The Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) was founded in 1981 by Anthony Novotny.
By the late ‘90s, CASCAR had three successful professional championships –
the Eastern, Western and the Super Series, which included selected events in eastern and western Canada.
The winner of the Super Series was crowned the national champion.
Eventually, the eastern division and Super Series merged while the western championship continued.
In 2005, CASCAR had a number of divisions - the Super Series, EMCO Western Series and a Sportsman category.
The 2005 CASCAR Super Series season kicks off in late May at Delaware Speedway. The opening round was followed by races at Autodrome St. Eustache and the Mosport road course. The series remains in southwestern Ontario with events at Barrie Speedway and the high profile Toronto street circuit at Exhibition Place. The teams then travel west, competing at Calgary and Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon, British Columbia. In August, the series makes a stop for another race at Mosport, but this time it was on the oval. These events are followed by a race at Peterborough Speedway and the second visit to Delaware Speedway. The penultimate round is held at Cayuga International Speedway, with the finale being held at Kawartha Speedway. There is a total of twelve race weekends in four different provinces.
The cars competing in the championship are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame design covered with a fiberglass body. Cars are required to weigh no less than 2,850-lbs. Body styles are from manufacturers such as Pontiac (Grand Prix), Dodge (Charger), Ford (Taurus) and Chevrolet (Monte Carlo). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors used in the series produce approximately 500-horsepower. Depending on the gearing, these cars are estimated to have a top speed of 160-mph.
The event at the Mosport road course was round three of the 2005 CASCAR Super Series championship. The Clarington 200 would be presented by Berms-R-US and was a fifty-one lap contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|Don Thomson, Jr. entered the 2005 CASCAR Super Series season with an impressive four consecutive championships. Thomson opened the year with two fourth-place finishes. He qualified second at Mosport and jumped into the top spot at the start race. Thomson returned to first place after the final rounds of pit-stops and led the final twenty-six-laps of the contest. The victory put him on top of the point standings.|
|Jeff Lapcevich was recognized as the CASCAR Super Series ‘road course ringer.’ Lapcevich had obtained his road racing experience competing in the Grand Am Cup sports car series. His record included five road course wins in a row, extending back to the 2003 Toronto Indy - two of his victories were at Mosport. Unfortunately, his streak would come to an end. Lapcevich qualified fifth and finished in the runner-up spot.|
|2005 would be the second CASCAR Super Series season for the seventeen-year-old J.R. Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had an inspiring rookie year, which included four top-ten finishes and eleventh in the final standings. In the first race of the season at Delaware, Fitzpatrick was fifth, but he failed to finish at St. Eustache. At Mosport International Raceway, he redeemed himself. Fitzpatrick started and finished third.|
|Another driver that was always a threat on the road courses was Peter Gibbons. Since 1999, the two time Super Series champion had three victories and two pole positions at Mosport International Raceway. In qualifying for the Clarington 200, Gibbons captured another pole and set a new lap record. At the halfway mark of the contest, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet Monte Carlo would lead four laps but finish fourth.|
|The CASCAR points leader heading into round three at Mosport was Ron Beauchamp, Jr. Beauchamp, driver of the No. 60 Mopar Parts Dodge Charger, won the season opener at Delaware and captured the final podium spot at St. Eustache. During qualifying for race three, he was sixth fastest. Unable to maintain the pace of the leaders, Beauchamp finished seventh and now trailed Don Thomson by twenty-seven markers.|
|The other half of the Fastline racing team was Jim Lapcevich. Lapcevich drove the No. 25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with backing from EMCEA Transport. To date, his season included a sixth-place result in race one at Delaware Speedway, followed by a disappointing fifteenth at St. Eustache. At Mosport, Lapcevich’s luck would turn around. He was started twelfth but battled his way to his best result of the year, fifth.|
|After qualifying third fastest for the season opener at Delaware CASCAR Super Series veteran, Kerry Micks finished twenty-fourth. The mechanical problems were resolved for race two at Autodrome St. Eustache. Micks qualified fifth fastest in the No. 02 Power Water Ford Taurus and captured his first victory of the season. At Mosport, he started fourth and moved into the lead on lap-16 when Don Thomson pitted. Unfortunately, Micks encountered issues and was the first car to finish one lap behind the leaders.|
|Dodge arranged for CASCAR Super Series veteran Mark Dilley to campaign the No. 9 Dodge Charger. Dilley started his season with a third-place finish at Delaware Speedway. In race two, at St. Eustache, he was gridded seventh and finished sixth. At Mosport, Dilly would continue his streak of top-ten finishes with a sixth-place at the checkered flag. He would leave round three, third in the championship chase.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVERS||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||2||Don Thomson, Jr.||Home Hardware / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|2||5||Jeff Lapcevich||Fastline Motorsports / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|3||3||J.R. Fitzpatrick||Cambridge Rigging / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|4||1||Peter Gibbons||Canadian Tire / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|5||12||Jim Lapcevich||Fastline Motorsports / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|6||8||Mark Dilley||Mobil 1/Exide / Dodge Charger||51||-|
|7||6||Ron Beauchamp, Jr.||Mopar Performance Parts / Dodge Charger||51||-|
|8||11||Brad Graham||Challenger Motor Freight / Dodge Charger||51||-|
|9||14||Dave Whitlock||Avenue Motor Works / Dodge Charger||51||-|
|10||13||Howie Scannell, Jr.||Scannell Moving & Storage / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|11||17||John Fitzpatrick||Latta Cranes / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|12||16||Mark Swain||Nighthawk / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|13||22||Dave Connelly||Vector / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||51||-|
|14||4||Kerry Micks||Power Water / Ford Taurus||50||-|
|15||21||Bryan Cathcart||Meyers Transport / Dodge Charger||50||-|
|16||24||Stu Robinson, Jr.||Snap-On Tools / Dodge Charger||50||-|
|17||27||Marv Wilder||Longbow Freight Systems / Ford Taurus||50||-|
|18||30||Tara McLeod||Central Merchant Services / Ford Taurus||49||-|
|19||18||Dave Jacombs||Lou's BBQ / Ford Taurus||49||-|
|20||31||Bob Merrifield||Team Re/Max / Dodge Charger||49||-|
|21||32||Chad McGlynn||Ultimate Garage / Ford Taurus||49||-|
|22||7||D.J. Kennington||Castrol / Dodge Charger||48||-|
|23||9||Marc Miller||Carhartt Clothing / Dodge Charger||45||Did Not Finish|
|24||15||Joe Goncalves||Bolt-On Performance / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||41||Did Not Finish|
|25||19||Scott Steckly||ERB Group / Pontiac Grand Prix||40||Did Not Finish|
|26||23||Sean Stafford||L.E. Walker / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||37||Did Not Finish|
|27||29||Mark Graham||Motel 6 / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||31||Did Not Finish|
|28||33||Scott Watkins||- / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||28||Did Not Finish|
|29||10||Derek Lynch||Berms-R-Us / Dodge Charger||24||Did Not Finish|
|30||20||Ron Van Es||All Cover / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||23||Did Not Finish|
|31||25||John Tsoumaris||Mama's Pizza / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||14||Did Not Finish|
|32||28||Lain Venditelli||Nobel Biocare / Ford Taurus||14||Did Not Finish|
|33||26||Doug Brown||Autopro / Chevrolet Monte Carlo||6||Did Not Finish|
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