. 184-186; D. Thomson, Jr. 187-200.

Standings: 1. D.Thomson,Jr., 190; 2. M.Dilley, 175; 3. P.Gibbons, 165; 4. A.Ranger, 160; 5. D.Lynch, 155; 6. J.Hathaway, 151; 7. J.Gaunt, 150; 8. J.McColm, 142; 9. K.Micks, 139; 10. K.Nuhn, 138.