Thomson stands fifth after placing fourth in NASCAR series

Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr., raced to a fourth place finish at the Cruisin’ The Dub 300 presented by A&W in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

Thomson who started in the No. 6 pole position at the Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C., on Saturday (July 31) earned $4,500 in his Chev at the half-mile track. In completing the 303 laps, Thomson now stands fifth in point standings with 874. Leader JR Fitzpatrick of Cambridge has 990 points. Fitzpatrick finished seventh on Saturday.

Scott Steckly played the patience game and won the Cruisin’ The Dub 300.

DJ Kennington dominated much of the race and led a race high 196 laps, but Steckly, out of Milverton, Ont., had the better car over the final 50 laps and earned his first win of the 2010 season and the eighth of his series career. It was also his first win at Motoplex Speedway where he had three times finished as the race runner-up.

Jason Hathaway finished a season-best second while Kennington settled for third place. After Thomson in order were Mark Dilley, Anthony Simone, Fitzpatrick, John Gaunt, rookie Nathan Weenk and Ron Beauchamp Jr., to round out the top 10.

Steckly wrestled the lead away from the vise grip Kennington had on it for most of the night on Lap 236, but Kennington stayed right with the new leader. They battled door-to-door for several laps before the caution came out on Lap 251 for a spin by Gaunt in Turn 2. On the subsequent restart, Steckly was able to hold off Kennington for the remainder of the race.

Earlier in the day, Kennington won his sixth career pole and set a track record in the process with a time of 18.168 seconds eclipsing the mark of 18.299 seconds Thomson Jr. established in 2007.

The race was slowed due to caution seven times for 66 laps. The lead changed hands nine times between five drivers.

While Fitzpatrick remains the leader, Kennington is just seven points behind while Steckly is 55 points off the pace.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is right back in action on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Sask. for the 250-lap Velocity Prairie Thunder presented by Bayer Crop Science.