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Feature   October 1, 2001   by CARS Magazine

Thomson wins Castrol Cup

Don Thomson Jr., driver of the Home Hardware Chevrolet in CASCAR's premier Super Series, has won his first championship with a seventh place finish in the season ending Great Canadaian Race at Delawar...


Don Thomson Jr., driver of the Home Hardware Chevrolet in CASCAR’s premier Super Series, has won his first championship with a seventh place finish in the season ending Great Canadaian Race at Delaware Speedway, one lap behind race winner Peter Gibbons. Thomson claimed his first Castrol Cup by 126 points over his nearest points rival, Kerry Micks. Al Turner finished the 12-event Castrol Super Series season just eight points back of Micks. Both Micks and Turner experienced mechanical troubles at Delaware, which forced them behind the wall for repairs for an extended period, effectively dashing their already slim hopes for catching Thomson. Asked how it felt to finally win the Castrol Cup, Thomson replied, “It feels really, really good. It really does. I didn’t want to end it that way [not winning]. It took a little bit of the wind out of my sails. I would have loved to have been on the podium, but hey, we’ll take this championship and carry on.”

Prior to winning the National title, the Hamilton, Ontario racer had two CASCAR East championships to his credit. “We’re going to be busy doing our homework over the winter,” vowed Thomson. “The guys in this series… man, they’re competitive. There’s a lot of good runners every week. We’re going to have to be busy the next few months trying to stay ahead of these guys, or even just keep pace with them. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re probably going to start right away.”


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