Victory Lane welcomes Thomson in NASCAR north series


nascarcanadaHamilton’s Don Thomson Jr. drove to Victory Lane at Mosport Speedway for the second time in his career as he took the Dickies 200 checkered flag in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action Saturday night.

Thomson, driver of the No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet, took the lead for the fifth and final time on Lap 178 and held off teammate JR Fitzpatrick and Kerry Micks down the stretch for his sixth career victory overall. Thomson’s last win came on Sept. 12, 2008 at Barrie Speedway – 10 races ago. His first win at Mosport Speedway came in August 2007.

Fitzpatrick finished as the race runner-up and was able to extend his points lead on DJ Kennington, who earned the pole earlier in the day, to 16. Kennington finished sixth.

Following Thomson and Fitzpatrick across the line were Micks and Ron Beauchamp Jr. Pete Shepherd III, Kennington, Mark Dilley, Anthony Simone, John Gaunt and Joey McColm rounded out the top 10.

Jeff Lapcevich of Grimsby came in 18th after experiencing electrical problems.

Third in the season standings entering the event, Scott Steckly ran with the leaders the majority of the race, but was involved in the seventh of the night’s 10 cautions, and finished 17th.

The race featured 10 lead changes among six drivers.

The Dickies 200 will be telecast by TSN and TSN HD on Saturday, Aug. 28 at noon ET

In the championship point standings, Fitzpatrick and Kennington are breaking away from the pack a bit as Micks is 128 points back and Steckly is 147 points off the pace.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is right back on the track on Sunday, Aug. 29 for the NAPA AUTOPRO 100 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the last of five road-course events on the 2010 schedule. Practice and qualifying are set for Saturday, Aug. 28 with the race scheduled for Sunday just prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Ticket and event information can be found at www.napa200.ca.