The Canadian Association for Stock Car Racing (CASCAR) was established in 1981 by Tony Novotny.
Novotny moved stock car racing in Canada from loosely structured club level regional activities to a national organization.
CASCAR is now recognized as the governing body for amateur and professional stock car racing in Canada.
The sanctioning body has grown since its inception. In 1999 CASCAR was purchased by brothers Bill and Alan Darmon.
The Darmons continue to push CASCAR into the future and position it as the only national stock car racing program in Canada.
The premier division of CASCAR is the twelve race National Super Series sponsored by Castrol. This championship kicks-off at Delaware Speedway on the Victoria Day long weekend. A week later, the teams travel to Peterborough Speedway for round two. The next two events are held on the oval and road course at Mosport. Mosport is followed by race five at Kawartha Raceway. Toronto’s Exhibition Place is the location for the series most high-profile event. Drivers will compete on the temporary street circuit before an audience of over 100,000 fans. Then the series travels to Quebec for a race on the oval at Autodrome St-Eustache and the streets of Trois-Rivieres. In early August, drivers compete in round nine at Cayuga Speedway. The teams make the west coast swing for events at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary and the Molson Indy Vancouver. The season ends where it started – Delaware Speedway.
The cars competing in the CASCAR are constructed to specifications and rules similar to most stock car series. The minimum weight for the vehicles without the driver is 2,850-lbs. and they must have a minimum ground clearance of four-inches. The tube-frame chassis is constructed of 1.75-inch diameter steel tubing with a wall thickness of 0.095-inches and is fitted with a fiberglass body – representing automotive manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Dodge, Pontiac and Ford.
Engines eligible for the series include the 350-cu.in. Chevrolet, 351-cu.in. Ford and 360-cu.in. Dodge. The motors are equipped with a four-barrel Holley 390-CFM carburetor and produce 400 to 420-horsepower. The driveline is fitted with an OEM four-speed transmission.
Safety equipment includes a 5-point safety harness and an aluminum safety seat with a padded headrest. Drivers are required to wear full coverage Nomex or Nomex, P.B.I., Kevlar Blend fire suits. Fire Retardant gloves and socks are mandatory. A window net is required on the driver's side. Also, an on-board fire extinguisher is needed with two outlets. These must be accessible to safety crews.
Round four of the 2001 CASCAR Castrol Super Series was held on the road course at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile circuit for sixty-four-laps in the Blue Streak presents the Mosport 250.
|The front row for the start of round four for the 2001 CASCAR Castrol Super Series at Mosport International Raceway. On the pole is Edmonton’s Kevin Dowler driving the Ford Quality Car sponsored Ford Taurus. Next two Dowler is the second-fastest qualifier, Peter Gibbons in the No. 1 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with backing from Canadian Tire. The sixty-four-lap contest attracted thirty entrants.|
|The No. 17 Castrol Canada Intrepid was driven the D.J. Kennington. After three rounds of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series, Kennington had a fourth-place and two runner-up finishes. He started the race at Mosport International Raceway in the fifth position and moved into the lead for the first time on lap-31. After the pit-stops cycled through, Kennington moved back out front and led the final fifteen circuits for the victory.|
|Starting on the pole for the Blue Streak presents, the Mosport 250 was Kevin Dowler. The driver of the No. 35 Ford Quality Care sponsored Ford Taurus opened his season with a pair of top-ten finishes. Dowler led the opening eleven laps before being passed by Peter Gibbons. After the final restart, he was in first place, but contact with Neil Fair sent him into the corner one gravel trap. Dowler finished in sixteenth-place.|
|Late in the race, the third-place finisher, Kerry Micks, gives the ‘chrome bumper’ to the runner-up, Jim Lapcevich. Lapcevich started in the eighteenth spot driving the No. 25 Mr. Lube Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Micks, the points leader, drove the unsponsored No. 02 Ford Taurus. Despite his position in the standings and a victory in the opening round at Delaware, he was searching for financial backing to complete the season.|
