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 Chevrolet, Ford and 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.

Race six of the twelve for the 2001 CASCAR Super Series was held at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Thirty-seven drivers would take the Starter’s flag for thirty-one laps around the eleven turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.

Robin Buck was labeled the series ‘road race ringer’ and lived up to that moniker at Toronto. Buck won in the series first visit to the track in 1999 but failed to finish last season. He was only competing in the series four road course events this year. Buck qualified on the pole and led all but two laps in the No. 66 UAP / NAPA Pontiac Grand Prix. His 2001 victory marked the sixth different winner in as many races.
Finishing in second, 2.125-seconds, behind Robin Buck was Don Thomson, Jr. Thomson was victorious in the previous round at Kawartha Speedway. Thomson was fourth fastest in the qualifying session before he was involved in an incident that damaged the front end of the No. 4 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Thomson led the opening lap and a second time during the twenty-second circuit but would finish second.
Rounding out the podium was Barrie, Ontario’s Al Turner. Turner drove the No. 76 Blue Streak Chrysler Intrepid. He was the winner of round two at Peterborough Speedway and led the championship standings. Turner was fifth fastest during the qualifying. A consistent drive combined with Peter Gibbon’s problems and Kerry Micks’ aggressive passing attempt on Robin Buck allowed him to finish third.
Although he was from a stock car family, Jeff Lapcevich brought his road racing experience to this year’s Indy event. During 1998 and 1999, Lapcevich participated in Motorola Cup. Like Robin Buck, his appearances were limited to the road course events. At Mosport, he started twentieth and finished twenty-seventh. Lapcevich moved from the thirteenth qualifying spot to a fourth-place finish in round sixth.
D.J. Kennington won round four of the 2001 CASCAR Super Series on the road course at Mosport International Raceway. He also had runner-up results at Peterborough Speedway and the Mosport oval. Kennington was gridded in the eighth position for the thirty-one lap contest at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. The driver of the No. 17 Castrol SYNTEC Chrysler Intrepid collected a seventh-place finish.
Of the six different winners in the first half of the 2001 CASCAR Super Series season, the defending champion, Peter Gibbons, was not one of them. Leading up to Toronto, his best result was a runner-up finish at Kawartha Speedway, but he failed to start the season opener. Gibbons recorded the third-fastest time in qualifying, but the driveshaft fell off on the pace lap, which prevented him from starting the race.

17Robin BuckPontiac Grand Prix31 -
21Don Thomson Jr.Chevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
313Al TurnerDodge Intrepid31 -
45Jeff LapcevichChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
518Ron Beauchamp Jr.Dodge Intrepid31 -
614Chris FowlerChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
74D.J. KenningtonDodge Intrepid31 -
812Donald TheetgeChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
911Peter VanderwystPontiac Grand Prix31 -
105Jim LapcevichChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
1115Kerry MicksFord Taurus31 -
1215Carl HarrChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
1317Kelly WilliamsPontiac Grand Prix42 -
1421Robbie ThompsonDodge Intrepid31 -
1523Andy FarrDodge Intrepid31 -
1623Joe GoncalvesChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
1723Damon SharpeChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
189John FitzpatrickChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
1910Kevin DowlerFord Taurus31 -
2019Dave JacombsFord Taurus31 -
2120Teri MacDonaldChevrolet Monte Carlo31 -
228Dave WhitlockFord Taurus31 -
238Steve RobbleeFord Taurus31 -
246Mark DilleyFord Taurus30 -
256Kevin O'HaraChevrolet Monte Carlo30 -
2615Daryl HarrChevrolet Monte Carlo29 -
2715Mark GrahamChevrolet Monte Carlo29 -
2815Brad GrahamPontiac Graham28 -
296Marv WilderFord Taurus27 -
3015Billy InnesChevrolet Monte Carlo27 -
313Scott StecklyPontiac Grand Prix25 Engine
3215Scott LindsayChevrolet Monte Carlo18 Accident
3323Rob NeelyDodge Intrepid16 Accident
3415John TsoumarisChevrolet Monte Carlo9 Accident
3515Howie Scannell, Jr.Chevrolet Monte Carlo1 Accident
3616Neil FairChevrolet Monte Carlo1 Accident
3722Kevin TrevellinFord Taurus1 Accident
-2Peter GibbonsChevrolet Monte Carlo0 Did Not Start

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