Prepared for Van Es Racing by Ken Spencer
Ron Van Es was looking for a top-ten finish to end his impressive second year season in CASCAR Super Series competition and looked at the halfway point in the 250-lap event he was about to get his wish. But it wasn’t to be at Kawartha Speedway on this Sunday afternoon..
The Smithville driver of the #11 Star Van Systems/All Covers Portable Systems/Marshall’s Truck and Trailer Repair Monte Carlo was running in the top-ten when the car suddenly developed ignition problems and ground to a stop on lap 175.
The car lost power heading down the track’s back stretch and by the time he entered pit road the engine had shut down forcing the crew to rush to his aid. Several attempts were made to diagnose and repair the problem but to no avail.
Ron had a slow qualifying speed that saw him line up 21st in the 29-car starting field but once underway, he began a steady march forward in the early stages of the race - a pattern he has developed in Series events throughout the season.
But on this afternoon the day ended early and he was credited with a 24th-place finish, good enough to secure 13th-place in the final standings.
DJ Kennington of St.Thomas was dominant in the “Dodge Dealers of Ontario Ram Tough 250” sponsored race leading all but 57 of the event’s 250 laps.
Those were led by defending series champion Don Thomson Jr. of Hamilton who captured his fifth consecutive national Super Series Championship with a fourth place finish chasing Kennington, Dave Whitlock and Peter Gibbons to the finish line.
For Ron and his teammates, the 2006 has already begun as they set out to attract new sponsors for their programs.
They are hoping an official announcement of NASCAR’s purchase of the Canadian series isn’t too far off.
Such a confirmation is bound to have a huge impact on their sponsorship efforts.