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Dilley Hangs On For Coke Zero Victory

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

HAMILTON, Ontario – Mark Dilley won the Coke Zero 200 presented by Sicard Holiday Campers at Cayuga Motor Speedway by holding off Andrew Ranger and Derek Lynch on a green-white-checkered finish.

It took longer than it should have due to a malfunction of the lighting system at the track, but the trip to Victory Lane was just as sweet for Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge) who picked up his first win of the season and the second of his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio career.

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Qualifying: Fifth Pole For Thomson

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

HAMILTON, Ontario – Don Thomson Jr. collected his fifth pole of the 2008 season in qualifying for the Coke Zero 200 presented by Sicard Holiday Campers at Cayuga Motor Speedway.

Thomson (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) navigated the .625-mile track in 20.902 seconds for an average lap speed of 107.645 mph. It is his seventh career pole in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Practice: Thomson Paces The Field

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

HAMILTON, Ontario – Don Thomson Jr. led the way in Saturday's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio practice session for the Coke Zero 200 presented by Sicard Holiday Campers at Cayuga Motor Speedway.

Thomson (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet), out of Ayr, Ontario, circuited the .625-mile oval in 21.071 seconds for an average lap speed of 106.782 mph. The always-fast Thomson already has four poles this season.

Just off Thomson’s pace was Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge) clocking in at 21.116 seconds (106.554 mph).

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News & Notes: NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Headed For Stretch Run

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Just four races remain in the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season and Scott Steckly continues his stranglehold on the top position in the points standings.

Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) assumed command of the points standings by winning the season opener in May at Cayuga Motor Speedway. He further cemented his grip by winning two of the next three events and has not come close to relinquishing the lead since that hot start.

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Ranger Slips By For Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Andrew Ranger took advantage of an opportunity and won the GP3R 100 after race leader Scott Steckly and J.R. Fitzpatrick got tangled up in the final lap of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.

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Rangers To Finish Nationwide Season

By Team Release

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - After having shown his immense talent two weeks ago in Montreal, it is now official; Andrew Ranger will finish the season and participate in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events starting Friday August 22. The announcement was made Sunday in the media centre of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

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Qualifying: Fitzpatrick Sets GP3R Mark

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – J.R. Fitzpatrick won his first pole of the season in record fashion during NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio qualifying for the GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

The 21 year-old Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet), out of Cambridge, Ont., circuited the 1.530-mile temporary road course in 68.446 seconds for an average lap speed of 80.472 mph to earn his fourth career Canadian Tire Series pole. In the process, he broke his own record of 68.573 seconds set a season ago.

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Practice: Tagliani Paces GP3R

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Alex Tagliani posted the fastest time in Friday’s Canadian Tire Series practice for the GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
 
The native of Lachenaie, Quebec piloted his No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford to a time of 69.454 seconds around the 1.530-mile temporary road course which translates to an average speed of 78.268 mph.

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News & Notes: Gibbons Motoring Along

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Peter Gibbons has powered more race cars to Victory Lane than just his own. Gibbons Motorsports has built motors for racers throughout Canada for many years.

Gibbons’ (No. 1 Canadian Tire/Mobil Super Chevrolet) name forever is etched into Canadian stock-car history and lore not only for his prowess behind the wheel, but also for lending a helping hand to his fellow competitors.

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Micks Charges To Full Throttle Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – There was a familiar look to much of the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 at Mosport Speedway with championship point leader Scott Steckly leading the first 126 laps, but an engine failure ended his bid for his fourth victory this season. Steckly’s misfortune ultimately led to Kerry Micks’ first victory in 2008 and his first since winning back-to-back events last August.

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