VERNON, BC - Doug Brown and his Haldex-sponsored Dodge, along with fellow NASCAR Canadian Tires competitors are their way to Alberta's Capital for a major supporting appearance at this weekend's Grand Prix Edmonton. The event is race #5 on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule and Brown is still in search of his first top-ten finish of the season.
The Brantford racing veteran remains fifteenth in the series' point’s standings following a 13th-place run at Vernon, BC's Sun Valley Speedway last Sunday.
The Sun Valley event saw Doug qualify 10th in the 23-car field but an early race drive-thru penalty for jumping out of line too early on a restart cost him a lap and it was an infraction from which he was unable to recover over the duration of the 300-lap event.
That penalty cost us some valuable track positions and we just couldn't seem to catch a break, not even a "lucky dog award" to get us back onto the lead lap", stated the obviously disappointed driver. "We'll just have to hope we can better our efforts in Edmonton."
The team has struggled thus far in the early season, but they're determined to gain a top-ten spot on the flat but fast 3.154-kms City Centre Airport circuit. But they will have their hands full with added entries expected for the special prelude to the CHAMP Car Series weekend feature.
Last year’s event, run under the sanctioning of CASCAR, saw the full-bodied late model cars qualify at average speeds in the 138 kms/hr range over the 14-turn course. Officials are optimistic the first event at this venue run under the new NASCAR Canadian Tire Series label will attract upwards of 30 cars. 37 cars started last year’s event, the highlight of the weekend for many of the 100,000 fans in attendance.
Following the Edmonton race, Doug and his teammates will have roughly a week at home to prepare for the August 4th event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as part of the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series doubleheader in Montreal –an event Canadian race fans have been waiting all season for.
A full schedule of the weekend’s activities are noted on http://www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca/
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