Auto Service World
News   June 3, 2002   by Auto Service World

CASCAR SUPER SERIES: Whitlock Wins Rain Shortened Event


Dave Whitlock started on the pole in Saturday night’s AUTOPRO / NAPA 150 CASCAR Super Series race at Autodrome St-Eustache. And when the red flag flew for rain on lap 97, ending the race, the Ford Fast Lane Taurus driver was back in the lead and became the third different winner in as many races held this season.
Defending Super Series champion Don Thomson Jr. jumped to the lead at the initial green flag, in his Home Hardware Chevy, and led the way for two laps of side-by-side action with Whitlock, after which the Ford driver nosed ahead of Thomson and took the lead for good. With lightning flashing in the sky all around the Montreal-area oval, the teams jockeyed for position past the halfway mark of the 150-lap event, knowing that the skies would soon open, probably ending the event.
At lap 90, Whitlock held a comfortable lead over a group made up of Pete Vanderwyst, Peter Gibbons and Don Thomson. On lap 92 Gibbons’ Canadian Tire Chevy tagged Vanderwyst’s Exide Pontiac as the field slid through turn 2, turning Vanderwyst into the infield grass. The incident resulted in the caution flag being displayed, and rain began to fall shortly after the yellow flag flew.
Vanderwyst quickly recovered, but lost several positions. Gibbons was assessed a penalty for the contact and was scored at the end of the other lead lap drivers, when the red flag came out on lap 97. With Vanderwyst and Gibbons out of the equation, Thomson moved to second place, while the Castrol SYNTEC Intrepid of DJ Kennington took third.
Mark Dilley missed finishing third for the third race in a row by just one position. Al Turner’s Blue Streak Intrepid was fifth.


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