|The two-time CASCAR Castrol Super Series champion, Peter Gibbons, had a miserable beginning to the 2001 season. He failed to start the opening round at Delaware Speedway. It appeared that his fortunes would change at Mosport after qualifying on the outside of the front row, but that was not the case. On lap-30, Gibbons lost the left front wheel at Moss corner and would finish in the fourteenth position.|
|The No. 88 Ford Taurus with backing from Speedy Auto Service was piloted by Dave Jacombs. After three races in the 2001 championship, Jacombs had two top-ten finishes and a fourth-place on the Mosport oval. He started the road course event at Mosport International Raceway in the eighth position. A solid run was rewarded with another fourth-place result and a third in the title chase.|
|Al Turner was another driver that benefitted from a solid performance. Turner started in the third spot behind the wheel of the No. 76 Blue Streak Dodge Intrepid. During round four, he would lead on two occasions for a total of five laps. At the checkered flag, Turner recorded a fifth-place finish. This result, coupled with victory at Peterborough and a third-place on Mosport’s oval, placed him second in the standings.|
|There were two female drivers entered at Mosport, Kelly Williams and Teri MacDonald-Cadieux. The driver delivering the better results was the road racer MacDonald-Cadieux in the No. 8 The Weather Network Chevrolet Monte Carlo. She obtained her experience competing in the Canadian and American Firehawk series for showroom stock cars. In round four, MacDonald-Cadieux started twenty-first and finished ninth.|
|The only American in the CASCAR Castrol Super Series is Michigan’s Andy Farr. Farr drove the No. 04 DeWalt Tools Dodge Intrepid and was gridded in the twenty-fourth position for the Blue Streak presents the Mosport 250. He advanced during the contest but was overcome by fumes. Former CASCAR competitor Billy Rowse, Jr. jumped in the car to complete the race. He crossed the finish line in thirteen-place.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||5||D.J. Kennington||Castrol SYNTEC / Dodge Intrepid||64||-|
|2||18||Jim Lapcevich||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||64||-|
|3||16||Kerry Micks||Ford Taurus||64||-|
|4||8||Dave Jacombs||Speedy Auto Service / Ford Taurus||64||-|
|5||3||Al Turner||Blue Streak Hygrade / Dodge Intrepid||64||-|
|6||9||Peter Vanderwyst||Exide Batteries / Pontiac Grand Prix||64||-|
|7||13||Neil Fair||Skoal Inc. / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||64||-|
|8||10||Ron Beauchamp Jr.||Mopar PerformanceParts / Dodge Intrepid||63||-|
|9||21||Teri MacDonald-Cadieux||The Weather Network / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||63||-|
|10||12||Robbie Thompson||Logel’s Auto Parts / Dodge Intrepid||63||-|
|11||28||John Tsoumaris||John’s Unique Auto / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||63||-|
|12||17||John Fitzpatrick||Equipment Express / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||63||-|
|13||24||Andy Farr||DeWalt / Dodge Intrepid||63||-|
|14||2||Peter Gibbons||Canadian Tire / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||61||-|
|15||4||Don Thomson Jr.||Home Hardware / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||61||-|
|16||1||Kevin Dowler||Ford Quality Care / Ford Taurus||60||-|
|17||26||Brad Graham||Challenger Motor Freight / Pontiac Grand Prix||59||-|
|18||23||Dave Whitlock||Motorcraft Quality Parts / Ford Taurus||57||-|
|19||15||Donald Theetge||Auto Frank & Michel / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||57||-|
|20||19||Howie Scannell||Trailers by Jim Bray / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||50||Did Not Finish|
|21||22||Joe Goncalves||Sam the Record Man / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||46||Did Not Finish|
|22||11||Robin Buck||UAP/NAPA / Pontiac Grand Prix||40||Did Not Finish|
|23||27||Kevin Trevellin||Ford Taurus||40||Did Not Finish|
|24||25||Kelly Williams||Westburne Electric Supply / Pontiac Grand Prix||28||Did Not Finish|
|25||14||Scott Steckly||AW Millwrights / Pontiac Grand Prix||28||Did Not Finish|
|26||29||Marv Wilder||Longbow Freight Systems / Ford Taurus||28||Did Not Finish|
|27||20||Jeff Lapcevich||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||12||Did Not Finish|
|28||6||Mark Dilley||NTN Bearings / Ford Taurus||7||Did Not Finish|
|29||7||Chris Fowler||Snap On Tools / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||5||Did Not Finish|
|30||30||Kevin O’Hara||Holmar Plumbing / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||3||Did Not Finish|
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