By Ken Spencer, Marketing and Media Relations, Brown Auto Racing
Drivers in NASCAR’s top racing series aren’t the only ones in the “race for the chase” -the battle to qualify for The Nextel Cup Series top-ten playoff spots. There’s a similar chase brewing in Canada’s top stock car racing series.
Although there is no playoff system involved, a handful of CASCAR drivers are in a chase of their own to snare a top-ten position in CASCAR’s Super Series points’ standings as they head to London’s Delaware Speedway for the Labour Day “Great Canadian Race Weekend”.
Brantford’s Doug Brown is one of five drivers hoping to move into a top-ten berth in the national standings but he knows he’ll have his hands full in order to catch Mt. Hope’s Dave Jacombs who holds down the targeted spot number 10 in the points race.
The NAPA/Autopro driver is currently twelfth in points but trails Jacombs by 60 as they head into the final three races on the Super Series schedule. Brown also has to get past Milverton’s Scott Steckley who is currently eleventh with a 32 points margin heading to Delaware.
“We dug ourselves into a big hole with some early season engine problems but hopefully they’re in the past and that we can sustain the solid performances we’ve had over the past month through the balance of the season,” Doug remarked as he prepares for this weekend’s event. “Sunday’s race is 300 laps and will likely attract a strong field of cars, so we need to have a fast qualifying time on Saturday then stay out of trouble and keep ourselves on the lead lap during Sunday’s race. Hopefully, we can gain enough points to put us in a position to move even higher in the standings in the remaining events at Cayuga and Kawartha. Our focus right now though is one race at a time beginning this weekend.”
Smithville’s Ron Van Es, Innisfil’s Tara MacLeod and Holland Landing’s Stu Robinson, Jr. are also jockeying for top-ten positions in the final standings.
Don Thomson Jr. of Ayr, Ontario appears to have a lock on his fifth consecutive Championship.
The Home Hardware driver currently holds a 95-point margin over Stouffville’s Peter Gibbons and 104 over St.Thomas driver DJ Kennington with the season rapidly drawing to a close.
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